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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Launch of Space-Based Particle-Physics Experiment Delayed Until Next Year
2 July 2010 11:19 am
In December, Science listed among the most exciting things to watch for this year the launch of a particle-physics experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station. So perhaps it was inevitable that the launch would be delayed until next year, as NASA announced yesterday.
The $1.5 billion, 7.5-ton AMS will search for antimatter, dark matter, and other oddities coming from space. It was supposed to launch on 29 July on the 134th and last flight of NASA's space shuttle, but that date was postponed until at least November because researchers made a last-minute change in the detector's design. This time, there's a hang-up with the payload for the 133rd space shuttle flight, which will delay its launch from September to November and push the launch of AMS back to February 2011 at the earliest.