Largest Digital Camera for a Space Mission

Scientists were able to collect the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission. The camera consists of 106 individual electronic sensors. The resulting “one billion pixels,” will serve as a super-sensitive “eye” for the mission Gaia ESA, which aims to create a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.Gaia will map a billion stars within our own Galaxy during its five-year mission, which will begin in 2013.

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Herschel Discovery of Dust in Supernova SN 1987A

New observations from the infrared Herschel Space Observatory reveal that an exploding star expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust. This enormous quantity suggests that exploding stars, called supernovae, are the answer to the long-standing puzzle of what supplied our early universe with dust.Cosmic dust is made of various elements, such as carbon, oxygen, iron and other atoms heavier than hydrogen and helium.

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Musical Instrument in the Form of a Ball

Adam Place with a team of Bristol engineers developed a revolutionary musical instrument,called AlphaSphere.
According to the developer, with pressure on the AlphaSphere was generates different noises on sounding. The device looks like a huge soccer-ball and consists of a spherical cage, in which is located more than 50 membranes. The sound is extracted with hand strikes. For example, clicking on the membrane, you will hear a drum battle.

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Electricity from the Asphalt

In Israel learned to produce the electricity from the asphalt. Passing on highway cars will produce electricity to its pressure. New technology are experiencing on northern Israel. However, the project has still many unresolved issues. When the invention is go to the masses is still unknown.One of the problems, not relating directly to development, lies in the fact that the inventors don’t know how to smuggle the device in abroad.

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New Project for Teaching Robots to Feel Human Emotions

Scientists from the Laboratory of Robotics of the National University of Singapore decided to teach the robots to feel human emotions. This will be done by simulating the biological and psychological processes through the use of artificial analogues of hormones.The project itself was named Lovotics. Scientists want to create all the stages of love fever for robots, changing levels оf analogues of human’s hormone, such as oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.

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Piezoelectric Plates for Charging Batteries

Researchers from the University of RMIT (Australia) and Australian National University, offered to produce batteries that accumulate the electric charge produced by piezoelectric plates. These plates produce electricity at a pressure on them. As explained by Madhu Baskaran, one of the researchers, plate, for example, can be built into the sole of the shoe that while jogging to produce electricity,

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European Space Agency Robot

New development of the European Space Agency (ESA) became anthropomorphous robot, called Justin. As planned, in 2-3 years when the work is completed, it will be able to participate in space programs for the exploration of the Moon, and planets in the Solar System. Have to say that the main goal, of course, is Mars. The basic work on the robot fell on the shoulders of scientists from the Aviation and Space Center in Germany (DLR).

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Juno Probe will Study the Internal Structure of Jupiter

Juno probe, which NASA plans to launch on August 5, 2011, will study the internal structure of Jupiter and will help scientists find out “the ingredient list” from which emerged the planets and other bodies of the Solar System.Juno which will be the farthest vehicle from the Sun at solar-powered device will reach Jupiter in 2016 and will orbit around the planet about one year.It’s planned that Juno will lead to space launch vehicle Atlas-5.

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Reflection Nebula M78 (NGC 2068)

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope looked at nebula M78 (NGC 2068). M78 is a perfect example of reflection nebulae illuminated by radiation from stars. It is located at a distance of 1350 light years from Earth in the constellation Orion and is easily observed in a small telescope.Two bright stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are the main”power”, illuminating M78.The picture by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows dark-red waves, which outline the brighter in the infrared parts of the nebula, while revealing the depth of the latter, on it appear very young stars.

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