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  • Mystery of Huge Asteroid Vesta's Formation Deepens

    11/07/2013 8:26:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | November 06, 2013 01:00pm ET | Charles Q. Choi,
    | The discovery of mysterious rocks on the brightest large asteroid in the solar system, Vesta, deepens the mystery surrounding the huge object's origins, researchers say. Vesta is the second-largest asteroid in the solar system. The 330-mile-wide (530-kilometer) protoplanet is also the brightest large asteroid, with a surface about three times more luminous than Earth's moon.
  • Titanium Paternity Test Fingers Earth as Moon's Sole Parent

    03/31/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Science Daily.com ^ | 29 MAR 2012 | originally, Steve Koppes University of Chicago
    A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s conflicts with the widely held theory that a giant collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object gave birth to the moon 4.5 billion years ago.
  • Nano-Drone Swarm Shows Off Slightly Creepy Formation Skills

    02/02/2012 10:49:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 2/2/12 | Liz Klimas
    f the soldier-like perfection of the synchronized formation by these mini drones doesn’t freak you out a bit — their collective buzzing sure will. Orchestrated by the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, these 20 “nano quadrotors” developed by KMel Robotics seem to, as Popular Science describes, sense each other’s proximity and work together to maintain formation “like a hive of bees moving en masse.” Watch the drone swarm in varying formations and with obstacles (Note: Hold out for the figure eight at 1:27):
  • Two tropical cyclone formations possible next 48 hours (South and West of Cape Verde Islands)

    08/11/2011 4:38:54 PM PDT · by Clive · 22 replies
  • New solar system formation models indicate that Jupiter's foray robbed Mars of mass

    06/05/2011 2:52:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Southwest Research Institute ^ | June 5, 2011 | Unknown
    Planetary scientists have long wondered why Mars is only about half the size and one-tenth the mass of Earth. As next-door neighbors in the inner solar system, probably formed about the same time, why isn't Mars more like Earth and Venus in size and mass? A paper published in the journal Nature this week provides the first cohesive explanation and, by doing so, reveals an unexpected twist in the early lives of Jupiter and Saturn as well. Dr. Kevin Walsh, a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), led an international team performing simulations of the early solar system, demonstrating...
  • Vocations Under the Christmas Tree? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/04/2011 4:04:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | 12/20/10 | KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ
    Vocations Under the Christmas Tree? 2 children’s books help plant seeds...fruition in the priesthood and religious life. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ 12/20/2010   -snip-Into that breach steps Elizabeth Ficocelli, a New York City-born mother and author (of books like The Imitation of Christ for Children) living in Ohio and convert to Catholicism. This year she has penned the children’s books Where Do Priests Come From? and Where Do Sisters Come From?, the latter of which has just been released by here). Why would you want to encourage girls to be oppressed victims of a patriarchal Church? Haven’t you read any Maureen...
  • Hurricane formation linked to sea color: study

    08/15/2010 2:12:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A change in the color of the ocean could dramatically impact the number and intensity of hurricanes, according to US researchers. A team of researchers with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ran computer simulations of such a change in the North Pacific, a region that accounts for more than half the world's hurricane-force winds. The main factor is the green tint ocean water takes when there are large concentrations of chlorophyll, a pigment that helps tiny organisms known as phytoplankton convert sunlight into food for the rest of the marine ecosystem. "We think of the oceans...
  • Air Force, DOD pioneer passes away

    02/17/2010 3:40:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 612+ views
    2/17/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The first woman to serve as major general in the Air Force, and the Department of Defense, passed away Feb. 15. Retired Maj. Gen. Jeanne M. Holm is credited as the single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military. The Portland, Ore., native attained the rank of two-star general in 1973 after a career that began 31 years earlier in 1942 when she enlisted in the Army. General Holm entered Women's Army Air Corps in January 1943 where she received a commission as third...
  • Rare cloud formation seen in Antarctica - nacreous or polar stratospheric clouds

    08/01/2006 10:20:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,923+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/06 | AP
    HOBART, Australia - Some of the coldest temperatures on Earth brought a rare cloud formation to the skies over Antarctica, scientists said Tuesday. Meteorological officer Renae Baker captured spectacular images of the nacreous clouds, also known as polar stratospheric clouds, last week at Australia's Mawson station in Antarctica. The clouds only occur at high polar latitudes in winter, requiring temperatures less than minus 176 degrees Fahrenheit. A weather balloon measured temperatures at minus 189 degrees Fahrenheit on the day the photos were taken. Resembling airborne mother-of-pearl shells, the clouds are produced when fading light at sunset passes through water-ice crystals...
  • Bush: Troops' Sacrifices Helped New Iraq Government's Formation

    05/20/2006 2:06:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 219+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 20, 2006 – President Bush singled out the efforts of U.S. servicemembers in his salute to the new unity government that formed in Iraq today. "The sacrifices of many of our country's noblest and bravest have helped make this day possible," he said. "We will not forget their contribution to our security and Iraq's democracy." Thirty-nine ministers and state secretaries received the Iraqi Parliament's approval today, culminating the move to form a democracy that started with the U.S. and coalition's toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. "Iraqis now have a fully constitutional government, marking the end...
  • Iraq parliament could convene soon

    04/09/2006 6:01:56 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9 April 2006 | staff and By Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's acting speaker of parliament said on Sunday he would call on the assembly to convene in the next few days, raising the possibility that political deadlock over a new prime minister may be broken. The Iraqi people are impatiently waiting for this issue to be resolved. When the parliament convenes it will be possible to start the steps to form a national unity government," Adnan Pachachi told a news conference...
  • Shotgun Formation Inventor Hickey Dies (Howard "Red" Hickey, 89)

    03/30/2006 6:38:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 230+ views
    KRON4 ^ | 3/30/06 | AP
    APTOS, Calif. -- Howard "Red" Hickey, who invented the shotgun offensive formation while coaching the San Francisco 49ers, died Thursday, his son said. He was 89. Jeffrey Hickey didn't disclose the cause of his father's death. Hickey coached the 49ers from 1959-63, going 27-27-1 before resigning three games into the 1963 season. He also played for the Cleveland Rams' 1945 championship team and was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams' championship club in 1951 before spending two decades as an assistant and scout for the Dallas Cowboys. The Arkansas native made history in 1960 when he combined elements...
  • Spirit Mars Rover Reaches 'Home Plate': Formation Has Researchers Puzzled (volcanic vent?)

    02/10/2006 11:38:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,210+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/06 | Leonard David
    NASA's Spirit Mars rover has arrived at a site dubbed "Home Plate" within Gusev crater. But what the robot found has left scientists puzzled. As the Mars machinery relays images of the area, the sightseeing has sparked healthy debate within the team running the mission. "Well, so far it has been great," said Steve Squyres, lead Mars Rover Exploration scientist at Cornell University. "It's the most spectacular layered rock we've ever seen at Gusev," he told SPACE.com. The images relayed so far by Spirit of Home Plate "really are stunning," Squyres added. "Many of us were pretty much reduced to...
  • A priest learns love's meaning

    02/02/2006 10:15:51 AM PST · by klossg · 11 replies · 497+ views
    The Western Catholic Reporter ^ | Week of February 6, 2006 | BILL GLEN
    Fr. Stefano Penna: A priest learns love's meaning At 44, he discovers what it means to be called 'father' By BILL GLEN WCR Staff Writer Edmonton Being a priest is a love story lived out publicly, says Father Stefano Penna. "As a priest, I have learned about courage and fidelity," said Penna, 44. Penna came to Edmonton at a point in his life when being called "father" had a new resonance. The moment had arrived when he realized he was not going to have children of his own. "It's one thing to be swept away at 25 by the eagerness...
  • Kenrick-Glennon Seminary: At the Heart of Archdiocesan Life

    11/11/2005 10:25:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 186+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10.14.05 | Bishop Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D.
    Kenrick-Glennon Seminary: At the Heart of Archdiocesan LifeIntroductionIn coming to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I was especially happy that the archdiocese has its own college seminary, Cardinal Glennon College, and its own theological seminary, Kenrick School of Theology. Both seminaries are located in the same building at 5200 Glennon Drive in the City of Shrewsbury and are commonly called by one name: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. At one time, the two seminaries were housed in two separate buildings, not too distant from each other, but Archbishop John L. May decided to locate both seminary programs at what was then the college...
  • Survey Finds Most U.S. Teens' Faith Poorly Informed

    02/27/2005 4:41:11 AM PST · by xzins · 4 replies · 236+ views
    AgapePress ^ | Fred Jackson
    Survey Finds Most U.S. Teens' Faith Poorly Informed Fred Jackson Agape Press A new study has come out that points to some serious problems in the way America's young people view God. A telephone survey conducted by the National Study of Youth and Religion finds that the majority of U.S. teenagers believe in God and worship in conventional congregations. Unfortunately, the study also finds that many of those teens have little understanding of the teachings of their faith and harbor a very unbiblical view of the whole scope and character of God. Associated Press quotes the report as saying many...
  • Phoenix bishop to helm Priestly Formation Committee [of USCCB]

    12/12/2004 8:05:41 PM PST · by Phx_RC · 1 replies · 396+ views
    The Catholic Sun [Phoenix] ^ | Dec 2, 2004 | Robert DeFrancesco
    Nearly a year after learning he had been selected to shepherd the Phoenix faithful, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has been elected chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Priestly Formation. The Phoenix bishop was selected by his peers during last month’s biannual bishops’ meeting in Washington, D.C. Bishop Olmsted, who is currently a consultant to the priestly formation committee, will officially begin his three-year term as chair during the U.S. bishops’ meeting in November 2005. He succeeds Bishop John C. Nienstedt of New Ulm, Minn. “The future of the Church very much depends on our young people, our young people...
  • Our Bishop Writes

    08/12/2004 5:41:15 PM PDT · by Maeve · 35 replies · 505+ views
    The Bishop's Bulletin ^ | AUGUST A.D. 2004 | The Most. Rev. Robert J. Carlson
    J+M+J Our Bishop Writes:The responsibility to have a well informed faith life Bishop Robert J. Carlson Diocese of Sioux Falls Within the past few weeks at least two people proclaiming membership in the Catholic Church wrote letters to the editor to daily newspapers presenting flawed thinking on the Catholic teaching of abortion and their particular political beliefs. As their bishop, I have no choice but to respond to their public action. As people of faith, we are called to be in an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, accepting him as Lord and Savior. Only then will our hearts...
  • 2004 Crop Circle Season Live Thread

    05/16/2004 10:10:33 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 154 replies · 888+ views
    Crop Circle News ^ | Sunday, May 16, 2004
    First Significant UK formation of 2004 spotted On May 3, near Deacon Hill in Bedfordshire, UK, the first significant formation of the year has been spotted in a flowering field of oil seed rape. The formation is similar in design to the 2003 Locust Grove, Ohio formation that appeared close to the Serpent Mound earthwork. Although it has been raining rather steadily, since being spotted, the formation has been inspected, and there have been some details that have emerged which may indicate the formation may be not have been a human mechanically-made one.
  • Deeply embedded stellar clusters found in Milky Way

    08/03/2003 5:43:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Peering into a giant molecular cloud in the Milky Way galaxy - known as W49 - astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered a whole new population of very massive newborn stars. This research was presented at the International Astronomical Union's 25th General Assembly held in Sydney, Australia, by ESO-scientist Joao Alves. With the help of infrared images obtained during a period of excellent observing conditions with the ESO 3.5-m New Technology Telescope (NTT) at the La Silla Observatory (Chile), the astronomers looked deep into this molecular cloud and discovered four massive stellar clusters, with hot and energetic...
  • 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...
  • CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB

    03/31/2003 7:18:40 PM PST · by flrealtor · 208+ views
    March 31,2003 | Howard Solomon
    The first formal meeting of the Central Palm Beach County Republican Club will meet Monday, April 7, at 7 P.M. at the Lantana Recreation center on Dixie Highway. This is an important meeting. We need a club badly in Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth, Green Acres, Atlantis and surrouding areas. Contact Howard Solomon at fl.realtor@worldnet.att.net
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 23-29, 2003

    03/25/2003 11:38:05 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 314+ views
    Optional caption contest: Special Forces op measures temperature of Saddam Hussein's hemorrhoids following precision munitions strike
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 2-08-03

    02/08/2003 5:33:43 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 414+ views
    NASA ^ | 2-08-03 | 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 February 8 AB Aurigae: How To Make Planets Credit: C.A. Grady (NOAO, NASA/GSFC), et al., NASA Explanation: This enhanced Hubble Space Telescope image shows in remarkable detail the inner portion of the disk of dust and gas surrounding the star AB Aurigae. Knots of material, visible here for the first time, may well represent an early stage of a process which could result in the formation of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-27-03

    01/27/2003 3:47:58 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 299+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-27-03 | 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 January 27 BHR 71: Stars, Clouds, and Jets Credit & Copyright: J. Alves (ESO), E. Tolstoy (Groningen), R. Fosbury (ST-ECF), & R. Hook (ST-ECF), VLT Explanation: What is happening to molecular cloud BHR 71? Quite possible, a binary star system is forming inside. Most stars in our Galaxy are part of binary star systems, but few have ever been seen in formation. Recent observations of dust-darkened Bok...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-28-02

    11/27/2002 11:26:28 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 2 replies · 497+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-28-02 | 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. 2002 November 28 The Supermassive Black Holes of NGC 6240 Credit: Optical: R.P.van der Marel & J.Gerssen (STScI), NASA;X-ray: S.Komossa & G.Hasinger (MPE) et al., CXC, NASA Explanation: The Hubble optical image on the left shows NGC 6240 in the throes of a titanic galaxy - galaxy collision 400 million light-years away. As the cosmic catastrophe plays out, the merging galaxies spew forth distorted tidal tails of stars,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-21-02

    11/21/2002 1:05:50 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 267+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-21-02 | 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. 2002 November 21 Starburst Galaxy M94 Credit & Copyright: Hillary Mathis & N.A.Sharp (NOAO), AURA, NSF Explanation: What could cause the center of M94 to be so bright? Spiral galaxy M94 has a ring of newly formed stars surrounding its nucleus, giving it not only an unusual appearance but also a strong interior glow. A leading progenitor hypothesis holds that an elongated knot of stars known as a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-04-02

    07/03/2002 11:53:46 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 286+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-04-02 | 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. 2002 July 4 Young Star Clusters in an Old Galaxy Credit T. H. Puzia (Sternwarte Munich), S E. Zepf (Yale / Michigan State) et al., ESO, ESA, NASA Explanation: Elliptical galaxy NGC 4365 is old, probably about 12 billion years old. Like most elliptical galaxies, this galaxy was thought to be full of old stars too, its burst of star forming activity having long since ended. But combining...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-25-02

    03/24/2002 9:36:40 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 15 replies · 279+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-25-02 | 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. 2002 March 25 An Unusual Globule in IC 1396 Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CHFT Explanation: Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-13-02

    03/12/2002 9:32:13 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 275+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-13-02 | 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. 2002 March 13 LL Orionis: When Cosmic Winds Collide Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA / STScI), C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt), NASA Explanation: This arcing, graceful structure is actually a bow shock about half a light-year across, created as the wind from young star LL Orionis collides with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a...