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Frontiers of science

Scientist at Work
News Headline: “Researchers synthesize ferromagnetic superconducting compound amenable to chemical modificaiton.”
And it’s about time, isn’t it?

QT Exploding Cell Phone Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Exploding Cell Phone
Saturday, October 4, on a city bus, in Nanchong, China.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Yellowstone Caldera
A scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey wants to reassure you that Yellowstone ground movement to the south and east and a recent 4.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in 30 years,  are “likely unrelated.”

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Tightrope Walker

News Item:
“. . . What followed was a media circus. . . .”
News Item: “. . . Middle East juggling act. . . .”
News Item: “. . . walking a tightrope in his campaign. . . .”
News Item: “. . . riding the budget merry-go-round. . . .”
We must be having more fun than we thought.


And is happening again and again and again

Obama and Boehner
News Headline: “Wall Street passing out cash to boost GOP hopefuls.”
News Headline: “Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: ‘They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over.’ ”

This just in from our hysteria desk

Fox News
News Headline: “Ebola coverage goes extra dumb on CNN, Fox News.”
News Headline: “PBS science reporter: Fox’s Ebola coverage is ‘a level of ignorance we should not allow.’ ”
So Fox News seems to have gone slightly out in front.
Credit where credit is due.

Frontiers of science

Large Hadron Collider
News Item: “Around 96 percent of the universe is still unknown, and the Large Hadron Collider needs new tech to help it solve the mysteries. . . .”
So we’ve managed to come this far:
We know the exact percentage of what we have no idea about.

Is your spider sense tingling?

Spider-Man Record
News Headline:
“Spider-Man gathering sets world record.”
Guinness has, in fact, certified the record, which is a good thing.
If it hadn’t, the 398 people standing around in Spider-Man suits might have looked silly.

With 27 days to go. . . .

Polling Place
News Headline: “Poll: Only 15 percent are following midterm elections.”
News Headline: “23 percent of voters under 30 are expected to vote.”
We’re just asking for it, aren’t we?

A price of doing business

Drill Bit
News Headline: “Chemicals linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer found at fracking sites.”
News Headline: “Fracking emission carcinogens found in Denton playgrounds.”
News Headline: “Fracking company produces pink drill bits in the name of breast-cancer research.”
It is a skill to be admired, in a way, keeping a straight face.