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Submission + - SpaceX, NASA First Contracted U.S. Cargo Resupply Mission (nasa.gov)

DevotedSkeptic writes: "NASA managers, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) officials and international partner representatives Thursday announced Sunday, Oct. 7, as the target launch date for the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

International Space Station Program managers confirmed the status and readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon cargo spacecraft for the SpaceX CRS-1 mission, as well as the space station's readiness to receive Dragon.

Launch is scheduled for 8:34 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A back up launch opportunity is available on Oct. 8."


Submission + - China's New Stealth Fighter: More Question than Answers (thediplomat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Over the last few days, the internet has seen pictures and lots of speculation concerning what appears to be a second Chinese stealth fighter.

Back in late 2010, a Chinese stealth fighter, the J-20, appeared and shocked much of the US and global military establishment. Some went so far to claim it technologically superior to America's F-35, which has had its share of problems.

The new plane maybe part of a competition between rival firms in China to build a 5th generation fighter jet. While pundits and military experts debate the significance of the new jet and what it can do, it has one big weakness: Russian built engines China can't build domestically.


Submission + - Your moral compass is reversible (nature.com)

scibri writes: Your moral positions may be more flexible than you think. Researchers in Sweden have tricked people into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good arguments to support the opposite of their original positions (paper in PLOS ONE).

They used a "magic trick" to reverse a person's responses to such moral issues as "Large-scale governmental surveillance of e-mail and Internet traffic ought to be forbidden as a means to combat international crime and terrorism", by switching "forbidden" to "permitted" when the subject turned the page of the questionaire. When asked to read back the questions and answers, about half of the subjects did not detect the changes, and a full 53% of participants argued unequivocally for the opposite of their original attitude in at least one of the manipulated statements.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.