NASA Nerds’ Gangnam Style (NASA Johnson Style)

English: The NASA insignia. Español: Insignia ...

English: The NASA insignia. Español: Insignia de la NASA. Italiano: Logo della NASA. Русский: Логотип НАСА. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being a nerd doesn’t mean you have to always follow the nerdy rules (e.g., wearing glasses, sitting in front of the computer all day, etc…), because the inner nerdy us can sometimes go wild too.  Being a nerd doesn’t mean you have to always be the first to create something, because you can also do a parody of a famous song which had been parodied to death by others.  This means it’s nothing wrong when NASA is having some fun by doing a parody of “Gangnam Style.”  Check out NASA Johnson Style video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!


A Galaxy Is A Universe?

Solar System

Solar System (Photo credit: Joe Plocki (turbojoe))

I can’t help but imagine up a crazy scenario in regarding to the bewilderment of the finding of Voyager 1 so far.  According to Arstechnica’s “Missing: Voyager 1 yet to find the boundary line of the Solar System” article, it seems that the model of predicting the borderline of our solar system has been wrong as the scientists cannot agree with the Voyager 1’s data in this regard.  Of course, I’m not going to lie, I barely understand the article since it is too science-nerdy.  Nonetheless, the article has suggested that Voyager 1’s data have somehow hinted that it is unexpectedly not yet being where it’s supposed to be, and where it’s supposed to be is to be near the border of the solar system.  Beyond the immediate surrounding of our solar system border is known as heliopause.  Anyhow, it’s clearly shown that we can only guess of how the stuffs in our universe behave according to the theories and models we think that are most likely to be correct, but the truth is that the reality of the stuffs out there, within our universe, can really be bizarre.  Especially, as the distance gets farther and farther away from our home planet, we can only truly guess.

So what is my crazy scenario?  Without any proof and fact to back up this scenario, and I know it’s probably and most likely inclining toward science fiction and pure fantasy, but this idea had entered my tiny brain regardless.  Let just dilly dally a bit more before I reveal the crazy scenario.  So, according to other people, just the Milky Way galaxy alone, which contains earth (our home planet), has roughly around 200 billion stars or even more.  I can be wrong on this next thing.  According to other people again, many solar systems in Milky Way galaxy might contain more than one star.  According to what we think we know, our solar system is unique as it contains only one star.  Still, even if there are solar systems that can contain unlimited amount of stars, 100 billion stars or more are plenty for plenty of solar systems to spring about.  We’re making the stars as the protagonists, because the stars are the most massive objects in any solar system.  With this knowledge, we can say the stars are the most important bodies in a solar system.  Hint, the emphasis of calling a smallest system (i.e., containing stars) of systems within a universe as a solar system.  Solar means sun.  Sun is a star.  My point of laying all these assumed facts out is that the distance and sizes of things in space are just mind boggling.

Since it’s just crazy enough to contemplate on the things we think we know about our solar system, imagine that we have to also think about other galaxies.  Even crazier, we like to think about the universe itself.  Perhaps, I might be even crazier and suggest that each galaxy is a universe of itself.  This is the very (crazy) scenario which I had hinted about.  Of course, you can’t disprove me yet until there is a technology which allows you to travel beyond our galaxy.  Sure, you can try to disprove this crazy scenario with your naked eyes and cameras and say that your naked eyes and cameras had seen the galaxies such as Andromeda.  But let me ask you this, how do you know what you see isn’t another universe but just a galaxy?  Of course, you can argue and say a galaxy is a universe, but a universe in a galaxy manner, because the real universe would encompass all objects we think there are in space.  Even with this argument, how can you be so sure of what you have seen with the eyes and the tools (e.g., camera, telescope)?  The Voyager 1 so far has proved that the model which we rely on for the calculation the distance from here on out, nearing the border of our solar system, has been wrong.  It had taken 35 years for the Voyager 1 to travel that far out, and yet it seems the evidence is suggesting the Voyager 1 is nowhere near the edge of the solar system.  Perhaps, Voyager 1 isn’t sufficient enough to actually bring about the evidences we need to prove that we have seen the border of our solar system?  In any regard, things out there are simply too complex for us to know exactly unless we actually travel there ourselves.  Even then, let us contemplate on these things even more.

In conclusion, I’ve no idea what I’m talking about, but the crazy scenario had already entered my tiny brain.  I let it sprouts, because it is just so fascinating.  Nonetheless, like I say, it might just be simply a crazy, idiotic scenario.  I chuckle, a galaxy is a universe.  By the way, don’t talk about this idea in your science class, because your fellow classmates might laugh at you and think you’re an idiot.  So, you have been warned!  For me, sometimes, it’s great to be an idiot.


Human Arrogance May Cost Us Our Dear Civilizations; To Not Explore Is To Stem A Growth Of Any Sort!

Description: Trees were knocked down and burne...

Description: Trees were knocked down and burned over hundreds of square km by the Tunguska meteoroid impact. Note: This image is public domain, from the Leonid Kulik expedition in 1927 Source: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Story like the report of Huge Asteroid to Fly by Earth Thursday: How to Watch Online reminds us that complacency can be a death knell of humankind civilizations.  What might be worse would be that us so called modern humans may have the ingenuity to come up with methods to evade a space rock that might end all humankind civilizations, but a solution might never come about until too late!  It will happen if us humans tend to be complacent and think that the invincibility of humanity would always prevail.

Perhaps we thought we had survived few events where space rocks actually had entered our earth atmospheres, therefore we should be evermore complacent and moot about this sort of events.  Remember the Tunguska event?  Many of us who are busied with making a living and make way in society, therefore we might never allow ourselves the time to think about something that might end us all.  Nonetheless, have we ever wondered a scenario of a space rock that is big and dangerous enough which might threaten the survival of all earthly civilizations is heading this way?  Have we thought about if this space rock is so big to a point that we cannot use any of our weapons and tools to deflect it?

I fear that we humans might not be able to come up with a solution that is capable of pushing a space rock with the size of a city out of earth’s orbit, therefore we humans must think up ways to ensure the survival of humankind.  Let not be too arrogant and think that our innovations can solve all problems, because there might be problems that just too big and too ugly for humans to take on.  Don’t wait till at the very late stage when we finally realize that the space rock that might end us all won’t budge even if we use all our tools and weapons to deny its earthly collision course, because then it would be too late, too too late to do anything about it… all because of human arrogance?  This is why it’s crucial for space programs to be expanded and not to be scuttle away.

Expanding space programs might allow humans to be able to cultivate another space body to the point that humans can settle there, and this will too allow humankind to have an insurance of sort — an insurance of which to protect human civilizations from humankind extinction.  We see animal kingdom’s extinctions all the time, and don’t think for a second that humans are immune to this sort of extinction.  Another advantage of expanding space programs is to allow a future where prosperity can only grow but not shrink, because within deep space we might find plenty of resources that we need and other exotic resources that we may need.  Us humans never know there might be some types of resources that lay in space, waiting to be discovered, and such resources might be potent enough to drive human innovations even further than our very own hopes and imaginations.  Thus too our civilizations will prosper and grow like we have never seen before!!!

Without explorations of the past, we would not have been where we are today.  Within space, uncharted territories are countless, and by promoting and cultivating bolder, bigger, better, and gutsier kind of space programs — we humans might see humankind civilizations to have an almost eternal lifespan.  Sure, nothing will last forever, but why not let us dare to hope and try to cultivate our humankind civilizations to last as long as we can, right?

Mars Images App Allows You To See Latest Mars Pictures From Opportunity Rover

According to Wired, NASA has released a new app for iPhone and iPad, allowing iOS users to receive latest Mars images directly from NASA’s Opportunity rover.  How directly?  I’m not sure!  Nonetheless, I think this app will be able to excite science geeks.  Unfortunately, the amazing sturdy Opportunity rover (launched in 2003 and made to Mars in 2004) could not send images in color, or else I would be just excited as those science geeks.  I know, I’m asking too much, but it’s a perspective from a non-science geek anyway!  So, the next time you ponder on what is up with Mars, you can always pull out Mars Images app and check out some Mars photos.  Don’t forget to pray for Opportunity rover’s long life, OK?  For your information, Mars Images app can be found on Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad.


Japanese Made First Flying Sphere Craft Ever In The World?

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While pursuing whatever they had in mind for aircrafts, Japanese Defense Ministry came up with a sphere flying prototype.  The sphere body gave the flying craft the ability to land on all types of terrain.  It could even hover and roll along the wall vertically in midair if it wanted to.  It could fly up to 40 miles per hour.

To read more is to go insane with me on a fictional and hypothetical kind of imagination.  Anyhow, read on my Jedi!

Imagining that we could build a much bigger version of it to carry humans.  Inside the sphere craft, it should have a compartment which should be protected from the shock and external gyration.  The inner compartment should roll or spin to create artificial, controllable gravity.  While inside earth atmosphere, the inner compartment should manage somehow to allow passengers feel earth’s own gravity.

The inner compartment should hold an even innermost compartment, and this innermost compartment should not spin but stay steady so the passengers could walk around normally as if they hadn’t yet left earth.

Coupling this sphere flying craft with exotic power system which nobody had thought of yet to allow this very craft to fly even faster than anything we had ever imagined.  I think we could have something so awesome which might be used in space for interplanetary traveling.  Of course, the sphere flying craft should be able to fly within earth atmosphere also!

NASA’s New Toy Needs No Moving Part To Cool Massive Heat Conducive Devices

There are good reasons why tax payers need to fund NASA generously each year.  Usually, the things NASA researches and explores with may not have immediate impact to our daily lives, but soon or later something from NASA will seep into society in a big and positive way!  One perfect example was one of those earliest versions of microchip was developed by Texas Instrument, but the the project was funded by NASA for space program — this unique circumstance was eventually gave birth to modern microchips that we’re using today.  Some people even mention that mobile phone was made possible by NASA!  So, when NASA has announced that it has a working prototype of a cooling system with no moving part that is slim and small as a human finger but yet withstanding extreme heat, some of us probably are amazed but not totally surprised by NASA’s new toy.

This new toy of NASA is known as electrohydrodynamic (EHD) pump, but it does not really relying on any moving part to pump the heat away from certain mechanical devices.  Instead, the pump relies on electric field to work its magic.  To tell the truth, it’s hard to understand how it really works, but NASA isn’t joking about their new toy’s potential.  In fact, NASA is aiming to ever improve EHD technology.  You never know NASA may one day be able to shrink the size of their new toy as small as a grain of sand, and then use variant of it to cool tons of heat from ever heat conducive, small computing devices.  Perhaps, we can use EHD technology to create portable airconditioning such as clothes that channel heat away from humans’ bodies during a super hot summer day.  I don’t know, but it seems this technology has huge potential to me.  In fact, I think everyone is seeing the same thing!  How about you?