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Atlantis Space Shuttle may never fly again after knob found between the window and dashboard

The Space Shuttle expands when on orbit While on orbit, a knob got stuck between the window and the frame on Window 5 Pilot window They have tried a number of tricks to remove it with no joy so far, and they can't saw it out as the vibrations may crack the window They may be unable to repair the shuttle on site, and ferrying Atlantis to Palmdale is obviously no longer an option - after the Orbiter Major Modification OMM facility at Plant 42 was shut down over six years ago Meetin

New type of power outlet - interesting design

There are some flaws to this new design, such as an absence of the 3rd prong, the Ground Rail Also the inability to turn on one plug and turn off another Also, whats to stop you from putting the plugs in the wrong way around Still as a design idea its very innovative, just as long as you only live in the US or Japan From http://gizmodocom/5295825/node-power-outlet-makes-power-strips-almost-useless and http://gadgetsboingboingnet/2009/06/18/node-the-power-outlehtml

Get your own handheld laser gun

A Laser Ray Gun is now available for purchase from a company called [url=http://amazing1com/burning-lasershtm]Information Unlimited [/url] This $1750 handheld shooter comes fully assembled, runs on standard AA batteries, and packs enough focused energy to blast a hole in the hardest of metals A set of Alkalines loads about a hundred-fifty 6,000 Watt shots with a 20 to 30 second recharge lag between blasts Oh sure, theyll tell you that the product is intended as an advanced scien

The killer chip - implanted electronic chip with kill function

A patent has been refused on a macabre design - an implanted electronic chip with a remote kill function However just because its patent has not been accepted does not mean it isn't being made The patent application – entitled [b]Implantation of electronic chips in the human body for the purposes of determining its geographical location[/b] – was filed on October 30, 2007, but was only published until last week, or 18 months after submission as required by German law The tiny electro

Going to space messes with your mind

Going into space can be life transforming in more ways than one People minds are changed by the experience In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect” He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him He describes becoming instantly and profoundly aware th

Personal flight pack almost ready for launch - video

Last year a Mew Zealand derived company, Martin Jetpack showed a video of the twin-fanned flier that wasn't quite ready to take to the skies, hovering just a couple of feet off the ground, and always with two especially attentive attendants walking alongside, ready to snag it if something went awry Nine months later look at it now, capable of accurate control, and it's said to fly for 30 minutes at 60 mph, and travel a distance of 8000 feet The Martin Jetpack is capable of 30 minutes

Drinking wine every day is good for you

This is great news : Drinking up to half a glass of wine a day may boost life expectancy by five years—at least in men—suggests research 1,373 randomly selected men whose cardiovascular health and life expectancy at age 50 were repeatedly monitored between 1960 and 2000 The researchers looked into how much alcohol the men drank, what type it was, and over what period, in a bid to assess whether this had any impact on the risks of their dying from cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular

How to tell space beings where we live in the universe

Just give them a star chart, such as Orion pictured here, is only visible from one place in the entire universe Where we live Mind you how do they knew which stars we are referring to http://cosmographicacom/gallery/portfolio2007/content/409_Orion3D_largehtml

Tumeric - one of natures most powerful healers now scientifically proven

Scientists in Michigan are reporting discovery of the secret behind the fabled healing power of the main ingredient in turmeric — a spice revered in India as "holy powder" Their study on the ingredient, curcumin, appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society In the study, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues point out that turmeric has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat wounds, infections, and other health problems Although modern scientific research on the spi

Trees on Mars

I saw the pictures of the trees on Mars This is not a totally outrageous dimension for a tree If you go to California, and go to the Great Redwood forest you will see trees with a trunk of over 30 feet in diameter Some of these tress are over a thousand years old The trees in Mars are several thousand years old and their environment has remained pretty much the same, so growth could have continued for a long time At present, they could be totally FROZEN; after all they are near the p

Calves bleed to death - terrifying German cow disease

This is like watching a horror movie unfolding A mysterious illness is causing calves to bleed to death on German farms Veterinarians are stumped over what is causing the deaths: vaccines, genetically modified feed or perhaps even the first mother's milk What can a cattle farmer do when he sees blood running from his calves like water, when they become lethargic and febrile and, by the next morning, are lying dead on the floor, their coats covered in blood "Our calves from last summ

How selective breeding for tameness changed the genetic makup of foxes - video

Scientist tries to breed a more tamer fox for fox breeders, everything goes along as predicted until the 10th generation, then the foxes ears changed, their tails changed, their coats changed, and they started to bark [flash=480x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/lR-GHmuumAw&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0[/flash] Breeding for tameness also changed the hormones in the foxes These hormones in turn triggered off a cascade of changes that changed the genetic makeup of the foxes This is what

Japanese astronaut will test a flying carpet in space

There are people who think the Space Station is just a giant white elephant, why would you think that when your read this serious list of jobs the latest astronaut has to do A Japanese astronaut going to space this month will try to fly on a carpet, use eyedrops in zero gravity and meet a series of other off-beat challenges, a space agency official said Thursday Koichi Wakata will perform 16 tasks chosen from 1,597 suggested by hundreds of people, from nursery school pupils to a 90-yea

Three days ago they discovered a 30 meter asteroid - today it passed the earth only 46K miles up

Currently March 3 2009 a newly-discovered asteroid, 2009 DD45, is flying past Earth at only 74,800 km 46,4785 miles or 0000482 AU away That's only about twice the height of a typical geostationary communications satellite, and well inside the moon's orbit Talk about a close call, and we never even saw it coming According to Spaceweathercom, the 30- to 40-meter wide space rock is similar in size to the Tunguska impactor of 1908, but this time there is no danger of a collision

Barreleye fish has eyes inside its head - video

A bizarre deep-water fish called the barreleye has a transparent head and tubular eyes Scientists say the eyes rotate, allowing the barreleye to see directly forward or look upward through its transparent head [flash=450x370]http://wwwliveleakcom/e/92b_1235497320[/flash] The barreleye Macropinna microstoma is adapted for life in a pitch-black environment of the deep sea, where sunlight does not reach They use their ultra-sensitive tubular eyes to search for the faint silhouettes of
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