The International Space Station is, after the sun and the moon, the third brightest object in the sky. If you know where to look for it, you can easily see it — no telescope required. But: if you know where to look for it. Since the Earth spins as the ISS orbits it, the station’s position in the sky at any given moment — relative to a position on land — is hard to know for sure.
You know who always knows where the ISS is, though? NASA. Several times a week, Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 terrestrial locations worldwide — places from which the space station is visible for a long distance. Now, NASA is publicizing that list … and sending it, in fact, directly to you. Spot the Station lets you sign up for email or text-message alerts that will let you know, a few hours beforehand, when the ISS will be passing over your area.
Now this is fun and good use of SMS technology. My only request would be for an MMS with a picture of my house.
If you ever thought CERN would be a fun place to work you’d only be half right: The scientists who work there might be awesome, but the nuclear research center makes the perfect setting for a zombie apocalypse.
Forthcoming feature film Decay is set entirely at the Large Hadron Collider, with the massive lab serving as backdrop for a dire scenario in which zombies have been created by exposure to the recently discovered Higgs boson (so much for that whole “God Particle” thing). The concept evolved in 2010 after writer/director Luke Thompson, a Ph.D. physics student at the University of Manchester, was exploring the maintenance tunnels of the European Organization for Nuclear Research along with fellow student Hugo Day.
Can’t wait to see this $3K zombie movie set in CERN. Trailer is on the movie site and “supposed” to be available online soon.
Spider experts working in Brazil have discovered nine new species of pink, purple and orange mini tarantulas after carefully probing into the classification of the hairy horrors.
The haul of new spider species comes from a study in the Amazon rainforest by tarantula specialist Dr Rogerio Bertani of the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo. He has described nine new species of tiny tree-tarantulas in South Brazil in a paper published in the latest edition of the journal ZooKeys.
As the presidential election seems to have increasingly come down to a race to court factory workers in Ohio, news comes out today that several unions and good-government groups have filed a complaint against Romney alleging that his family’s “blind trust”, which he often refers to as perfectly above board, is actually not “blind” at all but contains an outsized investment with billionaire hedge fund manager and Republican kingmaker Paul Singer - he of NML Capital, a fund which Romney is also invested in, which buys up defaulted upon debt from developing countries for pennies on the dollar and then thinks of innovative ways to seize state assets in an effort to embarrass those countries into paying full value on the worthless bonds. - bought a controlling interest in the GM auto parts division and then threatened to cut off GM’s supply of steering columns unless they were paid an outsized portion of TARP funds. Though the US Treasury complained that this was “extortion”, Singer’s fund ultimately received $12.9 Billion in tax payers’ money and the Romneys made approximately 4000% on their investment.
C’mon, Romney - the UAW wants to see your investments.
Die Antwoord was created as a group in 2009, consisting of performers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on the website. In 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage (along with co-director Ninja) shot the video for their single “Enter the Ninja. The video became a great phenomenon on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the Die Antwoord interwebsite.