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Arts and Entertainment / Tom Petty
Just heard that he has had a medical emergency and does not look good.   :(

Well shit, I'm told he is gone.  Loved his music.
2
Science / Goodbye Cassini
We ended the mission this morning with a final dive into Saturn.  I worked on the electronic packaging (mechanical design of electronic hardware) of the Command and Data Subsystem, the "brains" of the spacecraft.

Here is a simulation of the final moments.

https://www.youtube.com/nasajpl
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Philosophy / Short brain teaser
Maybe this has made the rounds here but I hadn't seen it.  A friend sent this via email, which I will paste.

Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates:

May               15  16                      19
June                                17    18   
July        14          16         
August  14    15            17      

Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.
(So Albert knows only the month and Bernard knows only the date.)
Then Albert and Bernard have the following conversation:

Albert: I don't know when Cheryl's birthday is, but I know that Bernard doesn't know either.
Bernard: At first I didn't know when Cheryl's birthday is, but I know now.
Albert: Then I also know when Cheryl's birthday is.

So when is Cheryl's birthday?"
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Science / SpaceX is back!
Successful Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg this morning, delivering 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites to orbit followed by a perfect touchdown of the first stage on a drone ship.

Pretty good video, takes a while to load:

http://www.space.com/35340-spacex-nails-1st-stage-landing-again-in-return-to-flight-video.html
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Holy crap!

http://my.earthlink.net/track?id=1049579&add=1&url=http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20161229/d138ccc3-b3e6-4bc4-bbe8-92c52071cc70

"HONOLULU (AP) -- In a sweeping response to election hacking, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack."
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Science / Supermoon
We need something to bring a moment of relief.  Not much of a deal but I didn't realize how long it has been:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/supermoon-november-2016-closest-to-earth-since-1948/

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Here is some info:

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

I'm in a light-infested area, may not get a clear view.  Maybe some of you in more rural areas will get a good show.