Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Ring Of Fire': A Spectacular Solar Eclipse Is Coming This Sunday

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:10 pm

An annular solar eclipse is seen over Myanmar on Jan. 15, 2010 as the moon crossed the sun's path, blocking everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.
Khin Maung Win AP

You lucky West Coast folks! A stunning solar eclipse will occur late Sunday afternoon, and people in the western U.S. will get the best views. Live on the East Coast? It's already going to be dark, so the only way we'll get to experience this is via webcam.

The event starts about 5:30 PM Pacific time and the maximum effect will occur about 6:30 PM, according to NASA.

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Fri May 18, 2012

NASA, SpaceX Aim To Launch Private Era In Orbit

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm

NASA and SpaceX partnered closely to make the mission to the International Space Station possible. Above, the SpaceX control room.

A private spaceship owned by a company called SpaceX is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning.

If all goes well, the unmanned capsule will rocket up on a mission to deliver food and other supplies to the International Space Station, becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the outpost.

The highly anticipated mission could mark the beginning of what some say could be a new era in spaceflight, with private companies operating taxi services that could start taking people to orbit in just a few years.

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Thu May 17, 2012
Research News

Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 5:16 pm

Researcher Hans Roy opens a core sample taken from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A core sample like this one contained bacteria that settled on the seafloor 86 million years ago.
Bo Barker Jorgensen Science/AAAS

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.

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Thu May 17, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

The Essence Of Science Explained In 63 Seconds

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:09 pm

Here it is, in a nutshell: The logic of science boiled down to one, essential idea. It comes from Richard Feynman, one of the great scientists of the 20th century, who wrote it on the blackboard during a class at Cornell in 1964.

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Tue May 15, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Too Many Cooks, Not Enough Fish. What's The Solution?

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 9:29 am

Sara Krulwich The New York Times

Yes, there are more and more people on the planet, and yes, there are fewer and fewer fish in the sea, but do we really notice? After all, fish live in water and we live on land; so we don't mingle that much. If fish were sparrows, we might see a dramatic decline, but who misses what they don't see in the first place?

Resetting What's "Normal"

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