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Asteroids-1 Humans-0: Asteroid Mining Tech Among Casualties of Antares Rocket Explosion

Planetary Resources' Arkyd 3 technology-demonstration spacecraft, which was destroyed when Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded on Oct. 28, 2014. Credit: Planetary Resources

Planetary Resources’ Arkyd 3 technology-demonstration spacecraft, which was destroyed when Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket exploded on Oct. 28, 2014.
Credit: Planetary Resources

via Space.com:

The rocket explosion that destroyed a cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station Tuesday (Oct. 28) also took out an asteroid-mining company’s first spacecraft.

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket exploded in a huge fireball just seconds after launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening. The crash caused no injuries but destroyed Orbital’s unmanned Cygnus capsule, which was toting 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kilograms) of food, supplies and other gear to the International Space Station for NASA.

Among Cygnus’ cargo was the Arkyd 3 satellite, a tiny technology demonstrator built by asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources. [Orbital Sciences’ Antares Rocket Explosion in Pictures]

The plan was to deploy Arkyd 3 (also known as A3), which measured just 12 by 4 by 4 inches (30 by 10 by 10 centimeters), from the space station into free-flying low-Earth orbit, where it would test out avionics, control and other systems for future asteroid-prospecting spacecraft.

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Tiny Town Worried Big Whale Will Expode

Boom. Big badda boom. Trigger warning: Journo calls the whale a fish.

Via eCanadaNow:

Trout River, Newfoundland – This tiny town of population 688 quite literally has a big whale of problem to deal with in the form of a blue whale that washed to shore a week ago. The whale measures 25 meters (81 feet) in length and will be quite the chore to clean up and dispose. In fact, the local government believes it is the job of the federal government to handle, but the feds have told the town it’s their problem. In response, they have stated that the community does not have the resources to handle such a large problem. That was certainly the case when the whale washed ashore and it is has become a worse problem since it became bloating with methane gas.

As of this time, the whale’s girth has more than doubled and there is a legitimate fear that it could explode.

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Fukushima Unit 4 Has Shown Signs of Collapsing

GIAPPONE_-_fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-explosionVia ENENews:

Tepco’s video tour of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Sept. 2013 (At 1:00 in) – The power line tower of units 5 & 6 fell over due to a collapse of the embankment. Consequently, the whole site lost its outside power source. 20-minute video here

WERU’s News Report interviews Dean Wilkie, nuclear reactor operations at a U.S. Department of Energy test reactor in Idaho (At 28:50 in) – When the accident happened back in March 2011 there was a power pole, one of these huge power poles, inside of the Daiichi facility, inside the area there, and the ground that it was set on became super-saturated with water and they had a mud slide and that whole tower went down […] At Fukushima now, what we’re seeing, all of this work that they’ve been doing with these walls and then it’s causing the water to back up, it’s starting to saturate soil that’s underneath the buildings and in adjacent areas around the buildings.

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Police Say Oklahoma Man’s Fiery Death May Have Been Spontaneous Combustion

Is this possible? Oklahoma police say it is. Local KFSM5 reports:

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office ruled out homicide in the death of a Muldrow man, but has not ruled out spontaneous human combustion following the state medical examiner’s findings a day later. “It’s very unusual and it’s bizarre and I can’t explain it,” said Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

Preliminary autopsy results were released on the 65-year-old man the sheriff believes may have died from spontaneous human combustion. Lockhart said the victim may have burned for 10 hours.

Lockhart said the victim was an alcoholic and an avid smoker. “We weren’t saying the guy just busted into flames, there’s gotta have an ignition source and what we’re looking at is an ignition source such as lighting a cigarette and catches himself on fire, sucks the flames down his throat, and falls down,” Lockhart said.

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NYPD Detonates Two And A Half Tons Of Confiscated Fireworks

Wondering who witnessed the country's best-by-far pyrotechnics display this past weekend? New York City's killjoy police officers, who held a private detonation of a year's worth of confiscated illegal fireworks. At least they were kind enough to get the squelching of our joy on film:
More than 5,000 pounds of fireworks were detonated in one big pile at the New York Police Department firing range in the Bronx on Friday, July 1, 2011.
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Bombs Explode In IKEA Stores Across Europe

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IKEA’s business has been booming. Although no one was significantly injured, this coordinated attack had alarm clocks exploding in three different European countries. Via Reuters:

French, Belgian and Dutch police have launched investigations after minor explosions struck IKEA [IKEA.UL] stores in each country late on Monday in what appears to have been a coordinated attack.

No one was seriously hurt in the blasts at the world’s biggest furniture retailer, although two workers in Belgium suffered minor injuries.

Rigged alarm clocks blew up in IKEA stores in Ghent in Belgium and Lille in France, and there was an explosion in a bin outside the IKEA store in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

The alarm clocks were linked to small amounts of gunpowder, and prosecutors said they did not think that the bombers had intended to cause significant injury.

“Federal police with dogs did a sweep of other stores but there was nothing suspect that was found,” An Schoonjans, a Ghent prosecutor, told Reuters.

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Explosion Traps Dozens Of New Zealand Miners

Again? Hopefully this time the miners won’t have to wait 2 months to see sunlight again. The New York Times reports:

At least two dozen men were trapped underground after an explosion on Friday rocked the country’s largest coal mine in a mountainous region in the country’s South Island.

Authorities said it was too early to determine a cause of the explosion, and said no deaths had been reported from the accident. Local media reported two people had been pulled safely from the collapsed mine, located near the town of Atarau near the west coast of the South Island.

Earlier in the day Pike River Coal, the company operating the mine, said 27 people were in the mine, but it was not clear whether the two men who had emerged were included in that figure. The New Zealand National Police was unable to confirm the exact number missing.

Rescue teams were assessing the safety of the mine before beginning their descent, trying to make sure vents were clear and that gas would not build up in the mine, local media reported.

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Oil Rig Explosion in Gulf of Mexico

I’m starting to think that oil and the Gulf are not a good combination. From USA Today:

An off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded early Thursday, sending its crew of 13 scrambing into the water and creating a sheen of spilled oil.

The oil could be seen in a mile-long plume with a width of about 100 feet, Coast Guard Petty Officer Thomas Blue said. The slick was reported by the rig’s owner, Mariner Energy of Houston, and had not been confirmed by the Coast Guard, Blue said.

An oil industry vessel that was nearby plucked the crewmembers out of the water and brought them to a nearby platform, Blue said. Coast Guard helicopters were in the process of flying them to a hospital. One of the workers suffered a minor injury, Blue said.

The crew had donned brightly colored survival gear known as “Gumby suits” that helped them float and made them more visible.

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