Monthly Archives: November 2010

Reason to worry

That was footage of an artillery bombardment exacted by the North Koreans on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeondo.  Two South Korean soldiers were killed in the barrage.  The surprise attack has received condemnation from the United States, Japan, and … Continue reading

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Irish Greens looking for an election

In the wake of Ireland’s acceptance of an IMF bailout buffeted by the European Union and the UK, one of the junior governmental coalition partners in the Irish Dáil, the Irish Greens, called for a general election after the Dáil … Continue reading

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A positive development from the Vatican

Checking the headlines today, I found a welcome surprise in the Vatican’s new position on using condoms to prevent the spread of HIV, particularly in Africa: After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will … Continue reading

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Devil Sun makes pick of the week

Ok, I don’t think I had anything to do with it, but the Solar Dynamics Observatory website chose to spotlight the activity on the Sun on October 27 and 28 captured in 304 Å ultraviolet light for Friday’s Pick of … Continue reading

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A look at the Aral Sea

SpaceGizmo points to this lovely image of the South Aral Sea basin taken by NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite.  The white areas are sort of a “bathtub ring” of salt indicating the area that was once covered by this sea, which … Continue reading

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This is what a comet looks like

This is the nucleus of comet Hartley 2 as imaged this morning by the EPOXI spacecraft, the rechristened mothership of the Deep Impact mission that launched an imapactor that was mainly 370 kg (820 lb) of copper in the comet … Continue reading

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Congressional elections go as expected. Now what?

As anticipated by various outlets tracking the polls and politics of yesterday’s election, Republicans captured the House and made gains short of a majority in the Senate.  From that result, it seems pretty clear that Obama’s age of legislative productivity … Continue reading

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