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2013-11-19 04:23:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars may be helping to shape the surface of some near-Earth asteroids, according to a new study published in the journal Icarus. Richard Binzel, a professor of planetary sciences at MIT, found in 2010 that asteroids that venture outside of the main belt in our solar system could be experiencing “asteroid quakes” as they come too close to Earth’s gravity. These quakes shift surface grains, exposing fresh grains underneath, which helps...

Flying Dutchman’s Story Crashes And Burns
2012-03-22 09:23:29

Peter Suciu for RedOrbit.com Move over Balloon Boy, there is a new hoaxster who has taken flight. This week the media — including this reporter — was duped into believing that Jarno Smeets had achieved flight with his wings made from para-sails and power-assisted by a mobile phone and Nintendo Wii controller. However Smeets´ story seems to be full of more holes than a downed balloon. Late yesterday Wired Magazine reported that it could not confirm Smeets´...

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2007-07-19 11:30:00

High gas prices, the need for alternate-energy sources, even global warming are tiny blips next to the problem encountered in the intriguing but ultimately unsatisfying sci-fi tale "Sunshine," in which our friend Mr. Sun runs out of fuel. From director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland, the team behind the horror mini-hit "28 Days Later,""Sunshine" recounts the bleak saga of a spaceship crew on a mission to recharge the sun, whose imminent death has cast Earth into a winter that will...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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