Category Archives: Science/Engineering

Aransas Pass gets a makeover

“These massive infrastructure undertakings are just two among dozens of colossal infrastructure projects along Texas’ coastal bend. This crescent of sleepy beach towns and oyster-shell-crusted beaches is fast becoming a focal point for the world’s energy market. Tens of billions of dollars’ worth of public and private energy investments are transforming the area around Corpus Christi at a blinding pace. And most of them are dedicated to exporting energy—something that wasn’t possible until just a few years ago.”

The Corpus Christi area already is the number one crude oil exporter in the U.S. and is angling to be the number one LNG exporter as well.

Via Popular Mechanics

Israeli spacecraft takes Selfie

The Hebrew means Israel Lives! The English: Small Country, Big Dreams

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In only two years…

Roadster to the Sun

Space X’s Elon Musk celebrated the Feb. 6. 2018, first flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket by launching a cherry-red Tesla roadster with a space-suited mannequin driver into solar orbit. Video low-orbit view here.

“The Tesla will likely make quite a few laps around the sun before its deep-space adventure comes to an end. An orbit-modeling study performed last year predicted that the space car will eventually slam into either Venus or Earth, probably within the next few tens of millions of years.”

When you’re filthy rich you can do anything, obviously. Even evade the environmental wackos who might have held this up. Too late, guys, the roadster is now about 226 million miles away. And probably a wreck.

Via Space dot com

The Fitzgerald

A warship doomed by ‘confusion, indecision, and ultimately panic’ on the bridge.

The Navy she has become a sloppy ship. The Fitz was the second destroyer hit by  a tanker merchant ship, this time in broad daylight, in three months in 2017.

Via the good journalists at the Navy Times

UPDATE:  “There was debris everywhere,” Fort said under oath of the destroyer’s Combat Information Center. “Food debris, food waste, uneaten food, half-eaten food, personal gear in the form of books, workout gear, workout bands, kettlebells, weightlifting equipment, the status boards had graffiti on them. I’d never seen a CIC like that in my entire time in the Navy,” the surface warfare officer of more than 25 years recollected.

An impressive hole

View of the far side of Luna, a great hole to be explored, and inside the Chinese probe, an experimental biosphere that may lead to a moon base for people– a sustainable closed ecosystem.

Just another day at the office

The 16th dragon ship to rendezvous with the International Space Station has delivered Xmas goodies and “a team of space-going mice” which I’m sure will outrage PETA if they don’t make it back alive.