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Space News Archive - December 31, 2008

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NASA Television will broadcast the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kickoff event on Saturday, Jan 3, 2009, at 7 am PST from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

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Experts say the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia is under an audio assault from wireless computers and other gadgets cluttering the same frequencies occupied by signals from neutron stars.

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New computer visualization technology developed by the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing has helped astrophysicists understand that gravity plays a larger role than previously thought in deep space's vast, star-forming molecular clouds.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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