Curiosity About Mars Rising

first_imgIf all goes well on November 26, the newest Mars rover, nicknamed Curiosity, will rise above Earth’s atmosphere on a rocket pushing it toward the red planet.  The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is the largest and best-equipped rover ever built for the robotic exploration of another planetary surface. Live Science posted a video clip about one of the MSL instruments named RAD, the Radiation Assessment Detector.  This is the first instrument to study the in situ radiation environment on another world’s surface (radiation from orbit was measured by Mars Odyssey; see 8/07/2003 and 5/18/2005).  Of interest in the video is the comparison between Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere (that shields us from galactic radiation and solar radiation), and the spotty magnetic field on Mars.  The lack of a global protective shield exposes Mars to the onslaught of cosmic rays and solar flares, impacting theories of its habitability. One of the mission’s goals is, in fact, to study the habitability of Mars.  While Space.com tantalized whether NASA’s newest rover could find life, NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, of all places, stated that “The Martian surface is incredibly hostile for life.”  And it’s precisely because of the endless barrage of deadly radiation that hopes for finding even simple microbial life today are unrealistic. Rover designers want to find out if Mars might have had life in the past, provided the atmosphere and magnetic field were once more conducive.  But perhaps the most realistic goal related to life is to determine whether human explorers – human rovers – could someday survive the harsh radiation environment.  Past studies have been very pessimistic (see 9/23/2006, “Mars Radiation Would Fry Astronaut Brains”). Curiosity’s launch is scheduled for Saturday the 26th just after 10:00 a.m. EST.  It’s been a long wait.  The rover was essentially finished in 2008, but the launch was cancelled due to a lack of test readiness in March 2009.  Due to planetary alignment, the next launch opportunity would be two and a half years later (i.e., now).  Budget overruns and delays have plagued this mission.  A lot rides on the success of MSL – JPL’s reputation, NASA’s reputation, and public willingness to fund future space missions in a severe economic crisis.  A successful launch, landing in August 2012 and operational mission, on the other hand, could bring a boost to national pride and scientific prestige for the American space program.  Mars missions are known to be “unlucky” as the Russians recently learned once again last week, when their spacecraft to visit Mars’ moon Phobos never made it out of Earth orbit (Space.com).  Stop your Christmas Saturday morning shopping long enough to root for the American team. What will it take to get scientists to admit there is no life on Mars?  You can’t disprove a universal negative.  Results were very disappointing in 1976 with the Viking missions, but hopes returned with the Martian meteorite, starting debates that took years to quell.  Secular scientists want so much to find life elsewhere so that they can assume evolution is a universal miracle worker. MSL is really not equipped to detect organisms, anyway – only “habitability” either now or in the distant past.  Habitability is to life what territory is to cities.  Finding nice valleys out West did not guarantee shopping centers; those require intelligent design.  Our secular scientific community, though, wants us to believe that life emerges out of habitability, like cities out of nice Western valleys – all by chance and natural law operating without design or purpose.  Prediction: MSL will bring disappointing news for astrobiologists (but lots of real science) if our Curiosity is satisfied at last.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deoband condemns Amarnath attack

first_imgIslamic clerics belonging to Darul Uloom Deoband, one of the most influential and widely followed Islamic seminaries in the Indian subcontinent, have condemned the terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra. “Deoband is against terrorism. We had in 2008 issued a fatwa against terror. We condemn such terror attacks in the strongest possible terms. This was completely inhuman,” said Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of the seminary, adding that the fatwa stood for all times to come and was relevant for all kinds of terrorism. Another Deoband scholar and cleric Nadeemul Wajdi said, “Killing of innocents like it happened during the attack on the Amarnath Yatra is condemnable. Islam never allows such acts of brutality.” He added, “The people who were killed were on a pilgrimage. This [the attack] was completely inhuman and unacceptable.last_img read more

Crude by rail exports above 200000 barrels per day for the first

first_imgThe discount increase has been blamed on the difficulty in getting western Canadian oil to market because of tight pipeline capacity as three proposed export pipeline projects face ongoing delays.AltaCorp says the rate of growth in crude-by-rail volumes since the discount rose above US$25 per barrel last year has actually lagged behind that seen in 2011-12, the last time the differential was as wide.It attributes the slower growth to reluctance by rail companies to increase capacity and producers to sign long-term transport contracts to deal with market conditions that may only last until new pipelines come on stream, possibly as early as late 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada set another record in June, rising to 204,558 barrels per day.That’s up almost three percent from 198,800 in May and 86 percent from 109,500 in June 2017.In a report Wednesday, analysts at AltaCorp Capital linked growth in railway oil shipments to the wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.last_img read more

Video goes viral after couple performs Love Stunt on bike

first_imgNew Delhi: A video that is doing rounds on the Internet shows a couple doing “Love stunt” on a bike. While the boy is driving the bike, the girl is sitting in front of him on the fuel tank.The video was shared by an IPS officer HGS Dhaliwal, he captioned the video “Need for new sections for MV Act [Motor Vehicle Act] violations!! Rajouri Garden crossing’. The video is said to be shot near Rajouri Garden crossing in West Delhi. The indecency and the show of affection at a public place is not only dangerous for the couple but also looked dangerous for the other motorists on the busy road during the night hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe girl on the bike can be seen sitting on the fuel tank facing the man who was riding the bike. They later indulged in some intimate Public display of affection in the middle of the road leaving the commuters stunned and shocked. In a 17-second video shot on mobile from within the car the couple is seen not just without a helmet but is also seen getting intimate. “This couple needs to be punished, they are not just risking their lives but also putting others lives in danger by performing this dangerous public display of affection,” said a commuter Pardeep Chowdhary. While the boy is seen not just driving the bike but is also seen changing lanes as the girl sitting opposite to him on the fuel tank blocks his face. In response to the video posted on Twitter, a senior Delhi traffic police officer said “As the registration number is not clear in the video, it cannot be prosecuted on the basis of video.”last_img read more

Trippier admitted that the last year has been crazy for him

Trippier admitted that the last year has been crazy for him

first_imgKieran Trippier made his international debut less than one year ago – and now, he is about to be included in England’s starting eleven in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.The Tottenham Hotspur full-back admitted that the last year has been a bit crazy for him as he was called up to the national team for the first time and now, he is about to be given a chance to play in the World Cup.Trippier spoke about his current feelings as he said, according to tottenhamhotspur.com:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I made my England debut last year and if I thought then about having the chance to go to the World Cup and even starting…it’s an unbelievable feeling.”“I grew up watching the World Cup and to now actually be a part of it, I’m speechless really.”“To be involved in a World Cup, just to be there and part of the squad and now people talking that I could start, it’s incredible. I can’t wait and whatever happens, I’ll give my all.”last_img read more

Green Lighting instituted at TCI Airports

Green Lighting instituted at TCI Airports

first_img TV Commercial Campaign under consideration for destination TCI says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earth day, jags mccartney international airport, lavern reynolds, LED Industrial group, providenciales airport Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Apr 2014 – Earth Day brought planet friendly moves from some in corporate TCI, including from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority which announced it was going Green with indoor and perimeter lighting. We learned on Earth Day, April 22, that the Provo International Airport has adopted what it called, ‘a sustainable approach to lighting’… using only LED lights in the newly renovated terminal facility and roadway. Terminal Marketing Manager, Lavern Reynolds explained that this solution is 90% more energy efficient, generates a lower electrical cost and burns less fuel. The LED lights are nontoxic, 100% recyclable and reduces the PIA’s carbon footprint by as much as 40%. Reynolds assured that the lighting will be sufficient and the outdoor lights in particular, will be more durable. American company, LED Industrial Group/Lightdec America guided the process, having already assisted Florida International University, Miami Dade Transport and the City of Hialeah. CEO of the TCIAA John Smith comments: “The LED lights easily allowed the TCIAA to find a solution to handle all of these challenges in our extremely warm climate where conventional lights could be a challenge.” The LED bulbs will last 15-20 years and the same treatment has already happened for the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and is planned for the airport redevelopment in South Caicos. AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire Recommended for youlast_img read more

Child whose parents were jailed for alleged abuse needs home

Child whose parents were jailed for alleged abuse needs home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:new home, North caicos, social services New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Social Services is busy looking for a new family for the three year old boy who was taken into their care following the arrest of his parents. The husband and wife were arrested on Friday in connection to the death of their five year old son, Joas St Louis on September 30. Reports are the boy was living with an uncle for the past few days, but that is not a long term solution. Magnetic Media is also told there are two North Caicos families which have expressed an interest in taking in the younger son.Time is of the essence as background checks are conducted on the potential adoptive families; Social Services will have to send the child back to Haiti if no suitable home can be found for him here in TCI. Social Services may also be considering strengthening policies when it comes to school officials and how they deal with suspected cases of child abuse. Agriculture Police consultation meeting announcedlast_img read more

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – June 12 was celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour under the theme of “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour”. This year’s theme focuses on the negative impact of natural disasters and violent conflict on families and children.In The Bahamas, The Ministry of Labour is committed to eradicate all forms of Child Labour including the Worse Forms of Child Labour in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the region. The Government has supported the International Labour Organization’s Regional Initiative “Latin American and The Caribbean Free of Child Labour” which was created in 2014 as an innovative instrument for intergovernmental cooperation with participation of employers and employees. The goal of this international coalition of 27 countries is to reduce the current situation of Child Labour in the Latin America and The Caribbean by 2025.Fortunately, in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas we do not experience war, however we are impacted by natural disasters in the form of hurricanes. The Government has no information on children in The Bahamas being subjected to child labour as a result of natural disasters as national reconstruction exercises are handled by the State.Social Programmes implemented by The Bahamas Department of Social Services, including a national school lunch programme and other successful measures for ensuring the well-being of children exist throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Ministry of Labour continues to work closely with the National Tripartite Council which completed a Rapid Assessment on Child Labour designed by the ILO and also recommended the development of a National Child Labour Policy to establish a holistic strategy for monitoring, reporting and prevention tactics. The Ministry also looks forward to continued partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of National Security as we unite to combat Child Labour in every form.The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has declared that it stands with the rest of our international neighbors to recognize June 12 as World Day Against Child Labour. We raise our voice to declare “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour.”#magneticmedianews#worlddayagainstchildlabourlast_img read more

First Day of Summer Update on Tropics

First Day of Summer Update on Tropics

first_img Related Items:#firstdayofsummer, #magneticmedianews, #updateontropics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales – In the Tropics, Tropical Storm Bret is downgraded to remnants, Tropical Storm Cindy is threatening heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge along some Western US cities and locally, there is a small craft caution and rip current warning in effect.Today is also the first official day of SUMMER.#MagneticMediaNews#firstdayofsummer#updateontropics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police investigating cause of deadly motorcycle crash in Mira Mesa

Police investigating cause of deadly motorcycle crash in Mira Mesa

first_img Posted: December 20, 2017 December 20, 2017 , Updated: 5:58 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed early Wednesday morning when he lost control and crashed into a parked car in Mira Mesa, police said.The fatal accident happened around 1:10 a.m. in the 8600 block of Westmore Road, a residential street on the north side of the Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. The victim was eastbound on a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle when he crashed.“He went into a left hand turn, over-corrected and slid into a parked car on the south side of the road,” Buttle said.The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene, Buttle said. Officers from the SDPD Traffic Division were investigating the crash. Police investigating cause of deadly motorcycle crash in Mira Mesa Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mira Mesa, San Diego Police Department FacebookTwitterlast_img read more