tbischel writes: Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles.
tbischel writes: The results are in: LCROSS has found "significant amounts" of water on the moon. Many will remember the less than stunning impact a month ago, but the near-infrared spectral signatures indicate water was indeed in the plume created by the satellite's impact in the polar crater. This has long term implications in creating a permanent base on the surface of the moon, allowing astronauts to collect water ice from these craters rather than bringing it from Earth, where water could potentially be used to create propellants, or a tasty moon slushy.
tbischel writes: Plans for a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland can move forward under a transportation bill signed by President Bush on Friday that frees up $45 million for the futuristic project.
Derided by critics as pie in the sky, the train would use magnetic levitation technology to carry passengers from Disneyland to Las Vegas in well under two hours, traveling at speeds of up to 300 mph. It would be the first MagLev system in the U.S.