AaronW writes: According to CEO Elon Musk the failure of the Falcon 9 last June was caused by a failed strut that held a helium bottle inside the liquid oxygen tank. Elon said "One of those struts broke free during flight, so the helium bottle would have shot to the top of the tank at high speed." The strut, about two feet long and an inch thick was supplied by a 3rd party. Musk also said, "We are not going to use these particular struts in the future." He also said that they will test each strut in the future and will resume flights of the Falcon 9 "no sooner than September."
AaronW writes: The second largest health insurer Anthem says hackers had access to its data between December 10th and January 27th, including names, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, birthdays, employment information (including income information) and more of subscribers, former subscribers and employees. Anthem has put up a web site about the hack along with a FAQ. It sounds like the only things the hackers did not have access to were credit cards and health history.
This breach affected all of their brands including Blue Cross, Blue Shield and others.
Anthem promises to send out letters to customers whose data was accessed and to provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services.
The attack is currently being investigated by the FBI.
AaronW writes: Scientists and engineers at the US DOE SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered an advanced accelerator technology smaller than a grain of rice. It is currently accelerating electrons at 300 million volts per meter with a goal of achieving 1 billion EV per meter. It could do in 100 feet what the SLAC linear accelerator does in two miles and could achieve a million more electron pulses per second. This could lead to more compact accelerators and X-ray devices.
AaronW writes: According to a story at space.com, Earth may once have had two moons. The smaller moon, estimated to be 750 miles (1200km) wide and only 4% of the mass of the larger moon, crashed into the far side of the larger moon which caused the features we see today on the moon. The surface of the far side of the moon is quite different than the side facing the earth, having a different composition and a much rougher terrain.
AaronW writes: "According to this article at collectspace.com, a rock collected by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission was quietly sent up to the ISS back in March. It was sent up in a special case to protect it with instructions given to the astronauts to not open it. Contamination isn't a huge issue since the rock sample had already been exposed to the air and was not that remarkable, resembling Hawaiian lava. It will be revealed tonight for a 40th anniversary celebration at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC."