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Friday, December 2, 2016

Ho, ho, ho... Mars had snow!

Scalloped Surface of Utopia Planitia   (NASA/JPL photo)
Once upon a time, you could have dreamed of a White Christmas on Mars.  These days, you might have to settle for a Martian ice sheet the size of New Mexico.

Anyone who has ever carried a bucket of water knows that it can feel quite heavy.  Imagine having to transport survival amounts all the way to Mars.  Not sure that rockets would get very far with that kind of a burden on board.

Scientists were therefore thrilled when “polygonal cracking and scalloped depressions” in the Martian landscape indicated the presence of subsurface ice.  Better yet, this aquatic stash is present within Utopia Planitia, a “more temperate” region that bodes well for human settlement.

This discovery would not only provide future astronauts with “something to drink,” but could also yield “oxygen and hydrogen for rocket fuel.”   


Copyright December 2, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Clint Eastwood: If actors were horses

Cowboy Clint    (Public Domain)
Back in the Rawhide days, when a director yelled “Action!” the horses would bolt.  Now a director himself, Clint Eastwood keeps a looser rein on actors.

Instead of shouting at the cast, Eastwood merely substitutes “All right, go ahead” for “Giddy-up!” and “That’s enough of that” for “Whoa!”  If more seems needed, he adds an “Eastwood look.”  Anyone who recalls Dirty Harry does not want one of those.

Eastwood's latest film is Sully, which stars Tom Hanks.  Biped Hanks admits that such looks can be “intimidating.”


Copyright December 1, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beautiful Burkini

Burkini Bathing  (Photo by Giorgio Montersino)
While others were prancing around half-naked, Halima Aden showcased her modest burkini at a Miss Minnesota
USA beauty pageant.

Such attire made her not only a fashion standout, but also a religious one.  Hoping that this courageous choice would help to “combat misconceptions about Islam,” Aden “became the first fully-covered Muslim woman in the contest.”

Celebrating diversity, Aden now asks:  How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?  Bigots might wish to come up for fresh air and ask themselves the very same question.


Copyright November 30, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved