Russian mission control has lost contact with a satellite full of geckos slated to participate in a weightlessness experiment, in the latest setback for the country's space industry.
The Photon-M satellite and its reptile crew will probably be lost and fall from orbit in a few months unless specialists can re-establish communications with it, a source in the space industry told Interfax news agency. The four female and one male gecko on board will die from hunger within two and a half months or earlier if the craft's life-support systems are also disrupted, the source said.
In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken's Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name. Most of the year, it looks pretty ordinary, but in the spring, the tree blossoms display various tones of pink, crimson, and white. Then, from July through October, it bears 40 different types of stone fruit, including almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums.
The feat is accomplished by grafting together several different varieties, including native fruit, heirlooms, and antiques, some of which are centuries-old, Aken tells Epicurious.
Incoming student Ashlyn TenBieg was shocked to find out that she was the only freshman in the online group without a roommate. While for some, this would be an ideal situation – no roommates to filthy up the bathroom, the ability to run around your room pantsless, no one to judge you for having nachos for dinner (again!) – TenBieg wanted the full college experience, living with a stranger and all.
She called the UCF housing office to inquire about the issue, and she learned that not having a roommate was the least of her problems. "[The representative from the housing office] told me that they mistakenly placed me in a bathroom and that I will get a new assignment," TenBieg told Knight News, "I thought the lady was just joking at first when she told me, because she said it so casual."