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ACA and you

Young and invincible?
Why do you need health insurance, right?

Let me provide you with a reason, based on personal experience:

You will not stay young forever. I am paying for injuries now, that I sustained in my teens and twenties, and am facing back surgery. That's a scary operation at any age, but at 55 years of age its even scarier. If I'd had insurance when I hurt my back I might not be in need of surgery now.

Young people have options, go to www.healthfinder.gov and find yours.

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Asteroids. Gotta love them.
 
Big Asteroid to Pass Earth Safely Tomorrow!

Heads up, skywatchers! Tomorrow, January 26, asteroid 2004 BL86 will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon.

From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate the asteroid to be about 0.5 kilometers (1/3 of a mile) in size. 2004 BL86's flyby will be the closest by any known space rock this large until 2027, when asteroid 1999 AN10 flies by.

At the time of its closest approach, the asteroid will be approximately 1.2 million kilometers (745,000 miles) from Earth. The asteroid is expected to be observable with small telescopes and strong binoculars.

"Monday, January 26 will be the closest asteroid 2004 BL86 will get to Earth for at least the next 200 years," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. "And while it poses no threat to Earth for the foreseeable future, it's a relatively close approach by a relatively large asteroid, so it provides us a unique opportunity to observe and learn more."

One way NASA scientists plan to learn more about 2004 BL86 is to observe it with microwaves. NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will attempt to acquire science data and radar-generated images of the asteroid.

"When we get our radar data back the day after the flyby, we will have the first detailed images," said radar astronomer Lance Benner of JPL, the principal investigator for the Goldstone radar observations of the asteroid. "At present, we know almost nothing about the asteroid, so there are bound to be surprises."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news188.html
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4441

#skywatching #asteroids #astronomy #space #planetary #science #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday
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To all Scribble Pen Beta Testers

I contacted Scribble Pen's makers to find out where their test products were, I spent money and it's very difficult to test a nonexistent product, and their reply, via email, was as follows:

Hi there,

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Scribble Pen and Stylus! We sent out an update on 29th December.

We regret to inform you that we will have a slight delay with the expected shipping date of the Beta Test Kit.
Our engineers are experiencing some technical issues with the advanced color sensor that the pen uses.

As you know, we are creating an innovative product, never seen before, and we appreciate your understanding!

Please click the attached link to see a picture of the Pen in its current form.

http://postimg.org/gallery/t0xr4o7i/

The estimated shipping date is March/April 2015

Thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to your feedback once you have received the Scribble Testing Kit.


Best Regards
The Scribble Beta Team

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Speaking as a 35 year professional printer and techie, this is 100% a scam. Process printing is the term for using CMYK to reproduce a full gamut of color, it requires a very precise array of extremely small dots, each dot is sized to supply its part of the illusion of a perceived color. These dots can never mix, these dots cannot be scrambled or overlapping, they must be laid down with great precision on white paper...even if you could fit 4 inkjets inside a tiny pen tip, you would need to move it at a precise speed and never tilt the pen. The energy, the mechanics, the size all make this pen absolutely physically, technically, monetarily impossible. (and I haven't even gotten into the spectrophotometer claims!) I'm sorry to be the bearer of this bad news, it is a scam.
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Americans Who Complain

So many people take what they read in the social networks at face value, then they complain about Monsanto but won't contact the EPA and the USDA or Monsanto directly. They complain about the President but don't register to vote.

But, they forget one thing, one important factor they take for granted, they couldn't gripe if they weren't able to access the Internet. Slow or no access to broadband service or low bandwidth would hamper their right to speak their minds. Our President believes we have the right to better broadband service and net neutrality.

So gripe away, but equal access to the Internet and equal access to bandwidth for everyone, with no restrictions based on the ability to pay extra for that broadband access ability, are issues worthy of our support.

Open and equal access to broadband, bandwidth and net neutrality will provide Americans' with something to say with the ability and opportunity to complain. They make it possible for people with complaints to contact their elected officials, the appropriate governmental agencies and the corporate offices of NGOs, so theitr complaints are heard by the people who have the ability to fix the problems.

Support net neutrality and open access!

And, the right to gripe! If you don't, who will.

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This matters to me! I live in Benton County. Inside of one of the red circles on the quarantine map. If you live in Benton County in Washington state, USA get educated. Educate others.
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The new cool!

Check out this posting about an Antarctic lake that doesn't freeze.
 
The Lake in Antarctica That Does Not Freeze

There are lakes on the frozen continent of Antarctica.  Most have thick layers of ice year round but there is one that has so much salt that the water does not freeze, even in the frigid depths of winter in the coldest area on earth.  Well, not a really big lake but just a pond; it is the Don Juan Pond located in the west end of Wright Valley (South Fork), Victoria Land, Antarctica.  Where does the salt come from?

Don Juan Pond, also called Lake Don Juan, is a small and very shallow hypersaline lake in the west end of Wright Valley (South Fork), Victoria Land, Antarctica, 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) west from Lake Vanda. It is wedged between the Asgard Range in the south and the Dais in the north. On the west end there is a small tributary and a feature that has been described as a rock glacier. With a salinity level of over 40%, Don Juan Pond is the saltiest known body of water on Earth.  ⓐ
Don Juan Pond was discovered in 1961. It was named for two helicopter pilots, Lt Don Roe and Lt John Hickey, who piloted the helicopter involved with the first field party investigating the pond. On that initial investigation, the temperature was −30 °C (−22 °F) and the water remained in a liquid state.  ⓐ

While discovered in 1961, it is in the news now because of the images just released by NASA taken by the Earth Observatory satellite.  One of the images is shown below on the right.
 
The image on the left is from the 2013 study done by researchers by James Dickson and James Head from Brown, Joseph Levy from Oregon State, and David Marchant from Boston University.  They were investigating the source of the calcium chloride salt. (both pictures are high resolution so have a closer look)

The research represents the most detailed observations ever made of Don Juan Pond. “It was a simple idea,” Dickson said of the team’s approach. “Let’s take 16,000 pictures of this pond over the course of two months and then see which way the water’s flowing. So we took the pictures, correlated them to the other measurements we were taking, and the story told itself.”  ⓑ

Using time lapse photography and other data, the researchers show that water sucked out of the atmosphere by parched, salty soil is the source of the saltwater brine that keeps the pond from freezing. Combine that with some fresh water flowing in from melting snow, and you’ve got a pond able to remain fluid in one of the coldest and driest places on Earth. And because of the similarities between the Dry Valleys and the frozen desert of Mars, the findings could have important implications for water flow on the Red Planet both in the past and maybe in the present.  ⓑ

What the pictures showed was that water levels in the pond increase in pulses that coincide with daily peaks in temperature, suggesting that the water comes partly from snow warmed just enough by the midday sun to melt. But that influx of fresh water doesn’t explain the pond’s high salt content, which is eight times higher than that of the Dead Sea. For that explanation, the researchers looked to a second source of liquid documented in the photos.  ⓑ

The second source comes from a channel of loose sediment located to the west of the pond. Previous research had found that sediment to be high in calcium chloride salt. To see if that was the source of the pond’s salt, the researchers set up a second time-lapse camera to monitor the channel and synchronized the pictures with data collected from nearby weather stations.  ⓑ

The pictures show dark streaks of moisture called water tracks forming in the soil whenever the relative humidity in the air spiked. Similar water tracks also form on a cliff face north of the pond. What’s forming these tracks is the salt in the soil absorbing any available moisture in the air, a process known as deliquescence. Those water-laden salts then trickle down through the loose soil until they reach the permafrost layer below. There they sit until the occasional flow of snowmelt washes the salts down the channel and into the pond.  ⓑ

When the team saw how closely correlated the appearance of water tracks was to their humidity readings, they knew the tracks were the result of deliquescence and that the process was key to keeping the pond salty enough to persist.  ⓑ

The findings refute the dominant interpretation of Don Juan Pond’s origin. Since the pond’s discovery in 1961, most researchers had agreed that its briney waters must be supplied mainly from deep in the ground. However, these new images show no evidence at all that groundwater contributes to the pond.  ⓑ


ⓐ  Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Juan_Pond

ⓑ  News from Brown
How the world’s saltiest pond gets its salt
https://news.brown.edu/articles/2013/02/antarctica

Scientific Reports (open access)
Don Juan Pond, Antarctica: Near-surface CaCl2-brine feeding Earth's most saline lake and implications for Mars
http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130130/srep01166/full/srep01166.html

Live Science
World's Saltiest Body of Water Seen from Space (Photo)
http://www.livescience.com/49284-worlds-saltiest-body-of-water.html?

Image on right,
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team and the U.S. Geological Survey.  
NASA Earth-Observing Satellite photo showing Don Juan Pond, a network of channels carved into the bedrock east of the Wright Upper Glacier, and the frozen Lake Vanda to the northeast of the pond.
Image on left,
Credit: Geological Sciences/Brown University
A camera installed above Don Juan Pond in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys took 16,000 images in two months, documenting geological processes in real time.
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EPA leads effort to contain jet fuel spill on Sand Island
Federal cleanup order issued to facility’s owner and operator

HONOLULU – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the continued cleanup of spilled jet fuel at a tank farm facility on the Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu.

The order requires Airport Service Group International (ASIG), the facility operator, and Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp., the facility owner, to proceed with cleanup work that will prevent fuel from entering waters or shoreline areas.

Since the 42,000 gallon spill was reported on Jan. 21, the cleanup efforts overseen by EPA, along with Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), has resulted in the recovery of over 16,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel at the ASIG facility, which provides airplane fuel at the Honolulu International Airport. DOH reports the release does not pose a risk to drinking water. However, fuel has been found to have migrated offsite from the facility through subsurface contamination and is within 150 feet of the harbor.

“Our action today is to make sure the fuel is cleaned up quickly to protect public health and Oahu’s ocean environment,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We will be monitoring the work closely, and will investigate the cause of the spill to prevent one from happening again.”

The ongoing recovery effort includes pumping fuel from extraction trenches and tank monitoring wells. EPA emergency response contractors are also conducting air monitoring. Today’s compliance order, which does not include potential penalties, requires the facility owner and operator to:

Submit to EPA by Feb. 5 a work plan for daily response activities,
Clean up all petroleum or contaminated materials released to the environment as a result of the spill,
Prevent further releases and impacts to the environment resulting from releases of oil/fuel to waters and adjoining shorelines,
Repair all damaged equipment at the facility to prevent future spills of petroleum
Submit a plan by Mar. 2 for confirmatory sampling to ensure that the cleanup activities are complete.

The ASIG reported to DOH that the spill was the result of a leak in the bottom of ASIG’s Tank #2. The above ground storage tank has a 2.8 million gallon capacity. The ASIG facility has 16 above ground tanks with a total facility capacity of 44.8 million gallons of fuel and supplies fuel to the Honolulu International Airport.


EPA is leading the response effort with an On-Scene Coordinator and contractors dispatched from the agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office in San Francisco. They are working closely with the DOH’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response branch staff and the ASIG facility staff. 
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The truth hurts, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true.
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To all Scribble Beta Testers,

I contacted Scribble Pen, in an email sent this evening, 1/23/2015, to find out when I would be receiving the test product. Has anyone out there received the Scribble, pen or stylus, that they paid to test? Please add a comment if you have or if you are waiting to receive your test product. The Scribble Pen people received their funds immediately, where are their products? Please leave a comment.
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Me 2, their idea was so cool, but you know what they if it sounds too good to be true...😡
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Developers deserve better.
Apple requires that all iOS developers agree to terms that restrict what they can say about the company and what kinds of apps they can build.
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Internet Activists!!!

Let's make 2015 the safest year on the Internet!
Go to eff.org!
Today EFF is pleased to announce Let’s Encrypt, a new certificate authority (CA) initiative that we have put together with Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan that aims to clear the remaining roadblocks to transition the Web from HTTP to HTTPS.
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