Roundup 1/28: Ad Astra, Ad Infinitum Edition

Andrew Wakefield, an author of a controversial 1998 Lancet study that ignited public concern over whether certain childhood vaccines cause autism, “dishonestly and irresponsibly" carried out research, the U.K. General Medical Council declared today.

All eyes are on the federal budget to learn the fate of NASA manned spaceflight programs, though the agency has set 7 February 7 as the date for the first launch of the last year of shuttle flights.T.

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite, used generally for mapping the sky in infrared, has discovered its first near-earth asteroid. While the rock won't hit the earth, scientists hope the find gives them a new tool to protect the planet from spacerocks.

Seismologists are scrambling to study the faults in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince to gain valuable data that could help them predict another quake.

Sitting with the First Lady last night at the State of the Union was Li Boynton, an 18-year-old senior from Bellaire, Texas, and Gabriela Farfan, a 19-year-old Stanford University freshman from Madison, Wisconsin. Both women were winners, respectively, of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel Science Talent Search.