Monday, November 12, 2007


NASA scientists are using Stirling cooler technology from the 1800s to design a refrigeration system to keep a probe active on the surface of Venus, where temperatures reach 450C. (Previous probes have lasted less than 2 hours before melting.)

A new antenna has been developed that is made from plasma (the heated gas, not the liquid in blood). It is impervious to jamming and undetectable when turned off. The model shown looks like a curved neon bulb.

A new online book cataloging program has been developed. It is called BookBump, and I'm going to keep an eye on it to see if I want to use it instead of LibraryThing to track my "recently read" books here since Librarything limits the books you can list for free and BookBump has no limits. I'll stick with BookCat for my main library. There's a review on SF Signal today.

The Scrubs finale may never air on TV. There were 18 episodes ordered for this final season. Of those, 11 were written and 10 have been filmed (3 have aired so far), so the final episodes aren't written (although the showrunner knows how he wants it to end. They were given the option of writing an alternate ending and declined. The showrunner believes they'll be able to produce it for the dvd if nothing else.

DVRs for tonight:
8pm Chuck & How I Met Your Mother
830 Big Bang Theory
9pm Heroes & 2.5 Men

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