Disguised As A School

12:14:07 PM, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

-- A pedophile disguised as a school is gettin kids everywhere!

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Cosmic Explosion Is New Candidate for Most Distant Object in the Universe

1:28:56 AM, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — A gamma-ray burst detected by NASA's Swift satellite in April 2009 has been newly unveiled as a candidate for the most distant object in the universe. At an estimated distance of 13.14 billion light years, the burst lies far beyond any known quasar and could be more distant than any previously known galaxy or gamma-ray burst. Multiple lines of evidence in favor of a record-breaking distance for this burst, known as GRB 090429B for the 29 April 2009 date when it was discovered, are presented in a paper by an international team of astronomers led by former Penn State University graduate student Antonino Cucchiara, now at the University of California, Berkeley.

The paper has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

The gigantic burst of gamma rays erupted from an exploding star when the universe was less than 4% of its present age, just 520 million years old, and less than 10% of its present size. "The galaxy hosting the progenitor star of GRB 090429B was truly one of the first galaxies in the universe," said Derek Fox, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State and a co-author of the paper. "Beyond the possible cosmic distance record, GRB 090429B illustrates how gamma-ray bursts can be used to reveal the locations of massive stars in the early universe and to track the processes of early galaxy and star formation that eventually led to the galaxy-rich cosmos we see around us today."

Gamma-ray bursts, the brightest explosions known, occur somewhere within the observable universe at a rate of about two per day. Thanks to their extreme brightness, gamma-ray bursts can be detected by Swift and other satellite observatories even when they occur at distances of billions of light years. While the bursts themselves last for minutes at most, their fading "afterglow" light remains observable from premier astronomical facilities for days to weeks. Detailed studies of the afterglow during this time, when feasible, allow astronomers to measure the distance to the burst..."

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Skin patch could cure peanut allergy

12:54:10 AM, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A revolutionary skin patch that may cure thousands of deadly peanut allergy has been developed by paediatricans.

Researchers believe it presents one of the best possible ways of finding an effective treatment for a life threatening reaction to peanuts.

Developed by two leading paediatricians the device releases minute doses of peanut oil under the skin.

The aim is to educate the body so it doesnt over-react to peanut exposure.

Human safety trials have started in Europe and the United States and it is hoped that the patch could become become available within 3-4 years.

One of its two French inventors, Dr Pierre-Henri Benhamou, said: We envisage that the patch would be worn daily for several years and would slowly reduce the severity of accidental exposure to peanut...

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Moon Water — And Lots of it

12:19:41 AM, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"There is water inside the moon—so much, in fact, that in some places it rivals the amount of water found within the Earth.

The finding comes from the first measurements of water in lunar melt inclusions. Those measurements show that some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as the Earth’s upper mantle.

Lunar melt inclusions are tiny globules of molten rock trapped within crystals that are found in volcanic glass deposits formed during explosive eruptions. The new finding, published this week in Science Express, shows lunar magma water contents 100 times higher than previous studies have suggested.

The result is the culmination of years of investigation by the team searching for water and other volatiles in volcanic glasses returned by NASA Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In a paper in Nature in 2008, the same team led by Alberto Saal, associate professor of geological sciences at Brown University, reported the first evidence for the presence of water and used models to estimate how much water was originally in the magmas before eruption.

“The bottom line,” said Saal, an author on the Science Express paper and the principal investigator on the research grants, “is that in 2008, we said the primitive water content in the lunar magmas should be similar to the water content in lavas coming from the Earth’s depleted upper mantle. Now, we have proven that is indeed the case.”

The new finding got a critical assist from a Brown undergraduate student, Thomas Weinreich, who found the melt inclusions that allowed the team to measure the pre-eruption concentration of water in the magma and to estimate the amount of water in the Moon’s interior..."

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Clinton, Ryan Caught On Tape On Medicare Cuts

9:54:28 PM, Sunday, May 29, 2011

-- Not all that surprising really.

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I’m Just a Cat and I’m Doing Cat Stuff

9:38:10 PM, Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter for Not Predicting Earthquake

1:03:27 PM, Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Earthquake prediction can be a grave, and faulty science, and in the case of Italian seismologists who are being tried for the manslaughter of the people who died in the 2009 L'Aquila quake, it can have legal consequences.

The group of seven, including six seismologists and a government official, reportedly didn't alert the public ahead of time of the risk of the L'Aquila earthquake, which occurred on April 6 of that year, killing around 300 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

But most scientists would agree it's not their fault they couldn't predict the wrath of Mother Nature.

"We're not able to predict earthquakes very well at all," John Vidale, a Washington State seismologist and professor at the University of Washington, told LiveScience.

Even though advances have been made, the day scientists are able to forecast earthquakes is still "far away," Dimitar Ouzounov, a professor of earth sciences at Chapman University in California, said this month regarding the prediction of the March 11 earthquake in Japan..."

-- WTH

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Monsters of IC 1396

1:49:16 AM, Saturday, May 28, 2011

-- "Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of the glowing gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The entire nebula might even look like a face of a monster. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far from Earth to be dangerous. Energetic light from this star is eating away the dust of the dark cometary globule at the top right of the image. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this star are also pushing away ambient gas and dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the IC 1396 complex is relatively faint and covers a region on the sky with an apparent width of more than 10 full moons. Recently, over 100 young stars have been discovered forming in the nebula. "

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Satellite Images Provide Blueprint for Ancient Egypt

1:41:17 AM, Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Satellites orbiting 400 miles above earth have revealed numerous hidden ancient sites across Egypt, including 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,100 settlements, the BBC reported this week. The pioneering project, which fused cutting-edge infrared imaging with the historically low-tech field of archaeology, was funded by a grant from the BBC and spearheaded by Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For more than a year, Parcak and her team scanned giant swaths of Egypt with a combination of NASA and commercial satellites, using techniques they had developed on a smaller scale and previously employed in regions in the South Sinai, East Delta and Middle Egypt. “The thing that was new for me was that I had never before been able to apply the technology over a broad area and test it on different environments and sites,” Parcak explained. “We scaled up our methodology across Egypt.”

The contours of ancient Egyptian homes and other buildings appear in infrared imagery because they were constructed from mud brick, a dense material that stands out from surrounding soil. As a result, the satellite images showed both known archaeological sites that have been studied and excavated for decades and other ancient treasures ostensibly buried deep beneath the sand. When Parcak and her colleagues pinpointed famous pyramids captured by the cameras, for instance, they also spotted similar-looking structures nearby, an indication that our inventory of ancient Egypt’s most iconic architectural marvels is incomplete. “For me, the exciting part is the possibility,” Parcak said. “We just don’t know what these things might be, but we know there’s something there..."”

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Project Acoustic Kitty: How the CIA Failed at Using Cats as Spies

3:10:46 PM, Friday, May 27, 2011

"Cats are perfect spies. They're small, they're stealthy, and they excel at seducing humans, who can't help but pet them while blathering on about state secrets. This is exactly why the CIA decided to implant listening devices into cats and train them to go where they were told. This is no joke, it's Project Acoustic Kitty.

The CIA chose a grey and white adult female cat to be its first agent under Project Acoustic Kitty. Rigging the cat to record audio was the easy part of the program: a 3/4 inch transmitter was embedded in its skull, with a microphone hidden in its ear canal. The antenna ran all the way along the cat's back to its tail, underneath the fur. Short battery life meant that the cat couldn't spend too long on any one mission, but as it turned out, that was one of the least limiting factors of the whole business.

As you might expect, training the cat to do as she was told was not an easy task. While it was possible to get her to move in a specific direction or go to a specific location in a structured indoor environment, once they brought her outside, she was hopeless. That is to say, she did exactly what her trainers wanted, unless she got bored. Or distracted. Or hungry. And, being a cat, she was at least one (if not more) of those things a large portion of the time.

Apparently, her hunger issues were somehow "addressed with another operation," and her training was intensified until the CIA was reasonably confident (or however confident they could possibly be) that the cat was capable of actually going where she was told. All told, the program had taken about $20 million and five years, but Acoustic Kitty was finally ready for deployment..."

-- Kan I haz spy-kitteh?

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Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama

2:24:32 PM, Friday, May 27, 2011

"WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.

"It's an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat," Obama said Friday after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

With Obama in France, the White House said the president used an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president.

Congress sent the bill to the president with only hours to go on Thursday before the provisions expired at midnight. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused.

The Senate voted 72-23 for the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting authorities. The House passed the measure 250-153 on an evening vote.

A short-term expiration would not have interrupted ongoing operations but would have barred the government from seeking warrants for new investigations..."

-- Change we can believe in. Typical.

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Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V - Drowning (Avicii Remix)

2:14:11 PM, Friday, May 27, 2011
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School Superintendent to Governor: Please Make My School a Prison

2:07:32 PM, Friday, May 27, 2011

"A school superintendent in Michigan has written a public letter to the editor asking Governor Rick Snyder if his school can become a prison instead. The full text is below. What do you think?

—-Dear Governor Snyder,

In these tough economic times, schools are hurting. And yes, everyone in Michigan is hurting right now financially, but why aren’t we protecting schools? Schools are the one place on Earth that people look to to “fix” what is wrong with society by educating our youth and preparing them to take on the issues that society has created.

One solution I believe we must do is take a look at our corrections system in Michigan. We rank nationally at the top in the number of people we incarcerate. We also spend the most money per prisoner annually than any other state in the union. Now, I like to be at the top of lists, but this is one ranking that I don’t believe Michigan wants to be on top of.

Consider the life of a Michigan prisoner. They get three square meals a day. Access to free health care. Internet. Cable television. Access to a library. A weight room. Computer lab. They can earn a degree. A roof over their heads. Clothing. Everything we just listed we DO NOT provide to our school children.

This is why I’m proposing to make my school a prison. The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 per prisoner, yet we are struggling to provide schools with $7,000 per student. I guess we need to treat our students like they are prisoners, with equal funding..."

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Florida Man's Drowning in Antioch Lake Related to Rapture Prediction, Detective Says

11:30:24 AM, Friday, May 27, 2011

"Victor Frasno thought God was on the other side of an Antioch lake, so he tried not once, but twice to get across, even though he could not swim.

God would help him reach the other side of the 80-acre reservoir, he told his older brother. The brother was also "chosen," so he pulled him into the frigid water, too.

After a chaotic hour or so at the sprawling Contra Loma Regional Park, battling with his brother and sister-in-law in and out of the frigid water, Frasno drowned.

Authorities pulled his body from the lake at 11:20 p.m. Friday, 20 minutes after the first of a series of world-ending earthquakes were supposed to have begun, according to an Oakland-based radio evangelist's Judgment Day prediction.

The world did not end, but investigators believe the highly publicized rapture proclamation -- with more than 5,000 billboards worldwide and a caravan of believers spreading the word -- helped push Frasno, 25, over the edge.

"I believe it probably had something to do with the rapture because this wasn't his normal behavior," said Detective Holly Sontag, who investigated the drowning for the East Bay Regional Park District police, which oversees the park.

The tale began late last year when the devout Frasno temporarily moved from Florida to the Bay Area. He spent weekdays with his sister in San Francisco and weekends with his brother in Antioch, Sontag said. He had no work and was to return to Florida at the end of the month..."

-- Yep...

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Bosnia Genocide Suspect Ratko Mladic Arrested in Serbia

11:19:54 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian military commander accused of genocide in the bloodiest war fought in Europe since World War II, was arrested Thursday after more than 15 years in hiding, Serbia's president announced.

Mladic was the highest-ranking war crimes suspect to remain at large from the wars that accompanied the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. His arrest in Serbia followed a three-year investigation, President Boris Tadic said in a dramatic and hastily announced news conference in Belgrade.

Tadic refused to give more details about the operation.

Mladic, 69, is charged with genocide, extermination and murder, among others counts, by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The tribunal has accused him of "direct involvement" in the killings of nearly 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica, Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust.

The onetime Bosnian Serb commander stands accused of "ethnic cleansing," widespread killing, forcible deportations, torture, forced labor and physical, psychological and sexual violence against Bosnian Muslims between 1992 and 1995. But he remains a hero to some of his former soldiers, said David Owen, a former European Union envoy to Yugoslavia, suggesting that his supporters had sheltered him in Serbia..."

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