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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014

Idiot Box

Yeah Science, Bitch!

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on FOX

Cosmos seems to be less about educating the masses and more about celebrating science as a whole. That’s not a bad thing.
V.22 No.33 |

news

The Daily Word in epic mustaches, tasteless paternity tests and heroic bookkeepers

The Daily Word

A school shooting was thwarted by empathy and compassion.

An Albuquerque man is a sensation on Breaking Bad. Because of his epic mustache.

It's super lame that "blue moons" are in no way blue.

Has a young girl just been rescued from a psychotic creep who killed her family? What a great time to demand a paternity test!

What do you have to do to get banned from every farm in the UK? Fuck a goat? Oh.

NASA is selling off the huge crawlers it used to transport space shuttles to the Cape Canaveral launch platform. They'll probably go to a company in the private space industry, but if you act quickly you might be able to snag one. Shoot them an offer at public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov.

And finally, SEO + Google = crappy information.

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!

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”

V.21 No.38 |

news

The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour

The Daily Word

Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.

Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.

At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.

The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.

Register to vote.

OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?

Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.

Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.

How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?

iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.

It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.

A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.

Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.

Work backward out of a creative rut.

What's next in body mods?

V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012

news

The Daily Word in Bill Clinton, Genesis and Zozobra

The Daily Word

I-25 / Paseo overhaul will be on the ballot in November.

Are you going to Zozobra tonight?

Doug Vaughan sentenced to 12 years for Ponzi scheme.

UNM considers making Lobo Village booze-free.

Ex-President Clinton at the DNC, a recap.

Wheelchair rugby players are rock stars.

Does email cause stress?

Freddie Mercury’s private cultural identity.

Prog awards honor Genesis.

Hungarian artist makes a subway stop magical.

Voyager’s getting close to the edge of the solar system.

Sun burp.

NASA’s Sunita Williams fixes the International Space Station with a toothbrush.

Jennifer Aniston’s going to be in a movie shooting in New Mexico soon.

V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012

news

The Daily Word in Martinez at the RNC, onion nuggets and megalopolises

The Daily Word

Hurricane Isaac is grows weaker and heads inland, leaving a soggy mess in its wake.

Someone was keeping a military-grade rocket launcher in a Los Lunas storage unit.

The full text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ speech at the convention last night.

Theft is a big problem at UNM.

100-year-old driver injures kids in L.A.

Do vegetarians and vegans think they’re better than you?

McDonald’s archivist—yes, that’s a real job—says before chicken nuggets, there were onion nuggets.

23 musicians share their paintings. (Results are marginally better than when famous actors record albums.)

Speaking of, here’s cell-phone video of Johnny Depp playing guitar at the Lone Ranger wrap party.

Awkward political candidates: How do they happen?

China’s megalopolises are not fun to inhabit.

Space telescope spots millions of supermassive black holes.

How to listen.

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V.21 No.28 |

news

The Daily Word in dead turtles and a missing Congressman

The Daily Word

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh releases his report on the investigation into the coverup at Penn State.

House Republicans vote for the 30th time to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.

The Las Cruces doctor who wrote more prescriptions than the entire UNM medical school has had his license suspended.

The Bosque will reopen on Friday.

Workers in Trinadad are totally sorry about crushing thousands of endangered leatherback turtle eggs.

Mississippians will still be able to get abortions, for now.

Pantone chart of all human skin colors.

Scientists finally discover a new moon orbiting Pluto.

Netflix is your new babysitter.

Who drinks the most soda? USA! USA! USA!

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has been missing since June.

Five classic movies you'll never get to see because they were never made.

If you want to eat french fries at Olympic Park in London head to McDonald's.

Happy Birthday Curly Joe DeRita!!!

V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012

Alibi Picks

Seeing Stars

An active year in the astronomy world has yielded plenty of eye-popping images and conversation pieces, so the folks at New Mexicans for Science and Reason are having an "Astronomy Show 'n' Tell." At 7 p.m. today at the Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW), hear from speakers Dave Thomas, John Geohegan and Rocky Stone as they share pictures, insight and little-known facts about the 2012 annular eclipse and the Transit of Venus. Even you can have the floor with a story or photograph pertaining to recent cosmic happenings. All NMSR meetings are free and open to the public. For more, visit nmsr.org or call 268-3772.

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012

Feature

Sign Language

A skeptic’s cosmic quest for a reason to believe in astrology

Astrology itself has never made a lick of sense to me. I’ve looked at this thing a million different ways, and I still can’t get my head around the notion that the planets are doing some kind of cosmic dance that eerily mirrors the fact that I just stepped in cat poop. As for the idea that the human personality is linked to the positions of the planets at the moment of a person’s birth ... well, I think I’d have an easier time swallowing a thumbtack milkshake.
V.21 No.13 |

news

The Daily Word in Earl Scruggs, Starbucks bugs and a billion stars

The Daily Word

Trayvon Martin's parents say video of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting show Zimmerman wasn't seriously injured.

Congressman tries to wear a hoodie on the House floor, gets escorted out.

CEO's saw pay raises last year.

KOB busts Housing Authority director getting her nails done on Fridays while driving the agency's car. She got a raise, too.

Jerome Block Jr. is on probation and out of jail.

Starbucks uses crushed bugs in Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos.

R.I.P banjo hero Earl Scruggs. Steve Martin wrote an article about him earlier this year.

Video of horses so weak they can't stand in Los Lunas auction house. Commenters say people bring them in that way because they can't take care of them.

If the Supreme Court throws out health reform, will Obama be re-elected?

A picture of a billion stars.

The pope and the Castros did not find common ground.

Downton Arby's.

V.20 No.50 |

news

The Daily Word in Dear Leaders, political assassinations and President Palin

The Daily Word

China recognizes Kim Jong Un as North Korea's new leader.

Sunni chief denies ordering the deaths of his political enemies.

Sarah Palin thinks it's not too late.

A new casino may be coming to the fairgrounds.

"This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back.;)"

Three local restaurants receive red stickers.

R.I.P. Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

First Earth-sized planet discovered.

Should you get a QR-code tattoo?

Don't move!

Keep it cool guys, Jon Bon Jovi is not dead.

Simpsons + Breaking Bad

This youtube video about the Norwegian butter shortage will change your freaking life.

Keep those brain-eating amoebas out of your neti pot.

Happy Birthday John Hillerman!!!

V.20 No.47 |

news

The Daily Word in Herman Cain, Patrice O'Neal and Voltron

The Daily Word

Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

It was fun while it lasted Herman Cain.

Archbishop Sheehan says the Archdiocese will oppose Gov. Martinez's effort to repeal the law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

R.I.P. comedian Patrice O'Neal.

Alan Dershowitz solves the Middle East.

Horse meat may soon be coming to a menu near you.

R.I.P. father of RFID technology, Charles Walton.

Watch Felicia Day play with herself, IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!

Kidnapper sues his former hostages for breach of oral contract.

When did mac and cheese become a black thing?

Guess what happens at the end of this Corvette street racing video.

Amateur astronomer takes picture of a new solar system.

Elderly man returns money he stole from Sears over 60 years ago, with interest. Awwwww.

Ray Bradbury's classic books are finally available as overpriced e-books.

Chris Meloni is in talks to join the cast of True Blood.

Terrible burglars caught on tape in the Northeast Heights.

Elvis Costello tells fans not to buy his expensive box set.

The only known copy of Walt Disney's Hungry Hobos cartoon starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit goes up for auction next month.

Prepare yourself for the upcoming Voltron renaissance.

Happy birthday Robert Guillaume!!!

V.20 No.46 |

news

The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican

The Daily Word

UNM hires ex-Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to be Lobo football's new boss.

APD fires belly-bumping officers who kicked a suspect in the head on video.

The toast sandwich is two pieces of bread around a slice of toast. It's the 150-year-old brainchild of Victorian food writer Mrs. Beeton.

Occupy Wall Street embarks on a nonviolent solidarity action, and has trouble with police in New York.

Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?

Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.

Sexuality as a force for good.

The New Mexico Independent is done done. Almost exactly a year ago, the company got rid of its news team and hired part-time bloggers.

Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.

Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.

Politicians fumbling Spanish.

The people don't like Congress much these days. Know what that means? It's third-party time.

Google's getting into the music store biz. But there's no Prince. And no Zeppelin.

Katy Perry's Milli Vanilli flute fail.

Norwegians raise a viking ship using viking tools.

Is ScarJo a beard?

Some places in the world remain untouched by Facebook.

Life on Europa.

V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Play Youtube Video
The Very Large Array in action

Science

Very Much Larger Array

No matter what you do or don't know about the Very Large Array, you knows it's large. Very large.

I picture ’70s-era scientists with wire-frame glasses and high-waisted bellbottoms throwing their hands in the air and proclaiming, “Screw it, I can't think of a name either. Let's just call it the Very Large Array.”

Now these scientists have another shot, with inspiration from a public contest. A decade-long restoration of the astronomical radio observatory facility is nearing completion, and it’s decided to throw out the old moniker for a newer, sleeker version worthy of 21st century technology.

Although the VLA will appear the same, the expanded capabilities will allow scientists to observe previously undetectable cosmic objects. A new radio telescope will be more sensitive and increase resolution and imaging abilities, according to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Scientists and astronomers from around the world use the VLA to peer into the cosmos and see things such as a star exploding. While the expansion wont be completed until 2012, astronomers have already used new equipment to watch a black hole devouring a star last spring. Yes, they used the word “devouring.”

The total cost of the expansion was $97.99 million and came from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments as well as the National Science Foundation. Eight radio-telescope dish antennas will join the 27 existing dishes outside of Socorro.

Name suggestions will be accepted until Dec. 1 and winners will be announced on Jan. 10, 2012.

I'm hoping they go with Something Even Bigger.

news

The Daily Word in lions, commoners and mixtapes

The Daily Word

Breaking Bad” smashes ratings record with Season 4 finale. (Remember when we interviewed the Cranston and the show’s creator?)

UNM students protest Chick-fil-A for donating money to groups that oppose gay rights.

Sarah the lion at the zoo has died.

KOB grills Occupy Albuquerque protesters for solutions.

We have a permit. It’s called the Constitution.” —Occupy Boston.

Gov. Susana Martinez’ PAC took in thousands during the legislative session, though state law prohibits politicos from doing so directly.

Target promises to sell only sustainable seafood by 2015.

Gawker dubs FOX News article on funny, sexy women possibly the most horrifying thing ever written.

Top headline of the day: Why are these galaxies bending like crazy snakes?

Mixtape of the lost decade.

Slutoween is coming!

King of Bhutan marries a commoner. Trendy.

Taiwanese death metal.

Why some women are not getting married.


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