Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home

MARCUS WOHLSEN Yahoo! News 26.12.2008

SAN FRANCISCO – The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.


1968: The crew of Apollo 8 delivers a live, televised Christmas Eve broadcast after becoming the first humans to orbit another space body.

Could Seattle soon be home to a retired Space Shuttle?

SEATTLE - Veteran astronaut Bonnie Dunbar has flown five shuttle missions. Her latest mission as the president of the Museum of Flight is to bring one of them to Seattle.

Smaller Companies Win NASA's Space Race

Dana Hedgpeth The Washington Post 24.12.2008

NASA yesterday gave two companies the job of resupplying the International Space Station after the space shuttle retires, picking Orbital Sciences of Dulles and SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., for a $3.5 billion contract.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado Springs infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts. Dr. Paul Grabb said he operated on Sam Esquibel at Memorial Hospita...

Fem-bot's my love machine

The Sun 11.12.2008
Perfect couple ... Le Trung with Aiko  Barcroft Media

A BOFFIN too busy to find real love has INVENTED his idea of the perfect woman – a female ROBOT.

Astronauts tell city to rise above adversity

Diana Lee The Standard 08.12.2008

Hong Kong people are smart and intelligent and can create another financial miracle by overcoming the current financial turmoil, China's first space walker said.

The Shenzhou-7 manned space mission delegation tours Victoria Harbour. HKGIS photo

About 20-thousand people are at the Hong Kong Stadium for a variety show to welcome the astronauts of the Shen-zhou Seven space mission.

Testing the Waters 05.12.2008
Testing the Waters

The HK Staff get to the bottom of Hong Kong’s high seas.

Women 'prefer men with deeper voices'

Women prefer males with deep voices because it signals strength, dominance and good genes, a new research suggests.


A travel entrepreneur who introduced hundreds of thousands of Americans to European travel in the 1960's has taken luxury travel to new heights - the edge of space.


About 21,000 free tickets to the variety show featuring the Shenzhou-7 space crew were quickly snapped up from 21 Home Affairs Department Public Enquiry Service Centres and other locations in all 18 districts just after 9am today.

For one night only: Astronaut's lost tool bag will be visible in  Britain's skies this evening

For the first time in history, star-gazers will be able to catch a glimpse of a tool bag flying across Britain's night sky, after it was accidentally dropped by an astronaut during a space walk to repair the International Space Station.

Cal Scientist: Jupiter Core 2X as Big as Thought

John Boitnott NBC Bay Area 27.11.2008
Cal Scientist: Jupiter Core 2X as Big as Thought

Jupiter has a rocky core that is more than twice as large as previously thought, according to computer calculations by UC Berkeley and University of Arizona scientists.


MONTREAL (AFP) — Scientists and amateur astronomers have been combing the prairies in western Canada for a 10-ton meteorite that lit the sky and exploded with the force of 300 tons of dynamite, according to experts from the Canadian Space Agency.

India moon probe hit by heat rise

Swaminathan Natarajan BBC News 26.11.2008
India moon probe hit by heat rise

Indian scientists are exploring various options to cool down a sudden surge of temperature inside the county's first unmanned lunar craft, Chandrayaan 1.


Between 500 and 1,000 massive asteroids cross the Earth's path regularly and any one of them could cause a global catastrophe, space experts warned Tuesday, urging quick preventive measures.

Nanotech clothing fabric 'never gets wet'

Jon Evans NewScientist 25.11.2008
Nanotech clothing fabric 'never gets wet'

If you were to soak even your best raincoat underwater for two months it would be wet through at the end of the experience. But a new waterproof material developed by Swiss chemists would be as dry as the day it went in.

Michigan Students Set World Record for Longest Flight by Fuel Cell Powered Plane

A group of students from the University of Michigan have set a new world record for the longest flight ever by a fuel-cell powered plane.

Home computer could diagnose diseases

Scientists are one giant step closer to turning the CD/DVD player of an ordinary computer into a home-based medical diagnostic device, thanks to some breakthrough research at Simon Fraser University.

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