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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31 2012

Mitt Romney Abroad

Is it possible to turn a bland, promotional overseas trip for a bland presidential contender into a three ring circus of controversy? If you’re Mitt Romney and his helpful pinch-hitting aid, it sure is:

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Jul 31 2012

The priceline negotiator narrates Curiosity on Mars

  The older William Shatner gets the more I like him. Kirk was cool and all, but it’s Shatner’s unique combo of gifted actor, great voice, and a guy who can laugh at himself plus get you to laugh along that sold me.  Cosmic Log posted a great video, now below the fold, where Shatner …

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Jul 31 2012

The great anatomically modern human leap

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There is a debate in paleoanthropology, well, there are lots of them. But this one has to do with behavior that doesn’t fossilize well, and which suggest the presence or lack of modern cognition. The ancestors of the San, pictured above, are a great source of data for that question. A new find pushes back the …

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Jul 30 2012

Because nothing says religious objection like the air conditioning business

This is exactly what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote the Bill of Rights: an air conditioning and heating company should be exempt for religious reasons, at least when it comes to womens health:

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Jul 30 2012

Stars and Stripes still waving proudly on lunar surface

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Flags left by Apollo astronauts forty years ago may not be waving, for there is no breeze on the moon. But they are still standing in place on all but one landing site, at least according to high res images snapped by the Lunar Reconnaissance Observer. Images and link below.

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Jul 30 2012

Romney praises Israeli healthcare

Mitt Romney hoped to recover from his London disaster by heading for the salvation of ye olde Israel. Where he paused in the midst of stirring up simmering conflicts to praise Israeli healthcare. Romney said in part, “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent. .. …

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Jul 30 2012

From first slave to first family

Maybe it’s a promo scheme, but Ancestry.com, that wonderful service I’d probably be fascinated with if I knew who my biological parents were, has determined that President Barack Obama is descended from John Punch, one of the first documented slaves in America, through a surprising, but familiar, twist:

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Jul 29 2012

Iapetus is a weird, weird place

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  Iapetus, ice moon of beautiful Saturn, the two-faced moon. It is gleaming white, bumpy and tradionally cratered in some places, ridged across most of the equator with a Death Star like giant circle on one side, and bruised black and blue, literally misshapen, across an entire hemisphere from what was no doubt an ancient wound of titanic …

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Jul 29 2012

Former Koch funded climate skeptic finally faces reality

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Richard Muller, a long standing cliamte change skeptic has finally accepted reality. Not only is climate chnge real, but human activity is causing most of it:

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Jul 29 2012

Cosmos fileld with voracious vampire stars

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We know there’s some weird and rare stellar denizens in the cosmic jungle, galaxies hollowe dinto rungs like giant Ferris Wheels, dark matter pockets, pocean planets and diamond worlds. But it turns out one species of misfit may be way more common than thought. Cannibal stars, sometimes referred to as vampires, that suck the life blood out of …

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