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Russia targets space station project in retaliation for U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW, May 13 (Reuters) – Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting station’s use beyond 2020. It will also bar Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites.

Moscow took the action, which also included suspending operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites on its territory from June, in response to U.S. plans to deny export licences for high-technology items that could help the Russian military.

Of course I’m absolutely CERTAIN the GOP, AKA “the Defense party”, will vote to raise taxes and increase funding to NASA.

Giggle, snort.

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Astronomers say a bright blob at the edge of Saturn’s rings may be evidence that a new moon is forming. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute)

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Clearest explanation of this I’ve seen, so far:

Cosmic inflation: ‘Spectacular’ discovery hailed

Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after everything came into being.

It takes the form of a distinctive twist in the oldest light detectable with telescopes.

Gravitational waves from inflation put a distinctive twist pattern in the polarisation of the CMB

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Giant virus revived from ancient permafrost
Melting permafrost could unleash new human pathogens

But the oil companies are still obscenely profitable, so “we” got that going for us, which is nice.

Obama Still Wants To Kill Wall Street’s Favorite Tax Loophole

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Obama’s 2015 budget will seek $60 billion tax credit by closing ‘Gingrich loophole’

AND, teabaggers hate Wall Street almost as much as Occupy Wall Street does, so we’ll rally behind this, which is nice.

Just kidding. This’ll never pass because teabagger panderers like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul will stand in the way of it. And the teabaggers won’t even notice. Because they’re fucking retarded. And OWS never stood for anything, and never will.

And let me spare you ODS (Obama Derangement Sufferers) some time. I know Obama’s budget won’t pass. OBAMA knows his budget won’t pass (POTUS budgets never pass). Harry Reid and Senate Democrats know Obama’s budget won’t pass. Because Boehner is TERRIFIED of being teabagged in his next election, so the teabagger caucus controls the government, right now.

Don’t like the way things are going?

Blame the teabaggers. They, and they alone, have ensured our government no longer serves us, as it constitutionally should be, but rather works against us, as their wealthy astro-fucking-turfing backers the Koch brothers have bought and paid for.

Anyone who votes in a way that enables a teabagger is beneath contempt, and not worth engaging in debate due to their religiously held beliefs.

As a scientist, I make mistakes, and own up to them. I modify my theories to comply with existing data. Teabaggers still believe that making rich people even richer leads to a better life for the middle class.

Stupid fuckers.

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JFTR, I solved it about half way through, and I’m on my third drink because I’m moving out of my apartment, tomorrow (finally moving home … Yay!)

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I’m just sitting her unwinding and saw this: NASA gets an AMAZING image of a solar flare. (In my browser the image opens up inside the window, but can be magnified by clicking on it.)

This made me wonder how big that flare is in comparison to the size of the earth, so I looked up this comparison of sizes of planets in our solar system to the sun, and the sun to other stars. You may have already seen this. It’s been on the tubes for a while.

That reminded me of one night I was curious about how far the moon is from the earth, with both drawn to scale. Two good links, here: 1 2.

I’ve been busy getting ready to move home, so am a bit behind on posts and messages. Will try to catch up, later. Hope ya’all are doing well.

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We have to stop shitting where we live.

Study: Dead sea creatures covered 98% of seafloor last year about 150 miles off California coast; Unprecedented, had been below 1% prior to event — ‘Major’ changes began in spring 2011

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Seriously, read it yourself, but here’s a relevant snip:

“For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made,” said Stamatoyannopoulos. “Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. These new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device, which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways.”

The genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons. The UW team discovered that some codons, which they called duons, can have two meanings, one related to protein sequence, and one related to gene control. These two meanings seem to have evolved in concert with each other. The gene control instructions appear to help stabilize certain beneficial features of proteins and how they are made.

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

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US Government War On Hackers Backfires: Now Top Hackers Won’t Work With US Government

NSA revelations could hurt collaboration with ‘betrayed’ hackers

The U.S. government’s efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.

Though hackers tend to be anti-establishment by nature, the NSA and other intelligence agencies had made major inroads in recent years in hiring some of the best and brightest, and paying for information on software flaws that help them gain access to target computers and phones.

Much of that goodwill has been erased after the NSA’s classified programs to monitor phone records and Internet activity were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to prominent hackers and cyber experts.

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Ahem.

Bring it on.

Which means “present cogent arguments that global warming weirding ISN’T anthropogenic, and I’ll do the best I can to either rebut your FACT BASED theory, or I’ll reconsider my position.

Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views “ignorant, out of touch or crazy”.

Make a “faith-based” argument, i.e. one based on conspiracy theories and not facts, and I reserve the right to ignore you with a simple statement that you have no facts to back up your position.

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