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Travel (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • "Yosemite Flood: April 7, 2018"

    04/21/2018 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Voption · 13 replies
    YouTube/NPS ^ | April 11, 2018 | Yosemite National Park
    "Heavy rain and melting snow flooded Yosemite Valley last weekend, covering some roads with four feet of water. Visitors were evacuated in advance. Turn up the volume and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience! (6:08 total)
  • "SpaceX in Los Angeles"

    04/20/2018 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Voption · 16 replies
    John Batchelor Show/ WABC Radio NY ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    Rocket Lab, SpaceX takes over Los Angeles, Putin surrenders to Elon Musk, DJT and the National Space Council, the FCC whines about Space Regulation, and Long March 5 failure announced...
  • American Samoa Congressional Delegate Proposes Easier Path To Citizenship For AMERICAN Samoans

    04/19/2018 8:25:32 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 21 replies
    In response to a recent The Hill article that covered the latest lawsuit for birthright citizenship, the Hon. Delegate to Congress for AMERICAN SAMOA, Amata Radewagen, wrote “the Hill’s headline ‘American Samoa residents sue for citizenship’ is not accurate”.
  • "Zooming in on a Martian Surprise"

    04/19/2018 3:07:59 PM PDT · by Voption · 26 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 19, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    .... Above is a global map of Mars, showing its largest and well known geological features...smaller than Earth, its lack of oceans means that Mars’ actual dry surface has about the same square footage as the continents of Earth. It is a vast place. Getting a close look at every spot is going to take many decades of work, and probably won’t be finished until humans are actually walking its surface... ...let’s pick a spot to the west of Olympus Mons, the solar system’s largest volcano, and between Tharsis Montes, the string of only slightly smaller giant volcanoes to the...
  • Imaging restrictions on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    04/17/2018 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Voption · 24 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 17, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "In releasing a new set of four captioned images today from the high resolution camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the captions from each also included this paragraph: 'HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir [straight down] targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on hold.' The image restrictions are probably related to either or both the battery and reaction wheel issues noted in recent status reports.
  • Boy finds treasure linked to Viking king 'Harald Bluetooth' on Baltic island

    04/16/2018 11:23:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | AP
    Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the northern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.
  • Another Grand Canyon (Hiking) Tour; South Rim, Clear Creek, Phantom Ranch

    04/14/2018 3:31:18 AM PDT · by Voption · 9 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 7, 2017 | Robert Zimerman
    "Because I live in southern Arizona, I take advantage of this location to make an annual trip to the Grand Canyon. On my previous trips I’ve talked about the right way to hike the canyon (slowly!) and then provided some suggestions for proper preparation....This time I am simply going to suggest two hikes. One is very easy and should be done by every visitor to the South Rim. The other hike is for those who go to the bottom, and reserve themselves one day there for a day hike. Ninety percent of all visitors to the Grand Canyon never step...
  • Hezbollah's Jihad-Themed Theme Park

    04/12/2018 6:40:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    WordPress ^ | February 29, 2012 | beirutmabitmoot
    Lebanon's civil war has been described as a house of mirrors in that "it was easier to find your way in than to find your way out," (Thomas Friedman). The longer the war dragged on the more disorienting the "house" became until the most impossible ironies emerged as Lebanon's very reality. At one point following the 1982 invasion, Israel supplied Iran with US manufactured TOW missiles in a hostage exchange agreement. Iran thereafter transferred the missiles to Hezbollah within Lebanon where they were then fired back at the Israelis occupying the south. I inspected the assortment of rocket launchers in...
  • Zimmerman/Batchelor/Pappalardo podcast; April 9, 2018

    04/11/2018 8:48:32 AM PDT · by Voption
    John Batchelor Show/WABC Radio/ via Behind the Black ^ | April 9, 2018 | Zimmerman/Batchelor/Pappalardo
    Embedded below in two parts. This podcast actually features science writer Joe Pappalardo talking about Orbital ATK’s effort to make solid rockets competitive in the commercial rocket industry. John Batchelor asked me to join him in asking some questions.
  • A Martian snake of collapsed hills

    04/10/2018 1:16:52 PM PDT · by Voption · 12 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 10, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Time to once again delve into this month’s release of high resolution images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
  • "Tour of the Moon in 4K" (4:57)

    04/09/2018 4:45:23 PM PDT · by Voption · 6 replies
    YouTube/NASA Goddard SVS ^ | April 9, 2018 | NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio
    "Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain."
  • Mexico Threatens to End Cooperation Against Violent Gangs [semi-satire]

    04/07/2018 10:47:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 April 2018 | John Semmens
    Irked at the prospect that President Trump may send US troops to guard the border against illegal immigration, the Mexican Senate unanimously passed a resolution that would end the bilateral cooperation between US and Mexican law enforcement agencies against the violent drug cartels that have run rampant along the border. President of the Senate, Pablo Escudero Mora defended the seemingly irrational move as “totally justified given the long history of US aggression toward our country. First they seized Texas. Then they invaded Mexico and forced us to cede California, and what are now Arizona and New Mexico to them. Now,...
  • Zimmerman/Batchelor Show: "Biosphere-2 Tour," & "Bush/Obama Politics of the SLS/Orion boondoggle."

    04/07/2018 6:27:01 AM PDT · by Voption · 3 replies
    John Batchelor Show/WABC Radio/Behind the Black ^ | April 5, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    For the April 5, 2018 John Batchelor Show; science-writer Bob Zimmerman discusses his recent tour of Biosphere-2, and updates on the effects of the Bush/Obama Policy concerning the SLS/Orion boondoggle.
  • A Spray of Volcanic Ejecta on Mars?

    04/05/2018 11:11:20 AM PDT · by Voption · 19 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 5, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "Time for some more weird Mars geology! Today the science team for the high resolution camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released its monthly batch of new images. There is a lot of interesting stuff buried therein...."
  • French rail workers are striking 2 days out of 5 for the next 3 months

    04/03/2018 10:35:34 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2018 | Judith Vonberg and Saskya Vandoorne
    Rail workers across France have gone on strike for the first day of a three-month rolling walkout, the latest and potentially biggest battle over labor laws in the country since President Emmanuel Macron took office last May promising to transform the jobs market. Train services have been severely disrupted, with around 87% of high-speed trains and 80% of regional services canceled Tuesday, according to SNCF, France's state-owned rail company. Eurostar services were also affected, with one in four services from Paris canceled. High-speed Thalys trains towards Belgium and the Netherlands were operating almost as normal, but there were no services...
  • "Near the Martian shoreline"

    04/02/2018 1:59:06 PM PDT · by Voption · 29 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "One of the prime areas of research for Mars planetary geologists is the region on Mars where the geography appears to transition from the southern cratered, rough terrain to the northern low, generally smooth, and flat plains. It is theorized by some scientists that the northern plains were once an ocean, probably shallow and probably intermittent, but wet nonetheless for considerable periods..."
  • Census Plan Assailed by Democrats [semi-satire]

    03/31/2018 1:07:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 April 2018 | John Semmens
    The US Census Bureau's plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census spurred an outpouring of deranged rhetoric from assorted Democrats and their allies. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, incorrectly portrayed the plan as an attempt to "only count citizens" and contended it is a "voter suppression" strategy. "Combined with the Republican insistence that voters show IDs before they can cast a ballot, the citizenship question strikes at the very heart of the democratic ideal that every person—citizen or not—have a say in who rules over him." New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vowed to...
  • Blue Origin changes engines for New Glenn second stage

    03/30/2018 4:16:42 PM PDT · by Voption · 3 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 30, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "Capitalism in space: In order to maintain its goal of launching its orbital New Glenn rocket by 2020, Blue Origin has changed the engine it will use in the rocket’s second stage from a version of its main BE-4 engine to new version of their already developed BE-3 engine, used in their reusable New Shepard suborbital spacecraft...This quiet change, which the company made with no fanfare, carries with it some significant information as well as important ramifications."
  • Honda brings Clarity to the plug-in hybrid market

    03/29/2018 8:57:43 AM PDT · by gymbeau · 14 replies
    TechnoFile ^ | March 29, 2018 | Jim Bray
    Honda brings Clarity to the plug-in hybrid market By Jim It's loud. It's whiny. Its interfaces are incoherent. But it'll help you save the world, and you might be able to make other people help you pay for it!It's Honda's new Clarity, in this case a plug-in hybrid model. Honda calls it the newest member of their "completely redesigned lineup," even though it sports exactly the same dashboard abomination – as in no knobs for tuning the stereo or tuning the volume up or down - that the company is finally moving away from with its new Accord and...
  • Group Wants to Ban Gas-Powered Cars [semi-satire]

    03/27/2018 11:41:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    In California, the Center for Climate Protection is pushing legislation that would ban gasoline-powered vehicles after Jan 1, 2040. A bill drafted by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would require that only vehicles relying on “clean” technologies could be registered in the state. Even hybrids that sometimes use gasoline would be barred from being registered. “I envision a future where the roads are traveled by nonpolluting vehicles using batteries, fuel cells, or wind as their source of energy,” Ting imagined. “My favorite, of course, is the wind-powered car. For centuries humans traveled the seas with only wind to push them...