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Be The Change Herald


Volume 43 – March 30, 2012


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Habitable Planets

You have heard of red dwarf stars before. This most common type of star in our galaxy is cooler, smaller, and lives longer than other stars.  Now a European team of scientists have used a light-splitting spectrograph on a telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile to look for planets beyond the solar system. They have found that the Milky Way has about 160 billion red dwarf stars and 40% of these stars have planets orbiting them far enough to have liquid water on their surfaces. In other words, 40% of these red dwarfs could have habitable planets.

The European team has determined that gas giant planets are relatively rare around red dwarf stars and they have subsequently claimed Earth-like planets (rocky worlds) are more common. While the NASA Kepler group is not surprised by the European Team's general finding, they are not as confident in their conclusion about the rocky nature of the planets. They don't believe there is enough data to determine the mass and density of these planets.

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Flight Opportunities Program

Continuing on the theme of last month's entry about NASA's Game Changing Development program, here are some new development and information: NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft.

Sixteen of the payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Five will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. two will ride on high-altitude balloons that fly above 65,000 feet. One payload will fly on the suborbital launch vehicle and high altitude balloon platforms. The flights will take place in 2012 and 2013.

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Rosenthal Prize in Teaching Math

Are you Innovative? Have you changed your mathematics classroom to inspire your students to love mathematics? Is your classroom a center of hands-on learning?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider applying for the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.  The museum of Mathematics is pleased to announce the inaugural Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching. Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in the upper elementary and middle school classroom, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000.

For more information please visit: http://momath.org/home/rosenthal-prize/

What If Prize Educators Competition

The Educators Competition entries have been reviewed and the winner will be announced in a press release in the coming days.  Please stay tuned!

To see the details of the 2011 competition , please visit: 

My Dream of Stars

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer: a book by Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam.

In her memoir, Anousheh recalls her long path to success and to achieving her dream.  To learn more about the book, please visit:  http://www.anoushehansari.com/book/

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Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

-William Ernest Henly (1849-1903)