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Curiosity’s ‘Historic’ Mars Discovery Just a Big Misunderstanding

Do you recall the “historic” discovery made by NASA’s Mars rover which the space agency appeared to be teasing last week? Curiosity had reportedly found something that “is gonna be one for the history books,” a proclamation which had space enthusiasts the world over guessing that evidence of life had been discovered on the Red Planet.

Yeah, not so much. Or at least not yet, anyway.

It turns out the whole thing was a big misunderstanding, according to Mashable’s Amanda Wills. And not a transmission garbled over the hundreds of millions of miles separating Curiosity from her NASA minders back here on Earth, but rather some crossed signals of a much more pedestrian variety and much closer to home.

When Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger told NPR last week that the Mars rover had found something that “is gonna be one for the history books,” speculation about the possibly discovery of evidence of organic life quickly went into overdrive.

Less remarked upon was a rather cryptic tweet from the Curiosity team after the interview:

What did I discover on Mars? That rumors spread fast online. My team considers this whole mission “one for the history books” …

Wills figured the statement was a rather, well, curious one to make for a science team that was supposedly preparing to announce a groundbreaking Mars discovery in early December. She took the matter up with NASA social media manager Veronica McGregor, who described the tweet as an effort to “quell” a runaway rumor.

“It’s always difficult to quell rumors like this one. But at the same time it’s great to see so many people are excited and interested in what the rover might find,” McGregor told Mashable.

It seems that the misunderstanding between Grotzinger and NPR came about because the NASA scientist was discussing Curiosity’s mission and findings in general terms as “historic,” while the public radio programmer interpreted his words as a reference to a specific and recent discovery made by the surface probe.

So Grotzinger’s reference to a recent Curiosity soil sample-collecting foray that the mission’s “science team is busily chewing away on” was simply a description of the scientific process the team uses rather than a hint at a specific finding by the rover in the Martian soil, according to Wills.

McGregor further explained that the scientist’s discussion of new Curiosity data set to be released in December was just a reference to “a press conference slated for Dec. 3 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting” which has “been on the books since Curiosity actually landed on Mars and does not coincide with a major announcement,” Wills reported.


Sweeny: Breaking Down Kuroda, The Yankees’ Rotation And Potential Outfield Help

There was a point in the last week where it may have seemed that Hiroki Kuroda was going to pitch elsewhere in 2013.

Los Angeles, Japan, somewhere other than New York. If that had happened, it would have sent some panic waves through Yankees fans, who perhaps would struggle to swallow an extra helping of turkey or pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.

Eat without worry, my friends. Kuroda is indeed coming back to the Yankees in 2013. Here is what general manager Brian Cashman had to say about the Japanese right-hander, who, surprisingly, was the Yankees’ best and most consistent starter in 2012:

“Hiroki did a phenomenal job for us last year and we had a strong preference of retaining him. I suspect it was a very aggressive market for him, it should have been. We feel fortunate that we were able to acquire him last year, and I feel the same way this year. He can play a really important role here as he did last year. He’s a pro. He did everything on the field, and had a seamless transition to New York and our clubhouse off the field.”

Cashman said that the Yankees feel as if they have a competitive rotation right now, but they’re always looking to add to it.

“The pitching is our priority and has been our priority, so we will continue on those efforts,” Cashman said. “But right now on paper we do have five starters. You’ve got CC (Sabathia), Kuroda, (Phil) Hughes, (Ivan) Nova, (David) Phelps. But we certainly would like to add to that, lengthen it, deepen it and strengthen it.”

OK, first of all he’s obviously not counting Andy Pettitte yet, even if the rest of us are. There was every indication given by Pettitte at season’s end that he wanted to pitch again — he just hasn’t made that decision public yet. When he does, he will be a Yankee and will be part of the rotation.

“Andy is deciding whether he wants to play,” Cashman said. “As of right now he hasn’t put himself in play, so there is really nothing to discuss at this point until he goes through that process.”

As I mentioned, there is no reason at this point to think that Pettitte will not be back, so let’s jump off that bridge again when we get there.

As for Nova, his season was a disappointment, but there is still too much potential there to ignore. The plan to rebuild his confidence appears to be under way.

“I feel really good about Nova,” Cashman said. “Has a good young arm … This year, (it was) sophomore growing pains or whatever you want to call it. But at the same time his strikeout total soared and his walk total even reduced. It was an interesting year for him. His stuff is there. He’s a good, young, under control, not even arbitration-eligible starter with a boatload of experience both positive and negative.

Top-ranked Indiana passes first real test with overtime win over Georgetown

The most relieved player in the Barclay’s Center after top-ranked Indiana’s 82-72 victory over Georgetown was the freshman point guard whose ill-timed missed free throws put the Hoosiers in jeopardy of their first loss.

Yogi Ferrell clanked two huge foul shots against Georgetown in the final 46 seconds, helping the Hoyas scrape back from a seven-point deficit to force overtime on a driving basket from Otto Porter late in regulation. The Hoosiers regrouped and responded in overtime, surviving thanks in part to seven points from Ferrell in overtime including a game-clinching off-balance 3-pointer.

Indiana’s impressive showing in overtime enabled the Hoosiers to win the Legend’s Classic and survive their first true test. Georgetown entered the season unranked after losing three of its four top scorers from last season, but the soon-to-be-top 25 Hoyas appear formidable again thanks to a patient offense led by breakout star Otto Porter and a perimeter-heavy supporting cast.

On Monday night, Georgetown ruined a potential UCLA-Indiana title game by thoroughly outplaying a Bruins team that looked out of sync against a zone and is still adjusting to having Shabazz Muhammad in the lineup. The Hoyas threatened to topple the Hoosiers as well on Tuesday, answering each Indiana punch and throwing a few blows of their own thanks to 20 points from guard Markel Starks, 15 from Porter and 12 and 11 apiece from Greg Whittington and Mikael Hopkins.

Where Indiana won the game was with its offensive balance, something we may say often this season.

Cody Zeller bounced back from a foul-plagued subpar performance against Georgia with a solid 17-point, eight-rebound effort, but the national player of the year candidate was more mortal than superhuman during this tournament. He got help from the shooting and steady play of Jordan Hulls (17 points), the outside shooting of Remy Abell (two big threes) and the ability of Ferrell to get to the foul line (14 points, 9 of 11 on free throws).

Indiana shot 46.9 percent from the floor, sank 10 of 17 3-pointers and returned to Bloomington 5-0 on the season and 1-0 against worthy challengers. It wasn’t a dominant 48 hours from the nation’s top-ranked team, but the Hoosiers showed enough growth to walk away satisfied.

Khloe Kardashian Worries that Kanye West Dominates Kim Kardashian

Should Khloe be concerned that her big sis Kim is in a controlling relationship with Kanye? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE details on what Khloe thinks about Kim’s rapper boyfriend.

The Kardashian women call the shots, at least most of the time. But Khloe Kardashian thinks Kim Kardashian is losing her edge now that she’s dating the “domineering” Kanye West. A friend of the Kardashian family tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Khloe doesn’t dislike Kanye, she just doesn’t like the way Kim acts around him. She thinks Kim kowtows around Kanye and lets him run the show. Kanye has a very domineering personality and Khloe is concerned that Kim is losing herself in the relationship. Kim is usually the captain of the ship, but when she is around Kanye she lets him make all the decisions. Look at the way Kim dresses — she dresses for Kanye. “Khloe and Lamar have a very balanced relationship and she wants to see the same for Kim and Kanye.

All of the women in the Kardashian family pretty much rule their men, this is not the case when it comes to Kim and Kanye, ” said the friend.

Stars perform to help victims of Sandy

New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Sting, Christina Aguilera and other music stars on Friday in a televised benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Sandy, the superstorm that had killed nearly 100 people in the United States and devastated large sections of the Northeast.

The commercial-free one-hour telecast organized by NBCUniversal, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” included appearances by Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and NBC News’ Brian Williams. TODAY show co-anchor Matt Lauer was host.

“Voice” coach Aguilera kicked off the program.

“We’ve come together tonight to tell every single person who’s suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters,” the star said before beginning her performance of her hit “Beautiful.”

“We haven’t seen a storm like this in 100 years,” said Lauer.

The show also featured Bon Jovi surveying the devastation in New Jersey. After the touching clip, which also showed the rocker talking to impacted residents, he performed an unplugged version of “Living on a Prayer.” Images of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy were also interspersed throughout the show, along with victims pleading for aid, reminding viewers just how immense the damage was.

Instant analysis: Ohio State 35, PSU 23

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Ineligi-Bowl turned into an indelible moment for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes came into a frenzied Beaver Stadium and sliced up a red-hot Penn State team 35-23, leaving no doubt which team is the best in the Leaders Division and the entire Big Ten. Ohio State improved to 9-0 and inched one step closer to its goal of a perfect 12-0 season under first-year coach Urban Meyer.

It was over when: Braxton Miller squeezed a third-down pass into the hands of Jake Stoneburner, who had nothing but daylight in front of him for a 72-yard touchdown catch with 6:11 remaining. That made it 35-16 and extinguished any hope of a Penn State comeback.

Game ball goes to: The Ohio State defense. Penn State’s offense came into the night on a roll, but the Buckeyes applied pressure to quarterback Matt McGloin all night and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown by the Nittany Lions until there was 9:49 left in the game.

Stat of the game: Ohio State had 233 rushing yards to just 32 for Penn State. Miller piled up 134 of those, along with two scores. He was able to dominate the game in the second half despite completing just 7-of-19 passes.

Second-guessing: Bill O’Brien’s gambles have mostly paid off this season. But one backfired on fourth-and-nine from the Ohio State 43 in the third quarter. Penn State went for the fake punt, and Alex Butterworth‘s pass was broken up on a nice play by the Buckeyes’ Adam Griffin (son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin). Penn State’s defense had been playing really well, and the flipping of field position helped Ohio State drive in for a touchdown to make it 21-10.

What it means: It was an odd meeting of two good teams who can’t play in a bowl game, so no result was going to have any postseason implications. But both teams are eligible to win the Leaders Division title, and now Ohio State has a virtual two-game lead in that race with three games left. Hey, it’s something.

More importantly, it continued the Buckeyes’ impressive march through the Big Ten in Meyer’s first year. If Ohio State keeps on winning, Associated Press voters are going to have an interesting time figuring out to do with this team, which hasn’t lost but also hasn’t beaten a team currently ranked in the Top 25.

For Penn State, the loss halted some serious momentum as the team had won five straight coming into Saturday. The Nittany Lions had hoped for a dominating performance to impress recruits, more than 100 of whom attended the game. This was as close to a bowl game as Penn State is going to play over the next few years. Still, one loss doesn’t erase what this team is accomplishing this year.

What people are saying about latest NHL cancellations

8:44AM EDT October 27. 2012 – What the league, the NHL Players’ Association and fans had to say about Friday’s cancellations:

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly

“The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action. By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term collective bargaining agreement that would have preserved an 82-game regular season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

“We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the players and the clubs — one that will be good for the game and our fans.”

STORY : NHL cancels games through Nov. 30

NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr

“The league officially informed us today that they have withdrawn their latest proposal and have canceled another slate of regular season games. This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players. But it comes as no surprise.

“Last week the owners gave us what amounts to a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal. We responded with the framework for three proposals on the players’ share, each of which moved significantly, towards their stated desire for a 50-50 split of HRR, with the only condition being that they honor contracts they have already signed. Honoring contracts signed between owners and players is a reasonable request. Unfortunately, after considering them for only 10 minutes, they rejected all of our proposals.

“Since then, we have repeatedly advised the owners that the players are prepared to sit down and negotiate on any day, with no preconditions. The owners refused. They apparently are only interested in meeting if we first agree to everything in their last offer, except for perhaps a few minor tweaks and discussion of their ‘make whole’ provision.

“The message from the owners seems to be: if you don’t give us exactly what we want, there is no point in talking. They have shown they are very good at delivering deadlines and demands, but we need a willing partner to negotiate. We hope they return to the table in order to get the players back on the ice soon.”

What we’re missing: Highlights of canceled November games

Washington Capitals fan Anne Seiff

“In all honesty, I am not surprised about the latest cancellations. I knew they wouldn’t keep their word on canceling games in a 2 week block. I think it’s the NHL’s way of trying to get the players to cave since that’s a lot of games to not get paid and most owners can afford it. So, hopefully they work something out in the meantime so they can add some of November’s games back. But, if this keeps up, just cancel the entire season already. Stop getting the fans’ hopes up that there will be a season or better yet, sit in a room, lock the doors until a deal is reached! It really shouldn’t be this hard so someone needs to put on their big boy pants and get it done! I need the NHL, especially Rockin’ the Red, back in my life! So, I don’t care about a full season, all I want is to see ALL the teams back in action and whatever fans are left standing, back in the arenas.”

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith

“The way that the NHL is working right now is they’re following everything by what the NBA did, and that’s no surprise to us. If they really wanted an 82-game schedule and they really cared about the fans like the players do, I think they would have came with that proposal before they went so far away from the players that it took them a month to get back to the point they’re at right now. It takes everything away from the players. The players gain nothing by signing the agreement they have on the table right now. If we keep giving in every single time there’s a new collective bargaining agreement up for negotiation, it’s just going to keep going on like this. Six years from now they’re going to want more money. Gary (Bettman), obviously, he says he cares about the fans but in reality, if he cared about the fans that much he wouldn’t keep taking away from the players to try to put more money in the owners’ pockets. It’s sad because we want to play as much as the fans want to see us play. It’s disappointing, obviously.”

Dallas Stars fan Mike Drago

A fan’s promise to both sides: Upon your return, I will stay away from the American Airlines Center one day for each day of the lockout. I hope others will join me, and maybe fans won’t be forgotten so easily next time around. And there’s always a next time with these guys.

Nashville Predators player rep David Legwand

“Guys will be fine. Guys will be overseas playing and doing those types of things. You have to stay unified and get the right deal for the players and owners and let everyone work together and grow the game.”

New York Islanders fans Faye Barth

“A small group of hard-line owners is killing the NHL. Their tactics (gag rule on all owners, refusal to negotiate unless the NHLPA caves in. and fast trigger finger in canceling games) gives away their true agenda. Then there is the issue of bringing in a right-wing consultant as a spin doctor. Another fact is that this small group (less than one-third of the owners) can block any deal, even if one was to be reached, because Bettman and the hard-liners got the charter changed. Blame for this whole mess belongs to the NHL, period.

Pittsburgh Penguins fan Mike Swartz

“I’m a season ticket holder, and as a die-hard fan one that the NHL and NHLPA takes for granted in an HRR way. Even as such, I am missing hockey less and less by the day, as the bickering over my money (the fans) becomes more and more tiresome. This is coming from someone who plays beer league hockey (two leagues), twice a week. If I’m not an ardent fan, I don’t know the definition.

“The latest ‘whispers’ from players is some expect games by Thanksgiving. If they don’t figure it out by then, they better realize HRR won’t be $3.3B as a baseline. They better be prepared to take a real haircut, because it’s coming, Somehow the league and players still haven’t come to grips that the world has and is going through economic contraction, and they can’t just see an upward graph of ticket prices spiraling upward forever as a truth. $4.50 cups of coffee is not reality. They better start figuring out what the new reality is, or be a case study on how to implode a multibillion-dollar business model.:

Josh Crockett, Carolina Hurricanes fan in Charlottesville, Va.

“I’ve traveled to attend games in 13 different NHL rinks across the U.S. and Canada in the past 10 years, and between the full November cancellation and the strong hint at axing the Winter Classic, never have I felt dumber for caring about NHL hockey than today.”

2012 Nike Free 4.0 – Noisette

La Nike Free 4.0 est prévue pour tomber bientôt dans ce colorway nouvelle marque, baptisée “noisette”. La chaussure utilise de multiples textures de cuir, tout en mélangeant plusieurs teintes, y compris jaune, noir, gris, marron, noisette, qui couvre en fait un majorité de la upper.The seule dispose d’une teinte à dominante blanche, tandis que le jaune nike air max pas cher belgique est considéré autour de la Nike Air Max unité sur le talon. Recherchez ces à baisser en Mars dans les magasins Nike qui incluent fin.

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2012 Nike Lunarglide 3 Hyperfuse

En 2011, Nike Lunarglide 3 a habillé plusieurs de ses silhouettes classiques à sa technologie Hyperfuse. Le Barrientos résultat a été un assaut de chaussures vraiment belles, et d’ajouter à cette liste, c’est cette paire de Nike Air Max 97 Hyperfuse, qui arbore un coloris tonal orange. Pour finir la regarder est une pleine longueur Air Max unité, qui s’étend le long de la chaussure. Vérifiez auprès de l’Unité pour la disponibilité.

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Retour en Novembre nous vous avons donné un aperçu de la Nike chaussures nike pas cher chine Hyperfuse, mais ce colorway Total Orange n’a pas été inclus dans la liste initiale. Tout comme la version dynamique du bleu publié plus tôt cette année, la chaussure comporte une colorway tonale Total Orange, à partir de la partie supérieure jusqu’à la semelle. Intégration de la technologie que Nike Chaussures air max original créé pour leur ligne de basket-ball, la Nike Air Max 97 Hyperfuse est léger, durable et une parfaite tout autour de formateur. Procurez-vous une paire maintenant à votre Nike détaillant local.

2012 Nike Femmes Air Max 1-87 ‘Mandarin’ et ‘Dynamic Blue’

Disponible dès maintenant chez Nike Femmes Air Max 1-87 Sportswear comptes ainsi que la boutique en ligne de Chris Kaman Nike sont ces simples deux, mais accrocheur versions de la classique Nike Air Max 1. En venant dans un choix de mandarine ou dynamique bleu, deux caractéristiques lumineuses à semi-tons dessus qui sont construits à partir de matériaux synthétiques, ainsi que nylon ripstop.

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