Plans for the world's "most powerful rocket since man went to the moon" were unveiled today.
As The Associated Press reports, "the rocket could lift twice as much cargo into orbit as the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Space Exploration Technology's new rocket, called Falcon Heavy, is big enough to send cargo or even people out of Earth's orbit to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. Only the long retired Saturn V rocket that sent men to the moon was bigger."
NATO said Tuesday that international airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces have destroyed 30 percent of Libya's military capacity, even as regime troops unleashed a withering bombardment against rebels outside an eastern oil town.
But the alliance said Gadhafi's forces had changed tactics in the besieged western city of Misurata by moving tanks and other heavy equipment to civilian areas to prevent pilots from targeting them.
The nuclear accident in Japan has rekindled debate about what to do with used reactor fuel.
The Japanese power plant housed tons of highly radioactive used fuel in pools filled with water. Some of that water either leaked out or boiled away during the accident, putting that fuel at risk of burning and releasing radioactive material. With similar fuel pools at more than 60 reactor sites in the U.S., there's renewed interest in their safety.
Alonzo Mendez is the first person in his family to go to college. He's a 19-year-old student at Atlanta's Georgia Perimeter College and he's just one of many Georgia students who benefit from the state's HOPE scholarship, a program that uses lottery funds to pay college tuition for students who maintain a B average.
This year, state budget shortfalls and a drop in lottery revenue have led to cuts in HOPE scholarship funding. That means most students will no longer qualify for full scholarships, leaving many to wonder how they'll raise the cash to cover the extra costs.