September 12th, 2007

A Space Odyssey


The international Cassini spacecraft went into safe mode this week after successfully passing over a Saturn moon that was the mysterious destination of a deep-space faring astronaut in Arthur C. Clarke's novel "2001: A Space Odyssey.''

Cassini flew within 1,000 miles of Iapetus on Monday and snapped images of its rugged, two-toned surface. As it was sending data back to Earth, it was hit by a cosmic ray that caused a power trip. The spacecraft was not damaged, but had to turn off its instruments and relay only limited information.

It's the second time Cassini has flown by the walnut-shaped Iapetus, but the latest images are the crispest yet. The spacecraft focused on a jagged ridge surrounded by mountains near the equator that look geologically old. Scientists hope to find out what forces caused the ridge to form and how long it has been in existence.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7) 

Sexual Behavior

Girls Gone Boys Gone Wild...

Altering a mouse's sense of smell can seriously mess with its gender identity.

Conventional wisdom about the sexes—and most movies marketed to men under 24—work from the premise that men’s and women’s brains are just fundamentally different. The medical spin on this has been that testosterone, in addition to providing extra oomph for muscles, is a key component in the wiring of the male brain.


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When I was younger I hated going to weddings... it seemed that all of my aunts and the grandmotherly types used to come up to me, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped that shit after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.



Oops, it's not over...

If you thought Britney was bad, you may want to get ready for some more. 
Here are other Comebacks to worry about...

1. Spice Girls in December

2. Whitney Houston

3. Marie Osmond (Dancing With the Stars, Sept.24 on ABC

4. Van Halen

5. Kathie Lee Gifford on Friday's Anniversary Show

6. Backstreet Boys