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Developer losing his vision launches campaign to jailbreak iOS 7

Three years ago, my friend Chris Maury, 27, realized he was straining his eyes to read words on a computer screen.<p>After paying a visit to his doctor, Maury was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration. Maury was told he would steadily lose his vision. No cure …

Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up | Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) - A Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border on Tuesday and Israel hit back with air strikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets.<p>A member of Palestinian civil defense extinguishes a fire at a …

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Russia to host talks on eliminating Syria chemical arsenal | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will host international talks on Friday on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.<p>A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical …

APOD: The Coldest Place on Earth (2013 Dec 11) Image Credit: Ted Scambos (National Snow and Ice Data Center) et al., Landsat 8, USGS, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131211.html Explanation: How cold can it get on Earth? In the interior of the Antarctica, a record low temperature of -93.2 °C (-135.8 °F) has been recorded. This is about 25 °C (45 °F) colder than the coldest lows noted for any place humans live permanently. The record temperature occurred in 2010 August -- winter in Antarctica -- and was found by scientists sifting through decades of climate data taken by Earth-orbiting satellites. The coldest spots were found near peaks because higher air is generally colder, although specifically in depressions near these peaks because relatively dense cold air settled there and was further cooled by the frozen ground. Summer is a much better time to visit Antarctica, as some regions will warm up as high as 15 °C (59 °F). http://nsidc.org/ http://landsat.usgs.gov/ http://www.nasa.gov/landsat Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131211 #APOD

APOD: Geminid Meteor Shower over Dashanbao Wetlands (2013 Dec 13) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131213.html Explanation: The annual Geminid meteor shower is raining down on planet Earth this week. And despite the waxing gibbous moonlight, the reliable Geminids should be enjoyable tonight (night of December 13/14) near the shower's peak. Recorded near last year's peak in the early hours of December 14, 2012, this skyscape captures many of Gemini's lovely shooting stars. The careful composite of exposures was made during a three hour period overlooking the Dashanbao Wetlands in central China. Dark skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (right), Orion, (right of center) and the faint band of the Milky Way. The shower's radiant in the constellation Gemini, the apparent source of all the meteor streaks, lies just above the top of the frame. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffdai/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131213 #APOD

APOD: Geminid Meteors over Teide Volcano (2013 Dec 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN, Earth and Stars) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131217.html Explanation: On some nights it rains meteors. Peaking two nights ago, asteroid dust streaked through the dark skies of Earth, showering down during the annual Geminids meteor shower. Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event, as pictured above, in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens. The snowcapped Teide volcano of the Canary Islands of Spain towers in the foreground, while the picturesque constellation of Orion highlights the background. The star appearing just near the top of the volcano is Rigel. Although the asteroid dust particles are traveling parallel to each other, the resulting meteor streaks appear to radiate from a single point on the sky, in this case in the constellation of Gemini, off the top of the image. Like train tracks appearing to converge in the distance, the meteor radiant effect is due to perspective. The astrophotographer has estimated that there are about 50 Geminids visible in the above composite image -- how many do you see? http://twanight.org/casado http://starryearth.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131217 #APOD #TWAN

Variable Star RS Puppis and Surrounding Dust Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2013/51/image/a/

APOD: Light Pillars over Finland (2013 Dec 18) Image Credit & Copyright: Thomas Kast http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131218.html Explanation: What's happening behind those houses? Pictured above are not aurora but nearby light pillars, a local phenomenon that can appear as a distant one. In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a Sun-pillar, a column of light appearing to extend up from the Sun caused by flat fluttering ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere. Usually these ice crystals evaporate before reaching the ground. During freezing temperatures, however, flat fluttering ice crystals may form near the ground in a form of light snow, sometimes known as a crystal fog. These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a Sun-pillar. While going out to buy cat food, a quick thinking photographer captured the above light pillars extending up from bright parking lot lights in Oulu, Finland. http://www.salamapaja.fi/ http://www.facebook.com/salamapaja Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131218 #APOD

APOD: Titan's Land of Lakes (2013 Dec 20) Image Credit: Cassini Radar Mapper, JPL, USGS, ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131220.html Explanation: Saturn's large moon Titan would be unique in our solar system, the only world with stable liquid lakes and seas on its surface ... except for planet Earth of course. Centered on the north pole, this colorized map shows Titan's bodies of methane and ethane in blue and black, still liquid at frigid surface temperatures of -180 degrees C (-292 degrees F). The map is based on data from the Cassini spacecraft's radar, taken during flybys between 2004 and 2013. Roughly heart-shaped, the lake above and right of the pole is Ligeia Mare, the second largest known body of liquid on Titan and larger than Lake Superior on Earth. Just below the north pole is Punga Mare. The sprawling sea below and right of Punga is the (hopefully sleeping) Kraken Mare, Titan's largest known sea. Above and left of the pole, the moon's surface is dotted with smaller lakes that range up to 50 kilometers across. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17655 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-364 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131220 #APOD

APOD: Sharpless 308: Star Bubble (2013 Dec 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Husted http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131224.html Explanation: Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to violet hues. http://www.crabnebula.us/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131224 #APOD

APOD: Geminid Meteors over Chile (2013 Dec 23) Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131223.html Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth over the past few weeks. Recorded near the shower's peak over the night of December 13 and 14, the above skyscape captures Gemini's shooting stars in a four-hour composite from the dark skies of the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. In the foreground the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope is visible as well as the 1-meter SWOPE telescope. The skies beyond the meteors are highlighted by Jupiter, seen as the bright spot near the image center, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, seen vertically on the image left, and the pinkish Orion Nebula on the far left. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. http://www.lco.cl/ http://carnegiescience.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131223 #APOD

On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How The 'Earthrise' Photo Was Made

The first humans to catch a glimpse of the Earth rising over the moon nearly missed seeing it at all, let alone capturing the snapshot that became one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century.<p>NASA has released an animation commemorating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned …

Solar eclipse: November solar eclipse pictures and videos.

On Sunday morning, observers on Earth saw the Moon slip between them and the Sun, causing a solar eclipse.<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog …

USDA Issues Livestock Permit For Magical Reindeer To Enter U.S.

Bureaucratic holiday spirit<p>You guys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would like you to know it has issued a permit for nine particular reindeer to enter the U.S. between the hours of 0600, December 24, 2013, and 0600 December 25, 2013. No time zone specified. Also, the press release says the …

International Space Station: space walk repairs continue – video

Data link still flawed after International Space Station astronauts repeat operation to fix faulty equipment<p>Published: 27 Jan 2014<p>Urgent cooling system repairs force Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins to make second spacewalk in four days<p>Published: 24 Dec 2013<p>Icarus, a wildlife receiver circling …

Nasa astronauts make new spacewalk at International Space Station

Two US astronauts have floated outside on Christmas Eve in hopes of finishing urgent cooling system repairs at the International Space Station.<p>It is only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in Nasa history. The first was 14 years ago. It is the second spacewalk in four days for Rick Mastracchio and …

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

Flipboard for Neighborhood Activists, Issue Advocates, Political Junkies and Pols

Inside Flipboard / May 7, 2013<p>Flipboard 2.0 gives readers a new outlet for their creative potential and tools to express their views, passions and …