Carnival of Space 297

The Carnival of Space 297 is up at Dear Astronomer The Meridiani Nournal reports New space telescope will continue search for Earth-like worlds The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a project of MIT, was selected by NASA as part of its Explorer Program to launch in 2017 and will be funded by a $200 million …

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China, Boston Consulting and Economist Intelligence Unit claims rapid growth in the inland areas

China Daily – China is claiming that the inland regions keep the growth juggernaut rolling as coastal regions feel the heat. While much of the international focus is on China’s growth slowing down and the risk of a so-called hard landing, large swathes of the country, particularly in central and western areas, are enjoying unprecedented …

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Jury decides Samsung infringed on Apple patents

CNET – Jury verdicts favors Apple overwhelmingly in a landmark patent decision. The jury awarded $1.05 billion tied to infringements in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The scorecard so far: * Jury finds Samsung infringement of Apple utility, design patents for some (though not all) products * Jury finds willful infringement on 5 of 6 patents. …

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330-foot-long ramp section of eight-lane Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin China has Collapsed

NY Times – One of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened, setting off a storm of criticism from Chinese Internet users and underscoring questions about the quality of construction in the country’s rapid expansion of its infrastructure. A nearly 330-foot-long section of a ramp of the …

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Nanobubbles can clean lakes and might make wonder drugs

Nwe Scientist – Nanobubbles can revive polluted lakes, clean computer chips and might even make wonder drugs. Not bad considering they shouldn’t exist. Pan Gang and his team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing are attempting to revive the lake Tai using nanobubbles. In 2006, a silver tea urn like container was connected …

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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other …

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