12:35pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Using NASA's Infrared Telescope, Scientists Uncover Millions Of Black Holes

With its all-sky infrared survey, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has identified millions of quasar candidates. This image zooms in on one small region of the WISE sky, covering an area about three times larger than the moon. The WISE quasar candidates are highlighted with yellow circles.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

This paragraph from NASA worried us:

"In one study, astronomers used WISE to identify about 2.5 million actively feeding supermassive black holes across the full sky, stretching back to distances more than 10 billion light-years away. About two-thirds of these objects never had been detected before because dust blocks their visible light. WISE easily sees these monsters because their powerful, accreting black holes warm the dust, causing it to glow in infrared light."

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12:33pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Participation Nation

Heart Of A Hawk In Iowa City, Iowa

Herky the Hawk
Courtesy of Herky's Nest

In the fall of 2008 my friend, TJ Anderson — a member of the University of Iowa's Herky the Hawk mascot squad — took note of an unused space in the southwest corner of Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. And the idea of "Herky's Nest" was born.

TJ envisioned creating Herky's Nest — a home for Herky — that also serves as a premium seating area for children and families from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The goodwill gesture brings the community together in a lighthearted and meaningful way.

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12:16pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Report: Clint Eastwood Will Make Republicans' Day

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:49 pm

If CNN's John King is right, Dirty Harry is indeed tonight's "mystery speaker":

"Clint Eastwood is the #gop mystery speaker for Thurs night. #cnnelections"

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11:55am

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

Introducing Microgreens: Younger, And Maybe More Nutritious, Vegetables

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:33 am

Brendan Davison grows 11 kinds of microgreens, including arugula and basil, at his Good Water Farms in East Hampton, N.Y.
Lindsay Morris

We've come to accept the baby-fication of our vegetables – baby spinach, baby lettuce, and baby squash prized for their tenderness and cute size have staked out territory in the produce section of many a grocery store.

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11:51am

Thu August 30, 2012
Humans

Pinky DNA Points To Clues About Ancient Humans

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:09 pm

A replica of the pinky bone fragment found in a Siberian cave. Researchers used the bone bit to extract and sequence the genome of a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Scientists in Germany have been able to get enough DNA from a fossilized pinky to produce a high-quality DNA sequence of the pinky's owner.

"It's a really amazing-quality genome," says David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston. "It's as good as modern human genome sequences, from a lot of ways of measuring it."

The pinky belonged to a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago. Scientists aren't sure about the exact age. She is a member of an extinct group of humans called Denisovans. The name comes from Denisova cave in Siberia, where the pinky was found.

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11:24am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Janesville Debate: Dissecting Ryan's Claim, Obama's 'Promise' & The Facts

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 7:02 am

Weeds were already growing in the parking lot outside the GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., on May 4, 2009.
Scott Olson Getty Images

There are claims flying back and forth today over whether Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has falsely accused President Obama of breaking a promise to make sure a GM plant in Ryan's hometown stayed open.

We posted earlier about Ryan's words in his acceptance speech Wednesday and the "false" rating they got from PolitiFact.com.

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While TV pundits have declared the recession technically over, city coffers across California continue to shrink. In the city of Newark in southern Alameda County, things have recently gone from bad to worse. City manager John Becker says that 18 months ago, his small suburban city cut dozens of jobs. At the end of January in 2010, 36 more employees were laid off or lost hours, and all but the most essential city services were cut.

One of the casualties of Newark’s budget crunch is its decades-old senior center. On the outside, the center is a nondescript building in the shadow of a Morton Salt refinery. On the inside, it is a warm and welcoming home for people who, in many cases, have no other social outlet. 

10:44am

Thu August 30, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Alexis Harte & The Lemon Hammer

You might be a little perplexed when you listen to this song; could it be the musical stylings of The Lemon Hammer? Is that the sound of Berkeley boy Alexis Harte? Well, we’re not sure. But we know this much: Alexis and the band play folk and blues, and they’re taking the stage at the 60th annual Sausalito Art Festival on Monday September 3rd – that’s Labor Day – at 11:15 am.

10:33am

Thu August 30, 2012
Participation Nation

Anti-Trafficking Barista In Houston, Texas

Serving coffee at A 2nd Cup.
Courtesy of A 2nd Cup

My friend Erica Raggett is one of those rare individuals who, when she heard about something atrocious, didn't forget about it, feel sad about it, or throw money at it.

She did something about it.

The just-opened A 2nd Cup is Erica's vision of a non-profit coffee shop that seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking in the Houston community, partner with other anti-trafficking organizations and fund aftercare solutions for survivors.

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9:42am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

CNN Camerawoman: Racial Taunts Aimed At Her Could Happen Anywhere

"This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," CNN camerawoman Patricia Carroll, in an interview with an institute that promotes diversity in the news media, says of the ugly racial taunts directed her way Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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