Science

12:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Va. Supreme Court Denies State Attorney's Request For 'Climategate' Records

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 12:21 pm

FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures during a news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli's quest to obtain records from a noted climate scientist has been halted by state's Supreme Court.

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2:14pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

NASA Struggles With IT Security, Loses Space Station Code

The International Space Station, seen from the shuttle Discovery
NASA

The "algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station" were lost when an unencrypted NASA laptop computer was stolen in March 2011. That tidbit came in testimony Wednesday delivered by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin as he reported on the space agency's IT security track record.

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8:10am

Wed February 29, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides for 80 Years

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 8:07 am

John White

No, this isn't a make-believe place. It's real.

They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.

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10:01pm

Sun February 26, 2012
Books

'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 10:02 am

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says valuing space exploration "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology."
AP

After decades of global dominance, America's space shuttle program ended last summer while countries like Russia, China and India continue to advance their programs. But astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of the new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, says America's space program is at a critical moment. He thinks it's time for America to invest heavily in space exploration and research.

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3:07pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Is Einstein Right? Error Could Account For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 3:25 pm

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Remember last year, when we reported that Italian scientists claimed to have broken the speed of light? Remember the mystical implications of that? The possibility that Einstein was wrong? That our very basic idea of physics was challenged? The idea that you could be shot before a bullet left a gun?

Then you also remember that our friend and astrophysicist Adam Frank warned that these results should be looked at with great suspicion.

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