It looks like a cut-price version of the set of a Bond movie. Blocky, 60s-style white consoles face a large wall-mounted video screen, each covered in dials and buttons with words like “pump on”, “fire” and “liftoff” written on them. Only the slightly shabby appearance of the place and the metre-high inflatable rocket in the corner indicate that this is not the home of cat-stroking villains but a place of academic study.
In three years, if all goes to plan, Esrange will act as mission control for the European outpost of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
Passengers paying $200,000 (about Ł100,000) a ticket for the two-hour flight will be able to fly into the aurora borealis – the northern lights – something that no human has done before
The company hopes to begin commercial space flights from a purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico in 2010, but flights from Kiruna should follow soon afterwards
The first episode of The Simpsons, titled “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” also known as “The Simpsons Christmas Special,” premiered on this day in 1989 on the Fox Television — well, it wasn’t much of a network 18 years ago, but we have to call it that nowadays.
We mention it because nobody ever remembers birthdays around Christmas time.
One frustrating aspect of the Radiohead pay-what-you-want experiment is the lack of definitive numbers â€” yet. ComScore says this, Radiohead says that, the record industry says this, the artists say that.
The Radiohead experiment is now old news, but that doesnâ€™t mean others will not attempt their own experiments. Following in the footsteps of Radiohead, Steve Hofstetter, an up and coming comedian with a strong Internet following among high school and college-age kids, has released his latest album â€śThe Dark Side of the Roomâ€ť on his Website. Heâ€™s believed to be the first comedian to take a pay-what-you-want approach.
Hofstetter is no Radiohead, mind you, but itâ€™s interesting to see all sorts of known, somewhat-known, and unknown artists experiment with the pay-what-you-want model.
He currently is averaging about $6 an album, including freeloaders. Thatâ€™s more than triple what his royalty would be if this we released by a label.
Although incidents are more visible and publicized, crime rates are actually down.
Although girl violence is more visible today, panic over an uprising of angry young women would be misguided, many say.
â€śTo be honest, I see a decline in the fighting,â€ť says Pearl Ershery of Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico, who has been a guidance counselor in Hillsborough County for 15 years.
Crime rates for girls have dropped each year for the past 13 years, reaching their lowest levels since 1973, according to a 2006 report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Murder by girls is at its lowest level since 1963.
Kimberly Harrington of Plant City is
serving 14 years for manslaughter.
She says she was defending her
friends against two aggressive men.
However, experts say the increase is linked to a concurrent crackdown on domestic violence. Boys fight peers, but girls usually strike out at others living in their homes. Some state statutes require an arrest in cases of family violence.
Our intrepid reporter Andrew
Hampp ventures to SoHo to hear for himself the technology that has New Yorkers ‘freaked out’ and A&E buzzing.
New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman’s voice right in her ear asking, “Who’s there? Who’s there?” She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, “It’s not your imagination.”
Indeed it isn’t. It’s an ad for “Paranormal State,” a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an “audio spotlight” from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries or environments that require a quiet atmosphere for isolated audio slideshows, has rarely been used on such a scale before.
the technology was designed to avoid adding to noise pollution.
Tiger Woods added yet another accomplishment to his already outstanding résumé Sunday when the 13-time major winner successfully putted his baby daughter, five-month-old Sam Alexis Woods, into a fresh Huggies diaper.
Dressed in his signature red shirt, black pants, and black Nike golf shoes, Woodsâ€”who has not played competitive golf in three months in order to stay at home and spend time with his newborn daughterâ€”followed the clutch 12-foot putt with a celebratory fist pump before hugging caddie Steve Williams, who was handling the baby’s skin ointment.
“The living room carpet was rolling especially fast today,” Woods later told reporters
“As soon as the baby’s bottom left my putter, I knew she was in.”
Once more displaying his uncanny ability to stay focused even in the most high-pressure situations, Woods did not let his infant’s multiple shrieks distract him, calmly stepping away from his squalling baby daughter three times before executing the putt.