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-That Awesome Rooftop Rocket Launch Viewing Party You Had Planned Is Rescheduled Because of a Boat [Space.com]

-Window-less Planes are Coming.. and They Are Terrifying. [Quartz]

-Pope Gets Real: God is Not a Wizard, Big Bang Theory/Evolution Could Be Legit [NPR]

-Say What? Co-Founder of The Weather Channel Doesn't Believe in Global Warming [Mediaite]

-Stop Sharing This Fake 'Days of Darkness' NASA Story! [Huffington Post]

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With all the hoopla surrounding the president's bear hug by a pizzeria owner on Sunday, Joe Biden's intimate moment with a biker chick -- and her security detail -- was sadly overlooked.

Our bad.

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Congresswoman Gabby Giffords almost died when Jared Loughner opened fire on her at a rally in January 2011.

But on Thursday, it was her remarkable recovery that took center stage -- watch as she brings down the house at the DNC with the Pledge of Allegiance.

[abc]

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The Curiosity Rover made it to Mars late Sunday night, and so far all we've got is this single high-res photo.

But it was more than enough to send NASA engineers into ecstasy, since the Curiosity's landing sequence -- coined The Seven Minutes of Terror -- requires six vehicle configurations, 76 pyrotechnic devices, the largest supersonic parachute ever built, and more than 500,000 lines of code.

According to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, "new technologies never invented or attempted before were created for this journey," and that the odds for success were actually just 40 percent.

Curiosity, the most sophisticated Rover ever built is now on the surface of the red planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether or not life ever existed there on Mars or if the planet can sustain life in the future.

More photos to come, we can be sure of that.

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Michael Phelps' mom initially thought he took first in the 200-meter butterfly, and her reaction to the silver medal is golden.



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Thursday night's edition of Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week In Unnecessary Censorship" is, as usual, better than last.

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Meet Krandel Lee Newton, "The Original Butt Sketch Artist."

I'm just like every other guy, except for instead of taking a peek, I kind of stare a little bit longer.

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Not sure what's most impressive here: Mama Bear lifting the garage door, the cub's acrobatics, or the cub angling the ladder in such a way as to not hit the station wagon.

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Aaron Sorkin's new show The Newsroom debuted Sunday night to mostly poor reviews, but no matter -- here's the most predictably Sorkin-esque scene, in which Jeff Daniels argues against American greatness.

[Not Safe For Work -- Daniels gets ALL riled up.)

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The Wieners Circle -- a tiny hot dog stand in Chicago's Lincoln Park -- is legendary for the shouted verbal abuse rained down on customers by the staff. So, naturally, Conan O'Brien sent the nicest guy in the world, 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer, to place an order.

(Not Safe For Work -- hostile, explicit service.)

(Extra credit: Check out This American Life's piece on The Wieners Circle.)

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From Sunday night's Tony Awards, further evidence that Neil Patrick Harris needs to host all the things.

Don't miss his Spider-Man and closing sequences.

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An unidentified homeless man is fighting for his life after his face was nearly eaten off by a naked attacker Saturday on a downtown highway ramp in Miami.

The attacker has been identified as Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old homeless man. Some are speculating that he may have been high on LSD.

"He was ripping into his face with his teeth," said Miami resident Larry Vega, who witnessed the attack. "He was ripping his skin, his neck. He had him held down. The guy couldn't move really, and he was just tearing into his flesh. ... You see these things in the movies, but when you see it up front and up close, it's pretty traumatic. It really is."

When a police officer approached and told Eugene to get off his victim, Eugene just kept chewing. The officer fired a warning shot, but Eugene "just stood... with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled," Vega said.

The officer then shot and killed Eugene.

As for the unfortunate victim, "much of his face was gone, the skin ripped away, the nose bitten and the eyes gouged," according to the Miami Herald. He is in critical condition.

"We're hoping that he pulls through, for his well-being, but also so he can tell us what happened," said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, of the Miami police union. "Only he knows."

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It's the newest installment of Jimmy Fallon's Kimmel's "Unnecessary Censorship," featuring Kevin Costner, Donald Trump, and Dora the Explorer.

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Jimmy Kimmel reimagines Mitt Romney's first ad of the general election, "Day One," with more suitable narration.

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President Obama talked gay marriage with the ladies of The View this morning, and though he declined to say whether he would publicly fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, he told co-host Barbara Walters "we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional."

Congress is clearly on notice that I think it's a bad idea. This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you've got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages.

In a lighter moment, co-host Joy Behar asked Obama whether he knew about "the controversial sex book" Fifty Shades of Grey, which is topping best-seller lists across the country. The president admitted he did not know, but promised, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."

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