Archives for November 21, 2008

Fossil Mystery Solved?

It might be a grape size protist. Those were the days… A single-celled ball about the size of a grape may provide an explanation for one of the mysteries of fossil history. Writing in Current Biology, researchers say the creature leaves tracks on the seabed which mirror fossilised tracks left up to 1.8 billion years…

NASA: Dawn Glides Into New Year

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled. The spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby in February of next year. “Dawn has completed the thrusting it needs to use Mars for a gravity assist to help get us to Vesta,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, of NASA’s Jet…

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Copernicus Found!

Computer reconstruction of Copernicus from skull discovered in the cathedral in Frombork, Poland. Researchers in Poland say they have solved a centuries-old mystery and identified the remains of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. A comparison of DNA from a skeleton in Poland and strands of the astronomer’s hair found in a book in Sweden almost certainly confirm…

UN Congo Troops to be of Elite Variety

The 3,000 extra UN troops being sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo need to be elite soldiers from Europe, the UN’s ex-peacekeeping chief says. Jean-Marie Guehenno told the BBC there was an urgent need for an effective international force in the east. He said an offer from Europe would send a powerful signal to…