11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun. 1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits) 2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer – he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in …

Sequester Will Clip Air Passengers’ Wings

The nation’s air traffic controllers can’t hang out a “closed for the day” sign, so starting April 21 travelers will start to see the impact of furloughed staff. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta testified April 18 that all of the agency’s 47,000 employees, many of them air traffic controllers, will be furloughed. Between April 21 and Sept. 30, each employee will be forced to take 11 days off without pay, leaving control towers short staffed. That means many snowbirds …

The Takeaway: 10 Airports Most Likely to Spread Disease (You Might Be Surprised)

In the event of some terrible outbreak — SARS, “swine flu,” whatever it was Gwyneth Paltrow got at the beginning of Contagion — the airports most likely to spread disease aren’t necessarily the biggest or the busiest, according to a new study.