Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

solar system

Orbital Dynamics by NASA

This excellent web site from NASA explains a lot about how orbits work. A geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 35,786 kilometers (above sea level) allows a satellite to orbit at the same rate the Earth turns, so it always remains over the same spot on the planet below. Lagrange points are orbital sweet spots […]

“A Beautiful Planet” – an IMAX film

A Beautiful Planet IMAX® Trailer – [youtube.com] The IMAX release of A Beautiful Planet will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® and An IMAX 3D Experience®. For more info visit: http://abeautifulplanet.imax.com/

“Hover Camera” Floats and Follows Using AI

Power it on, flip it open, and it hovers in the air, then will follow you anywhere and take 13 megapixel pictures and record 4K video. It uses a location and mapping algorithm to combine data from a down-facing camera, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope to determine where it is. Then it uses facial and […]

1823 – Betti – bio

Enrico Betti was born in the Tuscany region of Italy in 1823 and was a mathematician. He established proofs and demonstrations of many propositions in Galois theory. He did developmental work on the theory of elasticity. He established a topological classification system based on connectivity that would extend across many dimensions. PRECURSOR: -0325 – Euclid […]

1822 – Hermite – bio

Charles Hermite was born in the Lorraine region of France in 1822 and was a mathematician. He made contributions to number theory, algebra, and elliptic functions. He used elliptic functions to solve a fifth degree algebraic equation. In 1873, he proved that “e” is a transcendental number. PREQUISITE: 1707 – Euler 1736 – Lagrange 1777 […]

Fasting Diet Mimics Genetic Disease Protection

Laron Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes low levels of a growth hormone known as IGF-1. High levels of IGF-1 have been linked to cancer, diabetes and other diseases, while low levels seem to protect against them. There is a growing pool of evidence that various forms of intermittent fasting can also produce lower […]

Stop Using Quicktime for Windows

Quicktime for Windows is no longer being supported by Apple, but new vulnerabilities have been disclosed that include the possibility for “remote code execution”. This means exploits can likely take over control of a computer running Quicktime for Windows. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Trend Micro, and other security organizations have called […]

Climbing a Cable to Space

A space elevator is a long thin cable, anchored on the Earth end and held in place on the space end by a counterweight of ballast. The central balance point of the cable is located at a geo-synchronous orbit level, keeping the cable steady over the anchor point. The weight of the cable (and ballast) […]

Holistic Information System Security

Too often, we think about and plan our information security in terms of protecting pieces of the system. We use firewalls and Anti-Virus (AV) software and intrusion detection and integrity checking and many more techniques to provide needed protections to various pieces. But we may not be paying enough attention to the gaps between the […]

SpaceX Stuck the Landing!

SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft headed to the International Space Station. After the first stage booster rocket expended its fuel, it fell back toward Earth and then fired landing rockets to successfully land on a drone ship platform. In the past, several attempts at this had failed to land the first […]