Scott Pearson

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California Legislators Narrowly Defeat Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill

- Apr 25, 2014<p>CNET reports California legislators have narrowly defeated a bill that would require all smartphone makers to preload and automatically …

Six reasons why space tourism matters

It’s easy to dismiss plans to take paying customers into orbit as a pursuit for the rich. But our space correspondent explains how it could benefit all of us.<p>Right now, one of the most exciting space facilities in the world is a World War Two hangar in the Mojave Desert in California.<p>The wooden …

Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space

In 2008 Japanese scientists decided to take a handful of cherry tree seeds (and by "handful" we mean over 250) to space. The embryonic plants spent eight months aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational project aimed at children. When the stones returned, 14 of them were …

Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive …