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  • Australia To Create Its Own Space Agency

    09/25/2017 5:51:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 25 Sep , 2017 | Nancy Atkinson
    Australian’s acting Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science was quoted as saying that Australia will not have a NASA but an agency “right for our nation, right for our industry … that will provide the vehicle for Australia to have a long-term strategic plan for space – a plan that supports the innovative application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry, including through defense space procurement.” ... Australia has been very active in space exploration, being part of every deep-space mission NASA has flown with tracking and communications as part the Deep Space Network and the precursor system...
  • Cosmic Kittens: Saturn Features Get Feline Names

    09/25/2017 10:45:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | September 25, 2017 07:00am ET | Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer |
    Saturn's kittens are a group of small clumps and baby moons, or moonlets, that occupy the planet's F ring. Like the rest of Saturn's rings, this thin outer ring is made up of countless particles that range in size. When enough of those particles bump into one another and stick together, they aggregate into larger clumps — and become eligible for a kitten name. So far, the list of Saturn's kitten names includes several classics, like Fluffy, Garfield, Socks and Whiskers. These are unofficial nicknames for more-complicated (and less adorable) official titles like "Alpha Leonis Rev 9" (aka, Mittens). The...
  • Scientists Urge Europe to Stick With “Armageddon”-style Asteroid Mission

    09/25/2017 10:30:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin ^ | 22 Sep , 2017 | Matt Williams
    This mission would be a first for scientists, and would test the capabilities of space agencies to divert rocks away from Earth’s orbit. NASA’s contribution to this mission is known as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the spacecraft which would be responsible for crashing into Didymoon. Plans for this spacecraft recently entered Phase B, having met with approval, but still in need of further development. The plan was to mount DART on an already planned commercial or military launch, and would then be placed in geosynchronous orbit between December 2020 and May 2021. It would then rely on a...
  • 25-Year-Old Man Arrested in Connection With Deadly Tennessee Church Shooting Was Former Congregant

    09/25/2017 9:18:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 25, 2017
    Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of La Vergne, Tennessee, was charged with felony homicide and was being held without bond. Other charges are coming later, police said. His next court appearance is Wednesday. The Justice Department and FBI have opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, and police said they were still trying to establish the suspect’s motive. Local police also requested the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to run an “urgent trace” on a firearm, an ATF representative told CNN. The trace would give authorities an indication of where the gun was purchased,...
  • Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic

    09/25/2017 8:46:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The Wrap ^ | September 25, 2017 @ 8:05 AM | Beatrice Verhoeven |
    According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend, playwright (and future Czech leader) Vaclav Havel, was banned by the country’s regime and settled in Los Angeles.
  • Worm Digs Holes In Teen’s Eye For Weeks, Causing Serious Damage

    09/24/2017 9:40:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 9/24/17 at 3:03 PM | Janissa Delzo On
    But imagine what you thought may have been an eyelash turns out to actually be a worm wriggling around. This was the reality for a teenager in Mexico. The unnamed 17-year-old boy began to feel increasingly intolerable pain in his right eye. His vision also quickly declined, to the point where he could only see hand motions. After three weeks of dealing with the pain, he decided it was time to seek out a doctor, according to his case published in The New England Journal of Medicine. An eye examination revealed a flatworm, that was 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) long...
  • Travelers beware: Meth-laced 7Up reportedly causes death in Mexico

    09/24/2017 9:27:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | September 23 | Rachel Chason
    Mexican authorities have removed the soft drink from shelves in the Mexicali area, just south of the California border, and are investigating how the drug made its way into the soda, according to a news release from the Baja California Health Department and a Facebook post from the Baja attorney general on Monday. The reported cases were in the Mexicali Valley, about 120 miles from San Diego. Experts are warning travelers to the area to pay extra attention to whether the seals on their food and drinks are intact. Banner Health, which operates 28 hospitals in six U.S. states, says...
  • Fixing L.A. buildings vulnerable to collapse is vital before next big earthquake, Garcetti says

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the significant destruction and death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico should prompt owners and local governments across California to get more buildings retrofitted to withstand quakes as soon as possible. A viral video capturing the collapse of a five-story concrete building — remarkable for the detail it shows of how such structures behave in an actual quake — has become a startling and visceral illustration for how seemingly solid buildings can become brittle and crumble when shaken side to side. ... Structural engineers in California say it’s clear that brittle concrete buildings were...
  • Researchers Confirm Discovery of Floating Aluminium

    09/24/2017 5:38:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Aluminium Insider ^ | 23 September 2017
    Like most common metals, aluminium lacks natural buoyancy. However, with a little rearranging of the metal’s natural molecular structure, one can produce an ultra-light crystalline form of the metal that is actually less dense than water and, as a result, floats upon it. Research conducted by Utah State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professor Alexander Boldyrev and published in the latest issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C has yielded just such a crystalline form using computational modeling. ... According to the research team, the potential for the new aluminium structure is vast, as the metal already features...
  • Stratford 'acid attack': Six injured after noxious substance sprayed over crowd near shopping...

    09/24/2017 5:32:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | 09/24/2017 | Hatty Collier
    Images and videos showed police tending to victims at the nearby Tube station. Scotland Yard said a man had been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. One witness described hearing one of the injured victims screaming for help as he ran into the entrance of the Tube station. He was given first aid by station workers and police before paramedics arrived at the scene, the witness said. Another witness John Armitage said he saw emergency services personnel swarming the area after the suspected acid attack. ... The incident is not being treated as terror related, Scotland Yard said....
  • Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

    09/23/2017 11:07:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 September 2017 | James Gallagher
    In a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the "recent sinister development" that has seen resistance to the drug artemisinin emerge. About 212 million people are infected with malaria each year. It is caused by a parasite that is spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes and is a major killer of children. The first choice treatment for malaria is artemisinin in combination with piperaquine. But as artemisinin has become less effective, the parasite has now evolved to resist piperaquine too. There have now been "alarming rates of failure", the letter says. Prof Dondorp said the treatment was failing...
  • Dozens Believed to Remain Inside Collapsed Office Building 3 Days After Deadly Mexico Earthquake

    09/22/2017 8:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 125 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01:46PM, September 22, 2017 | Christina Pascucci and CNN Wire
    Relatives estimate up to 50 people were in the building along Avenida Alvaro Obregon in west-central Mexico City when the quake hit Tuesday. Family members have waited nearby ever since -- some of them staying overnight in tents -- monitoring the search and hoping for the best. Similar scenes have been playing out across central Mexico as volunteers joined trained search and rescue workers to try to reach possible survivors and clear rubble, days after the quake that officials say killed at least 286 people. Navarro, who believes his brother, Jesus, was in the building at Avenida Alvaro Obregon, said...
  • Nanosatellite Beams Smartphone Voice Call for First Time

    09/22/2017 11:33:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | September 22, 2017 07:26am ET | Tereza Pultarova,
    The voice call lasted more than a minute and went off without a hitch, said Meir Moalem, CEO of the United Kingdom-based startup Sky and Space Global. ... During the testing, Sky and Space Global engineers also sent text messages, images and voice recordings via the company's three nanosatellites, dubbed the 3 Diamonds. The satellites, launched on June 23, circle the Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit at the altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles). Eventually, Sky and Space Global envisions building a constellation of 200 nanosatellites that would provide seamless communication services to people living in tropical regions where no...
  • Arecibo Observatory Remains Offline After Being Buffeted by Hurricane Maria

    09/21/2017 3:15:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | September 21, 2017 03:34pm ET | Hanneke Weitering, |
    While the facility has been closed all week for the hurricane, a handful of staff members had remained inside the observatory, waiting for the storm to pass. "Most cell towers and all landlines are down," Aya Collins, a spokeswoman for the National Science Foundation (NSF), told in an email. With no power, phones or internet, the people of Puerto Rico have very limited means of communication with the outside world. "We haven't received any official communications from the Arecibo Observatory," Collins said. ... USRA update noted that "one observatory staff member located in the town of Arecibo contacted via...
  • Outed Ex-CIA Agent [Plame] Apologizes For Retweeting Article Blaming ‘Jews’ For ‘America’s Wars’

    09/21/2017 10:50:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbs2la ^ | September 21, 2017 10:28 AM
    The article written by Phillip Giraldi alleges “Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries”, and takes aim at several high-profile public figures, including Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and political adviser. Giraldi later urges “the media” to label any on-air guests “at the bottom of the television screen whenever they pop up, e.g. Bill Kristol is ‘Jewish and an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.'” After her initial tweet went viral, Plame later told her followers “calm down” and asked them to “put aside...
  • Horrific moment shaman who said his supernatural powers would protect him in crocodile-infested...

    09/21/2017 10:29:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    This is the moment a man claiming to have supernatural control over crocodiles died after one of the reptiles appeared to drag the shaman under water. The man, named Suprianto, died after the suspected crocodile attack in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia, despite his supposed powers. In the shocking video, he is seen swimming into the waters to look for the body of a teenager, called Arjuna, who was attacked the previous day. But Suprianto was dragged under mid-mantra........
  • Terminator-like robots closer to reality with synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times own weight

    09/21/2017 7:21:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The idea of lifelike robots has moved a step closer to reality with scientists developing a new type of synthetic soft muscle capable of lifting 1,000 times its own weight. The rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts very much like its biological counterpart have been manufactured using a 3D printing technique. Heated by a small electric current, the material was capable of expanding up to nine times its normal size. The synthetic soft muscle doesn’t need an external compressor or high-voltage equipment like the previous models, and can push, pull, bend and twist, as well as lift weight. The...
  • NASA wants you to help astronauts breathe, and it’ll pay $100,000

    09/20/2017 3:02:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | September 20th, 2017 at 4:40 PM | Mike Wehner
    Detecting the presence of aerosols — which are tiny airborne particles that we can’t see but regularly breathe in — is vital to the health and wellbeing of long-haul space travelers. Determining the breathability and potential danger of any air source is of utmost importance, but current technologies that detect aerosols are too bulky to be considered for long space trips. NASA wants something smaller, but just as effective as today’s top-of-the-line tech. “NASA has identified particulate monitoring as a gap in its technology roadmap to enable future long-term missions,” the competition page explains. “Current technology does not provide the...
  • Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre

    09/20/2017 1:36:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 9/20/2017 | Calla Cofield
    The two asteroids, collectively known as 288P, are locked in orbit around each other and are also spewing water vapor into space like comets (which originate in the region beyond Neptune). Many asteroids between Jupiter and Mars can claim one of those characteristics (orbiting one another or releasing vapor), but this is the first time that researchers have identified an object with both features... ... The peculiar rocks were initially identified as a single object, but follow-up observations by Agarwal and her team revealed that 288P consists of two asteroids, each about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) wide, locked in orbit....
  • Pair of deadly Mexico quakes puzzles scientists

    09/20/2017 8:02:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Nature ^ | 20 September 2017 | Alexandra Witze
    Big earthquakes can increase the long-term risk of seismic activity nearby by transferring stress within the Earth’s crust to adjacent geological faults. But that sort of ‘static stress’ transfer usually happens only within a radius equal to about three to four times the length of the original fault's rupture, says Gavin Hayes, a seismologist at the US Geological Survey... The 7 September earthquake ruptured about 100 kilometres of the crust, which would imply its stress transfer reached no more than about 300 to 400 kilometres away, Hayes says. That puts the 19 September quake, whose epicentre was 650 kilometres away,...