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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,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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...
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Red Rocket Man
30 December 1997 7:00 pm
The man who masterminded the Soviet Union's early triumphs in military and civilian rocketry was born today in 1906. Sergei Korolyov launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in 1933 and helped develop the world's first two-stage rocket in the 1940s. In the 1950s, with the blessing of Nikita Khrushchev, then head of the Soviet state, he created rockets that menaced the United States and touched off the space race. Among them was the R-7, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile. More than just a weapon, the R-7 carried the world's first satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit in 1957, and a modified version of the same rocket continued launching satellites into the 1990s. Korolyov also oversaw the development of the rocket that carried Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961--the first manned space flight in history. As the Soviet rocket program's chief designer, he went on launching crews into orbit until his death in 1966.
[Source: Emily McMurray, Ed. Notable Twentieth Century Scientists. Gale Research Inc. ITP. 1995.]