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2012-03-14 16:29:29

A team from the University of Toronto in Abydos, Egypt have discovered a wooden statue of a king, a monumental building, a private offering chapel, and more than 80 mummified animals during a 2011 expedition. The artifacts they´ve discovered provide details into the rituals performed by ancient egyptians to the gods. Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations led the University of Toronto team. She presented the team´s findings at...

2012-03-12 14:49:56

A wooden statue of a king, a private offering chapel, a monumental building and remains of over 80 animal mummies found by a University of Toronto-led team in Abydos, Egypt reveal intriguing information about ritual activity associated with the great gods. Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations presented her team's findings at a recent meeting of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities. The wooden statue is one of very few...

'Star Comb' Joins Quest For Earth-like Planets
2012-03-08 04:03:29

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. Such a comb–a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light–has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun. The good results suggest combs will eventually fulfill their potential to boost the search for Earth-like planets to a new level. As described in Optics...

Astronomers To Get Sneak Peek Of OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroid
2011-09-15 06:59:33

  Every six years, asteroid 1999 RQ 36 nears the Earth - by cosmic standards - and researchers are launching a global observation campaign to learn as much as possible in preparation for the OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S.-led mission to bring back a sample of pristine asteroid material. Astronomers working on the U.S.' first asteroid-sample return mission — the NASA mission named OSIRIS-REx — have begun a months-long observing campaign that is the last chance to study their...

2011-05-27 20:07:00

PHOENIX, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced a new robotic science mission to be launched in 2016 that will retrieve samples from an asteroid. The mission, called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth. KinetX, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona based private corporation, has partnered with the OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator, Dr. Michael Drake of the...

2011-05-25 15:54:00

DENVER, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the University of Arizona to lead a sample-return mission to an asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx team is led by Dr. Michael Drake, Director of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. will manage the mission for NASA. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will build the spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is budgeted for approximately $800 million, excluding the launch vehicle. The...

2011-03-01 08:00:00

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Osiris Entertainment's highly acclaimed romantic drama Listen to Your Heart, will premiere on Lifetime Television on April 24 at 8:00 p.m. Starring Cybill Shepherd, Listen to Your Heart is the story of love at first sight when hearing impaired teenager meets an aspiring pianist. Listen to Your Heart gathered top honors as Winner of People's Choice Award at the New York City International Film Festival. (Photo:...

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2010-10-14 09:20:00

It was a case of celestial hit and run. Two asteroids, both in the wrong place at the wrong time. The result: one big trail of debris and a case of mistaken identity. Now, however, ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta has unraveled the truth. Using its OSIRIS camera, Rosetta made the breakthrough because it is far from Earth and so it could look at mystery object "ËœP/2010 A2' from a unique perspective. This showed that instead of being a comet, as first suspected, we are seeing the debris...

2010-04-22 11:32:40

Making the invisible visible The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in Germany, the U.S.A. and Italy are pleased to announce that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mt. Graham in south-eastern Arizona. After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument, dubbed LUCIFER 1, provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the...

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2010-03-12 08:28:52

Meet asteroid 1999 RQ36, a chunk of rock and dust about 1,900 feet in diameter that could tell us how the solar system was born, and perhaps, shed light on how life began. It also might hit us someday. "This asteroid is a time capsule from before the birth of our solar system," said Bill Cutlip of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., one of the leaders of Goddard's effort to propose a mission called OSIRIS-REx that will return a sample from RQ36. If selected, Goddard will...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.