Starship is also in the running to land NASA astronauts on the moon, as part of the space agency's Artemis program. Artemis aims to put two astronauts down near the lunar south pole in 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of the decade. … [Read more...] about SpaceX gearing up for 12-mile-high test flight with prototype of Mars-colonizing Starship
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That was my thinking when I decided to try out RocketSkates, an upcoming product from Acton that cleared $550,000 in Kickstarter funding over the summer. While they aren't actually propelled by rockets, the motorized and battery-powered skates will scoot you along at speeds of about 12 miles per hour, and creator Peter Treadway has high hopes that they'll compete with skateboards, bikes, regular skates, and plain old feet as a form of urban transit. We met with Treadway earlier this week to talk about the skates and to take them for a test run. … [Read more...] about Feet-on with RocketSkates, which are exactly what they sound like
The discovery of the Amazon Congo see-saw could be useful as a forecasting tool, Eltahir told LiveScience. "Like any new understanding of natural variability, these findings have implications regarding climate variability and climate forecasting and prediction in the tropics," he said. … [Read more...] about Seesaw Climate: Drought Here Means Flood There
"It's doable, but you have to build a track or tunnel that's very straight," Powell told LiveScience. "At that speed, the track has to be straight and flat, to avoid bumpiness. When you're going 600 miles per hour, you can't really go around curves, and you'd have to be very flat, because without causing excessive G-forces, you probably wouldn't be able to adjust to changing elevations rapidly." … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?
Musk released his "alpha design" today in the hopes that the global community of inventors and engineers can tinker with and improve it. If somebody with the means and the talent took the idea and ran with it, he said, the Hyperloop could be carrying passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in as little as seven to 10 years. … [Read more...] about Hyperloop Unveiled: Billionaire Elon Musk Reveals Wild Idea for Superfast Travel