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  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • Appearance on the John Batchelor Show

    I was on the John Batchelor Show last Thursday talking about Project Vanguard, GPS and my book GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones.
  • Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

    12/08/2017 10:24:51 AM PST · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    How does an astronaut return to Earth from the International Space Station? What does it feel like to re-enter the atmosphere? How does the Soyuz capsule function? Watch and find out. This video is based on an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training. It features interviews with astronauts who have flown on the Soyuz and dramatic footage of actual landings. Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations (HSO) Astronaut Training Division, Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the HSO Strategic Planning and Outreach Office, Noordwijk, The...
  • Salyut 7 - The forgotten rescue of a dead space station

    In 1985 one of the most audacious space rescue missions was launched by the Soviets to recover a space station that had been dead for months due to an unknown fault. A feat that was unparalleled in space exploration and rewrote the books on what was thought possible: and yet, its story has fallen into obscurity and conspiracy theories. This is the story Salyut 7 and how the Soviet crew of two, Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Victor Savinikh against the odds rescued it in a daring mission that was the first of its kind in space exploration. **Apologies to all the...
  • Have We Been Lied To About The Kate Steinle Case?

    12/03/2017 11:46:03 AM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 92 replies
    Red State ^ | November 30, 2017 | Sarah Rumpf
    So, we have a defendant with zero connection to Steinle. He had a history of drug crimes but no known violent crimes. The bullet that killed Steinle hit the ground and then ricocheted upwards. There was a video possibly showing another group of people disposing of the gun where Garcia Zarate said he found it. Reviewing the SIG Sauer website shows these handguns cost $1,000 or more. You can see how defense counsel could easily argue that a homeless illegal immigrant would be unfamiliar with one. All of this adds up to the defense presenting a plausible explanation for how...
  • How do you prove that Earth is older than 10,000 years?

    12/02/2017 12:19:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Backreaction ^ | Sabine Hossenfelder
    Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago. The first primitive forms of life appeared about 4 billion years ago. Natural selection did the rest, giving rise to species increasingly better adapted to their environment. Evidence, as they say, is overwhelming. Or is it? Imagine planet Earth began its existence a mere 10,000 years ago, with all fossil records in place and carbon-14 well into decaying. From there on, however, evolution proceeded as scientists tell us. How’d you prove this story wrong? You can’t. I know it hurts. But hang on there, band aid follows below. You can’t prove this...
  • Higher Standards keeps vapes clean while Aerospaced makes the daily grind better

    12/02/2017 9:36:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/2/17 | Jim Bray
    Vaping may be all the rage for partakers of medical marijuana, but while the technology does offer a relatively safe and clean way to get one's hits, it isn't all sweetness and light. Besides the moral and legal issues behind medical and/or legal cannabis, there's also the issue of maintenance if you want to keep your equipment humming along nicely. That's why Higher Standards has introduced a line of cleaning products that they say offers a, well, higher, standard of performance to what you can get from the average bottle of generic rubbing alcohol and pack of Q-tips and/or Kleenex/toilet...
  • Carbon Taxes Increase Global CO2 Emissions. Period.

    12/01/2017 2:21:14 PM PST · by Thalean · 9 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Dec 2, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    As the hysteria over global warming heats up, carbon taxes have become the cool option. Environmentalists love them. So do politicians, who are more than happy to raise taxes while scoring political points. Carbon taxes, or other analogous pricing schemes, are now prevalent in Western Europe, and are making headway in North America. For example, California recently joined forces with the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec to create an integrated cap-and-trade carbon market. On top of this, many well-known economists support carbon taxes, thinking theyre the best way to mitigate mans contribution to climate change. A new report written...
  • The German town encrusted with diamonds

    11/28/2017 2:57:15 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies ^ | 22 November 2017 | Matthew Vickery
    As I climbed the narrow staircase of the gothic church tower in Nrdlingen, Germany, the worn stone steps appeared to glimmer in the sunlight, bringing unexpected flashes of light to what should have been a dark, grey climb to the top. Thats because the entire tower is made out of suevite stone, and enclosed in it are small diamonds, Horst Lenner, the tower watchman, told me enthusiastically.
  • Leave a buffer for your bumper: Study contradicts practice of traffic light tailgating

    11/27/2017 1:44:30 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 87 replies
    science news ^ | November 27, 2017 | Virginia Tech
    The inspiration for the research first came to Boreyko when he was sitting in traffic one day. Noticing that cars had to wait for the car in front of them to regain a safe spacing before they could start moving again, he hypothesized that, contrary to popular opinion, it might actually be better for cars to stop farther apart from each other when idling at a traffic light. Analysis showed that the time required for all cars to pass through remained relatively fixed, give or take about one second, for spacing distances up to 25 feet.
  • 5,000 year old DNA reveals the surprising origins of the Irish

    11/23/2017 6:14:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 31, 2017 | Sandie Angulo Chen
    With a vial of saliva and a little cutting-edge science, AncestryDNA can tell you if youve got any Irish heritage in your genes. And with a lot of cutting-edge science, researchers in December 2015 published a study telling the world where that Irish heritage first originated. By studying the 5,000-year-old remains of a female farmer buried near Belfast, Ireland, and the remains of three men buried 3,000 and 4,000 years ago on Rathlin Island in County Antrim, archaeologists and geneticists now say they now know where the modern Irish people originally came from. The remains of the Stone Age female...
  • Homeland Security Plans Chemical & Biological Testing At Chilocco In Oklahoma

    11/22/2017 12:55:40 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 3 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-22-2017 | Tim Brown
    The Department of Homeland Security is planning to test chemical and biological agents at the formerChilocco Indian School campus in Oklahoma in early 2018, and they are being met with protests from people concerned that they aren't being given the whole truth about the tests. According to a letter from Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate announced the availability of a draft EA for performing a collaborative scientific study with OSU-University Multispectral Laboratories, L. L. C. (UML) the would include "low level outdoor release of inert chemical and biological simulant materials at the Chilocco (former) Indian School campus outside...
  • UNDERCOVER: Transgenders ACTIVELY Targeting Children and Medicaid!

    11/21/2017 8:58:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/21/17 | Steve Crowder
    Steven Crowder and Not Gay Jared go undercover to investigate the grass roots uprising of the transgender movement. What legislation are the pushing? Whom are they targeting their efforts? We find out at Burlington, Vermont's 'Trans Town Hall'!
  • The Beginners Guide to Body Types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph

    11/19/2017 7:36:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Nerd Fitness ^ | November 15, 2017 | Steve Kamb
    We are all unique. Yes, even you. Your mom was right!And you’re here because questions about your body type and genetics:What body type am I?How does it affect my training and diet?I have bad genetics, how screwed am I?I am a [body type]. Does that mean I shouldn’t do [activity]?We all have different bodies, genetics,reactions from certain foods, strengths, and weaknesses, and thus we each have different activities and behaviors that we’re predisposed to be good at (or struggle with!).The standard way of thinking tells us that we have three main “body types”: EndomorphEctomorphMesomorph (Don’t worry we’ll get into each...
  • Controversial Ruling Says Organic Crops Dont Have to Grow in Soil

    11/16/2017 10:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Sierra Magazine ^ | November 13, 2017 | Katie O'Reilly
    Is soil an essential element of organic farming? Or can a crop grown in a soil-free container still be considered organic? Since the launch of the National Organic Program in 2000, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic crop systems have been eligible to use the coveted USDA Organic seal on their products, so long as their operations comply with all other USDA organic regulations. But some organic farmers say healthy soil is the non-negotiable foundation of organic methods, and for years they have objected to the inclusion of hydroponics in organic certification. In recent months, the discussion over organic hydroponics has become...
  • Puritans' 'luxury items' unearthed in Boston

    11/15/2017 10:56:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 15, 2017 | James Rogers
    Archaeologists in Boston have unearthed surprising luxury items from the 17th century, shedding new light on the lives of Puritans in the city. Items found include an extravagant fragment of 17th-century Venetian glassware and part of an Italian plate decorated with a flower that dates from around 1630, which may be the oldest piece of European ceramic ever found in Boston. The items are significant because we rarely see them, archaeologically, Joe Bagley, city archaeologist for Bostons Landmarks Commission, told Fox News via email. Also, Puritan Boston is often seen as an extremely conservative, reserved, and religious location in the...
  • Visionary Mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky Dies at 51

    11/12/2017 8:55:36 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 10/11/17 | Kevin Hartnett
    Voevodsky’s friends remember him as constitutionally unable to compromise on the truth — a quality that led him to produce some of the most important mathematics of the 20th century. Vladimir Voevodsky at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2016. In math as in life, Vladimir Voevodsky played by his own rules. Voevodsky, a Russian-born mathematical prodigy, produced a string of daring insights in the 1990s that revolutionized one of the central fields of mathematics and established him at the pinnacle of his profession. His work continues to reverberate today. On Sept. 30, Voevodsky died in Princeton, New Jersey, at...
  • They Just Began Casting the Giant Magellan Telescopes 5th Mirror. What a Monster Job.

    11/08/2017 8:10:47 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 11/7/17 | Evan Gough
    The fifth mirror for the GMT's 7 segment primary mirror is being cast at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory at the University of Arizona. In this image, a worker at the lab places the last piece of glass for mirror 5. Image: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Astronomy, News, Observatories They Just Began Casting the Giant Magellan Telescopes 5th Mirror. What a Monster Job. Article written: 7 Nov , 2017 by Evan Gough The fifth mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is now being cast, according to an announcement from the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), the body...
  • Looking for Sports Afield September-October 2012 125th Anniversary Edition quote

    11/04/2017 9:12:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I am looking for help from someone who has access to the September-October 2012 edition of Sports Afield magazine. It is the 125th Anniversary edition. I am looking to confirm a quote from BYU professor Tom Smith. It is probably in the "Hunt Safely in Grizzly Country" article, but I do not have a page number. The quote is: "If I'm actually out hunting and I have a gun in my hands a suddenly a bear comes at me--do you think I'm going to lay the gun down and pick up bear spray? Are you out of your mind?"...
  • No Winner In Debate Over Data Analytics And Traditional Polling (Cruz campaign consultant)

    11/04/2017 8:41:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Campaigns & Elections ^ | November 3, 2017 | Chris Wilson
    We have entered the era of the individualized campaign. Data analytics allows large reams of data to influence how we reach the individual voter. This development doesnt make polling obsolete, it just means its not omnipotent. Not everyone agrees with this approach. In fact, were see a reinvigorated debate over polling and analytics taking place among top practitioners. It breaks down roughly like this, is it better to rely the emerging field of big data and predictive analytics, or fallback more established data solutions such as survey research? The debate was reignited back in September after Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg...