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Srry, but I had to delete the previous NEWS page because there was some motherfucking ad stuck on here that I couldn't get rid of so I said "fuck this mutherfuckin shit, I'm fuckin deleting this bitch!" ... & so I did...

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FDA: Meat of Cloned Animals Safe to Eat??

01/15/08
Agency Says Milk and Meat From Clones Pose No Risks to Humans.

" Jan. 15, 2008 -- The FDA concluded Tuesday that meat and milk from cloned animals is safe for human consumption, clearing the way for clones to enter the U.S. food supply.

The much-anticipated decision was the culmination of years of review by the agency, which has been investigating whether cloning puts animals at risk of genetic changes that could be dangerous if consumed by humans.

"These products are no different than foods from traditionally bred animals," says Bruce I. Knight, Under Secretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The decision does not necessarily mean that milk and meat from cloned animals is likely to arrive on grocery store shelves. Producers instead are interested in using cloning techniques to replicate prize breeding stock that could then be used to sire cattle for beef or milk.... "

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Pot Slows Cancer in Test Tube

12/29/07
Marijuana Ingredients Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells

Dec. 26, 2007 -- THC and another marijuana-derived compound slow the spread of cervical and lung cancers, test-tube studies suggest.

The new findings add to the fast-growing number of animal and cell-culture studies showing different anticancer effects for cannabinoids, chemical compounds derived from marijuana.

Cannabinoids, and sometimes marijuana itself, are currently used to lessen the nausea and pain experienced by many cancer patients. The new findings -- yet to be proven in human studies -- suggest that cannabinoids may have a direct anticancer effect.

"Cannabinoids' ... potential therapeutic benefit in the treatment of highly invasive cancers should be addressed in clinical trials," conclude Robert Ramer, PhD, and Burkhard Hinz, PhD, of the University of Rostock, Germany.

Might cannabinoids keep dangerous tumors from spreading throughout the body? Ramer and Hinz set up an experiment in which invasive cervical and lung cancer cells had make their way through a tissue-like gel. Even at very low concentrations, the marijuana compounds THC and methanandamide (MA) significantly slowed the invading cancer cells.

Doses of THC that reduce pain in cancer patients yield blood concentrations much higher than the concentrations needed to inhibit cancer invasion.

"Thus the effects of THC on cell invasion occurred at therapeutically relevant concentrations," Ramer and Hinz note.

The researchers are quick to point out that much more study is needed to find out whether these test-tube results apply to tumor growth in animals and in humans.

Ramer and Hinz report the findings in the Jan. 2, 2008 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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Nine Inch Nails Y34R Z3R0 R3M1X3D album in legal issues.


19 November 2007: Copyright Fun

Several years ago I persuaded my record company to let me begin posting my master recording files on nin.com, in order to see what kind of user-generated content would materialize from my music. I had no agenda… the main reason I did it was because I thought it was cool and something I would have liked to do if it was available to me. A lot of really fun stuff started to happen….communities developed, web sites were created, even traditional radio got in the game and began playing the fans' mixes. I felt the experiment, despite not having a specific purpose, was a success. So much so that we're now releasing a remix album that includes some of this fan-created material as well as the actual multitrack master files for every song from my latest record, Year Zero.

One piece was missing to me and that was an official nin.com presence for aggregating all of the fan-created remixes. Several intrepid fans had stepped up and done a great job providing a destination for people to post these, but I felt all along this was a function I should more directly support. So, upon release of this new remix album, our plan has been to launch an official site on nin.com that would provide a place for all fan remix material and other interactive fan experiences.

Or so I thought.

On Saturday morning I became aware of a legal hitch in our plans. My former record company and current owner of all these master files, Universal, is currently involved in a lawsuit with other media titans Google (YouTube) and News Corp (MySpace). Universal is contending that these sites do not have what is referred to as "safe harbor" under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and therefore are in copyright violation because users have uploaded music and video content that is owned by Universal. Universal feels that if they host our remix site, they will be opening themselves up to the accusation that they are sponsoring the same technical violation of copyright they are suing these companies for. Their premise is that if any fan decides to remix one of my masters with material Universal doesn't own - a "mash-up", a sample, whatever - and upload it to the site, there is no safe harbor under the DMCA (according to Universal) and they will be doing exactly what MySpace and YouTube are doing. This behavior may get hauled out in court and impact their lawsuit. Because of this they no longer will host our remix site, and are insisting that Nine Inch Nails host it. In exchange for this they will continue to let me upload my Universal masters and make them available to fans, BUT shift the liability of hosting them to me. Part of the arrangement is having user licenses that the fans sign (not unlike those on MySpace or You Tube) saying they will not use unauthorized materials. If they WERE to do such a thing, everybody sues everybody and the world abruptly ends.

While I am profoundly perturbed with this stance as content owners continue to stifle all innovation in the face of the digital revolution, it is consistent with what they have done in the past. So... we are challenged at the last second to find a way of bringing this idea to life without getting splashed by the urine as these media companies piss all over each other’s feet. We have a cool and innovative site ready to launch but we're currently scratching our heads as to how to proceed.
More to come….

By the way, the potential implications of a lawsuit like this one go well beyond creating hurdles for a Nine Inch Nails remix site. Here is an excerpt from technology site Ars Technica regarding a similar lawsuit Viacom has filed against YouTube:

The DMCA's Safe Harbor provisions aren't just important to video sharing sites; they're important to almost every sector of Internet-based business.
"Nearly every major Internet company depends on the very same legal foundation that YouTube is built on," said von Lohmann. "A legal defeat for YouTube could result in fundamental changes to its business, potentially even making it commercially impossible to embrace user-generated content without first 'clearing' every video. In other words, a decisive victory for Viacom could potentially turn the Internet into TV, a place where nothing gets on the air until a cadre of lawyers signs off," he said. "More importantly, a victory for Viacom could potentially have enormous implications for Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, MySpace, and many other Internet companies, because they all rely on the same DMCA Safe Harbors to protect many facets of their businesses, as well. The stakes are high all around."


Indeed.


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Space Shuttle Discover Returns to Earth Safely 


By Dave Mosher
Staff Writer
posted: 7 November 2007
1:02 p.m. ET

This story was updated at 1:36 p.m. ET

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew returned safely to Earth today, sailing over the heartland of America after a busy construction flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 100-ton spaceship touched down on the tarmac at 1:01 p.m. EST (1801 GMT) here at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, shortly after unleashing two chest-thumping sonic booms.

"Well hello there! It's nice to be back in Florida," shuttle commander Pamela Melroy said as she piloted Discovery to a safe landing. The Rochester, N.Y.-native made history during her mission as one of two female commanders in space at the same time, sharing the limelight with ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson.

Melroy and her STS-120 mission crew hauled a bus-sized room to the space station, relocated one of its 17.5-ton solar power plants, repaired a torn solar blanket and replaced flight engineer Clay Anderson with mission specialist Dan Tani.

Anderson spent about five months aboard the ISS, and said that his homecoming is going to be a bittersweet affair.

"They say all great things have to come to an end, and I'm really sorry I have to agree with that for now," Anderson told mission controllers yesterday. "But I had an awesome ride with several awesome crews and I'm very excited to come on home."

Discovery racked up 6.2 million miles (10 million kilometers) during its 16-day journey that began on Oct. 23. The spaceship orbited the Earth 238 times, most of which while docked at the ISS for about 11 days.

Returning to Earth with Melroy and Anderson were shuttle pilot George Zamka and mission specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

Mission accomplished

NASA officials lauded the mission's success before Discovery landed, largely attributing it to Saturday's emergency spacewalk.

"What we demonstrated this flight, I think, is the real value of having humans in space," said Wayne Hale, NASA's space shuttle program manager. Hale went so far as to call the effort "one of most complex EVA repairs in the history of the agency."

The unprecedented repair job sent Parazynski, a veteran spacewalker, to a far end of the space station, dangling on the end of a shaky robotic arm. While Wheelock looked on, Parazynski stitched up tears in the component with "cuff links" made by astronauts on board the ISS.

Melroy said she was more than a little concerned about Parazynski's close approach to the electrified blanket.

"You may have heard me … kind of squeak out 'be careful!' as I saw the solar array coming towards him," Melroy said. As Parazynski went to work, however, the commander explained she became comfortable with the risky operation.

Yet before Discovery's crew mended the damaged solar wing, they attached the Italian-made Harmony module to the space station. The nearly 16-ton room added more than 2,500 cubic feet (71 cubic meters) of space to the orbital laboratory and will serve as a vital hub for future expansion.

Astronauts also relocated a 35,000-pound (15,875-kilogram) component known as the Port 6 (P6) truss from atop the space station to a permanent home on the end of the ISS.

Yet even as NASA celebrates the Discovery and its crew's success, a busy month awaits the three-person Expedition 16 crew still in space.

Crunch time

Space shuttle Atlantis is set to ferry another massive room called Columbus to the station next month, but spaceflyers Whitson, Tani and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko will need to relocate and outfit Harmony before the arrival of the European laboratory.

Two other immense payloads are also set to arrive at the space station by May 2008. Further adding to mission managers' concerns is a grit-covered gear that rotates the station's starboard solar wings to help maximize power output. Without enough power, the space station may not be able to support future laboratory modules.

Pete Hasbrook, increment manager for Expedition 16, said fixing the solar-array-orienting device is quickly becoming a major priority for the agency, as it has international partners to appease. Any repair efforts would likely occur after the December shuttle flight, he added.

"We still … don't know the source of this debris, the grit," said Hasbrook. "There's a lot of discussion about what's our best bang for the buck," he said of several cleanup ideas in the works.

Until the device is restored, space station program manager Mike Suffredini said the device will only be moved occasionally, cutting into the orbital laboratory's overall power output. But the exact impact of the device to ISS power management is still being reviewed, he added.

Today's successful landing ended Discovery's 34th spaceflight, which is the 23rd shuttle mission to the space station and the 120th orbiter flight in NASA history. It also marked NASA's third of four shuttle flights planned for this year.

If the space agency can squeeze in the launch of Atlantis in December, followed closely by STS-123 in February 2008, Discovery will return to the launch pad again in late April 2008.

But as for her crew's eventful mission, Melroy said before her flight that she considers it every astronaut's dream.

"It has been a dream, it really [has]," she told SPACE.com from Discovery's flight deck yesterday. "But it always is when you go to space."

NASA plans to launch at least 10 more shuttle flights to the ISS - with the possibility of two more - to complete construction of the orbital laboratory by September 2010, when the agency is set to retire its three-orbiter fleet. A non-space-station construction flight to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope is slated to fly next year.

NASA is broadcasting Discovery's STS-120 mission live on NASA TV. Click here for mission updates and NASA TV from SPACE.com.


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Contractors take on expanded role in drug war

Sept 12, 2007

Late last month, the Pentagon tapped five major defense contractors to provide wide-ranging support in global counter-narcotics operations. The contract, worth up to $15 billion over the next five years, illustrates the extent to which the Defense Department is relying on contractors to perform critical missions while combat forces are stretched thin by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In response to specific task orders issued under the indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, companies will develop and deploy new surveillance technologies, train and equip foreign security forces and provide key administrative, logistical and operational support to Defense and other agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to the work statement provided to bidders, the vast majority of the drive will be conducted overseas.

"The contractor shall provide security and related services in support of [counter-narcoterrorism and] related missions to include, but not limited to, intelligence, medical, logistics, canine services, surveillance, counter-surveillance, aerial over-watch, security advisory, etc. The services may be incidental to other activities (i.e., training programs, construction, etc.) or the primary purpose of the [task order]," the statement said.

Three task orders included in the request for proposals issued last December give some sense of the contract's scope:

  • The first task order requires the contractor to develop and install high-resolution shortwave infrared cameras and all necessary appurtenances on two types of aircraft.
  • A second requires the contractor to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support in Trans-Saharan Africa by identifying the best platform and sensor suite; designing, building, operating and maintaining a base of operations; and providing various analytical reports.
  • A third "sample" task order requires the contractor to develop a program to train border police in Afghanistan to guard crossings, prevent the flow of contraband, and search people and vehicles.

All contractor personnel must have security clearances for handling classified information, and some must possess clearances for special access programs, including those at the Top Secret/sensitive compartmented information level.

Awardees include Raytheon Technical Services Co., Lockheed Martin Co., Northrop Grumman Corp., Arinc Inc., and Blackwater USA. The contract was let by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command on Aug. 24 on behalf of the Pentagon's Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office.

The mission of the counter-narcoterrorism office is to "develop and deploy technology that aids disrupting, deterring and denying the flow of drugs, people, information, money and weapons related to illegal drug trafficking and narcoterrorism," according to a 2003 Pentagon memo that expanded the charter. The office was formerly known as the DoD Counterdrug Technology Development Program Office.

While contractors have long supported federal counternarcotics programs, the scope of requirements in the contract issued last month is new. In late February 2006, Space and Missile Defense Command issued a "sources sought" document seeking information from industry about the support that contractors could provide for the counter-drug mission.

Two months later, at an industry briefing in April, Defense officials estimated that the value of the contract would be $500 million to $750 million per year over five years, according to briefing documents. Clearly, the Pentagon's requirements expanded between that briefing and last December, when Defense issued its request for proposals.

As the work statement in the request noted: "Due to the rapid adaptability of the counter-narcoterrorist threat, special federal government spending authorities are available to the [deputy assistant secretary of Defense for counter-narcoterrorism]."

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Alcohol, tobacco make top 10 list of risky drugs

Updated: 5:43 a.m. ET March 24, 2007

LONDON - New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study.

In research published Friday in The Lancet magazine, Professor David Nutt of Britain's Bristol University and colleagues proposed a new framework for the classification of harmful substances, based on the actual risks posed to society. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco among the top 10 most dangerous substances.

Nutt and colleagues used three factors to determine the harm associated with any drug: the physical harm to the user, the drug's potential for addiction and the impact on society of drug use. The researchers asked two groups of experts — psychiatrists specializing in addiction and legal or police officials with scientific or medical expertise — to assign scores to 20 different drugs, including heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy, amphetamines and LSD.

Nutt and his colleagues then calculated the drugs' overall rankings. In the end, the experts agreed with each other — but not with the existing British classification of dangerous substances.


Heroin and cocaine were ranked most dangerous, followed by barbiturates and street methadone. Alcohol was the fifth-most harmful drug and tobacco the ninth most harmful. Cannabis came in 11th, and near the bottom of the list was Ecstasy.

‘Current drug system is ill thought-out’

According to existing British and U.S. drug policy, alcohol and tobacco are legal, while cannabis and Ecstasy are both illegal. Previous reports, including a study from a parliamentary committee last year, have questioned the scientific rationale for Britain's drug classification system.

"The current drug system is ill thought-out and arbitrary," said Nutt, referring to the United Kingdom's practice of assigning drugs to three distinct divisions, ostensibly based on the drugs' potential for harm. "The exclusion of alcohol and tobacco from the Misuse of Drugs Act is, from a scientific perspective, arbitrary," write Nutt and his colleagues in The Lancet.

Most dangerous drugs

Research recently published in the medical journal The Lancet rates the most dangerous drugs (starting with the worst) as follows:

1. Heroin
2. Cocaine
3. Barbiturates
4. Street methadone
5. Alcohol
6. Ketamine
7. Benzodiazepines
8. Amphetamine
9. Tobacco
10. Buprenorphine
11. Cannabis
12. Solvents
13. 4-MTA
14. LSD
15. Methylphenidate
16. Anabolic steroids
17. GHB
18. Ecstasy
19. Alkyl nitrates
20. Khat

Source: The Lancet


Tobacco causes 40 percent of all hospital illnesses, while alcohol is blamed for more than half of all visits to hospital emergency rooms. The substances also harm society in other ways, damaging families and occupying police services.

Nutt hopes that the research will provoke debate within the UK and beyond about how drugs — including socially acceptable drugs such as alcohol — should be regulated. While different countries use different markers to classify dangerous drugs, none use a system like the one proposed by Nutt's study, which he hopes could serve as a framework for international authorities.

"This is a landmark paper," said Dr. Leslie Iversen, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University. Iversen was not connected to the research. "It is the first real step towards an evidence-based classification of drugs." He added that based on the paper's results, alcohol and tobacco could not reasonably be excluded.

"The rankings also suggest the need for better regulation of the more harmful drugs that are currently legal, i.e. tobacco and alcohol," wrote Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in an accompanying Lancet commentary. Hall was not involved with Nutt's paper.

While experts agreed that criminalizing alcohol and tobacco would be challenging, they said that governments should review the penalties imposed for drug abuse and try to make them more reflective of the actual risks and damages involved.

Nutt called for more education so that people were aware of the risks of various drugs. "All drugs are dangerous," he said. "Even the ones people know and love and use every day."


Ok I have quite a few things to say about this article ... Number 1: SEE, what have I BEEN telling everyone for so long?!!?!?
And I quote: "New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study.".

Ok that's a DUH, whoever says Marijuana is more dangerous than alchohol or tobacco IS A FUCKING IDIOT! Plain & simple. On a survey most people said alchohol, that's right, alchohol posed the greater risk. So what's the reason why alchohol is legal & less hamrful drugs like Marijuana & X are NOT legal? Many things... Here's one for instance... Ok now HOW much money are companies making each year on people who buy alchohol & alchohol related items? A number which you could probably not fathom. How would that look for american companies if all of a sudden booze & tobacky are suddenly "illegal". It just won't happen, way too much money is involved for ciggys & booze to be outlawed. Way too many rich-ass companies just won't let that happen, they've got their teeth sunk in already.

Marijuana, sweet sweet marijuana. She doesn't kill, destroy livers & make you beat your wife & children. No, all that sweet Mary Jane does for the ppl that smoke it is give you a BIG appetite, make everything funny (or, funnier), music sounds better, everything tastes better, and did I mention the GREAT mood it puts everybody in?! You never hear of people dying from "weed overdose" do you?! FUCK NO. You never hear of weed making you sick as a dog the next day. NOPE! And you never hear of "high violence" do ya, fuck no. Who the hell wants to be violent & beat the crap outta somebody when they're high? Nobody. Why? Because they're high, and when you smoke weed, the world seems a better place. Not sure about the other drugs considering I've never done them but this article shows the hypocrisy of this nation. Something that can be so deadly is legal, but yet something that brings joy to everyone & even make sick people feel better is not legal... Pretty fuckin fucked up!

Here's the survey, the results that have the least risk to society are lsd, ex, and marijuana:






You've read the article, seen the survey, now make up your own minds AND DON'T believe what commercials (those fucking stupid anti-everything ads) or anyone else assumes. Especially is the person has never done the substance
in the first place. Now I'm NOT saying that alchohol is all bad, I drink sometimes but IN MODERATION. I haven't felt first hand how badly booze can fuck you up because I will not let that happen. I know my limits & I simply just don't wanna feel like shit the next day or kill someone with a car. And I'm also not saying tobacco is all bad either, just moderate what you do. I smoke, but no more than 3-4 cigs a day & many times I'll go days without 1. Not all drugs are great either I'm sure, heroin can kill you the first time you use it if not used properly. And meth, well I'm sure we've all seen what meth can do lol. I haven't tried anything else so I'm not gonna tell you not to do them or "this is bad & this is worse" because I honestly don't know. I've heard stories, but there just stories. All I can tell you truthfully is that weed is nothing at all like the lawmakers & assholes tell everyone. I tell you from experience that it's a great overall "feel-good" drug. Maybe it's not for you, maybe NO substance is for you. Judge for yourself & make your own decisions but the bottom line is, do not inflict your desicions or ways of life on others. Everyone must decide what's best for themselves, not everybody else. -- EternalFallout

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Star Shatters Spinning Speed Record.

Fri Feb 16, 2007

A star found spinning more than a thousand times every second is thought to be the fastest rotating star known.

The neutron star is a burned out corpse that's collapsed into an incredible density rivaled only by black holes. It packs the mass of the Sun into a sphere the size of a city. It has been reduced to nothing but tightly huddled neutrons. A thimbleful would weigh a hundred million tons back here on Earth.

The neutron star rotates rapidly because, like a skater pulling her arms in, all its momentum is now highly concentrated.

The tiny but mighty star siphons material from a larger companion. Every now and then, a coating of the material ignites a thermonuclear explosion on the neutron star, and X-rays are released [image]. Using the European Space Agency's Integral satellite, astronomers watched these emissions to measure the spin rate of the star, catalogued as XTE J1739-285.

It is zipping around on its axis 1,122 times every second. That smashes the previous record of 760 spins per second for a neutron star.

"It was quite a surprise to us," said ESA scientist Erik Kuulkers.

More observations are needed to confirm the new speed record, however.

"Our detection is just above the level where we think there is something real," Kuulkers said. "We definitely need more observations. If we see the signal again, then everyone will believe it."

There's a limit to how fast stars can spin. Too fast and they'd break apart. But since astronomers don't know the exact make-up of neutron stars, the speed limit is not known.

"If we can find more stars that spin in this range, it will certainly allow us to exclude some models of their interior structure," Kuulkers said.

Last year astronomers clocked a black hole spinning 950 times per second. The Sun, for comparison, spins on its axis once every 36 days as measured at its equator.

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Total Lunar Ecplipse March 3 2007.

Fri Feb 9, 2007
Soon after sunset on Saturday evening, March 3, skywatchers in eastern North America can watch the rising full Moon undergoing its first total eclipse in nearly 2-½ years.

In Europe and Africa the eclipse takes place late at night high in a dark sky.

For North Americans, the farther east you are the better. The eclipse will already be in progress when the Sun sets and the Moonrises, two events that happen almost simultaneously on a lunar eclipse night.

In New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces the Moon rises before total eclipse begins; be on the watch for a thinning sliver of the Moon's edge coming up just above the eastern horizon. Across much of the eastern United States, the Moon rises during totality. In this region, depending on just how clear your eastern sky is on eclipse evening, you might have to wait a half-hur or more after the Moon rises, since the twilight sky will still be quite bright and the full Moon will be shining 1/10,000 to 1/100,000 as bright as it normally would; you'll be hunting for a dim ball.

Across the Midwest, and the Plains States totality has already ended by moonrise and the eclipse is partial as the Moon emerges from the Earth's shadow. In the Rocky Mountain States, only a vague hint of the eclipse may be evident in the form of a tarnishing or smudginess on the Moon's disk. This will be the faint outer shadow of the Earth (the penumbra); it may give the appearance that the 'Man in the Moon' has a bruise over his left eye. Meanwhile, the West Coast misses out entirely.

The Moon will track across the northern portion of the Earth's shadow, and will be completely immersed for one-hour and 14 minutes, making this a somewhat longer than normal totality.

Because some of the sunlight that strikes our Earth is diffused and scattered by our atmosphere, its shadow is not completely dark; enough of this light reaches the Moon to give it an eerie coppery glow even when it's totally eclipsed. It is anticipated that during the upcoming total eclipse the Moon will glow brightest across its upper portion, while its lower part (closest to the center of the shadow) will appear a darker shade of brown or chocolate color.

This will be the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2007, the other occurring on Aug. 27 will favor western North America and the Pacific Rim.

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Astronaut charged with attempted murder.

Feb 6, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - She was the Robochick. He was Billy-O. According to police, her obsession with him led her to drive 900 miles from Houston to Orlando, bringing with her a trenchcoat and wig, armed with a BB gun and pepper spray, and wearing a diaper to avoid bathroom breaks on the arduous drive.

Once in Florida, Lisa "Robochick" Nowak apparently confronted the woman she believed was her rival for the affections of William "Billy-O" Oefelein. And this tawdry love triangle has one more twist — it involves two astronauts.

Nowak, 43, a married mother of three who flew on a space shuttle in July, was charged with attempted murder, accused of hatching an extraordinary plot to kidnap Colleen Shipman, who she believed was romantically involved with Oefelein, a space shuttle pilot.

Specifically, police said Nowak confronted Shipman, who was in her car at the Orlando airport, and sprayed something at her, possibly pepper spray.

At first the astronaut was charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts, and a judge had permitted her release on bail. Then, in a surprise move, prosecutors upped the charge to attempted murder, basing it on the weapons and other items they said they had found with Nowak or in her car: a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, a new steel mallet, knife, rubber tubing and large garbage bags.

Nowak's lawyer, Donald Lykkebak, disputed that upgraded charge, which allowed police to keep the astronaut in jail. "In the imaginations of the police officers, they extend these facts out into areas where the facts can't be supported," said Lykkebak.

As the hearings on charges and bail played out on TV, the astonishing details about the case were repeatedly broadcast and quickly made the rounds of office e-mails and Internet blogs.

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Mammoth cloud engulfs Titan's north pole.

Scientists expect the newly spotted cloud to linger for several years

Feb 4, 2007

Image: Titan
This composite image shows the cloud, imaged at a distance of 54,000 miles (90,000 kilometers) during a Titan flyby designed to observe the limb of the moon. The cloud extends down to 60 degrees north latitude.

By Ker Than
Staff Writer
Updated: 1:48 p.m. ET Feb 2, 2007

A mammoth cloud half the size of the contiguous United States and spotted on Saturn’s moon Titan might be what’s filling up lakes discovered there last year, scientists say.

“This cloud system may be a key element in the global formation of organics and their interactions with the surface,” said study team member Christophe Sotin of the University of Nantes, France.

Imaged by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 29, 2006, the cloud is about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) in diameter and engulfs Titan’s entire north pole. It only recently became visible, emerging from a shadow as winter turns to spring on the moon.

Unlike Earth’s clouds, which contain mostly water vapor, the Titan clouds are thought to consist of ethane, methane and other organics.

Scientists had predicted the existence of such a cloud system, but one had never been imaged in such detail before.

Cassini spotted partially filled lakes on Titan’s north pole last summer. Scientists speculated that methane rains down onto the moon’s surface to form lakes and then evaporates to form clouds, in what they called the “methane-ologic cycle.” The new finding supports this idea.

Ground-based observations show the Titan cloud system comes and goes with the seasons. A season on the Saturn moon is equivalent to about seven Earth years. Scientists speculate such cloud activity can last for as long as 25 Earth years before nearly vanishing for four to five years and then reappearing for another 25 years.

The same cloud system observed last December was still there two weeks later during a Jan. 13, 2007, flyby. Scientists expect the newly spotted cloud to linger for several years, possibly shifting down to Titan’s south pole as the seasons change.

“With 16 more flybys to come this year," said study team member Stephane Le Mouelic, also of the University of Nantes, "we should have the opportunity to monitor the evolution of this cloud system over time.”

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Actor Dan Aykroyd Supports MUFON as Lifetime Member

Jan 31 2007



Actor Dan Aykroyd, star of many movies and television shows including The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, is a MUFON Benefactor (LIfetime) member and MUFON's official Hollywood Consultant. He recently provided complimentary copies of the MUFON UFO Journal to a list of prestigious Hollywood contacts, accompanied by a



personal letter praising MUFON's work(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) and encouraging recipients to subscribe to the Journal and support MUFON:
"... The reading within is always interesting and challenging as MUFON is recognized as the world's leading data assembler on what surely must be considered one of the most important and fundamental mysteries of our existence.

Your subscription will help MUFON keep up their work in providing a realistic perspective on what these anomalies are and who might be controlling them."

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Hints of huge water reservoirs on Mars

25 January 2007
Mars is losing little water to space, according to new research, so much of its ancient abundance may still be hidden beneath the surface.

Dried up riverbeds and other evidence imply that Mars once had enough water to fill a global ocean more than 600 metres deep, together with a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide that kept the planet warm enough for the water to be liquid. But the planet is now very dry and has a thin atmosphere.

Some scientists have proposed that the Red Planet lost its water and CO2 to space as the solar wind stripped molecules from the top of the planet's atmosphere. Measurements by Russia's Phobos-2 probe to Mars in 1989 hinted that the loss was quite rapid.

Now the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has revealed that the rate of loss is much lower. Stas Barabash of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna led a team that used data from Mars Express's ASPERA-3 instrument (Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms).

Its measurements suggest the whole planet loses only about 20 grams per second of oxygen and CO2 to space, only about 1% of the rate inferred from Phobos-2 data.

If this rate has held steady over Mars's history, it would have removed just a few centimetres of water, and a thousandth of the original CO2.

Huge amounts

Either some other process removed the water and CO2 or they are still present and hidden somewhere on Mars, probably underground, Barabash says. "We are talking about huge amounts of water," he told New Scientist. "To store it somewhere requires a really big, huge reservoir."

Barabash is not sure what form this reservoir – or reservoirs – would take, but he points to findings from NASA's now lost Mars Global Surveyor (MGS). This data provided evidence that water had gushed down slopes on Mars in recent years, possibly originating from beneath the surface (see Water flows on Mars before our very eyes). "So there might be some possibilities for water existing in liquid form even now," he says.

"If water is there, I think it will put all ideas about human missions to Mars on a completely different level," he says. "It's not only water to support [astronauts], but also a potential fuel." Hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel can be produced from water.

Stormy weather

However, the researchers point out that other mechanisms might have removed water and CO2 from Mars, such as asteroid and comet impacts. Or the solar wind might have sheared off of whole chunks of atmosphere rather than individual molecules.

Another possibility is suggested by Mars atmosphere expert David Brain at the University of California in Berkeley, US. He points out that magnetic storms might boost the rate at which the solar wind strips molecules from the atmosphere.

"We believe that solar storms were frequent and more intense early on in the solar system's history," he told New Scientist. Even so, Brain thinks that some of Mars's ancient water and CO2 is still stored in hidden reservoirs.

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Girl finds pot inside of a Christmas present box.

POSTED: 5:45 pm EST December 28, 2006
CHINA GROVE, N.C. -- A young China Grove girl unwrapped a Bratz doll on Christmas morning and found a surprise Santa certainly didn’t plant. Inside the box, under the doll’s head, were three pounds of marijuana. Rowan County detectives say the drugs landed at the wrong house. According to investigators, the girl’s mother bought the doll from an auction on eBay. When it was delivered to her apartment, it looked just like it had come straight from the manufacturing plant, so she wrapped it and put it under the tree.

The mother called 911 on Christmas Day when she realized what was in the box. Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department said hiding the drugs in merchandise is just another way to move them. “Drugs are sent through the mail, various services,” he said. “Apparently this mail was meant for someone else.” Authorities said the marijuana is worth more than $7,000 on the street.

Why oh why didn't this package come to ME?! *weeps* ...

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French Space Agency to Publish UFO Archive Online.

PARIS (Reuters) - The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Center (CNES), said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.

He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.

"Often they are made to the Gendarmerie, which provides an official witness statement ... and some come from airline pilots," he said by telephone.

Given the success of films about visitations from outer space like "E.T.", "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" and "Independence Day", the CNES archive is likely to prove a hit.

It consists of around 6,000 reports, many relating to the same incident, filed by the public and airline professionals. Their names would not be published to protect their privacy, Anould said.

Advances in technology over the past three decades had prompted the decision to put the archive online, he said, adding it would likely be available via the CNES website www.cnes.fr.

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