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The Hexagon



Vortex and Rings

The Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
The hexagon, which is wider than two Earths, owes its appearance to the jet stream that forms its perimeter. The jet stream forms a six-lobed, stationary wave which wraps around the north polar regions at a latitude of roughly 77 degrees North.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 37 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 2, 2014 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles (2.2 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 43 degrees. Image scale is 81 miles (131 kilometers) per pixel.

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=5057

Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital, kill four -medics

Source: Reuters

An Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four people and wounding 16, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said.

The spokesman said the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theatres. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. In the past it has accused Hamas Islamist militants of firing rockets from the grounds of Gaza hospitals and of seeking refuge in the buildings.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/21/palestinians-israel-hospital-idUSL6N0PW35M20140721

Mars rover Curiosity finds 'Lebanon' on Red Planet aka huge iron meteorite



NASA says its Mars rover Curiosity has come across its first meteorite on the surface of the Red Planet, and reports it's a whopper.

The iron meteor scientists have dubbed "Lebanon" is almost 7 feet wide, and sits next to a smaller meteorite tagged as "Lebanon B," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., reported.

The photos of the meteorites were released this week although Curiosity discovered the twin space rocks in May, JPL scientists said.

"Heavy Metal! I found an iron meteorite on Mars," Curiosity's handlers wrote on the mission's Twitter page.

more

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/10863/20140721/mars-rover-curiosity-finds-lebanon-on-red-planet-aka-huge-iron-meteorite.htm

Sam Brownback’s Kansas Catastrophe

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback should be coasting to re-election this fall. The soft-spoken son of a Kansas pig farmer is the conservative governor of a deep red state, and he’s running in a year when Republicans will likely have a national advantage over Democrats. Instead, Brownback is now fighting for political survival in what his detractors call the theocratic dictatorship of “Brownbackistan.”

If Brownbackistan were running surpluses with essential services humming along, the governor would probably be fending off rumors of a 2016 presidential run. Instead, he is locked in a tight race with the House Minority Leader Paul Davis, who led Brownback by 6 points in a recent SurveyUSA poll and has been endorsed by more than 100 current and former Republican officials. Last week, the Cook Political Report moved the November contest from a likely Republican win to a pure toss-up.

Wint Winter, a former state senator who has known Brownback since he was 14, is one of the Republicans backing Davis.

“I had hoped that it wouldn’t be as extreme as it’s been,” Winter told The Daily Beast of Brownback’s tenure. “I knew from Sam’s time in the Senate that he had a passionate affection for social issues, but what we didn't know was that Sam would use this state as crash test dummies for his own fiscal experiments. We have people in our group who are moved by different issues, but all of them come back to the fact that Sam did not have the right to use Kansas as an experiment.”

The experiment that Winter referred to is a sweeping income tax cut plan that Brownback enacted in 2011, which eliminated income taxes for small businesses, cut the highest income tax rates by 25 percent, and made smaller cuts for people with lower rates. Brownback has also signed bills cutting state budgets, declared that life begins “at fertilization,” and created an “Office of the Repealer” to eliminate state laws, regulations and agencies. He’s also ended guaranteed teacher tenure, and narrowed eligibility for welfare and Medicaid.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/sam-brownback-s-kansas-catastrophe.html

Monday Toon Roundup 3- The Rest

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Send the fake christians this one:



If they claim it only applies to the Israelites, then respond "Then so does the rest of Leviticus, including that part about homosexuality"

Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' by 2050

The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

A senate committee is investigating how the Australian and Queensland governments have managed the reef, with the UNESCO agency to decide next year whether to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.

Scientists have told the committee the reef is facing threats from coastal development, such as a massive port-related dredging project at Abbot Point, farm run-off and poor water quality.

The reef cannot rejuvenate after times of stress as it once did, the scientists say.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/great-barrier-reef-will-be-pretty-ugly-by-2050-20140721-zv7yp.html

The great American oyster collapse

by Anar Virji

Willapa Bay is an ideal place to farm oysters.

Vast swathes of the bay, in the northwestern US state of Washington, are exposed at low tide - making it an ideal place for oyster cultivation. It's one of the most productive oyster farming areas in the US.

But just over 10 years ago, the dynamic in the bay and other parts of the Pacific Northwest changed: Oysters started dying off, a development believed to be linked to climate change.

Dave Nisbet has been in the oyster business since 1975, when he started growing oysters on a small plot in Willapa Bay. He then opened his own business. The Nisbet Oyster Company, a family-owned operation, has been processing oysters since 1978. Nisbet's daughter Kathleen Nisbet-Moncy has worked every job in the company, and is now the plant manager, overseeing the processing of nearly one million kilogrammes of oysters a year.

In 2002, the Nisbets began noticing a drop in the number of oysters growing on their farm. But it wasn't until 2008, when they had problems obtaining enough oyster larvae from their supplier, that things started to look dire. Oyster farmers often rely on hatcheries to produce larvae, also known as seed. The hatcheries produce millions of seed that farmers buy and raise to adult size. But the hatchery the Nisbets use also saw their oyster larvae dying off in large numbers.

more

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/great-american-oyster-collapse-2014720132433957401.html
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