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Technology update 28 January 2011 5 40
Mars is more than a red dot in the sky. For some it is worth isolating yourself in a closet-sized habitat for months on end.
Born from the legacy of ambitious projects from the early days of space exploration in the 1950s and 1960s, Russian scientists have stayed at the forefront in the effort to find out what we can expect from a deep space mission and how best to prepare ourselves.
From the BIOS-3 closed ecosystem experiments dating back over 40 years to the ambitious MARS-500 project, which will complete the first full-length flight simulation to the Red Planet within the coming month, we take you to the edge of our abilities – and perhaps further.
In this edition of Technology Update we take a look at Russia's most sophisticated bridges: one of the newest and the boldest landmarks on the Moscow's skyline, Russia's first man-made bobsleigh run, and the construction of the biggest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
On this month's show, we turn up the heat with Moscow's firefighters as they put their latest gear to the test. An electronic glove may mean one less language barrier for us all. An unlikely material helps buildings survive the bumping and grinding of tectonic plates not to mention the trials of time. And despite the robot invasion, we still find the time to indulge in some of Moscow's more cultural pursuits.
On this episode's aviation special, the Tech Up team finds out what's up in the world of aviation at the MAKS airshow. Breakthroughs on a molecular level give Russia's fifth generation stealth fighter huge advantages in the air. A cross between a battery and combustion engine takes aircraft to new heights and a master of illusion evens the odds down on the ground.
In this episode, we learn about the technology keeping the Moscow Metro rolling, new modelling and surveying techniques make waves in the oil industry and a dream team of robots go places too dangerous for humans. Tune in for all the latest news and innovations here on Technology Update.
In this episode, we learn how airport security technology can be used to put a smile on a girl's face. A radical new drilling machine makes short work of solid granite, opening up new possibilities for oil companies. A design classic still has room for improvement and we learn how to dispose of tyres and improve roads in one fell swoop.
In this episode, we look at the anatomy of the ambitious Sochi Olympics. How did the subtropical resort prepare itself to host the international winter games? We will explore in detail what was done to make the event possible: from the ideas behind the torch design, to the construction of the Olympic Park and solving the problems of accessibility and energy supply. Finally, we'll discover how xenon can be used to help athletes achieve better results.
Get your skates on and tune into Technology update as we check out some of the cool tech used in Europe's largest ice rink. If you thought that 3D films were popular, wait until you see the 360-degree cinema. We also learn how to put an organ on a chip, a robot in a telescope and a mammoth in your hand.
Russia celebrated Cosmonauts' Day on 12 April in honour of Yury Gagarin's historic flight in space, so we wanted to get into the spirit of things and see what's changed since then. On this month's cosmic special, Russia's latest space capsule promises to make spaceflight more comfortable than ever. We learn how solar wind helps us tune into our favourite show on the old wireless and a ray gun represents the latest in cutting-edge technology.
For a broad view of the latest discoveries of Russia’s scientific nerve center, Novosibirsk, we take a stroll in its techno-park and meet the masterminds behind its technological breakthroughs in nuclear physics, air purifying technology and computer games industry.
This episode of Technology Update is dedicated to innovations in medicine: from laser scalpels to a search for the ‘fountain of youth’. You will learn about the evolution of artificial heart valves and the latest developments in this area; discover how state of the art lasers help dentists in their work and find out about what advances have been made in the field of extending human life and youth.
In this episode of Technology Update, a new tractor transmission makes for a smoother ride, Russian scientists conjure up cutting-edge crystals, the EU sets its laser sights on Japan and one of the tech giants comes to town.