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NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission



NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2.

The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

"Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "Today, thanks to an innovative idea and lots of hard work by the NASA and Ball Aerospace team, Kepler may well deliver the first candidates for follow-up study by the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of distant worlds and search for signatures of life."

Lead researcher Andrew Vanderburg, a graduate student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studied publicly available data collected by the spacecraft during a test of K2 in February 2014. The discovery was confirmed with measurements taken by the HARPS-North spectrograph of the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in the Canary Islands, which captured the wobble of the star caused by the planet’s gravitational tug as it orbits.

The newly confirmed planet, HIP 116454b, is 2.5 times the diameter of Earth and follows a close, nine-day orbit around a star that is smaller and cooler than our sun, making the planet too hot for life as we know it. HIP 116454b and its star are 180 light-years from Earth, toward the constellation Pisces.

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http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/december/nasa-s-kepler-reborn-makes-first-exoplanet-find-of-new-mission/

Citigroup Democracy

by Mark Fiore

Now that the secret backroom dealings are done and the latest budget bill passed Congress (of course, at the 11th hour), we can see the thumbprints of Wall Street once again. Actually, more than thumbprints, Citigroup actually wrote part of it. They managed to gut “Section 716” of Dodd-Frank. Sounds obscure and weird so who cares, right?

Um, it actually reinvigorates the $700 trillion (yes, trillion) derivatives market that helped drive the economy over the cliff on the way to the Great Recession. Thanks to this bill, now taxpayers will once more be on the hook for the risky financial bets made by the likes of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and their pals. How did this all happen? Perhaps the over $1.2 billion in lobbying by the deep-pocketed Too Big To Fail crew had something to do with it.

In case you forgot how some of these silly financial instruments of doom work, here’s a cartoon that explains the way these guys create financial magic out of thin air. Thanks to hefty lobbying and campaign contributions, Citigroup and crew brought back these financial time bombs— and pulled it off by attaching language to a “must-pass” budget bill that threatened to shut down the government. Ain’t Cashocracy grand?

flashtoon at link

http://blog.sfgate.com/fiore/2014/12/18/citigroup-democracy/

I find the talk about buying up Cuba's cars like a flock of vultures

You do realize that Cuban's aren't stupid rubes who will sell those for pennies? They can google and do searches on the free market value of those cars too, you know. And those who do sell low, for whatever reason, will already have been gotten to by the pros first.

You want a classic car? Buy one the regular route, at auction. Or find a friend.

Thursday TOON Roundup 3- The Rest


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2016



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Mr. Fish





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Mike Luckovich Toon- Sibling Rivalry

Best Light Installations 2014


Light is Time by Citizen.




Rainbow Bridge.


Graced With Light Installation in San Francisco by Anne Patterson.



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http://www.fubiz.net/2014/12/17/best-of-light-installations-on-fubiz/

Pierce (Wa) deputies kill white supremacist after he kills

Deputies shot and killed a white supremacist suspected of shooting a black man to death early Wednesday in South Tacoma, Pierce County sheriff's officials say.

Just before 5 a.m. when deputies received a call about a shooting at the Woodmark Apartments, in the 2400 block of 96th Street South.

Arriving deputies found the severely injured victim, a black man believed to be in his 20s. He died at the scene.

Deputies then tracked the suspect to the nearby Drake Apartments, in the 2200 block of 97th Street South, when residents there called 911 to report a suspicious man in the hallway who matched the suspect's description.

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http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Pierce-deputies-kill-white-supremacist-after-he-5962934.php

After years of effort, Vermont's governor reportedly gives up on single-payer health care

Shumlin: "The time is not right"

Vermont has long had a two-pronged approach to building a single-payer health care system. First, they would figure out what they would want the system to look like. Then, they would figure out how to pay for it.

The state passed legislation outlining how the single-payer system would work in 2011. And ever since, the state has been trying to figure out how to pay for a system that covers everybody. Most estimates suggest that the single payer system would cost $2 billion each year. For a state that only collects $2.7 billion in revenue, that is a large sum of money.

What Shumlin appears to be saying today is that the "time is not right" to move forward on the financing of the single-payer system. And that means putting the whole effort aside, with no clear moment when the debate would be reopened.


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http://www.vox.com/2014/12/17/7411357/single-payer-vermont-shumlin
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