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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

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Knocked Up (In Space)

“Extant” on CBS

Steven Spielberg offers up overly familiar sci-fi with CBS’ Knocked Up In Space series, “Extant.”

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news

The Daily Word in offshore oil, US earthquakes and same-sex marriage

A judge overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage; however, it only applies to Florida Keys.

Police in Pontiac, Mich., have identified “mummified” remains found in a garage.

16 US states have an increased risk of experiencing earthquakes in the coming years.

Obama administration approves offshore oil exploration on the East Coast.

Researchers find a possible connection between vasectomies and prostate cancer.

The massive number of toxicology reports to a state laboratory has caused delays with issuing death certificates.

Joy Junction's photos of the food they serve have ruffled someone's feathers.

Three people were killed yesterday morning in a helicoptor crash in Guadalupe County.

Uh oh, the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association's president got a stern warning from a state law enforcement board.

Walter White went to space!

Science

Flipping Out Over the Sun’s Big Flip

¡Viva la Science!

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You know it’s a good science story when the headline reads, “Sun's Magnetic Field Flip Won't Doom Earth, Scientists Say.” Celebrate the good things in life, folks, and the world not being likely to end in the next few months is as good a reason to throw a party as any I’ve ever heard.

As it turns out, the sun flips its magnetic field about every 11 years. “North” becomes “South” and vice versa. It’s all part of the sun’s cycle of solar weather. When the sun flips its magnetic field, it’s halfway into its period of greatest solar activity, known as the solar maximum (or solar max, if you’re cool like me). We’re in the midst of Solar Cycle 24, apparently, and when the field shift occurs, we’ll be halfway through the solar max.

The magnetic field flip will happen in an estimated 3 to 4 months, and it “will have ripple effects throughout the solar system,” says Todd Hoeksema, the director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University.

Now here’s a part that sounds really Star Trek: There’s something called a “current sheet” that radiates from the sun’s equator. It’s vast, extending outward for billions of kilometers. It’s ten thousand kilometers thick. Seriously, we’re talking about something really enormous, herePluto’s orbit looks teeny-tiny in comparison.

The current sheet is affected by those field reversals in the sun. It gets all wavy, for one thing, kind of like a warped vinyl recordso as the Earth keeps orbiting the sun, we move in and out of the current sheet. The movements can create stormy “space weather” around the Earth. (Possibly you are thinking that “space weather” doesn’t even sound like a real thing. I don’t blame you. “Let’s check on the space weather before we beam into that wormhole at warp speed, Captain!” Sure, that makes sense.) Space weather, though, includes things like solar wind, solar flares, coronal mass ejections and sunspots.

Ripples in the current sheet can also help shield our solar system from cosmic rays, superfast particles that are no good for astronauts and space probes (and might also affect our earthly climate, though the jury’s still out on that one).

There’s nothing like considering the grand mechanics at work in our universe to provide some perspective. Though some media outlets (and I use the term loosely) are using the real science behind the sun’s field flip to stir up inane fearswhich is what has required NASA scientists to reassure us in the first place that doom be not at handrest assured that the universe is ticking along exactly as it’s supposed to.

If you want to know more about current sheets and space weather and the like, take a gander at this very helpful video:

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Science

Ancient Egyptian Space Bead

¡Viva la Science!

Space iron shown in the blue nickel-rich areas on the virtual model, bottom left.
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy
Space iron shown in the blue nickel-rich areas on the virtual model, bottom left.

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.”

news

The Daily Word in nearby planets, your sucky job and the Bruce endorsement

Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama.

Ex-senator George McGovern is "no longer responsive."

Newsweek to end print edition by 2013.

Who is the biggest asshole on the internet?

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.

Giant Panda, it's finger-ling-linging good!

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.

Happy Birthday Pam Dawber!!!

news

The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird

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.

Anarchist Peter Rabbit.

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.

Do you guys care about the veep throwdown? Guardian says it's crucial. And USA Today breaks it down. All the way down. "Joe just needs to be Joe," says the prez.

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-obvious-maybe-it's-not-news news: NRA backs Heather Wilson.

Some pop stars to be naked on their album covers.

Gov. Martinez wants to evict the Mexican gray wolf pack.

And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.

news

The Daily Word in Olympic bodies, X-Files, the future

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 issurprise to the reporter!way smart.

No one can steal Pussy Riot's inner freedom.

A timeline of the future.

Music

The transit of Venus today!

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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.

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Spaceballs

The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra performs The Planets while Venus transits

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.

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NEWS

The Daily Word in Lobo sports, European debt crises, and an ADHD galaxy cluster.

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.

Continue to rest assured that this guy will never, ever lose your trust.

Cracked.com's take on the 6 Most Horrifying Lies The [Processed] Food Industry is Feeding You.

Parkour.

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.

Palindromes (Palin-dromes).

You know those cool high-powered magnetic ball desk-top toy things? Yeah, they're dangerous.

Super freaking cool pencil carvings.

Strange hyperactive galaxy cluster spotted by Hubble about 9 billion light-years away .

Placebo buttons.

Thanks to CM and CP for the help.

NEWS

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.

Peaceful protesters "Occupy Wall Street" and then move on to Albuquerque.

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.

Who wore it better? These Iranian soldiers or David Bowie in Labrynth?

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.

A plane hit a Ferris wheel in Australia.

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.

The 5 plastic army men least useful to combat.

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.

news

The Daily Word in Stephen King, paper money, rape and cafeterias

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.

Blind man vs. U.S. paper money.

Well, duh. Roman Polanski admits he's a rapist. Meanwhile, the federal definition of rape is 80 years old and only applies to women.

Apple's corporate cafeteria is as awesome as you've imagined it.

Anderson Cooper doesn't really care for food.

New York Police Department's brutality is finally getting TV media attention. Here are some less frightening scenes from the Wall Street protest.

The great pumpkin, for real.

news

The Daily Word in freed hikers, geniuses and suicide by rollercoaster

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.

Game of Thrones cupcakes!

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.

Happy Birthday Cheryl Hines!!!

News

The Daily Word in newspapers, cop-sex, and JSOC

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.

Commander of Libyan rebel forces says he was tortured by the C.I.A. who, documents prove, worked with Ghaddafi.

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.

Self-powered cyborg beetles.

Utah Bigfoot sighting (thank you, Nick Brown.)

On this day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.

news

The Daily Word: 8.5.11

Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future

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.

Mac vs. PC.

South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.

Today's Events

Movies on the Mesa at Mesa Del Sol

This showing features Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock.

The Big Spank • ska • Mondo Vibrations • reggae, rock • Lola Rising • Nerve Hound at Launchpad

Ashtanga Yoga Led Primary Series at Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala

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