The asteroid which came only 18,000 miles from earth Friday was an historic event, but it was overshadowed by the meteorite strikes caught on several videos in Russia, which injured more than 1,000 people.
I went to the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center in Sacramento to get a little science class refresher.
To break it down: an asteroid is a large space rock, a meteoroid is a smaller rock travelling through space, and when it breaks through our atmosphere the streak it creates is called a meteor. If any of those chunks hit the ground - it's a meteorite.
In conclusion (which was always my favorite phrase to write in school because it meant we were about done with the paper!) Russians saw meteors, and then their buildings were damaged by meteorites. Australia missed being hit by a baseball field-sized asteroid.
And for the record: Scientists have been discussing for several years how to prepare for the chance that an asteroid could get on a collision course towards our planet, however remote. European Space Agency spokesman Bernhard von Weyhe says experts from Europe, the U.S. and Russia are working on way to spot potential threats sooner and avert them.
But don't expect a Hollywood-style mission to fly a nuclear bomb into space and blow up the asteroid, like the movie ``Armageddon.''
``It's a global challenge and we need to find a solution together,'' he said. ``But one thing's for sure, the Bruce Willis `Armageddon' method won't work.''
And I thought Ben Affleck was the answer to most of our problems…
It may read like the pages of a romance novel, but UC Davis researchers say there's nothing cheesy about the results of their latest study.
Researchers took long term couples, some who had been together for as long as 35 years, and had them sit in a quiet room gazing into each others' eyes, and mirroring each other's movements.
And when researchers read the body monitors they found near complete synchronicity in heartbeat and breathing- something that wasn't achieved when they mixed the readings up.
They aren't sure why, but think that it may have something to do with empathy levels that we feel for our partner. And you can take it for what you will, but researchers found that women may carry more of the empathy...saying that their hearts adjusted further to meet their partners.
I consider myself pretty good at darts – I mean I own my own set of steel tip ones, and I played on a league for awhile. I wasn’t good as compared to anyone else in the league, but I do okay during the occasional bar throwdown. So when trying out DartsLive, a new electronic darts board that mixes the game with a social networking element of sorts, I thought I might be able to hold my own when pitted against another team across the globe.
I thought wrong.
Max Wurzer, my guide to DartsLive set us up against a team in Japan, where they’ve been using the electronic boards for 10 years (and maybe even taking a few lessons, but I digress) and they were able to beat my teammate and I at cricket in about five minutes.
The coolest thing is that we could SEE the pair on the video screen as they annihilated us. I’m sure they also enjoyed watching me with my hands over my face in mortal embarrassment for the duration of the five minutes.
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