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Boffin: Earthlike worlds within 30 lightyears of here

A heavyweight American boffin says that Earthlike worlds will soon be discovered within 30 light-years of our Solar System, and that such worlds' abundance across the universe means that the existence of alien life is a racing cert. Speaking in advance of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, …
Lewis Page, 17 Feb 2009
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Boffins monitor strato-weather from half-mile underground

Ever since there have been weather people, aviators and sailors have taunted them for failing to simply step outside - or go to the window - and look at the sky. But now meteorology boffins have struck back, saying that actually one of the best places to monitor weather conditions is a disused mine tunnel half a mile underground …
Lewis Page, 22 Jan 2009
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Hubble sniffs CO2 on far-flung 'hot Jupiter' planet

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a star 63 light years away. NASA says this is "an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life". NASA art depicting the 'hot Jupiter' HD189733b in orbit round its parent orange dwarf Nice …
Lewis Page, 10 Dec 2008
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NASA's CO2-scan sat arrives at launch site

NASA's first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide has arrived at its launch site. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory will take off from Vandenberg airforce base in January. According to the space agency, the spacecraft will help to "solve some of the lingering mysteries in our understanding of Earth's …
Lewis Page, 14 Nov 2008
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Boffins plan Titanic balloon trip

Scientists are drafting a plan to further explore Saturnian moon Titan, involving an orbiting spacecraft, surface probe and hot-air balloon designed to float gracefully through the body's hazy hydrocarbon atmosphere, reports. Titan has to date revealed some of its secrets to the Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe, …
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2008
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Astronaut space dump pong-bomb frag shower today

An old fridge thrown off the International Space Station last year is set to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere shortly, according to reports, delivering a volley of 100mph space frag debris to an as-yet unknown impact site. The refrigeration unit in question is the Early Ammonia System (EAS), a 1400lb tank intended to furnish …
Lewis Page, 3 Nov 2008
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NASA, USAF in $30m hypersonic boffinry push

The US air force and NASA have launched a joint research push to advance hypersonic flight technology. The air force research lab and space agency are seeking university and industry partners, and are offering $30m in funding. Hypersonic for this purpose is defined as five times the speed of sound or faster. Thus far, very few …
Lewis Page, 23 Sep 2008
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NASA to sniff Martian atmosphere

NASA has announced it will in 2013 send a robotic mission to Mars to sniff the Red Planet's atmosphere and gain insights into how most of it was lost. The $485m Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft - judged as boasting the "best science value and lowest implementation risk" of 20 mission proposals - will " …
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2008

MessageLabs mulls float as economy sinks

MessageLabs, the utility messaging service, said it is ready for an IPO if and when market conditions improve. Chief finance officer Stephen Chandler told the Reg: "We've been preparing for an IPO for several years; we've strengthened the board, moved to International Accounting Standards and if the markets improve we'll be …
John Oates, 11 Aug 2008
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US airforce to launch robotic Space Shuttle 2.0 this year

NASA may have given up on spaceplanes for now, with the Shuttle soon to be replaced by old-school rocket stacks and capsules. But the US Air Force, it seems, still sees a need for spacecraft which can re-enter atmosphere and make a runway landing. Reports indicate that the X-37B unmanned spaceplane demonstrator will make its …
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2008
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ESA: space tourism greener than ordinary airline flights

Suborbital rocketplane flights of the type planned by Virgin Galactic - and other nascent space-tourism ventures - would have a lower carbon burden than ordinary airline journeys, according to the European Space Agency. Flight International reports that a preliminary ESA study indicates less CO2-equivalent emissions per …
Lewis Page, 3 Jun 2008

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