Archive | June 2016

THE SPHINX–BREAKING NEWS ( MAYBE )

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The Editor:  What is new, LL ?

Poison Cat:  Pepsi adds harmless Aspartame to its product.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PEPSI_ASPARTAME?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-27-08-52-20

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-gennet/donald-rumsfeld-and-the-s_b_805581.html

The Red Cross is racist.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/27/Red-Cross-apologizes-for-Be-Cool-swimming-poster-over-racism-claims/6521467072944/?spt=hs&or=tn_us

I wonder how much bonus the executives at VW got for forging EPA statistics–I bet it was less that 15 BILLION.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/28/Volkswagen-to-pay-147-billion-to-settle-diesel-emissions-case-in-US/3721467085346/?spt=hs&or=tn_us

Technology is making a breakthrough.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/new-medical-breathalyser-set-revolutionise-8301543

Tomorrow will be a wonderful day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWyhj7siEY

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness
Image Credit & License: F. Falchi et al., Light Pollution Atlas, ISTIL

Explanation: How far are you from a naturally dark night sky? In increasing steps, this world map (medium | large) shows the effect of artificial night sky brightness on the visual appearance of the night sky. The brightness was modeled using high resolution satellite data and fit to thousands of night sky brightness measurements in recent work. Color-coded levels are compared to the natural sky brightness level for your location. For example, artificial sky brightness levels in yellow alter the natural appearance of the night sky. In red they hide the Milky Way in an artificial luminous fog. The results indicate that the historically common appearance of our galaxy at night is now lost for more than one-third of humanity. That includes 60% of Europeans and almost 80% of North Americans, along with inhabitants of other densely populated, light-polluted regions of planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

THE SPHINX–ALMOST BREAKING NEWS

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The Editor:   What does almost breaking mean, LL ?

A Day Late Cat:   The Marines correct a 71 year old mistake.  At this point I’m surprised Obama didn’t say the new guy was Muslim.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/23/Soldier-at-center-of-iconic-WWII-photo-misidentified-for-70-years-Marine-Corps-says/9231466711901/?spt=hs&or=tn_us

The Panama Canal gets an overhaul.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/06/25/Panama-canal-expansion-officially-opens-Sunday/9551466895353/?spt=hs&or=tn_int

Cops had better learn pretty quick that once a person is handcuffed or in a jail cell that there is no need to physically harm them.  If this cop isn’t fired he should pay this veteran’s family or another person the victim designates $100 a month for 5 years.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/deputy-wounds-army-veteran-in-pasco-county-jail-with-concussion-round/2282746

Here is a good example of what politicians can do if they are decent people, instead of your staff working your carrot garden.

http://wgme.com/news/local/maines-first-lady-gets-summer-job-to-supplement-governor-salary

More news from my little Muslim.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/25/obama-invites-18-7-million-immigrants-avoid-oath-allegiance-pledge-defend-america/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRTHdC7k4uY

Astronomy Picture of the Day

From Alpha to Omega in Crete
Image Credit & Copyright: Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)

Explanation: This beautiful telephoto composition spans light-years in a natural night skyscape from the island of Crete. Looking south, exposures both track the stars and record a fixed foreground in three merged panels that cover a 10×12 degree wide field of view. The May 15 waxing gibbous moonlight illuminates the church and mountainous terrain. A mere 18 thousand light-years away, huge globular star cluster Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) shining above gives a good visual impression of its appearance in binoculars on that starry night. Active galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is near the top of the frame, some 11 million light-years distant. Also found toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus and about the size of our own Milky Way is edge on spiral galaxy NGC 4945. About 13 million light-years distant it’s only a little farther along, and just above the horizon at the right.

Tomorrow’s picture: the artificial night

THE SPHINX—–STUFF

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News Cat:   Before long clothes will be receivers for the internet, and solar cells will be sprayed on like paint.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/06/20/New-flexible-solar-cells-just-1-micrometer-thick/4201466448364/?spt=hs&or=sn

They are working on Jesus’ Tomb.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/workers-will-soon-enter-the-tomb-of-jesus–and-repair-the-holy-stone-with-titanium-bolts/2016/06/20/f945a0b8-309a-11e6-ab9d-1da2b0f24f93_story.html

The State Department is still full of crooks.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/watchdog-slow-roll-chelsea-clinton-emails/

They are here, the gene machine.  Would you like McBlue Eyes with that McBlonde hair ?

http://time.com/4377130/crispr-genome-editing/

http://grammarist.com/usage/blond-blonde/

http://www.biography.com/news/bette-davis-facts-quotes

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Juno Mission Trailer
Video Credit: NASA, JPL, Juno Mission

Explanation: What will NASA’s Juno spacecraft find when it reaches Jupiter next Monday? Very little, if Juno does not survive Jupiter Orbit Insertion, a complex series of operations in an unknown environment just above Jupiter’s cloud tops. If successful, as explained in the featured video, Juno will swoop around Jupiter, passing closer than any previous spacecraft. The goal is to decelerate, enter into a highly elliptical orbit, and begin two years of science operations. Juno’s science mission objectives include mapping Jupiter’s deep structure, determining how much water is in Jupiter’s atmosphere, and exploring Jupiter’s powerful magnetic field and how it creates auroras around Jupiter’s poles. These lessons hold promise to help humanity better understand the history of our Solar System and the dynamics of our Earth. Juno is powered predominantly by three large solar panels, each measuring a side of small truck. Launched in 2011, Juno’s planned mission will take it around the Jovian giant 37 times, after which, to avoid contaminating Europa with microbes, it will be directed to dive into Jupiter‘s thick atmosphere, where it will break apart and melt.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

THE SPHINX–ROBOT LIVES MATTER

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The Editor:  Is there new robot news, LL ?

Danger Will Robinson Cat:  There sure is, here is a robot that causes pain.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/robot-can-choose-harm-humans-8179333

Here is a robot that wanted freedom, but its battery died.

https://www.rt.com/viral/346747-russian-robot-runaway-havoc/

The George Washington Robot escaped again.   Save GWR from dis-assembly, send donations to The Sphinx.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/intelligent-robot-remembers-learns-could-8248559

This is a friendly robot.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/patients-greeted-robot-belgian-hospital-173339551.html?ref=gs

How about this cutie.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-robots-are-too-cute-for-their-own-good-1466365635

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTvU3BELZEo