NewScientist: Hubble's main telescope may be permanently down.
KentuckySat (KySat) announced today that it is now accepting applications for KySat 2. This mission has a projected launch window of late 2008 to early 2009. It is expected that 10-12 students will be selected for the KySat 2 Team. Other individuals including select high school students will have the opportunity to provide critical support (pre-flight testing, embedded systems, payload design, space physics, public communications, etc) to this and other missions through The Mission Support Team.
The deadline for applications is Friday, February 23, 2007. Complete information, including application materials, is available at http://kysat.com.
Extrapolating this measurement back over 3.5 billion years, they estimate that only a small fraction, 0.2 to 4 millibars, of carbon dioxide and a few centimeters of water could have been lost to solar winds during that timeframe. (A bar is a unit for measuring pressure; Earth’s atmospheric pressure is about 1 bar.)
In an achievement for nano-mechanics, material scientists have for the first time been able to turn a molecular wheel about an axle. Scientists at the Centre for Material Development and Structural Studies in Toulouse, France, carried off the feat. Results appeared in the January 21 edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
Bruno Giussani, who writes quite a bit about business and innovation, particularly in Europe, recounts a talk he heard at the Digital Life Design conference in Germany on the significance of the search for the Higgs boson.