Monthly Archives: June 2008

Genetically Modified Bacteria Create Oil?

According to the Times of London, a Silicon Valley company is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to produce ‘renewable petroleum.’ Send to Kindle

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The Myth of Moderate Islam

From Foreign Policy, by Steven A. Cook: Of all the cures commonly proposed for the many ailments afflicting the Middle East, there is one tonic nearly everyone seems to agree on: boosting moderate Islam. It sounds eminently reasonable. If Islamic … Continue reading

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Astronomy in Poetry

I open the scuttle at night and see the far sprinkled systems,And all I see multiplied as high as I can cyper edge but rim of the farthest systems. Wider and wider they spread, expanding, always expanding,Outward and outward, forever … Continue reading

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Shuttle Discovery Returns to Florida

The Space Shuttle Discovery has landed safely back in Florida. It touched down about 8:15 AM today, Saturday, June 14, 2008. Send to Kindle

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Science Quote for the Day

There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct … Continue reading

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27th International Space Development Conference

Glenn Reynolds posts a report on the 27th International Space Development Conference (May 29-June 1, 2008) on The Atlantic’s website: The main source of excitement at this year’s conference was space tourism—folks in the industry prefer the term “personal spaceflight”—involving … Continue reading

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Video from Aboard the Kibo Module on the ISS

The International Space Station is large. Here’s video from the recently installed Japanese Kibo module. The Space Shuttle Discovery undocked from the Space Station today and is on its way home. Send to Kindle

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Gamma-Ray Telescope Launched

Today (June 11, 2008) at 9:05 AM PDT , the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) was launched aboard a Delta II 7920-H rocket. GLAST is a joint venture of NASA, the United States Department of Energy, and government agencies … Continue reading

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Climate Change

Dana Longcope, a solar physicist at MSU, said the sun usually operates on an 11-year cycle with maximum activity occurring in the middle of the cycle. Minimum activity generally occurs as the cycles change. Solar activity refers to phenomena like … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Author Quote of the Day

The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in. Robert A. Heinlein Send to Kindle

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