spineas writes "A 4.5-foot-wide meteorite struck the moon in September 2013, and astronomers were lucky enough to catch the impact flash on video, now confirmed as the brightest ever witnessed from Earth. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the meteorite likely weighed nearly 900 pounds, and exploded on impact with the moon with the force of 15 tons of TNT." Link to Original Source top
Elderly nun sentenced in Tennessee nuclear plant break-in
spineas writes "Anti-nuclear activist and elderly nun, 84-year-old Sister Megan Rice has been sentenced to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee facility which stores weapons-grade enriched uranium. The Orlando Sentinel reports that at her sentencing, the Sister asked that her age not affect her sentence, stating "to remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honor."" Link to Original Source top
spineas writes "In case you're not in a prime viewing position for tonight's fly-by of Asteroid 2000 EM26, never fear, for the event will be webcast live for all around the world to see. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Slooh Space Camera will be broadcasting the 3-football-field-long asteroid as it zips by us at nearly 27,000 miles per hour. Astronomer Bob Berman will be answering questions during the broadcast, submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #Asteroid." Link to Original Source top
NASA extends ISS missions to 2024, but is the science worth it?
spineas writes "The Orlando Sentinel reports that even though the crew aborad the International Space Station has 1,008 man-hours per week available to them, only 50 man-hours per week is actually used on scientific research, the main purpose of the ISS. The recent decision to extend the life of the ISS to 2024 may not be the best use of funds, especially when the money can be put into future projects, such as manned missions to Mars." Link to Original Source top
Anti-mining activists using social media to coordinate protests, attacks
spineas writes "The use of social media, especially on relatively low-cost mobile devices, is allowing large, sophisticated protests to form in countries in which communication can be limited by a lack of access to technology.
In an industry where civil unrest can cause billions of dollars in losses if an investment fails, the shutdown of even a single project can have massive, rippling economic effects on the nation in which the project takes place." Link to Original Source top
Relapse of 'cured' HIV patients spurs AIDS science on
spineas writes "Though the two 'Boston patients' have relapsed and have had to resume antiretroviral drug treatments to keep the HIV virus at bay, researchers have a wealth of new information from the temporary remission in the two patients which can be applied towards finding a more permanent cure for the disease." Link to Original Source top
spineas writes "Google recently acquired Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that has had a hand in many advanced defense robotics for the U.S. military, making it the eighth such purchase for the search engine giant in the last six months.
Boston Dynamics is well known for having developed the robot named "Cheetah," capable of running at speeds of 28MPH." Link to Original Source top
London-based company to debut $38 Android 4.0 tablet in the U.S.
spineas writes "A tablet that retails for US $38 in India will soon be made available for purchase in the United States. Originally designed to bring the knowledge on the Internet to children in low-income communities, the widespread availability of low-cost, connected tablets can open up a new world for children, the disabled, and even those who just want to use it in their already-connected homes." Link to Original Source top
Former "space pioneer" now homeless, charged with arson
spineas writes "Draven Premate, a former NASA contractor who designed experimental furnaces to be tested during space shuttle missions, was arrested Saturday after setting fire to a church in downtown Orlando because he was "tired of the mosquitoes."" Link to Original Source top
spineas writes "JetBlue is rolling out a new form of inflight Wi-Fi operating from satellites instead of ground-based cell towers. Up to eight times faster than traditional inflight Wi-Fi, it will enable users to stream video whilst in the air, something that is nearly impossible to do with current dial-up speed access in aircraft." Link to Original Source