November 5, 2015

Britain is developing a hybrid rocket engine that can reach 5 times the speed of sound

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Molly M @ 2:03 pm

British defense contractor BAE systems, one of the worlds foremost purveyors of futuristic defense technologies, just officially announced plans to build this new rocket engine. They have invested 31.7 million in this project. If finished; the Synergistic Air- Breathing rocket engine (SABRE) would revolutionize the industry of space travel. 

November 4, 2015

San Francisco vote looms large over Airbnb’s future

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Molly M @ 7:09 pm

Residents of San Francisco are heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on a number of propositions- But the one getting the most attention is Proposition F- essentially a referendum on hometown tech company Airbnb. If passed, Proposition F would limit short term rentals through Airbnb and other rental sites like HomeAway, VRBO, and Flipkey to 75 nights a year; forcing hosts to submit quarterly  reports to the city, and allow neighbors to report violations. Supporters say property owners are renting mainly to tourists, rather than long term renters. Airbnb and allies have raised over $8 million for a “No on F” campaign. Supporters to Proposition F have raised over $1 million.

November 3, 2015

NASA may have found water on Mars

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Molly M @ 2:13 pm

NASA found something amazing on the planet Mars; they may have found a liquid on Mars. They think it may be water, but no one knows for sure if that is what it is. But NASA have a spectroscopy picture of dark streaks that have been observed on the surface of Mars. Late last week the agency trailed a “major science finding” from its ongoing exploration of the red planet- also being used to appeal to people on social media. They are using this article to appeal to young readers on twitter and Facebook to gain an interest in space exploration

NASA Finds What It Thinks Is Liquid Water On Mars | TechCrunch

The scientists used a spectroscopy technique to analyze the chemical composition of dark streaks (which NASA refers to as Recurring Slope Lineae or RSL) they had previously observed on the Martian surface. These streaks had been noticed to vary following temperature changes on the surface — leading to a hypothesis that the substance was water.


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