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On Balmy, Below-Zero Day at South Pole, There’s Work to Do

After a month at the South Pole, you begin to adapt to the frigid conditions. Your body becomes more efficient at generating heat and your metabolism shifts into overdrive — every calorie you consume is burned. As your tolerance of the polar environment changes, so do your perceptions of warm and cold. My first week on station was mind-numbingly chilly, temperatures hovered around minus 42 Celsius (minus -45 Fahrenheit). This week has been delightfully balmy, with highs between minus 23 Celsius and minus 20 Celsius (minus 10 Fahrenheit and minus 4 Fahrenheit). SOUTH POLE JOURNAL Refael Klein blogs about his…
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SpaceX Rocket Landing on Ocean Platform Fails

VOA News An unmanned rocket placed a $180 million climate-monitoring satellite into orbit Sunday, but then failed in an attempt to return to a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket blasted off Sunday morning from a airbase in southern California, with a satellite designed to measure how global warming and sea level rise impacts coastal wind speeds and currents. A short while later, officials from Musk's California-based Space Exploration Technologies said on Twitter that the first stage of the 22-story rocket appears to have broken a landing leg while…
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Most Brilliant Supernova

Supernova: 50 Times Brighter than Milky Way Astronomers have been observing a fascinating cosmic event taking place some billion light years from Earth. Its the most luminous supernova in the universe.  Scientists say that its to be the most powerful supernova ever seen. They say the object at the center of this celestial wonder, is pumping out the energy of hundreds of billions of suns and is 50 times as bright as the entire Milky Way. The astronomers report that the object, now called ASASSN-15lh, might be a magnetar, a very rare type of star. But, even if it is…
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Milwaukee Restaurants Provide Gourmet Meals for Homeless

David Byrd Fine dining is usually reserved for those who can afford the typically costly meals. But in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, eight of the city's top restaurants are donating gourmet meals to a local homeless shelter. One of these establishments, the Sanford Restaurant, is considered one of the best upscale eating establishments in the Midwest. Its menu includes such items as chargrilled loin of elk with maple polenta, balsamic grilled romaine and tart cherry reduction; and lacquered quail and crisp veal sweetbread with grilled peach and braised collards. Now, Sanford its peers are providing meals for the city’s largest publicly funded…
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Human Activity May Delay Next Ice Age

VOA News Human activity may delay the next ice age by 100,000 years, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research say that even “moderate human interference with the planet’s natural carbon balance” could cause us to skip an entire glacial cycle. “Even without man-made climate change we would expect the beginning of a new ice age no earlier than in years from now – which makes the Holocene as the present geological epoch an unusually long period in between ice ages,” explains lead author Andrey Ganopolski. “However, our…
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CES Shows Off Technology Trends for 2016

Walking among the myriad expo booths at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one can get a pretty good idea of what lies ahead in the world of consumer technology — not only in home gadgets, but also on a highly professional level. In all the areas on display — robots, autonomous cars, 3-D printers, drones and others — advances are bringing us closer to a highly automated future, as devices are becoming smarter and easier to use. Drones that once required many hours of practice to avoid often-catastrophic crashes now perform air acrobatics, easily avoiding obstacles. "Our goal…
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Make your gift to LPR today!

Feliz Navidad! Felices Pascuas! Felices Fiestas! 401-942-3881 This year LPR’s year-end pledge drive starts December 14th and it will conclude December 31st with a goal of $30,000. Throughout 2015, LPR’s objective was to serve you and our community. We did that by keeping you and the community informed, empowered and connected by broadcasting the following:  4,000 Local News Cast of 3 minutes  1,560 segments of news including press conferences  208 one hour of educational programming  56 Talk shows of 3 hours each of political and issues concerning our community  Over 2,000 Local Public Service Announcements…
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NASA Reveals Closest Look Ever at Pluto

The Space Agency, NASA, released long-awaited photos from its New Horizons mission that show icy mountains on the surface of Pluto. Scientists also revealed images that show remarkable new details of Pluto's moons Hydra and Charon. scientists released photos Wednesday after an unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet following its nearly 10-year journey of billion kilometers (nearly 3 billion miles). The nuclear-powered New Horizons – moving faster than any spacecraft ever built previously, at a speed of about 49,570 kilometers per hour (30,800 miles per hour) – snapped pictures of Pluto as it hurtled by. Pluto nearly…
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History-making Solar Airplane Grounded Until 2016

The Switzerland-based team attempting to fly a solar-powered plane around the world says the flight has been suspended until next April because of irreparable damage to its batteries. The team says the batteries on the Solar Impulse 2overheated during its five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii on June 30. The team says it did not anticipate the effect rapid altitude changes in a tropical climate would have on battery temperature. Pilot Andre Borschberg landed the Solar Impulse 2 near Honolulu on July 3, after traveling a record-breaking 118 hours across the Pacific Ocean. It was the riskiest leg of its 35,000-kilometer…
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Weather Delays Solar Plane Departure From Japan for Hawaii

NAGOYA, JAPAN—A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii because of worse than expected weather conditions. Swiss pilot and project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said the weather window for the flight early Wednesday had closed. After analyzing conditions, the decision was made to take the plane back to its mobile hangar. "It's a bad moment. It's really a bad moment. It was on the edge. We took the decision to go, but not everybody was enthusiastic. We had a conclusion that it's not worth trying anymore,'' said Piccard, who is taking turns flying the…
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