Maria Bousnakis

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The Big Future: What does the future of interaction look like?

The rise of smartphones has left us tapping away at touchscreens. In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, we look at what comes after the glass. Will we all be speaking to our devices? Are augmented reality glasses and contacts going to feed us information all day? Or does touch interaction work so well that …

The man who can send you to Mars

Think you’ve got the right stuff to make it to Mars? Richard Hollingham talks to the man selecting astronauts for a privately funded mission to the Red Planet.<p>This is the pitch: a perilous one-way journey to a dead, distant world, leaving your family behind for the rest of your life, before dying …

Space Science

NASA | Sun for Kids

Why Study Earth From Space?

Classification of Living Things

The Oldest Living Things In The World

The Oldest Living Things On Earth

<i>The photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to take pictures of the oldest living organisms on our planet. She described her journey in this TED talk, and now, at last, she’s created a gorgeous new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, published by the University of Chicago</i> …

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Photo credit: SELCO India<p>In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies.<p>But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr. Kim …

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

An 8-dimensional model of the universe

Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing …

Physics

Week's Best Space Pictures: Orion Gets Wet and Clusters Twinkle

A deep-space capsule is put through its paces, a globular cluster gets its portrait taken, and Hawaii is imaged from on high.

NASA's flying saucer takes a supersonic flight, and you can tag along

By the time NASA's flying saucer splashed down in the Pacific in June, the engineers who designed it already knew their experiment had been a huge success. From the control tower at Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility, they had watched the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator — a device intended …

Space Science

APOD: A Luminous Night (2014 Aug 09) Image Credit & Copyright: Phil Hart http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140809.html Explanation: What shines in the world at night? Just visible to the eye, a rare electric blue glow spread along the shores of Victoria Lake on January 16, 2013. Against reflections of a light near the horizon, this digitally stacked long exposure recorded the bioluminescence of noctiluca scintillans, plankton stimulated by the lapping waves. Above, the night skies of the Gippsland Lakes region, Victoria, Australia shine with a fainter greenish airglow. Oxygen atoms in the upper atmosphere, initially excited by ultraviolet sunlight, produce the more widely seen fading atmospheric chemiluminescence. Washed out by the Earth's rotation, the faint band of the southern summer Milky Way stretches from the horizon as star trails circle the South Celestial Pole. http://philhart.com/blogs/phil Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140809 #APOD