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Archive for February 1st, 2012

Please don’t “Reach out to me”

Posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2012

Reaching Out – This phrase is probably most annoying because it seems no one calls or emails anymore, they just reach out – its usage has certainly exploded. The image of someone reaching out to us is more than a little creepy, and yet more and more of our colleagues tell us they are “reaching out” to us – we’d prefer they just email. The AskTheManager replacement phrase leaders should use: Contact.

via AskTheManager


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Thomas Edison’s recording of Otto von Bismarck in 1889

Posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2012

A 122-year-old recording of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of Germany, has been discovered in Thomas Edison’s laboratory.

Bismarck’s voice was captured by Adelbert Theodor Edward Wangemann, a German who was working as an assistant to Edison on a project to make phonographs marketable to the ordinary public.

The complete transcript has now been released for the first time since the recording in October 1889.

In the scratchy recitals on wax cylinder phonograph records the prince can be heard reciting the first strophes of the songs In Good Old Colony Times and Gaudeamus igitur, as well as the beginning of the poem Als Kaiser Rotbart lobesam. More controversially, he also read the first lines of the Marseillaise, the national anthem of France.

Bismarck concluded the recording with a message to his son Herbert, who is reported to have heard it via phonograph in Budapest several weeks later and recognized his father’s voice.

via Video: Listen to Thomas Edison’s recording of Otto von Bismarck in 1889 – Telegraph.

Related: The Very First Motion Picture (1889)

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First: Alien Particles Found Invading Our Solar System

Posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2012

Hubble mosaic of the Crab NebulaFor the first time, a NASA spacecraft has directly observed alien particles that came from beyond our solar system, astronomers announced today. The discovery not only gives us a glimpse of what exists in the so-called interstellar medium—the matter between stars—but also offers clues to the anatomy of our local galactic neighborhood. Orbiting Earth some 200,000 miles 322,000 kilometers away, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer IBEX spacecraft was able to snag samples of hydrogen, oxygen, and neon that came from interstellar space.

It s exciting to be able to have these first observations of alien matter—stuff that didn t come from our sun or the planets, but came from the outside of our solar system, from other parts of the galaxy, David McComas, team leader for the IBEX program, said during a NASA news conference Tuesday. We think these are really important measurements, because these elements are the fundamental building blocks of stars, planets, and people.

Related: Solar System s Nose Found; Aimed at Constellation Scorpius. IBEX Find a 15-Billion-Mile Hole-in-One Since its launch in October 2008, the IBEX probe has been mapping the boundary of the solar system, called the heliosphere. This bubble in the Milky Way galaxy is created by solar wind, which is the stream of charged particles that s constantly blowing out from the sun in all directions. The edge of the heliosphere lies about a hundred times farther from us than Earth does from the sun, and it shields the inner solar system from deadly cosmic radiation. That s because the heliosphere and its associated magnetic field push away damaging charged particles. These particles—remnants from supernovae that are dispersed through interstellar space—flow toward us at 50,000 miles 80,000 kilometers an hour. Also see Frothy Magnetic-Bubble Sea Found at Solar System s Edge.

But half of the particles in the interstellar wind are neutral, and these uncharged atoms can make it into our solar system. A few of these neutral hydrogen, oxygen, and neon particles then made it all the way to Earth, where IBEX was able to detect them, McComas said during the conference. I like to call it the 15-billion-mile 24-billion-kilometer hole-in-one, he said. …

via Alien Particles Found Invading Our Solar System—A First.

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