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androidUS EPA highest mileage car rankings

Here is the US EPA list of best mileage cars for 2013 by class of car. If the electric cars are excluded then the Toyota Prius models are the best with about 50 mpg combined. The best truck is the …

appleElon Musk of Space – Why the US Can Beat China: The Facts About SpaceX Costs

Elon Musk has an open letter which describes how Spacex keeps its costs low and why they can beat China Bigelow Aerospace (inflatable space stations), Spacex,of Ad Astra Rocket Company (makers of the VASIMR plasma rocket) and few companies like …

communicationUMD Scientists Make Magnetic New Graphene Discovery

Schematic of a graphene transistor showing graphene (red), gold electrodes (yellow), silicon dioxide (clear) and silicon substrate (black). Inset shows the graphene lattice with vacancy defects. Vacancies (missing atoms) are shown surrounded by blue carbon atoms. University of Maryland researchers …

androidCarnival of Space 189

Carnival of Space 189 is up at Steves Astrocorner Universe today has satellite before and after photos of areas in Japan hit by the earthquake and tsunami An update of the Sheparding asteroids article is provided by this site. In …

appleGaddafi forces about to attack last Rebel city of Bengazi

On Wednesday, Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the oldest son of the Libyan dictator, declared that Benghazi will fall within 48 hours. The battle for control of Benghazi looked just hours away on Thursday after the Libyan army ordered people to leave …

broadbandHeinlein Style Spaceflight with Supertall Towers—and ‘2001’ Style Space Development

By Joseph Friedlander By strength of materials arguments alone, staged (note that qualifier—a tower whose ‘payload’ is another smaller tower on top—in that sense skyscrapers with setbacks or even the tapered Eiffel tower is staged–) towers 30-to 100 kilometers high …

androidCarnival of Space 182

After a one month hiatus, the Carnival of Space is back. Nextbigfuture will be working with Universe today on the organization of the Carnival of Space. There are hosts signed up into April. 1. the Planetary Society has Amateur image …

cellphoneMost populous countries

Projections for the most populous countries in 2020 through 2050 The 2010 census for Indonesia is showing a substantially higher population, so projections for Indonesia are low. Also, Indonesia may not slow its population growth until much later. Nigeria, Ethiopia, …

communicationSuper High Mileage Cars and Electric Vehicles

The Chevy Volt officially goes on sale in December, though pre-orders began this summer. Initially they’re only available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Michigan. The Volt range extending generator runs on gas and GM …

cellphoneSander Olson interviews Randy Lewis who is making spider silk with silkworms

Here is the Randy Lewis interview by Sander Olson. Dr. Lewis is a molecular biologist who teaches at the University of Wyoming. His group has sequenced the genome of the orb spider, which has silk which is 10x as strong …