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  • 2 Very Beautiful NASA Photos: The Sun. The Maldives.

    08/31/2010 10:49:45 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 11 replies · 3+ views ^ | January 3, 2010; January 12, 2010 | NASA; International Space Station (Expedition 22)
    Photo 1: Snapped while orbiting over the North Pacific Ocean (latitude 1.5, longitude -114.6) on January 3, 2010 at 12:28:57 GMT. Via (medium, large, huge) Photo 2: Male' and the Male' International Airport, Republic of Maldives on January 12, 2010 at 08:38:57 GMT. The length of the runway is 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). Via (medium, large, huge)
  • Is the Sun Emitting a Mystery Particle?

    08/27/2010 3:40:04 PM PDT · by epithermal · 40 replies
    Discovery ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | Ian O'Neill
    When probing the deepest reaches of the Cosmos or magnifying our understanding of the quantum world, a whole host of mysteries present themselves. This is to be expected when pushing our knowledge of the Universe to the limit. But what if a well-known -- and apparently constant -- characteristic of matter starts behaving mysteriously? This is exactly what has been noticed in recent years; the decay rates of radioactive elements are changing. This is especially mysterious as we are talking about elements with "constant" decay rates -- these values aren't supposed to change. School textbooks teach us this from an...
  • Russian heat wave due to dramatic changes in solar activity

    08/22/2010 11:36:10 PM PDT · by Vincent Jappi · 12 replies
    RT ^ | August 22, 2010 | Piers Corbyn
    This year Russia was hit by a record-breaking heat wave that led to wildfires which killed dozens and left thousands homeless. Weather forecaster Piers Corbyn says this is a result of weather cycles, not global warming. “What we have is a tremendous amount of activity on the sun and that affects the rush of particles from the sun to the earth and that changes the ionosphere and that also changes the circulation patterns of the globe in what is known as the jet stream,” Corbyn explained. “And that caused a shifting of the weather patterns so the south wind in...
  • Three Suns in the Sky or UFOs? (Rare Three Suns Visible in China)

    08/04/2010 10:55:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    People's Daily Online ^ | August 04, 2010
    "Look! UFOs are coming!" With that cry, citizens of Leshan City saw a peculiar sight in the sky around 10 p.m. on July 26, reported by Sichuan Online. Three round illuminated discs shined in the sky, lasting for more than 10 minutes before disappearing. Professor Wang Sichao, from Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Science, said the identity of those discs still can't be determined before comprehensive analysis. Wang explained that formation of a mock sun could be influenced by many respects, including directions of ice crystals in sky, the number of ice crystals and the number of cirrus...
  • "...large climate shift" on Jupiter

    08/04/2010 5:30:16 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 18 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4/24/10 | Lauren Effron
    Storms on Jupiter For more than 300 years, Jupiter’s gaseous atmosphere has hosted a gigantic storm known has the Giant Red Spot. Then in 2006, another red storm appeared and produced what appeared to be a few other whitish storm spots. When Hubble snapped this image in 2008, astronomers were surprised to discover that a third red storm spot had appeared. They speculate that this storm outbreak is due to a large climate shift on Jupiter . What's being sucked up into these storms or what causes them is still unknown.
  • NASA says large CME on Sun headed for Earth: Expected Arrival August 3rd.

    On Sunday, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a complex magnetic eruption on the sun. The NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) also spotted a large coronal mass ejection (CME) The eruption happened around (3:50 am EST), the SDO detected a C3 class solar flare originating from a group of sunspots (called sunspot 1092). The flare itself was not that large, but the filament located about 70,000 miles away erupted at the same time. A filament is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape. Filament is anchored to the Sun's surface in the...
  • $200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math

    08/01/2010 2:48:35 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 33 replies · 5+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | Ashlee Vance
    INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier. Just bring up math textbooks. Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities: their price keeps rising while the core information inside of them stays the same. “Ten plus 10 has been 20 for a long time,” Mr. McNealy says. Early this year, Oracle, the database software maker, acquired Sun for $7.4 billion, leaving Mr. McNealy without a job. He has since decided to aim his energy and some money at Curriki, an online hub for free textbooks and other course...
  • VANITY: How Do I Learn Solaris Quickly

    07/24/2010 1:51:09 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 16 replies
    7/24/10 | BM
    My new position has me dealing with several Sun Terminals controlling industrial equipment. I have ZERO experience with this O/S though I did manage thru an fsck command the night before (multiple power outages). I am looking for FReeper advice: recommended books, forums, classes, etc. Thanks in advance . . .
  • Space Weather Turns into an International Problem

    07/18/2010 10:39:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    nasa ^ | July 16, 2010 | : Dr. Tony Phillips
    Sometimes a problem is so big, one country cannot handle it alone. That's the message scientists are delivering at today's International Living with a Star (ILWS) meeting in Bremen, Germany, and representatives from more than 25 of the world's most technologically-advanced nations have gathered to hear what they have to say. "The problem is solar storms—figuring out how to predict them and stay safe from their effects," says ILWS Chairperson Lika Guhathakurta of NASA headquarters. "We need to make progress on this before the next solar maximum arrives around 2013." The sun and Earth are separated by 93 million miles...
  • Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun

    07/02/2010 9:25:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | July 02nd, 2010
    Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun [Pic in URL] 2nd July 2010 There is a lot to smile about today - it's Friday, it's summer, and Andy Murray is still in the running at Wimbledon (for now). This extraordinary image is just one more thing to be cheerful about. The photograph, which has gone viral on the internet, shows clouds passing in front of the sun - creating what appears to be a smiley face. Happy summer: Clouds pass in front of the sun in this image that is doing the rounds on the internet Little...
  • Sun's Strange Behavior Baffles Astronomers

    06/14/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 2,129+ views ^ | 6/14/10 | Denise Chow
    The sun's temper ebbs and flows on what scientists had thought was a pretty predictable cycle, but lately our closest star has been acting up. Typically, a few stormy years would knock out a satellite or two and maybe trip a power grid on Earth. Then a few years of quiet, and then back to the bad behavior. But an extremely long stretch of low activity in recent years has scientists baffled and scrambling for better forecasting models. An expected minimum of solar activity, between 2008 and 2009, was unusually deep. And while the sun would normally ramp up activity...
  • Earth Changes and Solar Activity (video at link)

    06/12/2010 6:45:26 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies · 312+ views
    Gerald Celente Blogspot ^ | 7 June 2010 | Mitch Batros
    07 June 2010 Author and researcher Mitch Battros discussed a variety of Earth changes and environmental issues including the hurricane season and the BP oil spill, as well as the implications of Solar Cycle 24, and Mayan prophecy. Fluid displacement can make an area vulnerable to quake activity-- such as when companies drill deeply for oil, he noted. Strong hurricanes this year, category 3 or higher, may be good or bad for the oil spill, possibly taking the oil out to sea or causing it to surge up the East Coast, he outlined. Charged particles that we call solar flares...
  • As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

    06/07/2010 8:33:42 PM PDT · by shibumi · 31 replies · 63+ views
    NASA Science News ^ | June 4, 2010 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    June 4, 2010: Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th. Many technologies of the 21st century are vulnerable to solar storms. [more] Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about: "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society...
  • Swastika: Symbol of the Sun, Not Nazi Terror?

    05/23/2010 10:09:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies · 1,043+ views
    inn ^ | 5/23/10 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Nazi swastika is apparently not considered illegal in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda, despite former assumptions that the symbol was not to be displayed nationwide, a common legislative ruling in Eastern Europe. A local court has ruled the sign is a centuries-old symbol that depicts the sun. The judge in the case, which lasted three months, justified his ruling by adding that the symbol is found on numerous historic artifacts.
  • The Sun and the Son of God in Our Lives

    05/14/2010 6:20:13 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 5 replies · 159+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 14th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Like everyone else, I have days when my outlook on life isn't exactly as Christian as it should be. The cloudy days with no sun are days that can sometimes be harder to get through. My zip and zest for life seems to wane. I realize that a day without the son of God is much much worse. The words of Jesus inspire me and make everything tolerable. The days without a sun are one thing, a day with out the son of God would seem to be intolerable to me now.
  • The Sun As You've Never Seen It: Nasa Reveals Stunning Footage From New Satellite

    04/22/2010 5:39:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,380+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 22nd 2010 | CLAIRE BATES and DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    The Sun As You've Never Seen It: Nasa Reveals Stunning Footage From New Satellite [Pics in URL] By CLAIRE BATES and DAVID DERBYSHIRE 22nd April 2010 Forget Iceland's volcano. If you want to see a really big eruption, you need to head to the Sun. This astonishing image - captured by a new Nasa space telescope - shows a ferocious solar flare looping out the Sun with the power of 100 hydrogen bombs. The ring of fire, heated to tens of millions of degrees, stretches out tens of thousands of miles - and is so big it could contain more...
  • OMG! Huge Prominence (CME to hit Earth's magnetic field around April 15th)

    04/14/2010 1:44:22 PM PDT · by TaraP · 43 replies · 2,089+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | April 14th,2010
    One of the biggest prominences in years erupted from the sun's northwestern limb yesterday. The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT on April 13th. Observers in Europe had a great view: Updated: The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field around April 15th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.
  • INCOMING CME: (Cloud arrives on April 11th or 12th)

    04/10/2010 10:13:57 AM PDT · by TaraP · 51 replies · 1,197+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | April 10th, 2010
    Decaying sunspot 1060 delivered a parting shot on April 8th. The active region's magnetic field erupted, sparking a B3-class solar flare and hurling a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) almost directly toward Earth. Geomagnetic disturbances are possible when the cloud arrives on April 11th or 12th. [UPDATED: aurora gallery] SUNGRAZING COMET: Today, the sun had a comet for breakfast. The icy visitor from the outer solar system appeared with no warning on April 9th and plunged into the sun during the early hours of April 10th. One comet went in, none came out. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) had...
  • iPranged a submarine (Nuke submarine crashed while navigator listen to iPod)

    04/09/2010 10:33:00 PM PDT · by rawhide · 62 replies · 2,368+ views
    The Sun UK via Drudge Report ^ | 4-10-10 | By NEIL MILLARD
    A US nuclear sub rammed another ship causing nearly Ł60MILLION damage - while its navigator was listening to his iPod. Sailors aboard the USS Hartford had also rigged up loudspeakers so they could play MUSIC on duty, an official report found last night. Sonar operators and radio men were missing from their posts. Others drove the attack sub while "with one hand on the controls and their shoes off", it said. The report slammed the navigator, who was listening to his iPod in his cabin while revising for an exam at the time. The captain, Commander Ryan Brookhart, was relieved...
  • What in the world is the SUN up to now? (Solar 'Current of Fire' Speeds Up)

    03/12/2010 11:47:20 AM PST · by TaraP · 42 replies · 1,471+ views
    NASA ^ | March 12th, 2010
    March 12, 2010: What in the world is the sun up to now? In today's issue of Science, NASA solar physicist David Hathaway reports that the top of the sun's Great Conveyor Belt has been running at record-high speeds for the past five years. I believe this could explain the unusually deep solar minimum we've been experiencing," says Hathaway. "The high speed of the conveyor belt challenges existing models of the solar cycle and it has forced us back to the drawing board for new ideas." The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within...
  • VIDEO: SPECTACULAR ERUPTION [on far side of Sun]

    02/28/2010 8:47:55 PM PST · by ETL · 26 replies · 1,548+ views ^ | Feb 28, 2010
    SPECTACULAR ERUPTION: "A spectacular eruption is underway on the sun. SOHO is tracking a bright CME [coronal mass ejection] billowing upward from the vicinity of the sun's north pole: movie. Imagery from NASA's STEREO spacecraft show that this is a farside eruption, tilted away from Earth. Stay tuned for updates."
  • OpenOffice 3.2 Is On Tap (Open Office 3.2.0 Is Out Alert)

    02/12/2010 3:34:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 589+ views
    UK Channel Register ^ | 02/12/2010 | Austin Modine
    OpenOffice 3.2 is available for download. Improvements in the latest release of the open source office suite include faster start-ups, improved compatibility with other office programs, and several new features (with special attention to the Calc spreadsheet program.) At the same time, the team is celebrating its tenth anniversary and a claimed total 300 million downloads of the office software since its initial launch. They say that just over a year since its launch, OpenOffice 3 has logged over one third of those downloads from the central server alone. (Thanks in a large part to Germans, Czechs, and Poles,...
  • On CLOUD nine [Important Experiment on Cloud Cover Effects of Sun's Cosmic Rays]

    02/07/2010 1:49:58 PM PST · by Enchante · 20 replies · 554+ views
    CERN: European Center for Nuclear Research ^ | Mon 08 Jun 2009 | CERN Staff
    The CLOUD team will be able to recreate the conditions of any part of the atmosphere inside the new chamber, from the polar stratosphere to the low level tropics. The link between cosmic rays and climate change is one that has been hotly debated over the past decade, grabbing the attention of the media. The idea revolves around the possibility that particles entering the atmosphere from space can affect cloud formation, which in turn affects the climate. But despite the controversy surrounding the theory, the central question – ‘do cosmic rays help create clouds?’ – has barely been tested in...
  • A Sad Day in Cyberspace.....

    01/31/2010 6:25:17 AM PST · by SubGeniusX · 18 replies · 1,161+ views
    Sun Microsystems ^ | 1/31/01 | me
    Click Link sigh....
  • The Sun Also Flares - If we get hit with a once-in-a-century solar storm, we’re history.

    01/28/2010 11:30:12 AM PST · by neverdem · 91 replies · 2,203+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | January 28, 2010 | Clifford D. May
    If we get hit with a once-in-a-century solar storm, we’re history.  Had the earthquake that hit Haiti shaken Florida instead, the death toll would not have been so tragically high — over 150,000 at last count. In Haiti, as in other impoverished countries, buildings are often shoddily constructed, infrastructure is weak, and governance is incompetent. The primary response to disaster: Wait for help from abroad. It’s a well established rule: Rich nations endure natural disasters better than poor nations. But there may be an exception. Stay with me for a moment and you’ll see what I mean. In recent years,...
  • Earth's Upper Atmosphere Cooling Dramatically

    12/17/2009 5:00:34 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 49 replies · 2,077+ views ^ | 12/17/09 |
    SAN FRANCISCO — When the sun is relatively inactive — as it has been in recent years — the outermost layer of Earth's atmosphere cools dramatically, new observations find.

    12/16/2009 9:39:38 AM PST · by SpaceBar · 59 replies · 2,376+ views
    SpaceWeather ^ | December 16, 2009 | SpaceWeather
    New sunspot 1035 is growing rapidly and it is now seven times wider than Earth. This makes it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. ... The magnetic polarity of the spot identifies it as a member of Solar Cycle 24--the cycle we've been waiting for to end the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. One spot isn't enough to end the lull, but sunspot 1035 could herald bigger things to come.
  • Global warming 'caused by sun's radiation' [according to a leading scientist speaking out.....]

    12/08/2009 10:09:44 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 826+ views
    Global warming 'caused by sun's radiation' Global warming is caused by radiation from the sun, according to a leading scientist speaking out at an alternative ‘sceptics conference’ in Copenhagen. By Louise Gray Published: 5:10PM GMT 08 Dec 2009 As the world gathered in the Danish capital for the UN Climate Change Conference, more than 50 scientists, businessmen and lobby groups met to discuss the arguments against man made global warming. Although the meeting was considerably smaller than the official gathering of 15,000 people meeting down the road, the organisers claimed it could change the course of negotiations. Professor Henrik Svensmark,...
  • Copenhagen climate summit: global warming 'caused by sun's radiation'

    12/08/2009 5:22:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,378+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/8/2009 | Louise Gray
    As the world gathered in the Danish capital for the UN Climate Change Conference, more than 50 scientists, businessmen and lobby groups met to discuss the arguments against man made global warming. Although the meeting was considerably smaller than the official gathering of 15,000 people meeting down the road, the organisers claimed it could change the course of negotiations. Professor Henrik Svensmark, a physicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen, said the recent warming period was caused by solar activity. He said the last time the world experienced such high temperatures, during the medieval warming period, the Sun...
  • Irish religious [Roman Catholic] pilgrims blinded by the light

    12/03/2009 6:53:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 681+ views
    The Star ^ | Dec 3 2009 | Cathal Kelley
    Irish ophthamologists are warning of a wave of blindness affecting religious pilgrims who are being encouraged to stare at the sun. The incidents are taking place at the Knock shrine in County Mayo in western Ireland. For the past 130 years, pilgrims have visited the holy site, hoping to see visions of the Virgin Mary. In recent months, a new series of visions has drawn thousands of visitors to the shrine on days prescribed by a clairvoyant named Joe Coleman Ten thousand gathered in early November when Coleman told them: "The Rosary is to be said at 3 p.m. and...
  • US senators tell EC: Butt out of Oracle-Sun: Damn foreigners unfairly impeding US business

    11/25/2009 9:15:24 AM PST · by pikachu · 1 replies · 273+ views
    The Register ^ | 25th November 2009 12:50 GMT | John Oates
    John Kerry, Orrin Hatch and 57 other senators have written to the European Commission accusing it of taking too long to approve Oracle's takeover of Sun in order to deliberately damage US business. In an open letter Senator John Kerry (Mass) said: "The EC is within its sovereign rights to set the rules for operation in its market [thanks John], but with our Department of Justice having made a compelling case that the merger does not pose a threat to competition, it is fair to ask the EC for the basis on which a delay on decision making is warranted...
  • New solar-cell efficiency record set

    09/16/2009 8:17:13 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | David Biello
    Here's a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity's present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there's a constant battle between cost and efficiency. On the one hand, complex and expensive triple-junction photovoltaic cells can turn more than 40 percent of the (specially concentrated) sunlight that falls on them into electricity. On the other, cheap, plastic solar cells under development convert less than 5 percent. In...
  • Sun-Caused Warming

    09/08/2009 5:30:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,191+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: A team of international scientists has finally figured out why sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather. It shows the folly of fearing the SUV while dismissing that thermonuclear furnace in the sky.Mankind once worshiped the sun. Now the world studiously ignores it as nations prepare to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, in Copenhagen in December. Something is indeed rotten in Denmark. Our own government is committed to fighting climate change whether it be though Son of Kyoto or our own growth-capping, job-killing cap-and-trade legislation known as Waxman-Markey. Despite...
  • Made in His Image: Melanin, the Sunblock That's Just Skin Deep

    08/30/2009 6:12:00 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 44 replies · 2,217+ views
    ICR ^ | August 2008 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
    Most people north of the equator have an observable suntan by August. Ironically, a desire to be outside is often coupled with another strong desire to get out of the sun, as indicated by sales of sun umbrellas and other types of sunshades. From a biological standpoint, energy from the sun always needs to be controlled. This means that there is complex biological machinery in place to manage sunlight in some way. The machinery itself would not exist without information in DNA prescribing its materials, manufacture, and operation. Suntans result from this special biological machinery and function like the skin's...
  • Welcome to Solar Minimum

    07/28/2009 11:44:31 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 22 replies · 1,332+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 21, 2009 | Fred Dardick
    Unfortunately for Democrats, global warming is much more complicated science than what their theories predict. The greatest contributing factor to global temperatures isn’t atmospheric carbon dioxide, it’s the sun. The sun’s release of energy has natural variations and it is currently in a state known as solar minimum; the lowest energy output by the sun as it oscillates through an approximate 11 year cycle of activity, also known as the Schwabe cycle. This is the primary reason for the colder than normal temperatures recorded across the country this summer.
  • Sun Microsystems projects Q4 loss, sets vote sale to Oracle (also dropped from 3 NASDAQ Indexes)

    07/14/2009 7:05:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday updated guidance for what looks to be its final quarter as an independent company and set the date when shareholders will vote on its sale to Oracle Corp. The Santa Clara computer company said it expects to lose between 24 cents and 34 cents in the quarter ended June 30 on revenue of between $2.6 billion and $2.7 billion. In the same quarter last year, Sun reported a loss of 12 cents a share on $3.8 billion in revenue. Adjusting for one-time events, Sun (NASDAQ:JAVA) said it expects a loss of between 6 cents and...
  • Total Solar Eclipse: July 22 2009

    07/10/2009 7:50:07 AM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | Unknown | Ian Cameron Smith
    The total solar eclipse of July 22 2009 will be visible across south-east Asia and the western Pacific. This will be a spectacular total eclipse, lasting over 6˝ minutes at maximum and visible to millions of people over a path up to 258 km wide. The total eclipse begins just off the coast of India at 00:51:17 UT on July 22, and ends in Polynesia at 04:19:26 UT on July 22. The maximum eclipse is at 02:35:21 UT on July 22, when the total phase will last a stunning 6 minutes and 39 seconds. The partial eclipse will be visible...
  • The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact

    07/09/2009 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 3,065+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2009
    Climate Change: Channeling King Canute, G-8 leaders agree to wreck the world's economy, and ours, by pledging to prevent temperatures from rising more than 4 degrees by 2050. What if the Earth has other plans?Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. We were...
  • Sun leaves Earth wide open to cosmic rays

    06/28/2009 4:33:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 812+ views
    Phenomenica ^ | 6/28/09
    Washington, June 28: The sun, a star at the centre of the solar system, is known to provide ideal conditions for life to thrive on Earth. But, astronomers have claimed that it also leaves the planet wide open to harmful cosmic rays. A joint team from University of Arizona and University of Texas in the US has found that the sun periodically leaves Earth open to assaults from interstellar nasties in a way that most stars do not. The sun protects humans from cosmic rays and dust from beyond the solar system by enveloping in the heliosphere -- a bubble...
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • "Light Of The World"

    06/07/2009 8:35:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 12 replies · 482+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 6/7/09 | OneVike
    When a person thinks about light, usually the first thing that will come to mind is the sun. We have been taught that the sun is the center of the solar system and thus it is the light of the world. This ball of fire that life on earth depends upon, is so massive in size that it contains 99.85% of all the matter in the Solar System, or 332,800 times that of earth. The distance from earth to the sun is 93,000,000 miles, which would take you 71 years to travel going 150 mph. The sun creates energy...
  • Shuttle snapped up against sun (amazing pic)

    05/15/2009 8:04:41 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 61 replies · 3,893+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | 5/15/2009 | LEON WATSON
    NASA'S space shuttle Atlantis has been caught in a stunning snap silhouetted against the sun. The pic — the first ever image taken of a solar transit of a space shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope — was taken by an amateur astronomer from his back garden.
  • Space Shuttle Eclipses Sun May 13 (Reduces AGW Heat Load for 0.8 Seconds)

    05/30/2009 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 23 replies · 1,313+ views
    Solar Cycle 24 ^ | May 14 2009 | NASA
    Impressive, very beautiful photo's on this solar cycle 24 thread. Short-lived man-made sunspot.
  • Police arrest teen suspected of pointing laser at planes

    05/09/2009 5:33:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies · 1,060+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/7/09 | JON CASSIDY
    TUSTIN – A 19-year-old Tustin man and a friend were arrested by Tustin police Wednesday night on suspicion of pointing a laser at commercial aircraft landing at John Wayne Airport. Mengyang Sun and an underage girl were arrested around 11 p.m. after Tustin police were sent to the area of El Camino Real and Parkcenter Lane to check out reports that someone was shining a laser at passing cars. (snip) Sun and the girl were arrested and taken to the Tustin Police Department. The girl was released to a parent. After FBI investigators interviewed Sun, he was booked into...
  • BUSY SUN (or...not so much)

    05/25/2009 5:38:38 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 38 replies · 1,872+ views ^ | 5/25/2009 | No attribution
    The sun is still in the pits of a deep solar minimum. Lately, however, attentive observers of solar activity have noticed a certain "busy-ness" on the solar disk.
  • NOAA Predicts Solar Cycle 24

    05/09/2009 9:24:00 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 56 replies · 3,775+ views
    NOAA via ^ | May 8, 2009 | NOAA Press release
    A new active period of Earth-threatening solar storms will be the weakest since 1928 and its peak is still four years away, after a slow start last December, predicts an international panel of experts led by NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. Even so, Earth could get hit by a devastating solar storm at any time, with potential damages from the most severe level of storm exceeding $1 trillion. NASA funds the prediction panel. Solar storms are eruptions of energy and matter that escape from the sun and may head toward Earth, where even a weak storm can damage satellites and...
  • Spotless Days......A Blank SUN....

    05/03/2009 3:48:42 PM PDT · by TaraP · 31 replies · 1,401+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | May 2nd, 2009
    Spotless Days A spotless day is a day without sunspots, a day when the face of the sun is utterly blank. Spotless days never occur during Solar Max when the sun is active, but they are common during solar minimum, the opposite phase of the 11-year sunspot cycle when the sun is very quiet. By counting spotless days, we can keep track of the depth and longevity of a solar minimum. By the standard of spotless days, the ongoing solar minimum is the deepest in a century: NASA report. In 2008, no sunspots were observed on 266 of the year's...
  • Oracle and MySQL: Ally or Die?

    04/26/2009 9:26:32 AM PDT · by libh8er · 9 replies · 778+ views
    Sitepoint ^ | 4.26.09 | Craig Buckler
    Much to the industry’s surprise, Oracle has bought Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion following the breakdown in talks with IBM. Sun’s future appeared to be uncertain and few expected Oracle to be waiting patiently in the wings (although it does explain why Sun was prepared to walk away from IBM’s offer). There are several good reasons why Oracle wanted Sun… * Sun’s hardware and backup solutions could be good for Oracle’s software * the Java programming language * VirtualBox Virtual Machine software * OpenOffice * and MySQL - the world’s most popular open-source database. Whilst MySQL and Oracle are not...
  • But rivals question Oracles' motives

    04/26/2009 9:16:36 AM PDT · by libh8er · 7 replies · 507+ views
    The Australian ^ | 4.27.09 | Mahesh Sharma
    LAST week's audacious $US7.4 billion ($10.2 billion) play by Oracle to acquire Sun Microsystems has drawn comparisons with General Motors' moves in the 1950s to consolidate the US car industry. Oracle has touted the bid as a game changer that will help establish it as the first company to sell software and hardware products end-to-end. Rivals are sceptical of the rhetoric and believe the real motive is to kill off Sun's competing software products, which they say has been a theme of Oracle's buying spree, which has reportedly cost $US34.5 billion since 2005. If approved, Oracle will acquire Sun's global...
  • What Oracle Sees in Sun (Sun's Java language will become a strong revenue source)

    04/21/2009 5:31:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 682+ views
    Businessweek ^ | 4/21/2009 | Aaron Ricadela
    Over the past 13 years, Sun Microsystems' Java language has become one of the computer industry's best known brands—and underappreciated assets. The tension wasn't lost on Sun's new owner, Oracle, which on Apr. 20 said it will purchase Silicon Valley pioneer Sun for $7.4 billion in cash. If Oracle has its way, Java will emerge not only as a strong revenue source but also a key component of plans to keep customers loyal for years to come. During a conference call with analysts Apr. 20, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison called Java "the single most important software asset we have ever...