Urine Recycler On Space Station Passes Tests

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) said the urine recycler is working properly. Natures been recycling water on Earth for eons, and now NASA is doing the same thing above Earth on the International Space Station.

The space shuttle Endeavour delivered two refrigerator-sized racks packed with a distiller and an assortment of filters designed to process astronauts urine and sweat into clean drinking water. The station crew depends now on water carried up aboard a space shuttle or cargo rocket. But an operational water recycler is expected to cut that need by 65 percent by producing about 6,000 pounds of potable water each year. Thats enough fresh water to allow the station to host six crew members instead of three.

DNA Tests Confirm Remains of 16th Century Astronomer

Poland scientists have completed DNA tests on human remains found in a Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Frombork Poland. They have identified the skeleton remains as a 16th century astronomer named Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was the first astronomer to discover that the Sun was the center of our universe and not the Earth, as most astronomers theorized.

The scientists completed a forensic facial reconstruction of the skills and found that it bears similar facial features found in existing portraits of Copernicus. Furthermore, there was a cut above the left eye which corresponds with the scar in paintings of him. He died in 1543 at the age of 70.

Astronaut Loses $100k Tool Bag on Space Walk

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper performing work on the International Space Station yesterday stated, “Ummm, we have lost a tool”, referring to $100k tool bag that floated away from her while she was working. The mission wasn’t a total loss, as astronaut Stephen Bowen was able to share his tools with Stefanyshyn-Piper to complete their work.

In a video interview, Stefanyshyn-Piper said, “Well, it was definitely not the high point of the EVA. It was somewhat disheartening to open up the bag and to realize there was grease everywhere.”

IBM Working on Futuristic Armor for Battlefield?

An IBM engineer has passed us information regarding a new technology that IBM is developing dealing with military grade armor. While the source does not specifically tell us how the new technology works but it would be a replacement for Kevlar and would reflect any incoming bullets.

It makes us wonder what direction IBM is heading with this new technology, with the patent already applied. While we still aren’t sure exactly sure how the technology will work, long as it protects and does so better than Kevlar – it might be a revolutionary product that could change the battlefield as we see it today.

Mammoth Gone Extinct? No Problem, We’ll Make Another One!

That’s just what scientists are telling us. They are talking about resurrecting an extinct species for as little as $10 million dollars. Using newer and improved technology scientist claim to be able to bring back any species that went extinct within the last 60,000 years, which includes Neanderthals.

Here’s how it would work. Scientists would modify the DNA of an elephant egg so that it would progressively resemble the DNA in a mammoth egg. The final stages of the egg could then be brought to term in an elephant mother, and mammoths might once again roam the Earth. This is all done by finding DNA differences with the genome of its nearest living relative, the elephant.

CNN Uses Holographic Technology to Beam Reporter to Studio

CNN brought all the tricks out of the bag this year during the presidential Election Day. On Tuesday, they “beamed” CNN’s Jessica Yellin to the CNN studios hundreds of miles away and made it appear as though she was in the room talking with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper.

They called this “Holographic” technology, and in reality it was not. While it was very interesting to watch and will probably be used more in the future by studio’s, it’s far from holographic technology.

This fancy trick involved over 44 HD cameras and nearly 20 computers to produce. The HD cameras shoot at all different angles of the body to produce an entire image of the body, similar to motion pictures like The Matrix. This entire system is hooked up in trailers outside the HQ’s of Obama and McCain.