Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a tough as nails pilot, and soon to be commander of a $150-billion space station.
But he has not lost his boyhood wonder.
“It’s almost like a land of magic,” says Hadfield, describing the weightless environment of space he is due to enter on December 19.
Once you leave Earth’s gravity behind, he says “it’s like someone tapped you on the head and said ‘fly’.”
Hadfield, who enters quarantine Wednesday in final preparations for his launch from Russia’s snowy Cosmodrome, says he plans to savour the six months he is will spend floating around the International Space Station. Continue reading →
Published: September 21, 2012
By Margaret Munro
NASA handout image shows how satellite data reveals how the new record low Arctic sea ice extent, from September 16, 2012, compares to the average minimum extent over the past 30 years (in yellow).
When David Barber first headed to the Arctic in the 1980s, the ice would typically retreat just a few a kilometres offshore by summer’s end.
Now he and his colleagues have to travel more than 1,000 kilometres north into the Beaufort Sea to even find the ice.
And it’s nothing like the thick, impenetrable ice of Arctic lore.
This year the ice is “rotten” practically all the way to the North Pole, says Barber, a veteran Arctic researcher and director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba. Continue reading →
- UBC Microbiologist Rosie Redfield helped debunk arsenic life study.
- PHOTO: NATURE AND MARTIN DEE
Published: July 9, 2012
By Margaret Munro
Two of the biggest players in the research world — NASA and the journal Science — were wrong when they told the world that microbes scooped from a California lake had rewritten the rules of life.
In what is being described as a case of “serial failure,” they took shoddy research, and overhyped it.
“It was a cascade of human failures,” says Rosie Redfield of the University of British Columbia, who heads one of two research teams who disproved the original claims in new research published this week. Continue reading →