Archive for June, 2006

Discovery Mission Will Make or Break Shuttle’s Future

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 29, 2006   View Article

NASA observers have their wary eyes set on Saturday’s scheduled launch of the space shuttle Discovery.

Will it mark a triumphant beginning to the program’s twilight years or signal that the program has become too troubled to continue?

Indigenous Group Keeps Ecology All in the Family

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 29, 2006   View Article

For the Raramuri people of the northern Mexico region of Chihuahua, conservation is a family affair.

The Raramuri (also known as the Tarahumara) speak a language that has no concept of—and thus no word for—wilderness, says ethno-ecologist Enrique Salmón.

Ancient Flowers Found in Egypt Coffin

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 29, 2006   View Article

The last of eight sarcophagi from a recently discovered burial chamber in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings revealed ancient garlands of flowers.

A gaggle of researchers and media had gathered for the opening of the 3,000-year-old coffin, which archaeologists had hoped would contain the famous boy king Tutankhamun’s mother.

Shark-Shaped Submarine Is Latest Cousteau Star Vehicle

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 26, 2006   View Article

His name alone makes Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the late Jacques, a big fish in the world of underwater exploration. Now he’s taking that big-fish status to extremes.

The Paris-born, New York-based explorer had become a virtual shark, thanks to his new shark-shaped submarine. He uses the sub to dive incognito among the oceans’ top predators, great white sharks.

NASA Aims To Open Moon for Business

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 25, 2006   View Article

For-profit space business is “critical” to any moon-mission plans, according to NASA under the Bush Administration.

But how do you make money on the moon?

According to experts, there are spaceships to build, moon metals to mine, and energy resources to harness. Not to mention movies to make, low-gravity games to create, and advertising to sell.

Earth Hottest It’s Been in 400 Years or More, Report Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 23, 2006   View Article

The last two decades of the 20th century were the hottest in 400 years and quite likely the warmest for several millennia, a leading U.S. scientific body concludes in a new report.

The National Academies’ National Research Council report also said “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”

Super Animals: Fast Fliers, Heavy Lifters, and High Jumpers

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 23, 2006   View Article

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s not a plane, and it’s not Superman.

But with a cruising speed of about 50 miles (80 kilometers) an hour and a maximum velocity of 200 miles (322 kilometers) an hour while dive-bombing prey, the peregrine falcon flies with real-world superpower speed.

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