Mars Trip Radiation Threat

According to Alicia Chang from the Associated Press astronauts traveling to Mars will get about as much radiation as a person getting a full body CT scan about one a week for a full year. Round trip that’s about 662 millisieverts.

To put this in perspective, NASA’s lifetime limit for a male, who has never smoked, aged 30 – 60 is at max 1200 millisieverts. While on Earth the average person gets about 3 millisieverts a year.

Check the full article here.

 

 

The Xbox One: Hardware Analysis & Comparison to PlayStation 4

AnandTech has a good write up on the XBox One hardware and Compares it to the PlayStation 4.

For those that don’t want to read the entire article, here’s a high level view of what the neXt-Box is packing.

- 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU
- 12 CU/768 SP AMD GCN GPU
- 8GB DDR3 system memory
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-ray drive
- 2.4/5.0GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n, multiple radios with WiFi Direct support
- 4K HDMI in/out (for cable TV passthrough)
- USB 3.0

Check out the full write up here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to swap ARM chips for Intel

Reports are saying that Samsung will get rid of the Qualcomm ARM processors they’ve been using and will put in Intel’s Clover Trail+ chip.

On June 20th in London Samsung will hold an event to showcase some new tablets and phones. Haven’t heard for sure if the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be making an appearance there or not.

Check out the full article here.

NASA’s MAVEN mission to pave way to Terraforming Mars?

Later this year, as forbes.com reports, NASA will launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. MAVEN will be dedicated to testing the upper atmosphere and the processes that turned it into the hunk of dusty rock we know today.

This will hopefully show us if and how we can someday turn Mars into a humanly habitable planet.

Check out the article here to see more about the $671 million mission.

Full Scale Lego X-Wing

That’s right my fellow nerds! Lego company has made a 1:1 scale life sized X-Wing fighter from Star Wars!

It reproduces the original Lego 9493 X-Wing Fighter that sold for $60 using a few more bricks and being slightly larger.

Here are all details about the model:

  • Contains 5,335,200 LEGO bricks
  • Weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure)
  • Height: 11 feet / 3.35 meters
  • Length: 43 feet / 13.1 meters
  • Wingspan: 44 feet / 13.44 meters
  • 32 builders spent 17,336 hours (about 4 months) to construct

As always just click the picture for the original article with more pictures and videos.

Korean Restaurant is a Nerd Paradise

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That’s right, a Restaurant in Korea is a Nerd Haven, and for once I’m not going to post scantily clad cosplay chicks!

I can’t even describe this place, it has SO much nerd stuff in it, full size Terminator replicas, countless other action figures and so much more.

You must check out the Kotaku.com article and the pictures they have, click the one below to see the article.

Nerdery on an EPIC scale!

Kepler Repeat

As I stated on Facebook the other day, Time and ABC News is finally catching up to the awesome investigative reporting found right here at Nerditronics and reporting on the troubles with the amazing Kepler space telescope.

I won’t rehash everything that’s going on with Kepler as the article before goes over it all and it’s just a few posts down. But short version is it needs 4 wheels to work, one died before and another is failing.

Time.com Article

ABCNews.com Article