Slingatron Kickstarter Promises Cheaper, Cleaner Space Missions

Derek Tidman was fascinated by magnetic rail-guns and launching heavy things really, really far. Rather than turn his attentions to pumpkins and cattle, however, Tidman invented combined a futuristic rail-gun with an ancient hunting weapon to create the Slingatron – a cheaper, cleaner way to put Earth-bound payloads into orbit.

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Video: You Had Me At Rocket Bike

This blog is about gas, ultimately. How to use less gas, what to use instead of gas, and all that jazz. The usual suspects are ethanol, bio-diesel, electrons, and hydrogen-peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide? Watch this death-defying 160 mph rocket bike shame a Subaru STi and you’ll be a believer.

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Fill 'er Up, in SPACE! Antimatter Found in Earth's Orbit

A recent discovery of antimatter in the Earth’s upper magnetic fields have scientists claiming that these tiny specks of matter might one day be used to fuel inter-planetary spacecraft. Tremendous potential energies are tapped matter and antimatter interact (or, “annihilate”) in a reaction that produces energy more efficiently than the nuclear fusion at the sun’s core.

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