October 28th, 2006 | photography
October 28th, 2006 | mobilesignals
I understand that most people are doing their Hallowe’en parties tonight. Hallowe’en isn’t a big deal around here, but I got a new appreciation for the costuming after spending the event in San Francisco a couple of years ago.
Send me photos of your Hallowe’en costumes tonight, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll run my favourite ones here on the site.
October 28th, 2006 | admin
October 28th, 2006 | Work
(Found by Doug Fort, thanks)
October 28th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Burrowing inside an asteroid whose orbit carries it past both the Earth and Mars could protect astronauts from radiation on their way to the Red Planet. The idea is being investigated with funding from NASA.
A small population of asteroids pass by both the Earth and Mars in their orbits. So the idea is that a spacecraft containing Mars-bound astronauts could rendezvous with one of these objects as it goes by the Earth and travel with it until it nears the Red Planet.
In one version of the idea, the astronauts would actually dig a hole in the asteroid, put the spacecraft inside and cover it over with material from the asteroid. Within this protective burrow, the spacecraft would be shielded from cosmic rays during the six- to 10- month journey to Mars.
In a second version, the spacecraft would not contact the space rock. Instead, it would hover nearby, and astronauts or robots would visit it on spacewalks. “You’d have the astronaut actually go to the asteroid and begin to extract material,” Della-Giustina told New Scientist. The material collected could then be brought back and put into a hollow shell surrounding the spacecraft. The shell of rocky debris would make a radiation shield, she says. The plan has some potential hurdles, but nothing that seems to rule it out..
October 27th, 2006 | Uncategorized
October 26th, 2006 | admin
October 26th, 2006 | researchmaterial
The tabloid newspaper Bild, which carried the photos, says they show German troops in Afghanistan in 2003.
On one of the pictures, a soldier is seen holding the skull next to his exposed penis, on another – soldiers pose with the skull on their jeep.
“We can’t use such people in our army,” Bernhard Gertz, head of the main organisation representing German troops, said on ARD television channel. “We must investigate exactly how such degeneration and misbehaviour can happen despite good training and good supervision,” he added.
The Bild newspaper did not say how it had obtained the photographs, nor gave any proof of their authenticity.
It is not clear where the skull in the pictures came from, the newspaper admitted, adding that according to a military source it could have been taken from a mass grave.
Germany has about 2,800 troops stationed in Afghanistan within Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). Last month, the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, voted to extend the mission of the German forces in Afghanistan until October next year because of the worsening security situation there.
October 25th, 2006 | Uncategorized
October 25th, 2006 | admin
The site’s been showing a 500 error occasionally lately, and a lot today. Seems to be a combination of a couple of rogue plug-in scripts and a traffic surge for the Shuttle pics that took my new host by surprise (I’m pretty sure I got hit by Digg today). Things should run smoother now. If you still get 500 errors, drop me a note.