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2008-07-07 09:01:02

Hospitals advised to enhance quake-resistant capacity BEIJING, July 5 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 hospital directors agreed at a national forum on Saturday that key structures of hospital buildings should be designed to resist earthquakes measuring 9-10 degrees or above in terms of seismic intensity. Deputy director of the People's Liberation Army General Hospital Wang Shufeng presented at the meeting how the new buildings of his hospital used advanced seismic isolation technology to...

2008-06-16 15:00:31

Vulcanologists say tourists and other visitors should stay away from White Island this weekend following a shallow earthquake close to island yesterday. Two significant tremors early in the morning were followed by one of the biggest quakes felt in the area for some time - a 5.4 magnitude shake at 9.06 am, centred 10km southwest of the volcano and just 5km deep. In Tauranga, workers described a "slow and rolling" quake which made the buildings sway. (c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by...

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2008-05-23 10:20:00

Meet MIT professor of physics Maria Zuber. She's dynamic, intelligent, intense, and she's on a quest for the Grail. No, not that Grail. Zuber is the principal investigator of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory "” "GRAIL" for short. It's a new NASA mission slated for launch in 2011 that will probe the moon's quirky gravity field. Data from GRAIL will help scientists understand forces at play beneath the lunar surface and learn how the moon, Earth and other terrestrial planets...

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2008-05-13 13:20:00

Lunar dust could be more than a housekeeping issue for astronauts who visit the moon. Their good health may depend on the amount of exposure they have to the tiny particles.To prepare for a return to the moon, researchers with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) are evaluating how dust deposits in the lungs in reduced gravity in order to assess the health risk of long-term exposure to the particles. The findings will influence the design of lunar bases and could also...

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2008-04-18 00:10:00

A team of researchers with the European Space Agency has proven that marigolds are able to grow out of crushed rock similar in composure to the surface of the moon. The new research, presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting in Vienna, has some experts hoping that it carries implications of future human habitation.Bernard Foing, a senior scientist with the European Space Research and Technology Centre (Estec) in the Netherlands, said that learning to grow plants on the Moon...

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2008-04-17 07:05:00

Behold the full Moon. Ancient craters and frozen lava seas lie motionless under an airless sky of profound quiet. It's a slow-motion world where even a human footprint may last millions of years. Nothing ever seems to happen there. Right? Wrong. NASA-supported scientists have realized that something does happen every month when the Moon gets a lashing from Earth's magnetic tail. "Earth's magnetotail extends well beyond the orbit of the Moon and, once a month, the Moon orbits through it," says...

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2008-04-11 08:00:00

Moondust is dry, desiccated stuff, and may seem like a dull topic to write about. Indeed, you could search a ton of moondust without finding a single molecule of water, so it could make for a pretty "dry" story. But like the dust in your mother's attic, moondust covers something interesting "“ the moon "“ and even the dust itself has curious tales to tell. A group of NASA and University of Alabama researchers are what you might call "active listeners": Mian Abbas, James Spann,...

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2008-03-31 16:34:13

With Americans set to return to the moon, this time for much longer expeditions, the pressure is on to make the journeys safer and more affordable. That is the mission of NASA's robotic scout, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, also known as LRO. Scheduled for launch in late 2008, LRO represents NASA's first step toward returning humans to the moon by 2020. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will conduct a one-year primary mission exploring the moon, taking measurements to identify future...

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2008-03-26 21:35:00

A large object may have struck northwest Scotland almost 1.2 billion years ago, according to researchers from Oxford and Aberdeen universities.By studying the impact, researchers reported that it was Landing just shy of present-day Ullapool, the meteorite is reported to be the largest ever to hit Britain, researchers said in the journal Geology. "If there had been human observers in Scotland 1.2 billion years ago, they would have seen quite a show," said co-author Ken Amor, from the...

2008-02-27 17:29:46

This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. ET. Earthlings have mapped the moon's surface for the past 4,000 years, but NASA's latest view is the best yet. Scientists have created a new map of the south lunar pole with Earth-based telescopes that is 50 times more detailed than the last version, created with data from the Clementine spacecraft in 1994. "This data is the highest resolution and the highest accuracy that's ever made of lunar south polar region," said Scott Hensley, a scientist...


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2012-06-26 19:51:17

The Hadean is the unofficial geological period of time that lies just before the Archean time period. The Hadean began with the formation of the Earth roughly 4.5 billion years ago (Ga) and ended about 3.8 Ga; the latter date varies according to different sources. Hadean is derived from Hades, Greek for “underworld,” referring to the hellish conditions on the planet at the time. The term was coined in 1972 by geologist Preston Cloud. The period was later classified as the “Priscoan...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

The Moon -- The Moon is the largest satellite of the Earth, and is occasionally called Luna (Latin for moon) to distinguish it from the general use of the word "moon". The Moon is distinguished from the satellites of other planets by its initial capital letter; the other moons are described in the natural satellite article. The words moon and month come from the same Old English root word. The Moon makes a complete orbit of the celestial sphere about every four weeks. Each hour the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Moon -- natural satellite of a planet, in particular, the single natural satellite of the earth. The Earth-Moon System The moon is the earth's nearest neighbor in space. In addition to its proximity, the moon is also exceptional in that it is quite massive compared to the earth itself, the ratio of their masses being far larger than the similar ratios of other natural satellites to the planets they orbit (with the exception of Charon and Pluto). For this reason, the...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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