Archive for August 15th, 2011
Superfast Military Aircraft Lost in Test Flight | DARPA Falcon Hypersonic Global Bomber | Space Weapons Concepts Weapons | Space.com
The U.S. military lost contact with an unmanned hypersonic glider shortly after it launched on a test flight today (Aug. 11) as part of a global strike weapons program to develop vehicles capable of flying at Mach 20 and reach any target in the world in an hour.
Perseid Meteor Shower Light Show Peaks Tonight | Perseid Meteors & Full Moons | Meteor Shower Skywatching Tips | Space.com
In a double weekend treat, one of the most well-known and reliable meteor showers — the Perseid meteor shower — will reach its peak overnight Friday (Aug. 12) as the International Space Station flies across the sky above many U.S. cities.
The annual Perseid meteor shower returns this week, but is expected to hit its peak activity in the overnight hours of Friday and Saturday (Aug. 13). While the full moon of August may interfere with the meteor display, the best time to catch the pretty light show (weather permitting) is during the predawn hours, especially on Saturday morning, experts at NASA advise.
And if you’re looking skyward before dawn this week, you might also be able to glimpse the space station overhead.
Jeff Stewart – PC Reg Hollis in ITV soap The Bill – has spoken of his delight at winning a prize at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York.
Stewart, 55, was honoured for his role as a German living in 1940s Russia in low-budget film Under Jakob’s Ladder.
The Scottish-born actor described his win last month as “extraordinary”.
Stewart was treated in hospital in 2008, reportedly for slashing his wrists, after he was axed from the long-running ITV police drama.
At the time he reassured fans saying: “The last few days have been very difficult for me.
“But I am receiving the right care and help and am surrounded by family and friends.”
Stewart, who had been part of the cast since 1984, had been told his contract was not being renewed.
He went on to appear in a music video for indie pop band Miike Snow.
In Under Jakob’s Ladder, Stewart plays a teacher named Jakob Seel who was arrested by secret police and thrown into prison.
In the mid ’90s, Nickelodeon’s programming had Jordan-like skills (Disney, with “The Mickey Mouse Club,” was more like Patrick Ewing). Today’s trendsetters and tastemakers grew up during this golden age of children’s television, so now those people are maniacally driving the nostalgia steamroller over pop culture to try to re-create those halcyon days.
But one show being scooped up by this cyclone of memories has transcended the mere need to sate our appetite for the good old days. That show is “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
You see, “Pete & Pete” isn’t just whirring about the pop-culture hive mind–it helped create it. Fifteen years after the Brothers Wrigley said farewell, the show has more significance now, and here’s why: “Pete & Pete” invented the modern-day hipster. No, seriously. Hear us out.