Science

5:13pm

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Antares Rocket Launch Is A Success, In Test Of Orbital Supply Vehicle

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 6:04 pm

The Antares rocket lifts off from the launchpad at the NASA facility on Wallops Island Va., Sunday, beginning a test mission that has now been deemed a success. The Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket will eventually deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
Steve Helber AP

The Antares rocket launch is back on for 5 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon, as engineers and spectators look for the rocket to lift off from a launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. A check of all systems at 10 minutes before its launch was positive.

Update at 5:20 p.m. ET. Mission Called A Success:

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8:03am

Sun April 21, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:20 am

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You just don't know (because who's going to tell you?) that when you leave Earth, travel outside its gravitational reach, hundreds and hundreds of everyday things — stuff you've never had to think about — will change. Like ... oh, how about a wet washcloth?

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5:12am

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sunday Night Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meteors

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:49 am

Another meteor shower, the Geminid, sparkled over the Spanish canary island of Tenerife on Dec. 13, 2012.
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Keep your eye on the sky Sunday evening; the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak. It's the first meteor shower of the spring season.

The Lyrid shower is caused by Earth passing through the orbit of a comet known as Thatcher, though the comet itself hasn't been seen since 1861. Dust particles from the comet will be seen as flashes of light as they burn up in our atmosphere.

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8:18am

Sat April 20, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Monkeys, Mai Tais And Us

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Some of us can't say no — and I'm using "us" in the broadest sense, to include not just humans, but wallabies, fruit flies, birds and monkeys. We can't control our appetites.

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4:30pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Salt

Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:06 pm

Workers at a cooperative farm near Shanghai scatter fertilizer across fields of winter wheat. Image from the May issue of National Geographic magazine.
© Peter Essick National Geographic

My first reaction when I heard details of this week's deadly fertilizer explosion in Texas was horror.

My second thought was, "Maybe I shouldn't have pushed to change that headline."

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2:57pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

An H7N9 bird flu patient is escorted after his recovery and approval for discharge at a central China hospital on Friday.
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U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China, where a new strain of the virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 70.

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Mental Health

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Environment

Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Science

Robert Ballard: 50 Years Exploring Deep Waters

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:10 pm

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1:55pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Technology

Breaking Into The 'Department Of Mad Scientists'

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm

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