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February 5, 2012 by

Nerdcam in space

This week we venture into space to celebrate NASA's latest achievements and to announce a special project of our own.

October 17, 2011 by

Virgin Galactic to take Nasa science into space

Nasa plans to send science experiments into space aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial plane.Nasa will use SpaceShipTwo to conduct science experiements in microgravity at a sub-orbital altitude of around 350,000 feet above sea level, Virgin Galactic announced on Thursday.

September 23, 2009 by

Can a Windows geek learn to love Snow Leopard?

In the interests of science, I've been dividing my time lately between a Mac running Snow Leopard and a PC running Windows 7. My goal is to gain hands-on experience with Apple's hardware and software to go with the years of experience I already have with Windows. My first challenge: assembling a suite of Mac software to replace my familiar Windows tools. With one exception, I was able to find everything I needed. Here's what I chose, and why.

July 31, 2008 by

OmegaTable, a 24-million pixel VR display

After the LambdaTable unveiled in 2007, the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) will develop the OmegaTable, a new virtual reality display. It will be a modular, multi-sensory touch tabletop for interactive, visual data exploration in 2D and autostereoscopic 3D (3D without special glasses). EVL received a $450K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the device. The project will start in September 2008 for a 3-year duration. Like the LambdaTable, the OmegaTable will have a resolution of at least 24 million pixels, but the difference will be in the human computer interface. 'By incorporating gestural interaction, the OmegaTable will finally allow users to experience virtual reality without being encumbered with special glasses, hand-held controls, or gloves.' But read more...

July 24, 2008 by

NASA used cadavers to test Orion moonship

NASA officials recognized last week that dead bodies were used to develop Orion landing systems. According to NASA, 'three human bodies were used in the tests at Ohio State University Medical Center' in 2007. Even if the results of the experiments helped NASA, one of its spokesman said that the space agency followed widely accepted ethical standards for using cadavers donated for research. He added that 'it's a socially awkward topic. The bodies are all carefully handled through all of the tests. We follow ethical medical procedures with these bodies that have been donated for science.' In fact, NASA relies more on computer simulations than on experiments with cadavers, but read more...

May 16, 2008 by

Automatic eyeglasses prescriptions?

For its space missions, NASA wants astronauts with excellent vision without corrective lenses or glasses. This doesn't prevent its Vision Science and Technology Group to study human vision of ordinary people like you and me. Two members of this group recently discovered that a new formula connecting optical quality with visual acuity could lead to automatic eyeglasses prescriptions. The researchers also said this 'could also enable surgeons to more accurately assess and correct the vision of patients undergoing LASIK or refractive surgery.' But read more...


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