Posted: February 13th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Science News, Solar Stars, SPACE | Tags: china, China News Service, China's Military Run Space Program, Jade Rabbit, Lunar Rover, Moon Landing, SASTIND, Space Exploration, State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, Weibo, Yutu | No Comments »
China’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 »»»»
Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Australian Organic Gourmet, Chronic Obesity, Diabetes, Health News, Low Sugar Diet, Obesity, Obesity Epidemic, Sugar, The Organic Gourmet | No Comments »
In 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 »»»»
Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: SPACE, SpaceX | Tags: Falcon 9, ISS, Partnership Boeing Lockheed Martin, SES SA, SES-8, Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance | No Comments »
Private 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 »»»»
Posted: October 13th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Bathurst, Casey Stoner, Grilled Motoring News, MotoGP, MotoGP Legend, REBLOG!, V8 Supercars, World Champion | No Comments »
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 »»»»
Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Cankler Science News | No Comments »
The 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 »»»»