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  • 'Lunar Ark' Proposed In Case Of Deadly Impact On Earth

    08/16/2007 2:57:05 PM PDT · by blam · 104 replies · 1,803+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 8-14-2007 | Kevin Holden Platt
    'Lunar Ark' Proposed in Case of Deadly Impact on Earth Kevin Holden Platt for National Geographic News August 14, 2007 The moon should be developed as a sanctuary for civilization in case of a cataclysmic cosmic impact, according to an international team of experts. NASA already has blueprints to create a permanent lunar outpost by the 2020s. (Read: "Moon Base Announced by NASA" [December 4, 2006].) But that plan should be expanded to include a way to preserve humanity's learning, culture, and technology if Earth is hit by a doomsday asteroid or comet, said Jim Burke of International Space University...
  • Cray Supercomputer... Discover Origin Of Mysterious Glass Found In King Tut's Tomb

    08/02/2007 10:47:08 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 2,416+ views
    Cray Supercomputer at Sandia Helps Researchers Discover Origin of Mysterious Glass Found in King Tut's Tomb Released : Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:26 AM Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that researchers running simulations on the Cray supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories have re-created what could have happened 29 million years ago when an asteroid explosion turned Saharan sand into glass. The greenish natural glass, which can still be found scattered across remote stretches of the desert, was used by an artisan in ancient Egypt to carve a scarab that decorates one of the bejeweled breastplates buried...
  • Better Bombs: Scientists Develop Metal That Explodes on Impact

    07/18/2007 8:26:20 AM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 1,110+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 2007 | David Hambling
    When most bombs go off, they release a spray of deadly shards of steel. Now, imagine that those shards were themselves explosive, detonating in a massive chain reaction. It's for real: Defense contractors are harnessing the strange alchemy of reactive materials (RMs) — in which two or more inert materials are mixed to create an explosion — to develop smaller, more lethal warheads, as well as new ways to protect troops against mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades. RMs generally consist of powdered metals, such as aluminum or titanium, combined with an oxidizing agent. Whether that agent is another powdered metal...
  • Meteorite impact debris found in Minn. (from Sudbury impact in Canada, 1.85B Years ago)

    07/16/2007 9:41:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,210+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/07 | AP
    GRAND MARAIS, Minn. - A forest fire has led to a chance discovery of debris from the impact of a meteorite 1.85 billion years ago, more than 450 miles away at Sudbury, Ontario. Geologists had scheduled a field trip in May along the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota, but most areas they wanted to explore were closed because of a wildfire that charred more than 118 square miles. Geologist Mark Jirsa of the Minnesota Geological Survey went up the trail to scout new locations and, in a spot he had never visited before, stumbled across debris now linked to the...
  • Army Engineers’ Efforts Will Have Lasting Impact in Iraq, General Says

    07/13/2007 6:13:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 372+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 13, 2007 – It will take time and considerable resources to rebuild Iraq following more than 25 years of neglect under Saddam Hussein’s rule, a U.S. military official told online journalists today. However, U.S. assistance is only part of a broader effort -- from both Iraqi and other donor nations -- that will have a lasting effect on the country’s infrastructure, said Army Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division commander. Numerous relief and developmental funds have resulted in more than 3,300 completed projects for electricity, oil and water systems throughout Iraq. As of May,...
  • Commander Says Iraq Surge Operations Have ‘Significant’ Impact

    07/13/2007 5:35:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 460+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 13, 2007 – Ongoing anti-insurgent operations conducted in and around Baghdad and to the south of Iraq’s capital city are achieving continued success, a senior U.S. military officer said today during a teleconference with retired military analysts. Maj. Gen. Rich Lynch, commander of Multinational Division Center and U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said he is optimistic that the surge will reduce violence in Baghdad while seriously disrupting insurgent operations in Iraq. “Eventually, I believe you’ll see (an) improved security situation inside of Baghdad” due to the surge operations, he said. “But, it’s not going to happen overnight.” Seeing...
  • Oregon Researchers Involved In New Clovis-Age Impact Theory (More)

    05/23/2007 2:30:19 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 1,878+ views
    Contact: Jim Barlow jebarlow@uoregon.edu 541-346-3481 University of Oregon Oregon researchers involved in new Clovis-age impact theory Did a comet hit the Great Lakes region and fragment human populations 12,900 years ago? Two University of Oregon researchers are on a multi-institutional 26-member team proposing a startling new theory: that an extraterrestrial impact, possibly a comet, set off a 1,000-year-long cold spell and wiped out or fragmented the prehistoric Clovis culture and a variety of animal genera across North America almost 13,000 years ago. Driving the theory is a carbon-rich layer of soil that has been found, but not definitively explained, at...
  • Migration tops death in Mexico

    05/03/2007 6:55:06 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 33 replies · 597+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 05/03/2007 | EagleUSA
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico has lost more people to migration to the United States than death since 2000, according to a government report released Thursday. Mexico's demographics agency found that an average of 577,000 people migrated to the U.S. each year between 2000-2005, compared to 495,000 deaths a year in the same period. In 2006, 559,000 migrated and there were 501,000 deaths. Mexico had 104.9 million residents as of last year, an increase of 6.4 million since 2000. Immigration to the U.S. has increased drastically since 1970, when 800,000 Mexicans lived north of the border. Today, there are about 11...
  • Bush: Troops’ Hard Work in Iraq Will Impact the World

    04/04/2007 5:55:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 291+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – The hard work U.S. troops are doing in Iraq is “laying the foundations of peace for generations to come,” President Bush told soldiers and family members today at Fort Irwin, Calif. “The work that you have volunteered to do will have a lasting impact on the world in which we live,” the president told the troops. By helping Iraq become a country that can sustain, defend and govern itself -- and become an ally in the war on terror -- the U.S. military will have delivered a significant blow to those who want to...
  • UK Impact Crater Debate Heats Up

    03/30/2007 2:44:14 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 192+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-30-2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    UK impact crater debate heats up By Jonathan Fildes Science and technology reporter, BBC News Seismic surveys show a trough surrounded by concentric fractures A deep scar under the North Sea thought to be the UK's only impact crater is no such thing, claims a leading geologist. Professor John Underhill, from the University of Edinburgh, says the Silverpit structure, as it is known, has a far more mundane explanation. Detailed surveys reveal nine similar vast chasms in the area, he says. This suggests it was part of a more widespread process, probably the movement of salt rocks at depth, not...
  • Did A Giant Impact Create The Two Faces Of Mars?

    03/15/2007 2:14:24 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 855+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-15-2007 | David Shiga
    Did a giant impact create the two faces of Mars? 16:29 15 March 2007 NewScientist.com news service David Shiga, Houston Mars's northern hemisphere is lower in elevation – by about 5 kilometres – than its southern hemisphere (see image below). This coloured topographical map shows low elevations in blue and high elevations in yellow and red. The map is centred on a latitude of 55° north (Illustration: Mike Caplinger/MSSS) Mars's southern hemisphere is higher and more heavily cratered than the northern hemisphere, suggesting it is older terrain. The two low elevations (blue) in this map, which is centred on the...
  • Flawed studies ignore real impact of illegal immigration

    03/13/2007 6:41:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 924+ views
    North County Times ^ | 3/13/07 | Dennis Hollingsworth
    Recently, two lengthy immigration studies were released that made headlines across California for their unbelievable claims made by the authors on the impact of illegal immigration in our state. These so-called immigration experts at the Public Policy Institute of California and the Immigration Policy Center came to the misguided conclusion that illegal immigrants living in California actually help American workers earn higher wages, and break fewer laws than other demographic groups in our state. When asked about his conclusions, the co-author of one of the reports, Ruben Rumbaut, told a newspaper that he hoped his work would "reduce prejudice" ----...
  • Climate Change Impact More Extensive than Thought

    03/02/2007 10:36:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 793+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 3/2/07 | Volker Mrasek
    Global climate change is happening faster than previously believed and its impact is worse than expected, information from an as-yet unpublished draft of the long-awaited second part of a United Nations report obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE reveals. No region of the planet will be spared and some will be hit especially hard. Is the world's weather already out of control? Is the pollution of the past decades having an impact on the present? That's exactly what the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fears: Human influences over the last 30 years "have had a recognizable effect on many physical...
  • Post Office May Issue 'forever' Stamp

    02/26/2007 8:18:23 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 22 replies · 937+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 02/26/2007 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON - The sting of rising postal costs could be eased a bit by the introduction of a "forever" stamp that would remain valid for first-class postage despite future increases. The independent Postal Regulatory Commission scheduled a Monday morning briefing to announce its ruling on the Postal Service's requests to raise first-class rates 3 cents to 42 cents and to establish the permanent stamp. If the commission agrees, the matter goes back to the board of governors of the Postal Service, which is expected to schedule any rate changes in May. The commission can also reject or modify the rate...
  • Asteroid Threat Demands Response, Experts Warn

    02/17/2007 11:41:10 AM PST · by blam · 65 replies · 12,232+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-17-2007 | Ivan Semeniuk
    Asteroid threat demands response, experts warn 16:26 17 February 2007 NewScientist.com news service Ivan Semeniuk, San Francisco If the asteroid Apophis hits Earth in 2036, it could slam into the Pacific Ocean, generating a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America (Illustration: Don Davis/NASA) Kamchatkans and Venezuelans beware. A 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading your way. Californians have even more reason to worry - the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. These are among the scenarios projected for asteroid Apophis, which researchers...
  • Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed By Meteorite Strike, Study Says

    12/22/2006 11:19:39 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,558+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-21-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed by Meteorite Strike, Study Says Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 21, 2006 Strange specimens of natural glass found in the Egyptian desert are products of a meteorite slamming into Earth between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, scientists have concluded. The glass—known locally as Dakhla glass—represents the first clear evidence of a meteorite striking an area populated by humans. At the time of the impact, the Dakhla Oasis, located in the western part of modern-day Egypt, resembled the African savanna and was inhabited by early humans, according to archaeological evidence (see Egypt map.) "This meteorite...
  • NASA Briefing: NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars

    12/06/2006 10:46:00 AM PST · by bd476 · 86 replies · 2,221+ views
    NASA ^ | 6 December 2006
    NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars 12.06.06    More Images:     + Groundwater May Be Responsible     + New Craters     + Fresh Crater in Arabia Terra NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years. " These observations give the strongest evidence to date that water still flows occasionally on the surface of Mars," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, Washington. Image right: A new gully deposit in a crater in the Centauri Montes...
  • UN Downgrades Man's Impact On The Climate

    12/09/2006 7:19:15 PM PST · by blam · 85 replies · 1,624+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-10-2006 | Richard Gray
    UN downgrades man's impact on the climate Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:32am GMT 10/12/2006 Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25 per cent. In a final draft of its fourth assessment report, to be published in February, the panel reports that the level of carbon dioxide in...
  • Indiana Guard Has Big Impact on Border Mission

    11/17/2006 3:39:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 422+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Tommi Meyer, USA
    TUSCON, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2006 -- More than 2,000 miles from his home in Michigan City, Ind., and nearly 100 miles into the Arizona desert, Sgt. Brian Rogers, an Indiana National Guard member with the 938th Military Police Detachment, scans the brush and rugged terrain for anything worthy of a radio call to Tucson Sector Border Patrol. Indiana National Guard Sgt. Brian Clevenger follows a “dust devil” that might be a vehicle through his binoculars while assisting Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents at an observation post in southern Arizona. U.S. Army photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He...
  • Tax impact of new domestic partner law

    10/08/2006 8:01:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 682+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/8/06 | Kathleen Pender
    The new California law that requires registered domestic partners to file their state taxes like married people is a symbolic victory for gay couples. But the financial impact won't always be positive, and most will face new tax-filing and planning headaches when the law takes effect next year. Under SB1827, signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger last weekend, registered domestic partners can no longer file their state tax returns as single or head of household. For tax year 2007 and beyond, they can choose married filing jointly or married filing separately, the same options married couples generally have. However, domestic partners must...
  • Breastfeeding has no impact on intelligence

    10/04/2006 12:32:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 387+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/4/06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Breast feeding has no impact on a child's intelligence, according to new research published on Wednesday. Although breast feeding has many advantages for children including reducing infections, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea, enhancing a child's intelligence does not appear to be among them. "Breast feeding has little or no effect on intelligence in children," Geoff Der of Britain's Medical Research Council, said in a report published online by The British Medical Journal. The researchers found that although breast-fed children scored higher on IQ tests this was because their mothers tended be more intelligent, better educated and provided a...
  • Heavenly Bodies Stir Up Routine Catastrophes

    03/18/2003 9:33:33 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 842+ views
    IOL ^ | 3-18-2003 | Graeme Addison
    Heavenly bodies stir up routine catastrophes March 18 2003 at 01:30PM By Graeme Addison Legend has it that when two people get together and er... bond, the Earth will move – at least in a metaphorical sense. Likewise, it takes two heavenly bodies, an impactor and a target, to come together with Earth-shattering force to form a crater. There’s nothing dreamlike about this: it happens, frequently, throughout the solar system. Impact catastrophes are routine. Just over two-billion years ago, a chunk of asteroid at least the size of Table Mountain struck the landmass that is now South Africa. It hurtled...
  • Scientists Studying Two Big Craters on Earth Find Two Causes

    08/20/2006 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 309+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | Monday, October 28, 2002 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    "Through field studies, we determined that Chicxulub has about 18,000 cubic kilometers of impact melt, approximately four times the volume of water in Lake Michigan," Pope said. "Sudbury has about 31,000 cubic kilometers of impact melt, approximately six times the volume of lakes Huron and Ontario combined, and nearly 70 percent more than the melt at Chicxulub." ...The researchers then used an analytical cratering model to examine possible causes for the huge difference in melt. According to the simulation results, the difference in melt volume could be readily explained if Chicxulub -- the impact crater that doomed the dinosaurs --...
  • N.Korea atomic test seen harming NE Asia economies(neither severe nor benign?)

    08/08/2006 10:55:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 327+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/08/06
    N.Korea atomic test seen harming NE Asia economies Tue Aug 8, 2006 5:39 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A test of a nuclear weapon by North Korea would have a "negative though not cataclysmic" impact on South Korea's economy and could pose strains on China, said a study on Tuesday by a leading U.S. economist. An analysis by Marcus Noland of the Institute for International Economics found that among North Korea's neighbors, South Korea was the most economically vulnerable to a nuclear breakout by the North. A test by isolated North Korea, which declared itself a nuclear power in February...
  • Feminine Side Of ADHD: Attention Disorder Has Lasting Impact On Girls

    07/11/2006 3:24:49 PM PDT · by blam · 112 replies · 1,690+ views
    Science News ^ | 7-11-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Feminine Side of ADHD: Attention disorder has lasting impact on girls Bruce Bower Although hyperactive behavior often abates during the teen years for girls with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, many struggle with serious academic, emotional, and social problems related to that condition, a 5-year study finds. Compared with teenage girls who had no psychiatric disorder, those with ADHD had difficulties that included delinquency, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, poor mathematics and reading achievement, rejection by peers, and lack of planning skills, reports a team led by psychologist Stephen P. Hinshaw of the University of California, Berkeley. "ADHD in girls is likely...
  • Huge Asteroid Hurtles Toward Earth

    06/30/2006 8:25:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 117 replies · 2,891+ views
    UPI ^ | June 29, 2006
    An asteroid that's about one-half-mile wide is hurtling toward Earth, expected to narrowly miss the planet early Monday. Astronomers say the space rock, called 2004 XP14, will pass "exceptionally close" to Earth in astronomical terms -- 268,624 miles away at its closest approach, The Scotsman reported. That's a little more than the moon's average distance from Earth. The asteroid, discovered in December 2004, at first produced concerns that it could hit Earth later in the century but subsequent studies ruled out such a collision. However, 2004 XP14 has been classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid, or PHA, by the Minor...
  • Analysis: N. Korea impact being weighed

    07/04/2006 6:36:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,161+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/4/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - Six-party talks: Dead? Tensions around the Sea of Japan: Off the charts. And in Washington: What do we do now? North Korea delivered some unwanted fireworks to the Bush administration on the Fourth of July, shooting off missiles in an act heard around the globe. Now the White House must figure out how to transform what it calls a "provocation" into an opportunity. "We're just going to have to do our homework, do the analysis and see what we can divine about what they had in mind," National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said of North Korea. Even before...
  • Giant Crater Found [in Antarctica]: Tied to Worst Mass Extinction Ever [Permo-Triassic]

    06/02/2006 11:44:43 AM PDT · by cogitator · 127 replies · 3,229+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | June 2, 2006 | Robert Roy Britt
    An apparent crater as big as Ohio has been found in Antarctica. Scientists think it was carved by a space rock that caused the greatest mass extinction on Earth, 250 million years ago. The crater, buried beneath a half-mile of ice and discovered by some serious airborne and satellite sleuthing, is more than twice as big as the one involved in the demise of the dinosaurs. The crater's location, in the Wilkes Land region of East Antarctica, south of Australia, suggests it might have instigated the breakup of the so-called Gondwana supercontinent, which pushed Australia northward, the researchers said. "This...
  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT

    05/18/2006 2:59:46 PM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 7 replies · 257+ views
    5/18/06 | Keli Kilohana
    My concern is for the environmental impact the illegal immigrants make on the flora and fauna of the border areas.
  • Very Large Meteorite Fell Down in Siberia

    06/13/2004 3:24:49 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 88 replies · 2,939+ views
    Pravda ^ | 15:33 2003-03-18
    Pravda.RU:Top Stories:More in detail 15:33 2003-03-18Very Large Meteorite Fell Down in Siberia The falling of the meteorite is still mysterious. Scientists say that it might weigh 60 tons The night was rather dull in the north-east of the Russian Irkutsk region on September 25, 2002. All of a sudden, night turned into day. A very bright glow covered the sky, it was hard to look at it. Those people, who happened to be outside at 2 a.m., saw a ball of fire that was flying very fast across the sky. Weird rusting sounds could be heard. A few seconds...
  • Shape-Shifting Car Will Brace For Impact

    05/10/2006 7:56:31 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 689+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-10-2006 | Tom Simonite
    Shape-shifting car will brace for impact 15:34 10 May 2006 NewScientist.com news service Tom Simonite A car that can anticipate a side-on impact and subtly alter its body shape to absorb the force of the crash is being developed by researchers in Germany. The car will use hood-mounted cameras and radar to spot a vehicle on course for a side-on collision. Once it realises an impact is imminent it will activate a shape-shifting metal in the door. This reinforces the bond between door and frame, which is normally a weak spot, and distributes the force of the blow more safely....
  • So, where did the water on Mars come from?

    03/07/2004 2:21:58 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 95 replies · 991+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | 3/7/04 | Terence Dickinson
    The Mars rover Opportunity's examination of Martian rocks last week provided the first convincing evidence that our neighbour world was once "awash" in water, as one NASA scientist described it. But where did the water come from? And why does Mars have no liquid water now, while Earth apparently has been covered with the stuff for 4 billion years? Scientists are just beginning to piece the story together, and it goes right back to the beginning. Mars, like Earth, was formed from dusty and rocky debris left over after the sun was born 4.57 billion years ago. Initially, there were...
  • CA: May 1 absenses may not have impact on schools

    05/03/2006 5:13:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 352+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 5/3/06 | Andrew Silva
    Schools shouldn't see a major financial hit because of Monday's immigration rallies because the state quit counting students for funding purposes two weeks ago. Several districts reported up to a threefold jump in absences Monday, so there was potential for a serious loss of funding. Students who missed class won't face any unusual punishments beyond the normal steps for unexcused absences, school officials said. Schools are paid by the state based on the number of students in attendance. If a student has an unexcused absence, the district doesn't get paid for that student on that day. Funding is "based on...
  • Huge Crater Found in Egypt - Kebira

    03/03/2006 8:58:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 3,449+ views
    Space.com ^ | 3/3/06 | Robert Roy Britt
    Scientists have discovered a huge crater in the Saharan desert, the largest one ever found there. The crater is about 19 miles (31 kilometers) wide, more than twice as big as the next largest Saharan crater known. It utterly dwarfs Meteor Crater in Arizona, which is about three-fourths of a mile (1.2 kilometers) in diameter. In fact, the newfound crater, in Egypt, was likely carved by a space rock that was itself roughly 0.75 miles wide in an event that would have been quite a shock, destroying everything for hundreds of miles. For comparison, the Chicxulub crater left by a...
  • Iraqi Police Having Positive Impact, Official Says

    02/17/2006 3:28:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2006 – Iraqi police forces have been well trained and are making a positive contribution to the country, U.S. military officials said. "It's a humbling experience to see what the national police are doing on behalf of the good people of Iraq, and it's a rewarding experience to contribute to their success and to be part of their continued growth and improvement," U.S. Army Col. Gordon "Skip" Davis, head of the American-led public order special police transition teams, said in a briefing from Baghdad today. The SPTTs have been working with the Iraqi Public Order Special Police...
  • CA: GOP seeks impact on bond initiatives

    02/16/2006 9:34:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 104+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 2/16/06 | Jim Miller
    SACRAMENTO - For the fourth year in a row, Assemblyman John J. Benoit, R-Palm Desert, has introduced a bill to overturn a 2002 law restricting school districts' ability to hire private companies for busing and other services. The measure is part of a package of bills presented Wednesday that Assembly Republicans want reflected in any legislation asking voters to approve borrowing billions for new roads, schools and other public-works infrastructure. But Benoit and other Assembly Republicans left open the possibility that they would support bond legislation even if it lacks their proposals. Benoit said his bill, AB 2024, would help...
  • Bush has managed to impact all aspects of our lives

    01/18/2006 9:56:43 AM PST · by Xanadu2112 · 88 replies · 1,786+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 1/18/06 | PATRICIA BRUCH
    Many of my friends ask me why I criticize President Bush, when they feel he is trying very hard to protect America and stand up for the American people. So I thought about it and decided that I feel this way because my life under Bush is impacted on almost every possible level, and on some levels that shouldn't even be possible. Some ways are obvious, like the price of gasoline at the pump. Bush doesn't control the price per gallon, but I know he can, because Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter did it. I see red every time...
  • Coaching women during childbirth has little impact

    12/30/2005 9:19:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 484+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/30/05 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pregnant women coached through their first delivery do not fare much better than those who just do what feels natural, according to a study released on Friday. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that women who were told to push 10 seconds for every contraction gave birth 13 minutes faster than those who were not given specific instructions. But they said the difference has little impact on the overall birth, which experts say can take up to 14 hours on average. "There were no other findings to show that coaching or not coaching...
  • Scientists Probe Asteroid Crash

    08/26/2005 7:00:38 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 33 replies · 1,047+ views
    Brisbane Courier Mail ^ | 25 August 2005 | Robyn Grace
    AN asteroid the size of a house that exploded with the power of an atom bomb over Antarctica last year may help scientists prepare for the entrance of larger bodies into the Earth's atmosphere. The 1000-tonne asteroid crashed to Earth in millions of pieces last September, 900km from the nearest humans at Japan's Syowa station. A trail of dust recorded by a physicist 1500km away at Australia's Davis station shows that if the asteroid had not fragmented into tiny pieces when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, it would have had an impact similar to the bombing of Hiroshima. Dr Andrew...
  • Ancient drought 'changed history'

    12/08/2005 3:58:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies · 1,607+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/07/05 | Roland Pease
    Ancient drought 'changed history' By Roland Pease BBC science unit, San Francisco The sediments are an archive of past climate conditions Scientists have identified a major climate crisis that struck Africa about 70,000 years ago and which may have changed the course of human history.The evidence comes from sediments drilled up from the beds of Lake Malawi and Tanganyika in East Africa, and from Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana. It shows equatorial Africa experienced a prolonged period of drought. It is possible, scientists say, this was the reason some of the first humans left Africa to populate the globe. Certainly,...
  • TRCSG Continues to Make Impact in Gulf

    11/07/2005 3:52:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 285+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 7, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class Steve Murphy
    ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), along with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Maritime Security Operations (MSO) for more than two months, and continues to make a positive impact on the Gulf region. Since departing Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Sept 1., the nearly 7,500 Sailors who make up TRCSG and CVW-8, have used teamwork to successfully support Iraqi oil platform security; Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations; and provide support to coalition troops in Iraq. “I am extremely...
  • Researchers applaud “grassroots” climate change study; [Fed scientists can't refer to it]

    10/18/2005 9:37:10 AM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Environmental Science and Technology Online News ^ | October 12, 2005 | Paul D. Thacker
    Researchers applaud “grassroots” climate change studyWhite House tries to bury the National Assessment, but experts say that the project was successful and innovative. Begun in 1998 and completed in 2001, the U.S. National Assessment is the only study to broadly examine how global warming might affect communities in the U.S. Because of the subject matter, however, the assessment has been mired in political controversy since its release, and officials in the Bush Administration have sought to remove any reference to the report from publications coming out of their Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). However, in a paper posted to ES&T’s...
  • Natural Disasters: Top 10 U.S. Threats

    09/20/2005 5:25:47 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 47 replies · 4,565+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | September 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Government officials are evaluating and revising disaster plans around the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, just as they did after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While war and automobiles kill more people than nature, find out what natural disasters top scientists’ worry lists. #10 Pacific Northwest Megathrust Earthquake Geologists know it’s just a matter of time before another 9.0 or larger earthquake strikes somewhere between Northern California and Canada. The shaking would be locally catastrophic, but the biggest threat is the tsunami that would ensue from a fault line that’s seismically identical to the one that...
  • Iwo Jima’s Damage Control Team Making an Impact in New Orleans

    09/14/2005 5:22:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 14, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Mike Jones
    NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- USS Iwo Jima’s (LHD 7) Damage Control (DC) team has joined relief and recovery efforts in New Orleans, providing much-needed dewatering capabilities to the city’s medical facilities. Armed with two of the ship’s P-100 and four electric submersible pumps, Iwo’s DCs have already removed 40,000 gallons of water from the flooded basement of the Medical Center of Louisiana’s Charity Hospital downtown. “The waterline was almost at the top of the basement when they began dewatering,” said Charity Hospital Staff Member Dr. Jeff Johnson. “I am amazed at how fast they’ve been able to remove so much...
  • The Elite Don't Understand The South

    09/01/2005 3:52:05 AM PDT · by Peach · 226 replies · 3,926+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2005 | Matt Towery
    The elite doesn't understand the South Matt Towery September 1, 2005 I'm known to write occasionally that the rest of America doesn't understand the South. Now comes some clear and convincing evidence. As fate would have it, InsiderAdvantage, the company that I lead, just this week purchased the long-established Washington, D.C.-based Southern Political Report. Hastings Wyman, a widely respected political reporter in Washington, will continue to edit the publication. But as Hurricane Katrina approached, we were in the last stages of creating a daily web-based version of the report. Immediately, we called on all the resources of the Southern Political...
  • Native Hawaiians Seek Self-governing Body (Akaka Bill Will Have Negative Impact on Hawaii)

    08/17/2005 7:57:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies · 858+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 8/17/05 | James I. Kuroiwa, Jr.
    Native Hawaiians Seek Self-governing Body Sen. Akaka quote: Bill Could Mean Eventual Independence for Hawaiians By National Public Radio, 8/17/2005 8:22:38 AM Editor's Note: Here is the complete National Public Radio transcript from Aug. 16, 2005 with Anchor Steve Inskeep, Reporter Martin Kaste and various guests. This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Congress is considering legislation that would give native Hawaiians their own government. It would essentially grant them political status similar to that of Native American tribes. Here's NPR's Martin Kaste. (Soundbite of surf; birds) MARTIN KASTE reporting: You'll find no more potent symbol of...
  • It Takes a Cosmic Village to View a Comet [Comet Impact]

    07/01/2005 7:10:20 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 13 replies · 835+ views
    NASA ^ | June 29, 2005 | Gay Hill, JPL
    It Takes a Cosmic Village to View a Comet< 06.29.05 Like people gazing skyward to watch Independence Day fireworks, an international array of telescopes will train expert eyes on a dramatic encounter between NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft and a passing comet. The explosive event will happen 133.6 million kilometers (83 million miles) from Earth in the early hours of July 4 Eastern Daylight Time (late July 3 Pacific Daylight Time). Telescopes on the ground and others orbiting in space will document the mission's crucial moments using different wavelengths of light. Image right: Artist's concept showing Deep Impact just before impact...
  • Comet put on list of potential Earth impactors

    06/02/2005 9:04:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies · 3,184+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1 June 2005 | David L Chandler
    On 26 May, JPL's unique orbital calculation software determined that Comet Catalina was on what could possibly be a collision course with Earth, though the odds of such an impact were small: just 1 chance in 300,000 of a strike on June 11, 2085. Based on the 980-metre size estimate, that would produce a 6-gigaton impact - equivalent to 6 billion tonnes of TNT. Astronomers expected the addition of further observations to the calculations to rule out any possibility of a collision, as happens with most newly-seen objects. But that did not quite happen. The comet's predicted pathway actually drew...
  • 33 U.S. bases chosen for closing - (regional economic impacting)

    05/14/2005 3:49:08 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 672+ views
    INSIDER WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 14, 2005 | BILL GERTZ
    The Pentagon yesterday announced plans to close 33 major military bases and realign 29 others in a force restructuring designed to consolidate forces and save money -- at least $49 billion over 20 years. Our current arrangements, designed for the Cold War, must give way to the new demands of the war against extremism and other evolving 21st-century challenges, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in releasing the base closure list. Major proposed closures include the Navy submarine base at New London, Conn.; Fort McPherson, Ga.; Naval Air Station Atlanta, Ga.; Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Maine; Naval Air Station at...
  • B'LORE + BEIJING GREATER THAN US

    03/31/2005 2:19:10 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 21 replies · 716+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 30 Mar 2005 | PERCY FERNANDEZ
    NEW DELHI: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo will go straight to Bangalore on April 9, 2005 and spend the weekend before he arrives in New Delhi in what is being seen as a landmark visit and later what would transpire in the Capital bound to bring bonhomie in the Sino-India relations. Unlike other state guests, Wen will not visit the Infosys campus in Bangalore. Instead he will visit Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the world's largest software and services consulting organisations and India's first global billion-dollar IT company. The Premier will visit another equally prestigious institution, the Indian Institute of...