Gliese 581g would be the first Earth-like planet found orbiting in a star's habitable zone. The new plant is located in a region where temperatures could sustain life and liquid water on its surface.
Coined from an 1863 story called “The Children of the Public,” pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense. The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010.. Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:
The National Research Council's once-a-decade study, released Friday, proposes the top priorities for US space science during the coming decade. NASA uses it as a blueprint.
A Harvard research study looked at kindergarten students in Tennessee and found those who learned more earned more as adults.
Mycobond, a composite material made from mushroom roots and agricultural waste, is grown around structures to create customized packaging.
Intensity mapping, a new method for observing the radio intensity of hydrogen gas, could help solve a fundamental cosmic riddle
Storm chasers have wrapped up the most dangerous stage of a comprehensive study on how tornadoes form.
Some experts wonder how 'independent' BP's grants for Gulf oil spill research on ecosystem damage and recovery will be. But so far, it looks like the money comes with no strings attached.