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“I think [Lisa] Nowak should be admired for travelling across the country at night and not getting out of her car to put in gas or go to the restroom.”

Former moonwalker Buzz Aldrin tries to take the positives from astronaut Lisa Nowak's arrest for attempted kidnapping.

3 good reasons...

Yet more NASA fun as Wired's bloggers have been asking readers to suggest a new slogan for the world's best-loved space agency. Our favourites are:

1 NASA: In 100 years, you'll wish you'd given us more funding.

2 NASA: Actually, this is rocket science.

3 NASA: The budget is the limit.

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Credit: WWW.KILLACYCLE.COM

Electric motorbikes

The search for high-performance non-petroleum bikes took a lurch forward in Los Angeles last week, as inventor Bill Dube unveiled his 'KillaCycle', which, he says, can go from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in less than a second.

Electric motorbikes

Unfortunately for Dube, the KillaCycle almost lived up to its name during the demonstration, as he accidentally hurtled straight into a van.

Sources: Associated Press, Wired, TGdaily.com, Grist

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Sidelines. Nature 449, 265 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/449265a

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