Science

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions in the United States fall to a 20-year low

August 19, 2012

“While conservation efforts, the lagging economy and greater use of renewable energy are factors in the CO2 decline, the drop-off is due mainly to low-priced natural gas, the agency said.”

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NOAA: July 2012 was the hottest month on record

August 8, 2012

“In more than 117 years of records, July 2012 stands alone as not only the hottest July on record in the lower 48 United States, but also the hottest of any month on record in that time span.”

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British Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell dead at age 98

August 8, 2012

“Lovell was founder of England’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and creator of its massive 250-foot-wide (76-meter-wide) radio telescope that has borne his name since 1987.”

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NASA releases a low-resolution video of the ‘Curiosity’ Mars Rover descent

August 7, 2012

“The recording began with the protective heat shield falling away and ended with dust being kicked up as the rover was lowered by cables inside an ancient crater.”

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NASA Scientist: Recent heatwaves can be attributed to Global Warming

August 6, 2012

“The deadly European heat wave of 2003, the fiery Russian heat wave of 2010 and catastrophic droughts in Texas and Oklahoma last year can each be attributed to climate change. It’s likely that the same will be true for the extremely hot summer the United States is suffering through now.”

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NASA ‘Curiosity’ Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

August 6, 2012

“Almost immediately upon landing, the Curiosity craft transmitted to Earth a series of photographs showing its own wheels safely on the surface of Gale Crater near the equator of Mars.”

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NASA’s most high-tech Mars Rover yet approaches nears the planet’s atmosphere

August 6, 2012

“The Curiosity rover was poised to hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. If all goes according to script, it will be slowly lowered by cables inside a massive crater in the final few seconds.”

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NASA Chief: U.S. won’t unilaterally conduct a manned mission to Mars

August 3, 2012

“”I have no desire to do a Mars landing on our own,” Bolden said. “The U.S. cannot always be the leader, but we can be the inspirational leader through international cooperation” in space exploration.”"

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Scientists: Bullingdon Club Dolphins form elite societies and cliques

August 2, 2012

“The findings mean the traits of “inclusive inheritability” and culture are no longer considered exclusive to human beings.”

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Higgs-Boson results from the Large Hadron Collider getting “even stronger”

August 2, 2012

“Now one Higgs-hunting team at the Large Hadron Collider report a “5.9 sigma” levels of certainty it exists. That equates to a one-in-300 million chance that the Higgs does not exist and the results are statistical flukes.”

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The Kepler Space Telescope captures images of a solar system that bears a striking resemblance to ours

August 2, 2012

“Kepler 30—as it’s been named—has a sun-like star at its center, complete with star spots just like the giant solar storms we observe here at home.”

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NASA Orbiter Photographs confirm that most of the American Flags planted on the Moon still stand

July 31, 2012

“Each of the six manned Apollo missions that landed on the moon planted an American flag in the lunar dirt.”

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Russian Soyuz Rocket launches, carrying 3 astronauts to the International Space Station

July 15, 2012

“NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan’s Akihito Hoshide are set to travel two days before reaching their three colleagues already at the permanent space outpost.”

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India upset that British physicist Peter Higgs is being favored over Indian physicist Satyendranath Bose

July 10, 2012

“Despite the fact that Bose had little direct involvement in theorizing the Higgs boson itself, in India the lack of attention given to one of their own was seen as an insult too big to ignore.”

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Physicists: Large Hadron Collider leads to discovery of a subatomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson “God particle”

July 4, 2012

“He said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming outright that it is the Higgs boson itself — an extremely fine distinction.”

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