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2009-07-21 07:34:00

LOS ANGELES, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) presents "Sunbird," a numbered, limited edition chapbook of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed short story, with new art by Julie Dillon. Each chapbook comes with a 5ml bottle of Sunbird perfume oil blend from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. This edition is limited to 1000 copies. 250 will be sold by CBLDF at San Diego Comic Con 2008, and the remainder will go on sale July 30, 2009, at http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com. The retail...

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2009-04-21 08:23:54

An international team of scientists has found some of the most primitive matter containing abundant interstellar material analyzed to date amongst dust particles collected from the upper atmosphere by NASA aircraft. The samples were gathered in April 2003 during the Earth's passage through the dust stream left behind by comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup. Dr Henner Busemann of the University of Manchester will present the results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University...

2009-01-13 11:52:00

Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1 DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet Tempel 1 in February 2011. Flight operations for the spacecraft are performed from Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area in Denver, Colo. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. provides the precision...

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2008-11-17 08:55:00

Scientists are tracking the violent convulsions in the giant cloud of gas and dust that gave birth to the solar system 4.5 billion years ago via a few tiny particles from comet Wild 2. These convulsions flung primordial material billions of miles from the hot, inner regions of the gas cloud that later collapsed to form the sun, out into the cold, nether regions of the solar system, where they became incorporated into an icy comet. "If you take a gas of solar composition and let it cool down,...

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2008-10-13 15:10:00

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the spectacular event. Their quest was to find out why the comet had suddenly exploded. Observations taken of the comet after the explosion by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope deepen the mystery, showing oddly behaving streamers in the shell of dust surrounding the nucleus of the comet. The data also offer a rare look at the material liberated from within the...

2008-09-29 16:05:00

The U.S. space agency's Stardust space capsule is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will go on display Oct. 1 -- the 50th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- in the museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery. "Stardust, comprising a spacecraft and capsule, completed a seven-year, 3...

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2008-09-25 17:35:25

WASHINGTON -- Having returned the world's first particles from a comet, NASA's Stardust sample return capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The capsule will go on public display in the museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery on Oct. 1, the 50th anniversary of NASA. Stardust, comprising a spacecraft and capsule, completed a seven-year, 3-billion-mile journey in 2006. A tennis racket-like, aerogel-lined collector was...

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2008-08-02 11:40:00

Researchers have created a 3D image of a material referred to as "liquid smoke." Aerogel, also known as liquid smoke or "San Francisco fog," is an open-cell polymer with pores smaller than 50 nanometers in diameter. For the first time, Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley scientists have peered into this material and created three-dimensional images to determine its strength and potential new applications. Aerogel is a form of nanofoam, an engineered material designed for high...

2008-07-27 15:00:30

Rating: 8 Upon reflection of Paul Weller's respectable career, it makes little sense why he would feel any incentive to release a sprawling album like "22 Dreams," the lengthiest and arguably most stylistically diverse album of his 30-plus-year span as a songwriter. After all, anyone with even the slightest understanding of the Modfather's illustrious discography as both a solo artist and frontman of the Jam and the Style Council would already recognize him as being one of the most...

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2008-06-12 15:35:36

NASA researchers and scientists from the United States, Germany and Japan have found a new mineral in material that likely came from a comet.The mineral, a manganese silicide named Brownleeite, was discovered within an interplanetary dust particle, or IDP, that appears to have originated from comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup. The comet originally was discovered in 1902 and reappears every 5 years. The team that made the discovery is headed by Keiko Nakamura-Messenger, a space scientist at NASA's...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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