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Astronomers see bright impact on gas giant Jupiter

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The impact captured on Video by George Hall in Dallas, Texas. Image: George Hall.

Amateur astronomers in the United States of America have reported a bright fireball in the Jupiter clouds tops as a result of an apparent impact. The first to see and report the event was amateur astronomer Dan Peterson from Racine, Wisconsin, who just happened to be observing the gas giant through his 300-mm LX200 ‘scope when the fireball burst into view; “This morning (9/10/2012) at 11:35:30 UT, I observed a bright white two second long explosion just inside Jupiter’s eastern limb, located at about Longitude 1 = 335, and Latitude = + 12 degrees north, inside the southern edge of the NEB. This flash appeared to be about 100 miles in diameter. I used my Meade 12 LX200 GPS telescope and a binoviewer working at 400X for the observation, seeing was very good at the time. We’ll have to Read more…

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We must find out what really happened on 9/11

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Hindsight is supposed to provide clarity, perspective and truth, but 11  years after the global nightmare of Sept. 11, 2001, too many still mourn the  devastation of loved ones lost, filled with agonizing doubt about what really  happened that day. Why would it take 443 days to begin an alleged investigation  into the most horrific crime on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor? Evidence was  suppressed and destroyed. There is much we don’t know.

We certainly know enough to justify a “real” investigation. Nearly 3,000  people were murdered that day, and thousands more have died as a result of wars  invented on behalf of this event. Conspiracy theories abound, but “the official  story” seems the biggest whopper of them all! This nation deserves much better — our heritage requires it, justice demands it. But most of all the victims, the  heroes and their families deserve the compassion and closure of truth — instead  of betrayal and lies.

“Truth” is the smallest measure of peace to demand from alleged leaders who  claim a moral high ground when the shining beacon on the hill has all but  fluttered its last ray of hope. The 9/11 victims and their families deserve the  truth about that day. We all do.

Ken Olufs

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Mysterious Changes in Ocean Salt Spur NASA Expedition

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By Live Science

  • The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s research vessel Knorr docked before its departure on Sept. 6 to study salinity in the mid-Atlantic ocean. (NASA)
    By Wynne Parry

    Over the past 50 years, the salty parts of the oceans have become saltier and the fresh regions have become fresher, and the degree of change is greater than scientists can explain.

    Researchers are heading out into one particularly salty ocean region, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, in the hopes of better understanding what drives variation in salinity in the upper ocean.

    Ultimately, they hope, research like this will offer insight on the dynamics behind the dramatic changes in the ocean’s salt content.

    Many oceanographers have a hunch about what is going on: Climate change, Ray Schmitt, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, told journalists during a news conference Wednesday (Sept. 5).

    “Climate is changing all the time, and some of that change is due to natural variation,” Schmitt said. “The 50-year trend we are talking about, most of us believe is really due to the general trend of Read more…

Source of mystery odor still not found; some say Salton Sea to blame

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Dead tilapia fish rot on the mud of the shore of the Salton Sea in March. Funding to stop the ecological collapse of the sea is not likely in the near futures with its $9 billion price tag. (Getty Images file photo)

A mail carrier in San Bernardino said it smelled like rotten eggs. A woman in Rancho Cucamonga blamed it on dairy cows in Chino. A man in Rialto said he couldn’t smell it at all. And about 60 miles west in Los Angeles, curious callers in the north end of the San Fernando Valley were calling the Fire Department seeking answers.

They were among thousands across the Southland on Monday to catch a whiff of what officials said was the result of biological decay, possibly from the Salton Sea, and an unusual wind that pushed it west.

Fontana resident Walter Martinez, 33, may have best described the foul odor wafting through the Inland area.

“It’s kind of funky,” he said. “If I go outside and take a breath, I cough. I feel an air irritation.”

Air quality officials from around the region fielded phone calls throughout the day from residents concerned about the smell.

Field inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar spent the day investigating the possible causes of what they described as “widespread sulfur odors.”

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Strange Sounds reported in Seattle and Kingston,Ontario

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In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

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(Reuters) – The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.

Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the data center.

Winter, spring and summer 2012 have all been among the top-five hottest for their respective seasons, Crouch said by telephone, and that too is unique in the U.S. record. There has never been a warmer September-through-August period than in 2011-2012, he said.

“We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.,” Crouch said.

He did not specify that human-spurred climate change was the cause of the record heat. However, this kind of warmth is typical of what other climate scientists, including those at the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have suggested would be more likely in a world that is heating up due in part to human activities.

Alyson Kenward of the non-profit research and journalism organization Climate Central said in a statement, “Extreme heat is closely tied to climate change, Read more…