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  • Solved: The Riddle of the Nova of 1670

    06/03/2015 3:14:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | David Dickinson
    On June 20, 1670, a new star appeared in the evening sky that gave 17th century astronomers pause. Eventually peaking out at +3rd magnitude, the ruddy new star in the modern day constellation of Vulpecula the Fox was visible for almost two years before vanishing from sight. The exact nature of Nova Vulpeculae 1670 has always remained a mystery. The event has often been described as a classic nova… but if it was indeed a garden variety recurrent nova in our own Milky Way galaxy, then why haven’t we seen further outbursts? And why did it stay so bright, for...
  • Nova in Sagittarius Brightens! (To Naked Eye Magnitude)

    03/20/2015 12:20:02 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 19 replies
    Sky & Telescope ^ | March 20, 2015 | Alan MacRobert
    The nova that erupted in the Sagittarius Teapot on March 15th has continued to brighten. It's now about magnitude 4.9, in easy binocular view before dawn. Anyone see it naked-eye yet? Update Friday March 20: It's still brightening — to about magnitude 4.9 as of last night! That's a magnitude brighter than at the nova's discovery five days earlier. No telling when it will stop. And, Sagittarius is getting a little higher before dawn every day.
  • Astroquizzical: What happens when Betelgeuse explodes?

    02/25/2015 6:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Starts with a Bang! ^ | February 24, 2015 | Jillian Scudder
    Question: If Betelgeuse explodes right now, could we see it with naked eye? It is over 400 light years away, so you might think that people would see it long after it actually happens? Betelgeuse is already one of the brightest stars in the night sky, sitting somewhere around the 8th or 9th brightest star in the night sky. (These lists don’t include the Sun, which is somewhat obviously always the brightest object in the sky.) It sits in the constellation Orion, along with a number of other bright stars, and makes up the left hand shoulder of the warrior....
  • Lawyer Wearing Only Diaper When Arrested in Home Invasion, Stabbing

    11/14/2014 12:15:29 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 11-14-14 | unattributed
    A knife-wielding attacker posed as a law enforcement officer to get inside a Virginia home, stabbed the residents multiple times then told them he'd be back to finish the job as his wife waited outside, prosecutors said. The suspect, 31-year-old Andrew Schmuhl, was wearing nothing but a diaper when he was apprehended after a car chase, authorities said Friday. These and other disturbing details emerged during a bond hearing for Schmuhl's wife, 30-year-old Alecia Schmuhl, Friday morning. The Schmuhls, both lawyers, are accused in the attack of a couple in their 60s. Police have said the attack apparently stemmed from...
  • New Supernova in Night Sky Captivates Amateur Astronomers

    01/31/2014 10:34:16 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 17 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Megan Gannon
    At 12 million light-years away, a new supernova that suddenly appeared in a nearby galaxy this week is the closest star explosion to be spotted from Earth in at least 20 years, so it's no surprise that it has captured the attention of stargazers. Professional astronomers and amateurs skywatchers alike have rushed to their telescopes to capture images of the brilliant star explosion, which was discovered by students at the University College London. So far, astrophotographers from Puerto Rico to Arizona have sent stunning photos of the new supernova in the galaxy M82. Adam Block sent in a photo...
  • A Naked Eye Nova Erupts in Centaurus

    12/04/2013 7:25:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | December 4, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    If you live in the southern hemisphere, the southern sky constellation of Centaurus may look a little different to you tonight, as a bright nova has been identified in the region early this week. The initial discovery of Nova Centauri 2013 (Nova Cen 2013) was made by observer John Seach based out of Chatsworth Island in New South Wales Australia. The preliminary discovery magnitude for Nova Cen 2013 was magnitude +5.5, just above naked eye visibility from a good dark sky site. Estimates by observers over the past 24 hours place Nova Cen 2013 between magnitudes +4 and +5 “with...
  • Update on the Bright Nova Delphini 2013; Plus a Gallery of Images from our Readers

    08/17/2013 10:08:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | August 16, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Since showing itself on August 14, 2013, a bright nova in the constellation Delphinus — now officially named Nova Delphini 2013 — has brightened even more. As of this writing, the nova is at magnitude 4.4 to 4.5, meaning that for the first time in years, there is a nova visible to the naked eye — if you have a dark enough sky. Even better, use binoculars or a telescope to see this “new star” in the sky.
  • VIDEO: Naked man surprises motorists on Prince William Parkway

    04/19/2013 8:04:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies ^ | April 19, 2013 | InsideNoVa
    Commuters got quite a distraction from rush hour traffic Friday on Prince William Parkway near Interstate 95 – a naked man jumping on the hood of a car. Yes, you read that right. Police said the man was on the I-95 overpass near the commuter lot, and was quickly arrested. One witness on InsideNoVa’s Facebook page said others drivers couldn’t miss it. “He was bouncing up and down and I swear … smacking the middle of his chest,” the witness wrote. Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the man was under the influence of narcotics and “acting irrational.” The...
  • Bill to allow NoVa counties to impose one percent income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate

    02/12/2013 8:01:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies
    By Tom Jackman Hey Northern Virginians! How would you like to pay another one percent of your income directly to your county or city, in addition to the federal and state income tax you already pay? This new income tax would be used strictly to remedy our wide and varied transportation problems. Sound good? Virginia state Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico) wants to give Northern Va. counties and cities the ability to impose a one percent income tax to fund transportation. The counties say they don’t want it. (Robert A. Reeder - For The Washington Post) Before you answer, know...
  • The next generation of surveillance. (Video)

    01/29/2013 12:14:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies ^ | 1-23-2013 | PBS
    A clip from the episode of NOVA entitled "Rise of the Drones." The full episode can be viewed here:
  • Joanne Nova-The Earth is Round & Polar Bears Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You--19.Apr.2012

    04/19/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 2 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/19/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents Joanne "Jo" Nova has made a career of fighting a never ending war against propaganda, media manipulation, and ignorance. Jo is the ultimate climate change skeptic, and she's even written a book about it. From Australia, where she resides, her message resonates around the world; stand up, think for yourself, and stop letting the government think for you. This message, along with many others, is in her book Septic's Handbook, which has hit 200,000 copies. Jo is trying to get people to understand there's a lot more to widely held popular beliefs; thus, we all need to question...
  • Northern Virginia Edge Could Be Pivotal for Obama

    06/13/2012 6:35:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 13, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    For President Obama's organizational machine in Virginia, Tuesday's jam-packed statewide schedule was typical. There was a voter registration drive outside a Bonnie Raitt concert in Charlottesville, an afternoon phone bank at the Hopewell library just south of Richmond, and a volunteer recruitment meeting at a private home in this distant suburb of Washington, D.C.
  • A-Rod strikes out to end Yankee Season

    10/06/2011 8:49:45 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 123 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 October 2011 | Alex Rodriguez
    A-Rod just stuck out swinging to give Detroit the series and a trip to the ALCS finals. Final score 3-2.
  • Betelgeuse 'not likely to explode in 2012'

    01/22/2011 8:58:26 PM PST · by Red Badger · 96 replies · 1+ views ^ | 01-22-201 | Staff
    THE super-giant red star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion is destined to explode, but maybe not next year as some recent news reports have suggested and will not be as bright as some predicted reported Betelgeuse has already become a red giant, which indicates it wil explode and become a supernova. But experts say it is not likely to happen soon and it will happen far enough away that it wil not hurt Earth US astronomer Phil Plait noted on his blog that a supernova would have to be no farther than 25 light years away to "fry...
  • N.Va. enforces immigration laws as Ariz. rage

    04/30/2010 11:01:03 AM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 289+ views
    Examiner ^ | 04/29/10 | David Sherfinski
    The national outcry over Arizona's immigration law is nothing new for Prince William County residents — hundreds ofpeople on both sides of the illegal immigration debate poured into marathon public hearings in fall 2007 when the county was passing its crackdown. Since then, the county has turned over more than 2,000 suspected illegal immigrants to the federal government, and crime last year reached a 15-year low. Other Northern Virginia jurisdictions also have turned over hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement through their own programs. But law enforcement officials remain wary about their new roles enforcing federal...
  • Northrop Grumman decides to move headquarters to Northern Virginia

    04/27/2010 2:31:17 PM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies · 587+ views
    Wapo ^ | 04/27/10 | Dana Hedgpeth and Rosalind S. Helderman
    Northrop Grumman has chosen Northern Virginia as the new home for its global headquarters, ending a heated competition among Virginia, Maryland and the District for the prestige of playing host to the defense contracting giant. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell announced the decision Monday in a joint statement with Northrop, describing the selection as a victory for what he called his administration's commitment to promoting business development. "To gain the corporate headquarters of one of the largest global security contractors in the world is a testament to the strong business climate that we are focused on continually improving," said McDonnell ......
  • Wronged political spouse Elizabeth Edwards brings her story to Broward

    02/17/2010 11:06:50 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies · 625+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2010
    Elizabeth Edwards is coming to Broward to talk about overcoming life’s adversities – at a venue just a half-hour away from where her husband’s pregnant mistress was stashed during the height of the 2008 presidential primary campaign.
  • Shots Fired on Virginia College Campus (Gunman in custody)

    12/08/2009 3:08:24 PM PST · by RDTF · 22 replies · 982+ views
    Fox ^ | Dec 8, 2009
    WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Prince William County Police say they have one man in custody on the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge campus after shots were fired in a classroom. The campus was placed on emergency lockdown, but no injuries were reported. According to investigators, they were notified around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday of a student who was armed with a gun on the campus. Officers responded to the scene, and the college was put on lockdown. A Prince William County Police spokesperson says the gunman, who is a male student, went into a classroom and pointed a gun at a female...
  • Gangs flee No. Virgina for havens in Maryland., D.C., report says

    10/27/2009 9:08:49 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 2,138+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 27, 2009 | FREEMAN KLOPOTT
    Crackdowns on illegal immigrants and other law enforcement efforts are driving gangs out of Northern Virginia and into Maryland and the District, a report released Monday concluded. "Many gang members from Northern Virginia are moving or driving to Prince George's and other Maryland counties, into the District of Columbia or further south and west into Virginia to avoid dealing with police departments that are unrelenting in their efforts to keep gangs under control," authorities wrote in the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force report. The report said the task force's success is the result of Virginia law enforcement's use of...
  • The new all sports 106.7FM The Fan - WJFK Goes All Sports Monday (NoVa - Washington DC)

    07/15/2009 6:07:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies · 397+ views
    examiner ^ | 07.14.09
    As we have reported in this column and along with DCRTV it became official today. WJFK-FM 106.7 will go all sports come Monday taking on ESPN 980AM. The line – up looks like this: 5:00-10:00AM: The Sports Junkies 10:00AM-2:00PM: Mike Wise and Bill Rohland 2:00-6:00PM: Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes The station will air FOX Sports radio programming to fill out the evening, late nights and weekend portions of the schedule.
  • America, meet your new neighbors: the Uighurs

    05/15/2009 9:52:24 AM PDT · by freespirited · 44 replies · 2,159+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | 05/14/09 | Newt Gingrich
    ...America, meet the Uighurs. Seventeen of the 241 terrorist detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay are Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs. They have been allied with and trained by al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist groups. The goal of the Uighurs is to establish a separate sharia state. As part of its ongoing effort to close Guantanamo Bay, the Obama administration has had to figure out what to do with the Uighurs. Officials believe that if they’re sent back to China they will be persecuted, and no third country will take them. So the Obama administration has decided to set the Uighurs loose...
  • Several Guantanamo Bay detainees to be released in Washington, D.C., suburbs, say sources

    05/08/2009 9:52:38 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 180 replies · 8,707+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 8, 2009 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - A large federal security operation is in place to keep tabs on several Guantanamo Bay inmates who may soon be released in Virginia, the Daily News has learned. A half-dozen ethnic Chinese detainees known as Uyghurs will be flown by marshals from the U.S. naval base in Cuba to live in the Washington suburbs if lingering legal, logistical and political problems are ironed out, government officials said Thursday. Some lawmakers and counter-terror officials worry about terrorists living next door. Northern Virginia was chosen because it has an Uyghur Muslim community that could help the ex-prisoners adjust.
  • Thousands In N.Va. Face Tax Increases

    05/01/2009 8:24:07 AM PDT · by freespirited · 25 replies · 940+ views
    Washpost ^ | 5/1/09 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    Thousands of homeowners in Northern Virginia will see a jump in their real estate taxes this year despite the efforts of officials who slashed programs, raised fees and laid off workers to keep bills affordable during tough economic times. Local officials have promoted their efforts to keep the average bill from rising. But not everyone was spared: More than 150,000 households in Fairfax County will owe more than last year. Local governments in Virginia get the bulk of their revenue from real estate taxes.... When home values plunged by double digits in some parts of Northern Virginia last year, governments...
  • The computers are free of the commie OS!

    04/28/2009 8:25:26 PM PDT · by brycemax · 10 replies · 551+ views
    At LAST! Castro's commie linux variant "Nova" has been removed from the computers at "Geeks On Caffeine!" But at what cost? NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thanks!
  • Gang Member Guilty In Killing of Rival [MS-13 Northern Virginia]

    04/23/2009 8:40:18 AM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,709+ views
    Washpost ^ | 04/23/09 | Tom Jackman
    A man who authorities said led a local clique of the gang Mara Salvatrucha has been convicted in federal court in Alexandria of murdering a rival gang member in Springfield in 2007, and the man now faces a mandatory life sentence. Federal prosecutors said Oscar Omar Lobo-Lopez, 30, of Springfield was the leader of Hollywood Locos Salvatrucha, an offshoot of the gang MS-13. Lobo-Lopez and fellow gang member Sergio Amador had been hunting for Melvin Reyes because he reputedly belonged to the 18th Street gang, authorities said. On May 5, 2007, Lobo-Lopez and Amador found Reyes in the Springfield Garden...
  • Report on Merrifield tax Day Tea Party [Northern Virginia]

    04/17/2009 8:55:10 AM PDT · by freespirited · 176+ views
    According to organizers of the Northern Virginia Tax Day Tea Party, the event was attended by over 350 citizens who are outraged by the mad money spending by the Federal government by the Democrat controlled Congress under the Bush and Obama Administrations. They lined both sides of Lee highway in front of the postal complex. The demonstrators stood firm despite being battered by the continuous heavy rainfall, many dressed in rain wear and still needing an umbrella. The demonstrators spent over two and a half hours in the down pour holding signs like "US Out of GM" and "Stop the...
  • Northern Virginia Tea Parties: Merrifield and Reston

    04/14/2009 7:16:59 PM PDT · by freespirited · 3 replies · 516+ views
    Just found out that tea parties will be held in both Reston and Merrifield tomorrow. The former will be at Lake Anne Village Center; 1609 Washington Plaza from 6: 30 pm to 8 pm, while the latter will be at the Merrifield Post office from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. More info at the link above. NOVA FREEPERS BE THERE.
  • How to get a commie operating system off your computer.

    04/14/2009 10:18:55 AM PDT · by brycemax · 7 replies · 721+ views
    Problem: You accidentally loaded a communist operating system on your computer like Cuba's Nova Linux. Solution: Fight fire with fire with some clever reprogramming to remove it! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you please visit his web site and refrain from copying the comic within this thread. Thanks much!
  • Crackdown on illegals produces crime decline [Prince William, Va.] [Northern Va.]

    04/05/2009 11:52:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,036+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 2009-04-04
    Report confirms aggravated assault down by 36.5 percent. BY ALYSSA FARAH Following a crackdown on illegal immigration, officials in Prince William County in northern Virginia are reporting their numbers reveal a significant decrease in violent crimes committed. The violent crime rate in Prince William County plummeted 22 percent in 2008, according to new reports. In recent years, the county had experienced a steady influx of illegal immigrants that led to its development of one of the most aggressive immigration policies in the nation.
  • The face of the capitalist pig!

    04/02/2009 7:52:43 AM PDT · by brycemax · 2 replies · 526+ views
    These days lefties, socialists and pinkos are all screaming about the "evil, greedy businessmen." Back during the communist revolution in Russia, they screamed of "greedy capitalists" and the bourgeoise. Fast forward to today and you'll see something interesting...they're ONE AND THE SAME! Just what does the modern bourgeoise look like? Read today's "Geeks On Caffeine" cartoon and see for yourself! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thank you very much!
  • "If you are not with the revolution, you are against it!"

    03/27/2009 1:42:39 PM PDT · by brycemax · 1 replies · 526+ views
    Better join the revolution while you can! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and requests that you please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thank you!
  • The Cubans botched the name of their linux, but in computers there is a BIGGER blunder!

    03/10/2009 9:08:50 PM PDT · by brycemax · 6 replies · 543+ views
    Fidel laments that the Cuban linux variant is named "Nova," but believe it or not, there's an even bigger mistake in the computer world. NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon in this thread. Thanks!
  • FBI Prevents Agents from Telling 'Truth' About 9/11 on PBS

    10/02/2008 11:55:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 1,069+ views
    CQ ^ | 01 Oct 2008 | Jeff Stein
    The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency. The program is a spin-off from The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, by acclaimed investigative reporter James Bamford, due out in a matter of days. The FBI denied Rossini...
  • Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks (Happy 4th of July!)

    07/01/2008 8:32:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 115+ views ^ | 01 July 2008 | NASA
    This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago. Newswise — A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. A contrail from an alien spaceship? A jet from a black-hole? Actually this image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago. On or around May 1, 1006 A.D., observers from Africa to Europe to the Far East witnessed...
  • New Fear Leads Both Legal, Illegal Latinos To Leave Pr. William Co. (VA)

    10/22/2007 3:04:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 84 replies · 251+ views
    The Washington Compost ^ | 22 October 2007 | N.C. Eizenman (Washington Post)
    Supporters of the anti-illegal immigration measure adopted in Prince William County last week have argued that its most important purpose is to send a powerful signal to the county's mostly Latino illegal immigrants that they are no longer welcome. It appears the message has already been received: Terrified that new policies will lead to mass deportations, illegal immigrants and the many legal immigrant relatives and friends who live with them have been moving out of Prince William ever since July, when county supervisors first approved the plan's outline.
  • Muscling a Web Site Into a Social Movement

    07/22/2007 9:10:05 AM PDT · by Dako no tane · 6 replies · 587+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/22/07 | Nick Miroff
    Illegal immigrant ice cream vendors might be spreading leprosy in Manassas. Prince William County has been infiltrated by "unassimilated marxist radicals." Manassas Park police covered up the predations of five Hispanic men who gang-raped a woman in the street in June. These claims, among others, have been made in recent months by Greg Letiecq, whose popular blog, Black Velvet Bruce Li, offers "Blog-Fu for Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park politics" -- often making up in passion what it lacks in proof.
  • Great Escape [The true story on NOVA - June 5th!]

    05/30/2007 10:51:59 AM PDT · by RedRover · 13 replies · 463+ views
    PBS ^ | May 30, 2007
    The real Great Escape didn't feature Steve McQueen racing through the Third Reich on a motorcycle like in the 1963 movie, but the big breakout was still thrilling in every way. This program sheds new light on the audacious escape of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi POW camp during World War II. Sixty years after the event, NOVA follows a team of archeologists as they search the site of Stalag Luft III for new evidence of the clandestine operation, which involved 600 prisoners digging three highly sophisticated tunnels, code-named Tom, Dick, and Harry. Each tunnel was made with railways,...
  • Much of N.Va. to Raise Tax Rates

    04/24/2007 9:55:57 AM PDT · by freespirited · 15 replies · 597+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/16/07 | Kirstin Downey
    After seven fat years, elected officials in Northern Virginia are grappling with their first lean one, and tax increases are looming almost everywhere. Swollen by surging real estate assessments, area budgets have ballooned, rising sharply from a cumulative total of more than $3.7 billion in 2000 to more than $6.3 billion for the coming fiscal year. Loudoun County's budget tripled in that period, Alexandria's rose 76 percent, and Fairfax County surpassed the $3 billion mark. Now, however, with the housing market in a slump, politicians are caught between raising taxes or reducing high-quality services that residents have come to expect....
  • Northern Virginiastan

    02/28/2007 5:07:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies · 987+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | February 26, 2007 | Editorial
    <p>Homeland Security: Authorities across the pond now fear that even more Muslims — possibly numbering in the thousands — are plotting terror. On this end, however, U.S. officials still can't see anything in the pipeline.</p> <p>Either the British have better intelligence than we do, or we don't have any radicalized Muslim communities here in America. Sanguine U.S. authorities are guessing the latter.</p>
  • Virginia group stays true to message

    12/07/2006 8:41:19 AM PST · by Norman Bates · 14 replies · 774+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2006 | Seth McLaughlin
    Virginia conservatives say they are galvanizing their base and raising money to elect candidates who share their core principles, even if that means campaigning against Republicans. "We're looking at good, fiscal conservative candidates for 2007 and are very excited about getting them elected to the Virginia Senate, where we believe the real leadership problems exists," said Robin DeJarnette, executive director of the Virginia Conservative Action PAC (VCAP). Virginia's conservative campaign mirrors a national movement that ascribes the Republicans' historic losses in Congress last month to the Bush administration and national Republicans' abandonment of conservative tenets such as limited spending, lower...
  • NOVA: Dimming the Sun

    04/15/2006 12:12:09 PM PDT · by IBIAFR · 44 replies · 2,071+ views
    "Dimming the Sun" investigates the discovery that the sunlight reaching Earth has been growing dimmer, which may seem surprising given all the international concern over global warming. At first glance, less sunlight might hardly seem to matter when our planet is stewing in greenhouse gases. But the discovery of global dimming has led several scientists to revise their models of the climate and how fast it's changing. According to one recent and highly controversial model, the worst-case warming scenario could be worse than anyone has predicted. "Dimming the Sun" unravels this baffling climate conundrum and the implications for Earth's future.
  • Who is Air America?

    08/20/2005 12:37:16 AM PDT · by gpapa · 18 replies · 2,738+ views
    Various | August 19, 2005 | gpapa
    Who is Air America? Vanity A summary of some of the key persons involved in the Air-A scandals, and their friends, August 19, 2005 Some of you out there probably have located most of this information before. The following is based on a series of emails I sent to Michelle Malkin and Radio Equalizer over the last few days. I am sure others have sent them similar items, as well as posting them at FR. [My comments are in brackets; some key names, dates, places, organizations and links are highlighted in bold letters] [Michelle Malkin and Radio Equalizer (Brian Maloney)...
  • Apes studied in human-like surroundings (New reality show?)

    04/21/2005 7:45:45 AM PDT · by jb6 · 30 replies · 533+ views
    CNN ^ | 20 April 05 | David Pescovitz
    Researchers at the Iowa Great Ape Trust are putting eight intelligent bonobos in a human-like living situation to study how culture may emerge. From the Associated Press: The bonobos will be able to cook in their own kitchen, tap vending machines for snacks, go for walks in the woods and communicate with researchers through computer touchscreens. The decor in their 18-room home includes an indoor waterfall and climbing areas 30 feet high... Using a network of cameras and computers, the bonobos can see visitors who ring the doorbell -- and will be able to choose through a computer touchscreen who...
  • CNN reporting Hostage Situation North of Atlanta. (Update: Nichols CAPTURED!)

    03/12/2005 8:16:29 AM PST · by Cagey · 712 replies · 28,005+ views
    CNN | 3-12-2005
    That's all I have so far.
  • Brightest Galactic Flash Ever Detected Hits Earth

    02/18/2005 6:11:56 PM PST · by Servant of the 9 · 73 replies · 3,443+ views
    Space.Com ^ | 18 February, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    A huge explosion halfway across the galaxy packed so much power it briefly altered Earth's upper atmosphere in December, astronomers said Friday.No known eruption beyond our solar system has ever appeared as bright upon arrival. But you could not have seen it, unless you can top the X-ray vision of Superman: In gamma rays, the event equaled the brightness of the full Moon's reflected visible light. The blast originated about 50,000 light-years away and was detected Dec. 27. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). The commotion was caused by...
  • The Magic of Science Elicits His 'Hmmm!' (Robert Krulwich's New Nova Show)

    01/25/2005 3:27:06 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies · 367+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 25, 2005 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    It was a bitterly cold day, and Robert Krulwich was momentarily fascinated by the amount of static electricity that had built up on his wool overcoat as he slipped it off. Mr. Krulwich is, in fact, fascinated by a dizzying array of things. In the first few minutes of a lunchtime conversation , he jumped enthusiastically from thought to thought: There's the discovery of tiny, archaic humans on the Indonesian island of Flores, who battled giant rats and hunted dwarf elephants and Komodo dragons. And there's the changing nature of currencies used in international black markets. Not long ago, 94...
  • Early Christians Hid The Origins Of The Bethlehem Star

    12/21/2001 5:11:00 AM PST · by blam · 160 replies · 1,359+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-21-2001 | Marcus Chown
    Early Christians hid the origins of the Bethlehem star 13:15 21 December 01 Marcus Chown A US astronomer claims he has found the first mention of the star of Bethlehem outside the Bible. The reference is in a 4th-century manuscript written by a Roman astrologer and Christian convert called Firmicus Maternus. Photo: Bridgeman Art Library Michael Molnar, formerly of Rutgers University in New Jersey, is the originator of the idea that the star of Bethlehem was not a spectacular astronomical event such as a supernova or a comet but an obscure astrological one. The event would nevertheless have been ...
  • Reporter Held in Contempt in CIA Probe

    10/07/2004 1:03:22 PM PDT · by marineguy · 34 replies · 844+ views
    This is an article that I think deserves some attention. Trust me, I have no love lost over a New York Times reporter getting a little jail time for outing a CIA-type, regardless of the fact that the CIA officer is married to an idiot, but why is it that the lukewarm "conservative"(?) Robert Novak can do the outing and no one seems to want to hold his feet to the fire? By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - A federal judge held a reporter in contempt Thursday for refusing to divulge confidential sources to prosecutors investigating the leak...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-10-03

    11/10/2003 4:10:54 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 202+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-10-03 | 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 10 An Intermediate Polar Binary System Illustration Credit & Copyright: Mark Garlick (Space-art) Explanation: How can two stars create such a strange and intricate structure? Most stars are members of multiple-star systems. Some stars are members of close binary systems where material from one star swirls around the other in an accretion disk. Only a handful of stars, however, are members of an intermediate polar, a...

    05/03/2003 12:33:42 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 67 replies · 618+ views
    Thoth-l Volume VII-3 ^ | 4/2/2003 | Don Scott
    STARS ESCAPE FROM ASTRONOMICAL ZOODon Scott The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) site has run several discussions of the "variable star" V838 Monocerotis. Today they have another one. Astronomy Picture of the Day - V838 Monocerotis but also see Astronomy Picture of the Day - V838 Light Echo: The Movie They include comments like, "V838 Mon may be a totally new addition to the astronomical zoo." I object to this "new" characterization. This zoo animal disproves standard fusion models. In fact this star (together with several others) simply demonstrates stellar evolution wholly NOT in keeping with thermonuclear stellar theory....