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How NASA plans to quell Ares 1 rocket vibrations

How NASA plans to quell Ares 1 rocket vibrations

The last thing you want on a flight to the moon is a headache.

That's why NASA engineers have been working to figure out how to reduce vibrations predicted to occur in the Ares 1 rocket, a multi-stage launch vehicle that plays an early role in the space agency's Constellation program to return to the moon by 2020.

August 19, 2008 — JR Minkel
FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for Huntington's disease—the crippling illness that killed folksinger Woody Guthrie and that plagues 30,000 Americans.

August 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Peak water crisis dominates World Water Week

Peak water crisis dominates World Water Week

The world is getting thirstier, and drier. More than 2,500 experts from around the world will discuss the issues facing one of the world's most precious natural resources at World Water Week this week in Stockholm, from the millions of gallons of water hidden inside biofuels to the ongoing scandal of poor sanitation.

August 18, 2008 — David Biello
Tropical Storm Fay lashes Cuba en route to Florida

Tropical Storm Fay lashes Cuba en route to Florida


This hurricane season's sixth storm, known as Tropical Storm Fay, will be the first to hit Florida. And it will likely reach hurricane strength before striking the Florida Keys.

August 18, 2008 — David Biello
Bigfoot press conference: An early report

Bigfoot press conference: An early report

I just got off the phone with Erik Vance, a freelancer covering the Bigfoot press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., for us. We'll be posting his story as soon as we can this afternoon, but here are the highlights: -- The three men claiming they had found Bigfoot -- Matthew Whitton, Rick Dyer , and veteran Bigfoot tracker Tom Biscardi of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.

August 15, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
Texas biologist: Cuero chupacabra is a pit bull

Texas biologist: Cuero chupacabra is a pit bull

All good cryptid stories come to an end and so it goes with the chupacabra video. Although it is difficult to make a definitive identification from the tape, biologist Scott Henke of Texas A&M University-Kingsville says: "It's a dog for sure."

Since coyotes run a little more gracefully, it's likely to be a bull mastiff or pit bull, or perhaps just a mutt.

August 15, 2008 — David Biello

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