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  • 'Bizarre' Cluster of Severe Birth Defects Haunts Health Experts

    02/17/2014 10:44:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2-17-14 | Jonel Aleccia
    A mysterious cluster of severe birth defects in rural Washington state is confounding health experts, who say they can find no cause, even as reports of new cases continue to climb. Federal and state officials won’t say how many women in a three-county area near Yakima, Wash., have had babies with anencephaly, a heart-breaking condition in which they’re born missing parts of the brain or skull. And they admit they haven't interviewed any of the women in question, or told the mothers there's a potentially widespread problem. But as of January 2013, officials with the Washington state health department and...
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • 'Fairy Tale' Continues as Obama Proposes Extralegal Obamacare Fix

    11/14/2013 10:36:04 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/14/2013 | Daniel Halper
    Earlier this week, former President Bill Clinton advised President Obama to "honor the commitment" he made and to allow Americans to keep their health care plans, if they like them. That was a central promise Obama made when he sold Obamacare, but one that turned out not to be true when Obamacare began to be implemented last month. "So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," Clinton in an interview released Tuesday. Now President Obama...
  • How Badly Will ObamaCare Screw You? Answers Here!

    10/24/2013 7:59:22 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 31 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 10/24/13 | Karl Denninger
    Well well lookie what the cat dragged in. That's a link to the unsubsidized data dump -- all 78,437 records -- for each county and State under the Obamacare exchange program. I can verify that for at least my state and county the table is correct, since you can now look it up on Healthcare.gov without creating an account first (which I am not about to do.) There are several very interesting statistical facts that come from this. First, if you're "27", the average premium is $266.20/month or $3,194.40 per year. How many 27 year olds have an extra $3,200...
  • Helium balloons lift aviator Jonathan Trappe Up for transatlantic trip

    09/13/2013 2:04:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-13-13 | Staff
    An American aviator has begun the first attempt to cross the Atlantic suspended by hundreds of coloured balloons. Jonathan Trappe took off from Caribou, Maine, on Thursday morning as his capsule was lifted by 370 helium-filled balloons in heavy fog and he headed east from the US. The concept may sound like the story from the Disney film Up but Trappe, 39, specialises in cluster ballooning and was the first person to cross the Channel and the Alps using the method. The transatlantic trip could be as long as 2,500 miles (4,000km) and take between three and five days. Depending...
  • Syria ready to ‘unveil,’ not surrender its chemical weapons

    09/10/2013 12:22:13 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/10/2013 | Unattributed
    Syria said on Tuesday it is ready to unveil and cease the production of chemical weapons, as Western powers prepared to discuss a Russian plan for the country to surrender its chemical arms. “We are ready to state where the chemical weapons are, to halt production of chemical weapons and show these installations to representatives of Russia, other countries and the U.N.,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in a statement sent to Russia's Interfax news agency. Muallem made the announcement a day after he had welcomed in Moscow the Russian proposal for placing chemical weapons under international control.
  • US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

    05/20/2013 10:30:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 20 May 2013 | Simon Sharwood
    Boise University PhD candidate Joshua Kiepert has built a 32-way Beowulf cluster from Raspberry Pis. Kiepert says his research focuses on “developing a novel data sharing system for wireless sensor networks to facilitate in-network collaborative processing of sensor data.” To study that field Kipert figured he would need a decent simulator, preferably a cluster so he could simulate lots of distributed sensors. The University possesses just such a cluster, comprised of 32 nodes each packing a quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1225 CPU humming away at 3.1GHz. That's a lovely facility and is therefore much in-demand, which meant Kiepert could not guarantee...
  • ATF begins internal review of Milwaukee sting operation

    02/02/2013 7:27:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 feb 2013
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has launched an internal investigation into a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee marred by a series of missteps and failures. The review was launched this week after a Journal Sentinel investigation exposed a 10-month federal operation during which an agent's Colt M-4 machine gun was stolen and burglars ripped off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Friday joined a chorus of public officials from both parties demanding accountability from the ATF. Two other congressional letters were sent to the agency Thursday, including one...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 47 Tuc Near the Small Magellanic Cloud

    12/05/2012 9:44:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | December 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with around 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye near the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the constellation of the Toucan. Of course, the SMC is some 210,000 light-years distant, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and not physically close to 47 Tuc. Stars on the outskirts of the...
  • Gingrich’s Ballot Miss Could Shake Voters’ Confidence [Sabato: "It's A Disaster For Him"]

    12/24/2011 1:01:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 129 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 24, 2011 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Gingrich’s Ballot Miss Could Shake Voters’ Confidence By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE December 24, 2011 Newt Gingrich declared confidently the other day that he would get his name on the ballot for the Republican presidential primary in Virginia. In fact, he said he already had the requisite 10,000 signatures and an additional 2,000 to 3,000 for safety’s sake and would probably collect even more. Related But that turned out not to be the case. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Virginia Republican Party announced via Twitter that Mr. Gingrich had failed to submit enough signatures by the Thursday deadline,...
  • Federal grant to fund solar energy manufacturing cluster in Newburgh

    09/23/2011 8:26:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Mid-Hudson News ^ | 9/26/11 | Staff
    NEWBURGH – An almost $2 million federal grant will allow the creation of a New York Renewable Energy Cluster in Newburgh. The money will make way for the Solar Energy Consortium to expand its industry-led clean energy manufacturing cluster into Orange County. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who helped get the grant and played a key role in establishing TSEC, said the cluster will mean work for Newburgh residents. “It’s going to create a lot of jobs for the City of Newburgh and it’s exactly the type of economic development I envisioned when I spearheaded creation of TSEC back in 2007,” Hinchey...
  • Cycle Computing fires up 10,000-core HPC cloud on EC2

    04/06/2011 12:22:22 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 April 2011 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Setting up a 10,000-core physical server cluster to run supercomputing workloads is a tough task that can take weeks or months, and cost millions of dollars including the servers, storage, switching, and personnel overhead. And the thing about a cluster is that no matter how hard you try to share it, it is very tough to get anywhere near peak utilization over the course of the year. Enter the cloud, which HPC customers have been skeptical about (remember the Sun Cloud?) but may start taking a shining to given the compelling economics and the management and security services that companies...
  • Rebel Commander in Libya Fought Against U.S. in Afghanistan

    03/25/2011 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 123 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 25, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    On his own admission, rebel leader Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi fought American troops in Afghanistan and recruited Libyans to fight American troops in Iraq. Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an “Islamic Emirate” had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, was a former detainee at the American prison camp in Guantánamo. The reports, which originated from Libyan government sources, were largely ignored or dismissed in the Western media.Now, however, al-Hasadi has admitted in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole...
  • EPA Jackson, SBA Mills Announce Water Technology Cluster

    01/18/2011 9:04:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    EPA ^ | January 18, 2011 | Latisha Petteway
    EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, “This cluster will benefit from the abundance of cutting-edge companies. By bringing together public utilities, research partners and innovative businesses... The Water Technology Innovation Cluster will be instrumental in strengthening health protections for millions of Americans and promoting investments in cutting-edge technology,… The Water Technology Innovation Cluster will lead to new opportunities for entrepreneurs throughout…" The rain gardens will be designed to receive stormwater runoff from roads, roofs, and parking lots. The rain gardens…
  • Revealed: "Erin Brockovich" Town Shows No Cancer Cluster

    12/14/2010 9:26:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/14/2010 | Tim Cavanaugh
    Hinkley, California, the town made famous in the Oscar-winning Julia Roberts movie Erin Brockovich, does not show any evidence of an increased rate of cancers. Pacific Gas and Electric, which released a toxic plume of hexavalent chromium 6 from a Hinkley-based natural gas pipeline station, paid a record $333 million to settle a class-action suit in 1996. But the California Cancer Registry has now completed three studies that show cancer rates remained normal in from 1988 to 2008. From a very strange story by the Los Angeles Times' Louis Sahagun, who starts out with the Registry's findings but then lists...
  • [VANITY] SuperCompute '08

    11/16/2008 5:10:47 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 398+ views
    Self | 16 November 2008 | Self
    Hey guys, I'm spending the week here in Austin at SuperCompute '08. If anyone here is in the area, please feel free to drop in. FReepMail me the day before if you plan to show up and I'll give you the booth I'm working. In the meantime, I'll be pretty much unavailable during the day until the weekend hits.
  • Monster galactic cluster seen in deep Universe: European agency

    08/25/2008 3:56:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 307+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/08 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – An orbiting observatory has spotted a massive cluster of galaxies in deep space that can only be explained by the exotic phenomenon known as dark energy, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday. Spotted in a scan by ESA's orbiting X-ray telescope XMM-Newton, the cluster's mass is about 1,000 times that of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, it said. The huge cluster, known by its catalogue number of 2XMM J083026+524133, lies 7.7 billion light years from Earth and helps confirm the existence of dark energy, the agency said. Under this hypothesis, most of the Universe...
  • Epic arm wrestle as all the lefties get to grips

    05/09/2008 8:49:46 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 3 replies · 118+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 5/10/08 | Tim Blair
    VARIOUS fringe leftist groups from around the country gathered in Melbourne a few years ago to sort out their differences and amalgamate into one big fringe leftist group. You can calculate the success of this exercise by noticing that no such large group was ever formed. I went along to one of the fringe-ins to hear the Socialists Against Brunch argue with the Maoist Golfers League and Communists Sans Underpants over the mega-party's police policy. Matters soon reached an impasse, as matters tend to do in a room full of dizzy leftist cranks. Representatives couldn't agree on whether the police...
  • Infiniband for the Masses

    01/30/2008 5:09:48 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 969+ views
    ClusterMonkey ^ | 27 January 2008 | Jeff Layton
    The Linux cluster world is moving towards InfiniBand for many reasons: bandwidth, latency, message rate, N/2, price/performance, and other factors that affect performance and price. But usually it's focused on larger systems, many times greater 64 nodes up to multiple thousand nodes. At that same time the reasons for moving to InfiniBand are still valid for smaller clusters, particularly performance, but the economics are not. Basically InfiniBand is just too expensive for smaller systems and usually does not make sense from a price/performance perspective. But that has just changed... The Rise of InfiniBand InfiniBand has made a remarkable rise in...
  • IBM Dominates Supercomputer List – Again

    06/27/2007 8:09:14 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 124 replies · 1,708+ views
    Internetnews ^ | 27 June 2007 | Stuart J. Johnston
    Call it "supercomputing smackdown." Today, at the International Supercomputing Conference 2007 (ISC07) in Dresden, Germany, the Top500 group announced its latest list of the top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. To say it's a competitive list would be an understatement and few of the players can hold top spots long without constant improvements. With a few exceptions, this June's list has seen a reshuffling since the last list was published last November. If there is such a thing as a winner in such a competition, however, that would be IBM (Quote). Just as last November – the top...
  • Microsoft starting to win over Linux servers

    04/10/2007 10:09:20 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 40 replies · 1,274+ views
    ZDNet ^ | 10 April 2007 | Stephen Shankland
    Microsoft is showing some early signs of success with a version of Windows geared for a technical computing market that Linux dominates today. Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS) runs on a group of interconnected computers that collectively tackle calculation chores. These high-performance computing clusters have swept the list of the top 500 supercomputers - but they typically run Linux, not Windows. When Microsoft released Windows CCS less than a year ago, the company tried to find a new niche in the market rather than go up against Linux directly. The software giant is trying to win over customers with small...
  • Senators introduce bill to restrict use of cluster munitions (sponsored by DiChiFi and Leaky Leahy)

    02/14/2007 7:21:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 788+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democratic senators introduced legislation that would bar US use of cluster bombs in or near civilian areas or that have a "dud rate" of one percent or greater. Human rights groups urged speedy action on the bill sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) of California and Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record) of Vermont. Dropped from aircraft or fired by artillery, cluster munitions open above ground and disperse dozens to hundreds of tiny bomblets over a wide area. Although designed to stop armored assaults, bomblets have fallen on civilian areas and littered fields long...
  • Indonesia Reels From Two New Bird Flu Deaths, Outbreak Feared

    01/14/2007 10:47:46 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 581+ views
    Brunei Times ^ | 1-14-2007
    Indonesia reels from two new bird flu deaths, outbreak feared JAKARTA 14-Jan-07 TWO Indonesian women have died of bird flu, a health ministry official said yesterday, taking the overall human death toll from the disease in the country to 61 amid a spike of new cases. A 27-year-old woman from south Jakarta died after entering Persahabatan Hospital in the capital last Thursday for treatment, Muhammad Nadirin of the health ministry's bird flu information centre said. She died last Friday evening. Asked whether the woman had been in contact with sick fowl, he said: "A week before she got sick, there...
  • UN Denounces Israel Cluster Bombs

    08/30/2006 10:53:39 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 802+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-30-2006
    UN denounces Israel cluster bombs The UN's humanitarian chief has accused Israel of "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon. UN clearance experts had so far found 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets at 359 separate sites, Jan Egeland said. "Ninety per cent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution," he said. Israel has previously said that munitions it uses in conflict comply with international law. Earlier estimates from UN experts had suggested a total of about 100 cluster bomb sites. Mr Egeland described the fresh...
  • WHO Investigating Possible H5N1 Human Cluster

    05/12/2006 11:38:19 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 11 replies · 954+ views
    CNN ^ | 5-13-06 | CNN
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/conditions/05/13/indonesia.birdflu/index.html?section=cnn_latest Indonesia probes possible bird flu Four of eight cases investigated were fatal (snipped) Saturday, May 13, 2006; Posted: 1:24 a.m. EDT (05:24 GMT) All eight cases were from the same family. Four members of the family have died from what health officials suspect could be bird flu, said WHO spokeswoman Sari Setiogi. . . Health officials closely study such groups of cases, know as "clusters," to see whether the virus, which currently is almost always transmitted from birds to humans, has mutated into one that can easily pass between humans -- a scenario that many fear could turn into...
  • Hannity Live Thread - Friday March 3nd

    03/03/2006 12:13:43 PM PST · by TheForceOfOne · 256 replies · 2,613+ views
    The Sean Hannity Show ^ | 03-03-06 | TheForceOfOne
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  • Sean Hannity Live Thread, March 3, 2006

    03/03/2006 12:15:10 PM PST · by Bahbah · 42 replies · 934+ views
    Sean Hannity Radio Program | March 3, 2006 | Sean Hannity
    Sean Hannity Live Thread for Friday, March 3, 2006. Please be polite. Thanks
  • Future JTRS work put on hold (Boeing steps in it again)

    02/22/2005 9:07:45 AM PST · by ladtx · 11 replies · 685+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | 20 Feb 2005 | Frank Tiboni
    DOD officials await April tests to determine future of software radio BY Frank Tiboni Published on Feb. 21, 2005 More Related Links FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Amid concerns that the innovative Joint Tactical Radio System may be behind schedule and over budget, Defense Department officials are considering a wholesale change in the system's delivery. Pentagon officials are considering asking JTRS' prime contractor, Boeing, to build and deliver a part of the system for ground vehicles and rotary-wing aircraft. The change comes after Boeing officials notified DOD in December that they would need more time and money to finish the job....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-14-04

    10/14/2004 12:50:42 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 1,552+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-14-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 October 14 Glimpse of a Globular Star Cluster Credit: H. Kobulnicky (Univ. of Wyoming) et al., JPL, Caltech, NASA(Visible Light Inset: DSS) Explanation: Not a glimpse of this cluster of stars can be seen in the inset visible light image (lower right). Still, the infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope reveals a massive globular star cluster of about 300,000 suns in an apparently empty region of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 05-11-04

    05/11/2004 5:09:11 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 199+ views
    NASA ^ | 05-11-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 May 11 M13: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules Credit & Copyright: Eddie Guscott Explanation: M13 is one of the most prominent and best known globular clusters. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hercules, M13 is frequently one of the first objects found by curious sky gazers seeking celestials wonders beyond normal human vision. M13 is a colossal home to over 100,000 stars, spans over 150...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 04-14-04

    04/14/2004 3:30:10 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 206+ views
    NASA ^ | 04-14-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 April 14 Massive Star Forming Region DR21 in Infrared Credit: A. Marston (ESTEC/ESA) et al., JPL, Caltech, NASA Explanation: Deep in the normally hidden recesses of giant molecular cloud DR21, a stellar nursery has been found creating some of the most massive stars yet recorded. The orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera opened the window into the cloud last year in mid- infrared light. The cloud...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 03-31-04

    03/31/2004 4:50:36 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 239+ views
    NASA ^ | 03-31-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 March 31 M39: Open Cluster in Cygnus Credit & Copyright: Heidi Schweiker, WIYN, NOAO, AURA, NSF Explanation: Lying just at the limit of human perception is a picturesque starfield containing one of the larger open clusters on the northern sky. Spanning an angle larger than the Moon, M39's relatively few stars lie only about 800 light years distant toward the constellation of Cygnus. The above picture of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 02-26-04

    02/26/2004 12:01:15 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 316+ views
    NASA ^ | 02-26-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 February 26 Galaxy Cluster in the Early Universe Credit: P.Rosati (ESO) et al.; X-Ray: CXC, NASA / Optical: ESO, VLT Explanation: Long before medieval alchemists dreamed of transmuting base metals to gold, stellar furnaces in this massive cluster of galaxies - cataloged as RDCS 1252.9-2927 - had transformed light elements into heavy ones. In the false-color composite image individual cluster galaxies can be seen at optical and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 02-22-04

    02/22/2004 3:57:07 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 231+ views
    NASA ^ | 02-22-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 February 22 The M7 Open Star Cluster in Scorpius Credit & Copyright: N. A. Sharp, REU Program, AURA, NOAO, NSF Explanation: M7 is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the constellation of Scorpius. M7 contains about 100 stars in...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-27-03

    12/26/2003 10:14:47 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 359+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-27-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 December 27 The Pleiades Star Cluster Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler Explanation: Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades is one of the brightest and closest open clusters. The Pleiades contains over 3000 stars, is about 400 light years away,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-15-03

    12/15/2003 1:39:05 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 224+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-15-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 December 15 Open Star Clusters M35 and NGC 2158 Credit & Copyright: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, J.-C. Cuillandre (CFHT), Coelum Explanation: Open clusters of stars can be near or far, young or old, and diffuse or compact. Open clusters may contain from 100 to 10,000 stars, all of which formed at nearly the same time. Bright blue stars frequently distinguish younger open clusters. M35, pictured above on the upper...
  • Cracks Let Solar Wind Disrupt Earth's Atmosphere

    12/03/2003 6:44:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 304+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/03 | Maggie Fox - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solar wind pries open immense cracks in the Earth's magnetic field, holding them apart while it gushes through to cause geomagnetic storms, scientists reported on Wednesday. The findings could help scientists better predict the storms, which can disrupt power, satellites and communications and endanger astronauts, the U.S. space agency NASA (news - web sites) said. "We think we have solved an old and long-standing controversial discussion of how this process of crack formation really works," Harald Frey of the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study, told a news conference. "Now that we know these...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-02-03

    12/01/2003 10:14:47 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 103+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-02-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 December 2 NGC 869 & NGC 884: A Double Open Cluster Credit & Copyright: Michael Fulbright (MSFAstro.net) Explanation: Most star clusters are singularly impressive. Open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884, however, are doubly impressive. Also known as "h and chi Persei", this unusual double cluster, shown above, is bright enough to be seen from a dark location without even binoculars. Although their discovery surely predates written...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-05-03

    11/05/2003 5:02:48 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 184+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-05-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 November 5 The Lynx Arc Credit: R.A.E. Fosbury (ESA/ST-ECF), et al., ESA, NASA, NOAO Explanation: While chasing the spectrum of a mysterious arc in a cluster of galaxies within the obscure northerly constellation Lynx, astronomers have stumbled upon the most massive and distant star-forming region ever discovered. The notably red "Lynx arc" lies right of center in this color image of the galaxy cluster, a composite of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-12-03

    10/12/2003 1:59:18 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 147+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-12-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 October 12 The Coma Cluster of Galaxies Credit & Copyright: O. Lopez-Cruz (INAOEP) et al., AURA, NOAO, NSF Explanation: Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy. The Coma Cluster of Galaxies pictured above is one of the densest clusters known - it contains thousands of galaxies. Each of these galaxies houses billions of stars - just as our own Milky Way Galaxy does. Although...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-15-03

    09/14/2003 10:37:47 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 222+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-15-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 September 15 Globular Cluster M3 Credit & Copyright: S. Kafka & K. Honeycutt (Indiana University), WIYN, NOAO, NSF Explanation: This huge ball of stars predates our Sun. Long before humankind evolved, before dinosaurs roamed, and even before our Earth existed, ancient globs of stars condensed and orbited a young Milky Way Galaxy. Of the 200 or so globular clusters that survive today, M3 is one of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-12-03

    09/11/2003 9:19:34 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 274+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-12-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 September 12 A Note on the Perseus Cluster Credit: A. Fabian (IoA Cambridge) et al., CXC, NASA Explanation: A truly enormous collection of thousands of galaxies, the Perseus Cluster - like other large galaxy clusters - is filled with hot, x-ray emitting gas. The x-ray hot gas (not the individual galaxies) appears in the left panel above, a false color image from the Chandra Observatory. The bright...
  • Virginia Tech Building Power Mac G5 Supercomputer

    09/06/2003 1:10:51 PM PDT · by Boss_Jim_Gettys · 44 replies · 480+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 9/3/2003 | Jay Lyman
    Using several new technologies and more than 1,000 dual-processor Power Mac G5 computers, Virginia Tech University is building a supercomputer cluster that is likely to rank among the fastest in the world.In addition to the G5 machines, the university said it is using a beta version of the latest release of OS X, new networking hardware from Mellanox and Cisco, and cutting-edge configuration and cooling technologies to build the powerful cluster for a fraction of the price of a traditional supercomputer."The total price tag is probably a factor of 10 lower than a machine in this class in the past,"...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 6-22-03

    06/21/2003 11:31:44 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 190+ views
    NASA ^ | 6-22-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 June 22 Massive Stars of 30 Doradus Credit: J. Trauger (JPL), J. Westphal (Caltech), N. Walborn (STScI), R. Barba' (La Plata Obs.), NASA Explanation: In the center of star-forming region 30 Doradus lies a huge cluster of the largest, hottest, most massive stars known. These stars and part of the surrounding nebula are captured here in this gorgeous visible-light Hubble Space Telescope image. Gas and dust clouds...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 5-31-03

    05/30/2003 10:51:41 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 217+ views
    NASA ^ | 5-31-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 May 31 NGC 1818: Pick A Star Credit: R. Elson and R. Sword (IoA Cambridge), NASA Explanation: This is NGC 1818, a youthful, glittering cluster of 20,000 stars residing in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 180,000 light-years away. Pick a star. Any star. Astronomers might pick the unassuming bluish-white one (circled) which appears to be a hot newly formed white dwarf star. What makes it so interesting? The...
  • Head of Joint Chiefs Defends Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq

    04/28/2003 8:39:24 AM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 195+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/26/03 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defended the U.S. military's use of cluster bombs in Iraq, saying Friday that only 26 of the devices, which shower "bomblets" over a target, fell in civilian areas and that there was only one case of death or injury to a noncombatant. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the nation's top military officer, did not provide details on that single case. His remarks came amid persistent reports from Baghdad that children and other civilians are being killed or maimed by bomblets that did not explode when they hit their initial targets but...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-07-03

    04/06/2003 9:41:02 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 280+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-07-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 April 7 NGC 281: Cluster, Clouds, and Globules Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT Explanation: NGC 281 is a busy workshop of star formation. Prominent features include a small open cluster of stars, a diffuse red-glowing emission nebula, large lanes of obscuring gas and dust, and dense knots of dust and gas in which stars may still be forming. The open cluster of stars...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-04-03

    04/04/2003 1:28:24 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 353+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-04-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 April 4 Clusters and Nebulae of the Hexagon Credit & Copyright: Axel Mellinger Explanation: At first, the bright stars of the large asterism known as the (northern) Winter Hexagon might be hard to pick out in this gorgeous deep sky mosaic from December 2002. But placing your cursor over the picture will reveal the hexagon's outlines and the bright clusters and nebulae along a stunning portion of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-03-03

    04/03/2003 3:57:10 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 245+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-03-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 April 3 Jupiter in the Hive Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel Explanation: If you can find planet Jupiter in tonight's sky, then you can also find M44, popularly known as the Beehive star cluster. In fact, with a pair of binoculars most casual skygazers should find it easy to zero in on this celestial scene. It should be easy because after sunset Jupiter presently rules the night...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-02-03

    03/02/2003 5:13:34 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 15 replies · 556+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-02-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 2 In the Center of the Trapezium Credit: J. Bally, D. Devine, & R. Sutherland, D. Johnson (CITA), HST, NASA Explanation: Start with the constellation of Orion. Near Orion's belt is a fuzzy area known as the Great Nebula of Orion or M42. In this nebula is a bright star cluster known as the Trapezium, shown above. New stellar systems are forming there in gigantic globs...