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2011-07-19 09:00:00

The last flight of the US space shuttle program turned towards home early this morning when Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley pulled away from the International Space Station (ISS) as they orbited about 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean, Reuters is reporting. Undocking was sounded, as tradition dictates, by a bell being rung out on the station, and speeches from Ferguson and Ron Garan, the lead NASA resident on the outpost. "Atlantis departing the International Space...

2011-07-18 10:20:00

As the shuttle Atlantis noses back towards planet Earth, many would-be astronauts will look towards the stars and wonder if their chance to fly in orbit will ever be fulfilled. US astronauts will, for the immediate future, have to hitch a ride on the Russian Soyuz rocket, renting one of two available seats on the Soyuz, with a third seat on the space vehicle already taken up by pilot at more than $50 million per seat. A new US space craft will be ready to fly sometime around 2015, AFP is...

2011-07-12 05:45:00

The U.S. government is laying the groundwork for an entire new industry to service satellites in orbit. The Robotic Refueling Mission flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis will use the International Space Station's Dextre robot to test tools for refueling and repairing satellites. "I've likened it to a Fisher-Price play toy for a robot, and I don't mean that in a negative sense," Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson said in a preflight interview with Reuters. The astronauts aboard Atlantis'...

2011-03-13 06:45:00

An international team of researchers may have finally located the true site of Atlantis - the legendary city believed destroyed by a tsunami thousands of years ago - in southern Spain. "This is the power of tsunamis," said University of Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund, head researcher for the team, in an interview with Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," he said. The lost city of...

2011-02-14 13:36:00

SYMBOL: DFI VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ - Diamond Fields International Ltd. (DFI:TSX) ("DFI" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the marine research vessel RV POSEIDON is on the Company's Atlantis II joint venture concession conducting a walk-away, sub-bottom profiling ("SBP") survey using the state-of-the-art Abyss 6000 unmanned autonomous vehicle ("UAV"). The survey is being conducted pursuant to a collaborative agreement between DFI and Leibniz Institute of Marine...

2011-01-26 14:11:40

Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon. For a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers measured how much people sway on land and at sea and found there's truth in that advice; people aboard a ship are steadier if they fix their eyes on the horizon. Thomas A. Stoffregen of the University of Minnesota has been studying "body sway" for decades"”how much people...

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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'