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Want to go to Mars? Well its coming to you at 22000 mph

Yep Mars and Earth are getting closer at a combined speed of 22000 mph Ultimately, this will lead to a close approach in late December 2007 when Mars will outshine every star in the night sky Of a similar encounter in the 19th century, astronomer Percival Lowell wrote the following: [quote]Mars blazes forth against the dark background of space with a splendor that outshines Sirius and rivals the giant Jupiter himself[/quote]Contrary to rumor, though, Mars is never going to outshine the M

Once there was a planet with green seas, methane skies, and life - it was here

Fantastic article about the rise of the cyanobacteria and how they destroyed the ecosystem of an entire planet The period in history is known as the Paleoproterozoic era, and prior to that time the Earth's ecology and environment were significantly different The iron-rich waters of the oceans lent them a green tint, and the atmosphere was comprised of gasses other than oxygen Although oxygen atoms were abundant, such as those found in water molecules, unbound oxygen was extremel

Fat content of Big Macs around the world

Fat content, in grams, of Big Macs around the world: United Kingdom: 229 Malaysia: 23 Denmark: 241 Australia: 249 Italy: 25 Russia: 25 Germany: 25 New Zealand: 254 France: 258 Japan: 258 Brazil: 27 Canada: 29 South Korea: 29 United States: 29 Mexico: 33 What does Mexico have in it to get 33! from http://wwwfutilityclosetcom/2007/07/30/mcewww/ Good news! The recommend daily intake of total fat is 65 grams That means if you are in teh united Kingdom you can have

Bionic arm being developed

Where is Steve Austin when you need him In reality making bionic body parts pushes the limits of todays technology Something we see so often in movies is still at the edge of scientists abilities Kuniholm and his fellow engineers at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, are at work on the most ambitious prosthetics project in history They seek the field's holy grail -- to build an artificial human arm that acts, looks and feels to its user like his native ar

The gene for left handedness is found

All you intelligent, articulate, fast, combat ready, accident prone lefties have a different gene to the rest of us Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed The Oxford University-led team believe carrying the gene may also slightly raise the risk of developing psychotic mental illness such as schizophrenia The gene, LRRTM1, appears to play a key role in controlling which parts of the brain take control of specific functions,

Is the current fear over climate change justified?

It seems our world has been through much warmer periods in the recent past, and that what we experience now may just be part of the warming and cooling cycle [quote]The fact is that when the earth has warmed a little bit, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere follows along behind the warming It does not precede it and, therefore, could not be the cause As illustrated in this chart of ice core data from the Soviet Station Vostok in Antarctica, CO2 concentrations in Earth&

Vehicle emission hysteria loses the plot

With the climate change scares in the media recently, countries are being told to upgrade their vehicle fleets New vehicles create less pollutants than old vehicles The benefit will be less pollution in our cities SUV's as well are demonised as nasty pollution monsters Although I have no love of SUV's for other reasons, their low fuel economy, their huge dangerous presence, their symbolic signal of a the owner having a small weaner, are enough to get them off the roads But is thi

Scientists don't know how to land people on Mars

You think it would be easy, with landings on the moon, and robotic spacecraft on Mars, but it seems that scientists cannot work out how to land a metic ton of weight safely on Mars The real problem is the combination of Mars atmosphere and the size of spacecraft needed for human missions So far, our robotic spacecraft have been small enough to enable at least some success in reaching the surface safely But while the Apollo lunar lander weighed approximately 10 metric tons, a human

Man eats one of the worlds rarest animals says it tastes delicious

When zoologists went looking for the very rare long-beaked Echidna in Papua New Guinea, a tribesman told them he had just eaten one an it was delicious Fears that one of the world’s rarest creatures had been driven to extinction have been allayed by a tribesman who told conservationists he had recently eaten one Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, a little-known, primitive mammal that lays eggs, lives in Papua New Guinea Only one specimen, found in 1961, has ever

New window film blocks cell phones and EMP attacks

Like a tinfoil hat for your house, new technology promises to block hackers' access to your wireless transmissions—and protect against EMP attacks and explosions, to boot When a Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a blastproof film on its windows prevented them from shattering into a swarm of flying shards Now, a version of that same film promises to block not only projectiles but also the collective electromagnetic chatter generated by our increasingly wirele

750000 people die in China from pollution every year

China tries to hide the information to prevent social unrest in the country Boy I would be 'unresting' as well if that was in my country Beijing engineered the removal of nearly a third of a World Bank report on pollution in China because of concerns that findings on premature deaths could provoke “social unrest” The report, produced in co-operation with Chinese government ministries over several years, found about 750,000 people die prematurely in China each year

Change your diet to see Infrared

During WW2 scientists showed that humans can change their eyes to see infrared The following story dramatizes how photopigments determine what one can see During World War II, the United States Navy wanted its sailors to be able to see infrared signal lights that would be invisible to the enemy Normally, it is impossible to see infrared radiation because the wavelengths are too long for human photopigments In order for humans to see infrared, the spectral sensitivity of some hum

Scientists to build Neanderthal DNA

After building the Human Genome, they are now going to recreate the Neanderthal Genome to see if the two are related This holds wonderful possabilities for discovering the link between football hooligins, violent Canadian hockey players and the rest of humanity A team of scientists led by Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany say they have found ways to sequence the whole Neanderthal genome, despite the difficulties of obtaining usable s

Mars had huge oceans covering 1/3 of the planet

In this facinating report, Mars had huge oceans covering over 1/3 of the planet However a massive pole shift about 1 billion years ago about when Survivor was still popular saw the oceans either boil away into space or go underground Since 1991, planetary scientists have floated the idea that Mars once harbored vast oceans that covered roughly one-third of the planet Two long shore-like lips of rock in the planet's northern hemisphere were thought to be the best evidence, but experts a

Whale killed had been harpooned in the 1890s

How much harder it must be to kill when you know that the whale is about 200 years old It has been alive long enough to see its species decimated, its environment raped and the seas emptied of food At least being killed put it out of its misery A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt — more than a century ago Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped
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