December 23, 2013 |
You can have your in-flight meal and use your laptop too if you've included the Aero-Tray in your carry-on gear. The Z-shaped hinged collapsible workstation opens to become a double-decker desk atop the airplane tray table (or any surface). Or angle the top tier for more ergonomic typing on the tray table or your lap. The bottom tier has a retractable shelf with a cup holder to minimize the risk of spills while multitasking. The pull-out shelf can also be used as a vertical support for a tablet computer.
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December 22, 2013 |
It's 5 a.m. on a rooftop parking lot in downtown Santa Ana and the night sky is just beginning to fade. Under a lamp's orange glow, people in hoodies and sweat pants emerge from the stairwell, wiping the sleep from their eyes and hugging themselves against the cold. "You guys ready?" asks Marc Payan, clutching a mug of coffee in one hand, his phone in the other. On his command, about 100 people lunge around the concrete lot, then quickly step into two long lines facing each other.
December 20, 2013 |
Think you have a productive Saturday ahead? Try this: NASA astronauts are getting up bright and early to hop out into space and fix an important cooling loop pump aboard the International Space Station. The two spacewalkers, rookie Michael Hopkins and six-time veteran Rick Mastracchio , plan to replace a faulty pump in an external ammonia cooling loop that shut down last week after it got too cold. 2013: The Year in Science It's going to be a complex job , spanning a planned three separate spacewalks - and the last one is set for Christmas Day. The astronauts will have to pull a pump module about the size of a refrigerator out of one part of the space station, carefully disconnect it, and then bring over another refrigerator-size spare to replace it. For this spacewalk , they'll start disconnecting the faulty pump and start some work on the spare one. This spacewalk is set for 4:10 a.m. Pacific Time, and NASA coverage starts an hour earlier.
December 17, 2013 |
It's official: NASA astronauts will have to step out into space to fix a faulty cooling loop at the International Space Station. Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins will take on the task, which will probably take two spacewalks and could stretch to three. The spacewalks, scheduled for Dec. 21, 23 and 25, come after engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston tried fiddling with a broken valve in a pump in an ammonia cooling loop to figure out what exactly was wrong with it. The pump was shut down last week after it failed to regulate the ammonia levels and it got too cold, NASA officials said.
December 17, 2013 |
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa. As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight. After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire.
December 16, 2013 |
Greg Benson, actor and funnyman, has a new prank video climbing the YouTube charts. "Cell Phone Crashing at the Airport" has Benson and his hidden camera (operated by wife Kim Evey) crowding people at an airport as they talk on their phones. Benson, on his MediocreFilms, has crashed cellphone conversations before -- at a park, a soccer game, on the streets of San Francisco . He responds to others' conversations into his own phone. It takes a moment for people to register the pleasant-looking man invading their space.
December 13, 2013 |
Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX is a step closer to taking over NASA's most historic launchpad, where the mighty Saturn V rocket made its moonshot and where the first space shuttle rumbled to life. The space agency confirmed Friday that it has chosen SpaceX to begin negotiations on a lease to operate Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The pad is where Apollo 11 lifted off in 1969 en route to the first manned moon landing. It is also where the first space shuttle mission in 1981 and the last mission in 2011 were launched.
December 11, 2013 |
A cooling system failure aboard the International Space Station may require a spacewalk, NASA officials said Wednesday. One of two ammonia cooling loops on the station's exterior shut down Wednesday morning, NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. “You need the cooling in space because heat doesn't dissipate like it does on the ground,” she said. Authorities think that an excess of ammonia triggered a safeguard to shut the loop down. [Update, 9:05 p.m. Dec. 11: NASA's Johnson Space Center used Twitter to update followers on the situation.
December 11, 2013 |
A year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, an experimental space drone continues to circle the Earth. Its mission and hush-hush payload, however, remain a mystery. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a miniature unmanned version of the space shuttle, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Dec. 11, 2012. At the time of launch, Air Force officials offered few details about the mission, saying that the space plane simply provided a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components.
December 10, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the Art + Technology Lab, which will provide grants and lab space to artists who want to experiment with new technologies. LACMA said the new program and lab space would encourage innovative ideas and foster collaboration across disciplines and industries. "The endeavor will award grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to help artists take purposeful risks in order to explore new boundaries in both art and science," the museum said Tuesday in a press release.