to launch 10:49:57 p.m. EST (16:49 NZ Sat ?) Cape Canaveral Pad 17-B Delta II.
To Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit with a period of 372.5 days
Kepler will look for Earth-like planets, by transit dimming
170,000 stars to be studied over 3 years (6 years of fuel in the tanks) (stars picked from 400,000 in the 20° square field of view)
If 5% of good stars have earth-like planets , Keppler will give a reliable probability rating.
The idea was that then some Interferometry satellites would be launched to image these planets.
multiple mirrors on a beam, or multiple separate mirrors.. these billion dollar projects are not now in the worksIf we are indeed on the Olduvai-Dieoff Peak then they will never fly, not in the remaining millions of years our species may have.Thus we will understand why we see no radio signals from out there. . . intelligence isnt smart enough to harbour its resources.
shipment set for Japan
Chloe Coupeau March 2, 2009Seems this wont go through Suez, and past all those cheerful Somali pirates, but how about the pirates in the Mallaca Straights?
France is set to send recycled nuclear fuel to Japan in what environmentalists say is the biggest ever plutonium shipment ..
MOX, or mixed oxide, is a blend of plutonium and reprocessed uranium that Japan...wants to start using for the first time. (?)
..1.8 tonnes of plutonium.
"That's enough to make 225 nuclear weapons,"...
Greenpeace said two ships from Britain's Pacific Nuclear Transport company, each with armed police on board,..would this week take on board the fuel at the northern French port of Cherbourg.
"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that MOX can be used to make nuclear bombs," i..
The fuel will travel from France to Japan using three possible routes - via the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn or the Panama Canal, it said.
Africa is sucking down carbon
79 plot surveys ..across 10 African countries ...1968 through 2007. Limiting their surveys to .. trunks 10 cm+... how the trunk size changed over time. The result: Trunks in mature forests have been expanding, adding on average 0.63 metric tons of carbon per hectare per year.sciencemag
Boot Camps for profit:
two judges who have pled guilty to receiving $2.6 million in return for placing youths in privately owned jails.alternet
RP rare species meals
February 18, 2009—A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market,
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cool off in a pool
MP, Yvonne Ridley and hundreds of British volunteers are driving an aid convoy of over 100 donated vehicles packed with practical aid to Gaza leaving from outside the Houses of Parliament, London on Saturday the 14th February. This remarkable convoy will be over a mile long and carry a million pounds of aid raised in just four weeks.vivapalestina
half a. litre of milk or more per day, and it can be skimmed milk, could take someone who has marginal levels of B12 into the safe range. But even drinking just two glasses a day can protect against having low levels," [protection against Alzheimers
]Whats required is B12 . . . supplements a better idea than milk?
But... doubles the risk of Prostate cancer?
Susan Waugh NIWA Forest & Bird
on the wireless... I got confused by her message. She seemed to say that the great albatross by-catch deaths problem is solved, by fishing at night...
But, then she said
1000 Albatross being caught last year ... 12 Chatham Island Albatross
trawl fisheries hitting cable, 200 fall into sea for every 1 on board
petrols 7000 hit wires NZ southern waters
grey petrol 1/3 of the population caught by fishing
NZ in Ross sea is OK, good use of scaring streamers?So some petrols are highly threatened ... some petrols have huge populations
My guess is that the disorder in agriculture will be pretty severe this year, especially since some of the world's most productive places -- California, northern China, Argentina, the Australian grain belt -- are caught in extremes of drought on top of capital shortages
James Howard Kunstlersynearth
Oil production per capita
peaked in the 1970s.
On February 17, Lloyd's List "Asian box ports see alarming drop in ... in (January) volumes."
-- Singapore: "the world's largest container port" down 19%
-- Hong Kong: down 23%
-- Port Klang, Malaysia: down 16%
-- China overall dropped 17.5%; in ports besides Hong Kong: down 15% and down 10% from December alone; Shenzhen dropped 18%...blogspot
Asteroid near miss
National Geographic News March 2, 2009
Sky-watchers in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands welcomed a surprise guest earlier today: an asteroid that passed just 41,010 miles (66,000 kilometers) above Earth.
Discovered only days ago, asteroid 2009 DD45 zipped between our planet and the moon at 13:44 universal time (8:44 a.m. ET). The asteroid was moving at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) a second when it was closest to Earth.
(20 to 50 meters) widenationalgeographic
since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. In many of these cases, the government paid out awards following a judicial finding that vaccine injury lead to the child's autism spectrum disorder.com
Bring back Farfour
, beaten to death by ZionistEntity thugs.
Please Hamas, tell us his death was just a bad dream!wordpressCSIRO printing plastic PV Solar cells
3% efficient so farnationalgeographic
V(CSIRO) project leader Gerry Wilson told Australian ABC News he expects the output to more than double by next year and top 10 percent after that.
He said he hoped the solar cells would be ready for mass production in five years.
The main advantage is that the cells can now be produced in vast sheets or rolls, making the cells ideal for windows or large-scale, rooftop applications, Wilson said.
The printers could turn out 62 miles (100 kilometers) of solar sheeting every day, according to CSIRO.
Another reason not to swim in Bangkok klongs
"Environment Court" halts Wind Farm near Hastings because they say Maoris dont like it."The adverse effects of the proposal on what is undoubtedly an outstanding landscape, and its adverse effects on the relationship of Maori with this land and the values ..."
This sucks in many ways
1) Drive around Northland and notice that almost every hilltop shows relic signs of terracing, from the days when Maori lived in a state of permanent alert, at least in the summer war season, ready to run behind palisades.
Turbines dont damage hills, they may seem not-pretty to some pompous romantic eyes.
2)"Maori culture" like any culture, is an invention. Slavery, Aristocracy, permanent warfare
have mostly been dropped. Womens rights to speak have been added. Nothing wrong with inventing a noble culture, but get real, pretty "landscapes" are not environment
Electricity trumps stone age.
Hopefully the new rightwing regime will throw out these namby pamby cultural panderers.
Idiot/Savant saysrejected it on the grounds that it would "desecrate" an outstanding landscape.
- dont know where she got those quote marksscoop
scoop doesnt mention "desecrate"