The Space-Based Internet Relay That Will Torch Google Fiber Has Launched

With an average global broadband connection speed of just 3.1 Mbps, the internet has become one enormous bottleneck for those that send large amounts of data across it. At that speed, a 100 GB file would take around three days to transfer completely, eons too long in a digital era measured by millisecond pings. But a… » 9/30/13 1:00pm 9/30/13 1:00pm

Liquid Mirror for Lunar Telescope is Made of "Ugly Ions"

What you are looking at is a mirror made of ionic liquid, infrared-reflecting silver nanoparticles mixed with a "highly viscous salty liquid called imidazolium ethylsulphate" or Bob for his closest friends. It's going to be used for the Lunar Liquid Mirror Telescope, something that wasn't possible until now for… » 6/21/07 10:05am 6/21/07 10:05am