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2011-02-11 12:37:00

ISLAND LAKE, Ill., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LeatherTree.com, a leading online supplier of leather briefcases, luggage and office accessories, announces the release of their new line of distressed leather goods. While aiming for the popular antique, vintage look, the new line continues to feature all the convenience and security of modern technology. With pickpocket proof zippered compartments and heavy duty hardware, these quality leather messenger bags and backpacks will keep your...

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2011-02-01 14:21:21

As the team of scientists behind NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft eagerly awaits the craft's entry into Mercury's orbit on March 17, we could soon get answers to questions about the origin, composition, interior structure and geological history of this mysterious planet. Louise Prockter, deputy project scientist on the mission, writes exclusively in February's Physics World about the challenges the craft has been designed to face, the early successes of the mission and her own triumphant voyage...

2011-01-06 07:30:00

10-15,000 new users a day join Kik's mobile instant messaging community WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ - Kik Messenger, the lightning fast, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service, has Kik'd off 2011 with its three millionth user, Kik Interactive Inc. announced today. Re-launched on Oct. 21, 2010, the Kik community continues to grow by 10-15,000 users a day. The growth rate, driven by Android and iPhone users, has held steady even though new BlackBerry downloads ended in...

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2010-12-08 09:51:33

One hundred days from now, MESSENGER will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place the spacecraft into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. It has already been 14 years since this mission was first proposed to NASA, more than 10 years since the project officially began, and over six years since the spacecraft was launched. A multitude of milestones have been passed on the way toward the...

2010-10-27 06:00:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Right in time for the 2010 holiday season, ful (pronounced fuel) announced today that it will introduce two, revolutionary MacBook laptop bag styles with detachable iPad® cases (known as 2-in-1s). The two styles including a backpack and messenger bag will be sold at Apple retail stores nationwide and on www.ful.com. The ful 2-in-1 MacBook® Backpack with Detachable iPad® Case features a laptop...

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2010-09-23 07:45:00

Scientists from Boston University's Center for Space Physics reported today that NASA satellites designed to view the escaping atmosphere of the Sun have also recorded evidence of gas escaping from the planet Mercury. The scientists reported these findings at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in Rome, Italy this week. The STEREO mission has two spacecraft, in orbits just inside and outside the earth's orbit around the Sun, and thus increasingly ahead and behind the earth...

2010-09-15 19:11:46

Albert Einstein College of Medicine findings mark key advance in using microscopy to reveal secrets of living cells By constructing a microscope apparatus that achieves resolution never before possible in living cells, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine  of Yeshiva University have illuminated the molecular interactions that occur during one of the most important "trips" in all of biology: the journey of individual messenger Ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules from the...

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2010-09-04 12:23:37

The MESSENGER team has just wrapped up a two-week flight test to ensure that the Mercury-bound spacecraft is ready for orbital operations. On March 18, 2011, MESSENGER will become the first spacecraft to enter into orbit about Mercury, embarking on a year-long mission to study in depth the planet closest to the Sun. The completion of this recent test provides a high-fidelity verification of the tools, processes, and procedures that are needed to conduct flight operations at Mercury."Even...

2010-08-24 17:15:16

Mapping the structure of protonated water clusters Water molecules are continuously forming short-lived networks called clusters. These can in turn bind positively charged protons, and such clusters can provide active functional groups in proteins. Using infrared spectroscopy, it is possible to determine the bond strengths, geometrical structures and chemical properties of protonated water clusters. In order to measure the spectrum of molecular vibrations in clusters it is, however, necessary...

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2010-08-19 15:20:00

According to the U.S. Postal Service, an original Mercury astronaut and a spacecraft set to orbit the planet Mercury will be featured on two United States postage stamps to be released next year. Alan Shepard will be honored together with NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging, or MESSENGER, probe, which is due to start orbiting the planet closest to the sun in March 2011. The two stamps are tentatively scheduled for release next spring. Former Air & Space...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mercury -- in astronomy, nearest planet to the sun, at a mean distance of 36 million mi (58 million km); its period of revolution is 88 days. Mercury passes through phases similar to those of the moon as it completes each revolution about the sun, although the visible disk varies in size with respect to its distance from the earth. Because its greatest elongation is 28, it is seen only for a short time after sunset or before sunrise. Since observation of Mercury is...

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