Archive | November 10, 2017

THE SPHINX—-HIGHER EDUCATION & OTHER STUFF

The Editor:   What is new in education, LL ?

Magna Cum Laude Cat:   There are great changes occurring in our education system.  One is at our most prestigious university, Harvard University in Massachusetts.  If you want to learn how to have anal sex they have a course about it.  You can learn all about it, for free,  if you visit your Senator or Congressperson.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2822770/Get-bottom-Anal-sex-class-offered-Harvard-University.html

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has found a way to extend her Supreme Court tenure.

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/11/07/200-years-of-varnish-removed-from-17th-century-oil-painting/5701510028674/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=1

Tons of drugs are turned in.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/11/07/Record-456-tons-of-unused-pills-collected-in-one-day/4781510081638/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=3

If you make something attractive someone or something will want it.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/11/07/how-much-poop-can-one-canada-goose-poop-one-day-read/830375001/

Some bees have a left/right bias.

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/11/03/Lefties-and-righties-Flights-of-honeybees-reveal-individual-directional-tendencies/2291509738028/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=16

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Williamina Fleming’s Triangular Wisp
Image Credit & Copyright: Sara Wager

Explanation: Chaotic in appearance, these tangled filaments of shocked, glowing gas are spread across planet Earth’s sky toward the constellation of Cygnus as part of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. Blasted out in the cataclysmic event, the interstellar shock waves plow through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. The glowing filaments are really more like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into the glow of ionized hydrogen atoms shown in red and oxygen in blue hues. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. While that translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years, this field of view spans less than one third that distance. Often identified as Pickering’s Triangle for a director of Harvard College Observatory, the the complex of filaments is cataloged as NGC 6979. It is also known for its discoverer, astronomer Williamina Fleming, as Fleming’s Triangular Wisp.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend