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Discussions Discussion Space Travel
Amanda Sanchez, Jan. 25, 2012

Space hurricane’ from the sun sweeping over our planet

Flights rerouted due to solar storm; radiation rated strongest since 2003

A wave of charged particles from an intense solar storm is raising alerts about airline flights and satellite operations — and raising the prospect of stunning auroral displays.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46118390/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.Tx_FbyPgLog

The storm began when a powerful solar flare erupted on the sun Monday, blasting a stream of charged particles toward our planet. This electromagnetic burst — called a coronal mass ejection, or CME — started hitting Earth somewhere around 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GHGg6pEPON4&feature=player_embedded
Amanda Sanchez
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Discussions Discussion Life in the Universe
Bob Butterworth, Jan. 8, 2012

Two Earth-sized planets found orbiting another star

The planets are the smallest ever confirmed orbiting a sun-like star, and their discovery, reported Tuesday, is an important milestone for NASA’s Kepler mission.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/20/science/la-sci-planets-20111221

Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, as the two rocky planets are called, are interspersed with three larger, gaseous planets, believed to be similar to our own Neptune, in an alternating pattern that has astronomers somewhat perplexed. All five planets orbit their sun at a closer distance than Mercury orbits ours.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=h39qKD4bgEs&feature=related
Bob Butterworth
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Discussions Discussion Sustainable city
Brianka Y-United States, Nov. 22, 2011

A sustainable city seems far off. We try and be as eco friendly as we can biking and carpooling but in the end were still emitting Co2 and increasing our carbon foot print. Yet people have already started the idea of a sustainable city and in fact they are in the process of creating the first eco friendly city. The city of Masdar in the deserts of Abu dhabi and will hopefully be the first green city in the world. They already have created sun powered buses called SuperBuses and so many others ideas. Heres a YouTube video showing the plans for Masdar. If they could succeed than it would hopefully be the start of creating more and more green cites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpBWTu2Uxf8
Brianka Y-United States
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  • Christie James Christie James Nov. 23, 2011
    Why aren't projects like Masdar more in the mainstream discourse? This is such an important project. I'm amazed that this is happening, in the desert of all places.
  • Maja Gj. Maja Gj. Nov. 23, 2011
    It`s amazing!!…..When I watched this, I meant “there are some chances for our planet”. In my opinion, this project must see all politicians and also “simple” people from all round the world, and started thinking about similar project. One day, I would also live in a city like this! :D
  • Sophia C-USA Sophia C-USA Nov. 24, 2011
    WOW! This sounds absolutely amazing. Masdar can be the model of change for other cities. If a sustainable city can thrive in a desert environment, there is no doubt it can happen in many other parts of the world
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Discussions Discussion Space Travel
Kim Hsu, Nov. 7, 2011

After years of quiet, the sun is coming alive with solar storms. The sun shot off a flare Thursday afternoon from a region that scientists are calling a “benevolent monster.” It has dozens of sunspots, including one that is the size of 17 Earths. Sunspots are kinks or knots in the sun’s magnetic field, and affect Earth only if they shoot off flares and hit our planet. Photo provided by NASA.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/50834982@N00/6323971616/in/photostream
Kim Hsu
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Discussions Discussion unselected
Richard L-USA, Sept. 28, 2011

$1 billion in new solar loan guarantees OK’d by US

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44705609/ns/us_news-environment/#.ToOS1l3zOSo
Richard L-USA
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Sept. 29, 2011
    I'm glad DOE didn't succumb to pressure and back out of these important programs

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Discussions Discussion Space Travel
Kim Hsu, Sept. 16, 2011

Space probe detects a planet with a double sunset - in a scene reminiscent of science fiction, researchers using observations from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have detected a distant planet orbiting two waltzing stars, the first time such a phenomenon has been confirmed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8KkHBqO4kk&feature=player_embedded
Kim Hsu
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Discussions Discussion Space Travel
Kim Hsu, April 15, 2011

The size of the universe is beautifully illustrated in this video. I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0lxbzgwW7I&feature=related
Kim Hsu
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