Monthly Archives: May 2012

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Thanks to Electricity, Chemicals—And Chocolate

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Thanks to Electricity, Chemicals—And ChocolateNews from National Geographic: Wearing a robotic harness, paralyzed rats have been made to walk again, according to a new study—albeit with an oddly upright, humanlike gait and while stimulated by judicious … Continue reading

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FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin Galactic

FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin GalacticNews from msnbc.com: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceShipTwo, a commercial six-passenger spacecraft owned by Virgin Galactic, to begin rocket-powered suborbital test flights, the company said Wednesday. SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled … Continue reading

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Look Now for Venus to Cross the Sun, or Wait Another Century

Look Now for Venus to Cross the Sun, or Wait Another CenturyNews from New York Times: PHILADELPHIA — Observing the dark circle of Venus cross the face of the Sun on June 3, 1769, from his farm about 20 miles … Continue reading

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Rare view of Venus inspires June 5 party at Bobcat Stadium

Rare view of Venus inspires June 5 party at Bobcat StadiumNews from The Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Montana State University will throw a once-in-a-lifetime party on June 5 to watch Venus cross in front of the sun for what will be … Continue reading

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Zoos’ bitter choice: To save some species, letting others die

Zoos’ bitter choice: To save some species, letting others dieNews from Honolulu Star-Advertiser: POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2012 ST. LOUIS >> With fluorescent yellow eyes and tufts of hair sticking straight up behind their ears, Bonner and Etienne … Continue reading

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Astronauts to spend Memorial Day unpacking private space capsule

Astronauts to spend Memorial Day unpacking private space capsuleNews from msnbc.com: When NASA’s space shuttle fleet retires in 2011, the space agency will have to rely on Russian spacecraft and the private sector to taxi cargo and humans to and … Continue reading

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SpaceX Capsule Has ‘New Car’ Smell

SpaceX Capsule Has ‘New Car’ SmellNews from Discovery News: SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel smells like a new car, said astronauts at the International Space Station after opening the hatches Saturday following the spacecraft’s landmark mission to the orbiting lab. The … Continue reading

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South Africa: Sharing a Telescope

South Africa: Sharing a TelescopeNews from New York Times: South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will all be hosts of parts of a giant radio telescope, to be made up of thousands of separate dishes, that scientists think will help … Continue reading

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Crystals can help predict volcano eruptions, scientists say

Crystals can help predict volcano eruptions, scientists sayNews from Los Angeles Times: Scientists dissecting the remains of the disastrous 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state say that crystal formations trapped in volcanic rocks hold important clues about … Continue reading

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SpaceX Dragon capsule flies near space station

SpaceX Dragon capsule flies near space stationNews from Fox News: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  The world’s first private space station supply ship is closing in on its destination for a crucial test. The SpaceX Dragon capsule reached the general neighborhood … Continue reading

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