Your Tax Dollars At Work: Laser Guided Bullets

Sandia labs Laser Guided Bullett
Sandia labs Laser Guided Bullett
The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. Photo by Randy Montoya from Sandia Labs

Sandia Labs scientists had developed laser guided bullets. Really they are mini guided missals.

Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target.

A Scoprion's Body Might Act Like A Giant Eye

From a Wired Science article titled “Glowing Scorpion Exoskeletons May Be Giant Eyes“:

Scorpion bodies are studded with eyes, sometimes as many as twelve — and scientists may have found one more.

A scorpion’s entire exoskeleton may act as one giant light receptor, a full-body proto-eye that detects shadows cast by moonlight and starlight.

That’s still just a hypothesis, but it would help explain why they glow so brilliantly under ultraviolet light.

Twelve eyes? TWELVE! Little bastards.

The Lost World In New Mexico


According to Live Science, a few dinosaurs were still roaming around New Mexico 500,000 years after the great apocalypse that killed the rest of them.

The whole idea that a space rock destroyed the dinosaurs has become controversial in recent years. Many scientists now suspect other factors were involved, from increased volcanic activity to a changing climate. Either way, some 70 percent of life on Earth perished, and an asteroid impact almost surely played a role.
Scientists recently analyzed dinosaur bones found in the Ojo Alamo Sandstone in the San Juan Basin. Based on detailed chemical investigations of the bones, and evidence for the age of the rocks in which they are found, the researchers think some dinosaurs outlived the crash that occurred 65 million years ago and stuck around for a while.

New Mexico is a popular place for Dinosaur hunters because of how well fossils has been preserved.

Biosphere 2 Sold To Build Houses

Biosphere 2Biosphere 2 cost $200 million to build and is being sold for $50 million to build houses on the land surrounding it. They may have the University of Arizona continue to use the ‘sphere, but it’s fate doesn’t seem certain yet. Maybe they should build houses in Biosphere and seal it up again.

TUCSON – A landmark 3.1 acre glass terrarium known as Biosphere 2 and 1,650-acres surrounding the research site north of Tucson have been sold to a home developer, but the buyers said the building where scientists lived in a sealed environment will remain open to researchers and tours for now.

Solar Powered Cave for Hermit

Ah yes, we don’t have enough wackos with the drunk driving and all. We get these characters as well

Roy Michael Moore, a 56-year-old who grew up in Amarillo, said he came to Los Alamos about four years ago for a “very distinct reason”: to get the attention of scientists working on the most complex cosmological problems of the universe and introduce them to his unifying theory.
Mike, as he calls himself, has come to be known as either the “caveman” or the “hermit,” depending on to whom you talk, since he was discovered on Oct. 13 living in a well-appointed cave in a deep, wooded canyon on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

It’s not enough that he was living in the cave but he also had put in a door and sealed it in with foam insulaltion and had solar cells. It appears that he had been living there for years. If it wasn’t for the massive smoke put out by his stove this time around they would have never found him.
He also had some Marijuana plants growing around his little cave, apparently to help with his research.

[Updated:] What the? This guy has his own website (of course he does). Thanks Boing Boing. 

Rio Grande Dries Out

In case there was any doubt that we are still in a drought, “The Rio Grande River has dried out in a 23-mile stretch between Isleta Pueblo and Elephant Butte. Scientists are working on what’s become an annual event.” There is some good news as they are removing restrictions at the Santa Fe National Forest because of the rain and humidity we’ve had. Although the humidity has helped our swamp cooler function very well.