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Diamond
Russian Crater Diamonds Worth $1 Quadrillion
Sep 19, 2012 13:01 PM E
A Siberian meteorite crater allegedly contains "trillions of carats" of diamonds, Russian Scientists announced on Monday. If true, the finding would be worth over $1 quadrillion at current market prices, and could supply global markets for the next 3,000 years -- crippling the value of the gem.
Space shuttle
Space Shuttle Endeavour Lifts Off For California Museum
Sep 19, 2012 11:59 AM E
The space shuttle Endeavour is taking its final journey today, lifting off this morning from Florida on the back of a Boeing 747, en route to Houston and finally California, where it will be on display at the California Science Center.
Moon Rock
Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000
Sep 19, 2012 09:24 AM E
One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions.
Space Station
NASA Astronaut Completes First Space Triathlon
Sep 18, 2012 13:02 PM E
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams has become the first person to complete a triathlon in space, completing the trek onboard the International Space Station this weekend.
Google Earth fail
Funny Google Earth Images 2012: See Which Hilariously Unexpected Street View Photos Made Our List of Top Ten Favorites
Sep 05, 2012 14:59 PM E
When it comes to funny Google Earth images, no 2012 internet-savvy writer knows it the way I do: first-hand. Two years ago, as I was walking out of my college campus's Science Library (read: 24-hour nerd buffet) completely hungover for reasons that have everything to do with jungle juice, the Google Earth car drove by and snapped a photo of me...
Voyager 1
NASA’s Voyager 1 Ready To Leave Solar System 35-Years After Launch
Sep 04, 2012 09:50 AM E
NASA's Voyager 1 departed Earth 3 years ago, and is now ready to make its grand exit from the solar system
Bill Nye
Bill Nye Creationism Scandal: See How Some of Your Favorite Celebrities Embarrass Themselves Explaining How They Think the World Was Made [VIDEO]
Aug 30, 2012 16:30 PM E
The Bill Nye Creationism Scandal is proof that the era of American scientific achievement could very well be waning. It began with Bill Nye, a scientist and former television personality most popular for his truly charming children's television show Bill Nye The Science Guy, taking a bold stance by speaking out against creationism on BigThink's Youtube channel.
Hurricane Isaac (2012)
Isaac Officially Hurricane Category i (video)
Aug 28, 2012 15:13 PM E
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane mid-day today, and landfall is also expected today. Isaac boasts surface wind speeds of 75 mph and flight-level winds even stronger, at 110 mph. Forecasters say Isaac is moving northwest at 10 mph, is expected to slowdown even more, which, unfortunately gives the Hurricane time to wreak havoc in some areas.
Isaac 2012
Tuesday News on Storm Isaac: He is No Katrina, Yet Anniversary Stirs Anxieties
Aug 28, 2012 11:06 AM E
Not quite yet classified a Hurricane, as of Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Isaac is slowly closing in towards New Orleans, expected to become a Category I Hurricane, with storm surges of 6-12 feet. Current forecasts indicate that Isaac will make landfall along the Mississippi or Southeast Louisiana coast as a hurricane with 85 mph winds.
Moon
Moon Landing Hoax Debunked: Did Neil Armstrong Death Spur New Era of Lunar Truthers and Apollo Birthers?
Aug 27, 2012 19:58 PM E
Even though the so-called conspiracy theory (more fiction than theory, really) surrounding whether or not the moon landing was a complete hoax perpetrated by the U.S. Government to come in first in the Space Race has been debunked time and time again, it's looking like the death of Neil Armstrong, the John Wayne of space, has spurred a new mov...
Tower of Babel
Tower of Babel? Why Groundbreaking New Finds Have Scientists Saying the English Language Originated in Turkey
Aug 27, 2012 15:18 PM E
It may not be the Tower of Babel, but it's even crazier: through an innovative use of methods that were originally developed for tracking the 'Patient Zero' of viral outbreaks (we're looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow), new findings now have scientists saying that the Indo-European tree of languages originated in Turkey, where it's had its roots for over 8,000 years.
Hurricane Isaac  (2000)
Hurricane Isaac 2012: Landfall Expected Late Tuesday
Aug 27, 2012 10:50 AM E
Still considered a Tropical Storm, as of this posting, Isaac's eye is forecast to pass west of Tampa. But the path is not known for certain. What is weird is that Isaac is threatening to follow an eerily familiar path to that of Katrina, the monster storm that hit New Orleans 7 years ago this week. However it is not expected to grow to more than a category I.
Lynx
Not an Astronaut but Want to Go to Mars? Hop a Flight on a Private Space Plane via the XCOR Aerospace Lynx at Kennedy Center!
Aug 24, 2012 16:17 PM E
Special attention to space tourism began with the visionary mind of Richard Bronson, who created the Virgin Galactic brand in the hopes of one day sending non-NASA-astronaut tourists into space; today, XCOR Aersopace is closer than ever to manufacturing and flying their privately owned brand of Lynx suborbital vehicles (read: Space Planes) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Solar Flare
Do Sunspots Influence Weather?
Aug 24, 2012 07:20 AM E
Scientists have long suspected that sunspots have an effect on Earth's weather, and according to a new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, they do.
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