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Threw out the last fifty years there have been a few, no many industries, that if you were knowledgeable and had a few dollars would have and did make your investment grow into millions. The real investment in the future, one that you can become a p

Letters to the Editor • Global
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PopSi

Ion-propulsion systems have propelled a handful of Earth-orbiting and interplanetary spacecraft over the past 50 years. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are developing more efficient ion thrusters that use carbon nanotubes for a vit

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Washington Times

The fight over global warming science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.

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NY Times

California regulators went where no regulators have gone before — approving a utility contract for the nation’s first space-based solar power plant. The 200-megawatt orbiting solar farm would convert solar energy in space into radio waves, which woul

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Space.com

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of Jupiter-like planets in our galaxy. However, a handful of the planets found orbiting distant stars are more Earth-sized. This gives hope to astrobiologists, who think we are more likely to find life on rocky pl

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TED Talks

In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.

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Space

Astrophysicists no longer sit and idly wonder what happens when a powerful stellar jet from a young star collides with giant clouds of gas and dust. They first watch what happens hundreds of light years away, and then recreate the cosmic event with a

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Space

Japanese engineers have devised a plan to combine parts from two partially-failed ion engines to resume the Hayabusa asteroid probe's journey back to Earth. In a press release Thursday, officials said they will use the neutralizer of Thruster A an

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Space

Call it Operation: Plymouth Rock. A plan to send a crew of astronauts to an asteroid is gaining momentum, both within NASA and industry circles. Not only would the deep space sojourn shake out hardware, it would also build confidence in long-durat

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Space

Teflon-coated frying pans may scratch easily, but a souped-up version, a nanomaterial 10,000 times more durable than the ordinary non-stick stuff, is headed to space to see if it could coat the mechanical moving parts of spacecraft.

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NY Times

About a year from now, if all goes well, a box about the size of a loaf of bread will pop out of a rocket some 500 miles above the Earth. There in the vacuum it will unfurl four triangular sails as shiny as moonlight and only barely more substantial.

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TED Talks

In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.

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AP

Rocketing into space? Some think an elevator might be the way to go. In a major test of the concept, robotic machines powered by laser beams will try to climb a cable suspended from a helicopter hovering more than half a mile high. 3 teams qualified

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Space

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested a Feb. 2 launch date for the maiden flight of its new Falcon 9 rocket, according to a recent launch range forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based Sp

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Space

A California-based team of engineers has snagged a $1 million NASA prize by winning a pitched competition to fly homemade rockets on mock moon landing missions. Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., successfully flew its rocket Xoie (pronounced

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