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Just a reminder, ULA launch tonight

They are launching an Atlas 5 rocket with a USAF payload.


Launch broadcast begins in 30 minutes.

Explosion reported at DP&L Stuart Station

This is local to me. It just happened and hasn't made the local news yet. It's a coal and diesel plant.

An explosion has been reported at DP&L's Stuart Power Generating Station near Aberdeen.

Early reports indicate there may be injuries and multiple ambulances were on the scene. A Maysville fire truck was also spotted by a reporter. A Manchester ambulance left the scene with lights flashing and sirens wailing, apparently headed toward Maysville and Meadowview Regional Medical Center with an injured person.

Witnesses said they heard an explosion in Manchester and black smoke was seen coming from one of the stacks at the generating plant. The plant has been evacuated, according to witnesses.

We are now receiving unsubstantiated reports of fatalities and people trapped. Also there are reports that it was Unit 1 which blew up and that the side is gone from one building although there is no information on what building that is.


January guide to the bright planets

I thought I would share this. I happened to look outside earlier tonight and seen Venus as bright as airplane landing lights. I pulled up my star chart app and noticed the little red dot above it was Mars. It got me thinking about what is visible this month. I found this and thought I would share.

Two of the five bright planets rise to great prominence in January 2017 sky. Venus rules over the evening sky while Jupiter rules the morning. Venus, the brightest planet, blazes in the west first thing at dusk, and reaches its greatest elongation as the “evening star” on January 12. Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, lords over the eastern half of sky between midnight and sunrise. Mars is near Venus in the evening sky, but it’s higher up and much fainter than Venus, setting in the west shortly after Venus does. Meanwhile, Saturn appears in the southeastern sky before dawn. Mercury a short hop beneath Saturn, just as darkness is giving way to morning twilight. Follow the links below to learn more about planets in January 2017.


School just called. Our first snow day of the school year is here!

I'm in southern Ohio and this will be our first accumulating snow this season. We're supposed to get 2-4 inches and the kids get a day off. Yay!

4 arrested in beating broadcast on Facebook Live

Source: CNN

(CNN)A young woman who broadcast the beating of a man on Facebook Live has been arrested with three others in connection with the gruesome attack, Chicago Police said Wednesday.

The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of a room. His attackers laugh and shout "f*ck Donald Trump" and "f*ck white people" as they kick and punch him and and cut into his forehead with a knife.
Police described the victim as an 18-year-old with special needs who was taken from the suburbs. Patrol officers found the disoriented young man wandering the street "in crisis" Wednesday afternoon and brought him to a hospital.
Shortly afterward, officers responded to a battery call at a residence near where he was found and saw signs of a struggle and property damage, police said. After viewing the video they determined the victim was the man found on the street and that the people arrested were involved, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/04/us/chicago-facebook-live-beating/index.html

This is in GD but I haven't seen it here yet. Story just updated on CNN.

The Extinction Crisis is far worse than you think


^^^^ Best to use link for full presentation.^^^^

Student stabs, kills University of Southern California professor, police say

Source: CNN

(CNN)A student fatally stabbed University of Southern California psychology professor Friday, police said.

The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident happened in the Seeley G. Mudd building on campus, the letter said.
The suspect has been taken into custody and transported to a local police station, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told CNN affiliate KABC.
Police say they believe the suspect targeted Tjan and used a knife to attack him.
Tjan has been affiliated with the university since 2001 and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/03/us/california-usc-professor-stabbing/index.html

The best 2016 supermoon photo we've seen yet took several years of planning (ISS in front of moon)

The largest moon of the year, called the supermoon, shined its biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years early Monday morning.

Supermoons happen when the moon's wonky elliptical orbit lines up perfectly with the Earth and the sun. On November 14, this dance of orbital physics brought the moon to within 222,000 miles of Earth — 30,000 miles closer than its most distant point — during its full lunar phase. That made our celestial neighbor appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal, according to NASA.

Photographers all over the world have published fantastic images of the event. However, one photo in particular, which we first saw at NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site, stuck out above the rest:

More at link:

Attorney: DOJ close to indicting officer who shot John Crawford III

Source: NBC Affiliate WLWT

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A federal investigation is getting closer to a possible indictment of a Beavercreek police officer.

The parents of John Crawford III and their attorney met with top-ranking federal investigators and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington on Friday.

The family's attorney, Michael Wright, said the meeting was a status report on the investigation's progress involving the death of Crawford.

Crawford was shot and killed by a Beavercreek police officer on Aug. 5, 2014, while shopping at Walmart.

The 22-year-old from Fairfield had picked up a pellet gun off a shelf. He was carrying it in the store while talking on the phone.

Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/article/attorney-doj-close-to-indicting-officer-who-shot-john-crawford-iii/4371490

The mysterious syndrome impairing astronauts’ sight

In 2005, astronaut John Phillips took a break from his work on the International Space Station and looked out the window at Earth. He was about halfway through a mission that had begun in April and would end in October.

When he gazed down at the planet, Earth was blurry. He couldn’t focus on it clearly. That was strange — his vision had always been 20/20. He wondered: Was his eyesight getting worse?

“I’m not sure if I reported that to the ground,” he said. “I think I didn’t. I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself when I got to Earth.”

It didn’t go away.

During Phillips’s post-flight physical, NASA found that his vision had gone from 20/20 to 20/100 in six months.

More at link:

Looks like they're saying it's due to fluid build-up in the skull that would normally be pulled into the extremities by gravity. If we hope to conduct long-term missions, it would seem we need to develop artificial gravity for the ships. Maybe something along the line of centrifugal force?
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