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+ - Hacking the Van Allen Belts->

Submitted by perbert
perbert (241785) writes "From the IEEE Spectrum: Governments and businesses that regularly launch satellites into space have no appetite for the loss of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. Neither will the general public stomach the loss of astronauts when a mishap occurs. With those things in mind, researchers are considering whether it’s possible to eliminate the Van Allen radiation belts, whose abundance of protons and electrons can damage spacecraft leaving or orbiting Earth. Should we zap the belts? Is it really necessary? What might the consequences be?"
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Comment: Re:Try your Credit Union (Score 2, Interesting) 359

by perbert (#33706568) Attached to: US Banks That Offer Transaction History?

I second this idea. Not only are you supporting a locally owned business, but they're also supporting other locally owned businesses. And as a member, you can often get good rates for loans. Also, they're not responsible for all the financial woes in the USA. Well, OK, that last part is speculation, but it does sound good...

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+ - Asteroid on track for possible Mars hit

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perbert (241785) writes "An asteroid similar to the one that flattened forests in Siberia in 1908 could plow into Mars next month, scientists said Thursday. The scientists, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, put the chances that it will hit the Red Planet on Jan. 30 at about 1 in 75. The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to an object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb and wiping out 60 million trees."

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