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Google must be Beaming as Apache announces its new top-level projects

The Apache Software Foundation has today announced two new top-level projects, Apache Beam and Apache Eagle. Apache Beam is yet another technology birthed by Google's work on data processing, and its roots can be traced back to Google's initial MapReduce system which revolutionised the science of distributed data processing …

Hatches sealed on ISS pump-up space podule

The hatches have been closed on the International Space Station's (ISS) Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, following three days' work by astronaut Jeff Williams installing sensors and other hardware inside the pump-up space podule. BEAM will spend two years attached to the orbiting outpost's Tranquility module, as NASA and …
Lester Haines, 9 Jun 2016

NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will today enter the International Space Station's (ISS) Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - the pump-up podule on trial at the orbiting outpost "to investigate the potential challenges and benefits of expandable habitats for deep space exploration and commercial low-Earth orbit applications …
Lester Haines, 6 Jun 2016

ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

The International Space Station (ISS) grew by 16m3 on Saturday as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully inflated at the second attempt. Time-lapse images of the BEAM inflation. Pic: NASA TV Success: The ISS gains 16m3. Pic: NASA TV NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spent around seven hours gradually …
Lester Haines, 31 May 2016

ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace earlier today scrubbed a first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - the "human-rated expandable structure" which is clamped to the International Space Station (ISS) for a two-year test. After "several hours of attempts to introduce air into the module" by ISS crew member …
Lester Haines, 26 May 2016
BEAM at the ISS. Pic: Bigelow Aerospace

ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will tomorrow pump up the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - the "first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats". The engorgement is expected to begin at 10:10 GMT (6:10 AM EDT), with NASA TV's live coverage kicking …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2016
BEAM at the ISS. Pic: Bigelow Aerospace

NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

NASA is preparing to unpack Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - described as "first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats" - which arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) last Sunday aboard a SpaceX Dragon resupply vehicle. The Dragon approaching the ISS last …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2016
BEAM at the ISS. Pic: Bigelow Aerospace

Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is set to travel to the International Space Station later this week, ahead of a two-year trial to see how it performs in the rigours of outer space. The 1,400kg inflatable podule is currently packed into the SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft which will depart Cape Canaveral Air …
Lester Haines, 6 Apr 2016
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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

A pulsar that randomly and without warning dramatically changes its pattern of radio wave and X-ray emissions has surprised a team of astronomers, who wrote that it "challenges all proposed pulsar emission theories". A pulsar with glowing cones of radiation Pulsars are spinning neutron stars the size of a small city, with a …

Samsung's projector phone lights up UK

Samsung illuminated British shelves this week with the Galaxy Beam, the company's new Android handset with a built-in projector. The Samsung Galaxy Beam - reincarnated at Mobile World Congress earlier this year - touches down with a 1GHz dual-core processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. There's a 4in, 480 x 800 display for …
Caleb Cox, 31 Jul 2012

Samsung's projector phone beamed up to Blighty

Samsung's Galaxy Beam - the smartphone with a built-in projector - is set to hit UK shelves this month after retailers revealed its expected release date. The Samsung Galaxy Beam was on show at Mobile World Congress in February, sporting a 4in, 480 x 800 display and a 1Ghz dual-core processor running Android 2.3. The obvious …
Caleb Cox, 8 Jun 2012
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'Buy puke-rays and we'll donate to police widows & orphans'

A US firm which sells handheld puke-ray weapons for the police and military markets has adopted a novel marketing ploy. For every chunder-gat purchased, the company will donate a small sum to help the families of cops and troops who have been killed in the line of duty. Laser Energetics of New Jersey announced that its Dazer …
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2009
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Deal inked in US Navy 'R2-D2' raygun robo-turret plan

One of the most critical questions in the world of seagoing death-ray technology today - that is, who would be selected to develop swivelling "R2-D2" robotic laser blaster gun turrets for US Navy warships - has now been answered. American weaponry megacorp Northrop Grumman, makers of the first electric solid-state "battle …
Lewis Page, 8 Jul 2009
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Raygun 747 to fight 'one-off' tag with twin '09 missile fryings

Embattled raygun executives, in charge of America's jumbo jet mounted nuclear-missile-nobbling laser cannon, are fighting back against cuts which have largely sidelined the project. It has been announced that not only will the energy-weapon 747 shoot down a test missile imminently, but a second test will follow the first as …
Lewis Page, 13 May 2009
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Boeing: Raygun dreadnoughts will rule the oceans by 2019

US aerospace mammoth Boeing has made a bold announcement, saying that it will "transform naval warfare in the next decade" by developing powerful warship raygun turrets able to blast enemy missiles and aircraft out of the sky from afar. The arms globocorp said yesterday that it has been awarded an initial $6.9m contract in a …
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2009
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'Transportable' raygun 'deploys' - across Albuquerque

US flying-and-exploding-stuff globocorp Boeing has announced successful tests of a mobile "rapid deployment" complete laser weapon system. Sadly the company has missed the widely accepted shark-portability standard by a huge margin. In fact, Boeing's "Re-Deployable High-Energy Laser System (RHELS)", while handy and lightweight …
Lewis Page, 25 Mar 2009
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Hefty 'battle strength' electro-laser breaks 100kW barrier

US arms globocorp Northrop Grumman have claimed a significant raygun first - producing a 100+ kilowatt laser beam using electrically powered equipment. Blaster rays of this intensity formerly required the use of troublesome, toxic chemical fuels producing equally annoying wastes. The Northrop Grumman 100kW electric laser unit …
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2009
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Pentagon inks deal on portable milli-wave raygun tech

American weaponry globocorp Raytheon has been awarded a contract by the US military to improve the state of the art in microwave blasters for ground troops, offering "lighter-weight, non-lethal" rayguns as an alternative to deadly force. The company announced a deal with the Pentagon's Joint Non Lethal Weapons Directorate ( …
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2009

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