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Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...

US Domestic Cats Killing Birds And Mammals In Record Numbers, According To Smithsonian
2013-01-29 15:58:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just a week ago we reported that a New Zealand economist was looking for a way to rid the island of its cat infestation, with claims that the curious critters were responsible for millions of bird kills annually, leaving the country with a big dent in its native bird population. While many were outraged by the seemingly unwarranted call out for residents to not replace their dying feline family members, it seems there may have...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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