Bad weather and technical problems with an underwater rover frustrated the latest expedition to find clues to Amelia Earhart’s fate. —> Read More
“I created ‘Golden Waters’ so when the public engages with the work, they are not only drawn in, but are able to stop, think and observe,” artist Grimanesa Amoros explained to the Huffington Post. “By looking, we are informing ourselves and deciding how to get involved with what we see. During the moment of engagement, the work hopefully takes viewers into a space of reflection where they themselves might be surprised by their reactions.”
Amoros is the mind behind “Golden Waters,” an electric artistic intervention spread atop the 50-mile-long body of water that is the Arizona Canal. Using an LED tubing system, Amoros crafts a glowing serpentine stream at the nexus of light and water, nature and metropolis.
Born in Lima, Peru, Amoros was inspired by her childhood travels when crafting the public art piece as well as the Peruvian people’s ability to combine beauty and survival. “As a teenager, growing up in Lima, I would travel throughout Peru whenever I could,” she said. “My goal was to see as many of the country’s historical sites as possible.” Specifically, Amoros was moved by the Uros Islands in Lake Titicaca in southeast Peru, floating islets made entirely out of totora reeds. “The pre-Incan Uros people, who lived on 42 self-fashioned floating islands, built everything out of these reeds — from houses to watch towers.”
“The Uros people are very similar to the Hohokam people. They both used ingenuity to survive and improve their existence.” The Hohokam people, also known as the Canal Builders, were another major source of inspiration for Amoros. “They developed an ingenious irrigation system that enabled them to become the most skillful farmers in the Southwest as early as 300 A.D.,” she said. Their use of the canal inspired the central concept behind —> Read More
Much of the expedition was dependent on an ROV, which failed to operate. —> Read More
Australia is home to one of the world’s great art treasures in the form of hundreds of thousands of rock art sites scattered throughout the country. —> Read More
With the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider, now operating at nearly twice its former collision energy, comes an enormous increase in the volume of data physicists must sift through to search for new discoveries. Fortunately, a remarkable data-management tool developed by physicists is evolving to meet the big-data challenge. —> Read More
Computer engineering student James Yoder, from the University of Texas in Austin, has created a web tool that allows users to track all the known pieces of space debris in orbit around our planet. —> Read More
A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn. —> Read More
MUCH TO THE DELIGHT of scientists and technicians, the frigid sky over the snow-covered Siberian fields and villages remained clear as dawn approached. The February stars put on a dazzling show as they revolved about Polaris, higher in the sky than many of the foreign visitors were used to seeing it. The frequency of sporadic meteors increased as the night grew long, as if providing a warm-up act.
Charter flights were already in the air, filled with business tycoons and celebrities, and rumor even had it that Russian President Vladimir Putin was on one. The planes could be seen in all directions except in the special airspace dedicated to cooperative research flights by the Russian Federal Space Agency, the European Space Agency, and NASA, and in the restricted airspace directly beneath the asteroid’s projected path. In order to keep light pollution from interfering with the observations, the nearby city of Chelyabinsk was in blackout. Everyone waited at the ready for the meteor event of the century.
This is a fictional account of what might have happened February 15, 2013, if we had been a decade further along in our efforts toward asteroid discovery and planetary defense. An array of powerful space-based infrared survey telescopes (such as the proposed NEOCam or Sentinel Mission), combined with dedicated ground-based telescopes (such as ATLAS and LSST, both currently under construction) might have been able to warn us of the 65-foot-wide (20 meters) asteroid that exploded over Russia, causing damage and alarm. We have pieced together the asteroid’s story from recovered fragments and serendipitous dashboard-camera footage. But imagine instead how the events near Chelyabinsk might have unfolded if an advanced detection system had already been in place.
The meteor explosion pictured here is the result of a 3-D simulation by the author. By modeling such events, —> Read More
Chat rooms play a positive role in motivating students and encouraging an independent approach to learning English as a foreign language. —> Read More
Like an immutable passport, birth certificate and social security number, our DNA is a marker of who we are and where we’ve come from. —> Read More