Spacecraft Wins $10 Million Ansari X Prize

Michael Giberson From Technology News: The second private space flight in a week piloted by history’s second civilian astronaut was worth US$10 million today as the Paul Allen-funded SpaceShipOne (SS1) touched the edge of space and returned to Earth winner of the Ansari X Prize. In addition to its historical significance with respect to private … More Spacecraft Wins $10 Million Ansari X PrizeMore Spacecraft Wins $10 Million Ansari X Prize

Football Physics – New Frontier For Coach’s Challenges

Michael Giberson Another story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had me wondering whether football coaches may want to sign up a physicist to advise on potential challenges to referee decisions. Timothy Gay, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has written Football Physics: The Science of the Game, in which he illustrates a number of the principles of … More Football Physics – New Frontier For Coach’s ChallengesMore Football Physics – New Frontier For Coach’s Challenges

Enhancing Competition In Pennsylvania

Michael Giberson Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell came out in favor of enhancing competition in retail electric power supply in the Pittsburgh area (in this press release): “Enhancing competition in Pennsylvania means working to expand the choices that consumers have by creating more energy options and increasing the supply of energy from a diversity of … More Enhancing Competition In PennsylvaniaMore Enhancing Competition In Pennsylvania