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Chinese Rover on the Moon.

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China has a Sputnik Moment.
Americans hit the snooze button.

At 4:35 am, China's Jade Rabbit rover (Yutu) drove onto the moon's surface on Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades, a huge advance in the China's ambitious space program. The mission is to look for natural resources.

The moon has vast veins of titanium, aluminum, magnesium silicon, basically everything you need to build spacecraft. With no atmosphere and lower, but usable gravity, it represents a natural harbor for launching into deep space.

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Real Science: Alternative Fuel Sources

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Eat, drink, and be merry--and produce renewable energy while you're at it. Here's a list of some off-beat sources of energy, from using chocolate waste (chocolate has waste?) to fuel a race car, to turning dance steps into electricity. Even dirty diapers can get recycled and used as an energy source...although I think I'll stick with the methane from cattle, if it's all the same to you.

http://money.msn.com/investing/10-weird-renewable-energy-sources

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NOVA: Making Stuff Wilder

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I've caught a few of these episodes of the NOVA series "Making Stuff," hosted by the pleasantly goofy Michael Pogue (not as personable as Alan Alda, nor as wacky as Bill Nye--kinda like their little brother) and mostly the show's been quite interesting. But I have to recommend this episode in particular, if only because it has several segments on robotics.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-more-stuff.html#making-stuff-wi...

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REAL SCIENCE: New Element 115 Discovered

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Researchers in Sweden confirmed the existence of a new, short-lived, and extremely heavy element. Initially discovered by Russian scientists a few years ago, the new element, with the atomic number 115, has yet to be officially named, and so is going under the working title of "ununpentium."

I'm kinda waiting for one called "unrepentium," myself.

The element was discovered by shooting a beam of calcium, containing 20 protons, at a thin film of americium, which has 95 protons. For a brief moment, the result was something containing 115 protons.

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Here, There, Everywhere: Theoretical Teleporters

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Along with faster than light travel, teleporters are one of those things that science fiction afficianados love to speculate about.

 

Well, it turns out that, when you're a student of theoretical physics, you can write a term paper on speculating about the energy requirements of a teleporter.

 

http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1112910438/energy-requirements-star-trek-like-teleportation-calculated-073013/

 

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Real Science: Moo Goo

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In my husband's comic strip, 21st Century Fox, he has a meat product called SPAM--Scientifically Produced Animal Matter, which gets rid of the need for the characters to kill and eat other animals.

Well, our own species is inching closer to developing SPAM. The first lab-created hamburger patty, created from bovine stem cells, was cooked and taste-tested and pronounced, "not unpleasant." "Crunchy, with juiciness and texture somewhere between a Boca Burger and McDonald's" was another comment.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/intense-flavor-330-000-hamburger-was-buil...

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Smile For Cassini

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It's too late now, but on Friday, the NASA team controlling the Cassini space probe asked folks to go outside and smile and wave so Cassini could take their picture...from Saturn.

 

Here's how it turned out.

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/did-you-smile-camera-earth-glitters-new-view-saturn-6C10700482

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Taking A Leak--Seriously

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Astronauts wear space suits which are cooled with thousands of tubes circulating about a gallon of water around the wearer's body.  When the system works, it works pretty well.  However, when one of those tubes springs a leak, things can get pretty unpleasant very fast, as one astronaut on the International Space Station discovered during an extravehicular activity on Tuesday.

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