Fireballs dazzle two continents in a single night

first_imgA fireball lighting up the east coast of the US. AMS; video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET Late Tuesday into early Wednesday was a big night for combustible cosmic collisions, as multiple meteors flamed out over some of the biggest cities in the United States and Europe.  We might have the Lyrid meteor shower to thank for this show. The northern hemisphere’s annual spring shooting star bonanza officially became active Tuesday night and is known for producing fireballs.  One fireball was spotted in skies from Berlin to Amsterdam to Copenhagen just before midnight local time. Later, as midnight approached on the east coast of the US, another meteor was seen burning up as it crashed into our atmosphere. That fireball was spotted at 10:57 p.m. EDT and could be viewed all the way from New England to the Carolinas. The American Meteor Society received dozens of reports of the European fireball, which is estimated to have flamed out high over Germany, and hundreds of reports of the eastern US meteor that was over Delaware at its brightest moment of disintegration. Fireballs are actually a very common occurrence that might happen thousands of times every day, but the vast majority aren’t very bright, or they’re masked by daylight or happen over the ocean and other unpopulated areas and go unseen by human eyes. For two exceptionally bright fireballs to burn up over major population centers in the same night is more rare. Most fireballs are actually much higher in the sky than they might appear, generally well above 30 miles, which is why the same fireball was seen from a dozen different US states Tuesday evening.  There could be more to come this week. The Lyrid meteor shower is currently building toward its peak, Sunday night, when 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour may be visible, though some may be washed out by a nearly full moon.  Sometimes there can be an outburst of hyperactive meteor activity producing hundreds of visible trails per hour during a shower like the Lyrids. Though no outburst is predicted for this year, there’s always a chance, and this early fireball activity is reason to be optimistic.  Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 14 Photoscenter_img 2018 Perseid meteor shower sizzles across the sky 0 Space Share your voicelast_img read more

2 handed life term for killing teacher

first_imgnatorA Natore court on Thursday convicted two people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing a college teacher in 2009, reports UNB.The convicts were identified as Habibur Rahman and Amirul Islam of Sadar upazila. The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each.According to the prosecution, Anisur Rahman Arif, a teacher of Dattapara Begum Khaleda Zia College, was hacked to death by the convicts at Ramagari in Baraigram upazila on 18 July 2009.A case was filed after police recovered the body the following day.Later, police arrested two people for their alleged involved in the murder and submitted a chargesheet against them in 2010.After examining records and witnesses, Natore district and sessions judge Rezaul Karim handed down the verdict.last_img

2 UPDF members detained in Khagrachhari

first_imgThe army detained two suspected members of hill tracts-based political party United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) with firearm – a M4A1 carbine – and bullets from Guimara Upazila in Khagrachhari on Tuesday, reports UNB.The army raided Rainnamachhara area after being tipped-off about plans to create unrest in the hills after the national election.”A Lakshmichhari zone army patrol detained Sumanta Chakma, 20, and Dipankar Chakma, 22,” local police station’s in-charge Abdul Jabbar said.They were handed over to Lakshmichhari police.A foreign-made firearm, a magazine, 53 rounds of bullets, a machete and several mobile phones were recovered from them.”Sumanta and Dipankar are active members of UPDF,” the police officer said. “They were involved with terrorist activities.”The UPDF has rejected claims that the arrestees were its activists.last_img

Pakistan polling station blast kills at least 28

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating deadly blast on election day — AFPAt least 28 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election Wednesday.”(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,” a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. The incident and toll were confirmed by a second senior local official.The attack was not immediately claimed by any group.Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most restive province, suffers from Islamist and separatist insurgencies.It was hit by several bombings during the brief but acrimonious election campaign — including a devastating blast claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 153 people this month, and was Pakistan’s deadliest ever suicide attack.An earlier attack in the province on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.The military has stationed over 370,000 personnel across Pakistan to ensure security for the election, bolstered by an additional 450,000 police.last_img read more

AFRO to Launch New Clean Block Campaign

first_imgHow the Clean Block campaign played out in the past. (AFRO file photo)The latest incarnation of the AFRO’s Clean Block will launch on June 4 with a press conference held in front of the Baltimore AFRO at 2519 N. Charles, Baltimore, Md.The AFRO’s Clean Block program began in 1934 as a way to beautify Baltimore and ran for several decades. As the AFRO wrote in 1968 about the kickoff of the 34th season of Clean Block, “The AFRO sponsors the campaign in the hopes that Clean Blockers will learn the value of respect for property, for one another and for the community.”This new campaign has the support of numerous neighborhoods and Baltimore City Council members. The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. on June 4 and neighborhoods that want to participate can contact Diane Hocker, director, community & public relations for the AFRO at dhocker@afro.com or 410-554-8243.last_img

Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza

first_img Citation: Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-virology-journal-retracts-paper-jesus.html Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Robert F. Garry, publicly apologized for publishing the article, saying it “clearly does not provide the type of robust supporting data required for a case report and does not meet the high standards expected of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.” He also apologized for any “confusion or concern” the article may have created among readers.Garry said the paper, entitled “Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time,” was only intended to be an opinion piece and a “bit of relief from the ‘normal’ business of the journal,” but the speculations in the paper did not belong in a peer-reviewed journal, and its contents did not represent the views of BioMed Central journals.The retraction came after criticisms, including those made via blogs and a comment posted on the paper by Paul Gray of the Washington University School of Medicine, expressing the view that it was unclear how the paper met any of the normal standards of such a journal other than someone paid to have it published.The paper was a “case study” of a woman described in the gospels of Mark (1:29 to 33), Luke (4:38-39), and Matthew (8:14-15). The woman was said to have had a high fever and was “cured by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Among the reasons given for the conclusion the woman must have had influenza was that she was unlikely to have had a severe acute bacterial infection because such a disease would not be resolved instantaneously. The paper concluded that if their postulation is correct the case is one of the earliest descriptions of human influenza.One of the blogs that brought the paper to notice was This Scientific Life, by Bob O’Hara. O’Hara said the lead author of the paper, Kam L.E. Hon from the Department of Paediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, had replied by email to his queries and confirmed he had agreed to the retraction and was “astonished” the article had produced such a negative response since it was only intended for thought provocation. He went on to apologize for the inconvenience caused to the Journal and anxiety caused to himself. He said he would never to write this kind of article again. More information: doi:10.1186/1743-422X-7-169 Explore further Medical journal to retract water articlecenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Virology Journal published a paper on July 21 speculating that a woman said in the Bible to have been cured by Jesus had influenza. Now, the journal has retracted the paper and apologized for publishing it online.last_img read more