A huge Arctic goo is moving along the Pacific coast
"If it was something we’d seen before, we’d be able to say something about it. But we haven’t …which prompted concerns from the local hunters and whaling captains."
The stuff is "gooey" and looks dark against the bright white ice floating in the Arctic Ocean, Brower said.
"It’s pitch black when it hits ice and it kind of discolors the ice and hangs off of it," Brower said. He saw some jellyfish tangled up in the stuff, and someone turned in what was left of a dead goose — just bones and feathers — to the borough’s wildlife department.
"It kind of has an odor; I can’t describe it," he said.
Hasenauer said he hasn’t heard any reports of waterfowl or marine animals turning up.
Brower said it wouldn’t necessarily surprise him if the substance turns out to be some sort of naturally occurring phenomenon, but the borough is waiting until it gets the analysis back from the samples before officials say anything more than they’re not sure what it is.
"From the air it looks brownish with some sheen, but when you get close and put it up on the ice and in the bucket, it’s kind of blackish stuff … (and) has hairy strands on it."
Hasenauer said the Coast Guard’s samples are being analyzed in Anchorage. Results may be back sometime next week, he said.
A bizarre story from NASA. A space shuttle on average has a 1-300 chance to experience a “catastrophic” collision with space junk.
New number-crunching puts the odds of a catastrophic strike by orbital debris including bits of space junk at about 1-in-185 during Atlantis’ upcoming mission to Hubble. That compares to 1-in-300 odds for a shuttle flight to the international space station, shuttle program director John Shannon said Monday.
Can you imagine doing “anything” where the odds of death are 1-185 chances of dying? Well, anything other than riding in a space shuttle.
Overall, NASA puts the odds of a catastrophic loss of a space shuttle during a mission at about 1-in-80. Shannon noted that history has shown the odds to be about 1-in-60.
Challenger was destroyed during liftoff in 1986; it was the 25th shuttle flight. Columbia shattered during re-entry in 2003; it was the 113th shuttle flight.
It’s got to be true, it’s on CNN.
Here is a list of problems solved by MacGyver
Also, since we are all wondering…. MacGyver’s Swiss Army Knife went through a few changes over the early episodes. His first and most often used knife was a “Spartan” model from Victorinox. In “Thief of Budapest” he gives it away; in the next episode he is using a “Traveler” model from Wenger. He is soon back to his “Spartan.” At one point he uses an Orange Peeler blade; probably from a Victorinox “Executive.” He may have used an older model “Explorer” from Victorinox later in the series. He also used the Sportsman “Lost Love pt. 1 and 2″, the Recruit “GX-1″, and the Climber “Three for the Road.” In “Tough Boys” he uses a Tinker (with the key ring removed) to unlock a large padlock. He also had a couple of non-production models that were obviously modified for the series. In “Serenity,” he has a knife with wood handles on it, to flow with the time setting of the episode. In “Strictly Business” he used a knife with the Victorinox shield on the back handle of the knife instead of the front. He seems to have used all of the slimmer models available at that time. The Tinker was (and still is) available in a slightly smaller model, which he may have used. The Sportsman, Tourist, and Spartan are virtually indistinguishable with the blades closed, so he may have used any one of these three, or only one. The knife seen in the opening of each episode was a Wenger, as noted by its long keychain.
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