The Van Allen Belt
is a pesky radioactive torus
surrounding Earth. Spacecraft operating for extended periods within it must use heavy and expensive radiation hardening
techniques just to survive.
Tethers Unlimited has proposed a rather daring scheme for circumventing this nuisance: HiVOLT
. [more inside]
When communism crumbled in 1989 it created an opportunity for wildlife.
The Iron Curtain that divided communist Eastern Europe from the capitalist West had created a no-man's-land protected by barbed wire and minefields - a last haven for many rare animals and plants.
There used to be this problem
you see, until one
of our own kindly settled it.
His services are desperately needed once again
Coming soon to a crowded sidewalk near you: the Excuse Me Belt
. (Flash. First link is video.) via
The New England Belt Sander Racing Association
has just held their 2006 Winter Nationals. The results aren't up yet but you can watch a movie of the 2003 championship. [via]
Big object sighted...
if you liked Sedna
, you're bound to love 2003 EL61
, which has been found lurking in photographs from a couple of years ago
. There appears to be some speculation that this one could be larger than Pluto.
In vogue during the Middle Ages, chastity belts
are making a come back in Pennsylvania. Get yours today
from the Pennsylvania State Legislature in time to celebrate their annual Chastity Awareness Week
. But of course, what's good for the goose is good for the gander
(NSFW) so I expect all (unmarried) Pennsylvanian legislators to be similarly outfitted. Your tax dollars at work
to the tune of a quarter billion dollars.