Science&technology 62MILES is how deep US space agency Nasas Cassini spacecraft plunged into the ice plumes of Saturns moon, Enceladus, this week. By diving deeper it may gather evidence of complex molecules that might hint at signs of life. $1M is how much Nasa has awarded the creators of a spacecraft that meets the Lunar Lander Challenge by rising 50 metres, staying aloft for at least 180 seconds and moving 100 metres horizontally before landing on an uneven surface simulating the moon. 88IS the number of galaxies that have been analysed for signs of planets beyond our own galaxy, after an astronomer identified peaks of light in distant galaxies that can be 12 Thursday, 5 November 2009 London Lite Space-ious: Galactic Suite Resort The week in numbers Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world A hotEL with out-of-this-world views is now taking bookings. the Galactic Suite Space Resort, the first hotel in space, will accept its first paying guests by 2012. For 2.75m you get three nights 280 miles up, orbiting the Earth every 80 minutes, after an eight-week training course on an island. the hotel already has 43 reservations. Cars may soon have black boxes similar to those on aircraft. a European Commission study proposes a device to monitor speed and driver actions, triggered to record by sudden braking. The hope is to assist authorities and insurance firms assessing accidents. ThE secret of how spiders make webs sticky has been unravelled by scientists in Wyoming. The glue they secrete was already known to be made of the molecule glyco-protein. Now the responsible genes have been found, paving the way for the creation of an ultra-strong biocompatible adhesive to replace skin sutures. SooN we may have to watch animation to access websites, in order to beat spam software bots. the bots can meet authentication challenges to type in words and numbers, but an Israeli team has created moving images people recognise, but spam software cant. Headphonesthatblockout noise,giveyou3Dsurround soundandsaveyourhearing MOTIONACTIVATED SoNyS eggheads are claiming a world first with the introduction of the brand- spanking-new Mh907 earbuds -- motion controls. Plug the Mh907s into a Sony Ericsson phone and listen away as normal. Should someone call during a foot- tapping session just slip out one earbud and the Mh907s will sense the movement, automatically pausing music playback to answer the phone on your behalf. to hang up, just slip the earbud back into place and the tunes will resume as before. Pros: Great sound; motion detector saves fiddling with awkward controls. Cons: Its only compatible with the Sony Ericsson Fast Port handsets. Price: 36; sonyericsson.com/putyourearsincontrol Upgrade hEadphoNEs are getting smarter. Where once they were mere conduits of (usually pretty tinny) sound, technological advances are turning todays headsets and earbuds into intelligent helpers with hi-fi reproduction. Incoming call? pause the music and answer the phone with a single hand motion. rumble of the underground interrupting your enjoyment of the new robbie Williams album? Then press a button to electronically cancel all outside noise. sCoTT CoLVEY finds headphones that are so intelligent theyre likely to take over the world... TOTALNOISEISOLATION FoR 180, manufacturers ACS inject a squidgy substance into your ears and use the impression to cast perfect eartips. Supplied with hf2 earbuds (made by in- ear specialist Etymotic Research), the comfort is great and the effect on listening is remarkable: the outside world disappears. Moreover, with a microphone built into the cable, the hf2s can be used for phone calls, too. Pros: Extremely comfortable; very effective at blocking out noise. Cons: they cost a packet; tricky to insert at first. Price: 180. hearingprotection.co.uk Carbon clearance: Wall-E neither stars nor interstellar dust, leading him to conclude that they are planets. $7M is being donated by Disney, the makers of Wall-E, to forest conservation projects as part of its plans to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2012 and ultimately achieve a zero emissions status for its main offices, theme parks, retail stores and cruises. 1CM a day is the degree to which a huge ongoing landslide in Colorado has been moving for the past 700 years. New research suggests the cause of the Slumgullion landslide may not only be gravity but also atmospheric tides of pressure that seem to coincide with the movement of the land. in association with 2 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html