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  • Scientists Narrow Down When China's Falling Space Station Will Burn Up in the Atmosphere

    03/20/2018 12:50:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    popularmechanics ^ | Mar 20, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    As the station continues to drop ever lower in its orbit, it becomes easier to predict its reentry date. In early March scientists knew enough to pinpoint the reentry date at somewhere near the end of the month, and now better data has given us an even more accurate estimate: March 31, plus or minus a few days. But if predicting when Tiangong-1 will come down is hard, predicting where it will reenter is pretty much impossible. The station orbits the Earth several times per day, which means even a few minutes is enough time to bring the station over...
  • Florida sheriff shares photo of arrested spring breakers being happily carried to jail

    03/20/2018 6:56:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    cny central ^ | Sunday, March 18th 2018 | by Jessica Townsend
    Okaloosa Sheriff tweeted a photo of a group of people arrested on St. Patrick's Day, reminding everyone that they have "zero tolerance" for underage drinking.
  • SpaceX’s first BFR manufacturing facility approved by the Port of LA

    03/19/2018 6:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    teslarati ^ | March 19, 2018 | By Eric Ralph
    SpaceX has been given initial acquire and develop a massive vacant lot into a facility capable of manufacturing the first BFR prototypes and refurbishing the company’s reusable Falcon 9 boosters.... A request summary completed on March 6 details SpaceX’s proposal, laying out a bright future of rocket manufacturing for the abandoned 18-acre lot at Berth 240, one that might soon support “composite curing, cleaning, painting, and assembly [of commercial transportation vessels]” that “would need to be transported by water due to their size.” This description meshes almost perfectly with past discussion of BFR manufacturing plans from SpaceX executives like...
  • Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

    03/19/2018 4:16:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | | March 19, 2018 | Robert Sanders,
    A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars’ putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought. The early ocean known as Arabia (left, blue) would have looked like this when it formed 4 billion years ago on Mars, while the Deuteronilus ocean, about 3.6 billion years old, had a smaller shoreline. Both coexisted with the massive volcanic province Tharsis, located on the unseen side of the planet, which may have helped support the existence of liquid water. The water...
  • 1st Known Interstellar Visitor Gets Weirder: 'Oumuamua Likely Had 2 Stars

    03/19/2018 4:09:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | March 19, 2018 06:12pm ET | Mike Wall,
    Our solar system's first known interstellar visitor is likely even more alien than previously imagined, a new study suggests. The mysterious, needle-shaped object 'Oumuamua, which was spotted zooming through Earth's neighborhood last October, probably originated in a two-star system, according to the study. 'Oumuamua means "scout" in Hawaiian; the object was discovered by researchers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), at Haleakala Observatory on the island of Maui. ... "It's really odd that the first object we would see from outside our system would be an asteroid, because a comet would be a lot easier to...
  • People Who Enjoy Cleaning The House Are Happier, More Relaxed, Survey Finds

    03/19/2018 3:03:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies ^ | 19Mar | Daniel Steingold
    Clorox, the household name in the cleaning industry, recently released findings... The study’s first component consisted of an online survey of 2,000 American adults which found that those who enjoyed the act of cleaning were 25% happier that those who did not. People who keep a clean home are not only happier, but more relaxed and focused than those who are messy, a new survey finds. What’s more: children in cleaner home study more and show greater empathy. Furthermore, those who frequently spruced up the house didn’t seem to experience diminishing returns: for each extra hour of cleaning a week,...
  • Uber Halts Testing On Driverless Cars After Pedestrian Killed

    03/19/2018 1:33:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cbs2la ^ | March 19, 2018 at 10:23 am
    The woman died of her injuries at a hospital and her name was not made public. In a statement Monday, Uber said: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.” Dara Khosrowshahi. the company’s CEO, tweeted this statement: Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened ... Uber has been testing the self-driving vehicles in Tempe and Phoenix for months. Late last month, California announced new rules that will allow driverless...
  • Strongest Fast Radio Burst Signal From Space Captured In Australia

    03/19/2018 7:33:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    A team of of researchers from the Parkes Observatory in Australia have recorded three fast radio burst signals. One of them was the brightest ever recorded, amazing scientists as to where these signals really come from. The unusual radio signals registered on March 1, and a later one took place on March 11. The brightest signal was recorded on March 9. Fast radio bursts are controversial because their origin remain unknown. ... The brightest fast radio burst observed was FRB 180309 that flashed on March 9. It has a signal-to-noise ratio of 411. The other two observed this month were named FRB...
  • The Latest: British woman killed fighting with Syrian Kurds

    03/19/2018 6:42:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    She is the first foreign national to die in the battle for Afrin. She is also the first British female fighter and the eighth Briton to die fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in Syria. The Press Association says Campbell was 26 years old from Lewes, East Sussex. Macer Gifford, a Briton who travelled with Campbell, said they arrived last May to eastern Syria, where they joined the U.S-backed Kurdish militia to fight against Islamic State militants. Gifford returned home after the fall of the city of Raqqa last summer. Gifford told The Associated Press via Twitter that Campbell, an animal...
  • Tripwire may have triggered latest explosion in Austin that injured 2 men: Officials

    03/19/2018 6:24:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    kxan ^ | 03/19/2018 | Wil Cruz, M.L. Nestel, Karma Allen,Bill Hutchinson
    The three previous bombings this month, over an 11-day period, killed two people and injured two others. Those three bombs were left as packages on doorsteps, while Manley said Sunday's device was different: It was placed on the side of the road. The victims were injured either while riding their bikes, or pushing them, Manley said. "It is very possible that this device was activated by someone handling or triggering a tripwire," Manley said, adding that the mechanism used to set off the explosion remained "unconfirmed."
  • Cirque du Soleil star Yann Arnaud plunges to death during Florida show

    03/18/2018 7:09:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    Arnaud had been performing in Cirque shows for 15 years and was considered one of the company's most experienced entertainers, President and Chief Executive Daniel Lamarre told Reuters in a telephone interview. "We were very surprised, considering his experience, that something like that happened," said Lamarre, speaking from Tampa, where he had flown to be with the show's cast. "I cannot describe to you how the people feel. It's terrible." The death is the third involving a Cirque performer in the company's 34 years, Lamarre said, adding that the aerial strap act was seen as a relatively safe number. Julian...
  • Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

    03/18/2018 11:16:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | March 18, 2018 - 10:11AM | Mark Austin
    One of the most intriguing efforts is spearheaded by Airbus, and its target is the biggest hunk of junk in orbit — Envisat, the largest Earth observation satellite ever launched, weighing more than eight tons. The company wants to corral the floating behemoth with a giant space harpoon, and then drag it down into the atmosphere, where it will burn up on reentry. According to the BBC, the harpoon is currently being developed in England, and a small prototype will be tested during next month’s RemoveDebris mission. “If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it...
  • Solar Storms Could Cause Mayhem With GPS-Reliant Autonomous Cars

    03/18/2018 11:07:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    carscoops ^ | March 18, 2018 | Brad Anderson |
    Such storms only occur occasionally but result in a massive spike in geomagnetic activity and radiation. For driverless vehicles which rely heavily on GPS, this could cause mayhem as the connection between a GPS system and the satellites could be cut off. In theory, disaster could follow on the roads. According to Scott McIntosh, director of the high-altitude observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, using GPS heavily in programming a driverless car from Point A to Point B is an issue. ... Fortunately, there are systems in place to avoid truly disastrous scenarios. In fact,...
  • North Korea, US representatives to meet in Finland

    03/18/2018 7:06:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2018 | David McKenzie, Jungeun Kim and Yuli Yang,
    The North Korea talks in Finland will include American representatives who are not government officials, said Kimmo Lahdevirta, an official at the Finland foreign ministry. The US does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea. South Korea's Foreign Ministry told CNN that former officials and private experts from South Korea would be at the "second-tier" talks on denuclearization. The ministry suggested the US would also be represented in some way, without giving details. Lahdevirta described the meeting as a "track 1.5 academic meeting ... involving representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the US." So-called "track 1.5 talks" bring...
  • LA Marathon To Close Dozens Of Streets Sunday

    03/17/2018 3:20:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/17/2018
    The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and other agencies will strictly enforce a restricted, non-parking policy, including citing and impounding vehicles parked on the temporarily restricted, no-parking streets, at designated times. During the closures, the major open east-west routes will be: — The 10 Freeway — Olympic Boulevard between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles — Wilshire Boulevard from Santa Monica to Santa Monica Boulevard — Beverly Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard — Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Myra Avenue — Sunset Boulevard between Pacific Palisades and Doheny Drive The major open north-south routes will...
  • 3D Scan of a Cave Network...Technology Could be Used to Map Out Lava Tubes on the Moon and Mars

    03/17/2018 3:07:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 15 Mar , 2018 | Matt Williams
    Pegasus Backpack, a wearable mapping solution that collects geometric data without a satellite ad synchronizes images collected by five cameras and two 3D imaging laser profilers, and the Leica BLK360 – the smallest and lightest imaging scanner on the market. In less than three hours, the team managed to map all the contours of the lava produce a 3D visual of all the twists and turns of the lava tube. The scan that resulted covers a 1.3 km section of the cave system with an unprecedented resolution of a few centimeters. Santagata and the Virtual Geography Agency also turned...
  • Britain 'four meals away from anarchy' if cyber attack takes out power grid

    03/17/2018 2:50:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    yahoo ^ | 03/17/2018
    The warning comes weeks after the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said Russia had been spying on the UK’s energy infrastructure and could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands” of deaths if it crippled the power supply. America this week blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid.  Energy and security experts say a cyber attack is one of a number of so-called “black sky hazards” that have the potential to knock out power for days, weeks or even longer across large parts of a country, or even continent....
  • Nation [India] Pays Tributes To Kalpana Chawla On Her 56th Birth Anniversary

    03/17/2018 7:53:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    NEWS WORLD INDIA ^ | | March 17 , 2018 , 19:23 IST
    An inspiration and idol to countless girls, Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman to fly in space. Born on 17 March 1962, in Karnal, Haryana. She acquired her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh in 1982. After completing her graduation in Engineering, she moved from India to the US in 1982 and made her first space trip aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997. During her first space mission, she also spoke to the then Prime Minister of India Inderjit K Gujral from the orbit. Chawla's second space trip in 2003 ended...
  • In California's rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state

    03/17/2018 7:16:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    L A Times ^ | Mar 17, 2018 | 5:00 AM | | By Hailey Branson-Potts Anderson, Calif.
    The breakaway state of Jefferson is a decades-old idea, but it has been revived in earnest in recent years by residents who say they are fed up with their voices being drowned out in Sacramento, where outspoken urban Democrats hold a vise grip on the state Legislature. Supporters say overregulation has hobbled rural industries such as timber, mining and fishing and that the state’s high taxes and cost of living are driving young people away, quickening the decline of small towns. They chafe under California’s strict gun-control policies and are infuriated by its liberal immigration laws. They cite California’s new...
  • The truth about astronaut Scott Kelly’s viral ‘space genes’

    03/16/2018 10:20:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16 at 11:27 AM | Sarah Kaplan
    [A]rticles claiming that the mission activated Kelly's “space genes,” that 7 percent of his genes didn't return to normal post-spaceflight, and that he and Mark are no longer identical twins..... these stories are biologically impossible. If 7 percent of Kelly's genome was altered, he would be about as different from a human as a rhesus monkey. ... Your genome dwells inside the nuclei of your cells. Think of it as an instruction manual: It is the complete set of DNA that describes the form and function of every aspect of your being, with each gene pertaining to a particular task life requires. But this manual...