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17:40 Lots more to notice after I get home.

“KENNEWICK MAN OVER 9000 YEARS OLD AND NATIVE AMERICAN ACCORDING TO NAGPRA LAW Cultural Affiliation Studies underway to analyze evidence of Shared Group Identity with present day American Indian Tribes The Department of the Interior today announced its conclusions on the first of two questions Interior is answering for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: whether the human skeletal remains found in the Columbia River (known as Kennewick Man) are to be considered Native American. The Department of the Interior considers the Kennewick remains “Native American” for the purposes of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA). The decision is based upon recent radiocarbon dating, analysis of a lithic point embedded in the left hip and other anthropological and sediment analysis performed in February, 1999.” more from the National Park Service

“Kennewick Man expected to go Native.” more from Channel 13 in Seattle

“Department of the Interior scientists have dated the remains to 8,410 radiocarbon years – or as old as 9,300 calendar years. Interior officials planned to release their results today, along with their decision on whether to classify the skeleton as Native American under federal law. In other developments, the leader of an Old Norse pagan group said Wednesday that the Asatru Folk Assembly was withdrawing from the legal dispute.” more from ABC News

16:30 Wow! Lots of things happen during the day.

Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft. And so it begins…

Researchers clone monkey by splitting embryo

At 7:15 (-0700 GMT) a quick pass over Scripting News, CNN, slashdot, Wired, and some blogs didn’t turn up anything that piqued my interest. Not that there isn’t anything out there, we all know there is. I need a crawler…

Off to work.

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Galileo Findings Boost Idea of Other-worldly Ocean

When NASA’s Galileo spacecraft swooped past Jupiter’s moon Europa a week ago, it picked up powerful new evidence that a liquid ocean lies beneath Europa’s icy crust. As the spacecraft flew 218 miles (351 kilometers) above the icy moon on January 3, its magnetometer instrument studied changes in the direction of Europa’s magnetic field. Galileo’s magnetometer observed directional changes consistent with the type that would occur if Europa contained a shell of electrically conducting material, such as a salty, liquid ocean.

The Solar System Simulator is a fascinating web app to create a view of a planet or satellite at various dates and times.

That’s it for today. The update schedule for this site is waaaay off kilter, but hey – it beats not working.

Chop wood, carry water, do weblog.

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Went to see Fantasia 2000 with Audrey and SirDeath. I recommend it highly.

With a DVD in the house I finally got to see The Matrix. Keanu Reeves plays the Enlightened One. Again. I love this movie!

Microsoft Certified Professional Action Heroes! Jump into action with Dan, Kim, and Nate your desktop buddies! Neato! Even if they didn’t include my favorite, TGIF Joe. Almost as cool as the Intel bunny-suited figures. </sarcasm>

General Science

January 20, 2000. The year’s first full moon will also be a total lunar eclipse in North America. MSNBC has the story.
“The moon will enter the penumbra, the lighter, outer part of Earth‚s shadow, at 9:03 p.m. ET.”

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This is management wisdom, pure and simple. Doing a Job by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. Navy, retired. It sounds like he never became a pointy-haired boss. He was probably a bear to work for, but I suspect in a good way. Thanks to Dan Gillmor for the pointer.

Archaeology and Science

Predicting El Niño in Primitive Way Associated Press

Sites of Distinction Washington Post

Chimp Shows Capacity to Recall Random Numbers

from: ABC, the BBC, MSNBC, Associated Press, and Nando

I’m glad you asked about the Mars Lander!

Scientists say Mars probe probably plunged into canyon, an exclusive to the Devner Post.
The Associated Press picked up the story from there (byline Denver) so there is additional coverage from all over but the Post has the scoop. This time Lockheed is pointing fingers at NASA/JPL. Everything concerns the topography of the landing site. The Nasa/JPL web has some perspective views of the landing site available.

Additional coverage:

Miami Herald, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC

Beginnings III

18:50 (-0700 GMT)

This has already been blogged to death, but that won’t stop me ’cause this is science. Über-Geek Albert Einstein has been named person of the century by Time Magazine.

A man whose very name is synonymous with scientific genius, Einstein has come to represent more than any other person the flowering of 20th century scientific thought that set the stage for the age of technology.

I first saw this on Scripting News. Time’s feature on Albert Einstein: Person of the Century.

Beginnings

Welcome to my new site on EditThisPage.Com

  • This is my first Manilla home page, as yet untitled.
  • High profile science: 12/24/1999 During the third and final spacewalk of their mission Friday, space shuttle Discovery astronauts will install a new radio transmitter and data recorder, and hang steel shields on the Hubble Space Telescope’s exterior to protect it from the sun. The gyroscopes and the four on-board computers have already been replaced during two previous spacewalks.