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Comet Landing 2014: Rosetta Probe Philae Discovers Organic Molecules: Report


The Philae space probe was powered down earlier than expected, but not before an instrument discovered an organic compound that was first detected in the comet’s atmosphere, the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported Monday. The find is extraordinary considering the organic compound contains the carbon atom, which is the basis of life on planet Earth.

Further research is being conducted to see if there are complex compounds like amino acids or simple ones like methane and methanol, considered “building blocks” for proteins.

The research “will help us to understand whether organic molecules were brought by comets to the early earth,” Stephan Ulamec, the Philae’s landing manager said, according to the Journal.


Angry about American ISIL Deaths? 1 Vet Commits Suicide Every Hour. Get Angry about That!


Perpetual war perpetrates war, duh.

More Costly Trade: Airbus wins contract for US space capsule Orion

(Reuters) - Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the future American human space capsule, Orion, marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S. space project, it said on Monday.

Europe's largest aerospace group said the contract, signed with the European Space Agency, was worth around 390 million euros ($488 million).

The contract comes days after European scientists celebrated landing a probe on the surface of a comet for the first time.

NASA intends to use Orion to fly astronauts to an asteroid that has been robotically relocated into a high orbit around the moon. Eventually, the U.S. space agency wants to fly a four-member crew to Mars.


Obama: There are "circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy U.S. ground troops"

Quote: “There are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy U.S. ground troops” (in Iraq)


EDIT: Basically, "We can't let the smoking gun be a mushroom cloud".

Heard this all before.

Lest We Forget. 1 Vet Commits Suicide Every Hour.

Let's not send any more troops into the 1400 year old Sunni/Shia war, as was suggested just after Veterans Day by General Dempsey. K?


Why was the thread "At demwings request" locked???

Is there a one stop, one click website for people to find their local Dem party meeting?

Guardian: US military considers sending combat troops back to Iraq

The top-ranking officer in the American military said on Thursday that the US is actively considering the use of American troops directly in the toughest upcoming fights against the Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq, less than a week after Barack Obama doubled troop levels there.

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of Isis relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq.

Retaking the critical city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest, and re-establishing the border between Iraq and Syria that Isis has erased “will be fairly complex terrain” for the Iraqi security forces that the US is once again supporting.

“I’m not predicting at this point that I would recommend that those forces in Mosul and along the border would need to be accompanied by US forces, but we’re certainly considering it,” Dempsey said.


OK, can I get one mea-culpa from one of the myriad people who swore we would not escalate this war?

I imagine that if Iraq has only 8,000 troops willing to fight (as Darrell Issa reported last Sunday), Obama will sell us on further escalation.

Obama was elected to get us out of this mess. He's damaging the Dem name with his insistence that we can and should win the 1400 year old Sunni/Shia conflict. Since 'surge' is so last decade, perhaps we can call the next escalation the 'splurge'.

......meantime, we still have grannies eating out of trashcans. And they're making feeding her illegal.

Why is it more important to Bomb Iraq than feed the 65 YO woman I saw eating from a trash can this


Corporations lobbying against Net Neutrality in one chart

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