V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Flipping Out Over the Sun’s Big Flip
¡Viva la Science!
By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Aug 13 2013 2:50 PM ]
Great news, you guys—the sun’s magnetic field flip probably won’t destroy the earth or anything.
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy
Ancient Egyptian Space Bead
¡Viva la Science!
By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Jun 4 2013 11:00 AM ]
Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”
V.21 No.42 |
The Daily Word in nearby planets, your sucky job and the Bruce endorsement
By tom nayder [ Thu Oct 18 2012 10:25 AM ]
Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama.
Ex-senator George McGovern is "no longer responsive."
Newsweek to end print edition by 2013.
2C-I (pronounced "2-C-eye") is the new synthetic drug all the cool kids are talking about
Twitter officially censors an account for the first time. It's cool because it was an account for a neo-Nazi group, right?
Does your job make the world a worse place?
Nearby Earth-sized planet discovered.
Judge rules DC Comics will retain the rights to Superman.
Sound like a tough guy by incorporating more prison slang into your vocabulary.
Replace your fancy cutlery with these stone age tools.
Stephen Colbert's "Alpha Dog of the Week" is my favorite kind of hypocrite.
Orlando couple in trouble for letting their freak-flag fly on the a restaurant patio.
V.21 No.41 |
The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Oct 11 2012 10:08 AM ]
Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.
Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.
Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.
A diamond planet bigger than Earth.
13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.
Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.
Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)
America is not mostly Protestant anymore.
How to find truth on the Internet.
In today's so-
And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.
V.21 No.32 |
The Daily Word in Olympic bodies, X-Files, the future
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 9 2012 9:42 AM ]
Behold! The surface of Mars. Looks strangely … familiar.
Someone robs an elderly woman in the South Valley, so two APD officers help her out with gift cards and cash.
Want to buy an APS barrack? (No. But I'll take a gold bar.)
13-year-old shoots a camera-phone video of her bus driver touching girls, saves the day.
How Olympic bodies have changed over time.
The oldest person competing in the Olympics.
Dumbest Olympic dive.
Mulder and Scully might be dating.
Young Sikh Americans speak out.
U.S. starts to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam. You know. The birth-defect causing chemical our military dumped there more than 30 years ago.
Christina Hendricks is—surprise to the reporter!—way smart.
No one can steal Pussy Riot's inner freedom.
V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
The transit of Venus today!
By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Tue Jun 5 2012 3:11 PM ]
A rare crossing of Venus between the Earth and our sun begins in about an hour. The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra is having a watch party out at Balloon Fiesta Park beginning at 4 p.m.—there will be a performance of Holst’s “The Planets” suite and other spacy compositions. Read Clifford Grindstaff’s article about it here.
The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra performs The Planets while Venus transits
By Clifford Grindstaff
Classical music has nearly been relegated to soundtrack status; it’s often playing while something else is happening. Few of us spend quality headphone time with Bartok. Amazing classical music in movies or TV gets used as a backdrop or part of the staging, thereby chaining it to pop culture. Most people can't hear Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” without thinking of Tom and Jerry. Other times a movie is lifted by the music beyond its small budget and toward the heavens, as Star Wars was elevated by John Williams’ soundtrack.
V.20 No.45 |
The Daily Word in Lobo sports, European debt crises, and an ADHD galaxy cluster.
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Nov 14 2011 9:51 AM ]
It was an excellent weekend for UNM sports. The Lobo football team gets 21-14 conference win over UNLV, Steve Alford's men's basketball team opens the season with 92-40 triumph over New Orleans, and the men's soccer team takes the conference championship over Cal State Bakersfield.
Oh, also, Monster Jam was at Tingley this weekend all vintage-style.
Sexual abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky suggest his youth mentoring charity might have been a pipeline for potential victims.
Hawaiian recording artist busts out “Occupy” song during fancy dinner hosted by President Obama.
Cracked.com's take on the 6 Most Horrifying Lies The [Processed] Food Industry is Feeding You.
Bernalillo County officials working on new “realistic” ad campaigns against drunk driving.
Europe risks EU split in wake of major debt crises.
The Oatmeal illustrates what it would be like if his brain were an imaginary friend.
You know those cool high-powered magnetic ball desk-top toy things? Yeah, they're dangerous.
Strange hyperactive galaxy cluster spotted by Hubble about 9 billion light-years away .
Thanks to CM and CP for the help.
V.20 No.39 |
The Daily Word in Occupy Albuquerque, a vampire-werewolf murderer, and Arrested Development's new movie.
Brought to you by the world's greatest Production and Circulation Managers.
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Oct 3 2011 9:57 AM ]
Albuquerque man arrested and accused of human trafficking.
Geoff really wants you to read this article on the Supreme Court and the new extents of federal power.
Three police officers accused of getting high on duty... only in Texas.
Chinese play "America the Beautiful" during space lab launch.
Musical medley: 50 years of famous non-words.
Tom really wants you to see this 4-year-old's reaction to the truth about Darth Vader.
Oh, the Irony: Intoxicated man steals an ambulance, crashes it, and then needs treatment from another ambulance for his injuries.
Arrested Development will shoot new episodes and a movie.
Evidence found of water supersaturation in Martian atmosphere.
Murder suspect claims she's part vampire, part werewolf.
“The Green Man” is no myth.
What you think you look like vs. what you really look like.
V.20 No.38 |
The Daily Word in Stephen King, paper money, rape and cafeterias
By Laura Marrich [ Wed Sep 28 2011 11:12 AM ]
The Small/Faces are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The first Chinese space lab is called Heavenly Palace.
At last, Andy Rooney puts us out of our misery.
Sephen King is writing a sequel to The Shining. It's called Dr. Sleep.
Apple's corporate cafeteria is as awesome as you've imagined it.
Anderson Cooper doesn't really care for food.
The great pumpkin, for real.
V.20 No.37 |
The Daily Word in freed hikers, geniuses and suicide by rollercoaster
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Sep 21 2011 10:09 AM ]
Two years after accidentally hiking into Iran, Josh Fattal and Shan Bauer have been freed.
Is Troy Davis's scheduled execution America's worst miscarriages of justice?
Masked gunmen dump 35 dead bodies in the middle of a busy Boca Del Rio street.
Gary Johnson gets a spot in tomorrow's presidential debate.
Federal prosecutors call online poker site a global Ponzi scheme.
Republican leaders sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Chairman asking him to “resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy.”
A mother abducted her eight children in New York.
Personnel board votes to lay-off 27 state workers.
New questions in the deadly Reno air show crash.
Once again, I was not named a MacArthur Genius.
Here's a video flyover of the asteroid Vesta.
Facebook changed again last night.
Nobody wants a ginger baby.
Steven Colbert really really wants to broaden the tax base.
Most epic post-car accident interview ever.
This roller coaster is the future of suicide.
23 rejected covers of famous books.
I know you're lazy, but are you lazy enough for Forever Lazy?
I think this may be exciting news for fans of Magic: The Gathering.
If you're interested in getting some Venture Bros. action figures you should read this.
Gordon Ramsay gets another TV show.
This is awesome. And weird. But still awesome.
R.I.P. Tom Wilson, creator of Ziggy.
Fox is considering creating a 24-hour Simpsons channel.
Mike Tyson broke Steve-O's nose at the Charlie Sheen roast.
There have been some pretty terrible Star Wars video games, but was this one the worst?
This one is for fans of The Wire only.
V.20 No.35 |
The Daily Word in newspapers, cop-sex, and JSOC
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Sep 3 2011 2:49 PM ]
Vote for the best animated T.V. theme.
"Alcohol doesn't make you behave badly, it just stops you from caring...."
Two major Beijing newspapers suddenly have a new "publisher:" the Propaganda Bureau.
There is no safer place to invest your money than print media, according to... The Onion.
Ten enduring myths about the U.S. space program.
New Mexico State Police cop caught copulating on car in front of canine has been fired.
Update on the New Mexico based Lone Ranger film shoot that is on hold.
Excellent Washington Post article about the recent exponential growth of JSOC, the United States' "secret army."
Berlusconi calls Italy "Shitaly." OK, he only said "shitty," but that's his cross to bear.
On this day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.
V.20 No.31 |
The Daily Word: 8.5.11
Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 5 2011 11:44 AM ]
Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.
Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.
Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.
Officials kidnap babies in China.
Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.
Juno to Jupiter!
Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.
A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.
South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.
V.20 No.29 |
The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jul 21 2011 10:59 AM ]
Atlantis touches down.
Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.
First spacesuits sewn by women who made bras for Platex.
ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.
Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.
Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.
Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.
You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.
Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.
What's a calorie?
You're so vain … creative people, says this study.
Tall women get cancer more.
V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
The Last Shuttle
NASA promises this is not the end of human space travel
By Natalie Willoughby
The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, marks the end of NASA's 30-year program, which began in 1981 with Columbia. Despite predictions that weather conditions would force a cancellation, an estimated 1 million visitors and 2,000 members of worldwide media looked on with awe.
The House on Mango Street at National Hispanic Cultural Center
Sandra Cisneros reads from her work and signs copies afterwards.
Leftover Soul • vinyl dance party at Sister
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