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NASA extends TIMED mission for fourth time

Nine years after beginning its unprecedented look at the gateway between Earth's environment and space, not to mention collecting more data on the upper atmosphere than any other satellite, NASA's Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission has been extended again.

Specialization builds trust among web users

(PhysOrg.com) -- If you name it, they will use it, according to a team of international researchers who investigated how people perceive the trustworthiness of online technology. In an experiment, participants said they trusted websites, recommendation-providing software and even computers labeled to perform specific functions more than the same Internet tools with general designations, according...

STAR TRAK for November: Jupiter and Leonid meteor shower

Jupiter will be easy to see in the south as night falls in November. The best time to observe this bright planet with a telescope will be from dusk to midnight as it travels high across the sky from southeast to southwest. Jupiter's four brightest moons will be visible with binoculars.

Use satellites to know your snow

(PhysOrg.com) -- As winter approaches, northern dwellers will get assistance from space to help them face the harsh weather. Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA's GlobSnow project soon after it snows.

Air pollution exposure increases risk of severe COPD

Long term exposure to low-level air pollution may increase the risk of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to researcher s in Denmark. While acute exposure of several days to high level air pollution was known to be a risk factor for exacerbation in pre-existing COPD, until now there had been no studies linking long-term air pollution exposure to the development or progression...

Now Anyone with $9.99 Can Subscribe To Hulu Plus

Since launching in preview mode, Hulu has been continually adding more devices and content to woo subscribers to its invitation-only premium service. Now its Hulu Plus streaming-TV service has been opened to the masses. In June, Hulu unveiled its subscription service that offers viewers access to full seasons of TV shows on a slew of devices. Hulu Plus costs $9.99 a month to watch shows...

It's Goodbye Xserve as Apple Focuses on Power Macs

Apple's Xserve has been xx'd out. In an announcement Friday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker announced the server will only be available through Jan. 31 as the company transitions "away from Xserve" to Mac Pro or Mac mini systems running Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard. The company added that it will honor all Xserve warranties and extended support programs. Mac Pro Server...

BlackBerry's Grip on Enterprises May Be Slipping

Shares in Research In Motion took a hit on Wall Street Friday due to investors' concerns that enterprises are starting to look to other mobile platforms. Dell's 25,000 employees are abandoning RIM's BlackBerry, and several major financial institutions are rumored to be considering a similar switch. BlackBerry remains a formidable player in the enterprise market with assets and an installed...

Mystery Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus

This stunning insectivorous neotropical bird gets its brilliant pink coloration from its dietScissor-tailed flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus, photographed at Smith Point, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Texas, USA. Image: Joseph Kennedy, 28 October 2010 [with binoculars].Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400 Question: This stunning neotropical...

Ohio NASA Lockdown Spurred by Test System Glitch

A NASA research center was locked down Friday because a misdirected phone call during an emergency notification system test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida led workers in Ohio to believe there was a gunman on campus. There was no shooting, but a NASA Glenn Research Center employee thought there was, said center spokeswoman Lori Rachul. A Glenn center employee has the same last name as...

Shuttle Launch Off Until End of Month To Fix Leak

Space shuttle Discovery's final voyage is off until at least the end of the month because of a large hydrogen gas leak that forced yet another launch delay. It's the fourth postponement in a week for Discovery's mission to the International Space Station with six veteran astronauts and the first humanoid robot bound for orbit. NASA tried to launch Discovery on Friday, but a potentially...

Hurricane Tomas Floods Quake-Shattered Town

Hurricane Tomas flooded the earthquake-shattered remains of a Haitian town on Friday, forcing families who had already lost their homes in one disaster to flee another. In the country's capital, quake refugees resisted calls to abandon flimsy tarp and tent camps. Driving winds and storm surge battered Leogane, a seaside town west of Port-au-Prince that was near the epicenter of the Jan. 12...