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“Nick Offerman's solid oak emojis are a more old-fashioned, more personal, more American mode of communication.” From CONAN.
Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, a Baltimore-based pastry chef famous for creative sweets, has jumped on the camo-cake bandwagon with “Camouflage” and “Pink Camouflage” cake mixes. Read the rest
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European space agency scientists believe the Philae lander may have plopped down on its side when landing on comet 67P.
The first monochome image sent back from the space craft more than 300 million miles away from us shows the bumpy, crackled comet surface with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left. Scientists don't yet know if that leg in the photo is touching the comet's surface, but it's clear that Philae is not level. It may be wedged into a pit.
“We’re either looking into a ditch or we are against a wall,” ESA Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor said.
We saw both something that man built — the lander — you see the foot there, and something that nature built 4.6 billion years ago, which is a comet essentially preserved as it was at that time, containing all the history that we’re trying to look at,” said Jean-Pierre Bibring, Philae’s chief scientist and head of the CIVA camera team from Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Paris. “We have no idea what is around, or whether or not what is black is just shadow or open sky.”
Bibring said many scientists expected the comet’s surface to be powdery, allowing the lander to settle instead of rebounding back into space.
“It’s not a powder, it’s a rock, so it’s like a trampoline,” Bibring said. “You go there and it ejects you immediately afterwards.”
Officials have not pinpointed the lander’s location on the comet.
Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has detected a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. Read the rest
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A classic animation from the mid-2000s internets. Provenance unknown.
Civil defense officials in Hawaii went door-to-door last night handing out evacuation notices to residents in the immediate downslope path of the Puna lava flow. Read the rest
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In a town outside Paris, cops, firemen and a hunting dog are searching for a large feline believed to be a juvenile tiger. A frightened resident alerted officials after she encountered the critter in a supermarket parking lot in Montevrain, east of the French capital. BBC News:
Officers armed with tranquiliser guns have been combing countryside outside the town, helped by a helicopter. Residents of Montevrain and two other towns have been told to stay indoors. As darkness fell, the Montevrain council said on its Facebook page that the search had been called off for the night but local schools would be secured by 08:00 on Friday.
Eurodisney, which is located nearby, says it's not their tiger and not their fault.
Follow the tiger Drama on the town's Facebook page.
The world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, greets the tallest living man, Sultan Kosen, to mark the Guinness World Records Day in London November 13, 2014.