Archive for January, 2003

Physicists Teleport Quantum Bits Over Long Distance

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 29, 2003   View Article

Fans of the television and movie series Star Trek often lust after the technology that allows characters to step onto a transporter and be instantaneously whisked from one room on the U.S.S. Enterprise to another room, another planet, or another universe.

The technology is known as teleportation. It involves taking away the material properties of an object at one location and transferring the exact details of its configuration to another location where it is reconstructed.

For Profit Moon Mission Slated for October

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 29, 2003   View Article

A satellite whose creators hope will be the envy of NASCAR is slated to deliver business cards, personal notes, fine jewels, and cremated human remains to the surface of the moon later this year.

The mission is a commercial enterprise of TransOrbital, Inc., a company based in La Jolla, California. The company’s logo-plastered satellite will capture detailed video and photographs of the moon’s surface and crash-land a capsule full of personal mementos on the moon’s surface.

Comets: How Big A Threat To Earth?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 28, 2003   View Article

Earth-bound asteroids grab newspaper headlines for good reason. Scientists say the fallout of an asteroid several city blocks wide smacking into the planet would be catastrophic. Mass extinctions, runaway infernos, erratic climate fluctuations, and devastating impacts on human civilization are just some of the scenarios imagined.

Why, then, does the threat of a comet impact with Earth—potentially as dire if not worse than an asteroid—rarely leak onto the pages of the popular press?

Hydrothermal Vents Found in Arctic Ocean

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 23, 2003   View Article

Marine scientists surveying an unexplored mountain range deep beneath the Arctic Ocean have discovered at least nine hydrothermal vents on the Gakkel Ridge, a mid-ocean mountain range that snakes for 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) from high above Greenland to Siberia.

Scientists say the underwater hotspots may potentially host unique forms of life previously unknown to science.

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