"Life is not a miracle. It is a natural phenomenon, and can be expected to appear whenever there is a planet whose conditions duplicate those of the Earth."Harold Urey One of the most exciting investigations going on right now in space is NASA's Kepler Mission, which is on the hunt for planets beyond our Solar System! Image credit: Dana Berry / NASA / Kepler Mission. From high above the Earth's atmosphere in outer space, Kepler points at a small region of our sky, sensitive to a remarkable 150,000 stars within our galaxy! Image credit: NASA / Kepler, retrieved from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Kepler has been observing these stars for years, now, monitoring the light coming from them. Stars -- much like our Sun -- are incredibly stable objects, with only the most minuscule of natural variations in their intrinsic brightness. But these stars do not simply exist in isolation; much like our own Solar System, a great many of these stars are suspected to have planets as well. … [Read more...] about How much like Earth is Kepler’s new planet? How we’ll find out!
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Cole on his mountain bike before it was stolen Picture: Scott Thompson Archant A 12-year-old boy has been left devastated by the theft of his beloved bike. The bike was stolen from Downham Market Academy Picture: Scott ThompsonFather Scott Thompson said his son Cole’s £450 Voodoo Bantu mountain bike was stolen whilst he was at Downham Market Academy on Wednesday, February 13.“The CCTV shows the bike being taken at 12:35, but image is not clear enough for the police to get an identity,” said Mr Thompson, from Downham.“The bike was his 12th birthday present six months ago and he is totally devastated, it was his pride and joy the day before I had posted photos of him on it getting totally covered in mud loving every minute of it.“He uses the bike for everything, it is now half term and he has no bike. I hope the individual knows how much heart-ache he has caused this 12-year-old.” … [Read more...] about I hope you realise how much heart-ache you caused stealing my son’s bike
Sarah Skidmore Sell, Ap Personal Finance Writer Updated 12:19 am PST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Husband and wife Andy Kraft and Amy Elias, of Portland, Ore., pose with their 2018 tax paperwork in their Portland home on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The couple got a small refund last year but this year owe more than $10,000 in taxes under the new tax law. less Husband and wife Andy Kraft and Amy Elias, of Portland, Ore., pose with their 2018 tax paperwork in their Portland home on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The couple got a small refund last year but this year owe more ... more Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Husband and wife Andy Kraft and Amy Elias, of Portland, Ore., pose with their 2018 tax paperwork in their Portland … [Read more...] about I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law
"In terms of weapons, the best disarmament tool so far is nuclear energy. We have been taking down the Russian warheads, turning it into electricity. 10 percent of American electricity comes from decommissioned warheads." -Stewart Brand Arguably the greatest advance of humanity — and the cause of the greatest increase in our quality of life — in the past few centuries has been the widespread availability of electrical energy. It powers our homes, our industries, our automobiles, our places of business and more. Our world runs on energy, with the world using upwards of 155,000 TeraWatt-hours annually. That’s a huge amount of energy, and it requires a huge amount of fuel. But must it? World energy consumption by part of the world, based on BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015. Image credit: Gail Tverberg / Our Finite World. If we were to power the world entirely with coal, oil, or natural gas, it would take billions of tonnes of fuel each year to make it happen. … [Read more...] about How much fuel does it take to power the world? (Synopsis)
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 by: Lance D Johnson Tags: angry leftists, anti-America, bravery, campus insanity, combat veterans, Crybullies, entitled snowflakes, extreme leftists, hate, humility, intolerance, justice, left cult, Left-wing, Liberty, patriotism, republic, reverence, sacrifice, Social Justice Warrior (Natural News) Emotionally-unstable and in need of “safe spaces,” left-wing Californians hate their country and the principles it stands for. This couldn’t be more evident than when the president of the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, Robert Miller, announced an end to the pledge of allegiance during board meetings because it is “steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.” According to Miller, the pledge of allegiance implies racism, heralding white-skinned people as the superior race. Robert Miller expressly stated in an email that he decided to “discontinue use of the Pledge of Allegiance” at board … [Read more...] about How much do left-wing Californians HATE America? They now say the Pledge of Allegiance is racist and full of “white nationalism”