Malaysia Airlines MH370 search crews to launch robotic submarine for first time

April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Metro:

The Bluefin-21 underwater search drone will attempt to create a hi-res map of the sea floor (Picture: US Navy/Getty Images)

Crews searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will launch a robotic submarine for the first time in the hope of locating the plane’s black box.

No ‘ping’ signals have been picked up in the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean since April 8 but officials remain fairly confident they know the approximate location of the box.

Search teams will now launch an unmanned underwater vehicle in a bid to get a closer look at the sea floor in the search zone of Australia’s west coast.

Search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders (Picture: Getty)

‘We haven’t had a single detection in six days, and I guess it’s time to go under water,’ explained Angus Houston, the head of the…

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Jordana Brewster and Vin Diesel pay tribute to Paul Walker at MTV Movie Awards

April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Metro:

Actress Jordana Brewster honours her late co-star (Picture: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV)

Fast & Furious 7 stars Jordana Brewster and Vin Diesel have paid tribute to their former co-star Paul Walker at the MTV Movie Awards 2014.

Speaking at the ceremony, which took place last night in Los Angeles, Brewster – who also stars in TV series Dallas - said Walker had the power to make people ‘feel like the most important person in the world’.

‘This past November, tragedy struck when Paul Walker’s life shockingly ended. The immense outpouring of grief around the world was a reflection of the kind of man Paul was,’ the 33-year-old said.

‘He was so, so special. I was lucky enough to work with him over the last 15 years and witness the generosity of his heart every day I was with him.

‘He was humble, he thought about others. Whether you knew Paul for five minutes or a…

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Guy Fawkes' blog:


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Pictures: MTV Movie Awards fashion 2014

April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Metro:

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April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Earth Station One:

claudia-christian-my-life-with-geeks-and-freaks CC Geeks Friend of the Station, Claudia Christian has a new ebook available called “My Life with Geeks and Freaks”, a mini memoir about her experiences at conventions.

“My Life with Geeks and Freaks” is now available on kindle here and paperback here.

For more with Claudia Christian, check out her turn in The Geek Seat on episode 136 of the ESO podcast here.

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Intergalactic Space Babes – Claudia Christian

April 14, 2014

Originally posted on Micro Filums' Blog:

Claudia Christian is rightly worshipped for her portrayal of Lt. Cmdr. Susan Invanova, the hot headed, Russian, Jewish, bisexual, latent telepathic heart of Babylon 5.

But I’ve always thought that the real reason Claudia Christian has become such a cult favourite is not just down to her acting ability, charisma, or even her knock-out good looks.

No. Something else is at work here. Something that, for want of a better word, I’ve decided to call:


Claudia is the kind of actor who doesn’t merely roll up to a Sci Fi convention, collect her fee, scribble a few overpriced autographs, then disappear into the Green Room, never to be seen again.

Oh, no …

Claudia is the kind of actor who throws her own convention – a convention that puts the fans first. With an after party in a pub. Then it’s all back to her flat for a…

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The Christchurch Earthquake: tectonic plates and fault lines

April 13, 2014

Originally posted on Posts from Keith Woodford:

In an attempt to understand the Christchurch earthquakes I have been forced to do a lot of reading. There is a lot of good material ‘out there’, but much of it assumes a prior knowledge of geology. Some of the best material for non-geologists  is in the Learning Section at    Another site that I  found to be very informative was  the Mt Aspiring College website. The starting point (hard to find from the home page) is   (Alternatively, search Google using the terms  ‘Mt Aspiring’ and ‘earthquake’.) From there,  go through the various pages within the earthquake section. The nice thing about the Mt Aspiring College material  is that it is put together by professional educators, who know how to write for a non-expert audience, and also know how to put together a professional website.

In this post I report in summary terms what I learned from these plus…

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Westboro Batshit Church Gets Chased Out Of Oklahoma Town In Under 10 Minutes

April 11, 2014

Originally posted on The Daley Gator:

You’d think that with the the Westboro Baptist Church would grow a little quieter for a while, but they have kept their obnoxious and hateful protest speeches going strong.

They recently showed up in Moore, Oklahoma, the site of a deadly F5 tornado that killed 24 and injured 377 just last year, urging them to “repent” for their “sins” that God was “punishing” them for.

The townspeople would have none of it. They immediately ran WBC protesters out of town… in less than 10 minutes.

Via :

God has given Moore, Oklahoma many chances to repent…On 5/2/13, God struck Moore with an EF5 tornado, killing 24, injuring 377 others, including many of your children…Not once did a single voice [besides WBC] say, Repent! Mourn for your sins! Obey God! Because you phony salt-of-the-eart-small-town-pseydo-patriot-pretend-Christians LOVE YOUR SIN MORE THAN YOUR LIFE, AND HAVE NOTHING BUT HATE IN YOUR HEARTS FOR EACH…

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The War Between Russians and Jews

April 8, 2014

Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:

The Jews and Russian people never liked each other much. However, I think there was a truce in the USSR. I do not think the USSR was an anti-Jewish nation any way, shape or form. In fact, an Israeli leader said it was an “anti-anti-Semitic country.” He described the USSR as one of the most Jew-friendly countries that ever existed.

However, after 1948, this relationship got very complicated. The new criminal Israeli state quickly aligned with the West and became a sworn enemy of the USSR and the Russian people. Most Soviet Jews remained patriotic, but a new class of Jewish nationalists (Zionists) were seen as traitors by Stalin, who killed some of them. Some of these Jewish nationalists may well have murdered Com. Stalin.

After, the USSR was still very good to the Jews, but they did not allow Jewish nationalists to leave for Israel (personally they should have…

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Pro-Russian Protesters Seize Government Buildings in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov

April 7, 2014

Originally posted on Libya 360°:

Thousands of people waving Russian flags flooded the streets of eastern Ukraine on Sunday. Demonstrators in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov seized state offices, while in Donetsk they also demanded an independence referendum.

Over 2,000 people gathered in Lenin Square in the center of Donetsk to petition for the Berkut officers, who – they believe – are falsely accused of using fire arms against the rioters during the Maidan standoff.

The participants in the event called on the “illegal junta in Kiev” to end political repressions and persecution of dissidents, the Itar-Tass news agency reports.

They demanded their right for self-determination to be respected, pushing for a Crimea-style referendum on independence from Ukraine.

The protesters carried Russian national flags, chanted “Russia! Russia!” and displayed banners urging the new Donetsk Region governor, Sergey Taruta, who was recently appointed by Kiev, “to get out.”

An effigy of a Nazi zealot…

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