Category: Technology

See and Hear the Earth in Brand New Ways

There is little doubt that the Earth is the most interesting thing within, at least, 5 light years of your present location. It has the greatest diversity of ecosystems and life (as we know it). It is mostly harmless and whether or not it has intelligent life is debatable. Nonetheless, it remains the only thing that you might stop and look at for very long if you were a space traveller passing through this solar system.

Today a new time-lapse video (via Blastr) taken on the International Space Station gives you an idea what the Earth would look like if you did a low-orbit flyover:

Earlier this week an audio recording was released of the radio waves coming from Earth’s radiation belts.

“…it’s known as “chorus.” Chorus is the term used to describe the audio version of radio signals emitted by plasma waves as they travel through the belts.

“This is what the radiation belts would sound like to a human being if we had radio antennas for ears,” Kletzing said.

Radio operators have been able to hear low-quality versions of chorus for years, but this is the first time such high-powered instrumentation has captured the sound.”

So the next time you are staring at the stars in awe and wonder, remember that you are standing on the most interesting thing in the immediate vicinity, look down a little more often!

Planetary Resources Space Mining Company Now Hiring

Technically they’re not ‘hiring’ so much as looking for interns and no actual mining is going to happen until, at least, the end of the decade. It is true though that the plan is to mine asteroids and the company is looking for students who want to be a part of the dream.

Planetary Resources, a company whose investors include filmmaker James Cameron and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, plans to use robots to find and mine asteroids in or near our solar system.

The requirements for these (paid co-op) internships are not small, among other things you have to be willing to relocate to Bellevue, WA, you need to be a university junior or senior who is qualified to work in the United States, has an GPA of 3.2 or higher. Specifically you need to be getting good grades in a subject such as engineering, computer science or physics but it is still exciting (if you have any nerd in you at all) that you can now apply for a job with an asteroid mining company.

If you think you have what it takes, click here to view the full posting.