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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 16 2012

Island of snakes and spiders

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When I was a kid lo these many years ago, there was a comforting notion about the balance of nature. I didn’t know at the time, but an eclectic mix of computer hobbyists and assorted math and physics geeks were in the process of demolishing it with a new branch of study called Chaos Theory. That’s also comforting …

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Sep 15 2012

Creationists swarm Dr Pepper ad

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Hell hath no fury like anti-science numbskulls. Dr Pepper had the audacity to put up an image riffing on the famous ape to man chart that adorned our biology classrooms back in the 60s and 70s, and they were quickly swarmed by know-nothing-bots. But then our side, the good guys, counter attacked! Now the battle …

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Sep 15 2012

Obama opens up an ass-kicking lead in new swing state poll

It’s just one poll, not sure how accurate it will turn out to be, and the election is still weeks away. The Middle East or a zillion other things could blow up between now and then. But … this looks awfully close to an insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania:

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Sep 14 2012

Talk about an alien world …

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We have detected the telltale signs of exo-solar planets orbiting stars big and small, dead stars, neutron stars, multiple star systems and even some worlds orbiting no star. But these newly discovered worlds have a truly stellar night sky:

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Sep 14 2012

More incredible Curiosity EDL video

The creator of this one provides some details at TPM. Amazing pic of the sun below

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Sep 14 2012

Arctic see ice loss may be more than observed

Going, going … when will it be gone?

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Sep 13 2012

Curiosity to begin search for Martians

The penny in this image is part of a camera calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Mars September 9, 2012. Credit AFP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

After a nail-biting entry and descent followed by firing off a few breathtaking images inside Gale Crater, Curiosity is about to begin the mission it was designed so well for. Prospecting for ancient biotic gold:

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Sep 13 2012

Jupiter takes one for the team

An amateur astronomer reported a fireball on Jupiter a few days ago. Sure enough, when footage was checked, here’s what they saw. Details at Space.com.

Sep 12 2012

Embassy attack

Update 11 AM Central: Mitt’s cynical ploy is starting to blow up in his smirking over-privileged face. Romney was already a touch behind in most polls, in retrospect this may turn out to be the day that sealed his electoral fate. Most people around the world and especially at home are deeply saddened and shocked to hear …

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Sep 10 2012

Republicans credit Romney with … getting bin Laden

A recent PPP poll contained a startling statistic: when Republicans were asked “Who is more responsible for bin Laden’s death, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama,” 47% answered “Not Sure,” and another 15% chose Romney. IOW, most Republicans hate Obama so much that they can’t bring themselves to correctly answer that question even though they know what the …

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