Watch the NASA spacecraft Juno blast-off into space aboard the 19-story Atlas V rocket. Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : L.A. Times Tech Blog Discovery Date : 05/08/2011 21:09 Number of articles : 2
Google finally separates Science news (panda bears, space flights) and Technology News (iPhone, Android and Steve Ballmer). And yes, a new Google News section was born. Google finally separates Science news from Technology news. Apparently, Science news section indexes articles about food chain, space flights, global warming and other NASA-related notes from popular Science websites like Nat Geo, Space.com… Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : Latest entertainment & tech news from the Pop Herald |… Discovery Date : 15/07/2011 06:26 Number of articles : 2
Only a day after the Golden Globe nominations were released, the press is already overwhelmed with nominee reactions (Sofia Vergara was apparently in the shower when she heard) and commentary on the mixture of veteran nominees and newcomers (Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mila Kunis all grabbed noms for young Hollywood). Surely it's now time to start making predictions for the winners. Does a young actress like Emma Stone have a chance at winning Best Performance? Will David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network sweep every category featuring someone connected to the movie? If Johnny Depp's nominated twice for Best Performance, do other actors even stand a chance? What are your predictions for the 2010 Golden Globes? added by: cberlin1
http://www.greenwala.com/channels/nature/blog/12284-PETA-Saves-27-Squirrel-Monke… PETA may be an intense organization, but they've managed to save thousands of animal lives, including the lives of 27 squirrel monkeys… added by: RedHeadedWriter
I’ve always been a big fan of the rainbow colours and iconic grace of the South Asian sari – which can be seen in an amazing array of textures, styles and methods of draping all over the subcontinent. Even after a sari is finished as a garment, oftentimes it can be repurposed into something else just as useful — from eye-popping scarves to cholera-preventing wa… Read the full story on TreeHugger
Image via NASA Scientists have long known about the life-threatening impact of air pollution — but up until now, tracking it globally with any accuracy had been out of reach. With new satellite-based imaging, however, researchers are getting their first peek at how particulate matter is distributed around the world, and in places where air pollution had been difficult to measure with any accuracy before — an important step towards … Read the full story on TreeHugger
In the clearest indication yet that the future of space exploration lies as much in the private sector as government agencies, NASA announced it's offering $30.1 million for the first commercial group to land a probe on the Moon. Specifically, NASA says it will buy data from whoever can successfully design a lunar rover and actually get it to the Moon. This basically doubles Google's Lunar X prize, which offers 30 million to the first successful commercial moonshot. This is a huge boon to the 21 different developers gunning for the Google prize, because many had already incorporated data purchases from organizations like NASA into their business model, and the chance of a 60.1 million dollar payday should provide ample incentive for one of the companies to succeed. In a press release, the space agency explained just what it's looking for: [NASA] challenges industry to demonstrate Earth-to-lunar surface flight system capabilities and test technologies. Data provided to NASA should include information related to landing using a human mission profile; identification of hazards during landing; precision landing; and imagery and long-duration surface operations. [NASA] asks for information about the design and demonstration of an end-to-end lunar landing mission. This includes data associated with hardware design, development and testing; ground operations and integration; launch; trajectory correction maneuvers; lunar braking, burn and landing; and enhanced capabilities. This is potentially a big win-win for NASA, as it can help support the advancement of space travel while still only spending a fraction of the money it would take to send one of its own probes to the Moon. Like the Lunar X prize, there is a time limit on the prize – companies only have until 2012 to collect the full 60.1 million, after which both the Google and NASA sides of the prize shrink. After that, NASA says it will offer up to 15 million for data until 2014, and if nobody has claimed the money by then, the offer expires. Also, for any enterprising readers feeling like making a late entry, be warned – the deadline for proposals is September 8. http://io9.com/5607572/got-a-plan-to-get-us-back-to-the-moon-nasas-got-30-millio… added by: pjacobs51
In this morning’s Denver Post, Mike Littwin manages to display simultaneously the insularity and smugness of the One Party media , as well as one of the last tools left in the left’s rather empty playbook. Apparently, during a Senate debate at Channel 12, Jane Norton said, “We need a NASA budget that doesn’t cater to making Muslims feel good but that is strong on science …” This scandalized Littwin, who assumed it was a cheap shot at Muslims. Evidently, he hadn’t seen the video of NASA head Charles Bolden that’s been making the rounds on the conservative and libertarian blogosphere: Remarkably, instead of conceding that we’re paying all those scientists, engineers, and bureaucrats to actually achieve, or at least facilitate achievement, in space, Littwin uses his and the rest of the MSM reporters’ ignorance of the interview as evidence that the argument was out of place, and then goes straight for the race card: When I read the stories, I remembered hearing something about it. But when I showed Norton’s quote to several people up on the news — but not necessarily up on Fox News — they each registered a blank. That suggests something we already knew: that we get our news these days from different places. What it doesn’t tell us, though, is why Norton thought the story was worth mentioning at all. Presumably Norton meant to say “Muslim countries” rather than all “Muslims,” including those who might live, say, next door. I guess that’s still up for debate. For the record, I’m as proud as anyone of Ilan Ramon, but his presence on the shuttle should have been incidental to its mission, not actually its mission. Also for the record, I’m with Bill Whittle when he lauds NASA’s retreat to make room for a more sustainable private space program. A few years ago, at an LPR session, Littwin told me that reporters were well aware of the blogosphere, that they spent tons of time reading blogs in an effort to understand this new media. Seems they manage to miss HotAir, Powerline, Pajamas Media, Instapundit. The line of argument, to the extent that there is one, is that since Littwin hadn’t seen the video, Norton may be a bigot. In a year when the left’s traditional arguments appear to have run out of steam, there’s one they think they can reliably return to, time and again. The JournoList extracts over at Daily Caller indicate the power that the accusation of racism once had, and that the left still thinks it has. But with the country having elected a black president, answering a cry of “read the Constitution” with “you must be racist” is increasing falling on deaf ears. Those who thought that Obama’s presidency might herald a post-racial era may yet be right. Just not exactly how they thought.