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Monday, April 21, 2014

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NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

Less than a minute ago - NASA
NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation's space program on course to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017 aboard spacecraft built by American companies

Left To Their Own Devices, Robots Evolve Into Diverse Populations

1 hour 39 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Eat or Mate? Two robots spot one another across a field of six batteries. Stefan Elfwing and Kenji Doya, PLOS ONE, 2014 There are a few different ways you can study evolution. You could live for months at a time in a tent on tiny island with an isolated population and no fresh water. Or you could program a computer model and some squirrel-si... by Francie Diep

Over Meal Of Whale Meat, Japan Announces Plan To Restart "Scientific" Whaling In Antarctica

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Harpooned whale A whale captured by the Yushin Maru, a Japanese harpoon vessel, in February 2008. Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia On March 31, Japan was ordered to halt its whaling program in Antarctica by a United Nations court, which ruled that the activity amounted to a commercial operation and was not fo... by Douglas Main

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

3 days ago - NASA
Nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo are on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft

An Invisible Barn And Other Amazing Images From This Week

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Invisible Barn What do you get when you wrap a barn in mylar? You get nothing. stpmj via Co.Design by Colin Lecher

Russia Ships The World's First Load of Offshore Arctic Oil

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Oil Be There The Prirazlomnoye offshore drilling platform, in the Pechora Sea above the Arctic circle, began extracting oil in December 2013, and loaded its first shipment in April 2014 -- about a decade off schedule. The rig is 620 miles from Murmansk and just a few dozen miles from coastal and island wildlife reserves. Gazprom Russia has an... by Emily Gertz

Smart Rear-View Mirror Sees Through The Stuff Piled In Your Back Seat

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Nissan Smart Rear-View Mirror Corinne Iozzio A rear-view mirror is only useful if you can see out of the back of your car -- something, it happens, that's gotten increasingly difficult to do. We pack the trunks of our SUVs and hatch-backs to the ceiling with boxes and bags, or pile kids and pets into the backseat. Sometimes even the car itself... by Corinne Iozzio

First Success Witnessed In World's Longest-Running Experiment

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Here comes the pitch...  ... ... In baseball, that phrase would quickly be followed by an outcome, like strike three! But in the world's longest-running scientific experiment, waiting is the game. And so far, humans have struck out.  In 1927, scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, heated up a bunch of pitch, a der... by Douglas Main

Events In Your Past Determine Which Microbes Live On You

3 days ago - Pop Sci
Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential nutrients, while others cause disease. A new study now provides some unexpected influences on the contents of these communities, as scientists have found... by <a href="http://theconversation.com/uk/our_team#akshat-rathi">Akshat Rathi</a> and <a href="http://theconversation.com/uk/our_team">Declan Perry</a>, The Conversation

NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception

3 days ago - NASA
Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope's launch into space with the opening of the "Repairing Hubble" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington

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