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Wallops Hosts Antares Tour on This Week @NASA

Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, was joined by officials from NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation and others at the Wallops Flight Facility for an update of Orbital's Antares rocket and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's new pad, from which the vehicle will launch. Also, EFT-1; vacuum test; Farmer Don's space sprouts; Bolden lectures; smart about station; and more!
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U-M study: Majority of Americans favor government addressing climate change

U-M study: Majority of Americans favor government addressing climate change | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it

Large majorities of Americans now favor all levels of government taking responsibility for addressing climate change, a University of Michigan study released Wednesday revealed.  The Fall 2012 climate change survey, one of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), showed that 73% of respondents thought the federal government should take at least some responsibility for reducing greenhouse gases, 72% felt that state governments should also do so, and 68% wanted local governments to shoulder some or a great deal of the responsibility as well.

"This represents a significant increase in public support from the past two years for all levels of government to address climate change," said U-M Professor Barry Rabe, director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy in a press release. "This also coincides with findings of considerable support for some specific policy options to reduce greenhouse gases."

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NASA celebrates 50 years of space photography with...

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NASA celebrates 50 years of space photography with some astounding images. Complement with the breathtaking visual legacy of the Hubble space telescope.
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Martin Rees: 'There is a dearth of good science teachers in our state schools'

Martin Rees: 'There is a dearth of good science teachers in our state schools' | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Martin Rees was content to be described as an "unbeliever" in the wake of the controversy over his acceptance of the richest scientific prize on the planet – the £1m Templeton prize awarded by a religious foundation.
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How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science fiction story.
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Daily Kos: Collapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2

Daily Kos: Collapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2 | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Melting and erosion of permafrost along Siberia's vast Arctic coastline is releasing huge amounts of CO2, about ten times more than previously estimated, to the atmosphere.The "Ancient Ice Complex" that crops out along the 7000 kilometer long Siberian coastline has melted and eroded more quickly than expected as the climate warmed 2 degrees Celsius faster than models predicted. Measurements combined with computer models calculated that
44 ± 10 teragrams of old carbon is activated annually from Ice Complex permafrost, an order of magnitude more than has been suggested by previous studies.
 About two thirds of this carbon becomes atmospheric CO2 and one third is reburied in marine sediment.
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NASA discovers first two-planet system orbiting twin suns

NASA discovers first two-planet system orbiting twin suns | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
It's been almost a year ago since we made our first discovery of an exoplanet orbiting two suns, prompting everyone to compare it to the planet Tattooine in the "Star Wars" universe.
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low—Extreme Weather to Come?

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low—Extreme Weather to Come? | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Arctic sea ice is thawing at a record rate, mostly due to global warming, scientists say.
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Space mining could reap riches and spur exploration

Space mining could reap riches and spur exploration | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it

By Leonard David of Space.com, republished by MSNBC.

 

"Mining the plentiful resources of the moon and near-Earth asteroids could alter the course of human history, adding trillions of dollars to the world economy and spurring our species' spread out into the solar system, a new breed of space entrepreneur says.

A number of private companies — such as the billionaire-backed asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources — aim to start making all of this happen. But it won't be easy, as hitting extraterrestrial paydirt requires melding the know-how of the space and mining communities."


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Metro Detroit under combined heat advisory and air quality alert

Metro Detroit under combined heat advisory and air quality alert | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it

Here are excerpts from an article I wrote for Examiner.com when the heat wave started.  Since there will be more heat waves this summer, the advice is timeless--Vince Lamb.

 

The National Weather service warns that heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration are possible.  Furthermore, four consecutive days of above 90 degree temperatures will add to the heat stress of people sensitive to the high temperatures.  To prevent these conditions, drink plenty of fluids, remain out of the sun, and stay in an air-conditioned room.  Also, check on your relatives, neighbors, and pets.  Children and pets should never be left unattended in cars and trucks.
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People, including those with respiratory conditions and active adults and children, are urged to limit prolonged outdoor exertion today.  In addition, people and businesses are urged to avoid activities that lead to ozone formation.  Such activities include refueling vehicles and topping off while refueling, using gasoline-powered lawn vehicles, and using charcoal lighter fluid.  People can also reduce emissions by car pooling, delaying or combining errands, and using water-based instead of oil-based paints.

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Here We Go Again--Another Fossil Fuel Industry Attack on Science

Tell your member of Congress: Don't block standards that protect our health and environment--vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act. (Fossil fuel industry is at it again. Help defend critical science & health standards today!
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California Approves Plan To Reduce Water-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Energy | The Back Forty | KCET

California Approves Plan To Reduce Water-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Energy | The Back Forty | KCET | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
The San Luis Reservoir in California | Photo: Wonderlane/Flickr/Creative Commons License If you were to take a guess at what was one of the largest consumers of energy in California, what would it be?
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Anglican Journal: Church delegates to bring ethical perspectives to environment summit

Anglican Journal: Church delegates to bring ethical perspectives to environment summit | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Church delegates to bring ethical perspectives to environment summit - Anglican Journal: As part of the activiti..
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IEA calls for doubling of clean energy spending by 2020 | Reuters

IEA calls for doubling of clean energy spending by 2020 | Reuters | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - Global investments in clean energy need to double by 2020 to avoid missing climate change targets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday, calling on governments to spend (RT @greenforall: Every $ invested in clean ...
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Carl R. Woese: 1928 – 2012 | The Institute for Genomic Biology

Science lost a pioneer... Carl R. Woese succumbed to pancreatic cancer. http://t.co/ldoctyPY
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Woese originated the Domain Archea, the third domain of life.
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Solar energy faces obstacles abroad and at home - People's Daily Online

Solar energy faces obstacles abroad and at home - People's Daily Online | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
China'ssolarmanufacturingindustryhasrisenfrominsignificancetodominatingtheglobeinthepa (Solar energy faces obstacles abroad and at home - People's Daily Online http://t.co/HFdBy81p)...
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Russia, China alliance wants greater government voice in Internet oversight

"DUBAI (Reuters) - A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block some Web locations and wrest control of allotting Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body.

The proposal, co-signed by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, added to fears in some Western countries of a stalemate midway through a 12-day conference in Dubai to rewrite a longstanding treaty on international communications.

Russia and its supporters, which include many African and Arab states, seek to formally extend the remit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to govern many aspects of the Internet.

The United States, Europe and other allies including Australia and Japan insist the treaty should continue to apply only to traditional telecommunications such as international wireline and wireless calls."

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Steampunk Art, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Teen Sexting

Steampunk Art, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Teen Sexting | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it

Research Offers Insights from the Social Sciences
By Sandra Seitz
08/24/2012

"Three new social science research initiatives will provide insights on the mental health of youth in prison, the abilities of youth on the autism spectrum and other key issues of our society. The research and scholarship are funded by Joseph P. Healey grants, awarded by the UMass President’s Office and UMass Lowell’s Vice Provost for Research.

“Steampunkinetics: Building Art into Science” is an art and technology program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Directed by Psychology Asst. Prof. Ashleigh Hillier, who conducts research and runs a number of programs for ASD youth, the program includes collaboration with working artists: Bruce Rosenbaum, head of ModVic, a steampunk design company; and Mauricio Cordero, executive director of Mill No. 5 in Lowell.
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Youth are also the subject of a study by Asst. Prof. Stephanie Block and Prof. Doreen Arcus, both of the Psychology Department. They are undertaking a study to identify learning disabilities and other mental health issues among youth, ages 12 to 16, who are incarcerated in juvenile corrections facilities.
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Teen “sexting” behavior is just one of the student-faculty collaborative research projects sponsored by the Emerging Scholars program, through which advanced undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in yearlong research collaboration with a professor. Projects are interdisciplinary, providing students with real-world experience to extend their classroom learning, while the application and screening process ensures that advanced student provide real skill and support to faculty scholarship."

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NASA Craft To Leave Vesta Heads For Dwarf Planet Ceres - Slashdot

NASA Craft To Leave Vesta Heads For Dwarf Planet Ceres - Slashdot | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
DevotedSkeptic writes "NASA's Dawn probe is gearing up to depart the giant asteroid Vesta next week and begin the long trek to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt.
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US announces tough fuel-efficiency rules

US announces tough fuel-efficiency rules | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
American vehicles will get 54.5 miles to the gallon in the new standard that will require car makers to double fuel efficiency (US announces tough fuel-efficiency rules - http://t.co/GVhBooZD...)...
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Wallops Hosts Antares Tour on This Week @NASA

Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, was joined by officials from NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation and others at the Wallops Flight Facility for an update of Orbital's Antares rocket and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's new pad, from which the vehicle will launch. Also, EFT-1; vacuum test; Farmer Don's space sprouts; Bolden lectures; smart about station; and more!
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Chinese astronauts return to Earth

China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft returns to Earth, bringing to a close a space mission which saw the country's first woman in space. . Report by Mark Morris. Li...
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Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure

Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Women scored a major victory in Connecticut against those who would dictate what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. (Finally, a legislature that stands 4 women's right 2 make decisions 4 her body!
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I just realized this is an Addicting Info story. John Henry warned me about these people. I'll be sure to find a primary source and promote that later.
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Diesel fumes cause cancer - WHO

Diesel fumes cause cancer - WHO | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer, a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says.
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America's love affair with the motor car is running on empty

America's love affair with the motor car is running on empty | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
David Burwell: The country once wedded to driving is having its eye turned by other forms of transport – but policymakers are oblivious ("Transportation policy has been slow to respond." Bet @AlisonJohnstone gets revved up by this article.)...
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Meat-Eating Plants Getting "Full" On Pollution

Meat-Eating Plants Getting "Full" On Pollution | The View from Orbit | Scoop.it
Carnivorous plants in Swedish bogs are so stuffed on nitrogen pollution that they're able to eat fewer bugs, a new study says.
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