Science

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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U.S. Officials Seek FDA Permission to Release Genetically Modified Mosquitos in the Florida Keys

December 7, 2012

“Some residents of the tourist town of Key West worry though on how much research has been done to determine the risks of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes on the Keys’ fragile ecosystem.”

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NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft Discovers Evidence of Water on Mercury

November 30, 2012

“New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.”

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Report: NASA may soon unveil plans for new Manned Missions to the Moon

November 8, 2012

“The space agency has apparently been thinking about setting up a manned outpost beyond the moon’s far side, both to establish a human presence in deep space and to build momentum toward a planned visit to an asteroid in 2025.”

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SpaceX Rocket glitch sends a Satellite into the wrong orbit

October 10, 2012

“A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday.”

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American Researchers Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 10, 2012

“Their work focuses on what are called G protein-coupled receptors, a number of proteins that reach through cell walls. Understanding how they work has been crucial to unravelling the complex network of signalling between cells.”

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American and French Scientists share the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing methods to “peer into the quantum world of ultratiny particles”

October 10, 2012

“Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics in the 1990s by showing how to observe individual atoms and particles of light called photons while preserving their quantum properties.”

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Laser Scan on Stonehenge discovers Carvings from the Bronze Age

October 9, 2012

“A detailed laser-scan survey of the entire monument has discovered 72 previously unknown Early Bronze Age carvings chipped into five of the giant stones.”

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Scientists: Climate Change expected to shrink the size of fish by up to 24%

October 2, 2012

“The researchers built a model to see how fish would react to lower levels of oxygen in the water.”

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Mars Rover Curiosity discovers bedrock evidence of an ancient waist-deep Water Stream

September 30, 2012

“NASA decided to plunk Curiosity down inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator because photos from space hinted that the spot possessed a watery past.”

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India Space Program Budget increases to $1.3 billion, will attempt 10 space missions by November 2013

September 30, 2012

“The 3,400-kilogram GSAT-10 communication satellite – the heaviest ever built by India – launched early Saturday aboard an Ariane-5 rocket, the Alaska Dispatch reported.”

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Russian Scientists to conduct a Public Experiment to test the effects of GMOs on rats

September 30, 2012

“The Russian scientists, who oppose genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food, expect that their year-long experiment will show whether the controversial cultivation process has effects as dangerous as French revelations claimed on September 19.”

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Chinese Scientists unveil a Mind-Controlled Drone (Video)

September 3, 2012

“The students hope their technology will be able to help disabled people become more interactive with the world around them.”

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Cosmic Fate: Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Memorial Service held on the same day as a Blue Moon

August 31, 2012

“Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who died last weekend, was remembered today as a space pioneer, a reluctant hero and a man who bore with dignity the burden of being a national icon.”

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