Extra credit: Would you name your planet HD 10180g?
Last month, a team of researchers hunting extrasolar planets - those that reside around stars other than our sun - discovered a solar system with at least five and possibly seven planets. This is a remarkable discovery, bringing the number of known exoplanets to nearly 500. One of the planets sits smack in the middle of the star's "Goldilocks zone" - the area around the star where the porridge - er, water - might be just right for life.
Rossiter: Bringing a little bit of 'crazy' into everyday life
Who keeps bank boxes handy on the off chance a bee hive will swarm all over a Friday night? Not even Parker Barnett does that. And he thrives on unlikely retrievals in nature.
Beating Motion Sickness
It's hard to have fun while you're nauseated. That's a truism that has endured from Admiral Horatio Nelson's days as commander of the British fleet in the Napoleanic Wars to these days of travel into space. Whether you want to be an astronaut, compete in a round-the-world yacht race, or pilot a Grand Prix racecar, susceptibility to motion sickness can be a limiting factor. Each year millions will experience the debilitating effects of carsickness, seasickness and airsickness, and while the phenomenon might help the paper bag industry, it sure isn't good for the rest of us.
A couple of important questions about motion sickness are: who gets it and what causes it? One of the world's leading experts in motion sickness, Dr. John Golding, sen ...
Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Four year ago when General Motors put its reputation on the line by introducing the GM EV1 electric vehicle it seemed as if vehicles powered by batteries would be the answer to the long-term problem of polluted air. There is more than a little debate over how much of our air pollution is actually caused by moving sources (read cars, trucks and buses), but there is no doubt that a significant percentage arises from these sources, even though the gasoline-powered cars of today put out just a tiny amount of pollutants compared with their predecessors of the 1960s, so the introduction of the EV1 as a car for the general public was a significant step. But, as it turns out, it might have been a misstep.