Satellite Falling, A one-tonne satellite is falling out of control and is likely to crash into the Earth sometime during the weekend, scientists have warned.
The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer was launched in March 2009, to study changes in sea level, ocean circulation and the planet’s gravitational field.
It has now run out of fuel and is spiralling back to Earth.
The European Space Agency says it cannot predict exactly where, or when, but that it is highly unlikely to cause any casualties.
Project Noah, From NOAH came Moses—at least for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The DOST unveiled on Tuesday the Monitoring and Operating System for Emergency Services (Moses) tablet made for faster and more efficient communication during calamities and natural disasters.
The Moses tablet is the latest technology developed under Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), which harnesses technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities.
Project NOAH head Dr. Mahar A. Lagmay gave a Moses tablet to Department of the Interior and Local Government NCR Regional Director Renato Brion at DOST’s Expo Science 2013.
A Moses tablet will be given to each barang*y in Metro Manila, and then the whole country.
The locally developed Moses tablet is protected by a black case and allows its user to take pictures of calamities and its effects such as flooded areas, fires, and landslides. The pictures are then uploaded and sent to the command center via 3G or Wifi.
Photos of specific locations such as schools, houses, and hospitals can also be taken and sent immediately for reporting.
The photos will help pinpoint the location of search-and-rescue facilities, as well as blocked access routes and emergency access routes, giving visually accurate information on the situation in each barang*y.
Rare Orange Lobsters And Massachusetts, While unpacking a 20-crate shipment of lobsters, the retail manager at a Mansfield, Mass., seafood restaurant noticed something odd: Five of the lobsters appeared to have been cooked already.It must have been a joke, he thought at first, until he saw them move. The bright-orange crustaceans, it turned out, were a one in more than 10 million find, according to marine experts.
In the days since this rarity made local headlines, a frenzy of curiosity-seekers has descended on Fresh Catch, owner Bill Sarro said.
“They were filming a movie with Kate Winslet a mile away, but more people came here,” said Sarro. “It’s great for business.”
Sarro said he knew the finding was important when he got a call from Boston’s New England Aquarium.
Several orange lobsters are already on display at the aquarium, spokesman Tony LaCasse said, along with a rarer calico lobster (estimated at 1 in 30 million) and a blue lobster (estimated at 1 in 5 million).
Estimates for the rarity of lobster pigments, which are partly genetic, are in flux, LaCasse said. But the fact that five orange lobsters turned up in one batch, he said, suggests the variation might hold a comparative advantage for its inheritors, at least in the waters around Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, where Sarro’s orange lobsters originated. Last year, orange lobsters turned up in Cape Cod and New Brunswick. (ABC News)
Giant Asteroid Heading Our Way, The just-discovered space rock is as big as a city block, but isn’t to impact us – on this pass. An asteroid the size of a city block is set to fly by Earth Thursday (June 14), and you may be able to watch it happen live.The near-Earth asteroid 2012 LZ1, which astronomers think is about 1,650 feet (500 meters) wide, will come within 14 lunar distances of Earth Thursday evening. While there’s no danger of an impact on this pass, the huge space rock may come close enough to be caught on camera.
That’s what the team running the Slooh Space Camera thinks, anyway. The online skywatching service will train a telescope on the Canary Islands on 2012 LZ1 and stream the footage live, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT Thursday (0000 GMT Friday).
You can watch the asteroid flyby on Slooh’s website, found here: http://events.slooh.com/
2012 LZ1 just popped onto astronomers’ radar this week. It was discovered on the night of June 10-11 by Rob McNaught and his colleagues, who were peering through the Uppsala Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
Researchers estimate that the space rock is between 1,000 and 2,300 feet wide (300-700 m). On Thursday evening, it will come within about 3.35 million miles (5.4 million kilometers) of our planet, or roughly 14 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
Because of its size and proximity to Earth, 2012 LZ1 qualifies as a potentially hazardous asteroid. Near-Earth asteroids generally have to be at least 500 feet (150 m) wide and come within 4.65 million miles (7.5 million km) of our planet to be classified as potentially hazardous.
‘UFO’ Spotted On Washington Beltway, Drivers snap pictures of the mystery craft being transported late at night by the military. Washington, D.C., area are buzzing about what they thought was a UFO atop a flatbed truck on the Capitol Beltway.
Turns out the disc-shaped object was just a run-of-the-mill military drone.
MyFoxDC reports that what drivers saw-and some photographed-around 11 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 270, and then later on Interstate 495, was an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System being transported from Edwards Air Force Base in California to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland for testing.
During its travels through the D.C. area, local station WTOP reported a flurry of activity on Twitter about the strange-looking object.
This not the first time a drone was mistaken for something alien. Last year, a drone being transported by flatbed to Pax River for practicing aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings was also mistaken for a UFO, the Daily Caller reported.
The Perfect SUV For Paranoid Billionaires, Steel plating, shocking door handles, smoke and tack dispensers – this ride means business. When people think of car safety features, airbags, seatbelts or anti-lock brakes likely come to mind. For the extremely wealthy, government officials, or expatriates living in high-risk areas, something more secure is often needed. To meet the demand, companies have sprung up around the world to reinforce and bulletproof cars and trucks — a practice known as “up-armoring.”
One such company is Houston-based Texcalibur Armor, which provides bulletproof vehicles and luxury armored cars to everyone from diplomats, SWAT teams and government contractors, to business executives, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals.
“The idea behind the process is to take an SUV or another car, strip it apart, and add bullet-resistant steel, composite material and ballistic glass,” said Scott Newman of Texcalibur Armor. “The end game is to put the vehicle back together so it’s discreet and nobody knows it’s armored.”
Newman estimates that the company produces 90 vehicles per year, but notes that vehicles vary substantially by where and how they are intended to be used, with 95 percent of them headed to overseas markets like the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. “When you’re in these countries and there is a disproportionate amount of wealth, you can easily become a target,” Newman said.
The price tag of a fully up-armored vehicle can vary between $45,000 to more than $100,000, not including the price of the original vehicle. The process can add an excess of 1,200 pounds and offers protection from assault rifle rounds, carjackings, fire and in the most extreme cases armor-piercing rounds and roadside bombs.