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Be The Change Herald


Volume 8 –April 14, 2009


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100 Hours of Astronomy

100 Hours of Astronomy, a Cornerstone project of the IYA2009, was held from 2-5 April 2009. This worldwide celebration was designed to bring astronomy to thepublic around the world.   During that time, many for the first time looked at the wonders of the cosmos. 
People from all around the world had the opportunity to share their experiences and feelings on looking up at the skies.
"Around the World in 80 telescopes", a live 24-hour webcast from astronomical observatories followed night and day around the globe to some of the most advanced observatories both on and off the planet.

The participation was so much higher than anticipated that the sites had to add mirrors for public access. To learn more about it, please go to:

Space Lifestyle Magazine

Space Lifestyle Magazine is a free, digital, on-line magazine that bring its readers in-depth, human-interet stories on space and the space sector with the goal of bringing the general audience "Space with Your Life in Mind". Topics include Space Business, Technology, Science, Culture and Personal Accounts of Industry Professionals. With subscription to the magazine the readers also get a chance to win a Zero-G flight  and other different prizes.

for more information and how to subscribe please visit:

Biomedical Experiment in Space

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and NASA have a strong history of collaboration and share many interests in the life and health sciences. This time the two are partnering to conduct  biomedical experiments that astronauts could perform on the International Space Station.   
NIH and NASA are accepting proposals for a two-phased 5-year grants, first making their experiments feasible in space and then providing a follow up for the "flight phase".
Already, biomedical experiments conducted on the ISS have addressed how bone and muscle deteriorate, how humans fight infectious disease, and how cancers grow and spread The ISS provides a special microgravity and radiological environmnet that Earth-based laboratories cannot replicate. . 
For more information please visit: http://www.niams.nih.gov/News_and_Events/NIH_NASA_Activities/default.asp 

Creating a Miniature Star on Earth

Scientists have been working to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for more than half a century. When the National Ignition Facility (NIF) begins ignition experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 2010, that goal will be mch closer to realization.

NIF will focus the intense energy of 192 giant laser beams on a BB-sized target filled with hydrogen fuel. This is the same fusion energy process that makes the stars shine and provides the energy of the sun.
To find out more please visit:   https://lasers.llnl.gov/

What If Competition 2008 Final Edition

Last month we had the honor of introducing the winners of the What If Competition to our readers. 

To conclude this section of the newsletter for the time being, here is a brief follow up.

As part of his award, the grand prize winner, Chris Besser, traveled to the Conrad Innovation Summit on April 2-4, 2009  presenting his entry. The summit was held at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. .  To see pictures please go to: http://www.whatifprize.org/competition/summit_photos.php

Chris an avid science-fiction reader, is one of 104 gifted students in Fort Couch's "Challenge Program".  He enjoys writing on a variety of subjects. His previous writing includes poetry about autism, a short story about the global implications of disease, and an ode to  the "Naked Cowboy".

You can read more about Chris Besser in the following links:

For more information about What If Competition please visit: www.whatifprize.org



Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope
of today, and the reality of tomorrow."

Robert H. Goddard