The sound of little hooves in the night

The sound of little hooves in the night.

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion | Democracy Now!

With the opening of the new Hollywood film “Kill the Messenger” this week, we look back at Democracy Now! interviews with Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter the film is based on.In 1996, Webb published an explosive series in the San Jose Mercury News titled, “Dark Alliance.” The articles began: “For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the ‘crack’ capital of the world.”

via Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion | Democracy Now!.

Dawn Journal: From HAMO to LAMO and Beyond | The Planetary Society

Dear Omnipodawnt Readers,Dawn draws ever closer to the mysterious Ceres, the largest body between the sun and Pluto not yet visited by a probe from Earth. The spacecraft is continuing to climb outward from the sun atop a blue-green beam of xenon ions from its uniquely efficient ion propulsion system. The constant, gentle thrust is reshaping its solar orbit so that by March 2015, it will arrive at the first dwarf planet ever discovered. Once in orbit, it will undertake an ambitious exploration of the exotic world of ice and rock that has been glimpsed only from afar for more than two centuries.

via Dawn Journal: From HAMO to LAMO and Beyond | The Planetary Society.

wwf – Borneo’s wildlife

Found only in Borneo Borneo is estimated to be home to more than around 210 mammal species including 44 endemic – meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world, 420 birds 37 endemic, 100 amphibians and 394 fish 19 endemic. Just in the 220,000 km2 region in the mountainous centre of the island known as the Heart of Borneo, there are 10 primate species, over 350 bird species, and 150 reptile and amphibian species.At least 15,000 plant species, of which over 5,000 are endemic and exist nowhere else in the world, can be found in the swamps, mangroves, and lowland and montane forests of the island. The Heart of Borneo is home to around 10,000 of these.

via wwf – Borneo’s wildlife.

Ebola virus is rapidly mutating › News in Science ABC Science

A study of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveals more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it has leapt from person to person.These rapid changes could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, say researchers.”We found the virus is doing what viruses do. It’s mutating,” says study lead author Pardis Sabeti of Harvard University and the Broad Institute.

via Ebola virus is rapidly mutating › News in Science ABC Science.

ISEE-3 Post Lunar Flyby Status and Modification of Mission Goals

Originally posted on denniswingo:

Mission Status

Communication with the ISEE-3 satellite was successfully re-established with the goal of commanding the satellite to change its trajectory with the goal of putting it into a libration point orbit that would allow it to resume its original mission goals of collecting data for solar physics research. The trajectory change goal unfortunately could not be completed due to the failure of the onboard thrusters. This failure was apparently the result of the loss of nitrogen pressurant in the Hydrazine fuel system.

This inability to change the spacecraft’s orbit rules out the original reboot mission goals which would have provided long-term data collection from the satellite instrumentation package using modest antennas. After the orbit change attempt, the ISEE-3 Reboot Team powered on the instrumentation package and began data collection from the instruments to assess their current physical status and usefulness for any ongoing scientific mission.

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Long-term outlook tips dry start to spring for southern Australia – ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for the next three months is tipping a dry start to spring in southern Australia.The weather bureau’s seasonal outlook is forecasting a drier than normal September for a large part of southern Australia, while the entire three months of spring, from September to November, are likely to be drier than normal in central Victoria and southern and central New South Wales.

via Long-term outlook tips dry start to spring for southern Australia – ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation.