MIT’S Ingestible origami robot

Imagine eating like a thousand of these, and they go through and eat all the fat in your body. It’d be like liposuction but better! The waste might be a problem though…

They could cut out tumors from your body with no surgery. They could intelligently deliver medicine, targeting specific organs. They could take readings from various parts of your body, and doctors could examine the findings after you excrete them.

Biotech is gettin crazy.

NASA’s New Horizons – Updated

It was a rumor…bastard press!



Apparently, NASA announced another announcement. Having recently proven the existence of flowing water on Mars, I think they’ve set the bar pretty high going forward. Here’s a story about the current status and findings of the New Horizons mission:

Pluto and Charon

I’m thinking they’ll announce that either there’s flowing liquid (not water, possibly methane or nitrogen) on one of these bodies’ surfaces, or that they have enough data to say there’s a subsurface ocean.

Of course, I have no effing clue. Just a guess. What do you think?


Random thoughts, or something

You know, the trippiest thing about building starships is going into the living quarters when you’re done. You see, people who think they may want to live on the starship will come and look at one or two of these apartments, and decide which model they want, get an idea of where in the ship they wanted it located, based on many factors like income, family life, married or single, whether you’re a loner or like to hang out in the town square, all the good stuff.

I see all these places when they are first built; when they are empty. I go through them room by room and look for things like if the curtains are cut too long, or if there are carpet fibers on the toilet seat. I go through them in extreme, exact detail, to ensure that they are all the same.

Here’s the trippy part, imagining all these hundreds of thousands boarding the ship, all of them going to the identical rooms, traveling to the same destination that not one of them will be alive to see. Their great-great-grandchildren will have forgotten the randomness of Earth, and will have been raised with that mindset, that everything is the same.

It makes me think, isn’t humanity just all of one person? Seeding itself throughout the universe? Aren’t we all the same?

So you know, I think I’m getting better as a writer

So maybe she’s talking to a bartender. “Hello there,” the bartender says, a woman about Mary’s age, but much thicker. “Drink?”

“Beer, please,” mary says. The bartender gets her a beer on tap. “Thank you, tell me, you have a lot of strangers here?”

“Oh no, why you’re the first person I’ve seen for the first time in a some time, a few days perhaps.”

“interesting,” mary sips at her beer and rolls her eyes, licks her lips. The ceiling is low here, perhaps ten feet, but the holograph is just fans spinning and spinning in the air. “that’s very interesting.”

“oh, how so, if you dont mind me asking?”

“I, uh,” Mary pauses to belch, spraying some wet beer drops from her throat, onto the bartender’s face. “I don’t mind at all. It’s interesting because there was something that happened, right here, not slo long ago. A few days, perhaps.”

“A few days, only, you say? Ah yes, I believe I know what you’re talking about.” The bartender leans forward, over the bar, and places her hand up to cup Mary’s ear. Into mary’s eardrum, she whispers, “There was murder here, moider, not so long ago.” Mary licks her lips and takes a deep breath.

Where is the vacation home for the human race?

If you’re like me, then you have probably wondered where our descendants will vaction. Whether it’s the local beach, or twenty two light years away, I like to belive that we’ll eventually have the technology to traverse the vast abysses in space. I am quite the optimist, after all.

Now, I present to you:

Super Earth!

It’s what they call any large extrasolar planet that could resemble our own Earth.

It’s pretty interesting how they find these planets. A planet’s gravity slightly pulls the star around which it orbits. This causes the star to wobble. Astronomers detect the star’s wobble via their super powerful telescopes. They analyze the wobble to determine what the charestics of the planet could be.

That’s the gist of it, anyway.

Another way to detect extrasolar planets is to measure a star’s light over long periods of time. Astronomers know a planet is orbiting a star if the star becomes dimmer or brighter over x period of time (where x is the planet’s orbital period).

Will we ever make it to a habitible planet that exists outside our solar system? Not likely…definitely not in any of our lifetimes, anyway.

As humanity continues to progress, if it continues to progress, who knows where we’ll go. Maybe we’ll go backwards, and our descendants will be grateful for any kind of break outside of hunting deer and picking wild blueberries.

Maybe they’ll spend their honeymoons soaking up the beautiful beach sun on GJ 667Cc.