This is not photoshopped:
That is the death of 2 stars that you are seeing, as they let off material in their 800 year orbit of each other. Phil Plait has lots more detail over at Bad Astronomy.
This is the Kindle Screen at 400x magnification, taken by Keith Peters with his USB microscope. He also has some pictures of the iPad, Newspaper, Magazines, and Books at similar magnification. Pretty cool.
The replacement for the Willis Ave Bridge was floated down the Hudson River yesterday, from it’s building facility up north of Catskill NY. To get something like this down river they had to weld 2 barges together, and use 3 tugs to keep it on track.
The whole event, for the few of us that came out for it, was great. I ended up chatting and joking with 3 other completely random folks near where the AP had set up their video camera. It was that perfect sense of community, even though no one knew each other, we were there for a common event. Even when there were discussions around the walkway, which is our local contentious issue, and it was clear that people had different points of view, it was a level of civil and jovial discourse that just doesn’t exist in politics any more. It was refreshing and wonderful.
A perfect way to end a day in the office.
There are consequences to the blind cult of “drill baby drill”. It will be at least August (if even then) before well is stopped up. More from the Big Picture.