Sunday 8 September 2013


Photo: LADEE via NASA.

NASA is turning science fiction into fact. As a new moon orbiter gets set to launch, Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, says forget the 20th – this is the real space century. The orbiter is called: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is set to launch in Virginia on 6 September, and is a $250-million mission to probe the moon's exosphere and learn how it would be affected by increased human activity. Read Worden's interview in The New Scientist.

The 20 big questions in science. From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know – but we might do soon. The Big Questions in Science: The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns published by Andre Deutsch and fueatured by The Guardian, seeks some answers, "time travellers already walk among us", is one of them. Read full article in The Guardian.

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New weapons are emerging in the war on cancer, and as The Economist points out, this are not only good news for patients but also for drug companies that recently faced falling sales as their existent medicines went off-patent. Oncology is attractive for various reasons; one is that cancer drugs can fetch exorbitant prices, particularly in America. Several drug companies are hoping to secure the next blockbuster. Read the article Lucrative Lifesavers in The Economist.

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Huzzah! A Beer Tha Prevents Dehydration Now Exists. Australian researchers at Queensland’s Griffith Health Institute added electrolytes to commercial beer, reducing beer drinkers’ risk of dehydration... but also the fortified drink could reduce drunken symptoms, that for some is the whole point of drinking a beer in the first place. Read full article in Fast Company.

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