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Swiss speed demon trapped by [DUH!] his own mobile phone


All you need to get one is money – not brains

A Swiss motorist used his mobile phone to record himself driving on an autoroute near Geneva at 320 km an hour, nearly three times the speed limit, police said Wednesday.

But the offence was only uncovered six months later when the 28-year-old was questioned in another case and investigators found the images still on the phone.

Some shots were focused on the speedometer of his car, a Bentley Continental, according to a police spokesman.

Others showed the road, revealing where he was, and the phone’s timer recorded the date and the time — just before 3:30 in the morning local time last April.

Police said the driver, whom they declined to name, probably took the shots to impress his friends. His license was confiscated and he is free on bail awaiting trial.

When your testicles are hardwired to the accelerator on your car, you really can’t count on your brain working at all.

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New NASA pics show Apollo astronaut footpaths on the moon


Just for the Kool Aid Party-types who think we never went to the moon

The LROC was launched in June of 2009, and had been orbiting and photographing the Moon with its Narrow and Wide Angle Cameras ever since. Although it has usually held a near-circular orbit at an average altitude of 50km above the lunar surface, on August 10th NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center temporarily altered its orbit to a more oval configuration, that brought it as low as 21km. The result were the photos…that show the Apollo landing sites in greater detail than ever before.

Pix of the Day – from WW2

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif. She’s one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. Better known as the “Flying Fortress,” the B-17F is a later model of the B-17 which distinguished itself in action in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men, and with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions. (Alfred Palmer 1942 Oct.)

And some of the photos that didn’t often make the Sunday Magazine section:


Negro Engineers color guard at Fort Belvoir


Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation, Tule Lake Relocation Center

NASA’s first pictures of Mercury taken from orbit

A spidery crater named for a French composer features in the very first picture MESSENGER took from orbit around Mercury, taken March 29 and released March 30.

Debussy Crater had been known since before MESSENGER’s arrival, thanks to its brilliant appearance in Earth-based radar images of Mercury. But no spacecraft had seen Debussy in visible light until MESSENGER made a flyby on its way into orbit.

The new shot of the 80-kilometer-wide crater is a composite of three out of eight images taken through different light filters. Combining images taken at multiple wavelengths can reveal changes across Mercury’s surface, since different minerals reflect light in unique ways. A black-and-white version of this Mercury picture was released on March 29.

RTFA – go to the NatGeo site and click through each photo and description. Delightful.

Arizona Mom – and daughter – accused of abusing same boy

County Supervisor Fulton Brock’s daughter has been arrested and accused of molesting the same boy her mother is charged with sexually abusing over a three-year period.

Rachel Katherine Brock, 21, the daughter of Fulton and Susan Brock, faces three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one of furnishing obscene materials to a minor. The charges are related to incidents that began when the boy was 14 and she was 18, according to court papers.

Susan Brock, 48, faces 15 child abuse counts for allegedly abusing the same boy starting when he was 13 years old and she was 45, the court documents report.

Mother and daughter are both being held without bond

The reports do not say whether mother and daughter knew of each other’s alleged activities with the reported victim. However, the daughter’s alleged sexual contact with the boy took place within the time frame her mother is accused of molesting him.

County Supervisor Brock…said in a statement…”I have filed to divorce my wife. I cannot divorce my daughter. She is my blood. I will always be her Dad….As a person of faith I ask for your continued prayers.”

I guess that Family Values thing still works for vote-getting in Arizona.

Dumb Crook of the Day

A fraudster was caught by police after they found photos of him rolling in piles of bank notes when they searched his home. Plattini Stalone de la Torre Cordoso took a number of photos of himself with wads of cash, including one of him lying back on his bed covered in thousands of pounds.

Other photos – which helped send the 22-year-old to jail for four years – included ones of him lounging around with a laptop with a picture of sports car on it as he surrounded himself with money…

The Brazilian, who made tens of thousands of pounds selling forged passports, was arrested on July 7 this year after a routine stop by officers from British Transport Police (BTP).

Police found him in possession of two forged driving licences and two passports and marched him back to his home in Shadwell, East London, where they uncovered the photos of him surrounded by cash.

They also found equipment used to forge passports, identity cards, and driving licences and also 400 capsules of class C drug Fenproporex…

A police source said…”If he had any sense at all he would never have taken those photos and would have hidden his forging equipment somewhere other than his own flat.

“When he couldn’t give us a straight answer about where he got all the money he knew he was heading to jail.”

Which is obviously where he belongs.

Southern Lights image from Antarctica chef

Anthony Dubber, from Hertfordshire, quit his job working in a hotel to spend two 18 month periods as a chef with the Survey team located at Halley in Antarctica.

He braved 45mph winds and -35 degree temperatures as well as surviving 105 days of total darkness…

In September 2007 he wrote: “The start of September bought the last shimmers of light during the night. It would be the finale of the Aurora Australis, and very soon the last sightings of Antarctica’s night star constellations, as the daylight starts rapidly taking grasp over the darkness of night.

“As the nights are quickly drawing to an end, I find myself reminiscing about the luminous starry skies that glistened above us, during our siege of 24 hour darkness.”

The Aurora Australis or Southern Lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the Antarctic skies in winter. Aurora results from the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Lovely photo, must have been a lifetime experience.

I’ve only known a few folks who spent significant time living and working in Antarctica. One, in fact, an Iranian-American who spent the original International Geophysical Year – which was two years long – working and defining what became known as ice geology. Not a garrulous type, I still managed to get him aside once in a while and draw out tales of nature and beauty and the very early science being derived from ice cores.

Asteroid Lutetia – up close and personal

Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESA’s Rosetta mission has returned the first close-up images of the asteroid showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System.

The flyby was a spectacular success with Rosetta performing faultlessly…

The images show that Lutetia is heavily cratered, having suffered many impacts during its 4.5 billion years of existence. As Rosetta drew close, a giant bowl-shaped depression stretching across much of the asteroid rotated into view. The images confirm that Lutetia is an elongated body, with its longest side around 130km.

“I think this is a very old object. Tonight we have seen a remnant of the Solar System’s creation,” says Holger Sierks, OSIRIS principal investigator, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Lindau, Germany.

Rosetta raced past the asteroid at 15 km/s completing the flyby in just a minute. But the cameras and other instruments had been working for hours and in some cases days beforehand, and will continue afterwards. Shortly after closest approach, Rosetta began transmitting data to Earth for processing…

The flyby marks the attainment of one of Rosetta’s main scientific objectives. The spacecraft will now continue to a 2014 rendezvous with its primary target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will then accompany the comet for months, from near the orbit of Jupiter down to its closest approach to the Sun. In November 2014, Rosetta will release Philae to land on the comet nucleus.

RTFA. Lots of great photos.

As the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood, said – “It has been a great day for exploration, a great day for European science.”

Extending, expanding knowledge of our solar system is a natural goal for inquiring scientific minds. Every step forward opens more avenues for study and learning, understanding the context of our evolution.