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Okay, sticking this much harder landing on the barge means that Elon's SpaceX team really knows their stuff. No fluke but a new era in a can-do civilization that deep down loves science and believes in the future.  Apocalypse-be-damned. Ain't gonna happen.  We are awakening.

http://www.space.com/32811-spacex-rocket-landing-jcsat-14-launch.html
For the second time in less than a month, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea.
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15 Years Ago Today: California businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist in space. He wore this Sokol KV-2 spacesuit during launch aboard Soyuz TM-32 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Tito paid the Russians a reported $20 million for this adventure.
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Oh, now, this is a great idea: "Nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition to allow firearms inside the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland in July."  What - oh, what - could possibly go wrong?  This year.

I could not have written this year on an acid trip. Oh to see Rupert Murdoch's writhing agony, as he and Roger Ailes and their partners-in-propaganda murmur: "what have we done?"
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Today in 1988: This all-female U.S. Air Force flight crew flew a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy on a seven-day airlift mission to commemorate the second official ‪#‎WomensHistoryMonth‬. The 17-member crew, started at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and ended at the Rhein Main Air Base in Germany. They followed the same flight path as the Air Force’s first all-female flight crew to fly an overseas mission in 1983. Learn more: http://s.si.edu/1Mxd2Ap

Image Caption: Group photograph of the first all-female flight crew of a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. This crew flew a European channel mission March 28 to April 4, 1988, originating at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and ending at Rhein Main Air Base, Germany, as part of that year’s U.S. Air Force Women’s History Month celebration. Top row, left to right: SSgt Elizabeth Tejera, loadmaster; A1C Marian E. Kellogg, loadmaster; Sgt. Belinda Byrns, loadmaster; TSgt Gail Moore, loadmaster; MSgt Stephanie Leatherman, flight engineer; Sgt. Joan Mullen, loadmaster; MSgt Frances Cardaci, flight engineer; A1C Diane McLendon, loadmaster; SSgt Carol Reese, flight engineer; A1C Tina Klein, crew chief; Ssgt Vicky Feeny, loadmaster Bottom row, left to right: Lt Catricia Mills, maintenance officer; TSgt Donna Lehmann, loadmaster; Capt Karen Torres, copilot; Westbrook; Capt Mary Vanderveere, copilot; Capt Anne Armstrong, copilot; and Capt Carol Ramsey, flight surgeon. Still others were not pictured: A1C Natalie Ziehwein, photographer; Deborah Healy and Judy Dean Clifford, research artists for the Air Force art collection; and Margie Hester, Dover AFB Public Affairs. Image: NASM 9A08694
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It's real. It's spectacular. It's called Cheesecakedilla. Happy Friday from PBS Food.
Make this cheesecakedilla with creamy cheesecake filling and a cinnamon, sugar tortilla crust. Find the dessert recipe at PBS Food.
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In Case You Missed It: Sherlock, Season 4 is now in production! More
details: http://to.pbs.org/1Mel5SX
Learn more about new episodes of Sherlock, filming now and coming to MASTERPIECE in the future!
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You've heard about the women who denounced her fellow passenger for doing... math?  A ditzy biddy, but to pull the quiet professor OFF the flight? What's politically redolent is the stunning disproportionality.  Red Americans are utterly safe, generally.  Rural or suburban, they are more likely to be harmed in a snowmobile collision with a big rig than by terror.  But when they fly, they have to go to a city airport and shiver and quake with dread... while urbanites who live each day in the terrorists' crosshairs just shrug and get on with it, applying something called reasonableness.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/05/professor_questioned_for_doing_math_on_plane_taugh.html#incart_river_home
Guido Menzio was taken from a plane for doing math. the former UPenn professor used to teach at Princeton
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Crawler Transporter 2 was recently driven to Launch Pad 39B to test completed upgrades and modifications to ensure the vehicle will be ready to support NASA’s #JourneyToMars. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at Kennedy oversaw upgrades to the crawler in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The crawler will carry the mobile launcher with Orion atop the Space Launch System rocket to Pad 39B for Exploration Mission 1. Learn more about the Crawler and other activities going on at Kennedy in April's issue of Spaceport Magazine.
For more than five decades, Kennedy has set the stage for America's adventure in space. The spaceport has served as the departure gate for every American manned mission and hundreds of advanced scientific spacecraft. From the early days of Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle Program and International Space Station, from the Hubble Space Telescope to the Mars rovers, the center enjoys a rich heritage in its vital role as NASA's processing and lau...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson  
Only now do we know what it sounds like When Doves Cry — the absence of music from loss of The Artist. RIP Prince (1958-2016)
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/723201454840897536
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Dear Dr. B: What are the requirements for a successful theory of quantum gravity?
“I've often heard you say that we don't have a theory of quantum gravity yet. What would be the requirements, the conditions, for quantum gravity to earn the label of 'a theory' ? I am particularly interested in the nuances on the difference between satisfy...
“I've often heard you say that we don't have a theory of quantum gravity yet. What would be the requirements, the conditions, for quantum gravity to earn the label of 'a theory' ? I am particularly interested in the nuances o...
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Wishing the happiest of Happy Birthdays to the beautiful Marina Sirtis!
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<eeeeeeeeee-villll snickering>
 
Apparently evil just won't stay dead.  Perhaps reflecting the state of US politics and morale, Disney and Lucasfilm show signs of bringing back the most horrendous character in the history of cinema... Yoda.  Just look at the purported (of course, fictional) body count that results from this vile green oven mitt's "wise" decisions.  And across the years I have defied fans to bring up one - even one- bona fide WISE thing that nasty-grumpy thing ever does or says.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/star-wars-8/68360/star-wars-8-will-yoda-return-as-a-ghost
Frank Oz linked to Pinewood filming, leading to hopes the Jedi is back - but be wary, just a rumour, it is
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