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NASA Curiosity Rover
Celebrates First Martian Year

ABC News, by Yazhou Sun

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 6/24/2014 7:06:32 PM

Today marks the first Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars. The robot has had a string of groundbreaking discoveries since it landed on the red planet in August 2012. In addition to taking a self-portrait that trumped all selfies on Earth, the rover made a major discovery in finding an ancient riverbed in an area known as Yellowknife Bay. Two mudstone slabs that the robot sampled with its drill revealed that the site once harbored mild water, the necessary elemental ingredients to support microbial life. “We haven’t proved that there was once was life,”

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I´ll never lose the curiosity of learning what lays beyond the safety of our planet Earth. Looking for "life" out in the void should be modified to searching for "intelligent life."

      


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NASA Curiosity Rover
Celebrates First Martian Year
ABC News, by Yazhou Sun    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/24/2014 7:06:32 PM     Post Reply
Today marks the first Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars. The robot has had a string of groundbreaking discoveries since it landed on the red planet in August 2012. In addition to taking a self-portrait that trumped all selfies on Earth, the rover made a major discovery in finding an ancient riverbed in an area known as Yellowknife Bay. Two mudstone slabs that the robot sampled with its drill revealed that the site once harbored mild water, the necessary elemental ingredients to support microbial life. “We haven’t proved that there was once was life,”

   

 

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Slate, by John Dickerson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/24/2014 11:34:08 AM     Post Reply
On Monday morning, at a White House summit on policies to help working families, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on his wealth. He said that while he wore a "mildly expensive suit" and was vice president of the United States of America, he didn´t own a stock or a bond, and as a senator, was the poorest member of the club. This bit is a longstanding part of Biden´s shtick, but was interpreted--most loudly by the Republican National Committee--as a dig at possible presidential rival Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state has been having trouble talking about her considerable wealth, ever since she described herself as "dead broke"

Ted Cruz: Every time Republican
Party moves left, ‘we lose’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/24/2014 10:42:14 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz doubled down on his adherence to strict conservative principles, saying that the GOP’s way to the White House is not paved with compromises and concessions to the Democrats. “It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always, ‘surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats,” Mr. Cruz told the New Yorker. “That’s been true for my entire lifetime. The chattering classes have consistently said, ‘You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats.’ “And, I would note, every time Republicans do that,

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arrested in Spain for
recruiting ISIL militants: police
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/24/2014 10:30:05 AM     Post Reply
A former Guantanamo detainee has been arrested in Spain for operating a terrorist cell that recruited fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Spanish police said. Lahcen Ikassrien, a 46-year-old Moroccan, and seven others were arrested in Madrid recently as part of a dozen raids in the Spanish capital, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch reported, based on Spanish news reports. Ikassrien, who spent four years at Guantanamo, reportedly recruited and sent jihadists to Iraq via Turkey to fight for ISIL, an offshoot of al Qaeda that seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/24/2014 9:35:42 AM     Post Reply
Cairo - Sudanese authorities re-arrested a Sudanese woman on Tuesday hours after she was freed from death row, and detained her and her family as they tried to board a plane in Khartoum, a security source and her lawyer said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, sentenced to death last month for converting to Christianity from Islam, was released on Monday after what the government said was unprecedented international pressure. The security official said he did know the reason for the re-arrest. One of Ibrahim's lawyers said she was being held at a security building outside the airport with her husband and two children.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 11:59:26 PM     Post Reply
If you’re a student loan-burdened recent college graduate putting the final touches on a note to President Obama, thanking him for his recent executive order on debt repayment, don’t get too excited. (Snip) But if you look at the numbers closely, PAYE saves you money only if you borrowed big and earn little. The revised program caps monthly loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income, defined as income exceeding 150 percent of the federal poverty level for a single person. Well-paid graduates and those working minimum-wage jobs will dedicate equal proportions of their income to paying off debt.

   

 

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Guardian [UK], by Julian Borger    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 3:51:08 PM     Post Reply
Syria has handed over the last of its declared stockpile of chemical weapons, which will be destroyed at sea over the next two months, the UN´s chemical weapons watchdog has said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons (OPCW) announced that the final 8% of Syria´s acknowledged arsenal of chemical weapons and precursors had been loaded on to a Danish freighter. The ship, the Ark Futura, is now sailing to the Italian port of Gioia Tauro for a rendezvous with an American vessel, the MV Cape Ray, which is specially equipped to neutralise the most dangerous of the chemical agents at sea.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 12:57:42 PM     Post Reply
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Supreme Court Leaves Fraud
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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 12:11:24 PM     Post Reply
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 11:22:27 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state´s racetracks. The justices did not comment in letting stand lower court rulings that struck down New Jersey´s sports betting law because it conflicts with a federal law that that allows state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states. The state's appeal was led by Gov. Chris Christie and it argued that New Jersey was trying to limit illegal sports wagering and capture some of that money for the state treasury.

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 11:13:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing

   

 



 
US missile defense
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Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2014 12:14:29 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental United States intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time Sunday, the Pentagon said. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, with a $40 billion price tag, aims to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from so-called rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. (Snip) President Barack Obama´s administration has announced it plans to spend about $1.3 billion on 14 more interceptors, but only if the closely-watched test was successful. The interceptor missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base



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