Friday, May 20, 2005

2004 MN4 Earth impact risk

You may have heard about MN4, well it seems that this Asteroid may well still hit Earth. We're going to have to wait until 2029 to get more of an idea, because at this point the orbit that it takes may well be impacted by Earth. Once this happens, if the orbit is affected enough then in 2035 it could impact Earth.

Although it would probably not result in the destruction of life as we know it on Earth, it would cause a lot of problems. We're just going to have to wait until we get closer to 2029 to fine out if there is going to be a problem. Check out the current data here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

The bionic eye

Things are moving along in the quest to design a device that acts in the same way as the human eye, allowing someone who is blind or has limited vision to make objects out. Work has been going on in this area for a long time, but more progress has been made recently. Although it will be a while longer before people will be able to get this technology, tests will be carried out in the future.

It's a great step forward for people that have no vision at all and for people that are born blind or loose their sight very quickly, it will definately change their lives. Thirty or fourty years ago people would not have said that creating an eye out of components and putting it inside the skull then using it to stimulate the appropriate cells to send signals to the brain would be possible.

At the speed that technology moves forward, things we think are never going to happen now, will probably be just another problem solved in the years to come. Read all about the bionic eye here.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

The Huygens probe has landed on Titan

Earlier today the Huygens probe touched down on Titan and started sending back the data. The ESA & NASA are reporting the mission as a 100% success. I tried viewing the JPL site for the mission earlier and it was dead, but appears to be up and running now, that must have had something to do with the Slashdot effect combined with all of the other traffic generated from other sites.

It's back up now though, so go check it out to see the images, audio & other data sent back from the probe.