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Earth's environment uncomfortable for Dinosaurs.
Sep 26, 2003 From the instant of the Big Bang to right now, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson chronicles how we ended up where we are - and how we figured it all out. Fraser reviews this 500+ page book about pretty much everything.
Sep 26, 2003 Boeing has picked Dr. Joe Mills to lead their research into the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter program for NASA. This ambitious spacecraft will use a nuclear reactor to power an ion engine - it will be so powerful and efficient that it will be able to put itself into orbit around the various moons of Jupiter. The initial research phase is only a $6 million contract to investigate various technology options for the reactor, ion engine, and power conversion. NASA will choose a primary contractor for the mission in 2004.
Sep 26, 2003 Most paleontologist believe that a gigantic asteroid struck Mexico 65 million years ago and killed all the dinosaurs; end of story. But a minority believe that the Earth's environment was already uncomfortable for Dinosaurs because of a series of asteroid strikes and Volcano eruptions - the asteroid was just the straw that broke the camel's back. By studying the life spans of colonies of one-celled organisms, paleontologist Gerta Keller has uncovered that the Cretaceous period might have lasted 300,000 years after the asteroid impact.
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