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Submission + - What does Slashdot think of itself. (npr.org)

longhairedgnome writes: Writer Kevin Collier argues that traces of literature are found in online users comments. Do Slashdot readers believe that an accurate character sketch of themselves can be created from their comments?

Submission + - Exploding Bombs in Space: One Special Holiday (npr.org)

longhairedgnome writes: Any chance the government would let us vote on doing this again sometime, just for shits-and-giggles?

Starfish Prime

The Americans launched their first atomic nuclear tests above the Earth's atmosphere in 1958. Atom bombs had little effect on the magnetosphere, but the hydrogen bomb of July 9, 1962, did. Code-named "Starfish Prime" by the military, it literally created an artificial extension of the Van Allen belts that could be seen across the Pacific Ocean, from Hawaii to New Zealand.
In Honolulu, the explosions were front page news. "N-Blast Tonight May Be Dazzling: Good View Likely," said the Honolulu Advertiser. Hotels held what they called "Rainbow Bomb Parties" on rooftops and verandas. When the bomb burst, people told of blackouts and strange electrical malfunctions, like garage doors opening and closing on their own. But the big show was in the sky.

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