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Meteor Explodes Over Russia With Force Rivaling Nuclear Bomb

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After cruising through space for who knows how many millennia, a chunk of rock about 15 meters across plunged into Earth’s atmosphere above the Russian region of Chelyabinsk today and exploded with a force rivaling a nuclear blast, injuring at least 700 people with its shockwave: Russian Meteor Largest in a Century.

A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say. Infrasound data collected by a network designed to watch for nuclear weapons testing suggests that today’s blast released hundreds of kilotonnes of energy. That would make it far more powerful than the nuclear weapon tested by North Korea just days ago and the largest rock crashing on the planet since a meteor broke up over Siberia’s Tunguska river in 1908.

“It was a very, very powerful event,” says Margaret Campbell-Brown, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, who has studied data from two infrasound stations near the impact site. Her calculations show that the meteoroid was approximately 15 metres across when it entered the atmosphere, and put its mass at around 40 tonnes. “That would make it the biggest object recorded to hit the Earth since Tunguska,” she says.

The meteor appeared at around 09:25 a.m. local time over the region of Chelyabinsk, near the southern Ural Mountains. The fireball blinded drivers and a subsequent explosion blew out windows and damaged hundreds of buildings. So far, more than 700 people are reported to have been injured, mainly from broken glass, according to a statement from the Russian Emergency Ministry.

The unsettling part of the story is that nobody saw it coming — and we probably won’t see the next one either.

Despite its massive size, the object went undetected until it hit the atmosphere. “I’m not aware of anyone who saw this coming,” says Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agency’s space debris office at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Although a network of telescopes watches for asteroids that might strike Earth, it is geared towards spotting larger objects — between 100 metres and a kilometre in size.

“Objects like that are nearly impossible to see until a day or two before impact,” says Timothy Spahr, Director of the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which tracks asteroids and small bodies. So far as he knows, he says, his centre also failed to spot the approaching rock.

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64 comments

1 Political Atheist  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:07:01am

Let me first to say this….
A Penney For NASA
(1% of our budget)

2 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:10:07am

It doesn’t even sound that big. 15 meters in diameter? 40 tons? There’s plenty bigger than that floating around in space.

Amazing that speed combined with atmospheric friction can cause what amounts to a detonation like that. Imagine the mess if something like this sent a shockwave through a city like NY with all the glass. /Shudders

3 Eclectic Cyborg (formerly dragonfire1981)  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:10:09am

I’m reminded of a line from Armageddon where the U.S. President asks Billy Bob Thornton’s NASA character why his agency apparently failed to notice the giant asteroid heading straight for earth. The response:

“Well Mr. President our object collision budget is $1 million a year, which enables us to track about 3% of the sky and, begging your pardon sir but it’s a BIG ASS sky.”

4 Mattand  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:10:44am

And cue the Godbots calling this a sign in 3, 2, 1…

5 Interesting Times  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:10:58am

If the Alex Jones fan club witnessed a chemtrail like that, the panic-driven pooping would eclipse anything found on the stranded Carnival cruise.

6 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:13:21am

re: #5 Interesting Times

If the Alex Jones fan club witnessed a chemtrail like that, the panic-driven pooping would eclipse anything found on the stranded Carnival cruise.

I’m sure Wayne will mention it in his next speech to the gun-humpers. “If a meteor hits the earth and destroys civilization, you’re going to need your gun to survive the ensuing wasteland!”

7 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:13:46am

Lots more pictures and videos here including impact sights.

Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds have sought medical attention for minor injuries.

Eyewitness accounts of the meteorite phenomenon, handpicked by RT.
Around 950 people have sought medical attention in Chelyabinsk alone because of the disaster, the region’s governor Mikhail Yurevich told RIA Novosti. Over 110 of them have been hospitalized and two of them are in heavy condition. Among the injured there are 159 children, Emergency ministry reported.

Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.

Servicemembers from the tank brigade that found the crater have confirmed that background radiation levels at the site are normal.

8 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:14:27am

THE RUSSIANS AREN’T ALLOWED TO HAV GUNZ, BUT WE WILL SHOOT THAT METEOR OUT OF THE SKY WITH ARE GUNZ!1!

9 EmmaAnne  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:14:39am

Between meteorites and junk clogging up the paths of satellites, can we please fund NASA? We could perhaps forego the Abrams tanks the military doesn’t want.

10 Kragar (Antichrist )  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:14:42am

re: #4 Mattand

And cue the Godbots calling this a sign in 3, 2, 1…

It is a sign from God.

Russia is really going overboard with the homophobia lately. This is God’s way of saying knock that shit off. Let that be a lesson to the FRC. They’re going to be responsible for a meteor impact.

/

11 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:14:43am

re: #4 Mattand

And cue the Godbots calling this a sign in 3, 2, 1…

(Posted by Lidane last night.)

12 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:15:23am

re: #4 Mattand

And cue the Godbots calling this a sign in 3, 2, 1…

It’s a sign…that we live in a dangerous universe that is incapable of caring if we live or die.

We’re just plain lucky to have managed to exist this long without being destroyed by a meteor or fried by a gamma-ray burst.

13 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:16:01am

re: #11 wrenchwench

(Posted by Lidane last night.)

He sneezed and that came out of his nose? I figured it to be more of him passing a kidney stone over Russia or something.

14 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:17:49am

The budget for the JPL and NASA Near Earth Orbit surveys is a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the federal budget. Yet, it’s supposed to be the vanguard of detecting objects that could result in global catastrophe events on what’s essentially a shoestring budget.

It’s not the most glamorous job, but it’s one of utmost importance - kinda like all those other programs that the right wingers would love to cut at NASA and NOAA (satellites that can inform and provide data about climate change, global temps, deforestation and other phenomena as well as those occurring off-world like solar study, etc.)

15 Bulworth  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:18:05am

re: #13 Ghost of Tom Joad

Well, I’m not sure if that God on Twitter has been Verified. Lots of imposters out there. /

16 Lidane  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:18:39am

re: #1 Political Atheist

Let me first to say this….
A Penney For NASA
(1% of our budget)

Penny4NASA

They also have a Facebook page here: [Link: www.facebook.com…]

17 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:18:44am

re: #13 Ghost of Tom Joad

He sneezed and that came out of his nose? I figured it to be more of him passing a kidney stone over Russia or something.

That would have been louder.

18 Tigger2  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:19:29am

I saw this on another site and thought it was funny.

Ha, I can imagine this happening here and all the doomsday preppers go run and get in their hidey holes and we wouldn’t have to see them again for a decade.

19 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:19:29am

re: #13 Ghost of Tom Joad

Tunguska was a kidney stone. Meteor Crater in AZ was a kidney stone. This was me playing with you /G-d

20 alinuxguru  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:20:03am

Was that picture taken from Sarah Palin’s backyard? Did she see it?

21 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:20:48am

It was bound to happen, a dead certainty in fact. It has happened before. The results of another really large one, also a certainty, would be catastrophic because the Earth is much more crowded than it used to be.

22 alinuxguru  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:21:16am

re: #4 Mattand

And cue the Godbots calling this a sign in 3, 2, 1…

It’s not a sign from God. Remember, the Russians hatez teh gayz.

23 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:23:07am

re: #18 Tigger2

I saw this on another site and thought it was funny.

Ha, I can imagine this happening here and all the doomsday preppers go run and get in their hidey holes and we wouldn’t have to see them again for a decade.

Let them hide. It’s better than having another Heaven’s Gate cult.

24 Eclectic Cyborg (formerly dragonfire1981)  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:23:08am

Man on plane tells mother to shut up her “N****r baby”

The Smoking Gun has a copy of a court affidavit, written by an FBI agent, regarding a Feb. 8 incident on board a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta.

According to the agent, a 60-year-old male passenger became so upset with a crying infant seated next to him on the plane that he allegedly told the mother to “shut that ni**er baby up,” and then slapped the child across the face.

The child’s mother told the FBI that her son had begun crying as the plane began its descent. She attempted to calm the child, but could not. This is when the alleged assault occurred.

Her story is corroborated in the affidavit by a male passenger on the plane, who told the FBI that he heard derogatory language coming from further back in the plane. He says he got up out of his seat to investigate and witnessed the baby being slapped.

25 Robur  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:23:34am

re: #10 Kragar (Antichrist )

Yes que Pat Robertson! Waiting for Bryan Fischer to blame this on “our godless secular policies” and of course “the gay” Of course they probably never heard of Tanguska(?) correct spelling?in Siberia thats science and they hates them some science! More than likely the simply don’t understand it at all.

26 erik_t  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:24:36am

re: #14 lawhawk

The budget for the JPL and NASA Near Earth Orbit surveys is a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the federal budget. Yet, it’s supposed to be the vanguard of detecting objects that could result in global catastrophe events on what’s essentially a shoestring budget.

It’s not the most glamorous job, but it’s one of utmost importance - kinda like all those other programs that the right wingers would love to cut at NASA and NOAA (satellites that can inform and provide data about climate change, global temps, deforestation and other phenomena as well as those occurring off-world like solar study, etc.)

Well, it’s half of a job of utmost importance. At the moment, if we saw something like this coming, there is nothing we could do about it.

In fairness, the other half of the job is liable to be a fair bit more costly.

27 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:24:54am

re: #24 dragonfire1981

Sorry for the slapped baby, but at least it’ll get this racist off the streets for a while. Maybe they can seize his guns too, since he’s obviously incapable of controlling himself.

28 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:27:15am

re: #9 EmmaAnne

Between meteorites and junk clogging up the paths of satellites, can we please fund NASA? We could perhaps forego the Abrams tanks the military doesn’t want.

Tell them you want to fund putting an M1 Abrams with space adaptation into orbit for missile defense - and then switch out the payload at the last minute.
/

29 Eclectic Cyborg (formerly dragonfire1981)  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:28:48am

Just been reading that Carnival has a massively restricting CYA clause in their ticketing agreement that will basically stop cold any lawsuits that might come of this Triumph mess:

Carnival shall not be liable to the passenger for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering/anguish or psychological injury of any kind under any circumstances, except when such damages were caused by the negligence of Carnival and resulted from the same passenger sustaining actual physical injury, or having been at risk of actual physical injury, or when such damages are held to be intentionally inflicted by Carnival.

30 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:31:03am

Huntsville NASA scientists say Russian meteorite, passing asteroid moving in different directions

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — NASA scientists at Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center say the Russian meteorite captured on video Friday was moving in a different direction than the asteroid making a close pass to Earth the same day, meaning the meteorite and asteroid are different and unrelated objects. Marshall’s Meteoroid Environments Office monitors the night skies with an automated observatory.

I question the timing!
//

31 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:31:23am

I’ve been following this incident all day - it’s quite fascinating, and alarming at the same time.

I can’t help but imagine what would have happened had this bolide detonated at less than 5,000 feet over Chelyabinsk. The damage would have been enormous.

Chelyabinsk basically dodged a cosmic bullet today.

32 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:31:24am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

I’m told by people that go on cruises that you never go on Carnival.

They may get away without compensating their victims, but they’re going to have a hard time filling their ships from now on.

It would be nice if the US didn’t allow Carnival’s foreign vessels to dock here and victimize Americans in a lawless environment.

33 Mattand  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:31:25am

re: #24 dragonfire1981

Man on plane tells mother to shut up her “N****r baby”

Three guesses which party this guy votes for.

34 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:33:33am

I’ve seen this before. It’s the Nexus. Which means it’s only a matter of time before Troi crash lands the Enterprise.

35 celticdragon  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:34:45am

re: #6 Ghost of Tom Joad

I’m sure Wayne will mention it in his next speech to the gun-humpers. “If a meteor hits the earth and destroys civilization, you’re going to need your gun to survive the ensuing wasteland!”

In the event of a major bolide impact…guns will be the least of your worries.

36 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:35:55am

re: #18 Tigger2

I saw this on another site and thought it was funny.

Ha, I can imagine this happening here and all the doomsday preppers go run and get in their hidey holes and we wouldn’t have to see them again for a decade.

What was that movie with Brendan Fraser and his Father was Christopher Walken….plane hit their home so they lived in a fallout condominium for like 20 years before surfacing…

37 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:36:44am

They claim around 1000 injuries but amazingly no deaths.

38 geoffm33  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:36:51am

re: #24 dragonfire1981

For those in the ‘lets let all the facts come to light and give him his due process’ camp. He’s a dick by his own admission:

However, the passenger tells TSG that he didn’t strike the child nor did he use any racial slurs. He did admit to asking the mother to “quiet the child.” He also says he was not intoxicated and only had one alcoholic drink during the flight.

Crying babies gonna cry. It’s life. Deal. With. It.

39 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:37:27am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

It’s not just Carnival. It’s all the cruise lines that operate with similar clauses. They insulate themselves from all manner of claims - whether it’s the land-tours that they sell on board or missed or changed itineraries.

The amount of money they’re offering the passengers is laughable in some instances - not covering lost salaries, etc., but lawsuits coming out of this might result in changes in how the cruise line industry operates for the better.

There’s little that the IMO can do to require backup generators that can power all critical public health systems (plumbing, refrigeration, and AC) - it lacks the ability to force those changes. Yet, it’s all too clear that the backup systems that Carnival has on board this class of ship is inadequate to the task.

40 Kragar (Antichrist )  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:41:54am

Wilson: Government May Classify Christians as Mentally Ill to ‘Get Us Out of the Picture’

The American Family Association’s Buster Wilson is latching on to a new conspiracy theory that the government will eventually try to classify Christians as mentally ill in order to “get us out of the picture.” He said that the left uses terms like “right-wing fanatics” and “radicals” so that one day the government and the CDC can level “attacks against Christians based on some form of mental illness diagnosis” since they “hate” Christians.

With people like Fischer, Wilson and Barton speaking for them, what do they have to worry about?

Oh shit, they’re fucked.

41 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:43:18am

re: #37 NJDhockeyfan

They claim around 1000 injuries but amazingly no deaths.

Most of the injuries are minor, caused by flying glass.

42 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:43:49am

re: #40 Kragar (Antichrist )

These folks never understand that they’re Christian AND mentally-ill. They treat it as a package and call it “being Christian,” when many Christians are completely rational in all things but their faith.

43 Kragar (Antichrist )  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:45:12am

re: #42 JeffFX

These folks never understand that they’re Christian AND mentally-ill. They treat it as a package and call it “being Christian,” when many Christians are completely rational in all things but their faith.

Paranoid schizophrenics who have incorporated Christian beliefs into their dementia.

44 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:45:43am

re: #39 lawhawk

it’s all too clear that the backup systems that Carnival has on board this class of ship is inadequate to the task.

Do you think that this would be considered negligence, allowing the victims to prevail in court?

45 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:45:50am

re: #40 Kragar (Antichrist )

Wilson: Government May Classify Christians as Mentally Ill to ‘Get Us Out of the Picture’

With people like Fischer, Wilson and Barton speaking for them, what do they have to worry about?

Oh shit, they’re fucked.

If you believe that virgins can give birth, that dead people can get up and walk and that demons can posess your mind and body, I would call you delusional enough to be certifiable, yes…

46 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:47:23am

re: #45 Sol Berdinowitz

That would lump in a lot of people who function just fine in the real world despite their lack of critical thinking on a single subject. Too broad a brush.

47 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:49:45am

re: #46 JeffFX

That would lump in a lot of people who function just fine in the real world despite their lack of critical thinking on a single subject. Too broad a brush.

Of course, but when you start insisting that we teach that stuff in public schools, you are moving out of the mildy personally delusional and into the realm of the psycopathinc

48 kirkspencer  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:51:16am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

Just been reading that Carnival has a massively restricting CYA clause in their ticketing agreement that will basically stop cold any lawsuits that might come of this Triumph mess:

The problem with massive CYA statements is that they can turn around and bite their owners. Not least because it takes such effort to overcome them that the smaller suits that might have been warnings don’t happen.

There is a decent chance this might come into play. The big issue is the fact this ship had a major mechanical incident less than a month prior but was sailing less than four days later.

49 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:51:40am

re: #47 Sol Berdinowitz

Yes, that crosses a line that must not be crossed.

50 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:54:49am

Meteorite Crash in Russia Sparks UFO Fears, Witnesses Report on Twitter

A meteorite has reportedly crashed Friday into the Earth’s atmosphere above central Russia. International news agencies have received reports of “windows crashing” and “injuries.” Meanwhile, UFO fears reportedly sparked panic in the affected region, as witnesses reported their ordeal on Twitter.

51 dragonath  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:55:10am

re: #34 lawhawk

I’ve seen this before. It’s the Nexus. Which means it’s only a matter of time before Troi crash lands the Enterprise.

If it’s the Nexus, we’ll probably get Malcolm McDowell.

Playing Caligula

52 stabby  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:56:41am

re: #40 Kragar (Antichrist )

There are churches which teach people to talk to God and hear a response back which is essentially madness. I wonder if these freaks are in one like that.

53 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:57:26am

re: #51 dragonath

Only marginally better if he comes back as Alex.

54 stabby  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:01:51am
55 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:04:30am

re: #44 JeffFX

It’s going to be one heck of a discovery process to see if there’s merit to the negligence claims against the cruise line. While Carnival’s saying that the problems with the ship before this cruise are unrelated, that’s on their say-so only, and internal records might present a different picture - like say trying to track down where/how a problem developed and that they couldn’t completely rule out problems down the road, etc. But instead of keeping the ship out of service longer to do a full repair, they went ahead with the next cruise anyway as if there was nothing to worry about.

I think a different tact might also work - suing not on negligence grounds, but on a defective products design ground. The ship was purposefully built with backup systems that could not handle basic sanitation in the event the main systems went down. That was done because they made a monetary decision to forgo the proper sized backups, because it would eat in to the profit margin over the life of the ship, even though there have been dozens upon dozens of fires on board cruise ships since the 1990s and the ship size keeps getting larger.

56 Tigger2  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:10:02am

re: #36 Ghost of Tom Joad

What was that movie with Brendan Fraser and his Father was Christopher Walken….plane hit their home so they lived in a fallout condominium for like 20 years before surfacing…

Can’t help ya never saw it.

57 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:14:30am

Here’s a version that Carnival uses for their cruises.

Mind you, Carnival could sue those on board (or their estates) for all of the following:

deviation expenses (including loss of revenue), damages to the Vessel, its furnishings, operations or equipment, or any property of Carnival caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any misconduct, willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the Guest or any minors traveling with Guest. The Guest or Guest’s estate shall defend and indemnify Carnival and the Vessel, their servants and agents against liability which Carnival or the Vessel or such servants or agents may incur towards any person, company or Government for any damage to property, personal injury or death caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any misconduct, willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the Guest or minors traveling with Guest.

Here’s the negligence clause:

(d) Carnival shall not be liable to the passenger for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering/anguish or psychological injury of any kind under any circumstances, except when such damages were caused by the negligence of Carnival and resulted from the same passenger sustaining actual physical injury, or having been at risk of actual physical injury, or when such damages are held to be intentionally inflicted by Carnival.

(e) In addition to all the restrictions and exemptions from liability provided in this Contract, Carnival shall have the benefit of all statutes of the United States of America providing for limitation and exoneration from liability and the procedures provide thereby, including but not limited Title 46 of the United States Code sections 30501 through 30509, and 30511. Nothing in this Contract is intended to nor shall it operate to limit or deprive Carnival or any such statutory limitation of or exoneration from liability under any applicable laws.

It’s arguable that the fire and subsequent problems resulted in actual injury (think public health issues that might not be readily apparent for a period of time - like say hepatitis or other diseases that can be spread by contact with body fluids or feces). Stronger argument to claim that they were a risk of actual physical injury. If you can show that Carnival purposefully put Triumph to sea knowing that its systems were likely to fail, you’ve got a stronger claim.

Of course, the cruise line also claims liability limits under US law - 46 USC 30506.

58 JeffFX  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:18:27am

re: #55 lawhawk

Thanks, I really appreciate your insights.

59 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:00:43pm

Interesting. According to JPL, the energy released by the Chelyabinsk airburst was on the order of “hundreds of kilotons”.

[Link: www.jpl.nasa.gov…]

60 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:32:53pm

Carnival Cruise lines: Floating FEMA camp!

61 StephenMeansMe  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 4:08:17pm

I’m really glad the Cold War’s over. How many people would’ve seen that and assumed it was an American nuclear attack?

Not that those claims aren’t floating around, even now…

“Those aren’t meteors falling, it’s the Americans testing new weapons,” Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, told journalists several hours after the Emergencies Ministry began issuing statements on the incident, which has injured hundreds and damaged scores of buildings.

Sigh.

EDIT: Also, first comment after a looooooooong time lurking. I blame the space rock.

62 Bubblehead II  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 4:22:15pm

re: #61 StephenMeansMe

Welcome Hatchling.

63 Stentor  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:42:55pm

How many Millenia???

Try How many Eons!

That meteor’s probably older than Earth.

64 Stanley Sea  Sat, Feb 16, 2013 5:48:11am

Just visited this thread. What an event. Great comments.

Imagine if it blasted into the atmosphere over Chicago or Minn/St. Paul.

Holy shit.


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I Stand With Big Sodomy!
French speaking tourists wanted for luring, kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon
Needless to say the little guy didn't make it. The tourists are described as two French-speaking men, wearing only cowboy hats and boxer shorts. Story

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CriticalDragon1177
Ars Technica - Tasmanian depths may have been hiding unknown animal phylum
As John Timmer at Ars Technica points out, we may have found not only a new species, but a brand new type of animal! This is big news for the science of biology, and zoology in particular! Over the past ...

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danarchy
Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls
Weird stuff. Interceptors vary widely in expense and sophistication - but in a nutshell, they are radio-equipped computers with software that can use arcane cellular network protocols and defeat the onboard encryption. Whether your phone uses Android or iOS, it ...

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 Frank says:

There is no hell. There is only France.