November 15th, 2012


Kepler Mission Complete

Mission complete, long live the mission!


PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA is marking two milestones in the search for
planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space
Telescope's three-and-a-half-year prime mission and the beginning of an
extended mission that could last as long as four years.
Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet
candidates and confirm more than 100 planets. Kepler is teaching us that
the galaxy is teeming with planetary systems and that planets are
prolific, and is giving us hints that nature makes small planets

Clark Kent Quits

my_partner_doug sent me a link about Clark Kent quitting his newspaper job.  I like the reasoning:

“I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers – that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun. But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can’t be the only one who’s sick of what passes for the news today.”