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Citizens of planet Earth typically watch meteor showers by looking up. But this remarkable view, captured on 8/13/11 by astronaut Ron Garan, caught a Perseid meteor by looking down. From Garan's perspective onboard the ISS orbiting at an altitude of about 380 kilometers, the Perseid meteors streak below. The glowing comet dust grains are traveling at about 60 kilometers per second through the denser atmosphere around 100 kilometers above Earth's surface.

Want to look up at a meteor shower? You're in luck, as the 2014 Perseids meteor shower peaks this week. Unfortunately, the fainter meteors in this year's shower will be hard to see in a relatively bright sky lit by the glow of a nearly full Moon. More here:
http://buff.ly/1uEpHUT

(Image Credit: Ron Garan, ISS Expedition 28 Crew, NASA)
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I just rated Gravity 3D a "Oh No!" on Fandango. What did you think of it?
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Stellar tantrum blasts away part of a planet's atmosphere

The Jupiter-like planet HD 189733b orbits just 4 million km above its star's surface -- that means it takes the full brunt of the star's fury. And it only gets worse when there's a big flare! In fact, astronomers happened to be looking that way when a big flare from the star erupted, apparently heating the planet so much that it blasted away a thousand tons of its atmosphere per second! Yikes.

More info: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/06/28/stellar-tantrum-blasts-away-part-of-its-planets-atmosphere/

[Illustration by NASA, ESA, and L. Calçada]
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So who's going to NY Comic Con?
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Just incredible.
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This video of a massive rocket blasting off from Earth is incredible.

The really amazing footage (where the rocket takes off) starts around 2:15 — the first couple of minutes focus primarily on the setup.
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So I've seen trailers for The Devil's Double for a week or so on MSNBC, Comedy Central, and CurrentTV. It looked good, but I didn't know what story it was based on. NPR mentioned it ONCE, and I immediately knew it was about Saddam Husein's brother Uday. The trailer on YouTube makes it clear too. So why is it ambiguous on the trailer they aired on the TV machine?
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Uday was Hussein's son. 
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Dianne Feinstein wants to take away reporter protection from anyone but authorized reporters. Not sure what credentials bless one to be an official reporter. But in essence, this would mean the government would have control over who can write critically about the government.
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Sad news today.
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Yeah, that's about right.
 
Hmmm.. Sounds about right. nice work +Manu Cornet 
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We need more investment in fossil fuels in America's space program.
Obama announces "historic" manned mission halfway to Mars. US president Barack Obama has announced a "bold and historic" American-led mission that will see humans traveling halfway...
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So far the best feature of G+ is the lack of ability to search for people by what schools they attended. I think I will like it here.
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I'm just concerned that this is a temporary state of affairs that will go away once it opens up to the public. But for now I'm enjoying it.
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Wannabe public policy wonk.  Runner, video game aficionado, tabby breeder.  Dumbrella expat residing in Ewing New Jersey.
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I'm primarily a Magic player. I don't play much in the way of Tabletop games or other CCGs. I started going to Gamer's Realm when I got back into Magic: The Gathering just over a year ago. In that time, I've been to FNMs and other events at eight other stores. Lots to compare to. Gamer's Realm is one of the most enjoyable stores to play at in the region. The folks who run the store are gamers themselves (not all Magic players, but some are). They want everyone to have a good time. Most importantly, there's really an culture in the store of openness and inclusiveness. In some stores, you show up, you pay your tournament fee and if you're not part of the clique, you might as well be playing online. There's no interaction. The folks at Gamer's Realm are friendly, always welcoming to new players and just a blast to play with. The regulars run the gambit from casual to very competitive, but there's no cutthroat spikey attitude there. Play at this store is primarily booster draft, occasional sealed (particularly when a new set comes out) and there is a big crowd of enthusiastic casual EDH players who tend to get together after drafting is done. If you're looking for Constructed play (Standard / Modern, etc.), there's very little outside of Game Day. Management is trying to organize last Friday of the month Standard, but so far there's not been enough interest to fire these events. Unless you only play constructed formats, you're sure to have a good time here.
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