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V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

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The Daily Word in Cinco de Mayo, an APD shooting and vampires had it right.

By Carl Petersen [ Mon May 5 2014 3:37 PM ]
The Daily Word

It’s Cinco de Mayo.

A gunman was killed in an APD standoff.

Blood transfusions may hold the secret to eternal youth.

X-Men director Bryan Singer is facing additional sexual allegations.

It’s raining spiders. Hallelujah, it’s raining spiders. Amen.

Here’s the latest in data storage.

What’s going on today?

Some lady doesn’t know if she’s using the personals right.

Happy birthday, Tammy Wynette.

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V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
Inside the space donut we call home
Credit: ESA/ATG medialab
Inside the space donut we call home

Science

Gone With the Plasmaspheric Wind

¡Viva la Science!

By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Jul 2 2013 12:19 PM ]

Researchers using data from the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft have found evidence that a “plasmaspheric wind” is releasing a kilogram (over two pounds) of plasma from the plasmasphere into the magnetosphere every second.

I swear you’re not reading an X-Men comic. Supervillains do not appear to be involved. Yet.

The plasmasphere is a region of dense, cold plasma that surrounds the Earth. Filled with charged particles, it’s shaped like a donut and forms the inner part of the magnetosphere, the area around our planet controlled by the magnetic field.

The existence of plasmaspheric wind was theorized over two decades ago, but it’s difficult to detect. It requires fancy instrumentation and detailed measurements of moving particles in the plasmasphere. Now, the four Cluster spacecraft have provided ion measurements from the plasmasphere that support the plasmaspheric wind theory.

We need to understand what’s going on in the plasmasphere because of its effect on things like satellites, GPS and traveling astronauts. Presumably, we also need to keep one step ahead of Magneto.

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Source: “Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind”

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V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012

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The Daily Word in newspapers, DeLoreans and other nice dreams

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Dec 6 2012 11:31 AM ]
The Daily Word

Winners of the Albuquerque Walter White lookalike contest.

DA to resume probing officer-involved shootings. (The investigative grand jury process was suspended months ago after criticism that no jury had ever found a shooting unjustified.)

Santa Fe man gets his bass back 10 years later.

The terribly-named band fun. has gotten the most Grammy nominations.

Sen. Michelle Obama?

Gamelan ensemble covers Gang of Four’s “Not Great Men.”

R.I.P., Dave Brubeck.

Shit London photography contest. Awesome.

Some wealthy people are investing in newspapers.

5 things smart people do. 1) make numbered lists of things ....

DeLorean taxi.

Why X-Men continuity is forever hosed.

Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is in the next Star Trek movie as the villain.

China’s first jack-off competition is what it sounds like.

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