Clay Dillow
at 10:51 AM December 6 2011
Discrepencies between theoretical and actual rotation velocities are what gave rise to the dark matter theory
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An interesting piece in Universe Today over the weekend takes the dark matter out of the hunt for dark matter, but you’re probably going to want to approach this one carefully--or as Universe Today says, “put on your skeptical goggles and set them to maximum.” An Italian mathematician has done some creative number crunching and accounted for the force that holds galaxies together without the need for dark matter. It’s a bold claim to make--and one that’s going to get a good going-over from physicists.

Nick Gilbert
at 04:38 PM December 5 2011
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A team from the University of Western Australia have finished work on a new simulation software package that can accurately predict the sweep of bushfires, and where they're likely to head next.

Dan Nosowitz
at 10:56 AM December 5 2011
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Giant Weta
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This amazing/disturbing picture is of a giant weta, a species of cricket native to New Zealand. This particular specimen is the largest ever recorded, and weighs a whopping (for an insect) 71 grams in weight. The giant weta is was eradicated from mainland New Zealand after being predated on by rats and other small mammals introduced by Europeans.

Sean Kane
at 10:25 AM December 3 2011
Space // 

The Japanese seem to have the most fun aboard the ISS. Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa has accomplished what so many only children on Earth have unsuccessfully attempted: successfully playing a team sport all by your lonesome. In this case, baseball. In this video, shot aboard the ISS during missions 28 and 29, the JAXA astronaut throws a few pitches, hits them with a tiny bat, and even manages to get himself out.

Clay Dillow
at 02:45 PM December 2 2011
Space // 

It might sound a bit brazen to play around with fire in an artificially oxygenated environment, but that hasn't stopped the crew of the ISS from studying the behaviour of flame aboard the orbiting science station. Fire behaves very strangely - relative to the way it behaves on Earth, at least - in microgravity, and the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX) has conducted more than 200 tests over two years to try and understand why.

Clay Dillow
at 10:59 AM December 2 2011
Roboden, the World's First Elastic Electrical Cable
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Japanese Spandex-maker Asahi Kasei Fibers has developed the world's first elastic electrical cable, a stretchy conductive connector that could go a long way toward reducing cord clutter. But it's not just a way to help you manage your multi-cord mess. Called Roboden, the stretchable cord could enable new generations of electronics-embedded textiles and robotic skins.

Staff Writers
at 10:07 AM December 2 2011
Gotthard Base Tunnel
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The Swiss have solved one of Europe's great problems: The Alps make shipping freight expensive. Remove that problem, and you create a much easier way to move trade throughout the eurozone.

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