Saturday, August 19, 2006

BA Keeps Flying High (the other BA, that is)

One of the highlights of the 2005 Irish science year was the massive BA Festival of Science which was held in Trinity College Dublin and other venues around Dublin city. The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) is a charity which exists to advance the understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering, and this year's BA Festival of Science is visiting the city of Norwich and will take place from Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th of September, 2006.

In the meantime, the 18 August 2006 issue of The BA Science News Digest has a handy round up of "hot topics" in the science world including: "the genes that make us human, Britain faces a scientist shortage and a new plan for picking planets. Plus, NASA’s missing moon tapes, a weird whale and how to bring frozen mammoths back from the dead."

Apparently those moon tapes really are missing: "The US space agency NASA has revealed that the original tapes of Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon have been mislaid somewhere in their vast archives. The Daily Telegraph reports that grainy television footage, recorded by pointing a TV camera at a black-and-white monitor, is currently the only visual record of the Apollo 11 moon landing."

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