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Hubble telescope marks
anniversary by capturing star birth

CBS News, by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/18/2014 4:45:46 AM

It has been 24 years since the launch of NASA´s Hubble Telescope and to celebrate the anniversary, astronomers captured a photographic series of a star birth nearly 6,400 light-years away. The collection of images showcase a shadowy, dense knot of gas and dust, contrasted against a background of brightly glowing gas. Photographed in February 2014, this celestial photo shoot took place in the Monkey Head nebula, or as it is officially called, NGC 2174. Located in the constellation of Orion, the massive newborn stars photographed -- near the center of the nebula -- are blasting away at dust. Emitted by the bright

      


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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 4:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Ladies´ Home Journal, one of the "Seven Sisters" of original women´s magazines, is shuttering its monthly print publication, Advertising Age reported today. Parent company Meredith confirmed the fold, although a Meredith spokesman said the magazine may continue in the form of a special interest publication available on newsstands. The entire print editorial staff was laid off at a meeting this morning. First published in 1883, the magazine reportedly has a current circulation of 3.2 million, but its ad pages had fallen 23 percent this year. Below, a look back at the iconic publication´s covers, from then to now.

   

 

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Ala. Dem Offers $100K for
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Black Kids; Families Show Up
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 4:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Mixed-race families from across Alabama rallied outside the state capitol recently to demand $100,000 in cash — or at least an apology — from a state representative. Earlier this month, Alvin Holmes, who has represented the Montgomery-area 78th District for 39 years, bet a substantial purse on his claim that Alabama whites were incapable of tolerating black children. “I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama,” Holmes said. “I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it in cash in $20 bills and bring

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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 1:29:44 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 11:37:51 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 11:34:33 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:03:35 PM     Post Reply
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Reason Magazine, by Gene Healy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:00:37 AM     Post Reply
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