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Number of days writer Richard Kerr has failed to inform his Science readers of the confirmation of nanodiamonds at the YDB: 3 years, 8 months, and 7 days

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Breaking: WISE mission misleads public with confusing comet stats

In my day work I am no stranger to government bureaucracies and “programs” manipulating information about their activities until it suits them to do otherwise.  The WISE mission is no different.

In March of this year David Shiga wrote an obviously informed article revealing early results of the WISE mission (below). [...]

Obama whipsaws nation from Moon to Asteroid: Is he WISEing up?

You’ve got to wonder sometimes what could be going on behind the scenes.  Could it be that the early results of the WISE mission and other disturbing government science projects are encouraging the bold (but not entirely unexpected) move of the White House to ditch the return to Moon in order to [...]

Tusk bullish on old Taurid papers

Articles pertaining to the Taurid Complex: Title: Meteor observations in Japan: new implications for a Taurid meteoroid swarm Authors: ASHER, D. J.; IZUMI, K. Affiliation: AA(Communications Research Laboratory, 893-1, Hirai, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki-ken 314-0012, Japan), AB(Nippon Meteor Society, 812-8 Namiki-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0033, Japan) Journal: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 297, Issue 1, pp. 23-27. (Journal [...]

Days since NASA has reported WISE finding a comet or asteroid NEO: 19

See here:  http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/stats/wise/

NASA continues opaque and clumsy treatment of dark comets and dark asteroids found by WISE

NASA put out another one of those creepy home made news articles today regarding the WISE mission finding dark objects.  This one is even more condescending than usual, with the inane lede, “Imagine you are a Brontosaurus….”

Well, I am not a “Brontosaurus.”  But I am keenly interested in what the hell WISE is finding [...]

Rare Bill Napier Essay: Giant Comets -- Messengers of Life and Death

GIANT COMETS — MESSENGERS OF LIFE AND DEATH William P. Napier (Appeared in an anthology: “God, the universe and men – Why do we exist?” (ed. Wabbel, T.D.), Patmos, Dusseldorf, 2003 (original in German). A Neolithic comet Comets are jokers in the celestial pack. They irrupt, usually without forewarning, into the orderly progression of [...]

The February 11 JPL Press Release on dark, dead comets and the WISE mission

Here’s the full press release about WISE mission finding dark comets.

WISE spies a Comet With its Powerful Infrared Eye, NASA\Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Feb 11, 2010 NASA\JPL–NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has discovered its first comet, one of many the mission is expected to find among millions of other objects during its [...]

New Scientist: WISE mission finding yet more dark, dead comets

Now visible comet from WISE in infrared

In an earlier post I noted that last month NASA had mentioned WISE finding dark and dead comets for the first time (at least as recorded on the Internet).  I thought it kind of odd that well into a mission [...]