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  • Beach landing
    Marines eye new troop transport vehicle
    The U.S. Marine Corps is expected to award two contracts in November to build prototype vehicles for transporting troops ashore, according to government documents.The Marines released a request for proposals to industry in March, and the deadline...
  • foot print on the moon
    India ends Russian space partnership and will land on the moon alone
    The Russian space program has been beset with a number of accidents and delays, calling into question its long term viability. That fact seems to have been a factor in India’s decision to pull out of a partnership with Russia for a mission...
  • Ancient myth study proves musical taste is cultural
    Ancient myth study proves musical taste is cultural
    Culture and belief form the basis of what is considered to be acoustically and musically pleasing. The variety of modern music and the appreciation of that music in a given venue is a reflection of ancient cultures and mythology according to...
  • Explore sea jellies at Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific
    Explore sea jellies at Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific
    The Aquarium of the Pacific is opening its new sea jellies exhibits to the public on Friday, May 22, 2015. These creatures, which have been living on this planet for at least 700,000 million years, and yet they have no brain, heart or eyes. These...
  • Extra Second Will Be Added to Clocks on June 30th, 2015
    Extra "Leap" Second to Be Added on June 30th, 2015 Could Create Tech Dilemmas
    Everyone’s always asking for more time – and this year, 2015, we are all in luck. That wish for additional time shall be granted. The reason is because next month, on June 30th (the half-way point of the year), an extra second will be...
  • Buzz Aldrin and the American Flag on the Moon
    Will the first astronauts on Mars raise a flag of Earth over the Red Planet?
    Do we need a world flag to plant on Mars when astronauts eventually reach the Red Planet? That is the position of Oskar Pernefeldt of the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, who has designed what he calls a flag for Planet Earth, as...
  • Kenyan rockhound finds oldest known stone tool
    Kenyan rockhound finds oldest known stone tool
    Sammy Lokorodi, a resident of Kenya's northwestern desert who works as a fossil and artifact hunter, is credited with finding the oldest stone tool ever known. The tool is a rock that was shaped for a specific purpose and is 3.3 million years...
  • World’s oldest known dog ancestor discovered in Russia
    World’s oldest known dog discovered in Russia
    Dogs may have lived with humans as long ago as 40,000 years. The fossil of a wolf jaw discovered in the Taimyr Peninsula in northern Russia by Love Dalén of the Swedish Museum of Natural History and Pontus Skoglund of Harvard Medical School and...
  • Earth and moon
    In Neal Stephenson's 'Seveneves' a hard rain falls after the moon blows up
    The beginning of “Seveneves,” the novel by Neal Stephenson that was published on Tuesday, is nothing if not on a grand scale. The moon not so much blows up as it starts to come apart. Scientists on Earth soon determine that human...
  • X-37B prelaunch
    Secret Air Force X-37B shuttle carries NASA and other experiments into space
    The United States Air Force’s X-37B lifted off on Wednesday on board at Atlas V for an orbital mission of an unknown duration, NASASpaceFlight reported. The previous three missions lasted each for some months, the third one for nearly two...
  • Spaceplane launched
    Air Force launches X-37B spaceplane
    The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B experimental spaceplane headed into space May 20 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.“There were no issues reported with the launch,” which...
  •  Former U.S. Vice President
    NASA satellite data suggests the polar ice caps are not shrinking
    The global warming controversy has created as much heat as the Earth is alleged to be warming as a result. The latest wrinkle in the “settled science” involves whether or not the polar ice caps are receding or not. Recent news stories,...
  • Engineers make skim milk with ultrasound
    Engineers make skim milk with ultrasound
    Thomas Leong, an ultrasound engineer and a postdoctoral researcher from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, and researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial...
  • Space flight
    Air Force to launch X-37B spaceplane
    The U.S. Air Force plans to launch its unmanned X-37B experimental spaceplane for the fourth time May 20.The Boeing-built X-37B, which heads to space like a satellite and lands on a runway like an airplane, will lift off aboard a United Launch...
  • Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP)
    Flying (mostly) friendly skies: an airplane to cruise atmosphere of Venus
    With so much attention now on the rovers and spacecraft at Mars, Saturn, Ceres, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and, soon, Pluto, it may seem like Earth’s closest planetary neighbor Venus has been forgotten again. But no, Venus is still...
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