Jack Crossing's Artwork For FAN THE FIRE Magazine Cover Image

1:48:58 PM, Saturday, April 02, 2011
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Fuselage Hole Forces Southwest Emergency Landing

1:19:49 PM, Saturday, April 02, 2011

"A "gunshot-like sound" woke Brenda Reese as her Southwest Airlines flight cruised at 36,000 feet. Looking up, she could see the sky through a hole torn in the cabin roof.

The Boeing 737 lost cabin pressure after the hole developed Friday, prompting frightened passengers to grope for oxygen masks as the plane made a terrifying but controlled descent.

One passenger called it "pandemonium." Another watched as a flight attendant and another passenger passed out, apparently for lack of oxygen, their heads striking seats in front of them.

Officials said Flight 812 lost pressure because of a fuselage rupture. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot made a "controlled descent from 36,000 feet to 11,000 feet altitude."

His safe emergency landing at a military base in Yuma, about 150 miles southwest of Phoenix, drew applause from relieved passengers.

No serious injuries were reported among the 118 people aboard although a flight attendant was slightly hurt, according to Southwest officials. The cause of the hole was not immediately known. The FBI called it a "mechanical failure," not an act of terror or other foul play.

The plane is a 15-year-old Boeing 737-300. Southwest officials said they would pull about 80 similar planes out of service for inspections of the fuselage, forcing the airline to plan to cancel roughly 300 flights Saturday.

Southwest operates about 170 of the 737-300s in its fleet of about 540 planes, but it replaced the aluminum skin on many of the 300s in recent years, spokeswoman Linda Rutherford said. The roughly 80 planes being grounded have not had their skin replaced, she said..."

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Fighter Jet Video Compilation

1:04:32 PM, Saturday, April 02, 2011

-- Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2!!!

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Prehistoric Fossil May Have Inspired Greek Myths

12:05:23 PM, Saturday, April 02, 2011

"The bone of a large extinct creature, once treasured by the ancient Greeks, has finally found a permanent home in England.

Known as the Nichoria bone, the blackened fossil is part of the thigh bone of an immense extinct mammal that roamed southern Greece perhaps a million years ago. The bone was collected by ancient Greeks and may have even helped inspire certain beasts in Greek classical mythology. It was then rediscovered 40 years ago.

Since then the fossil had largely vanished from the public eye.

"It was presumed lost until 1998. Following my inquiries, the fossil was found stored in a cellar at the University of Minnesota. It then spent last decade in various U.S. labs," Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar in Classics and History of Science at Stanford University, told Discovery News.

The historic fossil has been welcomed by curators at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

"This venerable bone deserves to be displayed. It is one of only two large vertebrate fossils that were deliberately collected in antiquity and unearthed by archaeologists in Greece," Mayor said.

Large fossil remains of prehistoric species, like this petrified thigh bone, might have been the inspiration for many legendary beasts of classical mythology, according to Mayor, who described the fossil for the first time in her 2000 book "The First Fossil Hunters."

Uncovering the roots of several myths, the book, whose revised edition has been published this month, showed that prehistoric fossils exist in the very places where myths about giant beings arose.

"Most likely, the ancient Greeks found the bone in the lignite deposits of the Megalopolis basin, known in antiquity as the 'Battleground of the Giants.' There, the dense concentration of large fossil bones inspired the belief that entire armies of giants were blasted by Zeus's thunderbolts," Mayor told Discovery News..."

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New Monument for Cockleshell Heroes

4:45:01 PM, Friday, April 01, 2011

"A memorial to Second World War heroes who canoed almost 100 miles into occupied France to blow up enemy ships was unveiled yesterday after a Telegraph-backed fund-raising campaign.

The raid by the "Cockleshell Heroes" in December 1942 was so important that Winston Churchill reportedly claimed it could have shortened the war by six months.

But despite their actions being immortalised in film just over a decade later, there has until now been no public monument to recognise the bravery of the ten men.

In October we reported how Maj Malcolm Cavan, former head of the Special Boat Service, had begun raising money for a memorial at La Pointe de Grave, at the mouth of the Gironde river where the mission code-named "Operation Frankton" took place.

The appeal had stalled somewhat short of its £70,000 target, but thanks to a magnificent response from Telegraph readers the remaining £20,000 was delivered within a matter of days, allowing the project to go ahead.

The memorial is a fitting tribute to the men, all of whom had responded to an advertisement for "volunteers for hazardous service" but only two of whom survived the ordeal.

On December 7, 1942, five canoes launched from His Majesty's Submarine Tuna and headed through the night for the French coast, carrying the team who became the forerunners to the SBS.

Their mission was to plant limpet mines on a group of merchant ships 100 miles upstream in the harbour of Bordeaux, which were used to ferry supplies between Germany and Japan.

To succeed they would have to paddle through several nights, spending the days concealed on the isolated riverbank while negotiating the treacherous currents of the Gironde..."

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The Hangover Part 2 Trailer 2

3:28:43 PM, Friday, April 01, 2011
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Mali Monkey Playing With a Dachshund Puppy

3:06:58 PM, Friday, April 01, 2011
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Spring Bird by ksushiks

2:51:03 PM, Friday, April 01, 2011
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A-10 Thunderbolt II Crashes Near Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

1:15:10 PM, Friday, April 01, 2011

"KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft crashed near Spangdahlem Air Base on Friday afternoon while on a routine training mission.

The pilot was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Air Force investigators and firefighters were on the scene, according to a 52nd Fighter Wing news release.

“The jet crashed on a field roughly 250-300 meters away from the town,” said Laufeld Mayor Karl-Josef Junk, who was standing outside his house when the plane crashed.

“I saw the jet — what appeared to me [to make] a slight turn to the right, and then he crashed with his nose down into the ground,” said the mayor. He added that he heard two bangs, speculating that the first bang was the ejection of the pilot, and then he saw a huge cloud of smoke.

According to Junk, the pilot complained about back injuries.

“The firefighters were quickly at the scene and a helicopter transported the pilot to a hospital,” he said.

Spangdahlem confirmed that the pilot was evacuated for medical treatment. An official announcement on the pilot’s condition was not immediately available, but a nurse at a hospital in Trier said the airman was responsive. She declined further comment.

The identity of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of family members, Spangdahlem public affairs said.

The crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. near Laufeld, which is north of the city of Wittlich. It has a population of about 520 inhabitants, Junk said.

The aircraft, also known as the Warthog, was part of the 81st Fighter Squadron at the Spangdahlem Air Base, in Rhineland Palatinate, said Senior Airman Nathanael Callon, a spokesman for the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem. The twin-engine A-10 is used to provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks and other targets."

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Snooki of 'Jersey Shore' gets $2K more than author Toni Morrison to appear at Rutgers

10:44:48 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

"What's worth more? A commencement speech by a Nobel-winning novelist? Or a pair of Q&A sessions with one of reality television's biggest stars?

At Rutgers University, Snooki edges out Toni Morrison by a couple thousand dollars.

Last month, Rutgers officials said they had booked Morrison - author of "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and other novels - to speak in a 52,000-seat football stadium at commencement in May. She will be paid $30,000, marking the first time Rutgers has written a check for a graduation speaker.

Tonight, Rutgers students said they had also made a big-name booking. Snooki - the "Jersey Shore" star whose real name is Nicole Polizzi - appeared at two question-and-answer sessions at the Livingston Student Center in Piscataway.

Her fee: $32,000

Unlike Morrison, who was booked by university officials, a student-run committee invited Snooki. The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the reality star using the mandatory student activity fees undergraduates must pay with their tuition.

Gregory Kassee, vice president of the association's comedy and movies committee, said the group was looking for a speaker who would appeal to Rutgers students..."

-- WOW... Just wow... Speechless. 32k?! They shouldn't have her appear even for free. Heck I'd pay her to stay away from me...

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Video of Huge Helicopter Formation In Iraq

10:02:29 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

-- 101st Airborne Division (AA) arriving in Mosul, Iraq after an Air Assault. When they said invasion...

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For 12-Year Old Astrophysics Prodigy, The Sky’s The Limit

8:29:32 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

"In some ways, Jacob Barnett is just like any other 12-year-old kid. He plays Guitar Hero, shoots hoops with his friends, and has a platonic girlfriend.

But in other ways, he's a little different. Jake, who has an IQ of 170, began solving 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles at the age of 3, not long after he'd been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. A few years later, he taught himself calculus, algebra, and geometry in two weeks. By 8, he had left high school, and is currently taking college-level advanced astrophysics classes—while tutoring his older classmates. And he's being recruited for a paid researcher job by Indiana University.

Now, he's at work on a theory that challenges the Big Bang—the prevailing explanation among scientists for how the universe came about. It's not clear how developed it is, but experts say he's asking the right questions.

"The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics," Scott Tremaine of Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Studies—where Einstein (pictured) himself worked—wrote in an email to Jake's family. "Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize...""

I thought this kid would get more media attention, but since he didn't (unless he did?) here I am posting this.

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Video: Gravity Makes Earth Look Like Lumpy Ball of Play-Doh

3:18:46 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

-- "By taking more than 70 million observations during its first 2 years in orbit, a limousine-length satellite has given scientists their most detailed map yet of Earth's gravitational field. The lumpiness of that geoid—the theoretical surface that a planet-wide ocean would take if there were no tides or currents—betrays the irregularity of the planet's mass distribution, including concentrations of mass such as mountain ranges and ice sheets. Yellows and reds mark areas of higher-than-normal gravitational strength; blue shades are lower than normal. The unprecedented precision of the new geoid, released today by the European Space Agency at a workshop for scientists in Munich, will lead to better understanding of the speeds and paths of ocean currents, as well as improved estimates of how they disperse pollutants, the researchers say. The geoid will also provide new insights about geological processes occurring deep within Earth, such as the movement of one tectonic plate being shoved beneath another, and when combined with other data will help improve estimates of the thickness and mass of polar ice sheets."

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Grand Canyon of Mars

2:25:41 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

-- "The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep. By comparison, the Earth's Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8 kilometers deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled. Several geologic processes have been identified in the canyon. The above mosaic was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s."

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Could Obama Be Impeached Over Libya? Let's Ask Biden

2:10:58 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2011

‎-- "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." - Senator Barack Obama, 2007

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