Women’s History Month: Top 10 Female Science Fiction Characters

http://sciencefiction.com/2012/03/08/womens-history-month-top-10-female-science-fiction-characters/

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Solar Bursts Spray Earth, With More to Come

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/science/space/solar-storm-reaches-earth-and-experts-say-to-expect-more.html

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ORAC Happy Hour at conDFW

Instead of our monthly meeting, we will be sponsoring an hour in the ConDFW (www.condfw.org) consuite so we can socialize and meet potential new members.

Please note that the starting time is 3:00 pm.

There will be a King Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras.

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ORAC Happy Hour at FenCon

This Saturday at 2 pm the September ORAC meeting will be held at FenCon (http://www.fencon.org/) in the Con Suite as

the ORAC Happy Hour!

Socializing and potential member meet-and-greet are on the agenda along with snacks.

FenCon is hosting DeepSouthCon, the first time DeepSouthCon has been held in Texas.

The theme is Southern Steam so you steampunk fans should come and check out the con!

 

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Jeff Conaway, Babylon 5’s Zack Allan, passes away at 60.

http://io9.com/5806489/jeff-conaway-babylon-5s-zack-allan-passes-away-at-60

“Actor Jeff Conaway, who was best known among scifi fans for his role as the affable Babylon 5 security officer Zack Allan (and the star of the 1983 fantasy series Wizards and Warriors), died yesterday at the age of 60.”

Also Taxi and Grease.

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Announcing the Song Line Up for Bill Shatner’s Upcoming Album “Searching for Major Tom”

http://www.williamshatner.com/Article419.phtml

Including

Bohemian Rhapsody, Twilight Zone Space Oddity, Spirit in the Sky, and of course, Rocket Man.

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You probably shouldn’t advertise The Walking Dead on the side of your funeral home

http://io9.com/#!5791710/you-probably-shouldnt-advertise-the-walking-dead-on-the-side-of-your-funeral-home

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NASA Considers Shooting Space Junk With Lasers

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/03/lasering-space-junk/

“In the new study, the researchers suggest focusing a mid-powered laser through a telescope to shine on pieces of orbital debris that look like they’re on a collision course. Each photon of laser light carries a tiny amount of momentum. Together, all the photons in the beam can nudge an object in space and slow it down by about 0.04 inches per second.

Shining the laser on bits of space litter for an hour or two a day should be enough to move the whole object by about 650 feet per day, the researchers show. That might not be enough to pull the object out of orbit altogether, but preliminary simulations suggest it could be enough to avoid more than half of all debris collisions.”

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Overwhelming iPad 2 demand continues, Apple’s online orders now ship in 4-5 weeks

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/15/overwhelming_ipad_2_demand_continues_apples_online_orders_now_ship_in_4_5_weeks.html

Apple on Tuesday was forced again to delay estimated shipping times for new iPad 2 orders, as those who buy must now wait four to five weeks for their order to be sent.

Yet another delay comes as stock of the iPad 2 around the U.S. is believed to be entirely sold out at all locations, including Apple’s retail stores and partners. Some select Apple stores with new shipments of the iPad 2 are set to open early today, while many other stores await more stock in the face of crushing demand.”

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Yellow Submarine remake ‘scuttled’ by Disney

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12743339

“Disney Studios has scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles’ 1968 film Yellow Submarine, according to industry paper Hollywood Reporter.

The new film was being developed by director Robert Zemekis incorporating the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film.”

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