U.N. developing asteroid defense plan

Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 8:37 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 8:37 AM

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If you first heard about the truck-sized meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia back in February on social media …

You’re not alone. So did the world’s space agencies. Not the most comforting news, right? (Via YouTube / earlynewzneeded

 — which is why the United Nations says it’s taking matters into its own hands with the creation of an asteroid defense group.

According to Scientific American, here’s how it will work: “If astronomers detect an asteroid that poses a threat to Earth, the U.N.’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space will help coordinate a mission to launch a spacecraft to slam into the object and deflect it from its collision course.”

It’s estimated there are about a million asteroids large enough to damage or even destroy a major city. But, scientists have only been able to identify less than one percent with telescopes. (Via Discovery

Come on Harry, press the button.

And while the film Armageddon made blowing an asteroid to pieces look relatively easy, it’s actually a lot more work.  

As a former NASA astronaut explained to Popular Science, at least 10 years notice is needed to deflect an incoming asteroid. “The curve goes from millimeters per second to meters per second pretty quickly … The job rapidly goes from 'easy- easy' to almost impossible starting at about a decade.”

“You can predict a hundred years that’s something going to hit. If we don’t find it until a year out, make yourself a nice cocktail.” (Via American Museum of Natural History)

Again, hardly comforting news. Aside from the timing issue, there’s another problem. No single country has the responsibility of  deflecting asteroids. There’s a reason for that, according to one expert who told Space.com: “If something goes wrong in the middle of the deflection, you have now caused havoc in some other nation that was not at risk. And, therefore, this decision of what to do, how to do it, and what systems to use have to be coordinated internationally.”

And this might help. The B612 Foundation, a group committed to defending Earth against asteroids, says its developing an infrared asteroid-hunting telescope to be launched in 2017.

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WATCH: Man on drone delivers game ball in Portuguese Cup final

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:58 AM

Flying drone .
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Now this is the way to deliver a game ball. 

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Before Benfica and Guimaraes met in the final of the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, a man brought the game ball to the officials by flying a drone into the stadium. 

Despite damp conditions, the man made a perfect landing and handed the ball to the head official.

Benefica won 2-1 to earn its 26th Portuguese Cup and its 11th league and cup double.


Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM

Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again Sunday afternoon.
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An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months erupted again Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes, Bloomberg reported.

After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level.

Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos can be a threat for airlines operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet, according to The Associated Press.

Police warn pet owners after finding drugged dog treats

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:12 PM

Police are warning residents after drugged dog treats were found. (Photo: Scott County Sheriff's Office)

A resident found pieces of hot dogs and beef sticks stuffed with ibuprofen, which can be fatal to dogs. 

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Police searched and cleaned the area in which the tainted treats were found, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Service dog missing after lawn mower hits tie-down

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

Dog leash. (Photo: Alan Levine/flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

A guide dog for the blind that was recently matched with its handler disappeared shortly after going into service. 

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Brinkley, a yellow Labrador retriever that was trained through Leader Dogs for the Blind, ran off after getting scared by a lawn mower that hit her tie-down, according to WJRT. Brinkley started working 10 days earlier.

Jackie McKeon recently finished a 26-day training with Brinkley before taking her home.