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  • Walmart to ‘melt’ class rings bearing Confederate flag rather than complete orders

    07/11/2015 4:48:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2015 | Matt Finn
    An Arkansas woman who went to pick up the class ring she ordered from Walmart left disappointed, after store officials told her the retailer's new policy barred them from turning the item over -- because it bore an image of the Confederate flag. Elaine Glidewell told KFSM someone from the store in Fort Smith called her to pick up the ring she'd ordered for her nephew, but when she arrived on Tuesday, a clerk told her she couldn’t have it. The ring had been ordered before Walmart stopped selling items bearing images of the flag, in the wake of controversy...
  • Mystery object in Saturn's ring may be a new baby moon: Peggy

    04/16/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    L A Times ^ | April 15, 2014, 6:30 a.m. | By Karen Kaplan
    The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn’s large, bright A ring. The object’s gravity seems to have roughed up the ring’s usually smooth profile. As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear. The fuzzy blob on the A ring’s edge was imaged by Cassini’s...
  • 2 Pluto Moons in Need of Devilish Names

    02/12/2013 11:05:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    ap ^ | Feb 11, 2013 1:03 PM CST
    Astronomers announced a contest today to name the two itty-bitty moons of Pluto discovered over the past two years. Three Pluto moons already have names associated with Hades and the underworld: Charon, the ferryman of Hades; the half-human, half-fish spirit Nix; and the multi-headed monster Hydra. The two unnamed moons need similarly shady references. Right now, they go by the bland titles of P4 and P5. They're no more than 15 to 20 miles across. Online voting will last two weeks. Twelve choices are available at plutorocks.com,
  • Hubble Telescope Spies Fifth Moon Around Pluto

    07/11/2012 4:48:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    AP) ^ | July 11, 2012 10:30 AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s something lurking around distant and icy dwarf planet Pluto: a fifth moon. A team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope said Wednesday they have discovered the tiniest moon yet around Pluto. That brings the number of known moons to five. The mini-moon is estimated to be 6 to 15 miles across, smaller than the one that scientists spotted last year, which is 8 to 21 miles wide. Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is about 650 miles across. Until the newly found moon gets a name, it will be known as P5.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter's Rings Revealed

    06/17/2012 8:39:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | June 17, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why does Jupiter have rings? Jupiter's rings were discovered in 1979 by the passing Voyager 1 spacecraft, but their origin was a mystery. Data from the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003 later confirmed that these rings were created by meteoroid impacts on small nearby moons. As a small meteoroid strikes tiny Adrastea, for example, it will bore into the moon, vaporize, and explode dirt and dust off into a Jovian orbit. Pictured above is an eclipse of the Sun by Jupiter, as viewed from Galileo. Small dust particles high in Jupiter's atmosphere, as well as...
  • Super-Earths give theorists a super headache

    12/17/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Nature ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | Eric Hand
    NASA's Kepler space telescope... has identified 2,326 candidate planets, nearly doubling its haul since February. But what has puzzled observers and theorists so far is the high proportion of planets -- roughly one-third to one-half -- that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune... Their very existence upsets conventional models of planetary formation and, furthermore, most of them are in tight orbits around their host star, precisely where the modellers say they shouldn't be. "It poses a challenge," says Douglas Lin, a planet-formation modeller and director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in Beijing,...
  • Incredible picture of Saturn that runs rings around all the others

    09/07/2011 4:40:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2011 | Ted Thornhill
    There have been some amazing photographs taken of Saturn over the years, but none quite like this.
  • Blackest Planet Ever Found, Absorbs Nearly 100% of Light That Reaches It

    08/12/2011 1:25:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Posted 08.12.2011 at 10:11 am | By Clay Dillow
    Kepler has found the darkest known planet in universe--a Jupiter-sized exoplanet some 750 light-years away that is so black that it reflects just one percent of the light that reaches it. TrES-2b is so black that it’s darker than coal, or any other planet or moon that we’ve yet discovered. It’s less reflective than black acrylic paint. To summarize: it’s really, really black. But TrES-2b is not completely black. It emits an extremely faint red glow, like that of a hot ember. And it turns out that heat is the main culprit behind this darkest of dark planets. TrES-2b orbits...
  • Astronomers Predict That Pluto Has A Ring

    08/08/2011 6:20:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 08-08-2011 | Staff
    Dust from Pluto's satellites ought to form a faint ring around the dwarf planet, according to new calculations Until recently, the only ring in the Solar System was Saturn's. But in 1960s and 70s, astronomers discovered rings around Uranus and Neptune. Meanwhile, the Voyager 1spacecraft sent back images of Jupiter's ring. To be sure, these rings are much less impressive than Saturn's but the implications are clear: rings seem much more common than astronomers once thought. Perhaps they are even the norm. And that raises an interesting question: could Pluto possibly have a ring? The observational evidence is that Pluto...
  • Hubble Discovers a New Moon Around Pluto

    07/20/2011 3:23:56 PM PDT · by MikeD · 26 replies
    NASA.gov ^ | July 20, 2011 | Tony Phillips
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite – temporarily designated P4 -- popped up in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. The new moon is the smallest discovered around Pluto. It has an estimated diameter of 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km). By comparison, Charon, Pluto's largest moon, is 648 miles (1,043 km) across, and the other moons, Nix and Hydra, are in the range of 20 to 70 miles in diameter (32 to 113 km). "I find it remarkable...
  • NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

    07/20/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    http://www.newswise.com ^ | 7/20/2011 9:00 AM EDT | Staff
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite -- temporarily designated P4 -- was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. The new moon is the smallest discovered around Pluto. It has an estimated diameter of 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km). By comparison, Charon, Pluto's largest moon, is 648 miles (1,043 km) across, and the other moons, Nix and Hydra, are in the range of 20 to 70 miles in diameter (32 to 113 km). "I find it remarkable that...
  • What's that weird thing around Saturn's second-largest moon? (Rhea)

    08/01/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 4+ views
    CSMonitor | UniverseToday ^ | 7/29/10 | Nancy Atkinson
    There is something around the moon of Rhea. It's not a ring, and it sure is weird, say researchers.Back in 2005, a suite of six instruments on the Cassini spacecraft detected what was thought to be an extensive debris disk around Saturn's moon Rhea, and while there was no visible evidence, researchers thought that perhaps there was a diffuse ring around the moon. This would have been the first ring ever found around a moon. New observations, however, have nixed the idea of a ring, but there's still something around Rhea that is causing a strange, symmetrical structure in the...
  • NASA Discovers A Ring Around The Solar System

    10/18/2009 9:05:17 PM PDT · by Defiant · 45 replies · 3,624+ views
    NPR ^ | October 18, 2009 | unknown
    NASA scientists have discovered a mysterious ribbon around our solar system —- a stripe made of hydrogen —- that defies all current expectations about what the edge of the solar system might look like. Richard Fisher, the director of NASA's Heliophysics Division, tells NPR's Guy Raz that this discovery is a big moment for the scientific community. "We thought we knew everything about everything, and it turned out that there were unknown unknowns."
  • Giant Backward Ring Found Around Saturn

    10/08/2009 9:54:25 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 2,394+ views
    CEH ^ | October 7, 2009
    Oct 7, 2009 — Saturn has a newly-discovered ring to add to its decor – the largest of all. It’s so big, it makes Saturn look like a speck in the middle of it. The ring, located at the orbit of the small outer moon Phoebe, is inclined 27 degrees and revolves backwards around Saturn. This was announced today by...
  • The Curious Case of Missing Asteroids

    03/03/2009 7:31:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 720+ views
    NASA Solar System Exploration ^ | February 25, 2009 | Lori Stiles
    University of Arizona scientists have uncovered a curious case of missing asteroids. The main asteroid belt is a zone containing millions of rocky objects between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The scientists find that there ought to be more asteroids there than researchers observe. The missing asteroids may be evidence of an event that took place about 4 billion years ago, when the solar system's giant planets migrated to their present locations. UA planetary sciences graduate student David A. Minton and UA planetary sciences professor Renu Malhotra say missing asteroids is an important piece of evidence to support an...
  • Saturn Ring Shrinkage Result of Global Mating

    03/19/2008 6:21:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies · 1,067+ views
    What happened to Saturn's rings? Amateur astronomers have noticed something different when they peer through their telescopes recently. "The rings have narrowed considerably in the last year," one said. "The Cassini division (a dark gap in the rings) is getting hard to see."
  • Kinks in Saturn's Rings

    11/13/2007 11:02:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies · 102+ views
    Thunderbolts.org ^ | 11/12/2007
      Edge-on image of Saturn's F-ring. Credit: NASA/JPL Cassini-Huygens mission.   Nov 12, 2007Kinks in Saturn's RingsBraids and twists in the rings of Saturn suggest activity in addition to gravitational attraction. Could electricity be one of the formative agents? Saturn's F-ring was discovered by Pioneer 11 during its 1979 flyby of the giant planet. When the Voyager 1 space probe passed by Saturn in November of 1980, it returned stunning pictures of Saturn's rings that were completely unanticipated. Two of the most intriguing discoveries were the "spokes" seen drifting above the ring plane and the twisted and interlaced structure...
  • Neptune News [Neptune's warming correlates to Earth's warming and solar activity]

    05/31/2007 11:29:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies · 3,777+ views
    Neptune is the planet farthest from the Sun (Pluto is now considered only a dwarf planet), Neptune is the planet farthest from the Earth, and to our knowledge, there has been absolutely no industrialization out at Neptune in recent centuries. There has been no recent build-up of greenhouse gases there, no deforestation, no rapid urbanization, no increase in contrails from jet airplanes, and no increase in ozone in the low atmosphere; recent changes at Neptune could never be blamed on any human influence. Incredibly, an article has appeared in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters showing a stunning relationship...
  • Scientists spot new ring around Saturn

    09/20/2006 5:00:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 269+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/06 | AP
    LOS ANGELES - Saturn's majestic ring system, visible through backyard telescopes, just got a little more crowded with the discovery of a faint, new ring encircling the giant planet, scientists said Tuesday. The international Cassini spacecraft beamed back images this week showing the new ring, located inside the outermost E ring. The new ring crosses the orbits of the Saturn moons Janus and Epimetheus, leading scientists to believe tiny particles from the lunar surfaces gave rise to the ring. Saturn has seven major rings named A through G, although they are not arrayed in alphabetical order. The planet has about...
  • Pluto Might Have Rings

    02/23/2006 10:16:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 579+ views
    Space.com ^ | 22 February 2006 | Ker Than
    The two moons discovered around Pluto last year were likely formed from the same giant impact that created the planet’s much larger satellite, Charon, scientists say. The idea suggests that other Kuiper Belt Objects might also harbor multiple satellites and raises the possibility that Pluto is encircled by rings fashioned from debris ejected from the surface of the tiny moons. The two moons, called P1 and P2 for now, were discovered in May 2005 using the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists now think the two moons are roughly 37 and 31 miles (60 and 50 km) in diameter. Charon has an...
  • Changes in Saturn Rings Puzzle Scientists

    09/06/2005 2:14:47 PM PDT · by siunevada · 59 replies · 1,299+ views
    AP/MyWay.com ^ | September 6, 2005 | Alicia Chang
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo's time, have dramatically changed over just the past 25 years. Among the most surprising findings is that parts of Saturn's innermost ring - the D ring - have grown dimmer since the Voyager spacecraft flew by the planet in 1981, and a piece of the D ring has moved 125 miles inward toward Saturn. While scientists puzzle over what caused the changes, their observations could reveal something about the age and lifetime of the rings. Cassini-related discoveries...
  • Twelve new moons for Saturn

    05/04/2005 3:57:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 595+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/4/05 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons orbiting Saturn, bringing its number of natural satellites to 46.The moons are small, irregular bodies - probably only about 3-7km in size - that are far from Saturn and take about two years to complete one orbit. All but one circles Saturn in the opposite direction to its larger moons - a characteristic of captured bodies. Jupiter is the planet with the most moons, 63 at the last count. Saturn now has 46. Uranus has 27 and Neptune 13. The latest ones were found last year using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii. Confirmation...
  • Another giant leap: Scientists around the world are eyeing the moon as a future research lab

    01/28/2004 5:33:54 PM PST · by ambrose · 10 replies · 223+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1.29.04 | Peter N. Spotts
    from the January 29, 2004 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0129/p14s02-stss.html Another giant leapScientists around the world are eyeing the moon as a future research lab and a gateway to space exploration, while companies look at commercial prospects.By Peter N. Spotts | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor It's been dubbed Earth's attic, a keystone for understanding the early history of the inner planets, and even a potential safe-deposit box for evidence of life early in the solar system's history. By whatever label, the moon's star appears to be rising. Even before President Bush unveiled his space policy earlier this month,...
  • Fun with Vortex Rings in the Pool

    12/19/2014 12:56:52 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/1714 | PhysicsGirl
    Video here.
  • These 7 memes are why the Sochi Olympic rings incident hasn't gotten old yet...

    02/10/2014 10:06:19 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Well, not old to me anyway...Some of these had me on the floor. If you use Internet Explorer only and don't get this one, find a new browser...PLEASE...it's by far the worst browser EVER (ask any web developer). I already posted this one, but I'm throwing it in again for good measure!
  • THE TOO-YOUNG RINGS OF URANUS

    11/21/2012 8:24:21 PM PST · by lasereye · 60 replies
    Revelation 6:14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Everyone has seen pictures of the planet Saturn and its beautiful rings. Well, it is now known that many of our solar system's outer planets have rings. However, these rings are a problem for those astronomers who think that the universe is billions of years old. You see, the rings, which encircle the outer planets, would not be around today if the universe really was billions of years old. Recent studies of the rings of...
  • Men's gymnastics - Rings?

    08/03/2012 7:25:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
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    Is it my imagination (Alzheimers?) or did NBC primetime coverage omit the rings competition? While doing a search I found photos of men on the apparatus, but I can't remember seeing it covered at all. Did they show it for 5 mins and skip the rest of it? Very curious. Thank you
  • Nurses' assistant pleads guilty to selling wedding bands stolen from ailing veterans

    07/10/2012 1:47:20 PM PDT · by Darnright · 26 replies
    roanoke.com ^ | 7-10-12 | Neil Harvey
    One of two nurses' assistants charged in the thefts of wedding bands from ailing, elderly veterans pleaded guilty today in Roanoke Circuit Court to eight felonies. Ashley Michelle Sweeney, 23, of Ferrum admitted that in January she accepted rings taken from four patients at the Virginia Veterans Care Center on Shenandoah Avenue in northwest Roanoke. She also admitted selling them at two pawn shops along Williamson Road. Judge Clifford Weckstein found Sweeney guilty of four counts each of receiving and selling stolen property, offenses that carry a combined maximum penalty of 120 years in prison. She will be sentenced at...
  • Climategate Continues

    05/24/2012 3:21:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2012 | Andrew Montford & Harold Ambler
    Climategate, the 2009 exposure of misconduct at the University of East Anglia, was a terrible blow to the reputation of climatology, and indeed to that of British and American science. Although that story hasn’t been in the news in recent months, new evidence of similar scientific wrongdoing continues to emerge, with a new scandal hitting the climate blogosphere just a few days ago.And central to the newest story is one of the Climategate scientists: Keith Briffa, an expert in reconstructing historical temperature records from tree rings. More particularly, the recent scandal involves a tree-ring record Briffa prepared for a...
  • Krummholz and the Yamal Chronology

    05/02/2010 6:55:58 AM PDT · by em2vn · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Climate Audit ^ | 04-28-2010 | Steve McIntyre
    Just before Climategate, we were reflecting on the apparent non-”robustness” of the Yamal chronology to inclusion of Khadyta data. Briffa’s response was that he could still “get” a HS by adding in Yadoyayakha and Porzayakha ring width data that hadn’t been used in Briffa (2000). As noted in other posts, Khadyta isn’t the only site with a divergence problem. Divergence, if anything, is the rule, rather than the exception. Briffa didn’t discuss why there were such differences between the sites – something that I’ll consider briefly today.
  • $17,000 Antique Ring Found in Goodwill Donation

    04/28/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT · by wrrock · 4 replies · 405+ views
    WGAL ^ | 4/28/2010 | WGAL via MSN
    Watch a report from WGAL in Harrisburg, where a $17,000.00 diamond ring (2.6 carat) was donated and will be auctioned off on Goodwill’s site. It is being recorded as a donation, and is the largest Goodwill donation ever in the Pennsylvania area. WATCH $17K ANTIQUE RING DONATED to GOODWILL...
  • Iran Nuclear Ring Probed

    04/03/2010 2:51:32 AM PDT · by Flavius · 237+ views
    fox ^ | 4/3/10 | fox
    Officials tell the Wall Street Journal an Iranian firm closely linked to Tehran's nuclear program acquired special hardware for enriching uranium, despite sanctions intended to keep such equipment out of the country.
  • Lord of the Rings fan spends life savings creating prequel

    02/10/2010 1:24:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,309+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 2/10/10 | staff
    Actress Kate Madison, a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, spent six years and her entire life savings creating a prequel to the films. Miss Madison, 31, spent £25,000 on the film, Born of Hope, which has already been watched by more than half a million people on YouTube. The story was inspired by just a couple of paragraphs written by JRR Tolkein in the appendices of The Lord of The Rings. "The film has gone down really well with the fans and some say it is even better than the Peter Jackson movies which is amazing," she...
  • Maine: Do rings of Herbie the elm have age, climate data?

    01/31/2010 2:55:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 611+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/31/10 | David Sharp - ap
    YARMOUTH, Maine – Herbie, the giant American elm tree, is giving his trunk over to science. Since the tree was felled two weeks ago, scientists from Columbia University, the University of Maine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have contacted the Maine Forest Service about examining Herbie's trunk to see what can be learned about the tree's age and about the climate over the years. Peter Lammert of the Maine Forest Service said his computer has been clogged with e-mails from scientists interested in the stories that Herbie's growth rings might tell. In particular, Herbie's demise is bringing out...
  • What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn

    12/18/2009 12:24:46 PM PST · by Maceman · 63 replies · 2,633+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roy Prol
    What the rings would look like from different cities and latitudes across the world. It's interesting to imagine how it would effect culture throughout time. It would have influenced religion, mythology, navigation, etc.. Creator - Roy Prol SONG- Schubert's Ave Maria Sung by Barbara Bonney
  • "What if earth had rings like Saturn?"

    11/23/2009 6:33:08 AM PST · by svcw · 13 replies · 893+ views
    I just found this video to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoy.
  • Man arrested at B.C. border with 'terrorist resources'

    11/13/2009 10:27:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 36 replies · 2,180+ views
    CTVBC.ctv.ca - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Updated: Wed Nov. 11 2009 05:51:51 | n/a
    The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — SNIPPET: "Khaled Nawaya, a flight instructor, was arrested by Canada Border Services agents when they found $800,000 in gold coins and other currency in his car and pockets on Oct. 6, as he crossed into Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver." SNIPPET: "He'd been living in the U.S. since he was 17 and had gained approval for permanent residency in Canada. Besides the gold, Canadian agents found a ring bearing the insignia of Hezbollah, which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government since 2002. They also seized 9/11 conspiracy theory-themed DVDs and a...
  • Spectacular Video of Saturn Moons Disturbing Its Rings

    Click here to view the amazing video! Sir Isaac Newton would be amazed by this awesome video, showing Saturn moons causing gravitational waves as they orbit near its F Ring. These images can only be taken every 15 years, during Saturn's equinox. Thankfully, Cassini is there now. In the video you can see Prometheus (in the inner side) and Pandora (on the outer side), disturbing and smoothing the rings one after the other, which is why they are called shepherd moons. Things get even more spectacular in the Keeler gap, inside the A ring. There, Daphnis surfs the ring creating...
  • Like the fist of an angry god (Did something just hit Saturn's rings?)

    08/09/2009 11:11:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 3,050+ views
    Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring. I mean, seriously: what the he** happened here? Cassini image of something punching through Saturn’s F ring This is one of the latest pictures returned from the remarkable human achievement that is the Cassini spacecraft, a probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the ringed planet since 2004. It’s returned one incredible picture after another, and lately — as Saturn’s orbit has brought it to a point where the rings are nearly edge-on to...
  • The mysterious forest rings of northern Ontario

    05/23/2008 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,022+ views
    CBC ^ | 21 May 2008 | Elle Andra-Warner
    The Cheecka Ring is a ring measuring about 1 kilometre in diameter, located 20 km east of Hearst, Ont. Scientists believe it was formed by a natural gas deposit. (Courtesy S. Hamilton, OGS) It is a strange phenomenon: thousands of large, perfectly round "forest rings" dot the boreal landscape of northern Ontario. From the air, these mysterious light-coloured rings of stunted tree growth are clearly visible, but on the ground, you could walk right through them without noticing them. They range in diameter from 30 metres to 2 kilometres, with the average ring measuring about 91 metres across. Over...
  • Saturn Moon Rhea May Have rings (Neat!)

    03/06/2008 2:11:24 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 200+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/6/2008 | n/a
    PASADENA, Calif. - New observations by a spacecraft suggest Saturn's second-largest moon may be surrounded by rings. If confirmed, it would the first time a ring system has been found around a moon. The international Cassini spacecraft detected what appeared to be a large debris disk around the 950-mile-wide moon Rhea during a flyby in 2005. Scientists proposed that the halo likely contained particles ranging from the size of grains to boulders. The finding was described in a study published in the March 7 issue of the journal Science. Unlike the rings around Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, the apparent...
  • How Old Tree Rings And Ancient Wood Are Helping Rewrite History

    10/28/2007 11:05:05 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 173+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-27-2007 | Cornell University
    How Old Tree Rings And Ancient Wood Are Helping Rewrite History ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2007) — Cornell archaeologists are rewriting history with the help of tree rings from 900-year-old trees, wood found on ancient buildings and through analysis of the isotopes (especially radiocarbon dating) and chemistry they can find in that wood.Sturt Manning talks to visitors during a demonstration of the tree-ring laboratory following his presentation during Trustee/Council Weekend. At the lecture, Manning explained how students and lab staff members precisely dated a wooden support beam from McGraw Hall to 1870. (Credit: Jason Koski/Cornell University Photography)" By collecting thousands of...
  • Brutal gang of Ring Thieves terrorizing Atlanta

    03/21/2007 7:57:44 PM PDT · by jsk10 · 38 replies · 1,328+ views
    Atlanta journal ^ | march 21, 2007 | Jsk10
    Buckhead-area businesses and community leaders are offering a $15,000 reward to help stop a crew of armed robbers from taking expensive wedding rings from women. The bandits netted rings valued from $10,000 to $60,000 in seven robberies — some in broad daylight with the victims' children present — since early January. The most recent one was Sunday.
  • Mysterious Rings Found At Tomb Of Chinese Only Empress

    12/21/2006 2:55:55 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 2,008+ views
    Mysterious rings found at tomb of Chinese only empress Chinese archaeologists have found a group of huge rings at the site of the 1,300-year-old tomb of Wu Zetian, China's only empress, but they are unable to explain their existence. At least 10 rings appeared on aerial photographs taken by experts from the Xi'an Preservation and Restoration Center of Cultural Relics and Qianling Museum in a survey of Qianling. Most of the rings were 30 to 40 meters in diameter and were in a zone four kilometers long from east to west and two kilometers from south to north, said Qin...
  • Jackson bids farewell to The Hobbit

    11/20/2006 11:37:38 PM PST · by MadIvan · 76 replies · 2,064+ views
    The Times ^ | November 21, 2006 | Adam Sherwin
    He is the flamboyant director whose The Lord of the Rings trilogy picked up 17 Oscars. But Peter Jackson has been cast out of Middle Earth after a row over profits from the $4 billion-plus (£2.1 billion) franchise.Fans of the fantasy films were dismayed by an e-mail, detailing a dispute between Jackson and the New Line film studio, which the New Zealander sent to a website devoted to matters Tolkien. It contained explosive news that the most lucrative franchise in Hollywood history after Star Wars will return with a Lord of the Rings prequel. A big-budget version of The Hobbit...
  • Santorum defends Iraq war (uses Lord of the Rings analogy)

    10/18/2006 2:26:04 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 47 replies · 1,086+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | ALISON HAWKES
    Santorum defends Iraq war By ALISON HAWKES Bucks County Courier Times Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead. Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand. “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used...
  • MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)

    09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 85 replies · 1,861+ views
    TheOneRing.net ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff
    In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works: Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan. It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond...
  • Rare find for metal detector(Anglo Saxon Misc. Treasures-UK)

    08/22/2006 8:17:34 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 19 replies · 1,762+ views
    EveningStar ^ | 22 Aug 2006 | EveningStar
    AN Ipswich metal detecting enthusiast has found treasure trove expected to be worth thousands of pounds in a farmer's field. John McLaughlin, 54, discovered silver gilt brooches, Anglo Saxon dress ornaments, silver studs, rings, knives, a spearhead and amber beads in Mark Partridge's north Ipswich field. The treasure was from disturbed burial sites from the Sixth and Seventh Century Anglo Saxon and Pagan periods. Mr McLaughlin said the landowner, Mr Partridge gave him permission to metal detect over his land after it was ploughed. He said he had been finding treasure there for the last three years. “This is my...
  • Ancient Volcano, Seeds And Treerings, Suggest Rewriting Late Bronze Age Mediterranean History (More)

    04/29/2006 12:24:20 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 723+ views
    Cornell University ^ | 4-28-2006 | Alex Kwan
    April 28, 2006Cornell study of ancient volcano, seeds and tree rings, suggests rewriting Late Bronze Age Mediterranean history By Alex Kwan Separated in history by 100 years, the seafaring Minoans of Crete and the mercantile Canaanites of northern Egypt and the Levant (a large area of the Middle East) at the eastern end of the Mediterranean were never considered trading partners at the start of the Late Bronze Age. Until now. Trenchmaster Vronwy Hankey and foreman Antonis Zidianakis excavate storage jars from the Minoan settlement Myrtos-Pyrgos. The jars were analyzed in the Cornell study using radiocarbon analyses. Cultural links between...
  • Seventh planet has a blue ring

    04/08/2006 4:03:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies · 844+ views
    BBC ^ | April 7, 2006 | Helen Briggs
    Astronomers have discovered that the planet Uranus has a blue ring - only the second found in the Solar System. Like the blue ring of Saturn, it probably owes its existence to an accompanying small moon. Scientists suspect subtle forces acting on dust in the rings allow smaller particles to persist while larger ones are recaptured by the moon. Smaller particles reflect blue light, giving the ring its distinctive colour, the US team reports in Science. All other rings - those around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - are made up of both large and small particles, making the...