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  • How Black Holes Shape the Galaxies, Stars and Planets around Them

    07/26/2012 7:17:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7/17/12 | Caleb Scharf
    The matter-eating beast at the center of the Milky Way may actually account for Earth's existence and habitabilityAdapted from Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos, by Caleb ScharfOur existence in this place, this microscopic corner of the cosmos, is fleeting. with utter disregard for our wants and needs, nature plays out its grand acts on scales of space and time that are truly hard to grasp. Perhaps all that we can look to for real solace is our endless capacity to ask questions and seek answers about the place we find ourselves...
  • Obama Campaign Is in Worse Shape Than It Looks

    07/12/2012 7:01:11 AM PDT · by Bigun · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2012 | Adam Yoshida
    One strains, studying the entire history of presidential elections, to think of a president who was re-elected under such economic conditions as prevail in the U.S. today. Now, with June's campaign finance data trickling out, we can add the grotesque financial mismanagement of the Obama campaign as another factor counting against the president in addition to those historic headwinds.
  • Shape Up or Pay Up: Emanuel

    09/16/2011 9:35:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    NBC Chicage ^ | 9/16/11 | Lauren Jiggetts
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving city workers an important health choice: enroll in a new wellness plan, expected to be unveiled Friday, or pay a higher premium. The price if they don't enroll: $50 a month. The program includes an initial screening that focuses on preventative care for asthma, heart disease and diabetes. City employees would then receive wellness training to achieve long-term health goals, including weight loss. Smokers wouldn't be penalized, but they would be encouraged to quit. Advisers overseeing the program will monitor progress on a bimonthly basis, and those who reach their goals could see their health...
  • China Stealth Technology , A Wake Up Call ( Vanity/Humor)

    03/06/2011 2:40:29 AM PST · by Candor7 · 18 replies
    Ebaums World ^ | 6th March 2011 | Candor Seven
    New Shape shifting design allows Chinese women to fly under the radar of the bamboo curtain. See video at link. (Another example of Chinese entrepreneurial success of capitalism.)
  • SPIES WHO LOOK JUST LIKE US: The Game That Is Not A Game

    08/10/2010 12:28:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies
    INATODAY.com - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY ^ | August 10, 2010 | by Toby Westerman
    SPIES WHO LOOK JUST LIKE US: THE GAME THAT IS NOT A GAME SNIPPET: "The basic task of all spies, including the SVR Russian operatives recently caught, is to "steal and shape," Simmons explained. The "steal" aspect is best known to the public, that is, stealing another nation's military or production secrets, but Simmons also described how spies can "shape" a nation. Spies engaged in the "shape" aspect of espionage are known as "agents of influence," Simmons said. These "agents of influence" attempt to mold the thinking of a society or a government by targeting "experts who are quoted in...
  • NATO report calls Iran a 'major Article 5 threat'

    05/19/2010 2:54:47 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 337+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 5/18/2010 | World Tribune
    NATO report said Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs constituted a major threat to the security of the Western alliance.The report, issued on May 17, warned that Teheran could launch an attack on NATO allies, including those in Europe. "Defending against the threat of a possible ballistic missile attack from Iran has given birth to what has become, for NATO, an essential military mission," the report, authored by a group led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, said. The report, which outlined NATO strategy, envisioned an Iranian attack on Europe by 2020. NATO contains a principle known as...
  • NATO won't be spared Defense budget ax, commander says

    05/18/2010 11:20:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 224+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5/17/2010 | Gordon Lubold
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates begins another push for Pentagon cuts, NATO is preparing to follow suit. Adm. James Stavridis, the supreme allied commander of NATO, said Monday he will look to make "significant" cuts of both flag officers – generals and admirals – as well as staff for the US and NATO allies. The comment follows a speech by Mr. Gates at the Eisenhower library in Abilene, Kan., May 8, in which the Defense secretary promised significant belt-tightening at the Pentagon – one of the dominant themes of his tenure. In the speech, Gates mentioned the Pentagon's European operations, noting...
  • New findings reveal that the shape of the Universe is a Dodecahedron based on Phi

    09/28/2008 12:26:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 52 replies · 1,445+ views
    The standard model of cosmology predicts that the universe is infinite and flat. However, cosmologists in France and the US are now suggesting that space could be finite and shaped like a dodecahedron instead. They claim that a universe with the same shape as the twelve-sided polygon can explain measurements of the cosmic microwave background – the radiation left over from the big bang – that spaces with more mundane shapes cannot.Power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. Data from WMAP have extended the accuracy of the spectrum far beyond what was known from earlier measurements. This plot...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 20-26, 2007: Some Ventifacts

    05/24/2007 11:48:54 AM PDT · by cogitator · 19 replies · 338+ views
    Various
    Definition: "ventifact" -- A stone that has been flattened and sharpened by wind abrasion. Three fun examples: Jabba the Hutt's mouth (Dry Valleys, Antarctica) Never to touch again (Antarctica) The Furrowed Conglomerates (Argentina)
  • The Shape Of Armageddon

    02/27/2007 2:52:00 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 815+ views
    The Scientist ^ | 2-27-2007 | Jack Woodall
    The Shape of ArmageddonSure, the world will end. What will rise up to take the place of human civilization? The years 2004 and 2005 brought global disasters enough to gladden the heart of any prophet of doom. With the tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famine, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, suicide bombers, and bird flu, all the biblical signs are there to suggest that the end of the world is at hand. But that should be qualified by saying that the end of the world as we know it may be at hand - civilization, we call it. Human life will...
  • S. Korea: Famous Buildings Become Branding Tools

    01/25/2007 4:51:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 566+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/25/07
    Famous Buildings Become Branding Tools The entire five-story Ferrari showroom in Chungdam-dong, Seoul is wrapped in glass, its interior structure, and its expensive cars, on full display. Illuminated by powerful white lights, the building is an extraordinary sight at night. The facade of Galleria Department Store in Apgujung-dong radiates with high-tech glass discs mounted on the building's concrete surface. Equipped with special LED-lights, the discs generate a mother-of-pearl effect during the day and a continuously changing pattern of colors in the evening. Galleria Department Store in Apgujung-dong, Seoul These are examples of a trend called "Building Marketing" that employs...
  • Abizaid: U.S. Must Shape Middle East to Avoid Larger War

    11/19/2006 5:53:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 84 replies · 1,461+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2006 -- National security interests compel the United States to shape, but not control, developments in the Middle East, a region of the world that is being shaken by globalization, the senior U.S. officer responsible for the region said here yesterday. The Middle East has always been a melting pot of ethnicity, shifting allegiances and off-and-on violence, Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, said in luncheon remarks to members of the Military Officers Association of America. The Middle East and nearby regions that are also part of CENTCOM’s area of operations contain...
  • Airmen stay in spiritual shape in combat zone

    07/18/2006 4:12:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 266+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Lt. Col. Bob Thompson
    7/18/2006 - BALAD AIR FORCE BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- When Airmen deploy to combat, they expect a mission-focused environment. Without the daily demands of home life and the distractions of fast-paced America, many use their limited spare time to develop themselves in new ways. "Some people get in shape at the gym," said Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Tate, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Chaplain Services. "Some say they want to get in shape spiritually." For people seeking this kind of growth, chaplains provide the services, counseling and sometimes just a friendly ear for those who want to talk. "First and foremost, we...
  • Center Helps Iraqis Shape New Army's Military Culture

    05/26/2006 7:25:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 151+ views
    RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, May 26, 2006 – The Iraqi Center for Military Values, Principles and Leadership here aims to build an army that is competent, loyal and accountable. Ken Johnson, the senior American adviser to the center, said the center's building process seeks to change the culture of the Iraqi military as it works to become a part of a democratic country. Part of the process is simply defining the values of the Iraqi military. The structure of the force will be built on those enduring values. "This obviously is not something we can impose upon the Iraqis," American adviser Army...
  • 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....
  • Operation Aims to Curb Violence as Iraq's Government Takes Shape

    03/16/2006 4:25:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 214+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2006 – Iraqi and coalition forces have boosted their presence in Baghdad in response to a surge in attacks against Iraqis that officials link to today's seating of the country's new parliament, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters. "Operation Scales of Justice" was launched to enhance security in Iraq's capital city as the parliament begins selecting the country's new government, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said today in Baghdad. The 275-member body met briefly today to begin the difficult process of electing a president, two vice presidents and a prime minister. Lynch called the seating of...
  • New aircraft, UAVs to shape future fight

    01/17/2006 5:08:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 469+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Sgt. Ken Hall
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan 17, 2006) – More than 300 aircraft of all types will roll off assembly lines and improve the Army’s war-fighting capability during the next seven years, according to Army aviation leaders at a forum here. Speaking to more than 400 attendees during the Institute of Land Warfare and Aviation Symposium Jan. 12, Claude M. Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said new Apaches, light utility helicopters, cargo fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles will be built. He also stressed the importance of future aircraft development programs. Monies drive momentum...
  • MiTT members help shape Iraqi Army upstarts

    11/17/2005 9:51:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 816+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Capt. Patrick B. Kerr
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Nov. 17, 2005) -- In a dusty outpost 40 km. from the Iranian border, the future of Iraq is being built from the ground up. Home to approximately 8,000 Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers and about 150 coalition trainers, the An Numaniyah training base is where many Iraqi soldiers, also known as “Jundi,” get their first taste of life in the army. Although a far cry from Parris Island, the Iraqi equivalent to boot camp offers local men the opportunity to help secure the country as it continues to bolster its ranks against the ongoing insurgency. Despite the...
  • Libby is quiet force who helped shape Iraq policy

    10/28/2005 1:39:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 631+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/05 | Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, has been a quiet yet powerful force in shaping the Bush administration's policies and helped build the case for the Iraq invasion. Libby, indicted on Friday on charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice, has a scholar's demeanor and is known among colleagues for his analytical approach honed during years of work as an attorney. Toiling long hours in his office in the building next to the West Wing of the White House, Libby steeps himself in subjects like counterterrorism, bioweapons defense and energy. But the...
  • CA: Burlingame pays $1,600 to obscure Star of David shape on playground

    09/26/2005 2:45:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 956+ views
    BURLINGAME, Calif. - The city of Burlingame has paid $1,600 to obscure a design at the newly opened Pershing Park playground that a resident felt resembled the Star of David. The park was closed on Thursday of last week while a contractor filled in a pattern in the playground's surface that consisted of six yellow stars laid out in the shape of the Star of David. Residents had complained it was disrespectful for children to step on the design. The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun. The original contractor made a mistake in...
  • Curvier women 'will live longer'

    06/04/2005 5:57:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 244 replies · 6,975+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06/03/05
    Last Updated: Friday, 3 June, 2005, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK   Curvier women 'will live longer'   Catherine Zeta Jones is famed for her healthy figure Curvy women are more likely to live longer than their slimmer counterparts, researchers have found.Institute of Preventative Medicine in Copenhagen researchers found those with wider hips also appeared to be protected against heart conditions. Women with a hip measurement smaller than 40 inches, or a size 14 would not have this protection, they said. The researchers say hip fat contains a beneficial natural anti-inflammatory. Narrow hips 'detrimental'They said this anti-inflammatory, called adiponectin, prevents...
  • Earliest States Possibly In Shape 5,000 Years Ago (East China)

    05/11/2005 11:11:18 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 606+ views
    Xinhuanet/China View ^ | 5-11-2005 | Xinhuanet
    Earliest states possibly in shape 5,000 years ago www.chinaview.cn 2005-05-11 15:56:15 JINAN, May 11 (Xinhuanet) - Dozens of prehistoric states might have been developing in eastern China as early as 5,000 years ago,thousands of years before the birth of the first textually attested state that existed in Xia Dynasty (2100 B.C.-1600 B.C.), said a Sino-US archaeological research team. The presumption was based on a decade-long regional survey and excavation in Rizhao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province. Archaeologists with the team are almost sure they have identified the ruins of a prehistoric state dating back between 3,000 B.C....
  • Tomb's Hexagonal Shape Supports Theories

    12/07/2004 1:55:55 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 558+ views
    Yomiuri Daily ^ | 12-7-2004 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    Tomb's hexagonal shape supports theories Yomiuri Shimbun The mausoleum in Marukoyama in Asukamura, Nara Prefecture, is hexagonal, giving support to theories that have suggested the tomb belonged to a high-ranking prince, according to the municipal board of education. The mausoleum is the first hexagonal tomb to be found in the Asuka area, where there are many tombs of Imperial and aristocratic family members that date back to the late sixth and early seventh centuries, when Empress Suiko (554-628) ruled the region. Mausoleums were built in various shapes, but only a few hexagonal chambers have been discovered in the nation. Emperors,...
  • Guantanamo Detainees 'In Good Shape' (Saudi Officials)

    06/16/2004 3:16:46 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 180+ views
    IOL ^ | 6-16-2004
    Guantanamo detainees 'in good shape' June 16 2004 at 03:57PM Riyadh - Saudi officials visited the 124 Saudi detainees at the United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and ascertained that they are generally in good shape, the interior ministry said Wednesday. "The Saudi security team charged with following up the conditions of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo visited them there to check on their situation, help bring about their release and ensure they are in touch with their families," a ministry official said, quoted by the state SPA news agency. "The team met all 124 Saudi detainees and found...
  • Republican Party has a new attitude taking shape

    05/18/2004 7:02:57 PM PDT · by alethia · 31 replies · 244+ views
    5/18/04 | alethia
    The Republican Party has a new attitude that is taking form in the addition of the new Young Republicans Club. Young minds that have been brainwashed by Hollywood, TV, music and politicians have to be rescued, and shown the Road to Hope within the Republican Party. I am currently in the process of forming a board so that we can strategically target people, between the ages of 18-40, and enlighten them that the GOP is not the party that the American Left portrays it, such as snobs and bigots, but an affiliation that is open to people of all races...
  • Gen Clarks Security Vehicle Stolen

    09/25/2003 9:19:14 PM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 1 replies · 322+ views
    Fightin Kentuckian ^ | 25 Sep 03 | Fightin Kentuckian
    Thought y'all might get a hoot out of this one. It's a true story about the time Gen Wes Clarks armoured car was stolen. I was a Staff Sgt assigned to Allied Forces Northern Command Europe (AFNORTH) in Brunssum, Holland, from 96 to 2000. One day one of the sgt's I worked with brought in a pice of paper telling us to be on the lookout for Gen Wes Clarks armoured car. I thought it was just a bad joke until I read about it in the Stars and Stripes a day or two later. I can't remember all the...
  • The earth: Now it's all going pear-shaped

    08/01/2002 6:55:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 21 replies · 474+ views
    Science ^ | FR Post 8-2-02 | Editorial Staff
    The earth: Now it's all going pear-shaped American scientists say the earth has suddenly become fatter round the middle in the last four years. Like a pumpkin, the planet is a little bit wider around the equator than a perfect sphere would be. For 19 years its waistline shrank, but since 1998 it has been expanding, according to a study in the journal Science. Christopher Cox and Benjamin Chao noticed the bizarre phenomenon after studying space-based observations from the past 25 years. They found that a measurement of the Earth's width called J2, which excludes tidal effects, has generally been...