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Comment Re:The shape bothers me... (Score 3, Interesting) 29

More info on the Yellowstone/Newberry hot spot tracks can be found with this search: y+%22hot+spot+track%22

That isn't as clear a picture as the image you found would indicate. Research found by that search show the hot spot tracks for the Yellowstone WY and Newberry OR calderas appear to trace back to a common unexplained origin around the Owhyee Plateau on the OR/NV border.

Also note that even the meanest volcano can't produce enough pressure to cause shatter cones in rocks. If the pros confirm them, it would mean the only possible causes are an impact or a nuke.


Submission + - Asterisk 1.4.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The Asterisk and Zaptel development teams have released Asterisk 1.4.1. This release contains a very large number of bug fixes, including a fix for the recently discovered security vulnerability. Because of the security vulnerability fix present in this version, all users of Asterisk 1.4 are urged to update as soon as they can schedule it.

Submission + - FAA May Ditch Vista For Linux

An anonymous reader writes: In what could be the start of a government wave away from Microsoft, last week's news that the U.S. Department of Transportation is putting a halt on upgrades to Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer 7 is followed today by word that the Federal Aviation Administration may ditch Vista and Office in favor of Google's new online business applications running on Linux-based hardware. FAA chief information officer David Bowen told InformationWeek he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers. Bowen cited several reasons why he finds Google Apps attractive. "From a security and management standpoint that would have some advantages," he said. Do you think that Vista's cost could finally put a crimp in what's been an automatic upgrade cycle to Microsoft and spur Linux adoption? Is this the start of some kind of anti-Vista groundswell?

Journal Journal: Rocketeers Find Large Impact Crater In Nevada 29

While participating in amateur rocket launches in Black Rock Desert (Burning Man site), Ian Kluft KO6YQ noticed rocks with some oddities. Through the Internet he learned the characteristics of impact craters, then found some clues in photographs and Google Maps. Examining the area he got samples of rock with impact patterns in them and other evidence. Previous geological puzzles in the region are well explained as impact structures. Volunteers are finding peculiarities in satellite imagery

Submission + - Possible impact crater in Black Rock Desert

brianc writes: Ian Kluft, author of WebFetch and amateur rocketeer, has pulled together a compelling case supporting the discovery that "an elliptical-shaped impact crater approximately 30 miles (48 km) wide east-to-west and 40 miles (64 km) long north-to-south exists at the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada". Although additional field-based research is necessary, the Impact Field Studies Group believes there is enough evidence in Ian's findings to add the location to their Suspected Earth Impact Sites (SEIS) list. Besides the numerous high powered rocket launches that ultimately led to the discovery, Black Rock Desert is the home of the annual Burning Man Festival.

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I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.