Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It’s called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can’t explain why. Shawyer’s engine is extremely light and simple. It provides a thrust by “bouncing microwaves around in a closed container.” The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy. No propellant is necessary, which means that this thrusters can work forever unless a hardware failure occurs. If real, this would be a major breakthrough in space propulsion technology.
Just because NASA’s budget isn’t nearly what it should be, it doesn’t mean they can’t dream big about the future. The above rendering is a beautiful look at what NASA thinks a warp drive ship of the future would look like. There’s the ship itself, and on the outside, you’ll notice the two enormous rings that would theoretically create the warp bubble.
Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on “issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology” to prepare us “for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.”
The above image was one recently captured by NASA satellites, showing huge fires and plumes of smoke running straight down one whole half of the country. NASA says it’s mostly likely famers clearing debris from farmland to help fertilize the soil, but personally, I think it’s all those damn North Korean meth labs that are putting Gus Fring’s operation to shame.
According to anew study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, civilization as we know it is destined for collapse on a global scale in just a few decades. Why? Basically, the same reasons all major civilizations have collapsed— not one thing, but the entire system goes out if balance as populations explode, resources become scarce, the rich slowly start hoarding resources for themselves, widening the gap between rich and poor and eventually the wheels just come off.
The majority of exploration into the presence of water on Mars deals with looking for evidence that there was water on the planet at some point in the past. But NASA JPL has announced they think water may be flowing right this very moment. A combination of salt and iron may be giving this seeping groundwater a natural antifreeze property, and you wouldn’t want to drink it, but still, shit… water on Mars as we speak.
In order to understand how astronauts returning to Earth from a long space voyage would adjust, NASA is willing to fork out $18,000 to anyone who wants to stay in bed for 70 days straight. Sounds like an easy gig, but we’re talking about staying in bed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 70 days. Just laying there, tilted up at a 6 degree angle for nearly 2 and a half months. You don’t get to leave to use the bathroom or eat or anything. Sure, there are worse jobs, but overall it sounds like a good way to go insane. Is there beer? And frequent sex? No? Fuuuuck.
The science of exoplanet detection and analysis has come a long way in a short amount of time. From simply being able to detect their existence, scientists have now, for the first time, been able to watch and map cloud patterns of a planet outside our own solar system. In just a month or two, we’ll be able to spy on their advanced alien culture and make fun of their silly hats.
By combining three years worth of infrared and visual observations from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes, a low -resolution map was stitched together showing high clouds in the gas giant’s western hemisphere. The planet’s eastern side sports clear skies, instead.