Japan survey finds the Pacific floor (near French Polynesia) rich in rare earths, crucial for high technology products.
News and discussion of planetary probe proposals and funding. Lots of good international resources. Recent focus is the JET (Journey to Enceladus and Titan) initiative. The author offers some insightful opinion on mission selection and the true cost of outer planet exploration. Opinion polls are also hosted around the planetary science community’s current Decadal Survey.
The James Webb Space Telescope cost now projected at over $6B and 2014 launch date probably slipping to 2015.
The Tianhe-1 (Milky Way) supercomputer
Bugs trapped in prehistoric amber
Europe’s Rosetta space probe flies past largest asteroid yet visited by spacecraft.
A computer deciphers an ancient language in a couple of hours.
Solution found to longstanding problem in theoretical quantum computing.
Weird, ultra-small microbes turn up in acidic mine drainage Astrobiology.com