MySci Roundup, Dec. 6: The mysterious X-37B

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An article from Information Week’s web site reports that the Air Force is keeping a tight lid on its new unmanned space plane, the X-37B. The robotic plane landed in darkness in the predawn hours of Dec. 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, after eight months in space. 

The five-and-a-half ton vehicle is believed to be a scaled-down version of the civilian Space Shuttle, but the military has given only vague hints about what it might be used for. Some have speculated that the craft might be used for surveillance, or for snaring malfunctioning military satellites and bringing them back to Earth for repair. 

Here’s an eerie-looking infrared video of the X-37B landing.

And now, for the news.
Microbes wire up to share energy. We wonder whether they have USB 2.0.

The goal is to learn how their tiny brains process information, not to determine their Netflix preferences.

Reserve of available Internet addresses will run out in January, experts warn.  You might have to resort to using your smart phone to make calls.

2010 to be one of three warmest years on record, scientists say.  Of course, you say, it could be just a big hoax, ginned up by environmentalists. But we think not.


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