Archive | September 12, 2018

THE SPHINX—-TECHNOLOGY, SPORTSMANSHIP, AND AXE THROWING

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Here is the latest on Florence.

https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/video/florence-flooding-heres-what-the-coast-and-inland-could-see

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The Editor:   That is a bunch of things for our loyal readers, LL.

Multiple Tasking Cat:  It sure is, we want them to be knowledgeable in all aspects of life.  The first items are technical.

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/09/military-now-has-tooth-mics-invisible-hands-free-radio-calls/151145/

https://www.cnet.com/news/robat-the-robot-mimics-bats-using-sound-alone-to-navigate/

Here are great examples of sportsmanship and building character.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/7219293/moto2-star-romano-fenati-sacked/

https://nypost.com/2018/09/10/cheerleader-pummels-girl-who-challenges-her-to-fight/

Axe throwing pops up every few years.  The second link was the longest spontaneous laugh in TV history.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lunations
Video Credit: Data: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ; Animation: NASA‘s Scientific Visualization Studio;
Music: The Blue Danube (Johann Strauss II)

Explanation: Our Moon’s appearance changes nightly. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the half illuminated by the Sun first becomes increasingly visible, then decreasingly visible. The featured video animates images taken by NASA’s Moon-orbiting Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show all 12 lunations that appear this year, 2018. A single lunation describes one full cycle of our Moon, including all of its phases. A full lunation takes about 29.5 days, just under a month (moon-th). As each lunation progresses, sunlight reflects from the Moon at different angles, and so illuminates different features differently. During all of this, of course, the Moon always keeps the same face toward the Earth. What is less apparent night-to-night is that the Moon‘s apparent size changes slightly, and that a slight wobble called a libration occurs as the Moon progresses along its elliptical orbit.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space