A dog show is already a magical land where dreams come true, but one innovative attendee made a good thing even better.

Sally Kuchar arrived at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday with one goal: Pet 100 dogs. It was an optimal place for such an undertaking. The Golden Gate show is a bench show, which means that the dogs hang on on assigned benches (and are available for meet and greets) while they're not being shown.

"Folks are encouraged to walk around and familiarize themselves with the breeds, and petting is very, very encouraged," Kuchar explained via email.

So Kuchar made the rounds. Throughout the day, she took 100 videos of 100 dogs, each better (or good-er, if you're still into that lingo) than the last.

A few highlights:

Kuchar said that although she's been to the Golden Gate show five times before, this is the first time she's taken on the 100 dog challenge. "I like doing public challenges because it holds me accountable," she said.

As for her favorite dog, that's obviously #100. (It's her own dog, Skippy.) But she did also enjoy #64. "We just got along really well," she said.

And for the most part, the dog owners were cool with Kuchar's wholesome project. She only had one weird run-in: "I was having a great conversation with a bulldog's owner and did let her know that I was trying to pet 100 dogs," she said. "She looked at me quizzically and changed the subject."

She'll understand once she sees Kuchar's Twitter thread.

We've sent a lot of unusual things to space, guitars, AI robots, even a golden record, but none of that compares to what Elon Musk sent up at the start of 2018. His very own $100,000 cherry red, convertible Tesla Roadster. With the top down and a dummy at the wheel listening to David Bowie, strapped to the most powerful, operational rocket in the world, no less, The Falcon Heavy.

Since its launch a year ago, it's probably safe to say the Roadster has traveled farther than any other car in history. In fact, it's estimated to be about equal to driving every single road in the world 22 times. So the question is, where exactly is it?

Right now, the Roadster is traveling through space at thousands of kilometers per hour, faster than most fighter jets, but unlike a jet, the Roadster isn't burning any fuel because it doesn't have to. When SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launched on February 6, 2018, it gave the sports car an initial boost in speed, sort of like a slingshot that's been powering it through space ever since. And by November, that boost got it all the way to Mars. But Mars is just the first stop of many.

The Roadster is currently on an elliptical path around the sun, taking it past Venus and Mercury too. It completes one full orbit about every 557 days, and is scheduled to finish its first orbit before the end of 2019. Now if nothing unexpected happens, like a miniature asteroid strike that could pummel the car to pieces, researchers predict that the Roadster will orbit the sun for the next few million years.

Sadly, it's too small and too far away to see in the night sky, even with the aid of a telescope. But eventually, it will make its way back to earth. A team at the University of Toronto projected the Roadster's orbit decades into the future. They discovered that in the year 2091, it will likely pass close enough to earth that we'll be able to see it through a powerful telescope like the Panstar's telescope in Hawaii. But if you don't want to wait that long, you can easily track the Roadster online.

Fans like Ben Pearson use NASA data to project the car's location through space. For now, the convertible will continue its long drive around our inner solar system. And perhaps if humans make it to Mars like Musk hopes, we might even see the Roadster on our way there.
The mysteries of space may be more intriguing and hair-raising than any of the outrageous conspiracy theories about it, once one gets to know the reality of it all.

After decades of speculation regarding the strange experiences of astronauts who landed on the surface of the moon, giving birth to the timeless phrase ‘one step for man, a giant leap for mankind’, evidence has emerged suggesting that some of the conspiracy theories may be real after all.

A few months before the ground-breaking landing of Neil Armstrong in 1969 on the surface of the moon, Apollo astronauts were on a mission to orbit the moon and had apparently heard unexplainable and eerie ‘music’ on its far side. This leaves many questions, as there was no probability of any radio interference or transmission from earth, it was practically a silent zone.

The prime crew of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission at the Kennedy Space Center. They are from left to right: Lunar Module pilot, Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Thomas P. Stafford, and Command Module pilot John W. Young.

Apollo 10 space-flown silver Robbins medallion

Crew boarding the Command Module before launch

Recently NASA has released recordings of the lesser-known Apollo 10 mission, wherein a capsule was sent to orbit around the far side of the moon, known in popular culture as the ‘dark side of the moon’. The recordings clearly show the astronauts responding in panic and surprise to a howling noise, a periodic howling of sorts, that resonated in their headsets.

The capsule was on an hour-long orbital trip around the far side of the moon, and once it was way beyond the range of any earthly broadcast, a sound began buzzing in the astronauts’ headphones, sending a wave of uncertainty and confusion. Upon realizing that the sound had a periodic nature, with signs of it possibly emitting from an intelligent source, astronauts could be heard discussing if they should inform the NASA Mission Control Centre about the sound or not.

Apollo 10 launch

Apollo 10 view of Earth rising behind the moon

One astronaut could be heard suggesting that the sound was an ‘annoying whistling sound’, even describing it by imitating ‘Whoooooo!’. One astronaut said that the sound they were hearing was some kind of ‘space-type music’, apparently trying to ease the other confused and perplexed astronauts down. To this suggestion, others replied that if it were music, it was certainly a strange kind of music.

The ‘alien’ music was not a split-second anomaly, it lasted almost an hour during the time the capsule was orbiting the far side of the moon. When astronauts reached back to Earth, and NASA heard the recording, it shelved the recording and transcripts as classified. However, in 2008 NASA was contractually bound to declassify the recording, effectively triggering a never-ending debate regarding the nature and source of the music. Recently, an upcoming season of Science Channel’s NASA’s Unexplained Files series has made NASA’s Apollo 10 recording center of an elaborate investigation.

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Lunar Module about to dock with the Command Module

Apollo 15’s astronaut Al Warden has said on the show that Apollo 10’s astronauts were very much acclimatized and used to the kind of sounds and anomalies usually heard in space and expounded that the fact that there was an hour long buzzing, howling and ringing in the headphones of seasoned astronauts, clearly suggests that there was something there, something that we may not understand or that has probably been overlooked completely. In the show, experts can be seen analyzing various dimensions of the sound anomaly in space.

Researchers from Michigan State University developed completely transparent solar panels, which can have numerous applications in architecture, and other fields like mobile electronics or the automotive industry.

Researchers have tried to create such a device before as well, but the final results were never satisfying.

The team focused on the see-through factor, so they developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, or TLSC, which can be placed over a clear surface like a window. It can harvest solar energy without affecting the transmittance of light.

The technology uses organic molecules which absorb light wavelengths which are not visible to the human eye, such as infrared and ultraviolet light. Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU’s College of Engineering, says:

“We can tune these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then ‘glow’ at another wavelength in the infrared. The captured light is transported to the contour of the panel, where it is converted to electricity with the help of thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells.”

Since the vertical footprint is bigger than the rooftop one, especially in glass towers, these devices could make the most out of the buildings’ facades. They would not affect the architectural design but will represent a far more efficient technology.  Yet, they can also be integrated into old buildings as well.

According to the New York Times:

“If the cells can be made long-lasting, they could be integrated into windows relatively cheaply, as much of the cost of conventional photovoltaics is not from the solar cell itself, but the materials it is mounted on, like aluminum and glass. Coating existing structures with solar cells would eliminate some of this material cost.

If the transparent cells ultimately prove commercially viable, the power they generate could significantly offset the energy use of large buildings, said Dr. Lunt, who will begin teaching at Michigan State University this fall.

“We’re not saying we could power the whole building, but we are talking about a significant amount of energy, enough for things like lighting and powering everyday electronics,” he said.”

Further research has been funded by the Center for Excitonics, an Energy Frontier Research Center financed by the Department of Energy.

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel grew up in Detroit and is an avid car and racing enthusiast. So much so that while commanding the International Space Station in 2018, Feustel photographed racetracks from space with a Nikon DSLR before watching the race itself in his free time.

“I was always a racing fan, [I] followed IndyCar, Formula One, and MotoGP, and I still follow it to this day,” Feustel says in a new interview with Hot Rod Network. “I keep up on the series, the teams, and the drivers, and because I was a fan I spent time in space taking photos of the entire 2018 season—all of the race tracks […] On the race weekends, I would post the picture of the track, and then watch the race. That was kind of what I did as a hobby while I was up there.”

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel.

Feustel tells Hot Rod Network that a lot of logistics went into getting the shots. He provided coordinates of racetracks to ground support teams at mission control, and people here on Earth crunched numbers to tell Feustel exactly when and where the photo opportunities would present themselves to his vantage point in the ISS.

“The photos were taken in my spare time—nights or weekends, or middle of the night or whenever, basically when I knew I was going to be flying over a track I would plan ahead for the day so that I had some free time to use the 5 minutes that I had to catch a track as I passed overhead, and then get back on with my work,” Feustel says. “I managed to capture all of them.”

Feustel shooting a DSLR while on a spacewalk.

Everything was shot with a Nikon D5 with an 800mm lens and 2x teleconverter, giving Feustel a 1600mm focal length to work with. He used manual camera settings and manual focus. And framing the shots were tricky because he couldn’t actually see the tracks with the naked eye.

“When I looked out in the lens you could probably fit 30 tracks into the area,” Feustel tells Hot Rod Network. “I couldn’t see them with the naked eye, usually, but if I pointed the camera in the right place, I could see them through the viewfinder. There were a lot of times where I couldn’t see them, and entirely missed a track because I pointed the camera in the wrong spot.”

The International Space Station orbits at 250 miles above the ground and zips around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, making it very, very difficult to capture specific small areas on the ground. But with patience, practice, and perseverance, Feustel managed to get all the racetracks on his list.

Here’s a selection of the racetrack photos Feustel captured from space:

Circuit Paul Ricard. French F1 GP

Detroit GP. IndyCar.

Bahrain GP. F1.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Spanish F1 GP.

Circuito de Jerez-รngel Nieto in Spain.

Czech Motor GP.

Malaysian Moto GP.

NTT IndyCar.

Pocono Raceway. IndyCar.

Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar.

Valencia Moto CP.

NASA satellite imagery of California captured on Feb. 5, 2018, and on Feb. 5, 2019, show the way the state looked during a winter dry spell in 2018 and amid a wet period in 2019.

NASA satellite imagery of California captured on Feb. 5, 2018, and on Feb. 5, 2019, show the way the Lake Tahoe area looked during a winter dry spell in 2018 and amid a wet period in 2019.

The newest Drought Monitor "shows continued dramatic shrinkage of drought regions across California since January 1st," Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services pointed out on Twitter. "The total D1-D4 (Moderate to Exceptional Drought ) total has fallen from 75% to just 11%."

Heavenly Mountain Resort on Feb. 5, 2019. The ski resort has received 36 inches of snow in 24 hours.

Heavenly Mountain Resort on Feb. 5, 2019. The ski resort has received 36 inches of snow in 24 hours.

Lots of numbers have been thrown around in recent days to encompass California's soaking-wet start to 2019.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is a primary water source for the state, is 123 percent of normal — an astounding number when you consider at this same time last year, it was a mere 26 percent.

Rainfall totals around the state are quickly inching up toward 100 percent of the annual average, with some already there. Redding is at 106 percent of average, San Jose 92 percent, and San Francisco 87 percent.  Last year, was a below-average year for rainfall with key weather stations around the state collectively recording about 69 percent of average.

As a result of the active storm track, 154 of the state's most important reservoirs are holding 23.3 million acre feet of water with its total supply at 100 percent of average, and

Well, forget the numbers. To get your mind around the impact of the umpteen inches of rain and snow that have fallen, all you have to do is take a look at the pair of NASA satellite images above showing California on Feb. 5, 2018, and then again a year later on Feb. 6, 2019.

In the image from 2018, a year marked by below-average precipitation and long dry spells in winter, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range straddling California and Nevada appears paltry and a patchwork quilt of dull greens and browns dominate the state.

Jump a year ahead to Feb. 5, 2019, in a year that has been marked by a string of storms, and the Sierra jumps out at you in all its snowy glory. You can see the snow icing the lower elevations. (Note: Some of the whiteness, especially over the ocean, is clouds. What's more, the state glows a bright green—a color explosion from the grassy hills that have been well-watered.

Tess Thompson Talley is an american women who has caused an  outrage on social media after she posted pictures of herself posing next to a slaughtered black giraffe while on a hunting trip to South Africa and it went viral.

Africa Digest posted the picture of Thompson Talley on their Twitter feed with the following caption:

“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. If our so-called governments can’t care for our wildlife then its time we stand up and responsibility of our continent, lands, resources, and wildlife…. share share share! and let’s have a united voice against pillage of Africa, it’s the only home we have.”

Ms. Talley said the kill was her”best memory in camo thus far.”

She claimed that half of the giraffe’s meat was donated, except for what she herself ate for dinner, that she described as “absolutely delish.”

“Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s MY passion!

I’m thankful for every hunt and every memory!”, she added.

Despite being posted almost one year ago, the images of Ms. Talley’s kill recently went viral and caused a backlash.

The Actress Debra Messing condemned Ms. Talley for her actions as well.

In a quite lengthy Instagram post, Messing called the hunter a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.

It’s estimated that around 1.7 million trophies were traded between 2004 and 2014.

Of those trophies, approximately 20,000 a year were animals that have been classified as being threatened with extinction by the IUCN.

44 percent of the traded trophies were black bears which tended to be hunted in Canada and the US. Mountain zebras, African elephants, Chacma baboons, leopards, and lions were also among the most traded trophies in the world.

Some countries have recently started to give in to public outrage about trophy hunting.

Several countries including India, Kenya, Brazil, and Botswana have banned the practice altogether in their jurisdictions.

Other countries like Australia, France, and the Netherlands have also banned the importation of trophies of lions, and the UK is likely to follow suit.

Many South Africans hope that their government will also follow suit and ban trophy hunting.

Others, though, are more cynical pointing out that since the government doesn’t seem to care too deeply about addressing serious human issues like poverty, human rights abuses, and soaring crime it is doubtful that they will act to protect animals.