Happy birthday, Voyager: Probe is NASA’s longest-running mission
The Voyager probes each carry a ‘golden record’ of sighs and sounds from Earth on the off-chance that they encounter life beyond our solar system.
Thanks to action by a broad and bipartisan coalition of Internet users, companies, and organizations, the U.S. House of Representatives has now put the brakes on SOPA, a well-intentioned but deeply flawed bill that would use Internet censorship to combat overseas copyright infringement. Even President Obama’s White House has joined the opposition.
But nevertheless, the Senate is continuing to move forward — and fast — with its equally dangerous version of the bill, called PIPA, the Protect-IP Act. As written, PIPA would import censorship and surveillance techniques pioneered by countries like China and Iran, reversing longstanding U.S. policy on Internet freedom, betraying U.S. First Amendment values, damaging our standing around the world, threatening our job-creating innovators, and undermining Internet security for everyone.
Today is a day for action across the Internet. Learn about these destructive bills. Tell your Senator what you think. Congress needs to hear from you.
Shawn Vulliez is the vice-president of the Pirate Party of Canada, a ragtag bunch of politically engaged computer geeks who believe that Internet copyright laws should be minimal and information sharing encouraged on the Web. The Pirates recently tracked downloads in the House of Commons and discovered that pirating copyrighted material — including Adele, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and, especially popular, Maroon 5 — is common practice among our politicos.
Skeleton at London Dungeon found to be real
A skeleton at the London Dungeon’s popular “creepy crypt” exhibit has been found to be real.
It is believed that the bones could have been displayed at the attraction since it opened in 1975.
Now the skeleton has been found to be genuine, it must be licensed by the Human Tissues Authority at a cost of 2,000 pounds a year.
The remains, which include a rib-cage and backbone, have been named Kate - after model Kate Moss.
It is thought she might date from the early days of anatomical research when bodies were regularly smuggled in from the Far East
And staff now suspect another skeleton hanging in a gibbet cage might also be real. She is known as Twiggy.
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The recent earthquakes in the Canary Islands of late aren’t due to Poseidon the earth-shaker, but a submarine volcano to the south of the island of El Hierro. Hot magma spewing from beneath the surface of the ocean has injected volcanic chemicals into the water, staining the sea green.
Ocean waters have been churning with heat and seafloor sediment spewed from the volcano’s plume, which stretches tens of kilometres under water. The eruption of magma is venting 50 to 100 meters below the surface, but catapulting volcanic rocks as high as 19 meters in the air. The volcanic activity is warming the waters by as much as 10 degrees Celsius, reports Red Orbit.
The island of El Hierro sits on a tectonic hot spot in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco, and the volcano off its shores has been erupting since mid-October.
Iran is flexing it’s military muscle.
Over the weekend, the country announced that it had fired two long-range missile tests. The missiles were capable of hitting within 10-20 miles of the closest US military base.
The announcement came after 10 days of exercises in the Gulf, which included a test of shutting down the Strait of Hormuz, and a claim the country had created its first nuclear fuel rod.
A small but critical passageway, the Strait is used to transport over 40 percent of the world’s oil supply. Iran has threatened to close the Strait if sanctions are placed on its nuclear program.
As tension rises, the United States and Israel have not ruled out military action against Iran.
“…the coverage was a reminder of what we in the new media world should keep in mind: what a news organization with deep pockets can do, even now in this age of diminishment for Big Media. Top editors, once they’ve persuaded the financial people, can order a broad, strategic deployment of journalistic resources – especially human beings who are trained to ask good questions and listen to the answers, and then ask some more questions – to bring perspective to a decentralized global movement.” more
Sometime today, Earth is going to get cozy with an asteroid, the size of a modern aircraft carrier.
The 70-metre (230-foot) Goldstone antenna, located near Barstow, Calif., will be used to track the flyby of Asteroid 2005 YU55 today. The last time a space rock this big got this close was in 1976. This asteroid, 2005 YU55, will actually pass closer to the Earth than the moon, at about 0.85 the moon’s orbit.
[This] particular asteroid is small enough that it will have no impact on the Earth whatsoever. “We’d be concerned if it hit us or if it came within our atmosphere,” Edwards says. “I’ve seen some rumours that it will cause extra tides. Four hundred metres sounds big, but if it is compared to the size of the moon, it is very small. It will have no noticeable effect on us. It’s not going to cause crazy tides or anything like that. It’s just too small.”
Small or not, this asteroid holds a particular interest for scientists. Edwards says it is quite rare for larger asteroids to get this close to Earth. The last one was 35 years ago and the next isn’t expected until 2028. Read more here.
great article, I wanted to point this out
Every year, the NFL stockpiles tens of thousands of shirts from losing teams in warehouses. The merchandise is not allowed to be sold in the United States, so as part of a long-standing agreement with the evangelical Christian charity World Vision, the NFL donates these t-shirts for a tax exemption. Garth Frazer, an economics professor at the University of Toronto, has written in detail how donated clothing imports tend to cannibalize local production of goods.
This is a really interesting article that is worth attention.
They’re going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate…. To use Clarence Thomas as an example, I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through - for the good of this country. I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching.
Man, does this guy love his country or what? He’s willing to become a national celebrity and make millions of dollars, and he’s doing it all for you and me.