NASA takes early step towards Mars

CNN and many others report that NASA’s Orion not only launched successfully from Florida this morning, but it also splashed down (see video below) in the Pacific this afternoon as planned.  Watching future Orion launches from Cape Canaveral may become as big a tourist attraction as space shuttle launches once were.

New material radiates heat into space

MIT Technology Review blogged about a new material that “requires no electricity uses the universe as a heat sink—even when the sun is shining.”  This might lead to large building rooftops — lined with the material — that keep things cool inside without air conditioning.  See also this article on Stanford University’s website.

Image from NANO LETTERS.

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