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266 articles from FRIDAY 18.5.2012
- FRIDAY 18. MAY, 2012
23:54 Et cetera: non-fiction roundup – reviews
23:50 Alzheimer's Research Strategy AnnouncedRecommendations will help guide U.S. plan to develop treatments by 2025
23:42 Researcher apologizes for study of gay therapyA prominent retired psychiatrist is apologizing to the gay community for a decade-old study that concluded some gay people can go straight through what's called reparative therapy.
23:30 Spacewatch: Dragon flies to ISS
The scheduled launch of an unmanned Dragon capsule by a Falcon 9 rocket at 09:55 BST on Saturday, 19 May, should lead to one of the largest advances yet for commercial spaceflight. Both vehicles were built by SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies, a company established in California a decade ago that has ambitions, and now a matching order book, to become a major player in so-called space transportation.
In particular, SpaceX is contracted by NASA to develop systems to supply cargo, and eventually astronauts, to and from the International Space Station. On 22 May, provided it can demonstrate its ability to manoeuvre under control in the vicinity of the ISS, the current Dragon should become the first commercial craft to dock with the station. After delivering supplies it will be reloaded with trash and redundant clutter for a return to Earth. A controlled reentry over the Pacific, should be followed by a splashdown and recovery off the coast of California on the 31st.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the launch of Shenzhou 9, the fourth manned Chinese mission in nine years and the first since 2008. Its crew of three taikonauts, or yuhangyuans, may include the first Chinese woman in Space and is intended to dock with the Tiangong 1 laboratory launched in September. There has been no official declaration of a launch date or flight duration, but a launch during June and a length of some 12 or 13 days seems most likely.guardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
23:17 Space Pictures This Week: Trippy Stars, Spooky Moon, MoreStars whirl in a psychedelic sky, NASA spies a ghostly eye, a cloud-stained moon rises, and more in the week's best space pictures.
23:00 Vulva images in France are among oldest cave art
Rock engravings and traces of painting discovered in southwest France are believed to be from at least 37,000 years ago, making them among the world's oldest cave art.
22:56 Meal times determine weight gain in mice
Mice that could only eat for eight out of every 24 hours stayed healthy, while those allowed to snack all day long on the same foods gained weight and lost motor skills, a new study reports.
22:41 Facebook Seeks Political Ad Dollars
Political advertisers are going to flock to FB this year
There’s certainly money in politics, and Facebook knows it. The company, now under pressure to to justify its enormous $104 billion IPO, is
22:24 Japan readies for 'ring' solar eclipseSpecial darkened glasses were selling out in Japan on Friday as anticipation built ahead of a "ring" solar eclipse above one of the most densely populated parts of the planet.
22:24 Pollution teams with thunderclouds to warm atmospherePollution is warming the atmosphere through summer thunderstorm clouds, according to a computational study published May 10 in Geophysical Research Letters. How much the warming effect of these clouds offsets the cooling that other clouds provide is not yet clear. To find out, researchers need to incorporate this new-found warming into global climate models.
22:24 ScienceShot: Disposable KeypadsHigh-tech paper gets buttons
21:52 Stakes High for 1st Private Rocket Launch to Space Station Saturday
21:47 Dot Earth Blog: A 'Fracked' PhotographA photographer slices open a stone and finds an image reflecting our gas thirst.
21:44 Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power
In areas with high foot traffic, installations of special flooring may prove that the answer to meeting energy demand lies right beneath our feet.
21:41 Climate-Cooling Trial Balloon Gets Canceled
One of the first trials of geoengineering Earth's climate would have launched a balloon with a hose that could pump two bath loads of water into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight. But disagreements about that small, symbolic step combined with a patent issue to force a cancellation of the British experiment.
21:32 Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-AheadSome scientists believe the international project puts lives at risk in Naples
21:29 Apple Rebrands Itself as iRenewable with Green Data CentersSome Apples will be green. Apple data centers, that is.
The technology giant has announced that its new half-million-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., will only use electricity that has been generated by renewable energy. The company said that the Maiden facility will be "the most environmentally sound data center ever built."
This complements plans for a data center currently in Newark, Calif., and one planned for Prineville, Ore., to go 100 percent renewable.
'An Industry First'
Two solar array installations are being built to support the North Carolina center, and both will use high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system. One array will be a 100-acre, 20 megawatt installation on the same site as the data center, and it will generate 42 million kilowatt-hours each year.
The other, also 100 acres, is being located several miles away, and it will produce another 42 million kWh. A bio-gas-powered 5-megawatt fuel cell installation is being constructed, and will become operational later this year. It will add another 40 million kWh.
These Apple-owned energy generators will generate 124 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which will account for 60 percent of the data center's needs. The remainder will come from area providers of renewable energy.
The data center planned for Prineville will use only renewable energy, purchased from local providers of wind, hydro and geothermal. The data center in Newark has received regulatory permission to purchase electricity from renewable sources, and expects to be 100 percent renewable by February of next year.
In a section called "Apple and the Environment" on its Web site, the company pointed out that its operations center in Austin, Texas, has been using only purchased renewable energy for nearly a decade, and now its operations centers in Sacramento, Munich, and Cork, Ireland, do as well. The corporate headquarters in Cupertino,...
21:22 Mad cow quarantines lifted at 2 California dairiesOfficials have lifted quarantines on two Central California dairies linked to a case of mad cow disease, after investigators found the illness didn't come from cattle feed.
21:18 Brain Food: Good Fats Better for Memory
When it comes to your noggin, not all fats are created equal, with new research finding the same fats that wreak havoc on the body may do the same to the mind. The good news, the fats known to be healthy for the body were also linked to better cognitive function in older women who participated in the new study.
21:07 Comcast Suspends Xfinity Broadband Data CapComcast has suspended its 250 GB monthly data usage threshold for its Xfinity broadband customers and plans to begin trials of new multi-tiered Xfinity data service featuring a minimum data allotment of 300 GB per month in selected U.S. markets.
The nation's largest broadband service provider said the change is being driven primarily by a dramatic rise in demand for data-intensive content such as high-definition video streaming.
Comcast said it was immediately ceasing enforcement measures associated with the Xfinity service provider's current 250 GB data usage cap. In other words, excessive data users no longer face having their accounts suspended if they repeatedly exceed their monthly data caps -- at least with respect to the duration of Comcast's coming multi-tier trials.
"We've never had any intention to limit the lawful use of the Internet or restrict our customers' ability to view online video," said Comcast Executive Vice President Cathy Avgiris in a blog post Thursday.
"The purpose of the usage threshold was simply to ensure that all of our customers were treated fairly and had a consistent and superior experience while using our high-speed data service," Avgiris said.
Piloting Two Approaches
Comcast said it was still determining trial locations and expected to share more details soon.
"We'll be piloting at least two approaches in different markets, and we'll provide additional details on these trials as they launch," Avgiris said.
The new trials are expected to offer usage allowances that incrementally increase the user's allotment for each tier of high-speed data service. The new base plans in trial markets will start at 300 GB of data usage per month -- with higher tiers in 50 GB blocks costing an additional $10 per block.
Offing more flexible data usage management approaches will "ensure that all of our customers enjoy the best possible Internet...
20:59 The 5 Most Promising Private Spaceships
20:54 4G Reality Check: Beware of These Cons and Lies
Anyone in the market for a smartphone these days will likely see the term 4G shoved in their face by the major carriers. "We have the biggest network!" "We have the fastest speeds!" Sometimes the providers back up their claims with blazing fast data and great coverage, but other times, consumers will wind up feeling cheated. Here are some examples in which the reality simply doesn't live up to the marketing hype.Sprint's 4G LTE Phones: Hurry Up and Wait
20:42 Rocket, weather look good on eve of new space era
20:24 A cell's first steps: Building a model to explain how cells growA collaboration between Lehigh University physicists and University of Miami biologists addresses an important fundamental question in basic cell biology: How do living cells figure out when and where to grow?
20:24 A debate: Should you jump in on Facebook debut?(AP) -- Facebook begins selling stock to the public Friday in the most talked-about market debut in years. Two Associated Press business writers are debating whether the stock is a smart buy.