October 18, 2012

Genome Hunters Go after Martian DNA

Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review


Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

In what could become a race for the first extraterrestrial genome, researcher J. Craig Venter said Tuesday that his Maryland academic institute and company, Sythentic Genomics, would develop a machine capable of sequencing and beaming back DNA data from Mars.

Separately, Jonathan Rothberg, founder of Ion Torrent, a DNA sequencing company, is collaborating on an effort to adapt his company's "Personal Genome Machine" for Martian conditions.

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Art Thompson: Tech Guru Behind Space Jump
James Trew, Engadget
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October 15, 2012
The Silicon Valley of Human Space Flight
Richard Hollingham, BBC News
The first thing you see as you drive into the Mojave Air and Space Port is a reminder of how hard it is to get into space. Towering over the entrance is the white cone of the Rotary Rocket, a radical launch system that is half... more ››
October 10, 2012
The Tech Behind the Crazy Space Dive
David Zax, Technology Review
It was set to be a historic moment: daredevil Felix Baumgartner was ready to plunge from the edge of the stratosphere down to earth--a record-setting 120,000 feet, and at speeds that are likely to eclipse the sound barrier.... more ››
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Why Can't You Go Space Diving Yet?
Jeremy Hsu, Space.com
An upcoming plunge from a balloon could break the world record for skydiving. But the world may have a long wait before the age of true "space jumps." The Red Bull Stratos "space jump" planned by Austrian skydiver Felix... more ››