Wow…this is an amazing photograph. These guys were getting ready to enter hell.
“We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that probably if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it,” said John P. Grotzinger, the California Institute of Technology geology professor who is the principal investigator for the NASA mission.
In drilling into its first rock, a fine-grained mudstone, the scientists said, the rover Curiosity — a self-contained science laboratory about the size of a Mini Cooper — sent back to Earth convincing evidence that Mars was once awash in water.
Plus, the Curiosity scientists identified elements in the rocks — sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — that are some of the key ingredients of life, as well as minerals, like sulfates and sulfides, that primitive microbes could eat for food. Dr. Grotzinger said these minerals are “effectively like batteries” and can provide an energy source for life.
This included the presence of clays, one of the main things that scientists were hoping that Curiosity would find on its two-year, $2.5 billion mission. Clays form in waters that have a neutral pH.
“What we have learned in the last 20 years of modern microbiology is that very primitive organisms, they can derive energy just by feeding on rocks,” Dr. Grotzinger said.
READ MORE via Mars Could Have Supported Life, NASA Says – NYTimes.com.
Sevastopol, Ukraine (CBS Seattle) – Three elite Ukrainian commandos have gone AWOL.
The dolphins are highly trained, intelligent, and can strike anywhere.
Ukrainian media reported earlier this month that three military trained dolphins didn’t return to their base in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. The dolphins were reported to be out during a training exercise.
These particular dolphins are trained in the use of special knives and firearms to kill enemy divers. They are also adept in the use of explosives to sink enemy ships.
It’s unknown if the three missing dolphins had such equipment on them when they went missing, but it is believed that they are out seeking mates.
The Ukrainian dolphin program has its roots in the Soviet era. During the cold war, the U.S.S.R. trained the dolphins to attack enemies and detect underwater mines.
The U.S.S.R. handed over the program to the Ukrainians after its break-up.
Dolphins are used in militaries across the world. The United States has such a program although their dolphins are not trained to attack and are used for intelligence purposes.
Those dolphins were used for the war in Iraq.
What I want to know is, why do all these idiot drivers decide to cut the guy off and immediately hit brakes? I think it’s funny that this guy pushes them around.
“Russian Bus Driver Punishes Errant Drivers in Zelenograd”
Description from the video: Bus driver Alexei Volkov. aka “The Punisher,” is famous in Russia for exacting revenge on the rude drivers in the city of Zelenograd by simply not slowing down when they cut him off. Volkov claims to have been involved in more than 100 accidents in his career and the clips from his dashcam.
Signed up today, at the last minute. The 2013 Jacksonville Gate River Run is tomorrow morning. No, I haven’t trained for it. At all. So yeah, I’m joking when I say I’m going to win. However, I’ve done it a couple of times before. The first time I ran was when I was in 7th grade, many years ago. I also ran it it 2010….with not such a great finishing time, but I also walked the first 1/3rd of the race with a group of friends. My goal this year is simply to beat my own previous finishing time. I’ll be happy with that, considering I’m 3 years older than I was then. So, here’s to hoping my right knee holds up. I’m gonna just try to pace myself and not be too hard on my legs. Regardless, it’s a fun annual event here in Jacksonville. Should be a good time.