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Lockheed Proposals for Deep Space Exploration

At a House Space Subcommittee meeting on Capitol Hill last week, several companies laid out plans for deep space exploration. Lockheed Martin Vice President Wanda A. Sigur discussed the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle the company is building for NASA, proposed cis-lunar space operations, and a Mars base camp orbiting the Red Planet. link.

Orbital ATK Proposes Lunar Space Station by 2020

Orbital ATK has unveiled preliminary plans to place a four-person habitat in cislunar space by 2020. The announcement during testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space would not only see the creation of a permanent...Show More Summary

ESA Begins Building Service Module for NASA Orion Capsule

NASA and European Space Agency officials on May 19 said the European Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion crew-transport vehicle was within budget and on schedule for a late-2018 inaugural flight pending a key review.But the ESM program...Show More Summary


One thing I’ve learned from the Okeanos Explorer’s ROV trip to the Marianas Trench, is that deep sea jellyfish just like to let it all hang out. How else you going to feed effectively if you don’t wave your tentacles around like you just don’t care? But get too close to this unidentified jelly, and you risk triggering […]

NASA to get $19.5 Billion in House Budget, Europa Orbiter & Lander get $260M

The House Appropriations Committee has released a spending bill that would give NASA a budget of $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, which is $500 million above President Barack Obama’s request. The measure boosts spending for exploration and science programs. link.more.

US Military needs to Prepare for Missile Swarms

The U.S. Air Force relies on more than 5,000 aircraft to give it unmatched dominance over every other competitor on earth. The U.S. Navy, for its part, counts on more than 3,700 aircraft and 273 deployable battle force ships, which constitute...Show More Summary

General Atomics Commiting Over $50 Million to Developing its 10 MJ Railgun

General Atomics (GA) told IHS Jane's that it will have committed significant company funds to develop its 10 megajoule (MJ) Multimission Medium Range Railgun Weapon System (MMRRWS) from 2007 to the end of testing in 2017.Speaking toShow More Summary

Treating cows with antibiotics doubles dung methane emissions

Antibiotic-treated cows are bad news for climate and possibly ecosystems, because the drugs play havoc with microbes living inside dung beetles

Hawaii’s endangered hawksbill sea turtles have been protected...

Hawaii’s endangered hawksbill sea turtles have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1978. So why are their population numbers still so low?  Catch up on the latest research from Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s director of science, and learn how plastic pollution keeps baby hawksbill turtles from thriving.

Palaeontology Student Finds “Super-sized” Eotyrannus Tooth

Tooth Leads to Re-think over Eotyrannus lengi Megan Jacobs, a palaeontology student from the University of Portsmouth, has something to remember from her trip to the Isle of Wight, for whilst exploring Compton Beach on the western side of the Island she discovered a 2.8 centimetre long dinosaur tooth that has been identified as belonging […]

Guess who’s back? Back again?

Tuna crabs are back—tell a friend! Once again, swarms of pelagic red crabs—aka tuna crabs, Pleuroncodes planipes—beached themselves In Monterey yesterday. First seen in October of last year, there have been a handful of these mass strandings...Show More Summary

Tetrapod Zoology on The Maniraptor Dinosaurs Part 2

In this second article on maniraptorans, we look at the main groups that constitute this clade: you’ll need to remember the main group names if the trends and tendencies discussed in later parts of this series are to make any sense.Show More Summary

Meemannia eos: The Earliest Known Ray-Finned Fish From Lochkovian Devonian China

Osteichthyans, or bony fishes, comprise two categories, each containing over 32,000 living species: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods) and Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes). Nevertheless, actinopterygians have an obscure early evolutionary history. Show More Summary

World’s parliament for the environment to tackle global issues

The world's environment ministers are meeting in Nairobi this week to discuss major issues plaguing the planet, from wildlife trade to plastic in the ocean, and possibly agree on remedies

India Successfully Tests RLV Demonstrator Similar to USF X-37B

A rocket carrying the Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Sunday.The RLV-TD, a winged vehicle similar in appearance to the U.S. Air Force’ s X-37B,...Show More Summary

Japan Lays out Plans for H3 Launch Vehicle

The H3 Launch Vehicle is a liquid propellant launch vehicle currently under development. This is the first full-scale development of the 21st century. The aim of this development is to respond to launch demands from global customers....Show More Summary

More on Why Mt Gox Failed

When Mark Karpeles, the CEO of what was once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, said that the company had gone bankrupt because 800,000 bitcoins (worth nearly half a billion dollars at the time) had been hacked, he wasn’t exactly lying. Show More Summary

Characterizing Titan's Atmospheric Aerosols

Characterization of aromaticity in analogues of titan's atmospheric aerosols with two-step laser desorption ionization mass spectrometryAuthors:Mahjoub et alAbstract:The role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and Nitrogen containing...Show More Summary

luscious916: People watching and fish watching at the Monterey...

luscious916: People watching and fish watching at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!???????????????? #Ocean #Monterey #Aquarium (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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