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How NASA Prepares To Rescue Hubble, In Photos 37

Jamie pointed out a fantastic set of photos up at The Boston Globe, illustrating the painstaking preparations underway for the Shuttle mission to rescue the Hubble telescope. "This will be the final servicing mission to Hubble, the 30th flight of the 23-year old Atlantis, and one of the final 10 flights of the Space Shuttle program, which will be retired in 2010." Refreshingly, they've decided to include a many of the behind-the-scenes techies and the equipment they steward, rather than just the launch vehicles and crew.

Submission + - Yes, There's Time for a Solution - Barely (

geekcoach writes: "Caltech professor David Rutledge shows some convincing numbers predicting that by 2076, we will have exhausted 90% of the world's fossil fuels. His asserton is that's just enough time to ramp up viable alternatives such as wind, ethanol and biodiesel, and photovoltaic energy sources. These and other new energy alternatives (such as concentrating solar thermal technology) just arriving on the scene would hopefully buy us enough time to work on the next generation of solutions.

Rutledge shows how this would help out with regard to global temperature peak too, providing we make a hard cut-over to the new power sources and save the remaining fossil fuels in the ground for research instead of burning."


Submission + - R.I.P. Madeline L'engle (

Feoh writes: "New York Times article is here

Some part of me can't stop hoping that she's hopped a ride on a tesseract and is off exploring other dimensions. We'll miss her and her amazing books."


Submission + - ICELAND - The GEOTHERMAL KUWAIT - Plans to EXPORT! (

posys writes: "Iceland is obtaining up to 10 times the power from GeoThermal energy via new techniques and going deeper.

It is soon poised to be a Major energy EXPORTER on the scale of KUWAIT !!!

They are planning to convert much of the their zero emissions energy into Hydrogen and export it round the world via tankers.

This is good news for the energy aspect of the ROBOTIC WAGELESS ECONOMY:"

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