Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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Happy birthday to one of NASA's oldest active astronauts - Anna Fisher.

"Anna Lee Tingle Fisher is an American chemist and a NASA astronaut. Formerly married to fellow astronaut Bill Fisher, and the mother of two children, in 1984 she became the first mother in space. Fisher is the oldest active American astronaut. Wikipedia


Anna Fisher, 1979: The first female astronaut (by: James Vaughan)

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This graph shows the dramatic decrease in the cost of gene sequencing.


Cost of sequencing a whole human genome over time.

A little more astronomy today - rains on different planets.


Rains on Different Worlds by Hashem Al-Ghaili

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This map really puts global population distribution into perspective.


Half the world’s population lives in these 6 countries

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A little dose of astronomy facts for today.


Planets of Our Solar System

Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”

Planet facts:

NASA is testing the GL-10 -  an electric aircraft.


Testing Electric Propulsion

On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel? Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014. This research has helped lead to NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate efforts to better understand the potential of electric propulsion across all types, sizes and missions for aviation. Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!


Our daily Shuttle magnificence!



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