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An asteroid half the size of a football field will give Earth the ultimate close shave this month, passing closer than many satellites when it whizzes by, but it won't hit the planet, NASA scientists say.

The asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly by Earth on Feb. 15 and zip within 17,200 miles (27, 680 kilometers) of the planet during the cosmic close encounter. The asteroid will approach much closer to Earth than the moon, and well inside the paths of navigation and communications satellites.

"This is a record-setting close approach," Don Yeomans, the head of NASA's asteroid-tracking program, said in a statement. "Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we've never seen an object this big get so close to Earth."

Asteroid 2012 DA14 was discovered last year by an amateur team of stargazers at the La Sagra Sky Survey observatory in Spain. Yeomans  stressed that, while the asteroid's approach bring it closer than the geosynchronous satellites  orbiting 22,245 miles (35,800 km) above Earth, 2012 DA14 poses no threat of a deadly collision with the planet. [See Don Yeomans Explain Asteroid 2012 DA14 (Video)]

"2012 DA14 will definitely not hit Earth. The orbit of the asteroid is known well enough to rule out an impact," Yeomans, who heads the Near-Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. He added that the odds it will slam into a satellite are "extremely remote."

 

A fairly typical asteroid like 2012 DA14 — which measures 150 feet (45 meters) across — zips by Earth about every 40 years, but only strikes every 1,200 years, Yeomans estimated, and the impact of such an object would not be catastrophic over a wide area.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about the same size of the object that exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia in 1908, leveling hundreds of square miles in what scientists now call the "Tunguska Event," NASA officials explained.

Yeomans said an asteroid similar in size to 2012 DA14 slammed into Earth 50,000 years ago to create the famed Meteor Crater in Arizona. But the Meteor Crater asteroid was made of iron, which made its impact especially strong.

When asteroid 2012 DA14 zooms by Earth, NASA scientists will be tracking the space rock closely. The space agency plans to use its Goldstone radar in California's Mojave Desert to follow the asteroid from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20. The observation campaign should help astronomers build a 3D map asteroid 2012 DA14, as well as refine estimates on the space rock's shape, spin and reflectivity, NASA officials said.

Since the object will be moving across the sky so fast, only the most experienced amateur astronomers are likely to catch its close pass. But it could be a challenge.

"The asteroid will be racing across the sky, moving almost a full degree (or twice the width of a full moon) every minute," Yeomans said. "That's going to be hard to track."
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Belle Star (1848)

Though her only criminal conviction was for the theft of a horse, Starr associated with numerous

criminals throughout her life and was portrayed after her death as a notorious

American outlaw, earning the nickname "the Bandit Queen." Two of her husbands

were killed in the course of their respective criminal careers, and days before

her 41st birthday, Starr herself was ambushed and shot in the back as she

returned to her Oklahoma ranch. Her murder was never solved. Who were some of

the suspects?

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Belle Star (1848)

Though her only criminal conviction was for the theft of a horse, Starr associated with numerous

criminals throughout her life and was portrayed after her death as a notorious

American outlaw, earning the nickname "the Bandit Queen." Two of her husbands

were killed in the course of their respective criminal careers, and days before

her 41st birthday, Starr herself was ambushed and shot in the back as she

returned to her Oklahoma ranch.

Her murder was never solved. Who were some of

the suspects?
 
On February 3, 1889, two days before her 41st birthday, she was riding home from a neighbor's house in Eufaula, Oklahoma, when she was ambushed. After she fell off her horse, she was shot again to make sure she was dead. Her death resulted from shotgun wounds to the back and neck and in the shoulder and face. There were no witnesses and no one was ever convicted of the murder. Suspects with apparent motive included her new husband (Jim July Starr) and both of her children (Eddie Reed and Rosie Reed aka Pearl Starr), as well as Edgar J. Watson, one of her sharecroppers, who was afraid she was going to turn him in to the authorities as an escaped murderer from Florida with a price on his head. Watson, who was killed in 1910, was tried for her murder, but was acquitted, and the ambush has entered Western lore as "unsolved". One source suggests her son, whom she had allegedly beaten for mistreating her horse, may have been her killer. 

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"Expressing one's love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day;

whereby sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as

cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who

was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a

clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In

A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Esther Howland, a

native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced

valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit continues today with even young

children exchanging valentine's cards with their fellow classmates."

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Asteroid Flyby: Realtime Coverage - Asteroid 2012 DA14 has

safely passed by Earth, according to NASA. The closest approach was 17,500 miles

above Indonesia. "It has passed closest approach and this asteroid is going

away," said Paul Chodus of the Near Earth Object team. The asteroid is estimated

to be about 150 feet (45 meters) across with an estimated mass of 130,000 metric

tons. Its flyby was the closest ever for an object this large, according to

NASA. Related site

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Potato Cannons

Also known as spud guns, potato cannons are inexpensive and often homemade devices that use air pressure

or combustion to launch potatoes—or other projectiles—at high speed. Typically

built and used by hobbyists, potato cannons are usually made of plastic piping,

which is readily available at hardware stores. They are inherently dangerous but

are generally not illegal. Similar devices include hail cannons, bird-scarers,

and chicken cannons, which are used for what specific, practical

purposes?

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I've seen propane cannons used to scare birds, to keep them out of vineyards in Vancouver area, and
to keep water fowl out of the tailing ponds up in the oil sands. 

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Today in History

 

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's

foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from

the semaphore flag signals for what two letters?

 
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Today in History

 

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's

foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace.

Holtom has stated that it is derived from

the semaphore flag signals for what two letters?
 
Peace_symbol.svg.png.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
 
The peace symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D" (as in Nuclear Disarmament).
 
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Stretchy Battery a Promising Power

SourceIn recent years, engineers have made great strides in the fields of flexible and stretchable electronics. However, their progress has been somewhat hampered by a lack of similarly flexible battery technology—that is, until now. Researchers have successfully demonstrated a flat, stretchable battery that maintains its power and performance even when extended to three times its original size. The battery can also be charged wirelessly, meaning it could someday be used to power

implantable medical devices, among other things.

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Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a

professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and

Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom?

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Have you been hearing the "BUZZ" about a new release of Jimmei Hendrix on vinyl?
 

On March 5, mono vinyl versions of the first two Jimi Hendrix albums, ‘Are You Experienced‘ and ‘Axis: Bold as Love‘ will be released. The news was announced yesterday (Jan. 8) via press release.

This will mark the first time the U.K. version of ‘Are You Experienced’ has been released in mono in the U.S. The difference between the two is that the U.K. version — which was released first — includes ‘Red House’, ‘Can You See Me’ and ‘Remember’ but omits the three singles, ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary.’

The two albums will be pressed on 200-gram vinyl, with each copy being individually numbered. They have been mastered by Bernie Grundman using all analog equipment from the original mono mixes that were made by Hendrix, Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer. Both records also feature the original artwork.

If “Buy New Hendrix” has already been written on your calendar for March 5, 2013, it’s because ‘People, Hell and Angels,’ Hendrix’s new collection of unreleased studio performances, is coming out on the same day. Yesterday, the first single from that album, ‘Somewhere,’ was released.

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Charles Ponzi (1882)

Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of

ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was

not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial?

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Charles Ponzi (1882)

Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of

ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was

not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial?
In October 1922, he was tried on the first ten larceny counts. Since he was insolvent, Ponzi served as his own attorney and, being as persuasive as he had been with his duped investors, the jury found him not guilty on all charges. He was tried a second time on five of the remaining charges, and the jury deadlocked. Ponzi was found guilty at a third trial, and was sentenced to an additional seven to nine years in prison as "a common and notorious thief." [10]

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GRACE SLICK SINGS ABOUT HER PERIOD IN ‘WOULD YOU LIKE A SNACK?’ (WITH FRANK ZAPPA)
 
Grace Slick wanted Frank Zappa to produce the Jefferson Airplane’s fourth album, Crown of Creation, but he was too busy at the time doing his own thing. They must’ve gotten beyond the discussion phase, however, because one number was put on tape at RCA Studios in Hollywood, the avant garde oddity, “Would You Like A Snack”  a freeform freakout with a multi-tracked Slick singing about getting her period and oral sex.
 
 
Zappa was credited at the June 5, 1968 session at RCA Studios in Hollywood as the “leader” and shares songwriting credit with Slick. Also present were Mothers Ian Underwood on piano & woodwinds, Don Preston on keyboards and Art Tripp on drums & percussion.
 
 
The track was first released on the Jefferson Airplane Loves You box set in 1992. 

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I just have to wonder sometimes. All this from a education system that no longer teaches cursive writing, one of the results of which is our children will not be able to read the Constitution as it was written?
 

In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, officials at an elementary school in small-town Michigan impounded a third-grader boy’s batch of 30 homemade birthday cupcakes because they were adorned with green plastic figurines representing World War Two soldiers.

The school principal branded the military-themed cupcakes “insensitive” in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, reports Fox News Radio.

“It disgusted me,” Casey Fountain, the boy’s father, told Fox News. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers.”

Fountain explained that his wife had made the cupcakes. His son, Hunter, helped decorate them. The following morning, Fountain’s wife brought the taboo treats to the school’s front office, where the secretary reportedly remarked favorably on their appearance.

“About 15 minutes later the school called my wife and told her they couldn’t serve the cupcakes because the soldiers had guns,” Fountain told Fox News. “My wife told them to remove the soldiers and serve the cupcakes anyway — and I believe she may have used more colorful language.”

“We’re just taking political correctness too far,” the angry father added.

In a statement to local media, Schall Elementary School principal Susan Wright Susan Wright doubled down on her school’s bold stand against little green men that represent American soldiers.

“These are toys that were commonplace in the past,” Wright said. “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”

“Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions,” the principal also said. “In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”

This incident is the latest in a growing line of apparent overreactions by school officials to things students have brought to school — or talked about bringing to school, or eaten at school — that are not anything like real guns.

At Genoa-Kingston Middle School in northeast Illinois, a teacher threatened an eighth-grader with suspension if he did not remove his t-shirt emblazoned with the interlocking rifles insignia of the United States Marines. (RELATED: Junior high teacher tells kid to remove Marines t-shirt or get suspended)

At Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, a student was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun. (RELATED: Second-grader suspended for having breakfast pastry shaped like a gun)

At Poston Butte High School in Arizona, a high school freshman was suspended for setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. (RELATED: Freshman suspended for picture of gun)

At D. Newlin Fell School in Philadelphia, school officials reportedly yelled at a student and then searched her in front of her class after she was found with a paper gun her grandfather had made for her. (RELATED: Paper gun causes panic)

In rural Pennsylvania, a kindergarten girl was suspended for making a “terroristic threat” after she told another girl that she planned to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that bombards targets with soapy bubbles.

At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Maryland, a six-year-old boy was suspended for making the universal kid sign for a gun, pointing at another student and saying “pow.” That boy’s suspension was later lifted and his name cleared.

 
 

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It is indeed a sad time we live in.... Virtually EVERYTHING is offensive to SOMEONE, and it seems that some people have nothing better to do, than run around trying to find things that offend them.

 

Get a stereo, and enjoy some music!

 

I apologize in advance, if the preeceeding remarks offended anyone, in any way:-)

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Explanation: How fast can a black hole spin? If any object made of regular matter spins too fast -- it breaks apart. But a black hole might not be able to break apart -- and its maximum spin rate is really unknown. Theorists
usually model rapidly rotating black holes with the Kerr solution to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which predicts several amazing and
things. Perhaps its most easily testable prediction, though, is that matter entering a maximally rotating black hole should be last seen orbiting at near the speed of light, as seen from far away.
This prediction was tested recently by NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM satellites by observing the
supermassive black hole at the center of spiral galaxy NGC 1365. The near light-speed limit was confirmed by
measuring
the heating and spectral line broadening of nuclear emissions at the inner edge of the surrounding accretion disk. Pictured above is an artist's illustration depicting an accretion disk of normal matter swirling around a black hole, with a jet emanating from the top. Since matter randomly falling into the black hole should not spin up a black hole this much, the NuSTAR and XMM measurements also validate the existence of the surrounding accretion disk.
 
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