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Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic has secured more than 650 customers and $130 million in revenue, the company’s chief executive officer told a group of science writers Nov. 3.

The first public flight of its reusable SpaceShipTwo vehicle is expected to launch next year, carrying passengers to briefly touch space—which starts at 60 miles above Earth—and then returning them to Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico.

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They’ve come to be man’s best friend, but Clive D. L. Wynne, professor of psychology at Arizona State University, believes dogs originated from vermin.

“In fact,” added Wynne, speaking at CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of the ScienceWriters2013 meeting in Gainesville, FL, “they may have even qualified as parasites.”

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The keys to unlocking some of nature’s most intriguing puzzles about cancer may have been walking beside humans for years.

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Globe-trotting dust storms on Earth not only carry microbes from continent to continent, they even provide clues to the ability of life to survive on Mars, says an astrobiologist who is an authority on both planets.

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Studying how rock weathering in Greenland changed as the ice sheet grew may answer questions about the ice’s long-term stability and the global carbon cycle, according to a University of Florida geology professor.

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Commercial spaceflight may get off the ground with paying passengers as soon as next year.

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Throw out your preconceptions about your playful pup's oldest ancestors. They were parasites.

That is what Clive D. L. Wynne, former University of Florida psychology professor and director of the UF Canine Cognition & Behavior Lab, said Nov. 3 in a presentation during CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of the ScienceWriters2013 meeting in Gainesville, Florida.

I don’t feel your pain: Solving the puzzle of subjective measurement

4 Nov 2013 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Perception

Nurses everywhere know the drill: “Tell me how bad your pain is on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the worst pain you’ve ever experienced.” Linda Bartoshuk wouldn’t use such a poor question to make decisions about pain medication. Bartoshuk studies the senses, especially taste, and she made her mark with research revealing why the experience of taste varies across individuals. Now she’s trying to fix the way scientists measure perception.

Linda Bartoshuk

Presidential Endowed Professor of community dentistry and behavioral science; director of human research, Center for Smell and Taste
University of Florida

Climate CSI: A geologist reports from Greenland’s melting ice sheet

4 Nov 2013 -
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Paleoclimate

Climate scientists have been watching Greenland with alarm in recent years as its massive glaciers melt, crack and break off, losing ice at a rate that has doubled in the past 10 years. Ellen Martin and her collaborator Jon Martin are spending summers capturing a geochemical record of Greenland’s change, hoping to use this natural laboratory to inform paleoclimate studies. Ellen Martin studies the global carbon cycle by analyzing isotopic signatures of continental weathering.

Ellen E. Martin

professor of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology
University of Florida

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