A spacewalk may take place today (June 1st) on the ISS (International Space Station) but if it does, Russian space station commander Pavel Vinogradov will NOT hit a golf ball into space, as he had planned to do.

In space.com, Tariq Malik quotes ISS spokesperson Kylie Clem as saying, “We’ve been told that it’s pushed to the next [Russian] spacewalk,” which is scheduled for November. There’s no word about why Vinogradov won’t try to hit a golf ball into orbit?maybe his swing is off.

Art credit: freeimages.co.uk

At unknowncountry.com, we take you into space and many other places you’ve never dreamed of going before. But in order to keep this ship going, we need your support, so subscribe today. And show your colors when you do.

read more

There is ongoing controversy about whether or not a miniature species of human beings once lived on a remote island in Indonesia. Now archeologists have discovered tiny tools suggesting that this race of small humans really did exist. Anthropologist James Phillips says, “These tools are so advanced that there is no way they were made by anyone other than Homo sapiens.”

Steve Connor writes in the Independent that these people, who have been nicknamed “Hobbits” by the scientific community, were about 3 feet tall and became extinct over 10,000 years ago. Despite having small brains (the skulls that have been found can fit into the palm of a hand), they created fairly sophisticated tools.
read more

We recently reported that here in the US, we’re not as healthy as we think we are. The British are actually healthier than we are. Now Mike Stobbe writes in LiveScience.com that Canadians are healthier than Americans as well.

Livescience.com reports that Americans are 42% percent more likely than Canadians to have diabetes, 32% more likely to have high blood pressure, and 12% more likely to have arthritis. Harvard Medical School researchers Dr. Steffie Woolhandler says, “We’re really falling behind other nations.”
read more