Science

NASA: Something Unexpected is Happening to the Sun

March 9, 2013

“Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation. ‘This is solar maximum,’ he says.”

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Study: Earth Was Cooling Until “Unprecedented Reversal” in the 20th Century

March 9, 2013

“Research released Thursday in the journal Science uses fossils of tiny marine organisms to reconstruct global temperatures back to the end of the last ice age.”

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Cal Tech Physicist John H. Schwartz: Federal Government Obstructs Science to Deny Benefits of Medical Marijuana

February 26, 2013

“”Consider what American science might look like if all research were run like marijuana research is being run now. Suppose the Institute for Creation Science were put in charge of approving paleontology digs and the science of human evolution.”"

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British Royal Navy Discovers “Underwater Grand Canyon” in the Red Sea

February 25, 2013

“Derek Rae, commanding officer of HMS Enterprise, said: “These features could be the result of ancient rivers scouring through the rock strata before the Red Sea flooded millennia ago.”"

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Mars Curiosity Rover Successfully Collects First Subsurface Sample

February 21, 2013

“The drill is the last major system on the rover to be tested since landing in Gale Crater last August and the successful collection of subsurface material marks a major milestone in Curiosity’s quest to find signs of past or present habitability.”

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Meteorite Explodes Over Russia, Injuring At Least 1,000 People

February 15, 2013

“More than 1,200 people were injured when a massive meteor broke apart above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk today, raining burning bits of rock over the city that shattered windows and caused a panic.”

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Asteroid 2012 DA14 Safely Passes By Earth Within 17,150 Miles

February 15, 2013

“Scientists at NASA’s Near-Earth Object program at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Praises Scientific and Medical Research

February 13, 2013

“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy.”

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NASA: Asteroid Will Pass Within 17,000 Miles of Earth

February 8, 2013

“It will be the nearest recorded brush with a space rock so large, NASA scientists said Thursday… The asteroid was about 150 feet wide. Its closest approach will occur at 2:24 p.m. Eastern time on the 15th.”

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Living Bacteria Found in Antarctica Half-Mile Deep Frozen Lake Whillans

February 7, 2013

“Among other things, the discovery may shed light on what lies under the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.”

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Mars Curiosity Rover Preparing to Drill in Martian Soil for the First Time

January 16, 2013

“The Mars Science Laboratory team has identified an area of Mars with a highly diverse set of rocks as their first test bed for the untried drill.”

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$10 Million U.S. ‘Wissard Project’ Searching for Signs of Life in Antarctica

January 15, 2013

“The American effort, financed by three federal agencies and a private foundation, is about to start drilling into a lake half a mile below a glacier called the Whillans Ice Stream and will analyze samples on the spot in a field laboratory.”

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Apophis Asteroid To Pass By the Earth Within 10 Million Miles Tonight

January 9, 2013

“Asteroid Apophis has long been billed as a “doomsday asteroid” because of a 2004 study that predicted a 2.7 percent chance of the space rock hitting Earth when it passes within 22,364 miles of the planet in April 2029.”

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Study: Several Types of Siberian Bacteria Could Survive on Mars

December 25, 2012

“After the 30-day experiment, only six of the 10,000 isolates were able to grow under these conditions. All of the surviving isolates were members of the genus Carnobacterium.”

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SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Successfully Launches 40 Meters and then Lands Vertically

December 24, 2012

“The Grasshopper … is aiming to blaze a trail towards what many people think is a near-impossible task, to create the world’s first fully reusable orbital launch system.”

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