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Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Opportunity self-portrait reveals dusty solar panels

A newly-released mosaic from the Opportunity rover shows a coating of rust-colored dust on the robot’s solar panels, visual evidence of the mobile science outpost’s eight years exploring the treacherous plains of Mars. Opportunity’s panoramic camera collected images for the mosaic over three days from Dec. 21 to Dec.


Herschel telescope ‘in last year’

18 February 2012 Last updated at 18:11 ET By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Vancouver Herschel, Europe’s billion-euro space observatory, has entered what is likely to be its last year of operation. The telescope studies the formation of stars, and has taken some remarkable pictures since its launch in May 2009.


Earthmicrobiome Project

The Earth Microbiome Project is a proposed massively multidisciplinary effort to analyze microbial communities across the globe. The general premise is to examine microbial communities from their own perspective. Hence we propose to characterize the Earth by environmental parameter space into different biomes and then explore these using samples currently available from researchers across the globe.


Building blocks of early Earth survived collision that created moon

Unexpected new findings by a University of Maryland team of geochemists show that some portions of the Earth’s mantle (the rocky layer between Earth’s metallic core and crust) formed when the planet was much smaller than it is now, and that some of this early-formed mantle survived Earth’s turbulent formation, including a collision with another planet-sized body that many scientists believe led to the creation of the moon. – Breaking news, science and tech news, world news, US news, local news

Angela Merkel’s hand-picked choice for the ceremonial post of president resigned on Friday in a scandal over political favors, dealing a blow to the German chancellor. First Read: A national debate over contraception and social issues could backfire on Republicans in the general election.


The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Holding girls as payment for offenses committed by relatives, a practice known as “baad,” is illegal but still pervasive in Afghanistan, human rights workers say. A flurry of actions and statements by Iran this week suggest its leaders are responding frantically, and more unpredictably, to the tightening of sanctions.


Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57 – Baseball- NBC Sports

updated 5:07 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2012 NEW YORK – Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.


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California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures

An audit by San Francisco county officials of about 400 recent there determined that almost all involved either legal violations or suspicious documentation, according to a report released Wednesday. Commissioned by Phil Ting, the San Francisco assessor-recorder, the report examined files of properties subject to foreclosure sales in the county from January 2009 to November 2011.


Europe – Total Solar Eclipse of 1961 February 15 – Xavier Jubier

Not yet born, I didn’t get any chance to view this total eclipse from France. This eclipse has been also known as the “Barabbas” eclipse in reference to the movie starring Anthony Quinn where the Christ’s crucifixion reconstitution was filmed during the totality in Italy.To my surprise very few reports are available in France for this eclipse.


Matt Strassler Tom Levenson Virtually Speaking Science

Juggernaut and Behemoth Dispatches from the frontiers of particle physics MITrsquos Tom Levenson Inverse Square and Balloon Juice talks with theoretical physi Feb 15


Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents | Heartland Institute

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 – The following statement from The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more information, contact Communications Director Jim Lakely at and 312/377-4000. Yesterday afternoon, two advocacy groups posted online several documents they claimed were The Heartland Institute’s 2012 budget, fundraising, and strategy plans.


H-2A Rocket Body

Legend Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon) Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.


Photos: New Space Toys at Toy Fair 2012

by Clara Moskowitz, Assistant Managing Editor Date: 14 February 2012 Time: 05:44 PM ET


Rohrabacher Blasts “SLS Titanic” at Parabolic Arc

Washington, Feb 14 – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement criticizing The White House’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request for NASA: “The administration’s FY’13 budget includes almost $1.9 billion for continued pursuit of the SLS Titanic, a ‘monster rocket’ based on 40-year-old Space Shuttle technology in an attempt to recapture the glory days of the Apollo Saturn V,” said Rohrabacher.


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Dawn images of Vesta! Released!! For everyone!!! – The Planetary Society Blog | The Planetary Society

Feb. 14, 2012 | 21:57 PST | Feb. 15 05:57 UTC We need your help.Please donate to support our blog, website, and podcast. Can you tell I’m a little bit excited about this? Some time in the last few days, the Dawn team made public the first preliminary version of the first release of their data from the Vesta phase of their mission.


Going public the next frontier for scientists

Climate change scientist Andrew Weaver has paid a price for bringing his research to the public. His University of Victoria office contains a Wall of Hate, filled with the “vitriolic diatribes” of people who can-not accept the overwhelming conclusion of the scientific community that burning fossil fuels is responsible for global warming.