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  • NASA Aircraft Videos Hayabusa Re-Entry
    By on June 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    astroengine writes “Flying above the Australian Outback, NASA’s converted DC-8 jet videoed the violent re-entry of the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft. Flying in front of the disintegrating probe, the mission’s sample return capsule can be seen speeding though the atmosphere. According to reports, the capsule landed safely and will be collected by helicopter in the morning.” “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait posts about the successful return as well.


  • Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word
    By on May 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    ObsessiveMathsFreak writes “Today’s xkcd comic introduced an unusual word — malamanteau — by giving its supposed definition on Wikipedia. The only trouble is that the word (as well as its supposed wiki page) did not in fact exist. Naturally, much ado ensued at the supposed wiki page, which was swiftly created in response to the comic. BBC America has more on how the comic and the confusion it caused have put the Net in a tizzy. It turns (more…)

  • NASCAR’s entry series lowers driving age to 14
    By on September 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Fourteen-year-olds, start your engines! No, really. It’s legal now. In an effort to provide youngsters “an opportunity to learn their craft in suitable equipment,” NASCAR has lowered the age minimum for its entry-level circuit from 16 to 14..