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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ripped from the Headlines VIII

I'm going to start off with some cool science news today!  NASA has created some new glasses for airline pilots to allow them to navigate an unfamiliar airport (or a familiar one) even in the fog!!  They are calling them augmented reality glasses.  They actually show all sorts of data - including a map of the immediate area showing their route- in front of one eye. This sort of thing has already been in use by the military but this is the first time it is becoming available for commercial pilots. This technology could help prevent airport accidents in the future!

The weather here in PA has been mild this past week, to say the least.  In fact, it has been unseasonably warm!  We've had temperatures in the 70s all week and it went up almost to 80° yesterday afternoon!  I was surprised to hear while we've been experiencing near-record highs here in the eastern US, the western states have been going through an onslaught of snowstorms!  This weather is unbelievable and can be attributed to global warming.  I guess we can expect to see the unexpected as the years go on as we sadly aren't going to be reversing this trend any time soon.

It's clear that Rick Santorum is one person doesn't believe in climate change. In fact, he's referred to it as a hoax. It appears that even with all the college degrees he has amassed -none of them in a field of science, I should mention- he somehow missed some basic science lessons.  He was talking earlier this week and scoffed, "The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is." (video can be found here)  Now, I'm not a scientist but even I realize that too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be harmful to plant life - and animal life. This article addresses some of the issues. Perhaps Santorum needs to go back to school and learn some critical thinking skills.  While he's there, perhaps he'll learn the difference between a theory and a scientific theory.  (Hey, I can dream, can't I?)

Speaking of Santorum, let's see how the process to choose a Republican candidate for President is going. You may recall that I mentioned the media was talking about Newt Gingrich's influence in the south and how he was a serious contender in Alabama and Mississippi this past week.  Well... maybe not so much.  Yes, he did garner enough votes to win 12 delegates in both of these states but the big winners were Romney and Santorum.  No big surprise there. You can see the details by scrolling down the page on the Republican Delegate Count webpage. So!  The present delegate count still shows Romney in the lead with 495, Santorum in second with 252, Gingrich with 131 and Paul has 48.

You have to wonder who would benefit if Gingrich would drop out of the race. I'm not sure it is clear but it is a mute point right now as Gingrich has no intention on dropping out right now.  So... onward!  Looks like we have two big races coming up next week - Illinois with 67 delegates and Louisiana with 46. The race is far from over at this point so I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.

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