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2/5/2014 - Links: The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness (Astronomy - Links)
2/5/2014 - Link: Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres (Astronomy - Link)
2/6/2014 - Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission (Astronomy - Link)
2/25/2014 - Link: Mercola.com - "Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended" (Health)

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Links: The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:19:43 GMT

Astronomy
Links

An article from Feb. 4, 2014, from SkyAndTelescope.com:

Supernova in M82 At Its Peak


And an article from Jan. 31, 2014, from Gizmag.com:

The M82 supernova is at peak brightness: How to see it


I haven't yet figured out where in the sky to look for it.

But, hopefully astronomy software such as Stellarium* or Celestia would help.

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Link: Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:37:21 GMT

Astronomy
Link

An article from Jan. 21, 2014, from NASA.gov:

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

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Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
03:34:23 GMT

Astronomy
Link

An article from Feb. 5, 2014, from Slate.com:

Pluto New Horizons mission: The dwarf planet explains the history of our solar system

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Link: Mercola.com - "Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended"
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
06:12:27 GMT

Health

I don't know how credible this article is, but, it makes me glad I mostly haven't been using a laptop or cell phone for all these years.

From Mercola.com, published March 5, 2012:

Mercola.com - Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended

If that article is true, then, I suspect consumer demand might go up a lot in the future for laptops which are perfectly safe to keep on your lap. Hopefully such laptops exist, or can be invented.


According to the article, iPads* are OK. Quote:

If you don't believe me on this one I would strongly encourage you to get a gauss meter and measure your own notebook computer and see for yourself. Fortunately my favorite gadget, the iPad, measures within acceptable ranges so I continue to use that without an external keyboard.


However, for other reasons, I still think it's a bad idea to use an iPad - or any Apple* product, or closed source hardware or software made by anyone.

For many reasons why, see Richard Stallman's* page on Why you should not buy Apple products.

For even more reasons why, see my page where I answer the question What is free, libre, open source software? And my favorite part of that: Another Partly Humorous Digression

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