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Paul Allen Funds Next Stage of SETI Project

via Universe Today | Thu March 18, 2004
Billionaire Paul Allen has committed $13.5 million to support the construction of the first and second phases of the Allen Telescope Array. Construction of the array is now underway at the Hat Creek Observatory, 466 km northeast of San Francisco; the first phase will include the development of 32 6.1-metre radio telescopes. The second phase will see an additional 174 built. Eventually there will be a total of 350 identical dishes built. Once the first 32 dishes are completed, the array can begin scientific operations.

Found: 10th planet in solar system

via The Straits Times | Mon March 15, 2004
SCIENTISTS are set to announce they have discovered the 10th planet in our solar system, say reports. The discovery was made by a team of astronomers led by Dr Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology using the recently launched Spitzer Space Telescope, reports CNN.

100-metre nanotube thread pulled from furnace

via | Fri March 12, 2004
A thread of carbon nanotubes more than 100 metres long has been pulled from a fiery furnace. The previous record holder was a mere 30 centimetres long.

New Eggs Continue To Develop In Adult Mice

via National Institute on Aging | Thu March 11, 2004
Contrary to long-held scientific views that the number of oocytes (eggs) in the ovaries of most mammals is fixed at birth, scientists report that new oocyte-containing follicles continue to develop in the ovaries of adult mice. The research suggests that these new oocytes come from stem cells located in the ovary. The study, supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the National Institutes of Health, was conducted by Jonathan L. Tilly, Ph.D., and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and appears in the March 11, 2004, issue of Nature* .

New Hubble Images Show Deepest View of Universe

via New York Times | Tue March 09, 2004
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope said Tuesday that they had reached far enough out in space and back in time to be within "a stone's throw" of the Big Bang itself.

Dozens of Inca Mummies Found on Outskirts of Lima

via Reuters UK | Sun March 07, 2004
Dozens of mummies dating back more than 500 years have been discovered on the path of a proposed highway on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital, near an Inca graveyard, archeologists said on Friday.

Fuel Cells to Convert Waste Gas into Energy for NYC

via | Sat March 06, 2004
Flanked by representatives from the New York Department of Environmental Protection and the New York Power Authority, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently introduced a new pollution abatement program at the city's wastewater treatment plants. The program uses fuel cells to convert waste gas into energy to help power the facilities, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and helping eliminate the release of noxious gas into the air. This process is expected to eliminate nearly 170 tons of regulated emissions and more than 9,000 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and reduce fuel oil consumption by 3,000 barrels a year.

Fuel cell reaches milestone

via Innovations Report | Wed March 03, 2004
A five-kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) undergoing testing in Fairbanks has reached the 5,000-hour milestone since its start-up eight months ago. During each hour of operation the fuel cell produces approximately four kilowatts of electricity totaling 20,000 kilowatt hours for the duration, enough to power two average houses for a full year.

Rosetta begins its 10-year journey to the origins of the Solar System

via European Space Agency | Wed March 03, 2004
Europe’s Rosetta cometary probe has been successfully launched into an orbit around the Sun, which will allow it to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 after three flybys of the Earth and one of Mars. During this 10-year journey, the probe will pass close to at least one asteroid.

Mars Rover Opportunity Makes ‘Significant’ Finding

via Reuters UK | Mon March 01, 2004
Speculation was rife on Monday that space scientists were on the verge of announcing they had discovered evidence that Mars was once a wet and warm planet, possibly capable of sustaining microscopic life forms.

New Dinosaur Species Found in Antarctica

via Planet Ark | Fri February 27, 2004
Scientists have discovered two new dinosaur species in Antarctica's frozen reaches, one a primitive carnivore that survived long after its closest relatives had gone extinct, the other a large plant eater found on a mountainside 400 miles from the South Pole, they reported yesterday.

For the first time a spacecraft will catch a comet

via ABC Science | Tue February 24, 2004
The Rosetta spacecraft will be launched tomorrow on a mission to orbit and land on a comet travelling through the furthest reaches of the Solar System.

Largest Solar System body spotted since Pluto

via | Fri February 20, 2004
The largest object to be discovered in the Solar System since Pluto was found in 1930 was spotted by a sky survey on Tuesday.

The Universe May Not Be Dying

via Reuters | Fri February 20, 2004
Cosmologists had a bit of good news on Friday -- they are just about twice as certain as they were before that the Universe is not going to be ripped apart.

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