Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.17.08)

 

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So here’s what went down since you logged off.

You can stop building your asteroid impact shelter - that German kid got it wrong. NASA stands by their estimate of the asteroid Apophis’ chance of colliding with Earth, also denying they ever admitted an error. 1 in 450, 1 in 45,000 – it still seems like “way too likely” to me.

Robot alert! The Carnegi Science Center (those crazy kids that brought us the Robot Hall of Fame) is developing an exhibit called Roboworld, that will “will emphasize three aspects of artificial robotic behavior: sensing, thinking and acting.” Sadly, “taking over the world” is not on the list of behaviors to be featured.

We love nature – but it doesn’t love us back. Humans are more harmful to coral reef than the fallout from an atomic bomb.

Houston, we just keep stacking up the honors. In addition to being named the country’s fattest city, it turns out that Harris County is number one for something else – carbon dioxide emissions.

Are you planning anything for Earth Day? You can check out what people around the world are doing, get some suggestions from Google or, oddly enough, the government.