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A week after International Women's Day, and as rallies to support injustices against women are happening in Australia's capital cities, iTWire is publishing Peggy de Lange's longer op-ed on IWD2021 as a reminder to all.

Published in Business IT
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 20:00

ESA oks Mars missions in 2016, 2018

Two missions within the ExoMars Programme have been approved by the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA). Both missions, the first orbiting about the planet and the second roving on the surface, will look for potential life on the planet.

Published in Space
The NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit was driving across a crusty surface on Mars one day when it fell through and got stuck. When it tried to drive out its wheels flew up some soft soil under the crust. What it found scientists call "supremely interesting"!

Published in Space
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 20:33

How to measure Happy Planet living

The New Economics Foundation says that people can be happy without sacrificing their economic well-being. The Happy Planet Index shows that people can live long and happy lives without degrading their country’s natural resources. The people of Costa Rica are a fine example!

Published in Health
Saturday, 03 October 2009 18:05

Half of 2009 newborns will live 100 years or more

According to a Danish study, over half of the babies born since the year 2000 within developed countries, such as the United States, Canada, Japan, and countries of Western Europe, should live to be centenarians.

Published in Health
A drug called Rapamycin is injected into humans to help lessen the rejection of a new organ. However, U.S. scientists found that it significantly extends the lifespan of invertebrates, and now mammals (mice). They are excited because further research may produce a way to delay the onset of cancer and other aging disease and, thus, produce longer lives in humans.

Published in Biology
Two of the most complex organic molecules ever observed in interstellar space have been identified by scientists from Germany and the United States using a telescope from Spain. Their research adds to our knowledge of the Universe and how it evolved and made life.
Published in Space
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 19:19

Simply: More fat means less life

The more you weigh the fewer years you will live, according to a large research study performed in the United Kingdom on nearly 900,000 adults. Specifically, according to this study, if you are severely obese your life expectancy is reduced by 10 years on average—yes, TEN YEARS!

Published in Health
Saturday, 07 March 2009 19:42

Exoplanet mission launched: Kepler to space

The Kepler Mission was successfully launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 6, 2009. The NASA mission is to find the first habitable planets the size of Earth orbiting about stars in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra.

Published in Space
According to Dr. Alan Boss, our Milky Way galaxy could contain one hundred billion Earth-like planets. However, he says very few of these planets would be able to support intelligent life. But, what about primitive (microscopic) life?

Published in Space
Friday, 02 January 2009 21:07

What if, we could drink water for a longer life?

The question of drinking water for a longer and healthier life has been suggested in the scientific community for many years. However, it's not regular water they are talking about, but heavy water (deuterated water) that’s the key to this research into a possible 'fountain of youth.'

Published in Health
The NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found carbonate minerals on the planet Mars. Its discovery by U.S. and French scientists is now prompting planetary astronomers to rethink their theories that Mars once had a primarily global acidic environment (which is not very conducive to life).

Published in Space
New, exciting research from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows that the plumes being ejected from Saturn’s moon Enceladus are likely composed of liquid water because of their extremely fast speeds.

Published in Space
Sunday, 02 November 2008 20:51

Be conscientious, and live longer!

According to twenty studies combined into one large California study, the more conscientious a person is, the longer they live. So, if you are lazy, you could be headed for an early grave.

Published in Health
In 1953, Stanley Miller and Harold Urey at the University of Chicago tried to re-create the early atmosphere of Earth to see if they could figure out how life came to be here on Earth. Their work became a classic experiment and spurred many speculations on the origins of life. But, what now?

Published in Biology
IBM researchers have developed software aimed at putting to use the wealth of information that can be captured by current mobile devices. The idea is to make data from photos and audio recordings made with mobile phones and similar devices easily retrievable in context on the desktop.

Saturday, 26 July 2008 19:34

Was Venus surrogate mother for Earth?

Venus and Earth have often been called “sister” planets because of their similarities, but a new British research study finds that mother Venus may have sent microorganisms to daughter Earth via father Sun and created life on Earth.

Published in Space
Australian-German scientists found diamonds in Western Australia that indicate the beginning of life on Earth may have occurred about 700 million years earlier than currently conjectured, even before Earth was hit with intense numbers of meteorites.

Published in Climate
According to a New Scientist article, NASA researchers found one hundred species of terrestrial bacteria in the assembly room of the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Published in Space
University of Arizona scientists with the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander have photo-evidence that the spacecraft landed on top of a flat, gleaming layer of ice that was only inches below the Martian surface. They call is “absolutely astounding.”

Published in Space
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