Protestors Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA’s Utah Data Center | Threat Level | WIRED June 29, 2014Posted by sandyclaus in Uncategorized.
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FOLLOW WIRED Twitter Facebook RSSProtestors Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA’s Utah Data CenterBY ANDY GREENBERG 06.27.14 | 11:47 AM | PERMALINKShare on Facebook2.8k inShare70 4 Greenpeace via EFFPlenty of nightmare surveillance theories surround the million-square-foot NSA facility opened last year in Bluffdale, Utah. Any locals driving by the gargantuan complex Friday morning saw something that may inspire new ones: A massive blimp hovering over the center, with the letters NSA printed on its side.Activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace launched the 135-foot thermal airship early Friday morning to protest the agency’s mass surveillance programs and to announce the launch of Stand Against Spying, a website that rates members of Congress on their support or opposition to NSA reform. The full message on the blimp reads “NSA: Illegal Spying Below” along with an arrow pointing downward and the Stand Against Spying URL.
ASP: The Drake Equation: 50 Years of Giving Direction to the Scientific Search for Life Beyond Earth June 29, 2014Posted by sandyclaus in Drake Revisited.
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The Drake Equation: 50 Years of Giving Direction to the Scientific Search for Life Beyond EarthBy Sarah Scoles and Sue Ann Heatherly National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryDownload this issue as a PDF file | Subscribe to The Universe in the Classroom Send the URL for this issue to a friend | UITC HomeIntroductionWhat does each part mean?What did Frank Drake know about the parts? What do we know?What is the value of the Drake Equation to students?ResourcesClassroom ActivitiesTucked in between two Appalachian mountain ridges in eastern West Virginia, you’ll find the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Green Bank observatory, home to one of the largest and most advanced radio telescopes on Earth. But that’s not all. Green Bank is the first and oldest site of this national research center, and given that radio astronomy is a young science, this is where the history is.