enhttp://www.domtesta.com/blogThu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:00Dom's Blog : Galahad Series News for Nerds - How to Build a Pyramid http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-how-to-build-a-pyramid http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-how-to-build-a-pyramid/comments 2014-05-09T04:05:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-how-to-build-a-pyramid <p> Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week we&#39;ll explain why using a middle initial makes you smarter, we&#39;ll get the skinny on fake laughter, and we&#39;ll use science to get silly about a children&#39;s classic. But first, here are your headlines.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Buzz Aldrin Event Postponed http://www.domtesta.com/blog/buzz-aldrin-event-postponed http://www.domtesta.com/blog/buzz-aldrin-event-postponed/comments 2013-11-15T12:18:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/buzz-aldrin-event-postponed <p> <strong>UPDATE &ndash; NOV 15: We are sad to announce that Get Your Nerd On Day at Barnes &amp; Noble on Saturday, November 16, has been postponed. Our special guest, Buzz Aldrin, is ill and will not be traveling to Denver this weekend.<br /> <br /> We will do our best to reschedule this e Book Signings in Denver This Saturday! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-denver-this-saturday http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-denver-this-saturday/comments 2012-11-30T10:18:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-denver-this-saturday <p>As the bestselling author of the Galahad series and the Mindbender Books, Dom is used to book signing events. They are always a fun opportunity to talk with fans, take pictures for people's Facebook pages, and hear feedback from readers.</p> <p>Of course, book signings usually happen in book sto News for Nerds - November 16, 2012 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-16-2012 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-16-2012/comments 2012-11-16T04:05:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-16-2012 <p>Welcome back to Nerds for Nerds!&nbsp;This week we poke around inside your bellybutton, help you regain some self-control, and learn about some amazing medical advances for the human brain. But first: Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart...</p> <p style="text-al News for Nerds - October 12, 2012 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-12-2012 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-12-2012/comments 2012-10-12T05:05:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-12-2012 <p>Welcome back to News for Nerds!&nbsp;This week we jump straight into the frying pan, we give you a perfume worth buying, and we unveil a fat-burning injection. But first: Mars.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">*&nbsp;*&nbsp;*&nbsp;*&nbsp;*</p> <p>The Curiosity rover landed safely on the red p Galahad Fan Fiction Winner: Merit's Return http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-fan-fiction-winner-merit-s-return http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-fan-fiction-winner-merit-s-return/comments 2012-08-09T12:14:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-fan-fiction-winner-merit-s-return <p>We've wrapped up our first-ever Galahad Fan Fiction writing contest, and the winner is Colorado's Ashley Mauer. Here's her story, in its entirety. Enjoy!</p> <p style="text-align: center;">*&nbsp;*&nbsp;*&nbsp;* *</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Merit's Return<br /> </strong></p> < Announcing the Galahad Fan Fiction Contest Winners! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/announcing-the-galahad-fan-fiction-contest-winners http://www.domtesta.com/blog/announcing-the-galahad-fan-fiction-contest-winners/comments 2012-08-09T10:09:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/announcing-the-galahad-fan-fiction-contest-winners <p>This May, we rolled out the first-ever <a href="http://www.domtesta.com/galahadfanfiction.cfm">Galahad writing contest</a>. The rules were simple:&nbsp;create an original short story based on characters from the Galahad series, and show us what you've got.</p> <p>You responded. We got terrific s Dom's Interview with Ronna http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-s-interview-with-ronna http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-s-interview-with-ronna/comments 2012-07-06T08:05:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-s-interview-with-ronna <p>It's been a busy summer around here, but we didn't want to let this one slip through the cracks: it's a great interview that Dom gave with Ronna from <a href="http://goodreadswithronna.com/tag/comets-curse/" target="_blank">the popular blog Good Reads with Ronna</a>.</p> <p>This interview covers Galahad eBooks on Sale for $2.99! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-ebooks-on-sale-for-2-99 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-ebooks-on-sale-for-2-99/comments 2012-06-27T11:06:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-ebooks-on-sale-for-2-99 <p>Good news for fans for the Galahad series -- and for those who haven't read the books yet but are <em>about</em> to be fans. Tor, the series publisher, today announced a smokin' hot deal:&nbsp;each of the six eBooks in the series, beginning with <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=978 Writing Contest for Students! Deadline Coming Soon! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/writing-contest-for-students-deadline-coming-soon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/writing-contest-for-students-deadline-coming-soon/comments 2012-06-12T09:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/writing-contest-for-students-deadline-coming-soon <p>Late last month, we announced the first-ever <a href="http://www.domtesta.com/galahadfanfiction.cfm">Galahad Fan Fiction Contest</a>, open to all eligible students in grades 6 through 12. We've gotten some good stories so far, but we want more. Have YOU&nbsp;submitted yet?</p> <p>The concept is A Few Words on Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-few-words-on-ray-bradbury-1920-2012 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-few-words-on-ray-bradbury-1920-2012/comments 2012-06-06T17:18:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-few-words-on-ray-bradbury-1920-2012 <p><em>Few writers are fortunate enough to be considered an icon in not only their particular genre, but in the publishing world in general. Ray Bradbury was an icon. He passed away on June 5th, leaving behind quite a legacy. In this thoughtful guest post, my son, Dominic, the Executive Director of Nurturing Your Inner Nerd http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nurturing-your-inner-nerd http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nurturing-your-inner-nerd/comments 2012-05-24T09:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nurturing-your-inner-nerd <p>P.J. Hoover is the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Emerald-Tablet-Forgotten-Worlds/dp/1933767197/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_2&amp;tag=wwwpjhooverco-20" target="_blank"><em>The Emerald Tablet</em></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Necropolis-Forgotten-Worlds-Book/dp/1933767154/ref=pd_sim_ Write a Galahad Story! Win Cash and Prizes! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/write-a-galahad-story-win-cash-and-prizes http://www.domtesta.com/blog/write-a-galahad-story-win-cash-and-prizes/comments 2012-05-14T09:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/write-a-galahad-story-win-cash-and-prizes <p>When <a target="_blank" href="http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780765321121"><em>The Galahad Legacy</em></a> hit bookstores this year, some people assumed (wrongly)&nbsp;that this was the end of their beloved Galahad series. But it's not. There are more Galahad stories forthcoming.</p> <p A New Interview AND Three Free Galahad Books! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-interview-and-three-free-galahad-books http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-interview-and-three-free-galahad-books/comments 2012-05-13T17:02:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-interview-and-three-free-galahad-books <p>Our friends over at <a href="http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers</a> took part in the Galahad Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour last month.</p> <p>Now, blogger extraordinaire GMR&nbsp;follows that up with <a href="http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.c Talking Galahad and Big Brains with SLJ http://www.domtesta.com/blog/talking-galahad-and-big-brains-with-slj http://www.domtesta.com/blog/talking-galahad-and-big-brains-with-slj/comments 2012-05-08T07:12:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/talking-galahad-and-big-brains-with-slj <p>For many parents and educators, School Library Journal is THE&nbsp;place to go for the latest low-down on YA&nbsp;or middle grade books. We often use it as a resource for Dom's school visits, and sometimes reference various articles or news items for use by The Big Brain Club.</p> <p>So you can Thanks, Texas Librarians! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thanks-texas-librarians http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thanks-texas-librarians/comments 2012-04-20T13:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thanks-texas-librarians <p>For about a year I'd been scheduled to speak at the Texas&nbsp;Library Association conference, which this year took place in Houston. I'd been told that it was a great event, and my publisher of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.domtesta.com/galahad-series.cfm">the Galahad series</a>, Kathleen Dom Talks About Wrapping Up Galahad http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-talks-about-wrapping-up-galahad http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-talks-about-wrapping-up-galahad/comments 2012-04-18T09:02:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-talks-about-wrapping-up-galahad <p>As the<a href="http://torforge.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/scavenger-hunt-book-tour/" target="_blank"> Galahad Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour</a> has been winding down, Dom was asked to submit a guest post for our friends over at TeachingBooks.net. You can <a target="_blank" href="http://forum.teachingboo Book Signings in Texas! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-texas http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-texas/comments 2012-04-13T08:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/book-signings-in-texas <p>Hello fans of the Galahad book series! Dom will be in Texas for the Texas&nbsp;Library&nbsp;Association conference, and while there he'll be signing copies of the award-winning book series.</p> <p>If you're in the Lone Star state - or, if you have friends or family members who NEED to pick up Th Denver Book Signing, April 7th! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/denver-book-signing-april-7th http://www.domtesta.com/blog/denver-book-signing-april-7th/comments 2012-04-03T19:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/denver-book-signing-april-7th <p>Denver is very lucky to have a history of terrific independent book stores. <a href="http://www.netnewsdesk.com/TheBookies/" target="_blank">That includes The Bookies</a>, which has an interesting history of its own. Sue Lubeck originally sold books out of her basement, which then spilled over in "I Hope the Heat Shield and Parachutes Work" http://www.domtesta.com/blog/-i-hope-the-heat-shield-and-parachutes-work http://www.domtesta.com/blog/-i-hope-the-heat-shield-and-parachutes-work/comments 2012-03-27T09:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/-i-hope-the-heat-shield-and-parachutes-work <p>Ron Garan has a cool job -- he's an astronaut. He spent last summer at the International Space Station as part of Expedition 27/28. While there, he conducted experiments and participated in the very last spacewalk of NASA's shuttle program.</p> <p>Since coming back to Earth in September, Garan h Join the Galahad Scavenger Hunt Book Tour! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/join-the-galahad-scavenger-hunt-book-tour http://www.domtesta.com/blog/join-the-galahad-scavenger-hunt-book-tour/comments 2012-03-06T09:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/join-the-galahad-scavenger-hunt-book-tour <p>This week marks the launch of the <a target="_blank" href="http://torforge.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/scavenger-hunt-book-tour/">Scavenger Hunt Book Tour</a> for the final book in the award-winning Galahad series. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to learn more about Galahad, and to discover do Come See Dom at Barnes and Noble! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/come-see-dom-at-barnes-and-noble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/come-see-dom-at-barnes-and-noble/comments 2012-02-24T17:10:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/come-see-dom-at-barnes-and-noble <p>Fresh off the release of <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-galahad-legacy-dom-testa/1104154793?ean=9780765321121&amp;itm=1&amp;usri=galahad+legacy" target="_blank">The Galahad Legacy</a> last week, series author Dom Testa will be at the Barnes &amp;&nbsp;Noble in Lone Tree, Colo., near Dom is Featured in Today's Denver Post! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-is-featured-in-today-s-denver-post http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-is-featured-in-today-s-denver-post/comments 2012-02-16T08:54:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-is-featured-in-today-s-denver-post <p>With this week's release of <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/thegalahadlegacy/DomTesta" target="_blank">the final book</a> in the Galahad series, The Denver Post's Claire Martin sat down with Dom to disucss the end of a saga, traveling the world, his work with middle school students... and a vari Are You Sad? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-you-sad http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-you-sad/comments 2012-02-14T14:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-you-sad <p>In a recent interview I was asked how I felt about closing the book on a series that has spanned almost eight years and six volumes. &ldquo;Are you sad?&rdquo; the writer asked, referring to the final installment of the Galahad series.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s an interesting question, and it&rsq Video: Teens Send Lego Man to Space for $500 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/video-teens-send-lego-man-to-space-for-500 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/video-teens-send-lego-man-to-space-for-500/comments 2012-01-30T09:03:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/video-teens-send-lego-man-to-space-for-500 <p>There truly are no age restrictions when it comes to innovation.</p> <p>A&nbsp;pair of 17 year-old Canadian boys built a homemade spacecraft for a plastic Lego astronaut, <a href="http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2012/01/30/to-boldly-go-where-no-lego-man-has-gone-before" target="_blank">and th Easy Answers to Kids' Most Common Questions http://www.domtesta.com/blog/easy-answers-to-kids-most-common-questions http://www.domtesta.com/blog/easy-answers-to-kids-most-common-questions/comments 2012-01-25T17:09:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/easy-answers-to-kids-most-common-questions <p>We came across <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46132474/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.TyCU_JhhvzJ" target="_blank">a neat blog post from Natalie Wolchover on MSNBC.com today</a>, and it's a good bet that you might find it useful, entertaining, and possibly both. We're a public service, Triana's Journal: Put It In Writing http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-put-it-in-writing http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-put-it-in-writing/comments 2012-01-18T09:12:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-put-it-in-writing <p><em>We were only allowed to bring a limited number<span style="COLOR: #000000"> of personal items aboard the ship when we left Earth, and I know it was a tough decision for many of my ship mates when it came time to select. For me, the decision was easy: I had to bring these notebooks.</span></em Watch Cool Video of a Mars Rover http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-cool-video-of-a-mars-rover http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-cool-video-of-a-mars-rover/comments 2012-01-17T09:10:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-cool-video-of-a-mars-rover <p>In late November, NASA&nbsp;and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched Curiosity, a next-generation rover that is traveling all the way to Mars on a mission to learn if that neighboring planet is, or ever was, a habitable planet.</p> <p>Curiosity will start by traversing tens of millions of mile A Message from Dom in Writer's Digest http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-message-from-dom-in-writer-s-digest http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-message-from-dom-in-writer-s-digest/comments 2012-01-09T10:18:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-message-from-dom-in-writer-s-digest <p>Before <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Comets-Curse-Galahad-Book/dp/0765360772/ref=pd_sim_b_2">The Comet's Curse</a> was a beloved favorite among young adult readers, it was a daydream project that started in one man's basement. Within a few short years, that first book in the Gala In Case You Tried to Contact Us Last Month... http://www.domtesta.com/blog/in-case-you-tried-to-contact-us-last-month http://www.domtesta.com/blog/in-case-you-tried-to-contact-us-last-month/comments 2012-01-08T10:01:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/in-case-you-tried-to-contact-us-last-month <p>... and were wondering why you hadn't heard a response, please, let me explain.</p> <p>The page here on our website that says <a href="http://www.domtesta.com/emailform-appearance.cfm">Schedule an Appearance</a> is supposed to generate an email every time someone submits an inquiry. For one reas 12 Skywatching Events to see in '12 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/12-skywatching-events-to-see-in-12 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/12-skywatching-events-to-see-in-12/comments 2012-01-02T08:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/12-skywatching-events-to-see-in-12 <p>For those interested in stargazing, skywatching, planet-peeping... 2012 is going to be a good year for you.</p> <p>Space.com contributor Joe Rao <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45828528/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/must-see-skywatching-events/#.TwHKz5hhvzK" target="_blank">has laid out Looking Back on 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/looking-back-on-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/looking-back-on-2011/comments 2011-12-23T09:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/looking-back-on-2011 <p>End-of-the-year lists are popular, and I&rsquo;m not sure why. Perhaps we feel the need to tie up a calendar year with some form of encapsulation. Or we like to open a new year by placing the preceding year in perspective.<br /> <br /> Or perhaps our brains just enjoy lists.<br /> <br /> I lo News for Nerds - October 7, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-7-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-7-2011/comments 2011-10-07T04:05:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-7-2011 <p>Welcome back to more News for Nerds! This week we'll dive into the details of our accelerating universe, hunt down the mythical Yeti, and find out why makeup makes you look more competent. But first:&nbsp;how does having to pee affect your decision making?</p> <p style="text-align: center">* * * Cosmic Storm Now Available Everywhere! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cosmic-storm-now-available-everywhere http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cosmic-storm-now-available-everywhere/comments 2011-09-27T09:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cosmic-storm-now-available-everywhere <p>You've asked for it, you've waited patiently, and now the day is finally here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Storm-Galahad-Dom-Testa/dp/0765321114/ref=pd_sim_b4" target="_blank">Cosmic Storm</a>, the fifth book in the Galahad series, is today available worldwide!</p> <p>Beginning wi The Coolest 60-Second Video You'll See All Day http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-coolest-60-second-video-you-ll-see-all-day http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-coolest-60-second-video-you-ll-see-all-day/comments 2011-09-20T11:06:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-coolest-60-second-video-you-ll-see-all-day <p>Ever seen the Earth from 220 miles high? Well, you're about to.</p> <p>Educator James Drake downloaded 600 pictures from an archive of NASA and International Space Station photos, and <a target="_blank" href="http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/18/7826891-see-the-world-from-outer-space- How Old Are You on Neptune? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-old-are-you-on-neptune http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-old-are-you-on-neptune/comments 2011-09-14T18:20:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-old-are-you-on-neptune <p>We tend to think of a year -- or any unit of time -- as a tangible, concrete thing. But the truth is not so black and white.</p> <p>If you stop and think about it, a year is really just a form of measurement. Years, days, hours, minutes... these are all just specific ways of measuring and identi A Cosmic Storm is Heading This Way! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-cosmic-storm-is-heading-this-way http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-cosmic-storm-is-heading-this-way/comments 2011-09-01T11:59:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-cosmic-storm-is-heading-this-way <p>You'll be pleased to know that the fifth book in the Galahad series, <a href="http://www.tatteredcover.com/book/9780765321114" target="_blank">Cosmic Storm</a>, is now just a few short weeks from hitting bookstores everywhere! </p> <p>The first four books in the series have featured sabotage, mu Triana's Journal: Negotiations http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-negotiations http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-negotiations/comments 2011-08-16T15:30:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-negotiations <p><strong>(In the Galahad series, Triana Martell keeps an intimate journal, a place for her to log her thoughts and observations. But as a bonus, on this site you'll find several journal entries that aren't within the pages of the books. And, more importantly, they're open for your comments and fee Cool Time-Lapse Video of Shuttle Atlantis http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cool-time-lapse-video-of-shuttle-atlantis http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cool-time-lapse-video-of-shuttle-atlantis/comments 2011-07-11T10:02:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cool-time-lapse-video-of-shuttle-atlantis <p>Prior to last weekend's final liftoff for the space shuttle Atlantis, photographer Scott Andrews led a three-man team that used 15 cameras to shoot more than 120,000 still images detailing the final preparation for launch.</p> <p>The result is<a href="http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07 Readers Still Enjoying The Dark Zone, Apparently http://www.domtesta.com/blog/readers-still-enjoying-the-dark-zone-apparently http://www.domtesta.com/blog/readers-still-enjoying-the-dark-zone-apparently/comments 2011-06-28T10:10:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/readers-still-enjoying-the-dark-zone-apparently <p>We are a few months away from the fifth installment in the Galahad series, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Storm-Galahad-Dom-Testa/dp/0765321114/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1309282432&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Cosmic Storm</a>, and the sixth (and final) book in the series won't be in store Incoming Asteriod Set to Narrowly Miss Earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/incoming-asteriod-set-to-narrowly-miss-earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/incoming-asteriod-set-to-narrowly-miss-earth/comments 2011-06-27T07:46:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/incoming-asteriod-set-to-narrowly-miss-earth <p>There is a pretty big asteroid headed our way, but we don't want to mislead you -- it won't hit the Earth. It will instead pass on by, coming within about 7,500 miles (32 times closer than the moon)&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroid-2011-md-near-miss-monday-11 Has YA Fiction Gone Too Far? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/has-ya-fiction-gone-too-far http://www.domtesta.com/blog/has-ya-fiction-gone-too-far/comments 2011-06-08T19:44:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/has-ya-fiction-gone-too-far <p>It's not a new topic of conversation, but the debate over increasingly dark themes in young adult fiction has gotten much more heated in recent days. Are today's authors pushing the envelope past the point of reason?&nbsp;Or are critics of the genre just overly sensitive and out of touch?</p> <p Make Yourself Heard: Take Our Short Survey http://www.domtesta.com/blog/make-yourself-heard-take-our-short-survey http://www.domtesta.com/blog/make-yourself-heard-take-our-short-survey/comments 2011-06-08T07:19:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/make-yourself-heard-take-our-short-survey <p>Galahad fans, we need your help. We're trying to learn more about what you like, about what you're reading, about how you respond to the books that you read -- not just the Galahad series, but others, too.</p> <p>With that in mind, <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XLQMFF3" target="_blank"> On Rock Stars and Astronauts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/on-rock-stars-and-astronauts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/on-rock-stars-and-astronauts/comments 2011-06-07T09:04:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/on-rock-stars-and-astronauts <p>U2 might be the most famous rock band in the world -- <a href="http://www.kvoa.com/news/u2-dedicates-beautiful-day-to-giffords-at-concert/" target="_blank">but they pulled off an unexpected trick at a concert last week</a> that safely qualifies as <em>out of this world</em>.</p> <p>In the midst Last Chance Book Signing This Weekend! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/last-chance-book-signing-this-weekend http://www.domtesta.com/blog/last-chance-book-signing-this-weekend/comments 2011-05-24T16:51:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/last-chance-book-signing-this-weekend <p>Your favorite YA author, radio juggernaut, and all-around science nerd will be signing books and talking with fans in South Metro Denver this Saturday, May 28, starting at 1:00 p.m.<br /> <br /> The scene: Barnes and Noble in Lone Tree, a stone's throw from Park Meadows Mall. The address is 837 Tattered Cover Appearance This Saturday http://www.domtesta.com/blog/tattered-cover-appearance-this-saturday http://www.domtesta.com/blog/tattered-cover-appearance-this-saturday/comments 2011-05-19T09:22:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/tattered-cover-appearance-this-saturday <p>Fresh off our excellent <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Zone-Galahad-Book/dp/0765321106/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1305839234&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">Dark Zone</a> launch party at Butterfly Pavilion last weekend, the Galahad party train rolls on.</p> <p>This Saturday, May 21, Dark Zone Party! This Weekend! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dark-zone-party-this-weekend http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dark-zone-party-this-weekend/comments 2011-05-12T09:12:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dark-zone-party-this-weekend <p>Attention Galahad fans in Colorado!&nbsp;We're now just days away from the official release party for the newest book in the Galahad series, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tatteredcover.com/book/9780765321107">The Dark Zone</a>.</p> <p>Join us at the world-famous <a target="_blank" href="ht News for Nerds - May 6, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-6-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-6-2011/comments 2011-05-06T06:13:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-6-2011 <p>After a one-week hiatus, welcome back to another edition of News for Nerds. This time around, we plumb the depths of the universe for secrets, consult a calendar to check our medical condition, and gaze deeply into your beautiful eyes. But first:&nbsp;this one's for all the single ladies.</p> <p The Dark Zone is Now Available! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-dark-zone-is-now-available http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-dark-zone-is-now-available/comments 2011-04-26T06:30:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-dark-zone-is-now-available <p><input type="hidden" id="gwProxy"></input><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />Galahad fans, you have waited <em>soooo </em>patiently. And now the day is finally here.</p> <p>The fourth book in the series, <a hre News for Nerds: April 22, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-22-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-22-2011/comments 2011-04-22T05:47:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-22-2011 <p><input id="jsProxy" type="hidden" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />Coming up in this week's edition of your favorite feature, News for Nerds: a brilliant teenage girl jumps into the deep end, the era of private spaceflight is well underway, an Dom to Keynote Colorado Authors Series This Weekend http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-to-keynote-colorado-authors-series-this-weekend http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-to-keynote-colorado-authors-series-this-weekend/comments 2011-04-13T08:10:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-to-keynote-colorado-authors-series-this-weekend <p><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />The fine folks at Colorado's Douglas County LIbraries will host Galahad series author and Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa at their Highlands Ranch location this Saturday, Apri News for Nerds - April 8, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-8-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-8-2011/comments 2011-04-08T05:04:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-8-2011 <p><input id="jsProxy" type="hidden" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />This week's News for Nerds brings us a thrill-seeking billionaire with a new toy, a date with Martian history, and a possible solution to the art world's greatest mystery. But Mars has Fog and 'Diamond Dust' http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-has-fog-and-diamond-dust http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-has-fog-and-diamond-dust/comments 2011-04-06T09:18:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-has-fog-and-diamond-dust <p><input type="hidden" id="jsProxy" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />A&nbsp;new study near Mars' north pole finds evidence of icy fog and 'diamond dust', a form of precipitation that is similar to snow. This lends credibility to a long-held beli News for Nerds - April 1, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-1-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-1-2011/comments 2011-04-01T06:01:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-1-2011 <p><input id="jsProxy" type="hidden" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />This week's News for Nerds bring us an answer to a universal internet mystery, a disappointment for one major movie mogul, and our first close look at a suspiciously quiet neig News for Nerds - March 25, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-25-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-25-2011/comments 2011-03-25T05:14:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-25-2011 <p>This week: Rooting out anxiety in the brain, the world's first full face transplant, and how sports make us smarter. But first:&nbsp;some robotic creepy-crawlies are coming soon to a classroom near you.</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p>Forget about dissecting frogs or piecing together owl pellets. A com News for Nerds - March 18, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-18-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-18-2011/comments 2011-03-18T07:00:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-march-18-2011 <p><input id="jsProxy" type="hidden" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" />This week: the lost city of Atlantis, a camera that will change who you are, and the lowdown on nerd dating hotspots. But first: aftershocks of a different variety.</p> <p>* * News for Nerds: February 18, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-18-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-18-2011/comments 2011-02-18T06:15:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-18-2011 <p>On tap this week: a freakish carnivorous plant, a surprisingly smart mammal, and a NASA-sponsored reunion. But first: please try not to make a Sherlock Holmes joke, okay?</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p><img width="90" height="90" class="left" title="watson" src="/images/blog/watson-150x150.jpg" alt="w News for Nerds - February 11, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-11-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-11-2011/comments 2011-02-11T05:59:20-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-february-11-2011 <p>Welcome back! On tap in this week's News for Nerds: junk food hurts your brain, the Japanese space agency is looking out for you, and playing hard to get may actually work. But first: video games and car crashes.</p><p>* * * * *</p><p>One interesting side effect of the so-calle<img class="left" t The Best Images from January http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-january http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-january/comments 2011-02-09T11:11:25-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-january <p><img class="left" title="andromeda" src="/images/blog/andromeda-150x150.jpg" alt="andromeda" width="95" height="95" />The ultra-cool 'Month in Space' feature from MSNBC was once a regular fixture on this site, but it's been a while since we've highlighted it. In celebration of a promising new yea Found: Dozens of Potentially Earth-Like Planets http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-dozens-of-potentially-earth-like-planets http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-dozens-of-potentially-earth-like-planets/comments 2011-02-03T18:14:46-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-dozens-of-potentially-earth-like-planets <p><img class="left" title="kepler-11" src="/images/blog/kepler-11-150x150.jpg" alt="kepler-11" width="100" height="100" />New data released this week indicates that NASA's Kepler mission <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110202133321.htm" target="_blank">has identified more than News for Nerds: January 28, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-28-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-28-2011/comments 2011-01-28T05:57:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-28-2011 <p>This week's News for Nerds includes the lazy person's vending machine, the biggest prehistoric bug you've ever seen, and a very important anniversary. But first: wanna buy some land 20 light years away?</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="ebay" src="/images/blog/ebay-150x114.jpg" alt=" Remembering Challenger http://www.domtesta.com/blog/remembering-challenger http://www.domtesta.com/blog/remembering-challenger/comments 2011-01-27T10:07:18-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/remembering-challenger <p><img class="left" title="challenger" src="/images/blog/challenger-150x150.jpg" alt="challenger" width="95" height="95" />Hard to believe, but this week marks the <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/dor11/" target="_blank">25th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies</a> of the America News for Nerds - January 21, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-21-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-21-2011/comments 2011-01-21T05:50:09-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-21-2011 <p>Coming up in this week's News for Nerds: how to find life on Mars, why the Titanic may be gone in 20 years, and what it takes to teach a dog 1,000 vocabulary words. But first: release the Mammoth!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="mammoth-skeleton" src="/images/blog/mammoth-skeleton- News for Nerds: January 14, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-14-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-14-2011/comments 2011-01-14T05:43:06-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-14-2011 <p>Another week, another set of cool stories to satisfy your inner (or outer) nerd. On deck: fish who can count, trouble at the Tampa airport, and one more reason to support Hermey's dreams of becoming a dentist. But first: the lighter side of swine flu.</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title News for Nerds: January 7, 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-7-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-7-2011/comments 2011-01-07T05:57:23-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-january-7-2011 <p>Welcome back to another year of News for Nerds. Up first in 2011: good news for chocolate lovers, silly applications for serious science, and a 10-year-old Canadian star sleuth. But first, let's make some weird connections.</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="right-hand" src="/images/b This is How a 10-Year-Old Discovers a Supernova http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-is-how-a-10-year-old-discovers-a-supernova http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-is-how-a-10-year-old-discovers-a-supernova/comments 2011-01-04T10:24:25-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-is-how-a-10-year-old-discovers-a-supernova <p><img class="left" title="supernova-canada" src="/images/blog/supernova-canada-150x150.jpg" alt="supernova-canada" width="100" height="100" />A Canadian girl <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Brunswick+girl+youngest+astronomer+discover+supernova/4055568/story.html#ixzz1A55Zg7gW" targ Galahad Year in Review: 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-year-in-review-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-year-in-review-2010/comments 2010-12-31T14:28:45-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-year-in-review-2010 <p><img class="left" title="stereo11" src="/images/blog/stereo11-150x150.jpg" alt="stereo11" width="100" height="100" />As we put another year in the books, now seems like the perfect time to reflect back on some of the high points of 2010. What follows is a highlight reel containing the best moment Using Lego to Predict Eclipses http://www.domtesta.com/blog/using-lego-to-predict-eclipses http://www.domtesta.com/blog/using-lego-to-predict-eclipses/comments 2010-12-23T17:44:41-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/using-lego-to-predict-eclipses <p><img class="left" title="antikythera" src="/images/blog/antikythera-150x136.jpg" alt="antikythera" width="100" height="91" />More than 2,000 years ago, the Greeks came up with a shockingly brilliant device that could accurately predict eclipses. It was called the Antikythera Mechanism, and it was Watch the Lunar Eclipse! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-the-lunar-eclipse http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-the-lunar-eclipse/comments 2010-12-20T13:56:41-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-the-lunar-eclipse <p><img class="left" title="lunar-eclipse" src="/images/blog/lunar-eclipse-150x110.jpg" alt="lunar-eclipse" width="100" height="74" />Come Monday night, something is going to happen for the first time since the 17th century -- and we're all lucky enough to be able to watch it happen, live.</p><p>The News for Nerds: December 16, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-16-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-16-2010/comments 2010-12-16T05:56:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-16-2010 <p> It&#39;s the last edition of News for Nerds for 2010, so I made it extra wonderful. On deck this week: a simple way to avoid overeating, a forgotten spacecraft with a ton of frequent flyer miles, and yes, that poster on the wall is watching you after all. But first: the importance of Swedish g Wanna Watch a Mars Rover Being Built? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/wanna-watch-a-mars-rover-being-built http://www.domtesta.com/blog/wanna-watch-a-mars-rover-being-built/comments 2010-12-13T14:37:46-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/wanna-watch-a-mars-rover-being-built <p><img class="left" title="nasa-curiosity-rover" src="/images/blog/nasa-curiosity-rover-150x150.jpg" alt="nasa-curiosity-rover" width="100" height="100" />Not everything about our 24-hour voyeur culture is admirable, but I gotta say, there's something pretty cool about <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/ News for Nerds: December 10, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-10-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-10-2010/comments 2010-12-10T05:26:12-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-10-2010 <p>Welcome back to another edition of News for Nerds. This week: laser light that can lift objects, bioluminescent trees, and a wallet that might just save you money. But first: puzzles!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="puzzle" src="/images/blog/puzzle-150x150.jpg" alt="puzzle" width=" News for Nerds: December 3, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-3-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-3-2010/comments 2010-12-03T06:20:34-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-december-3-2010 <p>After a week off to digest all that Thanksgiving turkey, it's time to get back down to business with more News for Nerds. This week: a major breakthrough at the bottom of a California lake, picky eaters get a hall pass, and scientists at Caltech want to record your dreams. But first, there's more An Oxygen Rich Atmosphere... on a Distant Moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/an-oxygen-rich-atmosphere-on-a-distant-moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/an-oxygen-rich-atmosphere-on-a-distant-moon/comments 2010-12-02T12:05:58-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/an-oxygen-rich-atmosphere-on-a-distant-moon <p><img class="left" title="rhea" src="/images/blog/rhea-150x150.jpg" alt="rhea" width="100" height="100" />The <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html" target="_blank">Cassini Probe</a> is at it again.</p><p>NASA's nifty exploration satellite has found that Saturn's secon News for Nerds: November 19, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-19-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-19-2010/comments 2010-11-19T05:20:26-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-19-2010 <p>If it's Friday, it must be NewsForNerdsDay. This week: satellites to power your iPad, the smart side of deadly bacteria, and what your ears say about you. But first, let's talk about why international flights are making us dumber.</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="jet-lag" src="/imag A New Twist on Energy http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-twist-on-energy http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-twist-on-energy/comments 2010-11-17T18:50:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-new-twist-on-energy <p><input type="hidden" /></p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0< News for Nerds: November 12, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-12-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-12-2010/comments 2010-11-11T19:56:03-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-12-2010 <p>Coming up in this week's News for Nerds: the world's most amazing toilet, electro-shocking long-division into your brain, and the secret to successful test-taking. But first: hypersonic flight comes to town.</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="hypersonic-jet" src="/images/blog/hyperson A Black Hole Eruption? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-black-hole-eruption http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-black-hole-eruption/comments 2010-11-11T14:37:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-black-hole-eruption <p><img class="left" title="gamma-ray-bubble" src="/images/blog/gamma-ray-bubble-150x150.jpg" alt="gamma-ray-bubble" width="100" height="100" />Astronomers have <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40097454/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">found evidence of two massive gamma ray bub The Scale of Everything http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-scale-of-everything http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-scale-of-everything/comments 2010-11-08T10:48:22-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-scale-of-everything <p><img src="/images/blog/quantum-foam.jpg" mce_src="/images/blog/quantum-foam.jpg" alt="quantum-foam" title="quantum-foam" class="left" height="95" width="95">This cool little tool needs very little introduction, except to say: get ready to have your mind blown.</p><p>Cary and Michael Huang have cr News for Nerds: November 5, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-5-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-5-2010/comments 2010-11-05T04:48:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-november-5-2010 <p>Come one, come all, and welcome to another edition of News for Nerds. I've got quite a grab bag of science-y goodness for you this week, including the safest way to pin a child to a ski lift, the building blocks of life in outer space, the next new thing for your cell phone, and close-up pix from Special Access: Space Shuttle Discovery http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-access-space-shuttle-discovery http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-access-space-shuttle-discovery/comments 2010-11-04T10:17:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-access-space-shuttle-discovery <p><img class="left" title="shuttle-discoveryx" src="/images/blog/shuttle-discoveryx-150x150.jpg" alt="shuttle-discoveryx" width="100" height="100" />The Space Shuttle Discovery may or may not lift off on its final mission Thursday -- bad weather and some minor mechanical issues could delay launch f Can't Live Without It http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cant-live-without-it http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cant-live-without-it/comments 2010-11-03T13:36:36-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/cant-live-without-it <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal11" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal11-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal11" width="100" height="70" />I took a few minutes to clean up my room today. It's funny, because back home (on Earth) it would've taken me much longer. Here, with our sparse accommoda News for Nerds - October 29, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-29-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-29-2010/comments 2010-10-29T05:17:03-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-29-2010 <p>Come one, come all, and experience the glory that is another edition of News for Nerds. On tap this week: a very important jawbone turns up in China, your local college football team runs the country, and why newlyweds know more than old married couples. But first: water on the moon.</p><p>* * * Our Watery Moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/our-watery-moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/our-watery-moon/comments 2010-10-27T17:37:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/our-watery-moon <p><img class="left" title="moon-crater" src="/images/blog/moon-crater-150x150.jpg" alt="moon-crater" width="100" height="100" />We <a href="/blog/yes-theres-water-on-the-moon">told you last year</a> about the exciting discovery that there is water on the moon, and about how NASA crashed a rocket in News for Nerds: October 22, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-22-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-22-2010/comments 2010-10-22T05:19:43-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-22-2010 <p>Welcome back to another star-studded edition of News for Nerds. On deck this week: colonizing Mars two doctors at a time, building a supercomputer with a 'spooky' physical force, getting our nerd on with the leader of the free world, and much more. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.</p><p>* * The President Gets His Nerd On http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-president-gets-his-nerd-on http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-president-gets-his-nerd-on/comments 2010-10-20T16:09:17-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-president-gets-his-nerd-on <p><img class="left" title="obama-science" src="/images/blog/obama-science-150x150.jpg" alt="obama-science" width="90" height="90" />Earlier this week, President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39725526/ns/technology_and_science-science/" target="_blank">played host to 11 award-win News for Nerds: October 15, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-15-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-15-2010/comments 2010-10-15T05:08:29-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-15-2010 <p>In this week's News for Nerds, you're in for quite a treat. Several in fact. We'll be discussing the car that drives itself, evaluating the Catch-22 of retiring early, paying special tribute to Violet Beauregarde, and more. Here goes...</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="dinosaurx" sr Are We at Risk From Asteroids? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-we-at-risk-from-asteroids http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-we-at-risk-from-asteroids/comments 2010-10-14T10:45:43-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/are-we-at-risk-from-asteroids <p><img class="left" title="asteroid_feb1" src="/images/blog/asteroid_feb1-150x150.jpg" alt="asteroid_feb1" width="95" height="95" />Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-332" target="_blank">Earth dodged a bullet</a>. Well, to be more precise, we dodged an a Watch for Flying Ping Pong Balls http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-for-flying-ping-pong-balls http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-for-flying-ping-pong-balls/comments 2010-10-11T09:39:19-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-for-flying-ping-pong-balls <p><img class="left" title="pingpong" src="/images/blog/pingpong-150x110.jpg" alt="pingpong" width="123" height="90" />It sounds like the set-up for a joke: what do you get when you cross a few dozen middle-school teachers with 2,000 ping pong balls and a zero-gravity plane ride?</p><p>Well, <a href News for Nerds: October 8, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-8-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-8-2010/comments 2010-10-08T04:53:29-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-8-2010 <p>Welcome! It's time for one of our fastest-growing features, News for Nerds! In the news this week: teens and technology, smelly Kiwi birds, stressed-out suitors and more. Plus, a bonus video that will teach you everything you need to know about making a paper airplane. On with the show!</p><p>* * Frequencies http://www.domtesta.com/blog/frequencies http://www.domtesta.com/blog/frequencies/comments 2010-10-02T07:56:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/frequencies <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal12" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal12-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal12" width="100" height="71" />We each like to think that we keep an open mind, don't we? But we fool ourselves, because we're tricky, and we keep ourselves isolated in just enough ways News for Nerds: October 1, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-1-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-1-2010/comments 2010-10-01T04:25:12-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-october-1-2010 <p>Welcome back to another fine edition of News for Nerds. In the news this week: why women apologize more than men, how to know if your license plate is being selfish, finding the cure for the common cow burp, and more. Let's dive right in!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="television1 Found: Goldilocks Planet, Not Far Away http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-goldilocks-planet-not-far-away http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-goldilocks-planet-not-far-away/comments 2010-09-29T15:27:14-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/found-goldilocks-planet-not-far-away <p><a href="http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/09/29/5202633-alien-planet-looks-just-right-for-life" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="gliese" src="/images/blog/gliese-150x150.jpg" alt="gliese" width="95" height="95" />Astronomers have discovered a planet</a> just 20 light years from E News for Nerds: September 24, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-24-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-24-2010/comments 2010-09-24T06:28:26-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-24-2010 <p>In this week's all-new edition of News for Nerds: fighting off the 'freshman 15', finding an unlikely replacement for your dog's pooper-scooper, getting up close and personal with a giant ball of hot gas, and more. Let's go!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="rats" src="/images/blog/r News for Nerds: September 17, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-17-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-17-2010/comments 2010-09-17T05:18:54-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-17-2010 <p>Welcome back to another edition of News for Nerds. Up this week: my ultimate dream vacation gets a little bit closer, why a manicure would be wasted on an astronaut, and plenty of tips for living a long, healthy life. Let's get right to it![MORE]</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="han Great New Space Photos Available http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-new-space-photos-available http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-new-space-photos-available/comments 2010-09-15T04:38:01-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-new-space-photos-available <p><img class="left" title="solar-flare-2" src="/images/blog/solar-flare-2-150x150.jpg" alt="solar-flare-2" width="100" height="100" />We at Club Galahad enjoy photography. It truly is an art form, and those who do it well make us wonder why we can't get the same magic out of our fancy three-year-ol News for Nerds: September 10, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-10-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-10-2010/comments 2010-09-10T04:54:49-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-10-2010 <p>Welcome to another edition of News for Nerds. This week: crustaceans in your drinking water, dancing with a purpose, cut-rate happiness and much more. On to the news!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="left" title="scrooge-mcduck" src="/images/blog/scrooge-mcduck-150x150.jpg" alt="scrooge-mcduck" More Good News from Mars http://www.domtesta.com/blog/more-good-news-from-mars http://www.domtesta.com/blog/more-good-news-from-mars/comments 2010-09-09T13:16:15-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/more-good-news-from-mars <p><img class="left" title="mars1" src="/images/blog/mars1-150x150.jpg" alt="mars1" width="91" height="91" />NASA's Phoenix lander broke down in 2008 while doing a bit of recon on the Martian surface, but it had five good months to catalog all kinds of good information about the red planet. Even now News for Nerds: September 3, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-3-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-3-2010/comments 2010-09-03T04:24:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-september-3-2010 <p>In this week's News for Nerds, we tackle some pressing issues: finding the right parking spot, our mysterious benefactors in the Gulf of Mexico, the enduring fashion sense of Roman gladiators, and much more. And of course, we do it all in the name of science!</p><p>* * * * *</p><p><img class="lef This Just In: Saturn's Moons are Amazing http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-just-in-saturns-moons-are-amazing http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-just-in-saturns-moons-are-amazing/comments 2010-08-25T10:58:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-just-in-saturns-moons-are-amazing <p><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="titan-lake" src="/images/blog/titan-lake.jpg" alt="titan-lake" width="110" height="83" />NASA's Cassini orbiter</a> has been circling Saturn for more than six years, all the while taking p News for Nerds: August 20, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-20-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-20-2010/comments 2010-08-20T03:51:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-20-2010 <p> Have you ever played the lottery even when you knew you couldn&#39;t win? Ever learn about exercise from an astronaut? Ever feel like the victim of some nefarious mind control?</p> <p> There&#39;s lots to talk about in this week&#39;s News for Nerds, so let&#39;s jump right in:[MORE]</p> < Assistance or Reliance? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/assistance-or-reliance http://www.domtesta.com/blog/assistance-or-reliance/comments 2010-08-18T16:14:04-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/assistance-or-reliance <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal9" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal9-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal9" width="106" height="75" />We were all given two workpads for the trip to Eos, and it's pretty common to see crew members walking around with them. We use them every day for work, and 'Pretty Good' Chance of Finding Aliens in Our Lifetime http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pretty-good-chance-of-finding-aliens-in-our-lifetime http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pretty-good-chance-of-finding-aliens-in-our-lifetime/comments 2010-08-16T15:22:28-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pretty-good-chance-of-finding-aliens-in-our-lifetime <p><img class="left" title="alien-life" src="/images/blog/alien-life-150x150.jpg" alt="alien-life" width="97" height="97" />If you are excited at the prospect of finding extraterrestrial life in the universe, pay close attention. <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38727371/ns/technology_and_scienc News For Nerds: August 13, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-13-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-13-2010/comments 2010-08-13T03:56:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-13-2010 <p> Do you like your personality? I hope so, because the experts are now saying that it&#39;s set. In fact, they say it has been set since you were in first grade. Uh-oh. Also, if you want to improve your memory, the answer is: Take a hike.</p> <p> That, and more, in a Friday the 13th edition o The 100 Million Year Mash-Up http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-100-million-year-mash-up http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-100-million-year-mash-up/comments 2010-08-10T15:12:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-100-million-year-mash-up <p><img class="left" title="galaxies-collide" src="/images/blog/galaxies-collide-150x150.jpg" alt="galaxies-collide" width="109" height="109" />Someday our own Milky Way galaxy will collide with the nearby Andromeda galaxy, extinguishing millions of stars and creating many millions more in their pla News For Nerds: August 6, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-6-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-6-2010/comments 2010-08-06T03:38:27-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-august-6-2010 <p>What makes guys more attractive; Venus, Mars, and Saturn, all in one place (sorta); and a hail of a big stone. All of that, and more, can be found lurking in this week's News For Nerds. So, c'mon, let's get our nerd on![MORE]</p><p><img class="left" title="venusmars" src="/images/blog/venusmars.j Just How Big is the International Space Station? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-how-big-is-the-international-space-station http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-how-big-is-the-international-space-station/comments 2010-08-02T15:01:53-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-how-big-is-the-international-space-station <p><img class="left" title="iss" src="/images/blog/iss-150x150.jpg" alt="iss" width="115" height="115" />There's <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h-YHhQkzu3ft-uaqgZ3J_x9prr5wD9HBFDL03" target="_blank">drama aboard the International Space Station</a> this week. NASA is deali News For Nerds: July 30, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-30-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-30-2010/comments 2010-07-30T03:47:28-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-30-2010 <p>Instead of monkey see, monkey do, it's now dog see, dog do. Also, black holes have a new role in the universe: they're magnifying glasses. And you've heard of the five-second rule when you drop food on the ground? Well, now scientists have weighed in on it.</p><p>That, and more, in this week's ed The Black Hole as a Magnifying Glass http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-black-hole-as-a-magnifying-glass http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-black-hole-as-a-magnifying-glass/comments 2010-07-27T11:34:15-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-black-hole-as-a-magnifying-glass <p><img class="left" title="quasar-galaxy" src="/images/blog/quasar-galaxy-150x110.jpg" alt="quasar-galaxy" width="119" height="95" />Well, you <a href="http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/quasar-galaxy-gravitational-lens-100727.html" target="_blank">don't see this everyday</a>.</p><p>A quasar mor News For Nerds: July 23, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-23-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-23-2010/comments 2010-07-23T05:20:13-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-23-2010 <p>Stars Wars comes to life, your brain is exposed for being hyperactive, and scientists discover the perfect handshake. Those are just a few of the stories in this week's edition of News For Nerds. Let's get our nerd on![MORE] <img class="left" title="starw" src="/images/blog/starw.jpg" alt="starw Hear Lita's Song from The Web of Titan http://www.domtesta.com/blog/hear-litas-song-from-the-web-of-titan http://www.domtesta.com/blog/hear-litas-song-from-the-web-of-titan/comments 2010-07-16T09:53:34-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/hear-litas-song-from-the-web-of-titan <p><img class="left" title="CB0629294" src="/images/blog/piano_keys-150x150.jpg" alt="CB0629294" width="102" height="102" />If you've read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Web-Titan-Galahad-Book/dp/0765360780/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b" target="_blank">The Web of Titan</a>, you know that in the book, the cre Mars, Up Close and in High Definition http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-up-close-and-in-high-definition http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-up-close-and-in-high-definition/comments 2010-07-13T07:05:16-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-up-close-and-in-high-definition <p><img class="left" title="mars" src="/images/blog/mars-150x150.jpg" alt="mars" width="104" height="104" />A <a href="http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx" target="_blank">new partnership between NASA and Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope</a> has made available more than half a billio Black Hole Blows 200,000 Year-Old Gas Bubble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/black-hole-blows-200-000-year-old-gas-bubble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/black-hole-blows-200-000-year-old-gas-bubble/comments 2010-07-08T10:56:26-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/black-hole-blows-200-000-year-old-gas-bubble <p><img class="left" title="black-hole-gas-bubble" src="/images/blog/black-hole-gas-bubble-150x150.jpg" alt="black-hole-gas-bubble" width="104" height="104" />Out in the depths of space, a <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38134515/ns/technology_and_science-space/">bubble of hot gas has been disc 101 Amazing Earth Facts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/101-amazing-earth-facts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/101-amazing-earth-facts/comments 2010-07-07T11:08:18-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/101-amazing-earth-facts <p><img class="left" title="waterfalllg" src="/images/blog/waterfalllg-150x150.jpg" alt="waterfalllg" width="96" height="96" />How much do you know about your home planet? How much do you <em>really</em> know? The fine folks over at LiveScience.com have a fun, easy way to find out: they've got <a hr Learning the First Time http://www.domtesta.com/blog/learning-the-first-time http://www.domtesta.com/blog/learning-the-first-time/comments 2010-07-06T14:48:14-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/learning-the-first-time <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal8" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal8-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal8" width="115" height="80" />I make mistakes. I do the best that I can, but I sometimes fail. Yet of all the lessons that Dr. Zimmer taught me during our training, one of the best was to News For Nerds: July 2, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-2-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-2-2010/comments 2010-07-02T05:26:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-july-2-2010 <p> After a week off, it&#39;s time to get our nerd on again! This week we find out that our bodies are no longer being fooled by caffeine; we discover a flying car that could actually be in our driveways soon; and if you&#39;re looking for love, just turn on some music.</p> <p> We explore all Antimatter Particles Found Within Earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/antimatter-particles-found-within-earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/antimatter-particles-found-within-earth/comments 2010-06-28T10:44:24-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/antimatter-particles-found-within-earth <p><img class="left" title="geoneutrino" src="/images/blog/geoneutrino-150x150.jpg" alt="geoneutrino" width="106" height="106" />Can the discovery of some <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37951862/ns/technology_and_science-science/?GT1=43001" target="_blank">highly unusual particles called geone Astronaut Spots Amazing Aurora http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronaut-spots-amazing-aurora http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronaut-spots-amazing-aurora/comments 2010-06-23T10:38:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronaut-spots-amazing-aurora <p>The picture you see at left <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37870206/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">was snapped last month</a> by a quick-thinking astrona<img class="left" title="aurora-space" src="/images/blog/aurora-space-150x150.jpg" alt="aurora-space" width="107" heigh News For Nerds: June 18, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-18-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-18-2010/comments 2010-06-18T05:24:33-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-18-2010 <p>When your phone is running out of juice, how'd you like to just plug it into your shoe? And, instead of ordering from a menu, what if you ordered from an iPad? And as much as you enjoy going to 3D movies at the theater, researchers now say it could be dangerous (they always spoil our fun!).</p><p Japanese Space Capsule Brings Asteroid to Earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/japanese-space-capsule-brings-asteroid-to-earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/japanese-space-capsule-brings-asteroid-to-earth/comments 2010-06-17T10:34:46-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/japanese-space-capsule-brings-asteroid-to-earth <p><img class="left" title="japanese-asteroid" src="/images/blog/japanese-asteroid-150x150.jpg" alt="japanese-asteroid" width="107" height="107" />The <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37694957/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">return to Earth of the Japanese space probe Hayanusa< News For Nerds: June 11, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-11-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-11-2010/comments 2010-06-11T05:52:28-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-11-2010 <p>Think you could live in complete isolation for 520 days? What about the idea of aliens living among us; do you believe in that? And how comforting is it to know that your underwear might someday save your life? All of these questions are part of this week's edition of News For Nerds. Here we go, Space Travel's New Frontier? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-travels-new-frontier http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-travels-new-frontier/comments 2010-06-07T14:33:48-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-travels-new-frontier <p><img class="left" title="spacex" src="/images/blog/spacex-150x150.jpg" alt="spacex" width="99" height="99" />A <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060403360.html" target="_blank">pretty big news story</a> got lost in the shuffle last week, so in case you News For Nerds: June 4, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-4-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-4-2010/comments 2010-06-04T07:01:30-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-june-4-2010 <p>What do we have this week? Let's see...how about a car that's powered by Coke and Mentos? Or how about new statistics that will maybe prevent you from being an afternoon snack for a shark? And wait: some people are proposing that they plug the leaking oil spill in the Gulf...with a nuclear blast. News For Nerds: May 28, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-28-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-28-2010/comments 2010-05-28T05:26:04-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-28-2010 <p><img class="left" title="brain6" src="/images/blog/brain6.jpg" alt="brain6" width="90" height="90" />An interesting line-up this week includes food that you breathe instead of eat, a tiny poisonous frog that can make your pain evaporate, and - perhaps the best news of all - a chocolate bar that p Saturn in Pictures http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturn-in-pictures http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturn-in-pictures/comments 2010-05-25T15:01:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturn-in-pictures <p><img class="left" title="saturn2" src="/images/blog/saturn2-150x125.jpg" alt="saturn2" width="99" height="83" />This post is sponsored by the number 30.</p><p>That's because <a href="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/checking_in_on_saturn.html" target="_blank">this link will take you to a Lifting The Mask http://www.domtesta.com/blog/lifting-the-mask http://www.domtesta.com/blog/lifting-the-mask/comments 2010-05-23T20:18:44-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/lifting-the-mask <p><p class="MsoNormal">The other day Channy said something that struck me as funny, but also very interesting.<span> </span>She said, 'œYou never really know somebody until you've seen them angry.<span> </span>That tells you everything.'쳌</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I laughed, but then I though News For Nerds: May 21, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-21-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-21-2010/comments 2010-05-21T05:31:48-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-21-2010 <p>How would you like a robot to officiate at your wedding? Can you predict a child's intelligence by (gasp) how much they lie?? How about replacing human tendons and ligaments from spider webs that are produced in goats (it's true). And what could have been the heartbreak story of the year for puzz The Mysteries of Venus http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-mysteries-of-venus http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-mysteries-of-venus/comments 2010-05-19T08:49:15-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-mysteries-of-venus <p><img class="left" title="venus" src="/images/blog/venus-150x150.jpg" alt="venus" width="101" height="101" />A Japanese space probe <a href="http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/venus-mysteries-japanese-mission-100517.html" target="_blank">will soon be on its way</a> to the planet sometimes calle All About Atlantis http://www.domtesta.com/blog/all-about-atlantis http://www.domtesta.com/blog/all-about-atlantis/comments 2010-05-17T11:37:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/all-about-atlantis <p><img class="left" title="atlantis-patch" src="/images/blog/atlantis-patch-150x150.jpg" alt="atlantis-patch" width="111" height="111" />The Space Shuttle Atlantis is in the midst of what will probably be<a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g8gpZRl3t8mV2RxsVjIuPU75dJeAD9FOKHP0 News For Nerds: May 14, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-14-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-14-2010/comments 2010-05-14T05:33:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-14-2010 <p>Here's a sampling of what you'll find this week as we get our nerd on: A car that gets 11,000 miles per gallon; Isaac Newton's apple tree defies gravity; and how much would it cost to build your own Iron Man suit? That, and more, in this week's edition of News For Nerds![MORE] <img class="left" From Martian Dunes to a Ring of Fire http://www.domtesta.com/blog/from-martian-dunes-to-a-ring-of-fire http://www.domtesta.com/blog/from-martian-dunes-to-a-ring-of-fire/comments 2010-05-12T15:11:22-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/from-martian-dunes-to-a-ring-of-fire <p><img class="left" title="ss-100428-misp-01ss_full" src="/images/blog/ss-100428-misp-01ss_full-150x150.jpg" alt="ss-100428-misp-01ss_full" width="103" height="103" />Regular visitors to ClubGalahad.com know how fond we are of MSNBC's monthly photo slideshow called The Month in Space. New visitors News For Nerds: May 7, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-7-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-7-2010/comments 2010-05-07T05:23:34-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-may-7-2010 <p><img class="left" title="brain4" src="/images/blog/brain4.jpg" alt="brain4" width="80" height="80" />A lot of interesting things to toss into the mix this week, including the secret to living to 100, how beautiful women can give a man a heart attack, and letting Darth Vader tell you where to go. News For Nerds: April 30, 2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-30-2010 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-30-2010/comments 2010-04-30T05:34:17-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/news-for-nerds-april-30-2010 <p>This week we take a look at the first full face transplant, we wonder if our ancestors were monkeying around with Neanderthals, and the fact that video games might - might! - actually make you smarter. All of that, and more, as we get our nerd on this week in News For Nerds!</p><p><img class="lef Can Asteroid Ice Explain Earth's Oceans? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-asteroid-ice-explain-earths-oceans http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-asteroid-ice-explain-earths-oceans/comments 2010-04-28T15:05:57-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-asteroid-ice-explain-earths-oceans <p><img class="left" title="asteroid_feb" src="/images/blog/asteroid_feb-150x150.jpg" alt="asteroid_feb" width="116" height="116" />It was <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36830453/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">announced this week that scientists have found</a> 'significant a Two Personalities http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-personalities http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-personalities/comments 2010-04-25T12:41:35-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-personalities <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal6" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal6-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal6" width="118" height="82" />I'm an only child, which means that I can't compare my personality to a brother or a sister. But I'm always amazed at how very different siblings can be. Bec Did the Space Shuttle Fly Over Your House? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/did-the-space-shuttle-fly-over-your-house http://www.domtesta.com/blog/did-the-space-shuttle-fly-over-your-house/comments 2010-04-20T09:52:03-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/did-the-space-shuttle-fly-over-your-house <p><img class="left" title="discovery-path" src="/images/blog/discovery-path-150x150.jpg" alt="discovery-path" width="113" height="113" />The shuttle Discovery <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36654735/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">made it safely back to Earth</a> Tuesday, bu The Future of U.S. Space Exploration http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-future-of-u-s-space-exploration http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-future-of-u-s-space-exploration/comments 2010-04-16T12:06:04-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-future-of-u-s-space-exploration <p><img class="left" title="rocket" src="/images/blog/rocket-150x150.jpg" alt="rocket" width="119" height="119" />Since President Obama <a href="/blog/president-obama-plans-a-new-course-for-nasa">announced last month</a> that he would be making significant changes at NASA, opinions have been split o Jumbo Planets Orbit Backwards http://www.domtesta.com/blog/jumbo-planets-orbit-backwards http://www.domtesta.com/blog/jumbo-planets-orbit-backwards/comments 2010-04-14T11:15:23-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/jumbo-planets-orbit-backwards <p><img class="left" title="jumbo-planets" src="/images/blog/jumbo-planets-150x150.jpg" alt="jumbo-planets" width="112" height="112" />In our solar system, planets orbit the Sun in the same direction as the star's own rotation. Essentially, the Sun and the planets all spin in the same direction. Mak What Can You Learn From a 'Successful Failure'? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-can-you-learn-from-a-successful-failure http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-can-you-learn-from-a-successful-failure/comments 2010-04-12T10:36:21-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-can-you-learn-from-a-successful-failure <p><img class="left" title="apollo13" src="/images/blog/apollo13-150x150.jpg" alt="apollo13" width="115" height="115" />On Sunday, NASA took the unusual step of <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36392273/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">celebrating a mission</a> that was one of t Saturn's Moons Continue to Mystify http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturns-moons-continue-to-mystify http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturns-moons-continue-to-mystify/comments 2010-03-30T10:32:07-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saturns-moons-continue-to-mystify <p><img class="left" title="mimas" src="/images/blog/mimas-150x110.jpg" alt="mimas" width="114" height="83" />Saturn is an interesting planet. It's big, for one thing -- second only to Jupiter within our solar system -- and it has that incredibly unique system of rings that distinguish it from its s A Beginner's Guide to the Solar System http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-the-solar-system http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-the-solar-system/comments 2010-03-23T09:55:09-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-the-solar-system <p><img class="left" title="mercury" src="/images/blog/mercury-150x150.jpg" alt="mercury" width="100" height="100" />Ever feel like there's just soooo much to learn about the worlds beyond our world, but you don't know where to begin? Thankfully, National Geographic knows how you feel. They've put t Seasons Change http://www.domtesta.com/blog/seasons-change http://www.domtesta.com/blog/seasons-change/comments 2010-03-20T07:27:34-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/seasons-change <p>I try not to dwell too much on the 'œEarth calendar.'쳌 I'm aware of the date, but I suppose I prefer to disconnect from the natural associations that I would make back home.</p><p>But it's difficult. I know that this week marks the first week of spring where I grew up, which means I would be brea Spring Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think http://www.domtesta.com/blog/spring-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think http://www.domtesta.com/blog/spring-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think/comments 2010-03-16T08:36:33-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/spring-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think <p><img class="left" title="spring" src="/images/blog/spring-150x150.jpg" alt="spring" width="107" height="107" />The countdown to Spring has begun. Here at Galahad Headquarters, we've had our sunshine interrupted by occasional snowfall this past week, so we are as ready as anyone for winter to fade Earthquake Moves Entire City (and Entire Planet!) http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earthquake-moves-entire-city-and-entire-planet http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earthquake-moves-entire-city-and-entire-planet/comments 2010-03-09T12:43:58-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earthquake-moves-entire-city-and-entire-planet <p><img class="left" title="chile-earthquake" src="/images/blog/chile-earthquake-150x150.jpg" alt="chile-earthquake" width="118" height="118" />By now you've heard about the massive earthquake that rocked Chile last month. You've heard about the damage that was done to several major cities. You've h President Obama Plans a New Course for NASA http://www.domtesta.com/blog/president-obama-plans-a-new-course-for-nasa http://www.domtesta.com/blog/president-obama-plans-a-new-course-for-nasa/comments 2010-03-08T10:28:17-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/president-obama-plans-a-new-course-for-nasa <p><img class="left" title="space-exploration" src="/images/blog/space-exploration-150x150.jpg" alt="space-exploration" width="114" height="114" />February was a busy month for big news stories -- the earthquake in Haiti, the Winter Olympics, and ongoing discussion of health care reform to name just Letting Go http://www.domtesta.com/blog/letting-go http://www.domtesta.com/blog/letting-go/comments 2010-03-05T02:52:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/letting-go <p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>It seems that I don't ever have enough 'œalone time'쳌 these days, so when I'm able to sit by myself I put it to good use.<span> </span>Although it's sometimes difficult, I find that sitting quietly and calming my busy mind, turning down the inner volume, is something I The Best Images from February http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-february http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-february/comments 2010-02-25T17:02:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-best-images-from-february <p><img class="left" title="msnbc_february10" src="/images/blog/msnbc_february10-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc_february10" width="111" height="111" />Well, <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35524422/ns/technology_and_science-picture_stories/displaymode/1247/?beginSlide=1" target="_blank">look-y here</a New Feature: The Science Behind Galahad http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-feature-the-science-behind-galahad http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-feature-the-science-behind-galahad/comments 2010-02-19T09:50:28-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-feature-the-science-behind-galahad <p><img class="left" title="hal" src="/images/blog/hal-150x150.jpg" alt="hal" width="103" height="103" />Extra! Extra! Read all about it!</p><p>Galahad series author Dom Testa unveils a brand new series of articles exclusively at ClubGalahad.com!</p><p>Beginning today, Dom will tackle a series of sc Astronauts Get Room with a View http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronauts-get-room-with-a-view http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronauts-get-room-with-a-view/comments 2010-02-17T10:16:32-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/astronauts-get-room-with-a-view <p><img class="left" title="iss-cupola" src="/images/blog/iss-cupola-150x150.jpg" alt="iss-cupola" width="112" height="112" />Two hundred twenty miles above the earth, <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/astronauts-unveil-panoramic-view-of-tranquility-space-station-modules-windows/19361420 Pre-Order The Web of Titan Today! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pre-order-the-web-of-titan-today http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pre-order-the-web-of-titan-today/comments 2010-02-16T09:32:38-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/pre-order-the-web-of-titan-today <p><img class="left" title="weboftitan_pb_1_11" src="/images/blog/weboftitan_pb_1_11-150x150.jpg" alt="weboftitan_pb_1_11" width="109" height="109" />Well, Galahad fans... the wait is almost over!</p><p>The second entry in the Galahad series, <em>The Web of Titan</em>, hits bookstores on June 29. Yo Maturity, Part 2 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-2 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-2/comments 2010-02-13T16:39:07-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-2 <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal5" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal5-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal5" width="111" height="78" />During a break in our training at Galahad Command - those hectic days before we left Earth seem so long ago - several of us were sitting on a hillside outsid Staring Into the Sun http://www.domtesta.com/blog/staring-into-the-sun http://www.domtesta.com/blog/staring-into-the-sun/comments 2010-02-11T11:18:45-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/staring-into-the-sun <p><img class="left" title="solar-flare" src="/images/blog/solar-flare-150x150.jpg" alt="solar-flare" width="118" height="118" />On Thursday morning NASA l<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35348099/ns/technology_and_science-space/" target="_blank">aunched a new $850 million mission</a> designed t 'Month in Space' Slideshow http://www.domtesta.com/blog/month-in-space-slideshow http://www.domtesta.com/blog/month-in-space-slideshow/comments 2010-02-02T17:28:16-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/month-in-space-slideshow <p><img class="left" title="msnbc_january10" src="/images/blog/msnbc_january10-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc_january10" width="118" height="118" />As February announces its presence this week, it's time once again to spend a few minutes flipping through MSNBC's photo gallery of <a href="http://www.msnbc.m This Post Requires Safety Goggles http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-post-requires-safety-goggles http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-post-requires-safety-goggles/comments 2010-02-01T16:44:07-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/this-post-requires-safety-goggles <p><img class="left" title="spangler2" src="/images/blog/spangler2-150x150.jpg" alt="spangler2" width="118" height="118" />We at Club Galahad have seen our fair share of fun videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, we've probably seen MORE than our fair share of terrible videos, too. If only there was a li The Kitchen Sink Post http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-kitchen-sink-post http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-kitchen-sink-post/comments 2010-01-29T09:57:43-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-kitchen-sink-post <p><img class="left" title="full-moon-_wolf-moon" src="/images/blog/full-moon-_wolf-moon-150x150.jpg" alt="full-moon-_wolf-moon" width="117" height="117" />Wow, busy day in the world of space and science today. There's lots to cover, so let's dive right in: <ul> <li>Friday, January 29 will bring The Truth About What's False http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-truth-about-whats-false http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-truth-about-whats-false/comments 2010-01-27T09:54:16-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-truth-about-whats-false <p><img class="left" title="face-on-mars" src="/images/blog/face-on-mars.jpg" alt="face-on-mars" width="120" height="120" />Ever heard the one about the mysterious face that's been carved into the Martian surface? Or that the world's going to end in the year 2012? Or that more crimes occur during fu Unidentified and Then Some http://www.domtesta.com/blog/unidentified-and-then-some http://www.domtesta.com/blog/unidentified-and-then-some/comments 2010-01-20T10:27:55-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/unidentified-and-then-some <p><img class="left" title="close-encounters" src="/images/blog/close-encounters.jpg" alt="close-encounters" width="136" height="102" />We at Club Galahad have never been big UFO buffs. Some people devote their entire lives to the search for extraterrestrial life in the form of alien beings zipping Eclipse of the Millennium http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eclipse-of-the-millennium http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eclipse-of-the-millennium/comments 2010-01-15T09:22:01-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eclipse-of-the-millennium <p><img class="left" title="annular-eclipse" src="/images/blog/annular-eclipse-150x150.jpg" alt="annular-eclipse" width="117" height="117" />The morning of Friday, January 15 brought with it a rare treat for millions in the Eastern hemisphere: <a href="http://news.in.msn.com/gallery.aspx?cp-document Plant? Animal? Or is it a... Planimal? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/plant-animal-or-is-it-a-planimal http://www.domtesta.com/blog/plant-animal-or-is-it-a-planimal/comments 2010-01-12T16:40:48-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/plant-animal-or-is-it-a-planimal <p><img class="left" title="slug" src="/images/blog/slug-150x150.jpg" alt="slug" width="116" height="116" />It used to be true that calling someone a 'slug' was a real insult. But after a recent discovery <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34824610/ns/technology_and_science-science/" target="_blan Maturity, Part 1 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-1 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-1/comments 2010-01-08T15:49:25-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/maturity-part-1 <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal4" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal4-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal4" width="116" height="81" />What defines maturity?</p><p>It's one of those things that doesn't have a simple answer. Today, when I heard a crew member accuse someone of being immature, Two-for-One: Black Holes and the Super-Earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-for-one-black-holes-and-the-super-earth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-for-one-black-holes-and-the-super-earth/comments 2010-01-07T10:59:19-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/two-for-one-black-holes-and-the-super-earth <p><img class="left" title="super-earth" src="/images/blog/super-earth-150x150.jpg" alt="super-earth" width="122" height="122" />Greetings, Galahad fans. We want to be sure to get 2010 off on the right foot here at Club Galahad headquarters, so we're cramming two very cool stories into one Space &am Year in Review: 2009 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/year-in-review-2009 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/year-in-review-2009/comments 2009-12-31T12:43:36-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/year-in-review-2009 <p><img class="left" title="msnbc-slideshow-may09-21" src="/images/blog/msnbc-slideshow-may09-21-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc-slideshow-may09-21" width="130" height="130" />2009 has come and gone, and it was a banner year for all things related to space, science, Club Galahad and The Big Brain Club. As w Bitter Truth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/bitter-truth http://www.domtesta.com/blog/bitter-truth/comments 2009-12-26T10:16:59-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/bitter-truth <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal3" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal3-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal3" width="112" height="87" />I met Lita and Channy for breakfast this morning, and Lita said something that made me stop and think. When Channy asked her something personal, Lita said (w The Year in Space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-year-in-space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-year-in-space/comments 2009-12-23T10:08:33-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-year-in-space <p><img class="left" title="russian-volcano" src="/images/blog/russian-volcano-150x150.jpg" alt="russian-volcano" width="120" height="120" />We at Club Galahad have made linking to MSNBC's remarkable <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6955261/ns/technology_and_science-space_slideshows" target="_bl A Christmas Tree in Space? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-christmas-tree-in-space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-christmas-tree-in-space/comments 2009-12-16T11:18:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-christmas-tree-in-space <p>'<img class="left" title="christmas-tree-in-space" src="/images/blog/christmas-tree-in-space-150x150.jpg" alt="christmas-tree-in-space" width="124" height="124" />Tis the season for all sorts of silly, fun, holiday-themed news stories. And this humble blog post is no different.</p><p>If you haven Earth-like Planets Soon to Be Unveiled http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-like-planets-soon-to-be-unveiled http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-like-planets-soon-to-be-unveiled/comments 2009-12-11T15:46:27-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-like-planets-soon-to-be-unveiled <p><img class="left" title="alien-earths" src="/images/blog/alien-earths-150x150.jpg" alt="alien-earths" width="121" height="121" />There's been no shortage of big news in the world of space science these past few months: <a href="/blog/yes-theres-water-on-the-moon" target="_blank">water on the moon Aim High http://www.domtesta.com/blog/aim-high http://www.domtesta.com/blog/aim-high/comments 2009-12-09T16:06:01-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/aim-high <p>We're creeping up on the end of a calendar year. It seems people often use this time to do two things: reflect on choices they've made over the past year, and think about what they might do better.</p><p>When I was twelve, I remember a New Year's resolution that my dad shared with me. He said: "I Commercial Space Travel a Reality? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/commercial-space-travel-a-reality http://www.domtesta.com/blog/commercial-space-travel-a-reality/comments 2009-12-08T12:06:39-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/commercial-space-travel-a-reality <p><img class="left" title="spaceshiptwo" src="/images/blog/spaceshiptwo-150x150.jpg" alt="spaceshiptwo" width="128" height="128" />In the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-sci-virgin8-2009dec08,0,5479695.story?track=rss" target="_blank">kind of development that sounds like something out Amputee Moves Robotic Hand with Thoughts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/amputee-moves-robotic-hand-with-thoughts http://www.domtesta.com/blog/amputee-moves-robotic-hand-with-thoughts/comments 2009-12-04T11:12:54-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/amputee-moves-robotic-hand-with-thoughts <p><img class="left" title="lukehand" src="/images/blog/lukehand-150x150.jpg" alt="lukehand" width="121" height="121" />You know what's pretty cool? Science. And do you know why? Because science gives us stuff <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34237583/ns/health-more_health_news/" target="_blank" November in Pictures http://www.domtesta.com/blog/november-in-pictures http://www.domtesta.com/blog/november-in-pictures/comments 2009-11-30T10:50:37-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/november-in-pictures <p><img class="left" title="msnbc_november091" src="/images/blog/msnbc_november091-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc_november091" width="121" height="121" />We'll admit it. We've become addicted to MSNBC's Month in Space feature, where each month they post a slideshow of the coolest new space-related photogra Atlantis Returns http://www.domtesta.com/blog/atlantis-returns http://www.domtesta.com/blog/atlantis-returns/comments 2009-11-27T10:18:13-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/atlantis-returns <p><img class="left" title="atlantis-returns" src="/images/blog/atlantis-returns-150x110.jpg" alt="atlantis-returns" width="134" height="99" />Early Friday morning the space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the end of a successful 11 Special Deliveries Aboard the ISS http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-deliveries-aboard-the-iss http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-deliveries-aboard-the-iss/comments 2009-11-25T14:42:23-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/special-deliveries-aboard-the-iss <p><a href="/blog/liftoff"><img class="left" title="nasa-food" src="/images/blog/nasa-food-150x150.jpg" alt="nasa-food" width="116" height="116" />We told you last week</a> about the food that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station would be enjoying on Thanksgiving -- but wait, there' Thankful http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thankful http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thankful/comments 2009-11-22T16:14:13-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/thankful <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal2" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal2-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal2" width="127" height="89" />The crew members of Galahad come from many nations on Earth, so not everyone was raised with the tradition of Thanksgiving. But since we've chosen to follow Galahad Release Dates Announced! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-release-dates-announced http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-release-dates-announced/comments 2009-11-20T13:09:17-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahad-release-dates-announced <p><img class="left" title="weboftitan_pb_1_1" src="/images/blog/weboftitan_pb_1_1-150x150.jpg" alt="weboftitan_pb_1_1" width="131" height="131" />Well Galahad fans, you've waited patiently, and the wait is about to pay off. The next two books in the Galahad series -- <em>The Web of Titan</em> and < Fireballs, Asteroids and Meteors, Oh My http://www.domtesta.com/blog/fireballs-asteroids-and-meteors-oh-my http://www.domtesta.com/blog/fireballs-asteroids-and-meteors-oh-my/comments 2009-11-19T08:44:06-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/fireballs-asteroids-and-meteors-oh-my <p><img class="left" title="leonid_fireball" src="/images/blog/leonid_fireball-150x150.jpg" alt="leonid_fireball" width="120" height="120" />There have been quite a few foreign objects lighting up the night sky lately. Most recently, the Leonid meteor shower got a lot of attention on Tuesday night, What We Don't Know http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-we-dont-know http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-we-dont-know/comments 2009-11-16T15:35:08-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-we-dont-know <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal1" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal1-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal1" width="121" height="85" />The thought came to me yesterday as I sat in the auditorium, puzzling out a math problem. The same thought stuck with me throughout the rest of the day. At f Liftoff! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/liftoff http://www.domtesta.com/blog/liftoff/comments 2009-11-16T14:31:49-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/liftoff <p><img class="left" title="astronaut_atlantis" src="/images/blog/astronaut_atlantis-150x150.jpg" alt="astronaut_atlantis" width="114" height="114" />Despite some concerns about potential weather delays, the space shuttle <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g8gpZRl3t8mV2RxsVjI Yes, There's Water on the Moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/yes-theres-water-on-the-moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/yes-theres-water-on-the-moon/comments 2009-11-13T16:35:27-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/yes-theres-water-on-the-moon <p><img class="left" title="lcross_2" src="/images/blog/lcross_2-150x150.jpg" alt="lcross_2" width="119" height="119" />Remember when <a href="/blog/watch-nasa-crash-a-rocket-into-the-moon-yes-really-">we told you a few weeks back</a> about NASA's plan to crash a rocket into a lunar crater in order Solar Sail Spaceship a Reality? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/solar-sail-spaceship-a-reality http://www.domtesta.com/blog/solar-sail-spaceship-a-reality/comments 2009-11-11T09:46:04-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/solar-sail-spaceship-a-reality <p><img class="left" title="cosmos1_flight" src="/images/blog/cosmos1_flight-150x150.jpg" alt="cosmos1_flight" width="122" height="122" />Faithful readers of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Comets-Curse-Galahad-Book/dp/0765321076/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1257957852&amp;sr=8-1" target="_ Test Your Space IQ http://www.domtesta.com/blog/test-your-space-iq http://www.domtesta.com/blog/test-your-space-iq/comments 2009-11-10T09:55:10-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/test-your-space-iq <p><img class="left" title="question-mark" src="/images/blog/question-mark-150x150.jpg" alt="question-mark" width="125" height="125" />Cool website alert: <a href="http://www.sciencemaster.com/space/item/quiz.php" target="_blank">Here's a link</a> to a short (but fun) Space Science quiz over at Scie Go Green (and Slimy): Power Up with a Virus! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-green-and-slimy-power-up-with-a-virus http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-green-and-slimy-power-up-with-a-virus/comments 2009-11-06T09:36:19-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-green-and-slimy-power-up-with-a-virus <p><img class="left" title="virus_battery" src="/images/blog/virus_battery-150x150.jpg" alt="virus_battery" width="121" height="121" />In the ongoing debate over alternative sources of energy (more oil! less oil! new oil!), there's one thing that just about everyone can agree on: that battery techno October's Best http://www.domtesta.com/blog/octobers-best http://www.domtesta.com/blog/octobers-best/comments 2009-11-04T12:05:56-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/octobers-best <p><img class="left" title="msnbc_october09" src="/images/blog/msnbc_october09-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc_october09" width="132" height="132" />Hard to believe that it's already that time again. Time for <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33454442/ns/technology_and_science-picture_stories/displaymode The Comfort Zone http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-comfort-zone http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-comfort-zone/comments 2009-10-25T08:17:23-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-comfort-zone <p>It seems that I often hear people talking about their comfort zone, and it usually involves a comment about trying to get "outside" of that zone. Like most people, I think I automatically bought into the idea that we should always attempt to do this, because it somehow would either bring us new i Scientists Find Planets That Somehow Don't Revolve Around Jon & Kate, Balloon Boy or Octomom http://www.domtesta.com/blog/scientists-find-planets-that-somehow-dont-revolve-around-jon-and-kate-balloon-boy-or-octomom http://www.domtesta.com/blog/scientists-find-planets-that-somehow-dont-revolve-around-jon-and-kate-balloon-boy-or-octomom/comments 2009-10-23T10:54:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/scientists-find-planets-that-somehow-dont-revolve-around-jon-and-kate-balloon-boy-or-octomom <p><img class="left" title="Jon Gosselin" src="/images/blog/jon-gosselin-changed-yell-150x150.jpg" alt="Jon Gosselin" width="145" height="145" />Sure, we at Club Galahad watch television and go to movies. We read books and magazines. We have iPods. We are not immune (or opposed) to pop culture. But Eyes on the Earth 3D http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eyes-on-the-earth-3d http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eyes-on-the-earth-3d/comments 2009-10-15T11:49:51-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eyes-on-the-earth-3d <p><img class="left" title="earth" src="/images/blog/earth-150x150.jpg" alt="earth" width="129" height="129" />You already know about NASA's gift for space exploration. But did you know that at any given time, NASA has dozens of satellites orbiting the Earth that do nothing but analyze our own plane Watch NASA Crash a Rocket into the Moon. Yes, Really. http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-nasa-crash-a-rocket-into-the-moon-yes-really- http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-nasa-crash-a-rocket-into-the-moon-yes-really-/comments 2009-10-08T16:04:58-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/watch-nasa-crash-a-rocket-into-the-moon-yes-really- <p><img class="left" title="moon-southpole" src="/images/blog/moon-southpole-150x150.jpg" alt="moon-southpole" width="132" height="132" />On the morning of Friday, October 9, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will smash-land into the belly of a crater called Cabeus near the NASA Wants Your Videos http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nasa-wants-your-videos http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nasa-wants-your-videos/comments 2009-10-06T10:32:24-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nasa-wants-your-videos <p><img class="left" title="nasa_myexploration" src="/images/blog/nasa_myexploration.jpg" alt="nasa_myexploration" width="149" height="112" />You know, NASA is so busy exploring the universe that it's hard to believe that they have time to maintain such a cool and interactive website. And yet someho Judging Others: A Good Thing? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/judging-others-a-good-thing http://www.domtesta.com/blog/judging-others-a-good-thing/comments 2009-10-03T11:10:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/judging-others-a-good-thing <p>Often I'll hear someone say, "It's not good to judge other people." I know they mean well, and on the surface it sounds very noble. And yet my dad - one of the friendliest, most kind-hearted gentlemen you'd ever meet - taught me the exact opposite. Although it might sound backwards, it continues Go to Mars in 2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-to-mars-in-2011 http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-to-mars-in-2011/comments 2009-09-21T11:27:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/go-to-mars-in-2011 <p><img class="left" title="sendyournamemsl_th" src="/images/blog/sendyournamemsl_th-150x150.jpg" alt="sendyournamemsl_th" width="111" height="111" />Your friends at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory would like to send you to Mars. Sort of.</p><p>You see, the JPL is sending the Mars Science Laboratory r Storms in Space and a Planetary Discovery http://www.domtesta.com/blog/storms-in-space-and-a-planetary-discovery http://www.domtesta.com/blog/storms-in-space-and-a-planetary-discovery/comments 2009-09-17T09:46:45-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/storms-in-space-and-a-planetary-discovery <p><img class="left" title="saturn" src="/images/blog/saturn-150x150.jpg" alt="saturn" width="121" height="121" />Wanna hear what the <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mov/143019main_PIA02166.mov" target="_blank">longest continuous thunderstorm in the solar system sounds like</a>?</p><p>A team of astrono How Many People are in Space Right This Minute? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-many-people-are-in-space-right-this-minute http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-many-people-are-in-space-right-this-minute/comments 2009-09-16T12:00:21-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/how-many-people-are-in-space-right-this-minute <p><img class="left" title="freeflyer_nasa_big" src="/images/blog/freeflyer_nasa_big-150x150.jpg" alt="freeflyer_nasa_big" width="90" height="90" />Okay, okay... so maybe this is a little silly. It's not exactly breaking news. But we still like it.</p><p><a href="http://www.howmanypeopleareinspaceri Too Competitive? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/too-competitive http://www.domtesta.com/blog/too-competitive/comments 2009-09-12T09:51:54-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/too-competitive <p><img class="left" title="trianas-journal" src="/images/blog/trianas-journal-150x105.jpg" alt="trianas-journal" width="150" height="105" />I have always been very competitive, which surprises people who don't know me well. Because I tend to be quiet and reserved, it's often assumed that I'm either The Month in Space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-month-in-space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-month-in-space/comments 2009-09-04T09:35:37-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-month-in-space <p><img class="left" title="discovery-liftoff" src="/images/blog/discovery-liftoff-150x150.jpg" alt="discovery-liftoff" width="120" height="120" />NASA's website is a <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/" target="_blank">gold mine</a> for cool images and interactive features, and there are some other sites Saving Hubble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saving-hubble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saving-hubble/comments 2009-08-28T10:27:44-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/saving-hubble <p><img class="left" title="180px-sts-103_hubble_eva" src="/images/blog/180px-sts-103_hubble_eva-150x150.jpg" alt="180px-sts-103_hubble_eva" width="115" height="115" />We at Club Galahad have made no secret of the fact that we love the Hubble Space Telescope. Can you blame us? Aside from all the <a Eruption! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eruption http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eruption/comments 2009-08-24T09:50:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/eruption <p><img class="left" title="volcano_hawaii" src="/images/blog/volcano_hawaii-150x150.jpg" alt="volcano_hawaii" width="121" height="121" />Did you know that as many as 10 volcanoes may be erupting on Earth right this minute? It's true. Some volcanoes can erupt for years and years at a very slow (but Meet Dom Testa http://www.domtesta.com/blog/meet-dom-testa http://www.domtesta.com/blog/meet-dom-testa/comments 2009-08-19T10:31:38-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/meet-dom-testa <p><img class="left" title="dom" src="/images/blog/dom-145x150.jpg" alt="dom" width="86" height="90" />Hey, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDXVVt9iRgA" target="_blank">check out this interview</a> with Comet's Curse author Dom Testa. In just a few short minutes, he covers all sorts of usefu Dom Hosts Steve Spangler on Friday! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-hosts-steve-spangler-on-friday http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-hosts-steve-spangler-on-friday/comments 2009-08-12T10:37:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dom-hosts-steve-spangler-on-friday <p><img class="left" title="spangler" src="/images/blog/spangler-150x150.jpg" alt="spangler" width="122" height="122" />Science guy <a href="http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/" target="_blank">Steve Spangler</a> will join Dom and Jane in studio on Friday, August 14. You can <a href="ht Can You Hear Me Now? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-you-hear-me-now http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-you-hear-me-now/comments 2009-08-06T13:31:10-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/can-you-hear-me-now <p><img class="left" title="stereo1" src="/images/blog/stereo1-150x150.jpg" alt="stereo1" width="131" height="147" />Oh, that pesky sun. Sure, it's the source of all life on Earth and the focal point of our solar system, but it sure can do some damage, too. Solar storms, which are magnetic disruptio One-Sided Friendships http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-sided-friendships http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-sided-friendships/comments 2009-08-03T13:03:48-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-sided-friendships <p>I had breakfast with Lita this morning, and while we were talking I realized one of the key reasons I value our friendship: It's not one-sided.</p><p>When I was in 6th grade I didn't have a large circle of friends, but there was one girl in particular that I spent a pretty fair amount of time wit A Month in the Same Underwear http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-month-in-the-same-underwear http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-month-in-the-same-underwear/comments 2009-07-31T10:36:23-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-month-in-the-same-underwear <p><img class="left" title="underwear-rug" src="/images/blog/underwear-rug.jpg" alt="underwear-rug" width="125" height="128" />The space shuttle <em>Endeavor</em> and its seven astronauts have returned safely to Earth. But after traveling 6.5 million miles in 16 days, and after doing critical repair Don't Try This at Home http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dont-try-this-at-home http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dont-try-this-at-home/comments 2009-07-30T10:04:17-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/dont-try-this-at-home <p><a href="http://www.astrophoto.fr/"><img class="left" title="iss-endeavor" src="/images/blog/iss-endeavor-150x150.jpg" alt="iss-endeavor" width="124" height="124" /></a>French photographer Thierry Legault has a very nice camera. He must, because he managed <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscien Earth-Sized Hole Appears in Jupiter's Atmosphere http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-sized-hole-appears-in-jupiters-atmosphere http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-sized-hole-appears-in-jupiters-atmosphere/comments 2009-07-21T08:57:48-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/earth-sized-hole-appears-in-jupiters-atmosphere <p><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/jup-20090720.html"><img class="left" title="jupiter-collision1" src="/images/blog/jupiter-collision1-150x150.jpg" alt="jupiter-collision1" width="119" height="119" /></a>An amateur astronomer from Australia took a break from watching sports One Giant Leap for Mankind http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-giant-leap-for-mankind http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-giant-leap-for-mankind/comments 2009-07-20T15:17:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/one-giant-leap-for-mankind <p><img class="left" title="apollo-11" src="/images/blog/apollo-11.jpg" alt="apollo-11" width="103" height="83" />Talk about a world-changing, milestone anniversary: July 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There's a ton of great coverage that we'll link to below, beginning NOVA ScienceNOW http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nova-sciencenow http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nova-sciencenow/comments 2009-07-10T08:28:39-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/nova-sciencenow <p><a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/0302/02.html"><img class="left" title="nova-sciencenow" src="/images/blog/nova-sciencenow.jpg" alt="nova-sciencenow" width="89" height="88" /></a>There just aren't very many shows on TV that are as cool or as worthwhile as NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. H The Easy Way Out? No Thanks. http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-easy-way-out-no-thanks- http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-easy-way-out-no-thanks-/comments 2009-07-07T20:07:07-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-easy-way-out-no-thanks- <p>During our training for this mission, we had plenty of official meetings and classes, and the work was pretty intense. But there were times when small groups of us would meet with Dr. Zimmer, and he'd simply talk to us about...well, about life, I guess.</p><p>He never meant the meetings to be hea Blowing a Hole in the Sky http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blowing-a-hole-in-the-sky http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blowing-a-hole-in-the-sky/comments 2009-06-25T08:54:05-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blowing-a-hole-in-the-sky <p><img class="left" title="volcano" src="/images/blog/volcano-150x150.jpg" alt="volcano" width="107" height="107" />Well, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1195215/Stunning-pictures-hole-clouds-astronauts-witness-volcano-eruption-International-Space-Station.html" target="_blan A Martian Lake! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-martian-lake http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-martian-lake/comments 2009-06-18T13:19:39-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-martian-lake <p><a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090617171821.htm"><img class="left" title="lakeonmars" src="/images/blog/lakeonmars-150x150.jpg" alt="lakeonmars" width="107" height="107" /></a>Scientists from my home state of Colorado have uncovered the <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/ Shutting Off Your Mind http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shutting-off-your-mind http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shutting-off-your-mind/comments 2009-06-15T17:02:02-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shutting-off-your-mind <p>Experts tell us that sleep is crucial for many reasons that we know (rest, recuperation, memory function), and likely crucial for reasons that we still don't quite understand (how the mind works, cell regeneration, etc). Even though I know how important sleep is, I still often find myself unable The Making of an International Space Station http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-making-of-an-international-space-station http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-making-of-an-international-space-station/comments 2009-06-03T15:44:52-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-making-of-an-international-space-station <p><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html"><img class="left" title="160328main_060309" src="/images/blog/160328main_060309-150x150.jpg" alt="160328main_060309" width="99" height="99" /></a>Ever wonder how something as complex and high-tech as the International Space Stati See it to Believe it http://www.domtesta.com/blog/see-it-to-believe-it http://www.domtesta.com/blog/see-it-to-believe-it/comments 2009-05-29T14:53:55-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/see-it-to-believe-it <p><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949227/displaymode/1247/#"><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949227/displaymode/1247/#"><img class="left" title="msnbc-slideshow-may09-2" src="/images/blog/msnbc-slideshow-may09-2-150x150.jpg" alt="msnbc-slideshow-may09-2" width="134" height="134" /></a New Boss at NASA http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-boss-at-nasa http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-boss-at-nasa/comments 2009-05-23T13:06:19-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/new-boss-at-nasa <p><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30896443/"><img class="left" title="charles-bolden1" src="/images/blog/charles-bolden1-150x150.jpg" alt="charles-bolden1" width="150" height="150" /></a></p><p>President Obama <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30896443/" target="_blank">ha</a><a href="http: Space Shuttle Atlantis in Limbo http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-shuttle-atlantis-in-limbo http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-shuttle-atlantis-in-limbo/comments 2009-05-23T12:30:39-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/space-shuttle-atlantis-in-limbo <p>Fresh off its successful mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope last week, the shuttle Atlantis had to cancel its second homecoming attempt on Saturday because of bad weather in Florida. The seven crew members on board Atlantis will have to wait at least one more day before maki Triana's Journal: Wishing Vs. Creating http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-wishing-vs-creating http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-wishing-vs-creating/comments 2009-05-21T17:11:56-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-wishing-vs-creating <p>I was finishing up a paper for school today, sitting near the back of the auditorium. I struck up a conversation with Angelina and she said something that stayed with me. Now, as I think more about it, I realize how important it is. In fact, I might post something to the crew later, just to give Just a Few Small Repairs... in Space! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-a-few-small-repairs-in-space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-a-few-small-repairs-in-space/comments 2009-05-19T17:02:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/just-a-few-small-repairs-in-space <p><p id="text-placeholder" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> </span> <p id="text-placeholder" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://hubblesite.org/"><img id="image-placeholder" style="borde Blast Off! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blast-off http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blast-off/comments 2009-03-16T17:49:53-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/blast-off <p><img class="left" title="discoverylaunch" src="/images/blog/discoverylaunch-150x150.jpg" alt="discoverylaunch" width="120" height="120" />Originally scheduled to lift off a month ago, the space shuttle Discovery finally received the green light on March 15th. This time the cargo includes more com The Search for...Eos?? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-search-for-eos http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-search-for-eos/comments 2009-03-07T13:27:31-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/the-search-for-eos <p><img class="left" title="earthsunrise" src="/images/blog/earthsunrise-150x150.jpg" alt="earthsunrise" width="120" height="120" />Fans of the Galahad book series know that Triana and the crew are on their way to Eos, a star system that contains not one, but two Earth-like planets.</p><p>Well, we m Name That Node! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/name-that-node http://www.domtesta.com/blog/name-that-node/comments 2009-02-25T19:36:19-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/name-that-node <p><img class="left" title="astronaut" src="/images/blog/astronaut-150x150.jpg" alt="astronaut" width="150" height="150" />I know, it sounds kinda funny...but this could be very, very cool for you. The people at NASA are looking for some help in naming a new section of the International Space Statio What A Blast! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-a-blast http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-a-blast/comments 2009-02-22T09:05:59-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/what-a-blast <p><img class="left" title="gammaray" src="/images/blog/gammaray-150x150.jpg" alt="gammaray" width="150" height="150" />What is this? It's an image of one of the largest and most spectacular explosions in the universe. And when we say large, we mean HUGE!</p><p>Thank goodness it happened so far away A Green Comet? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-green-comet http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-green-comet/comments 2009-02-09T20:36:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-green-comet <p><img width="135" height="135" alt="cometlulin" src="/images/blog/cometlulin-150x150.jpg" title="cometlulin" class="left" />A couple of Galahad fans picked up on this before I did and sent me emails about it. Hopefully this comet is not related to Comet Bhaktul. And for those of you who think you Triana's Journal: Human Touch http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-human-touch http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-human-touch/comments 2009-02-08T15:34:41-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-human-touch <p>We learned a lot during our training for this mission. Much of it had to do with science, mathematics, and other subjects to help us with our day-to-day responsibilities of running the ship.</p><p>But we also learned quite a bit about what makes us tick. I know that Dr. Armistead did all that she Mars Rovers Celebrate an Amazing Anniversary! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-rovers-celebrate-an-amazing-anniversary http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-rovers-celebrate-an-amazing-anniversary/comments 2009-01-04T11:43:11-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/mars-rovers-celebrate-an-amazing-anniversary <p><img class="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="marsrover" src="/images/blog/marsrover.jpg" alt="marsrover" width="120" height="81" />It's hard to believe, but afterthey were expected to last perhaps three months, the twin Mars Rovers, na Shuttle Launch: Space Station To Get Makeover http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shuttle-launch-space-station-to-get-makeover http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shuttle-launch-space-station-to-get-makeover/comments 2008-11-16T08:09:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/shuttle-launch-space-station-to-get-makeover <p><img class="left" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="shuttle-launch" src="/images/blog/shuttle-launch.jpg" alt="shuttle-launch" width="320" height="180" />The International Space Station is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and the time has come to fix things up a bit. The space Great Site for Teachers http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-site-for-teachers http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-site-for-teachers/comments 2008-11-06T16:18:50-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/great-site-for-teachers <p><img class="left" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;" title="planet" src="/images/blog/planet.jpg" alt="planet" width="120" height="90" />I'm a big fan of Astronomy magazine, because it's loaded with terrific articles and images that help to explain s Triana's Journal: Dreams http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-dreams http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-dreams/comments 2008-10-26T01:49:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-dreams <p>Over the past two years my dreams have become more and more vivid. Often the dreams are of dad, which make me happy, because in a way they give me a chance to stay connected with him. Some of those dreams are based strongly on pure memories of him, while others are very unfamiliar and slightly bi Back to the Moon! http://www.domtesta.com/blog/back-to-the-moon http://www.domtesta.com/blog/back-to-the-moon/comments 2008-10-22T15:10:27-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/back-to-the-moon <p><img class="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="moon" src="/images/blog/moon.jpg" alt="moon" width="120" height="119" />In order to launch amazing ships like Galahad, we have to take baby steps. One of those first steps includes setting u Triana's Journal: Mountains Crumble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-mountains-crumble http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-mountains-crumble/comments 2008-08-21T16:52:45-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-mountains-crumble <p>I know that I'm like most people when it comes to issues that trouble me; I tend to think of them as immense obstacles, giant barriers to happiness. And, many times, I feel that they will overwhelm me. It's during these moments that I try to remember another of the great lessons that my dad taugh Triana's Journal: Things Happen For a Reason? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-things-happen-for-a-reason http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-things-happen-for-a-reason/comments 2008-04-06T11:16:41-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-things-happen-for-a-reason <p>At lunch this week I heard someone say "everything happens for a reason." It made me stop and think...and I'm still thinking about it.</p><p>I struggle with this. On one hand, to say that everything happens for a reason is a powerful incentive to learn and grow. Take what happened with Comet Bhak A Tiny Black Hole? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-tiny-black-hole http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-tiny-black-hole/comments 2008-04-06T10:51:47-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/a-tiny-black-hole <p><img class="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="blackhole" src="/images/blog/blackhole.jpg" alt="blackhole" width="100" height="66" />I get questions all the time about what the crew from Galahad might encounter during their voyage, and m Triana's Journal: Communication http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-communication http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-communication/comments 2008-03-03T18:31:36-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-communication <p>Electronic communication has been around for a long time, and I can't deny how useful it is. Email, a term that was born with the personal computer in the late 20th century, gets a lot of use on Galahad; I know that I rely on it daily.</p><p>And yet I'm finally beginning to understand why Dr. Zim Galahad's Space Crops http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahads-space-crops http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahads-space-crops/comments 2008-03-02T13:10:38-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/galahads-space-crops <p><img class="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="corn" src="/images/blog/corn.jpg" alt="corn" width="100" height="148" />If the crew of Galahad expects to eat during the mission to Eos, then Bon and his workers have a lot of work to do. Th Triana's Journal: Self-Esteem http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-self-esteem http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-self-esteem/comments 2008-01-27T10:08:03-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-self-esteem <p>In the Dining Hall this evening I overheard two girls talking about self-esteem. I wasn't trying to snoop, but I was alone, they were right next to me, and it was impossible to tune them out. I found their conversation interesting because of the strange turn that it took.</p><p>Within moments of Triana's Journal: Being Right vs Being Popular http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-being-right-vs-being-popular http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-being-right-vs-being-popular/comments 2008-01-09T16:42:26-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-being-right-vs-being-popular <p>I have read passages from great leaders who have mentioned that leadership is a very lonely thing. I have vague memories of my father talking about this, and slightly more recent experiences with Dr. Zimmer; they both pretty much said the same thing.</p><p>It's human nature to want people to like Triana's Journal: Time Heals Wounds...? http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-time-heals-wounds- http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-time-heals-wounds-/comments 2007-09-22T18:09:12-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-time-heals-wounds- <p>It's been more than six months since we left Earth behind.  Or, to be more honest with myself, it's been six months since I fled.  That's really what it was all about for me, and it's only been in the last month or so that I've been able to fully understand that.</p><p>Dr. Zimmer knew it.  I stil Triana's Journal: Freedom http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-freedom http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-freedom/comments 2007-07-05T10:46:52-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-freedom <p>One of the things I look forward to during my down-time is reading.  On Galahad, our library (unfortunately) does not consist of very many real books.  It's a space/weight issue.  So instead we have books inside our computer banks, and (fortunately) it includes tens of thousands of titles. Dr. Zi Triana's Journal: Life Balance http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-life-balance http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-life-balance/comments 2007-06-03T12:58:58-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-life-balance <p>This evening, after a good workout in the gym with Channy and then a light dinner with Lita, I spent about an hour in my room, alone.  For the first time in months I pulled out a few of the letters that my dad wrote to me before he died.  It's still tough to read them without crying, but as time Triana's Journal: Laughing At Myself http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-laughing-at-myself http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-laughing-at-myself/comments 2007-02-27T19:26:00-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/triana-s-journal-laughing-at-myself <p>Channy said something today that really got&nbsp;my attention.&nbsp; She was...well, she was being Channy, joking around and&nbsp;getting people to laugh.&nbsp; At one point she had some fun at my expense,&nbsp;which I probably deserved.&nbsp; While everyone else laughed, I smiled for a&nbsp;mome Triana's Journal: Holiday in Space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-holiday-in-space http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-holiday-in-space/comments 2006-12-18T10:24:55-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-holiday-in-space <p>When I was a little girl, the only thing I really understood about the holiday season was that I would be receiving gifts. My mom would usually toss some clothes my way, or find some other 'practical' thing I needed.  My dad, on the other hand, used the occasion to spoil me with all of the fun th Triana's Journal: Family... http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-family- http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-family-/comments 2006-10-11T20:46:59-07:00 Galahad Series http://www.domtesta.com/blog/trianas-journal-family- <p>I tend to be quiet when there's a group of people sitting around, talking.  It's just my nature to sit still and absorb.  Lately I've heard several crew members on the ship talking about their families.</p><p>There was a lot of excitement when we launched from Earth more than six months ago.  Sur