In memorium – Richard E. Young 1943-2013

Richard Young

Update: Please plan to join old friends and neighbors and meet new friends to celebrate the short, good life of Rich Young. March 16, 2013 at 3:00pm in Squaw Valley, California Please RSVP by email to cynyoung2@aol.com Richard E. Young, planetary scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center, passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2013 while […]

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Famelab competition

Famelab competition

Ruslan Belikov participated in a science communication competition called “famelab”: http://famelab.org/ and made it to the regional finals. Contestants compete to do an exciting 3-minute talk (without slides) about science to a general audience in a format similar to the “American Idol” show and are graded on content, clarity, and charisma. Here are Belikov’s two […]

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Kepler Telescope May Have Witnessed “Gravity Darkening” For First Time

ScienceNOW http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/01/scienceshot-hot-planet-cools-off.html?ref=hp (2/1, Croswell, 128K) reports scientists “will report using the Kepler spacecraft to observe the brightness of a star in the constellation Cygnus more than a million times. … The world’s gravity raises the star’s surface away from its hot center, causing part of the surface to cool by just a fraction of a […]

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Pryzak Explains How Curiosity Receives Its Instructions

The Oroville (CA) Mercury-Register http://www.orovillemr.com/news/ci_22479285/nasa-computer-expert-tells-chico-audience-joys-exploring (1/30, Aylworth) reports Guy Pryzak, interface designer in the Human Computer Interaction Group at the Ames Research Center, “was in Chico Tuesday, explaining the technology that allows people on earth to actively explore Mars,” specifically in regards to the Curiosity rover. Speaking to the Chico Rotary Club, Pryzak noted how […]

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Kepler Telescope Resumes Operations

SPACE http://www.space.com/19536-nasa-exoplanets-kepler-spacecraft-glitch.html (1/30, Wall) reports, “NASA’s Kepler space telescope has resumed its search for alien planets after resting for 10 days to work out kinks in its attitude control system, mission officials announced” yesterday. The telescope came out of safe mode on Sunday, although “it will take time to determine if the problem is solved.” […]

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Curiosity Rover Conducting Tests Ahead Of First Drill

SPACE http://www.space.com/19542-mars-rover-curiosity-martian-drill.html (1/30, Wall) reported, “NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is sizing up a target rock and flexing its robotic arm ahead of its first-ever drilling activity on the Red Planet, which should take place in the coming days.” It “pressed down on the rock in four different places” on Monday as part of “pre-load” tests […]

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