Eventually, when the field can stretch no further, it snaps back into place, rocketing particles into the Earth's upper atmosphere. This causes the auroral displays known as the northern and southern lights.
Looks like fun ...The package includes two drive wheels and the motors, as well as everything you will need to get your robot up and rolling. It’s pretty simple to build the bot, install the software, and transfer a basic program via USB- maybe two and a half hours from unboxing to having a working, roving robot… even one with whisker detectors. There are also plenty of additional sensors and add-ons you can buy for your BoeBot- things like grippers, clawers, and ultrasonic eyes. And we’ll need every piece of information we can collect about our foes’ capabilities, before the Singularity or Judgment Day or whatever they’re calling it these days.
The Obama administration has set up a showdown this week with a federal judge in San Francisco, insisting in a court filing that it has no obligation to provide access to top-secret documents in a wiretapping case.
“They are within the 300-metre water lot zone controlled by the parks board but apparently there’s nothing we can do to force them to leave. If someone puts up a tent in a park we can prevent it so I don’t know why we can’t do the same on our water lot. But I’ve been told there is nothing we can do,” said Robertson.
Sounds like it might to be time to reduce the staff ... idle minds, and all.
When Bonnie Sweeten fled to Florida with her 9-year-old daughter, using the driver's license of a friend to get through airport security, did the airline or document checkers at Philadelphia International Airport drop the ball? The FBI and the Transportation Security Administration, whose job is checking passengers' government-issued IDs, say no.
OPM declined to say how many background investigations may have been compromised by those 53 investigators. But the number could be significant. For the six investigators who were prosecuted, OPM had to conduct hundreds of interviews at a cost of a quarter-million dollars to reinvestigate people’s backgrounds. The agency did not withdraw anybody’s clearance after its reinvestigations, Dillaman said.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander called Wednesday for doubling the number of nuclear reactors nationwide, a potentially $700 billion proposal that calls for building 100 more over 20 years.
The Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) has demonstrated continuous flight using only solar energy during a solar powered flight of more than 27 hours over 874.4 km, the equivalent of a Zürich-London trip. This represents a world record for this size and using no thermal winds or altitude gain before the night.
US energy major Westinghouse Electric company (WEC) and Nucelar Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) today signed an MoU for starting discussions on techno-commercial aspects to set up six to eight AP1000 type nuclear power reactors in India.
After constructions that lasted more than a decade and billions of dollars invested in the world's largest scientific experiment, physicists who are now operating the Large Hadron Collider have just realized that they don't really know how the entire system works, in all of its details. As a result, they say, they may need more time to familiarize themselves with the machine, even if the June deadline, when the experiment is supposed to be brought back online, nears. Basically, many of those in the project tell that they've created a very complex organism, the result of more than 3,000 engineers working together.
Something new to worry about if you are so inclined ...
By any account, the latest test blast was small compared with the bombs now stocked by major countries including the United States, which run upward of 50 megatons. But, said Richards, “Even the 2006 North Korean test would have been a disaster if it had gone off in a metropolitan area. This one was bigger.”
The spacewalking mechanics, encumbered by bulky gloves and spacesuits, successfully pulled off unprecedentedly complex repairs. Nearly 37 hours of maintenance, installation and rehab work on the telescope not only restored the universe-piercing gaze of Hubble, but expanded its capabilities to probe even further into the mysteries of the cosmos.
(Almost) every mother loves her son and thinks the world of him. However a mother’s love for her son does not mean that he is innocent when caught red-handed, committing a violent and life-threatening robbery. I would also note that just about everyone whose child becomes involved in criminality likes to believe that their child is good, but just got involved with the “wrong crowd.” I find that idea to be unpersuasive. We all make choices as to whom we associate with, and what actions we talk. Growing up, I knew kids who committed robbery, sold drugs, etc. I chose not to associate with them, or commit those crimes. Had I chosen to engage in criminality, it would have been my fault, not just the fault of those criminally minded kids.
"The shooting of preachers is an act of terrorism and an attack on democracy and on people's right to worship,'' said Michael Ghirra, president of the local Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha.
Martin B. Kalinowski, a nuclear expert at the University of Hamburg, said a magnitude of 4.7 corresponded to a nuclear explosive yield of about three to eight kilotons of high explosives, with the most likely yield being four kilotons. A blast that generated a tremor with a magnitude of 4.5 would be smaller. In contrast, the primitive bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had explosive yields of 15 kilotons and 22 kilotons, respectively.
Since last year, a rash of ship seizures and ransom payments in the crowded waters of the Gulf of Aden has coincided with reports that well-funded syndicates, rather than small-time operators, control piracy from Somalia, a failed state with virtually no law enforcement.
"That is why it is useless to quote reams of evidence, demonstrating that places that do not restrict gun ownership enjoy lower crime rates than those that do. Washington DC and New York City, where guns are outlawed, have two of the highest murder rates in the USA; Vermont and New Hampshire, with the highest gun ownership in the country, two of the lowest. Burglaries are almost unheard of in those places where most households are armed. Switzerland, with the heaviest-armed population in the world, has practically no crime, while Britain and Holland, with their strict gun laws, are crime-ridden. And in the first two years after a complete ban on handguns was introduced in Britain, gun crime went up by 50 percent and it is still growing."
One investigator said that other witnesses had corroborated some aspects of Mr. Hage’s account of two white youngsters, about 14 and 16 years old, running away from the scene. The investigator played down any connection to the earlier incidents, but said no conclusions had been reached. He added that the device apparently contained gunpowder, was ignited with a lighted fuse and may have been contained in an energy drink bottle.
The police commissioner and the head of the FBI's New York office said the four defendants were a serious threat, and that they were not entrapped by law enforcement officials.
The disc containing national security information was lost sometime between October 2008 and March 2009 and its disappearance was finally made public this week by a lawmaker who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Federal authorities and Congress have launched a probe into the matter, which they had planned to keep private.
"It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke,"Mancow said, likening it to a time when he nearly drowned as a child. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back...It was instantaneous...and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture."
But perhaps the most damning conclusion was that many forensic disciplines — including analysis of fingerprints, bite marks and the striations and indentations left by a pry bar or a gun’s firing mechanism — were not grounded in the kind of rigorous, peer-reviewed research that is the hallmark of classic science. DNA analysis was an exception, the report noted, in that it had been studied extensively. But many other investigative tests, the report said, “have never been exposed to stringent scientific scrutiny.”
So California, in my opinion, is not only the worst state on gun rights, it's much worse than at first glance. Every year, all the gun control legislation that didn't get passed last year is re-introduced. Even as California loses on gun control in the courts the legislature just keeps passing more.
Unlike many Nasa and European space officials, Russian engineers are confident that even after two decades in orbit, their modules would be in good enough shape to form the basis of a new space station.
The moral of the story? These are uncertain times. Stock up on some ammo if you feel the need. But don’t give in to the fear mongering and hoard beyond what’s reasonable. Our law enforcement officers need bullets, too.
Instead, though, they tried to obtain plastic explosive--a much trickier proposition. Their supposed supplier of the ordnance, in fact, turned out to be an FBI informant. They were, in other words, undone by their attempts to acquire something more deadly than so-called "assault weapons."
While some politicians and federal bureaucrats may not appreciate or respect the right to bear arms, most Americans understand that the Second Amendment was recognized by the Founding Fathers as critical to ensuring individual liberty and freedom. With this legislation, Congress finally has reaffirmed this right so that the more than 3 million American visitors to national parks and refuges can once again bear arms.
XCOR’s longest-running rocket underwent 2,000 test firings before the team deliberately killed it by shutting off its cooling to see how it would have responded without it. That 2,000 firing number is important to keep in mind, considering the Lynx rocket isn’t a throwaway propulsion device, but one that’s integrated directly into the craft, which the company intends to launch multiple times a day once it’s operational.
Some sort of mental disconnect became clear in one of the lab's behavioral studies, where people looked at a gradual morph from a human face to a doll face. People quickly recognized the point where they became uncertain about whether the face was alive or not, when the morph was just 30 percent doll mixed in. However, the point at which they found the morph "creepiest" had much more of the doll face than the human face in the mix.
Now scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire plan to mimic nature. They will build a miniature magnetosphere in a laboratory to see if a deflector shield can be used to protect humans living on space craft and in bases on the Moon or Mars.
The problem for anti-gun House leaders is that their priority bill, H.R. 627, now contains a pro-gun amendment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is forced to either delay the entire bill in order to try to strip the popular pro-gun amendment out later in the year, or allow the underlying bill to move through the House before Memorial Day with the Coburn amendment intact.
In five spacewalks over the last week, the astronauts brought two ailing instruments on the telescope back to life, installed two new ones and replaced the orbiting observatory’s gyroscopes and batteries. The refurbished telescope, astronomers and engineers say, should be good for five to seven more years in space.
"They must realize that they may have given the demonstration of a gift to the world that provides energy for a millennium," says Leon Walters, retired Division Director from the Argonne National Laboratory. On December 20, 1951 a reaction occurred that would change the future of electricity. The Experimental Breeder Reactor, or EBR-I, was the first to use atomic energy peacefully in the world, by powering four simple light bulbs.
During the same time period, all other violent crime indices increased in Australia: assault rose 49.2% and robbery 6.2%. Sexual assault–Australia’s equivalent term for rape–increased 29.9%. Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2%. At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8%: rape dropped 19.2%; robbery decreased 33.2%; aggravated assault dropped 32.2%. Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women (whom ABC reports are arming themselves at record rates because of safety concerns): More women, from soccer moms to professionals like the ones at the Blue Ridge Arsenal gun range in Chantilly, Va., are packing heat for sport, self-empowerment and protection.
Hmmm ... statistics!
Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Robert A. Foster said the state's Stand Your Ground law does not give Donald Montanez immunity from prosecution. "It is inherently dangerous to pull a firearm and is best left to well trained individuals who have a duty to serve and protect," Foster said. "Citizens carrying firearms, whether licensed to do so or not, proceed at their own risk subject to the laws of the state of Florida, which are very clear.
That seems to be exactly what it does. I hope Florida watches this very closely.
Tappan Street Restaurant Group, which operates most of the Taco Mac restaurants in the Atlanta area, was quick to ban the legal carry of firearms in their restaurants following the passage of HB89 (the "gun rights" bill) into law in July 2008. WSB reported today (Sunday) that, shortly after 3am, an armed gunman accosted an employee as he or she took out the trash and attempted to rob the Taco Mac in Virginia Highlands. The manager drew a handgun and exchanged fire with the gunman before he (the gunman) fled. No employees or customers were reported injured. Had the manager honored the "gun ban" in TSRG's Taco Mac restaurants, the outcome could have been much worse -- consider the fate of slain bartender John Henderson at the Standard (who complied with his assailant's instructions) in January 2009.
I do so love it when they fight back!
NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope finally ran out of its liquid helium coolant and entered its “warm mode” last Friday, May 15th. The telescope has spent almost six years probing the cosmos, and it should continue work for at least another two. However, the telescope will now operate without two of its instruments: its long-wavelength imaging photometer and its infrared spectrograph.
Tigan, who owns Tactical Avian Predators, proposes having two falconers patrol Sacramento airport grounds daily. The falcons would chase their prey off airport grounds. The falconer then would call his bird back with a whistle and a lure.
The Phoenix has landed on Mars -- much to the relief of worried flight controllers 170 million miles away at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California, who were helpless to do anything if Phoenix ran into trouble.
Russia will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
Two new Canadian astronauts are to begin human spaceflight training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Canadian Space Agency said Wednesday.
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has begun its search for other Earth-like worlds. The mission, which launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 6, will spend the next three-and-a-half years staring at more than 100,000 stars for telltale signs of planets. Kepler has the unique ability to find planets as small as Earth that orbit sun-like stars at distances where temperatures are right for possible lakes and oceans.
The boy told investigators that he grabbed a knife and stabbed the man to protect them, police spokesman Alan Quinn said.
A man answered a knock at his door from a casual acquaintance and suddenly found himself the victim of a home invasion robbery. (Obviously, a well planned crime. That guy will never get caught.)
The salts are just fertilizers - a mix of sodium and potassium nitrate - but they represent a significant advance in the decades-old technology of solar thermal power production, which has traditionally used mirrors to heat water or oil to generate electricity-producing steam. Now, engineers can use the molten salts to store the heat from solar radiation many hours after the sun goes down and then release it at will to drive turbines. That means solar thermal power can be used to generate electricity nearly round-the-clock.
The way it would work is that suspected offenders would receive two warnings about their illegal activities and on the third suspected offense, their Internet access would be cut off for anywhere from two months to a year. Users will also be put on a "three-strikes" blacklist so that they can't sign up for service from another ISP.
This is a very important point to tease out. A professional, all-volunteer military is more than just a selective (and self-selecting) group. Service comes with a social compact: Deployed troops should have access to first-rate medical care; they will receive psychological screening; and their families should have access to a support network. While those ideals do not always translate to practice, the American public generally will spare no expense to make sure its volunteer military is properly trained, extremely well equipped and well protected. Deploying as a unit, rather than sending individual replacements, also bolsters morale. All of those factors — the support network, the screening, the good care, the willingness to be there – help cut down on tensions which could eventually lead to fratricide.
They showed how a botnet, a network of 180,000 compromised or zombie computers, allowed thieves to steal thousands of bank account and credit-card details and computer passwords and to spy on the browsing habits of the users.
Two apartment residents are shaken but unharmed after two armed men forced their way into their apartment demanding cash and property.
IDSLIWTFB One Lubbock man was at home when someone tried to break in last week, and he caught the whole thing on web cam. Someone knocked on Andy Hartman's front door, and when Hartman didn't answer they jumped his fence and tried to kick in his back door. Hartman grabbed a gun, ran to a back room and called 911.
They told police they were sleeping at 5:30 a.m. when they heard shouting and the sound of their door being kicked in. Officers said the storm door to the house was damaged and caked with mud from being kicked repeatedly.
Police are investigating a Uniondale home invasion early Saturday in which a group of men, some armed with handguns, robbed the homeowner and four other residents
Arm yourselves and be ready to go, always!
At particular risk of identity theft are some 97,000 individuals whose Social Security numbers were accessed in the breach, but it's still unclear whether hackers were able to match up those SSNs with individual names, Shelton Waggener, UCB's chief technology officer, said in a press conference late last week.
One class with Self Defense Instructor Matt Knaub is all it takes to learn how to defend yourself. "Yeah you could actually take that one class and go use that on the street to help you that day," Knaub said.
I REALLY hope this is a joke. One lesson may help you understand how quickly you're going to lose, but it will have no effect on WHETHER you lose.
A ninth grade history project at a high school in Pueblo was supposed to teach students about terrorism, but instead it outraged parents. Gini Fischer says her daughter came home Thursday saying she had two minutes to come up with a plot for an act of terrorism.
“Gun control is a topic that people don't like to talk about in any sort of rational way,” he said, noting some favor outlawing all private gun ownership, while others say there should be no gun laws. Helmke favors a middle ground. He would limit how many guns people can buy at one time, ban sales of semiautomatic rifles and increase law oversight of gun sales.
But as she desperately scrambled to grab her handbag, Gratia-Hupp realized her gun was no longer inside. She had intentionally left it in her car in order to comply with state gun laws prohibiting gun owners from carrying concealed weapons. Without the gun she carried daily, Gratia-Hupp watched helplessly as both of her parents were among those murdered in the tragic killing spree.
Eleven years after that, there is little that is up, and almost nothing is running. Instead, Yucca Mountain has been placed in what the Department of Energy calls "cold standby." Congress cut almost $100 million from its $386 million budget this year, forcing DOE to lay off 500 of its 1,400 workers. The new Obama administration budget proposes to stop funding altogether while a "blue ribbon" panel explores other alternatives for nuclear waste disposal.
Conditions appear favorable for Atlantis to begin its mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope today — a journey that is expected to include several measures to ensure that the space shuttle avoids any collision with dangerous space debris.
THE LAW REQUIRES THE DIVISION OF LICENSING TO ISSUE A LICENSE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION -- or deny the license "for cause", based upon the criteria set forth in the law. Theft of operating funds by the Legislature is not "just cause" for failure to issue licenses or renewals within 90 days.
"When I was in the middle of the crowd, two people came over to me and said, 'There are people over there who we believe are policemen and who have been encouraging the crowd to throw things at the police,'" Brake said. But when the crowd became suspicious of the men and accused them of being police officers, the pair approached the police line and passed through after showing some form of identification.
European scientists will attempt their most audacious space launch yet when they blast a pair of giant satellites – Herschel and Planck – into orbit on the same rocket on Thursday. The two spacecraft have been designed to study the deepest recesses of space, unravel the early history of the universe and probe the creation of stars, galaxies and planets.
One of those yet-to-be-unraveled things is the Big Bang, the origin of the Universe itself. Our origin, the final question that we have been trying to answer since we came out of the cave and looked up the night sky. We still don't know exactly what happened, but the observation of the Universe from Earth and space probes have caused some physicists to propose many different models. One of these models says that, during the initial inflation period of the Universe, space-time expanded faster than light. If this turns out to be the case, it would make possible the creation of warp drives.
When the Justice Department or the Centers for Disease Control want to send employees somewhere, they don't specify the aircraft types, let alone design the airframes, engines and avionics. They just buy plane tickets. Even the military finds it cheaper to use civilian aircraft for certain missions. So why should space transportation be any different?
If the Hubble repair crew due for liftoff on Monday got into the deepest sort of orbital trouble, yet another shuttle would have to be launched into orbit as little as a week later. NASA hasn’t launched two piloted spacecraft so close together in more than 40 years. But that's just the first act of the drama.
More details, and some graphics.
For collection of number two, modified sealable bags were used. There was no privacy aboard the Gemini and Apollo capsules, so imagine doing all of this in close quarters with your buddies! To make matters worse, these bags were (are) clear. They are still carried aboard US spacecraft, for use in the event of irreparable toilet failure.
Too much information ... but still interesting.
Using pieces of disassembled code, API calls, memory addresses and subroutines associated with the bane of a security team's existence, they analyzed the data by frequency, density, and groupings. Algorithms were then developed and the artists mapped the data to the inputs of the algorithms, which then generated virtual, 3D entities.
Seems that more than just Montana have passed laws exempting guns made in their States from federal control. The States, Montana, Alaska and Texas have drawn a line in the sand where gun control laws are concerned. These States have figured out that gun laws only hurt the law-abiding Citizen of that State, not the criminals.
There needs to be more of this ...
Pasco Sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion in Holiday that has left two shot with non-life threatening injuries.
A team of physicists from Austria has sent pairs of entangled photons, which can be used to encrypt messages with complete security, between telescopes spaced 144km apart in the Canary Islands. The researchers say that preserving entanglement over this distance shows the feasibility of carrying out quantum cryptography using a worldwide network of satellites.
Built in 2004, the Mirabella V mega yacht incorporates nearly every conceivable luxury. The yacht has a full beam owner’s suite, six staterooms with big windows and full size en-suite bathrooms, entertainment systems everywhere, and even a hot-tub and dip pool on the sailboat's foredeck. The yacht also has a gymnasium and sauna, which are located on the lower deck, and all the latest satellite communications equipment, for keeping in touch with those poor wretches on shore.
FAKE COP Suspect #1 had a name strip on his polo shirt with the name “John Deccor.” The suspects showed the victim a photograph, asking for the name of the person in the picture. The suspects checked the inside of the residence, took a small safe and then left. During this incident suspect #2 brandished a semiautomatic handgun. The suspects were last seen in a silver Mercedes Benz SUV (paper plates with registration sticker in front windshield).
Police said four masked men, one armed with a handgun, broke into a home on Ainsley Dr. and injured the two occupants.
In contrast to most normal nuclear reactors, however, a fast reactor uses a coolant that is not an efficient moderator, such as liquid sodium, so its neutrons remain high-energy. Although these fast neutrons are not as good at causing fission, they are readily captured by an isotope of uranium (U238), which then becomes plutonium (Pu239). This plutonium isotope can be reprocessed and used as more reactor fuel or in the production of nuclear weapons. Reactors can be designed to maximize plutonium production, and in some cases they actually produce more fuel than they consume. These reactors are called breeder reactors.
A report by the Justice Department's Inspector General, Glenn Fine, found that 12 terror suspects who were either not watchlisted or were slow to be added to the list may have traveled into or out of the United States during the period when they were not placed on the list. Auditors also found significant delays in taking people off the list once they were no longer considered suspects.
"We expect folks to provide their own security," Levin said. "Why should we not expect that ships that are vulnerable going into that area will provide their own security personnel?"
Officers say they responded to a report of a home invasion on Sunday night around 11:30 p.m. on Issac Street. Officers say when they went inside they observed that the front door of the incident location was forced open and while conducting a search inside of the residence found Rev.Tyron Eichelberger with a large laceration on his head.
But in that term "observable universe" lies the rub. We can't (and never will) "see" what this mass of theorized matter looks like. Which is too bad, because the dark flow theory hints that this mass, or super structure, could be anything from another universe to a realm of whimsical fancy whose physics, forces and warped space-time are completely beyond any of us.
"Most people who practice Indian martial arts nowadays are simply learning the toned down exhibition styles that were allowed by the British," he says. "Unless we start teaching the original fighting styles they will be extinct within 50 years. I want to find two or three sensible, intelligent and tolerant young apprentices who can pass on what I've learned to future generations."Hmmm ... cool-lookin' outfits ... tell us more.
The general aviation community bristles at many of the proposed rules because not only will they be time consuming and annoying, but some of them will incur financial costs. For example, nearly 300 general aviation airports will be required to adopt potentially expensive security programs and they’ll almost certainly pass those costs on to those who use those airports.I don't know how good an idea it is having TSA writing rules. Maybe they should concentrate on following rules.
Arm yourselves and be ready to go, always!
The long, skinny tube has to go. Tasked with improving the nation's air transportation, NASA wants airplanes to burn 40 percent less fuel than a 777 by 2020 and 70 percent less by 2030. Not only that, it wants those same planes to be whisper-quiet. The best -- and perhaps the only -- way to reach these ambitious benchmarks is to design commercial planes more like stealth bombers and less like pencils.