Science

China successfully completes the country’s first manual docking by a space crew

June 24, 2012

“The Shenzhou 9 capsule’s maneuver with the Tiangong 1 module was shown live on national television. It follows a docking last week that was carried out by remote control from a ground base in China.”

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China successfully completes a historic space launch, sending 3 people into space

June 16, 2012

“The country aims to have a fully operational manned space station in orbit by 2020, and leaders have spoken openly about the possibility of manned missions to the moon within the coming years.”

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Analysis: The SpaceX test flight opens the door for U.S. military payloads

June 5, 2012

“The cargo capsule blasted off May on 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida and three days later became the first privately owned spaceship to reach the International Space Station, a $100 billion project of 15 nations that flies some 240 miles above Earth.”

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Next Tuesday Afternoon, the planet Venus will cross between the Earth and the Sun

June 1, 2012

“The best viewing will be from the Pacific, including Hawaii, Alaska, Japan and easternmost Asia. For the rest of the United States, the sun will set while the transit is still in progress.”

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The unmanned, commercial Dragon Capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station

May 28, 2012

“SpaceX is the first private company to accomplish such a feat: a commercial cargo delivery into the cosmos.”

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SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral, the first private-sector rocket sent to the International Space Station

May 22, 2012

“If all goes well during the series of maneuvers and tests SpaceX will put the Dragon through, the cargo vehicle on Friday could become the first non-government ship to berth at the space station.”

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Researchers: Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with “flatulence”

May 7, 2012

“By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs – as a whole – produced 520 million tons of gas annually.”

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A “Supermoon” will appear this weekend, raising tides around the planet

May 1, 2012

“The moon will appear bigger and brighter – sky-watchers promise this ‘supermoon’ will be 16% brighter than most when it begins on Saturday at 11.35am EST.”

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Scientists find a connection between brain freezes and migraine headaches

April 24, 2012

“Previous studies have found that migraine sufferers are actually more likely to get brain freeze than people who don’t get migraines.”

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Pentagon releases the results of a 13,000 mph test flight of new unmanned aircraft over the Pacific Ocean

April 21, 2012

“In August the Pentagon’s research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency carried out a test flight of an experimental aircraft capable of traveling at 20 times the speed of sound.”

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Director James Cameron and Google’s Executive Chairman and Founder teaming up for space exploration

April 20, 2012

“Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with “Avatar” director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week.”

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North Korean Rocket Launch unsuccessful as no parts of the rocket made it into outer space

April 12, 2012

“Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it appears to have broken apart before escaping the earth’s atmosphere, officials said.”

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North Korea launches its multistage long-range rocket at 7:39 a.m. local time

April 12, 2012

“The rocket’s first stage fell into waters near the South’s Jeju Island, according to South Korean media reports. The second stage was expected to carry the rocket another 2,000 kilometers and separate in an area above water east of the Philippines. The third stage was to carry the rocket into space, according to North Korea’s plans.”

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Astronauts condemn NASA’s endorsement of global warming

April 11, 2012

“The letter was signed by seven Apollo astronauts, a deputy associate administrator, several scientists, and even the deputy director of the space shuttle program.

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Scientists funded by the U.S. Navy have built a drone spy jellyfish that’s powered by sea water

April 4, 2012

“Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallasand Virginia Tech created the submarine drone, dubbed “Robojelly,” which is powered by hydrogen and oxygen in the water through which it sails.”

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