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  • A bacterium that destroys tumors' dark heart shows promise

    08/16/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Melissa Healy
    When scientists injected spores of a weakened form of the bacterium Clostridium novyi directly into the soft-tissue tumors of dogs and that of a single human subject, the results were not only abscesses, fever and pain at the site--all inflammatory responses that showed the immune system had been drawn to the area. In a matter of hours, the bacterial spores quickly found their way into these tumors' necrotic cores and began replicating madly, in several cases killing the malignant tissue. In three of 16 dogs treated with the C. novyi, tumors disappeared altogether and the animals were cured. In three...
  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels returned to normal over two days. Just one injection of the protein both regulated these levels and even helped reverse insulin insensitivity – the underlying cause of diabetes. Published in the journal Nature, the research on FGF1 could revolutionize diabetes treatment. In addition to being effective against diabetes, the protein has several advantages over current diabetes drugs. It does not result in dangerous side effects seen with other diabetes drugs, such as heart problems, weight gain, or hypoglycemia. Additionally, FGF1...
  • The sleeper case that could bust open the IRS scandals

    06/27/2014 6:43:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Th American Thinker ^ | 6-27-14 | Thomas Lifson
    In the absence of a special prosecutor, the best opportunity for piercing the veil of secrecy and evasion that surrounds the IRS handling of groups perceived as enemies of the Obama administration lies in civil litigation. The National Organization for Marriage has just obtained a $50,000 settlement from the IRS for its criminal release of confidential donor information to an opposition group. ~snip~ The absence of any official judicial inquiry into the inner workings of the IRS processes is why it is so important to note that yesterday saw the beginning of the discovery phase in the lawsuit by Z-Street...
  • Found: Bathtub that could have belonged to priest who condemned JESUS to death

    09/18/2013 12:43:46 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th September 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    'Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient bathtub in a first-century mansion that could have belonged to one of the priests who was responsible for Jesus' death, while another expedition has found a town where Jesus is believed to have stayed following the feeding of the 5,000 miracle.'
  • Biblical-Era Town Discovered Along Sea of Galilee

    09/17/2013 4:23:06 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 17 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By Owen Jarus
    A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel's Ginosar valley. The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey.
  • Robert the Bruce Battle of Bannockburn letter discovered

    06/01/2013 9:46:34 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 69 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st June 2013 | BBC News
    'A copy of an unknown Robert the Bruce letter from the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn has been discovered. The letter, sent in 1310, asks English King Edward II to stop persecuting the Scots. It shows Robert asserting his God-given authority as king of the Scots and addressing Edward as his equal. The script, thought to have been transcribed from the original, was discovered by chance by a professor of Scottish history at Glasgow University. Bruce's Scottish troops defeated the English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The new letter was found in a document which dates...
  • Earhart's Electra Found?

    05/30/2013 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Deek · 97 replies
    TIGHAR ^ | 5/28/2013 | Tighar
    TIGHAR is able to share details of our search for a conclusive answer to the Earhart mystery thanks to the international agreement signed in Washington, DC on March 20, 2012. The Republic of Kiribati, the sovereign nation of which Nikumaroro is a part, has granted TIGHAR the exclusive right to conduct research, search, and recovery operations related to the Earhart disappearance within the national borders of Kiribati. No one is authorized to undertake Earhart related search, recovery of artifacts or research within the boundaries of Kiribati (including Nikumaroro) without authorization from both the government of Kiribati and TIGHAR.
  • African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History

    05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz
    Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks. A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports. “Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the...
  • Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    03/14/2013 5:32:41 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 73 replies
    AP, via Drudge ^ | March 14, 2013 | AP
    GENEVA (AP) - Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson - a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is. They made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world's largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said that what they found last year was, indeed, a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."
  • Russia finds 'new bacteria' in Antarctic lake

    03/07/2013 9:51:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-07-2013 | Staff
    Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified," he...
  • Major oil discovery in Australian outback [$20 Trillion]

    01/24/2013 5:16:02 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 24, 2013, 5:54 pm
    Brisbane company Linc Energy says independent studies have confirmed a major shale oil source in South Australia's far north, which officials have estimated could be worth $20 trillion. The company says US-consultants have carried out drilling and geological and seismic surveys around Coober Pedy. Linc Energy holds rights over more than 65,000 square kilometres of land in the Arckaringa Basin and started explorations in 2008. In a statement to the Stock Exchange, the company said reports from US-based consultants indicate underlying rock formations "are rich in oil and gas-prone kerogen". The company says up to 233 billion barrels of oil...
  • Discovery Series ‘American Guns’ Cancelled

    12/17/2012 4:42:43 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 39 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | December 17, 2012 | Nellie Andreeva
    There will not be a third season of Discovery‘s docu reality series American Guns. The show, about a family of gun makers, has been drawing attention following Friday’s elementary school shooting in a Connecticut in which 26 people — including 20 first-grade children — were gunned down by a 20-year-old whose mom was a gun collector. There have been angry messages posted by viewers on the show’s Facebook page. American Guns has now been cancelled. Discovery sources indicate the decision was quietly made awhile ago, however it didn’t come to light until today. “American Guns concluded earlier this year,” a...
  • Rocker / Hunter Ted Nugent Gives AmmoLand An Inside Look At American Gun Culture

    09/27/2012 7:25:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 September, 2011 | NA
    ‘TED NUGENT’S GUN COUNTRY’ PREMIERING 10/10 AT 10PM “Nobody has more absolute fun with guns than my family. Like millions of American families, these utilitarian tools and works of art serve us well in all manner of good, clean, legal, safe fun, recreation and competition. Our American Dream is measured in ballistics.” –Ted Nugent USA --( With more than 40 million albums sold, Ted Nugent is a rock and roll legend – but music is just one of his passions. He’s also a strong and vocal advocate for guns, hunting and all things America. In Discovery Channel’s all-new one-hour special...
  • 'Dirty Jobs' Star Rolls Up Sleeves for Romney Campaign

    09/26/2012 6:08:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 09/25/12 | Breitbart News
    Mitt Romney is getting a little help from a reality show star whose gig aligns perfectly with the candidate's prime directive. It's all about the jobs, or the lack thereof in the Age of Obama. Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame will campaign with the GOP presidential hopeful starting tomorrow in the crucial state of Ohio. The Discovery Channel personality and Ford Motor Co. pitchman will offer his support Wednesday to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a public event in Bedford Heights. Romney's campaign announced the Rowe endorsement late Monday when confirming Romney's Cleveland-area itinerary for the final day...
  • Mars Rover Finds Mystery Spheres on Mars

    09/15/2012 12:17:45 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 73 replies ^ | Sept 16, 2012 | Tarty Malik
    A strange picture of odd, spherical rock formations on Mars from NASA's Opportunity rover has scientists scratching their heads over what exactly they're looking at. The new Mars photo by Opportunity shows a close-up of a rock outcrop called Kirkwood covered in blister-like bumps that mission scientists can't yet explain. At first blush, the formations appear similar to so-called Martian "blueberries" — iron-rich spherical formations first seen by Opportunity in 2004 — but they actually differ in several key ways, scientist said. "This is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission," said rover mission principal investigator Steve...
  • ‘Gorgeous’ New Monkey Discovered in Africa

    09/13/2012 3:33:40 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    abc ^ | 9-13-12 | Bazi Kanani
    NAIRPOBI, Kenya — The world’s newest-known monkey is a shy creature with bright-blue buttocks that lives quietly in the remote rain forests of central Africa, according to the American researchers who discovered a new monkey species. Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, locally called the lesula, is barefaced and has a long nose and an aquamarine backside. It is well-known to hunters in the Lomami forest basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but researchers said the area has had little biological exploration and the species was unknown to those outside the region.

    08/28/2012 6:20:39 AM PDT · by shortstop · 72 replies ^ | 08/28/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    As long as mankind is a species of sentience and technology, as long as history is kept and read, the name of Neil A. Armstrong will be known. It will be Columbus and Magellan and Armstrong, each leapfrogging the other in the innate human impulse to explore, remembered as long as man remembers. Whether man walked out of Africa or was kicked out of Eden, he went where he’d never been, and his descendants did the same until the earth was peopled and the heavens were challenged. Some walked across the Bering Strait, others rowed through the nothingness of the...
  • ’1001 Muslim Inventions’ Fantasy Comes to DC: The Presentation of Legend as History

    08/26/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 114 replies ^ | 8/26/2012 | J. Christian Adams
    National Geographic Explorer’s Hall in Washington D.C. has hosted some of the most prestigious exhibits in America. Previous exhibits have included the Chinese terracotta warriors, as well as the James Caird, the lifeboat Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously sailed from Antarctica to South Georgia Island in 1916. Currently it is hosting a curious exhibit through February 2013 entitled “1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization.” This high tech, slickly produced exhibit explicitly seeks to debunk the “myth” that the dark ages were dark. The exhibit purports to provide examples of innovations from Muslim civilization, and some of the...
  • Vatican Reports Discovery of Ancient Documents (Origen)

    06/12/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Vatican newspaper reported Tuesday that 29 previously unpublished homilies said to be the work of one of the most important and prolific early church fathers have been discovered in a German library. The 3rd Century theologian Origen of Alexandria is considered to have played a critical role in the development of Christian thought. Pope Benedict XVI, himself a theologian, dedicated two of his 2007 weekly church teaching sessions to the importance of Origen's life and work. Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that despite Origen's importance, few of his original texts remain in part because he was condemned by the...
  • Issa on Fox News: Fast & Furious - Not About Contempt, It's About Legitimate Discovery (video)

    06/11/2012 3:12:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/11/12 | fox news
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News' Happening Now to discuss the scheduled date for the Committee to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce documents specified in the Committee's October 12, 2011, subpoena.
  • Oprah Winfrey gets demoted, is no longer in executive control of OWN network

    06/01/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    cb ^ | June 01, 2012
    OWN, which has been a disaster from nearly day one with terrible ratings and Discovery quickly learning that their supposedly brilliant acquisition was quickly transforming into a money pit. Just in the past year, the signs have been pointing towards OWN’s imminent demise. First Oprah begged Nielsen viewers to watch her flailing network, and then Oprah fought with Rosie O’Donnell over the latter’s cancelled show.
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Shuttle Discovery retires with Washington flypast

    04/17/2012 12:05:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/17/12 | BBC
    One of Nasa's retired space shuttles has made a dramatic flypast over the centre of the US capital on the way to its final resting place in a museum. Discovery flew over the monuments along the National Mall in Washington DC at about 10:00 EST (14:00 GMT). Piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747, Discovery was flying at an altitude of about 1,500ft (457m), Nasa said. The shuttle programme ended in 2011. Discovery will be on show at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia. After circling four times over the Washington Monument, and passing the National Mall over Capitol Hill,...
  • "Man vs. Wild" star Bear Grylls fired by TV network

    04/05/2012 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 14, 2012 (news that's really new) | (Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
    "Unfortunately, Bear and Discovery have not been able to come to mutual agreement on new programming, and he disagrees with Discovery's decision to terminate current productions. Bear has loved the 'Man vs. Wild' journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience."
  • World’s biggest ‘prawn’ discovered as scientists find ELEVEN INCH crustacean in deep sea

    02/02/2012 7:00:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2012 | Julian Gavaghan
    A British expedition to one of the deepest parts of the ocean has discovered an enormous species of crustacean that looks like a prawn and is 11ins long. The so-called ‘supergiant’ – a type of amphipod - was discovered more than four miles below the surface in waters north of New Zealand. Most amphipods are usually 0.8in-1.2in long. But the new specimen, found by a team from the University of Aberdeen, was ten times the size.
  • Hunting a Shark From the Deep (Discovery/BBC youtube)

    11/29/2011 11:04:28 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | January 2011 | BBC
    All of these are fascinating if anyone wants some late night entertainment... Three Men vs. Fifteen Hungry Lions Snake Bracelets Children hunt world's largest venomous spider for dinner Sea Bed Hunting On One Breath
  • Does Music Affect A Fetus? (Discovery channel experiment shows fetus getting down-Video)

    11/15/2011 10:05:40 PM PST · by timeywimey · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-11-2011
    A video from a Discovery channel special regarding the effect of music on a fetus. One baby in the womb is really getting down and grooving to the tunes. The other-- not so much.
  • Airway Abnormality Discovered in Children With Autism

    11/01/2011 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | By: DOUG BRUNK, Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network
    The presence of extra bronchial passageways in children may be a marker for autism and autism spectrum disorders, results from a novel study demonstrated. "Autism continues to remain underdiagnosed or missed altogether, unrecognized and undiagnosed because appropriate tools for screening for autism have not been available," lead investigator Dr. Barbara A. Stewart said during an interview in advance of the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, where the study was presented. "Until now, there has been no objective evidence for autism spectrum disorder." Dr. Stewart of Nemours Children’s Clinic in Pensacola, Fla., conducted bronchoscopic evaluations in 49...
  • Discovery Channel: "When Does Life Begin?"

    11/01/2011 5:55:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 11/1/11 | Matthew Archbold
    The Discovery Channel is running a documentary next week asking "When Does Life Begin?" The fear of showing babies in the womb has caused some fear in the pro-abort community. One commenter at a website said: With all the anti-choice legislation this year already we really don't need Discovery channel parading fetuses around and showing how cool and realistic they are in utero. We can't stand a parade of fetuses, can we? But here's the thing. The Discovery Channel website shows why pro-aborts have something to fear from any kind of actual scientific talk concerning human life and its beginnings....
  • Dozen New Frogs, Plus Three 'Extinct' Ones, Found [Mug shots of innocents living in the shadows]

    09/19/2011 9:10:02 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 19 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Sep 19, 2011 08:35 AM ET | Jennifer Viegas
    All of the found and re-discovered species belong to the Night frog group, genus Nyctibatrachus. Thanks go to S.D. Biju, an amphibian biologist at the University of Delhi, and his team for tirelessly scouring the wildlife rich Western Ghats region, and performing DNA testing of the frogs. Biju and his colleagues over the years have discovered an astounding number of new frog species, 45. That number is likely to increase. Animal discoveries, however, often come with serious concern, since many of these species are few and far between and are desperately needing conservation help. At present, 32 percent of the...
  • ‘Whale Wars’ Spin-Off Coming To Animal Planet

    07/28/2011 4:31:38 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 47 replies
    ecorazzi ^ | July 25, 2011 | Michael dEstries
    All signs pointed to this development earlier this summer and now Animal Planet has gone and made it official: “Whale Wars” is getting a spin-off series. The cable network, obviously eager to expand one of its longest-running hit series, will focus on the Sea Shepherd’s efforts to to stop an annual whale hunt known as “The Grind” in the Faroes Islands. The Lizard Trading Company, which produces the series for Animal Planet, started filming for the tentatively titled “Faroe Island Project” back on July 15th. As the press release notes, the Sea Shepherd’s Faroes campaign has gotten off to a...
  • Discovery's Flight deck in panoramic view (let it load)360VR

    07/06/2011 4:50:21 PM PDT · by Doogle · 34 replies · 1+ views | Jook Leung
    Neat look around the Discovery's flight deck, use your mouse after it loads
  • Discovery and Oprah ax OWN channel chief (Under the bus, replaced by a white guy...)

    05/06/2011 5:07:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/11 | Yinka Adegoke
    Discovery Communications and Oprah Winfrey have pushed out Christina Norman as chief executive of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, after a tough start for the five-month old cable network. Discovery Chief Operating Officer Peter Ligouri will take over from Norman on an interim basis, in addition to his current role. OWN, which launched in the United States on January 1, has struggled to win ratings in its first five months.
  • Drug Discovery Holds Lesson for FCC on Net Neutrality Regulations

    04/11/2011 5:00:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Big Government | 4/11/11 | Mike Wendy
    The other day it was announced that a well known, mega-company discovered a new way to destroy antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA. Using nanoparticle technology – which is 50,000 times smaller than a hair’s width – the company’s researchers were able to target an electrical charge on the bacteria’s surface, bursting the membrane open to bring about its demise. According to the Wall Street Journal, “if successful, [the discovery] would offer a fresh strategy against a worrisome public-health problem of possibly deadly bacteria evolving to become impervious to antibiotics.” Nearly 19,000 people in the U.S. each year die from...
  • The Republican fluency with science (Republicans understand Science better than Democrats)

    03/29/2011 8:58:33 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 95 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 03-26-2011 | Discover Magazine
    The Audacious Epigone has a post up, Republicans are more scientifically literate than Democrats or independents are, where he reviews pro vs. anti-science attitude by party in the General Social Survey. He concludes that in fact Republicans are more scientifically literate across the issues than Democrats. Jason Malloy saw this trend four years ago in the GSS, and to some extent so have I. One point to keep in mind is that a few specific politicized scientific issues are very much the outliers in exhibiting tight partisan valences in opinion.
  • Shuttle Discovery ends flying career, museum next

    03/09/2011 9:37:33 PM PST · by allmost · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The one. The only. The last
  • Amazing Skywatching Photos: Shuttle Discovery in Space for the Last Time

    03/09/2011 10:42:50 AM PST · by Robe · 5 replies ^ | 08 March 2011 | Tariq Malik
    Skywatcher Rob Bullen of Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England caught this snapshot of shuttle Discovery as it approached the International Space Staiton on Feb. 26, 2011. Discovery was flying its final mission, STS-133.
  • Shuttle Discovery Docks With International Space Station

    02/26/2011 12:19:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies ^ | February 26, 2011 | and news wires
    Space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station for the final time at 2:14 p.m. EST Saturday, where it will make a last delivery to the orbiting space lab -- before parking ultimately at a museum. The two spacecraft were flying about 220 miles above western Australia at the time they docked for the 11-day mission to deliver supplies, spare parts, an extra storage module and a humanoid robot assistant to the International Space Station. Two spacewalks are also planned during the shuttle's week-long stay at the orbiting lab. The shuttle and station crews will open hatches and hold...
  • Discovery launch as viewed from a passenger flight

    02/26/2011 12:41:30 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 37 replies
    Geek-Cetera ^ | Feb. 26, 2011 | Matthew Humphries
    follow the shuttle as it disappears into the outer atmosphere. This can create some truly stunning footage, especially as the rockets fire and the initial launch happens. On Thursday Discovery got its last ascent into space, but this time instead of just seeing it from the ground, one lucky passenger flight also saw it from the air. The flight was from Orlando, Florida, and it happened to be passing by the Kennedy Space Center just as the launch happened. We’re also lucky that one of the passengers had the sense to pull his camera out and start recording. The footage...
  • STS-133: Space Shuttle Discovery's Final Launch - Live Thread

    02/23/2011 2:32:10 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 148 replies
    NASA ^ | 02/23/2011 | n/a
    NASA Managers: It's a "Go" for LaunchAt today's pre-launch news conference NASA's mission management team have given their unanimous approval for space shuttle Discovery's launch tomorrow at 4:50 p.m. EST. "Everything is on track and going beautifully with the countdown," said Mike Moses, mission management team chair. "We're really looking forward to a very action-packed, successful mission and everything is on track." Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, agreed that everything is going extremely well with the launch countdown. He also acknowledged the processing teams who worked on Discovery, its flight systems and ground elements. "As we're powering up (the systems)...
  • Want to See Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Hurrah? Here’s How

    02/22/2011 6:55:50 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 9 replies ^ | 02/22/11 | Clara Moskowitz
    Record crowds by the thousands are expected to turn out Thursday (Feb. 24) to watch NASA's space shuttle Discovery soar to space for the last time. Luckily, a shuttle launch is such a bright spectacle that anyone on Florida's Space Coast can get a decent view. The shuttle is poised to blast off on Feb. 24 at 4:50 p.m. EST (2150 GMT) to make one last delivery trip to the International Space Station.
  • New African Wolf Discovered

    02/14/2011 7:25:16 AM PST · by Immerito · 19 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | January 31, 2011 | Unknown
    ScienceDaily (Jan. 31, 2011) — Scientists studying genetic evidence have discovered a new species of wolf living in Africa. The researchers have proved that the mysterious animal, known as the 'Egyptian jackal' and often confused with the golden jackal, is not a sub-species of jackal but a grey wolf. The discovery, by a team from Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), the University of Oslo, and Addis Ababa University, shows that grey wolves reached Africa around 3 million years ago before spreading throughout the northern hemisphere. The new wolf is a relative of the Holarctic grey wolf, the Indian...
  • NASA considers plan to preserve shuttle for future flights

    02/04/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/4/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    NASA's space shuttle orbiters may not be destined for a museum in five months, after all. Agency officials are conducting a "what-if budget exercise" that could keep the orbiters potentially flight-worthy for several more years, NASA says. The option may offer a tantalizing alternative to the space shuttle workforce, who now must find new jobs before mid-year. Currently, NASA plans to retire all three orbiters - including Discovery after a scheduled flight in February, Endeavour after a planned trip in April and finally Atlantis after it returns from a scheduled launch in June. Meanwhile, NASA has asked the space industry...
  • Total Gun Porn: Sons of Guns on Discovery Channel (vanity)

    02/03/2011 8:21:23 PM PST · by Free Vulcan · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery channel ^ | 2.3.11 | Me
    Sons of Guns showcases one of America's most skilled and creative gun works, Red Jacket Firearms, and its founder, Will Hayden. While pursuing its bread-and-butter work with customizing and improving AK-47's, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana team delves into the world of historic and classic weapons. See how this amazing group of eclectic gunsmiths build one-of-a-kind custom firearms and other weapons every Wednesday at 9 p.m. E/P starting January 26.
  • NASA to Announce New Discovery by Hubble Space Telescope

    01/23/2011 11:37:50 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies ^ | 1/21/11 | Mike Wall
    NASA is expected to announce a new discovery by researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday (Jan. 26). The space agency has scheduled a teleconference with reporters for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Wednesday to announce and discuss the finding, which will also be published that day in the journal Nature. "Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits and have seen further back in time than ever before," NASA said in an announcement posted on its website today (Jan. 21). Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on the space agency's website, according to...
  • Birds Falling From the Sky Not Unusual

    01/07/2011 8:29:28 AM PST · by mnehring · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Birds Falling From the Sky Not Unusual The only unusual part of the recent spate of bird (and fish) die-offs is that people witnessed them. Thousands of birds and fish have died in large groups over the last week. Scientists say events like these are normal in the wild and are usually caused by weather or disease. Most mass animal deaths occur far from human eyes, but that might change with development. It has been a bad week for wild animals. Starting just before the turn of the New Year, 500 red-wing blackbirds died together in Louisiana. Some 100 jackdaws...
  • Exclusive: Discovery, Catholic Church team for exorcism series (Ecumenical)

    01/05/2011 10:07:25 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 01/05/2011 | James Hibberd
    Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons. The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television. “The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.Bunting says the...
  • NASA delays final voyage of space shuttle Discovery to February

    12/04/2010 9:51:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Star ^ | 12/3/2010 | Marcia Dunn
    Space shuttle Discovery’s final mission is off until February. NASA managers announced the latest delay for Discovery on Friday. They say they need more time to analyze cracks in the shuttle’s fuel tank. The damage cropped up following a failed launch attempt in early November. Discovery remains on the launch pad, holding a load of equipment for the International Space Station. Officials want to conduct a fueling test to better understand the problem. Officials say they will tentatively aim for a liftoff on Feb. 3. That will result in a postponement for shuttle Endeavour, which had been scheduled to soar...
  • US-based Indian creates first artificial kidney

    12/03/2010 4:27:47 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 28 replies
    Times of India Dec 4 2010 ^ | Dec 4, 2010 | Times of India
    NEW DELHI: US-based Indian origin researcher Shuvo Roy has created the world's first implantable artificial kidney. What's sensational about Roy's creation is that the organ, no larger than a coffee cup, will be able to mimic the kidney's most vital functions like filtering toxins out of the bloodstream, regulate blood pressure and produce the all- important vitamin D. The artificial kidney has been tested successfully on a small number of animals. Large-scale trials on animals and humans are expected over the next five years. Once available, and if affordable, this creation by the Roy-led team at University of California will...
  • Discovery launch will wait until December

    11/27/2010 9:08:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/26/2010 | Gayle Putrich
    The final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery will take place no earlier than 3 December. Weather permitting, the launch - originally set for September but postponed to 1 November because the payload was not ready and then to 30 November after a hydrogen leak was discovered while filling the external fuel tank - is now expected at 02:52 Eastern Standard Time. The current launch window will be open until 5 December. The countdown-stopping leak was at the ground umbilical carrier plate, an attachment point between the external tank and a 178mm (7in) pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from...