Science

Planetoids?

Astronomers from around the world have put forward a proposal that would increase the number of planets from nine to 12.

Originally by ABC News: Science and Technology, 9:15 PM

Experts Give Scientists Roadmap on Nanotechnology Research

Toxicologists studying whether materials being invented by nanotechnology researchers can be hazardous to humans have been given a "screening strategy" by a government-sponsored panel.

Originally by NYT > Technology, 7:01 PM

Space Shuttle Heads for Home

The Discovery crew says farewell to the astronaut and cosmonaut who live at the international space station, close the hatches and undock the shuttle. They are scheduled to re-enter Earth's atmosphere Monday.

Originally by Wired News: The Final Frontier, 12:23 PM

Shuttle Debris Fuels NASA's Fears

Searching for signs of damage to Discovery's heat-shielding skin, anxious specialists at the space agency pore over extraordinary images captured during Tuesday's launch.

Originally by Wired News: The Final Frontier, 12:23 PM

Shuttle Returns to Space

The US space program is back in business as Discovery lifts off cleanly from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral. No one will rest easy, though, until the shuttle is safely home.

Originally by Wired News: The Final Frontier, 12:23 PM

What's This? A New Planet

They haven't decided on a name yet, but astronomers announce they've found another planet in our solar system. It's bigger than Pluto, orbiting at an angle 9 billion miles away from the sun.

Originally by Wired News: The Final Frontier, 12:23 PM

Lucky the ISS is with AAMI

According to a report here and a statement made by a Russian Space Forces official, the International Space Station may have suffered a minor collision with a piece of space debris. Astronauts awoke to the gut-wrenching sound of metal scraping against metal, which lasted for a period of about one second.  Read more »

Electronic Onomatopoeia

IEEE Spectrum has an interesting article on the future of high-powered microwave (HPM) weaponry, and its potential impact upon electrical systems and human organisms:  Read more »

Galileo End of Mission

According to the NASA website, the Galileo spacecraft will shorlty be manoevured into a descent path which will send it plunging into the Jovian atmosphere. This will mark the end of a 14 year long mission ranked among NASA's greatest successes  Read more »

Inequity Aversion in Primates

There is a rather interesting article showcasing another one of those primate studies - you know, the ones that purport to have found and explained a fundamental human characteristic in terms of some evolutionary link between primates and humans. Researchers seem to have no trouble painting a quaint, disney-esque caricature of human civilisation (never mind the electric probes).  Read more »

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