Tracy Kelley

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NASA's latest rocket, built to take humans to Mars, has successful test firing

Who doesn't love 3.5 million pounds of thrust?<p>The world’s largest solid rocket booster roared to life today, shaking the serene countryside of Promontory, Utah, for a full two minutes. The booster filled the area with smoke and flame; viewers could actually see the fiery plumes "dance" and move …

Space Exploration

Cisco has a new partner in its ingenious but risky cloud plans: Microsoft

The partnership will combine Microsoft's Amazon-competitor cloud, Azure, and Cisco's fastest network switch, the Nexus 9000, which includes Cisco's "software-defined-networking" software.<p>The two are selling a package to cloud service providers that will instantly give those service providers game …

Cisco Systems

Old Timers: Using 1980s Minolta Lenses on a Modern Sony Digital Camera

Bear with me now. I promise there are photos after all this preamble. I’m going to try to keep the camera talk to a dull roar on this post even …


Hopes warm for alien life: Nasa probe finds hot springs on Saturn's moon

Hydrothermal activity detected by spacecraft finds that ocean deep below frozen surface of Enceladus is warm and could therefore increase chance of life<p>A small moon that circles Saturn harbours a warm water ocean beneath its thick icy crust, according to research that makes the distant body a prime …