Janet’s Planet: Fire Safety

Friday, 01 October 2010 by

Be safe by being prepared

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The Worst Part of Going to Space? Your Fingernails Come Off By Rebecca Boyle Posted 09.15.2010 at 4:22 pm 9 Comments Oh, It Hurts Some astronauts report losing their fingernails on spacewalks because of bulky gloves that cut off circulation and chafe against their hands. To avoid this inconvenience, a couple astronauts have taken to

Have you ever noticed how the last bits of cereal in the bowl always seem to cling to one another, making it easy to spoon up the remaining stragglers? Physicists have — and they’ve given it a name: the “Cheerios effect”. But this effect isn’t exclusive to breakfast cereals. It also reveals itself in the

“Blobs” might sound as scientific as an astrologer at a NASCAR rally, but it’s a real astrophysical term – in fact, it’s a giant one. Blobs are immense clouds of gas -some stretch for tens of thousands of light years- which failed to form into galaxies and instead glow in the far reaches of space


Tuesday, 10 August 2010 by

What’s up in Space August 10, 2010 FROM WWW,SPACEWEATHER.COM AURORA ALERTS: Did you miss the Northern Lights? Next time get a wake-up call from Space Weather PHONE EARLY PERSEID METEORS: The 2010 Perseid meteor shower is underway. “Last night I counted 28 Perseids between 1 am and 4 am–including this bright one zinging past Jupiter,”

“The Big Bang Never Happened” The New Standard? Here’s a reason to love science! New theories are always being tested, explored and expanding our way of thinking! While there is scientific consensus that the Big Bang is the best explanation for the origin of the Universe, there’s a growing chorus of doubters among the world

100 Ways to Make a Difference

Friday, 30 July 2010 by

Marine Conservation 10 Things You Can Do to Help the Gulf Coast Clean the Oil Spill Keep things in perspective. Be mindful of the big problems, but focus on solving them through the little things you can do everyday to help reduce them. Develop a positive outlook: 1. First, accept that you are only able

Global Astronomy Month 2010: Inaugurating a New Annual Celebration of the Universe Global Astronomy Month (GAM), a project of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), has captured the energy of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) and refocused it as an ongoing annual celebration of the Universe. GAM 2010 saw professional and amateur astronomers, educators and

Break out those mythological encyclopedias; the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature and the International Astronomical Union wants YOU, the school age public, to name a minor planet. Tomorrow, April 30th will have been one year since the passing of Venetia Burney Phair. At age 11, Miss Burney had the opportunity to suggest a name for the ever-controversial

A scheduled July mission by space shuttle Endeavor has been delayed until November so that NASA scientists can make changes designed to extend the lifespan of the onboard Alpha Magnetic Spectometer (AMS). The September 30 Discovery mission, which will see the Discovery return to the International Space Station (ISS) with supplies, will now directly follow

It is as if a timeline is just sitting out there in front of you. These galaxies represent what the universe looked like well before the Earth existed.” Jeff Cooke, a McCue Postdoctoral Fellow in physics and astronomy at University of California, Irvine University of California Irvine scientists have discovered a cluster of galaxies in

<several images that would not load on this post> CASEY RIFFE/Gazette Staff Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., speaks at Lewis and Clark Middle School on Friday. Dr. Harris was the first African-American to walk in space, and flew two mission for NASA. Astronaut inspires local students Bernard Harris, the first black American astronaut to walk in