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Celestial Rendeveaux: Saturn & Venus

 

You’ve no doubt heard of the phrase, "like two ships that pass in the night."  Well, come early Tuesday morning (Nov. 27), you’ll be able to watch two planets that will pass each other in the dawn.

The planets in question are Venus and Saturn. One planet will be slowly descending into eventual obscurity, while the other will become increasingly prominent in the days and weeks to come.

Look for Venus and Saturn shortly after 4:30 a.m. local time. The planets will appear very low above the east-southeast horizon, weather permitting. Brilliant Venus, shining with a steady silvery-white glow, will be passing about 0.6 degrees below and to the right of the much dimmer and yellower Saturn. (Your closed fist held at arm's length covers 10 degrees of the night sky.)

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Walmart Executives Unconcerned About Protests

 

Wal-Mart faced not only a throng of shoppers on Black Friday but what a union-backed group said was the biggest wave of protests that the retailer had ever seen, a contention the company disputed.

A Walmart in Secaucus, N.J. Organizers said 1,000 stores had demonstrations, but company officials called that an exaggeration.

The group, OUR Walmart, said there were protests at 1,000 stores in 46 states, ranging from a couple of community supporters’ asking to talk with store managers about raising wages to raucous demonstrations in the Los Angeles, New York and Washington areas that each attracted hundreds of people.

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Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology

 
Details of the solar steam method were published online today in ACS Nano. The technology has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have an  overall energy efficiency around 15 percent. However, the inventors of solar steam said they expect the first uses of the new technology will not be for electricity generation but rather for sanitation and water purification in developing countries.
Rice University graduate student Oara Neumann, left, and scientist Naomi Halas are co-authors of new research on a highly efficient method of turning sunlight into heat. They expect their technology to have an initial impact as an ultra-small-scale system to treat human waste in developing nations without sewer systems or electricity.

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Life of PI

 

Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Adil Hussain, Tabu and Gérard Depardieu. Directed by Ang Lee. 126 minutes. Opens Nov. 21 at major theatres. PG

Hollywood labours with special effects to have us believe in monsters, space aliens and fantasy worlds, not always successfully.

With Life of Pi, director Ang Lee has a simpler goal. He wants us to accept as real a computer-generated Bengal tiger by the odd name of Richard Parker. The request is simple; the effect is extraordinary.

Other things may seem in doubt in this delightful, rousing tale of a teen and a tiger on a Pacific Ocean adventure. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Canada’s Yann Martel, the film leaves its options open and hopes that our minds will be, too.

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ROLLS-ROYCE HOSTS KARL LAGERFELD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Karl Lagerfeld visited Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today to present his photography exhibition, entitled ‘A Different View’, in the latest of the luxury manufacturer’s Icons of Art series. Mr Lagerfeld presented the exhibition, which comprises his own unique photographs of Rolls-Royce motor cars, to private guests at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex.

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Job Loss Leads To Higher Heart Attack Risks Study Shows

Matthew E. Dupre and colleagues from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, write about their findings in the November 2012 online first issue of JAMA's Archives of Internal Medicine.


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Sharon Vining: How Penicillin Is Made

 
Most of us know that in 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin when bread from his lunch fell into an uncovered petri dish of staphylococci.  He named the chemical he isolated from mold penicillin because the colony grew in the shape of a pencil. He was never able to purify his samples and his findings were largely ignored.  This all changed in 1938, when a group of doctors from Oxford University developed methods to grow and purify penicillin.
The use of fungus for treating infections is not a new 20th Century discovery.  For thousands of years the Chinese used warm dirt to fight infections. Using mold from cheese to fight infections has been in practice for centuries.  There is even a reference in the Bible of Jesus spitting on the ground and making a mud pie to treat a man’s blindness.  One home remedy to treat infections is to make a bread and warm milk poultice. Our Grandmas did not know why it worked, they just knew it did.

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The 11 Year Old Who Named The Mars Rover

 

On Aug. 5 at 10:31 p.m. PST, a rover named Curiosity touched down safely on the surface of Mars, and I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat.

My name is Clara, and when I was in 6th grade, I won the essay contest NASA held to name its next Mars rover. The essay I wrote was not even 250 words long, but somehow it was enough to change my life.

I still remember that chilly December day, sitting in science class. I’d finished a worksheet early and decided to get a TIME for Kids magazine off of Mrs. Estevez’s bookshelf. It was the 2008 Invention Issue, but that wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye. In the magazine, there was an article about a girl who named the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

The article also talked about the essay contest NASA was holding to name its next Mars rover. Before I even knew anything else about it, a single word flooded my 11-year-old mind: Curiosity.

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Train Crashes: Hits Vets Parade

 

Four veterans were killed after a train slammed into a parade float stuck on a railroad crossing in West Texas, officials said Friday.

Midland city spokesman Ryan Stout said Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, 37, and Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Thursday afternoon. Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43, were pronounced dead later at Midland Memorial Hospital.

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CERN: Data Not Supporting Higgs boson

 

A new discovery at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva casts a shadow across a hypothetical realm of particle physics that many had hoped would be the collider’s next major exploration after the apparently successful hunt for the Higgs boson.

Physicists working with the collider’s LHC beauty, or LHCb, detector have observed a new kind of particle behavior, the researchers announced November 12 at the Hadron Collider Physics Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. The LHCb physicists have identified the very rare decay of a strange beauty particle B0s (a beauty antiquark bound to a strange quark) into two particles called muons. (A muon is a charged particle akin to a heavyweight electron.) And the new data limit the possibilities for many hypothesized extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics, including the concept of supersymmetry.

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