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Tourist arrives at space station

Tourist arrives at space station

Civilian astronaut Richard Garriott, along with two crewmates, has docked at the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA 13 carrying Garriott, a video game designer who paid $30 million for a seat on the Russian spacecraft, arrived at the space station at 4:26 A.M.

October 14, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Paul Krugman takes Nobel economics prize

Paul Krugman takes Nobel economics prize

Well-known New York Times columnist and Princeton professor of economics Paul Krugman has been awarded the 2008 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

October 13, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
Chechnya earthquake toll rises to 13

Chechnya earthquake toll rises to 13

At least 13 people, including three children, have now died following an earthquake on Saturday in Chechnya, near the war-torn capital city of Grozny, the Agence France-Presse is reporting.

October 12, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
Like a virgin: Shark spawns sans help

Like a virgin: Shark spawns sans help

An Atlantic blacktip shark spontaneously reproduced without the company of a mate, scientists report in the second documented case of the phenomenon.<

October 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite
No peace for science: International mediator takes Nobel Peace Prize

No peace for science: International mediator takes Nobel Peace Prize

ScientificAmerican.com was up early again this morning checking the Nobel Prize Web site, waiting for the peace prize announcement. If you're wondering why, you'll recall that science and the environment have played a role in two of the last three Nobel Peace Prizes: Last year’s award to the U.N.

October 10, 2008 — David Biello
New adhesive is stickier than gecko feet and doesn't lose its grip

New adhesive is stickier than gecko feet and doesn't lose its grip

Researchers say they have developed an adhesive that can stick stronger than the toes of geckos. The little lizard can dash up walls and hang from the ceiling by a single toe, thanks to microscopic hairs on the soles of its feet that latch onto nooks and crannies on surfaces.

October 9, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke
Mercury taking shape in images of previously unseen terrain

Mercury taking shape in images of previously unseen terrain

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, launched in 2004, completed its second flyby of Mercury early Monday morning, passing within 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the planet’s surface and snapping striking photographs of never-before-seen terrain.

October 8, 2008 — John Matson
Am I a narcissist? Part II: Ask my staff

Am I a narcissist? Part II: Ask my staff

A few weeks ago, I found out that my presence on Facebook can indicate just how narcissistic I am, thanks to a study in the October issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin .

October 8, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

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