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Look Out for Hurtling ‘Space Junk’

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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When a hunk of space junk came hurtling close to the International Space Station last week, the crew took shelter in their Soyuz return vehicle as a precaution. Although the object – piece of an old Russian Cosmos communications satellite – bypassed them, the danger posed by the growing collection of orbital debris is quite […]

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Science Scanner: Reaching ‘Point of No Return’ on Global Warming

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists attending a global warming conference in London warn the world is close to a point of no return, which will make conditions irreversibly hotter. Scientists at the “Planet Under Pressure Conference” say it’s critical to contain global warming in this decade. Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, said, […]

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Filmmaker James Cameron Makes 1st Solo Dive to Earth’s Deepest Point

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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This past weekend, filmmaker James Cameron did something that has never been done before.  He took a solo trip down to the deepest part of the ocean. In doing so, the man who gave us “Titanic” and “Avatar,” has now gone where only two men have gone before. The last time humans made a successful […]

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Designing Human-like Robots

Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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When we talk with someone, words aren’t the only thing that impact our listener.  Other subtle factors – such as tone of voice, body language and eye contact – also have powerful communicative potential. Bilge Mutlu, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, understands and appreciates the power of nonverbal communication. The professor calls […]

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Science Scanner: Astronomers Find Jewel in the Cosmos

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 10:39 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers say they’ve found a jewel in the cosmos. It’s a rare, rectangular-shaped galaxy, called LEDA 074886, that resembles an emerald-cut diamond. The scientists were looking around the galaxy NGC 1407 in the Constellation Eridanus – about 70 million light years from Earth – trying to find globular clusters of stars, when they spotted what […]

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NASA Unveils Atlas, Catalog of Entire Infrared Sky

Posted March 19th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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A new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky were unveiled recently by NASA.  The atlas and catalog – which show more than a half-billion stars, galaxies and other objects – were composed from data captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. With the entire release of the sky catalog, the WISE […]

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Why We Never See the Far Side of the Moon

Posted March 16th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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Do you ever wonder why we never get to see the far side of the Moon? New research suggests it’s because of the rate at which the moon’s rotation slowed before locking into its current orientation with Earth. Scientists now think the moon was formed from a very large impact, according to Dr. Oded Aharonson, […]

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Science Scanner: Previously-Unknown Stone Age People Discovered

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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An international team of scientists has discovered a previously-unknown Stone Age people. The fossils of human remains, found in south-west China, reportedly offer a rare glimpse of a fairly recent stage of human evolution. The remains of what the scientists call “red-deer” – because they hunted and cooked extinct red deer – were first found […]

Detailed Map Offers Clues About Earth’s Interior

Posted March 12th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has produced the first global high-resolution map of the boundary area between the Earth’s crust and mantle, which could offer new clues into the dynamics of Earth’s interior. The new map, of what’s called the Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho), was created with data provided by the GOCE satellite. The Moho boundary […]

What the Massive Japanese Earthquake Sounded Like

Posted March 9th, 2012 at 12:00 am (UTC+0)
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Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the magnitude-9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami off the eastern coast of Japan. A year later, scientists worldwide continue to sift through huge amounts of data provided by, what they call, the best-recorded earthquake of all time. Seismologist  Zhigang Peng, associate professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and […]

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