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Mike Outmesguine
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On January 22nd we saw, since the beginning of 2012, the 100th young Tibetan burn himself alive as the most desperate form of protest against the acts of cultural genocide in Tibet by the Peoples Republic of China. He was 17 years old and most were between the ages of 15-30. Sign the "100th Tibetan" Petition at the White House website.

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The dashboard of a rocket ship in Flash Gordon (1936). I really like the Metropolis-esque multiple-arrow readout.
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Eclipse this Sunday! Prepare your viewing apparatus. The easiest SAFE way to view an eclipse is to poke a small hole in a piece of paper and let that shine onto another piece of paper. You will see the sun as a crescent instead of a circle during the eclipse. Never look at the sun directly (I still have a spot on my retina from doing that as a little kid).
The 2012 May 20 eclipse occurs at the Moon's descending node in central Taurus. An annular eclipse will be visible from a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, that includes much of Asia, the Pacific and the western 2/3 of North America.

After a 7000 kilometre-long ocean voyage lasting nearly 2 hours, the antumbra finally reaches US land along the rugged coastlines of southern Oregon and northern California at 01:23 UT (May 20 local time).

Redding, CA lies 30 kilometres south of the central line. Nevertheless, it still experiences an annular phase lasting 4 1/2 minutes beginning at 01:26 UT. It is already late afternoon along this section of the eclipse path. The Sun's altitude is 20° during the annular phase and decreasing as the track heads southeast. Central Nevada, southern Utah, and northern Arizona are all within the annular path.

By the time the antumbra reaches Albuquerque, NM (01:34 UT), the central duration is still 4 1/2 minutes, but the Sun's altitude has dropped to 5°. As its leading edge reaches the Texas Panhandle, the shadow is now an elongated ellipse extending all the way to Nevada. Seconds later, the antumbra begins its rise back into space above western Texas as the track and the annular eclipse end.

During the course of its 3.5-hour trajectory, the antumbra's track is approximately 13,600 kilometres long and covers 0.74% of Earth's surface area.

For eclipse times in the USA check here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2012-Tab03.pdf

Credit: NASA Eclipse GSFC, Image Skye & Telescope
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Boot to the head!
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Kickstarter projects visualized. Interesting that the Pebble watch is listed under design instead of technology.

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A keylogger virus keeps infecting US combat drone remote piloting computers in Nevada. Considering that they are piloted remotely, it's possible they could be taken over by an outside foe that now has inside knowledge.

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"Get the shuttle out of the garage," Cernan told members of the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology. "It's in its prime of its life. How could we just put it away?"

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Truth with Tiger. I speak my mind about too many sausages and not enough tacos in the tech industry.

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China is testing new docking spacecraft in plans to build its own space station.
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