October 5th, 2007

Air and Space Expo

A Sightseer's Paradise

The latest in military aviation and private rocket entrepreneurship is being readied for flight later this month at the upcoming Holloman Air & Space Expo in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Along with high-flying aircraft and rocketry, the October 27-28 expo will be a ground and eye-level treat for those visiting the show. On display will be a unique collection of hardware that affords those attending a look at both governmental air prowess and private spaceflight initiatives.


"This year's Cup is literally an order of magnitude more exciting than last year," explained X Prize founder, Peter Diamandis. "We've moved the venue from Las Cruces Airport to the Holloman Air Force Base and are expecting 60,000 to 80,000 to attend compared to last year's 12,000 attendees."


For the aviation side of the venue, it's going to be top-flight, Diamandis added. "We also are bringing the Air Force's coolest and highest-tech flying machines to this party," he said, pointing out that Holloman is the home of the F22-Raptor, the most incredible flying machine in America's arsenal, as well as the F-117 stealth fighter.


On the sightseeing manifest for expo visitors are displays and exhibits by key, leading-edge enterprises, such as Rocketplane Kistler, XCOR Aerospace and Starchaser, alongside Northrop Grumman and NASA.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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Amazon Tribes

Unknown Peru Amazon Tribe Sighted

A previously unknown indigenous group living in isolation has been found deep in Peru's Amazon jungle, a team of ecologists has said.


The ecologists spotted the 21 Indians near the Brazilian border as they flew overhead looking for illegal loggers. Contact with outsiders can be fatal for isolated tribes people who have no immunity to many diseases.


Some groups have fled deep into the jungle to avoid contact with loggers and oil and gas prospectors. Nomadic group: The group was photographed and filmed from the air on the banks of the Las Piedras River in Peru's south-eastern Amazon region.


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Fair Play in the Genes

Study indicates that individuals' sense of fairness is at least partially ingrained in their DNA.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics and Karolinska Institute (also in Stockholm) discovered this confluence of nature and nurture by having 324 pairs of identical twins, who share the same genetic makeup, and fraternal twins, who do not, participate in an exercise known as "the ultimatum game."


Each game featured two players, one designated a proposer and the other a responder. The proposer was given a sum of money (in this experiment, roughly $15) to split however he or she chose with the responder, who could accept or decline the offer. If the responder nixed the deal, then neither player received a cut of the cash.


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Quote of the Day

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."


Scott Adams

Image of the Day

Nazca Astronaut

Since discovery by American scientist Paul Kosok in 1939, the lines on the rocky Peruvuan Pampa San Jose near the small desert town of
Nazca have perplexed scholars. The lines are a variety of geometrical figures, trapezoids, triangles and lines, plus one called the astronaut. According to Inca legend, the point of contact with the aliens was the city of Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes, or whatever stood at the location of Cuzco in the sixth century. 

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)