NEAR mission, so far
Somewhere far out in our solar system, the NEAR spacecraft,
developed, designed and built at the
Applied Physics Laboratory,
has been hurtling at a speed of 10 kilometers per second toward
an asteroid that is roughly twice the size of Manhattan.
But movie fans and those caught up in the
threat of an asteroid impact eradicating all life on Earth need
not worry. Unless you plan on living 1.5 million years, the
earliest possible date the asteroid will come near the planet,
this particular space rock isn't worth losing any sleep over.
New Biology chair discusses
When Victor Corces stares out his office window in Mudd Hall on
the Homewood campus, he wishes he had a different view. In fact,
he wished he had no view at all.
Given the choice, the grass-filled courtyard at
which Corces now looks would be the building's new wing, complete
with an auditorium, several biology labs and additional classroom
"The building is now a U," Corces says with a
smile. "I'd like to see it a square."
It's not that Corces has anything against open
space, but he is concerned about the amount of space that
students and faculty have as enrollment continually increases in
the department. And although his concern is nothing new, these
days he feels he's in more of a position to do something about
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