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Jade Rabbit, China’s Lunar Rover, Declared Dead

Posted: February 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Science News, Solar Stars, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Jade Rabbit, China's Lunar Rover, Declared DeadChina’s troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, in a major setback for Beijing’s ambitious space program.

The country’s first moon rover “could not be restored to full function”, the state-owned China News Service said in a brief report, after the landmark mission ran into mechanical problems last month.

The Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese, was deployed on the moon’s surface on December 15 and was a huge source of pride in China – only the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and the former Soviet Union.

The landing was a key step forward in Beijing’s ambitious military-run space program, which include plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon.

The rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” in late January due to “the complicated lunar surface environment”, according to the official Xinhua news agency, and was unable to function since then :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia’s War on Sugar

Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Australia's War on SugarIn Australia the war on obesity is heating up, three major health organisations want a sugar tax on all sweetened beverages – not just soft drinks, but products like flavoured milk and sports drinks – to limit consumption and curb what is shaping up to be the nations biggest health problem.

However, Australia’s Food and Grocery Council - the body representing the food and beverage industry – is hitting back against health campaigns aimed at reducing sugar consumption, prompting critics to compare the industry’s position to that of tobacco companies fight against smoking decades ago.

In the UK a similar campaign ‘Action on Sugar’ has just launched, in the hope of reversing the obesity epidemic by targeting the “huge and unnecessary amounts of sugar that are currently being added to our food and soft drinks”. The campaign’s expert advisors include heavyweights from the scientific and medical community.

Last month leaked draft guidelines from the World Health Organisation – WHO – suggested the organisation is considering halving the recommended daily intake of sugar from ten teaspoons to five. WHO’s “global strategy on diet” also says an unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for chronic disease and recommends reducing sugar intake to help prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes and dental problems :: Read the full article »»»»


SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 Satellite

Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: SPACE, SpaceX | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 SatellitePrivate space exploration company SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite, giving it a potentially game-changing stake in the $190 billion global satellite industry.

The 22-story rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday evening.

Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday.

Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based company SES SA, which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world’s second-largest.

The satellite, known as SES-8 – worth more than $US100 million – will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Stoner Honoured as Legend

Posted: October 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Casey Stoner

Two-time world MotoGP champion, Casey Stoner is set to be inducted into the top motorcycling competition’s hall of fame as a “MotoGP Legend”, an official said Friday.

The Australian – who turns 28 next week – retired last year, Stoner won two world titles in 2007 and 2011 and joins fellow Australians Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner in the sports Hall of Fame :: Read the full article »»»»


European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 Years

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: | Comments Off

European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 YearsThe average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, smaller families and bigger incomes a new study says.

The review, published in the Oxford Economic Papers, is garnered from military, medical and other records  for young adult males aged around 21  from 15 countries.

Northern European nations saw the largest growth in height between the two world wars. But those in southern Europe, a definition that includes France, had their increase post-World War II :: Read the full article »»»»


JAXAs Giant Android Leap

Posted: August 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

JAXA LaunchJapan has launched a cargo-carrying rocket loaded with supplies for the crew of the International Space Station. Amongst the stock standard supplies, Japan has also sent a small companion robot for one of the country’s homesick astronauts.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s – JAXA - H-2B rocket blasted off on Sunday from the southern island of Tanegashima at 04:48 am local time, JAXA said the launch had gone to plan.

The latest launch is the 22nd for the decade old space agency, and the 3rd lift-off for the Agency’s  Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle. It’s the first time anyone has sent an interactive robot to the space station. Sending the android into space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods :: Read the full article »»»»


Luna Meteoroid Impact Seen From Earth

Posted: May 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Cankler Science NewsA 45-kilogram/100Lb  chunk of random space rock has slammed into the Moon at almost 100,000 kilometres per hour/62,000 miles per hour, creating a bright flash of light as it exploded with a force of 5 tonnes of dynamite, according to NASA.

An automated telescope run by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office – MEO – captured the images of the March 17 explosion, the biggest seen since NASA began monitoring the Moon for meteoroid impacts 8 years ago.

MEO is the space agencies arm responsible for monitoring meteoroids, helping spacecraft avoid them and engineering craft that can withstand their impact. By measuring the impacts on the moon NASA gains a better understanding not only of the rate of impact, but of the affect impacts have, how to avoid them and how to engineer systems and craft to cope with a space filled with heavy, fast  moving objects.

NASA says this latest flash was so bright that anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact would have seen it without a telescope :: Read the full article »»»»