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Why we need to find asteroids before they find us.

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

Because asteroids have struck the Earth before, and they will again.  In the latest Scientific American issue, I write about an awe-inspiring project to protect humanity.  If we don’t find and track Near-Earth-Asteroids (ones that cross the Earth’s orbit), then we can never do anything about them.  But if we have lots of advance warning – we have many options to divert an asteroid and prevent the impact.  

Keynote Address at 2011 CleanTech Open

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

I gave the keynote address at the 2011 CleanTech Open. There I saw lots of promising young
startup companies, and also the unveiling of the NASA Night Rover Challenge, a Centennial
Challenge contest for teams to develop a rover that can operate under battery power for a 14-day lunar
night.

The Largest Unexplored Area of Earth

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

What is the largest unexplored area of Earth? Hint: It covers about 70
percent of the surface area of the Earth, and is blue, wet, and filled
with fish… Read more from my editorial in the Honolulu Star Advertiser
here >>>

Robots Swimming Across the Pacific

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

We are about to dispatch 4 robots from California that will swim across the Pacific (2 to Japan, and 2 to Australia). We’ll be taking scientific data along the way (temperature, composition, salinity, etc) and are inviting ocean scientists to make use of the data. For details, check out the contest website here. If you have a novel use for the data, or can address a new scientific problem using this data, we’d love to hear from you!

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How to protect Earth from an asteroid strike

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off


At TEDxNASA in San Francisco, former astronaut and physicist Ed Lu discusses the need to develop an early-warning and precision tracking/guidance system to prevent asteroids from hitting the planet.

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Ed joins Liquid Robotics

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

Ed is now working part time with Liquid Robotics as Chief of Innovative Applications. We make self-propelled autonomous ocean-going robots. Check out the company website here, and the press release here. Fast Company has a profile too here.

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Why we need to find asteroids before they find us.

by jasonz | on Dec 12, 2011 | Comments Off

Because asteroids have struck the Earth before, and they will again.  If we don’t find and track Near-Earth-Asteroids (ones that cross the Earth’s orbit), then we can never do anything about them.  But if we have lots of advance warning – we have many options to divert an asteroid and prevent the impact.  Read my Scientific American piece here.

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