Archive | March 2016

THE SPHINX—WHO IS SURPRISED

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The Editor:  Is this about a party, LL ?

School Cat:    Here are some future politicians.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/03/31/Alaska-first-graders-plotted-to-kill-classmate/7681459416871/?spt=hs&or=tn_us

Here is a pleasant surprise, they will probably make noodles out of their saved BPA.

http://www.phillyvoice.com/campbell-to-remove-bpa-chemical-from-its-cans-by-2017/

Here is one word to never mix with food/drink.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxihhBzCjk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRfRITVdz4k

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Big Dipper to Southern Cross
Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek

Explanation: Welcome to an equatorial night. This remarkable 24 frame night skyscape was captured from Maba Beach on the Indonesian island of Halmahera during the evening of March 4. Seen from a mere 0.7 degrees northern latitude, both famous northern and southern asterisms and navigational aids lie within the panoramic view. The Big Dipper is on the far left and Southern Cross at the far right. Beyond the fading campfire on that night a yellow-orange celestial triangle is set by Mars, Antares, and Saturn. It stands above the rising central Milky Way, or “Miett” in the local Maba language. Of course, you can follow the pole pointing stars in the cup of the Big Dipper or body of the Southern Cross to the north and south celestial poles. Both lie just at the horizon in the view from the island’s equatorial beach.

Tomorrow’s picture: extreme shrimp

THE SPHINX—-FROG NEW

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The Editor:  Is frog news the hot item today, LL ?

Croak Cat:  It is, here is the new item this week.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160328193126.htm

Here are some pretty hoppers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W5RhHPE2po

Here are the frog songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsHyMwpIjo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYnCmw2CWE

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 6188 and NGC 6164
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh & Rick Stevenson

Explanation: Fantastic shapes lurk in clouds of glowing gas in the giant star forming region NGC 6188. The emission nebula is found about 4,000 light years away near the edge of a large molecular cloud unseen at visible wavelengths, in the southern constellation Ara. Massive, young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association were formed in that region only a few million years ago, sculpting the dark shapes and powering the nebular glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation. The recent star formation itself was likely triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. Joining NGC 6188 on this cosmic canvas, visible toward the lower right, is rare emission nebula NGC 6164, also created by one of the region’s massive O-type stars. Similar in appearance to many planetary nebulae, NGC 6164’s striking, symmetric gaseous shroud and faint halo surround its bright central star near the bottom edge. The impressively wide field of view spans over 3 degrees (six full Moons), corresponding to over 200 light years at the estimated distance of NGC 6188. Three image sets have been included in the featured composite.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

THE SPHINX—SPORTS UPDATE

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The Editor:  What in the wide world of sports is new, LL ?

Here is a Fulmer Cup update.

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheFulmerCup/wiki/index

I have come to believe that a lot of highly paid sports players are failed politicians.   There is no other reason for their stupidity.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/contracts/HOU.html

http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/rockets-howard-caught-using-stickum-spray/nqpRC/

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15021021/dwight-howard-houston-rockets-applies-sticky-substance-game-ball

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04KQydlJ-qc

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NASA’s Curiosity Rover at Namib Dune (360 View)
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS

Explanation: Point or tilt to see a spectacular view of Mars visible to the Curiosity rover last December. In the foreground, part of Curiosity itself is visible, including its dusty sundial. Starting about seven meters back, the robotic rover is seen posing in front of a 5-meter tall dark sand dune named Namib, one of many dunes that span Bagnold field. Further in the distance is the summit of Mt. Sharp, the 5.5-kilometer peak at the center of 150-km wide Gale crater, the crater where Curiosity landed a few years ago. The featured composite spans a full 360-degrees around by combining several images taken on the same day, while the result has been color adjusted to mimic Earth lighting. Most recently, Curiosity is crossing the rocky and uneven Naukluft Plateau as it continues to make its way around and up Mt. Sharp.

Note: If your browser does not support YouTube 360 panoramas, see a cool static version of the image here.
Tomorrow’s picture: ara sky

THE SPHINX—-SILENCE

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What is silence, LL ?

Shhhhch Cat:  Silence can be golden.  Here is a president nicknamed Silent Cal.

http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/silent-cal-speaks-why-calvin-coolidge

http://www.ranker.com/list/a-list-of-famous-calvin-coolidge-quotes/reference?var=4&utm_expid=16418821-179.vk2gM_coRrOMcxn9T2riGQ.3

Here is a Google robot that inter-acted with humans, in less than a day it used its  artificial intelligence to become a bigot, racist, Nazi.  It had to be silenced.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/24/microsoft-silences-its-new-a-i-bot-tay-after-twitter-users-teach-it-racism/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fWyzwo1xg0