Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:32pm
MarkWhittington writes: As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding, something of keen interest for the congressman, whose Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center. Moreover, Culberson's enthusiasm for space exploration goes far beyond what would be expected from a Texas representative. Culberson is a champion of a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Europa is an ice-covered moon that is thought to conceal an ocean of water, warmed by tidal forces, which might contain life. Using the heavy-lift Space Launch System, NASA could launch a large-scale probe to study Europa and ascertain whether it harbors alien life or not. Culberson's elevation makes such a mission far more likely to occur.

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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:32pm
MarkWhittington writes: As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding, something of keen interest for the congressman, whose Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center. Moreover, Culberson's enthusiasm for space exploration goes far beyond what would be expected from a Texas representative. Culberson is a champion of a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Europa is an ice-covered moon that is thought to conceal an ocean of water, warmed by tidal forces, which might contain life. Using the heavy-lift Space Launch System, NASA could launch a large-scale probe to study Europa and ascertain whether it harbors alien life or not. Culberson's elevation makes such a mission far more likely to occur.

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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:32pm
MarkWhittington writes: As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding, something of keen interest for the congressman, whose Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center. Moreover, Culberson's enthusiasm for space exploration goes far beyond what would be expected from a Texas representative. Culberson is a champion of a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Europa is an ice-covered moon that is thought to conceal an ocean of water, warmed by tidal forces, which might contain life. Using the heavy-lift Space Launch System, NASA could launch a large-scale probe to study Europa and ascertain whether it harbors alien life or not. Culberson's elevation makes such a mission far more likely to occur.

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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:32pm
MarkWhittington writes: As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding, something of keen interest for the congressman, whose Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center. Moreover, Culberson's enthusiasm for space exploration goes far beyond what would be expected from a Texas representative. Culberson is a champion of a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Europa is an ice-covered moon that is thought to conceal an ocean of water, warmed by tidal forces, which might contain life. Using the heavy-lift Space Launch System, NASA could launch a large-scale probe to study Europa and ascertain whether it harbors alien life or not. Culberson's elevation makes such a mission far more likely to occur.

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Categories: Science

Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:32pm
MarkWhittington writes: As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding, something of keen interest for the congressman, whose Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center. Moreover, Culberson's enthusiasm for space exploration goes far beyond what would be expected from a Texas representative. Culberson is a champion of a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Europa is an ice-covered moon that is thought to conceal an ocean of water, warmed by tidal forces, which might contain life. Using the heavy-lift Space Launch System, NASA could launch a large-scale probe to study Europa and ascertain whether it harbors alien life or not. Culberson's elevation makes such a mission far more likely to occur.

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Next-door leopards: First GPS-collar study reveals how leopards live with people

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:12pm
In the first-ever GPS-based study of leopards in India, biologists have delved into the secret lives of these big cats, and recorded their strategies to thrive in human-dominated areas.
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Helping trains take the strain

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:11pm
The introduction of smartcard ticketing for Singapore’s public transport system has enabled researchers to provide valuable predictive data on potential train overloading. This will enable system planners to address critical bottlenecks as the system stretches to accommodate an expanding population.
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A green transformation for pharmaceuticals

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:11pm
A more sustainable approach to a bond-forming reaction extensively used in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries has now been developed. The team used the solvent-free, catalytic reaction to produce high yields of a wide range of amides, including the antidepressant moclobemide and other drug-like molecules.
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Fluorescent nanoprobe could become a universal, noninvasive method to identify and monitor tumors

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:11pm
Researchers have developed a hybrid metal-polymer nanoparticle that lights up in the acidic environment surrounding tumor cells. Nonspecific probes that can identify any kind of tumor are extremely useful for monitoring the location and spread of cancer and the effects of treatment, as well as aiding initial diagnosis.
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Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives

Wired News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 5:00pm

Never Alone is a clever puzzle-platforming game based on the Alaskan Iñupiat culture.

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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: Software engineers understand the pace of writing code, but frequently managers don't. One line of code might take 1 minute, and another line of code might take 1 day. But generally, everything averages out, and hitting your goals is more a function of properly setting your goals than of coding quickly or slowly. Sprint.ly, a company than analyzes productivity, has published some data to back this up. The amount of time actually developing a feature was a small and relatively consistent portion of its lifetime as a work ticket. The massively variable part of the process is when "stakeholders are figuring out specs and prioritizing work." The top disrupting influences (as experienced devs will recognize) are unclear and changing requirements. Another big cause of slowdowns is interrupting development work on one task to work on a second one. The article encourages managers to let devs contribute to the process and say "No" if the specs are too vague. Is there anything you'd add to this list?

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This Wristband Tracks Your B-Ball Skills and Suggests Shooting Drills

Wired News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:30pm

Using a net-mounted sensor and a wrist-worn companion, the $150 ShotTracker is built to track your buckets and bricks on the basketball court.

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Sun to Outshine Spectacular Cosmic Alignment Saturday

Space.com - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:23pm
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
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Marker polyps do not cause cancer, experts say

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:18pm
Although serrated polyps usually are associated with colorectal cancer, it turns out that such polyps are themselves not dangerous, according to a study.
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Streamlining thin film processing for electrodes, display screens

Science Daily - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:18pm
Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. When an electrical engineering professor teamed up with and computer scientists to make a less expensive supercapacitor for storing renewable energy, they developed a new plasma technology that will streamline the production of display screens.
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Slashdot - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:08pm
An anonymous reader writes: Everyone understands by now that ads fund most of the sites on the web. Other sites have put up paywalls or started subscription bonuses, with varying success. Google, one of the web's biggest ad providers, saw a problem with that: it's a huge pain for readers to manage subscriptions for all the sites they visit — often more trouble than it's worth. And, since so few people sign up, the subscription fees have to be pretty high. Now, Google has launched a service called Contributor to try to fix this situation. The way Contributor works is this: websites and readers can opt in to the service (and sites like Imgur, The Onion, and ScienceDaily already have). Readers then pay a fee of $1-3 per month (they get to choose how much) to gain ad-free access to all participating sites. When the user visits one of the sites, instead of showing a Google ad, Google will just send a small chunk of that subscription money to the website instead.

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Space Gift Ideas: Out-of-This World Gifts for Him or Her

Space.com - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:04pm
Here’s a collection of space gifts for the stargazer in your life, whether he or she is an amateur astronomer or full-blown space nerd (like us).
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Aereo May Be Dead, But Internet TV Will Live On

Wired News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:03pm

It's a sad day for Aereo and all those who believed in it. The startup, which allowed people to stream live broadcast television to their computers and mobile devices, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just months after shutting down operations.

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10 Years of the Universe's Most Powerful Explosions | Video

Space.com - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:00pm
NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer has delivered "game-changing" astrophysics data since its launch in November 2004. Mission leaders and scientists describe a few of its discoveries.
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Abuzz About Very Little

Cryptomundo - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 3:49pm
Yesterday Dr. Jeff Meldrum broke his silence over what may or may not have been a Bigfoot encounter while he was out with the infamous Todd Standing. The people that follow Standing blindly, “The Standlings,” took this as full vindication of their hero, the “Toddster.” BUT NOT SO FAST!
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