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An Interesting Image!

This image shows what appears to look like a spacecraft out of science fiction. It was captured on January 29, 2010 by the Hubble Space Telescope.

First it’s strange objects flying over Newfoundland and now it’s something flying near the Earth that even NASA can’t quite explain. On January 29 the Hubble Space Telescope snapped an image of an”X” like object whizzing past the Earth at a distance of 290 million kilometers. The image shows what looks like a spacecraft of some sort with a contrail of dust luminescing from behind it.

If one was a Trekkie, and I am a big one, it could almost be said that the object looks like a Klingon bird of prey or maybe even something that the Romulans would have in their fleet.  Whatever it was even NASA is scratching their heads over it, and that is something one does not see happen everyday! NASA seems to be able to explain even the weirdest images without the least bit of hesitation.

Now before everyone begins to panic like a scene out of War of The Worlds, there is a theory as to what could have caused this oddly shaped object.  David Jewitt, NASA’s investigator of the image, says that the object was most likely created by the collision of two asteroids.  This would be the best theory, but they cannot prove it for certain because they haven’t seen a collision of two asteroids before.  According to Jewitt, these collisions typically happen at high speeds and involve objects that are so large that these scenarios can’t be simulated in a lab. In other words, they don’t have any information on what this type of collision would even look like.

Even if this isn’t first contact with an intelligent alien culture at least it’s an exciting opportunity for NASA to study something new that they haven’t seen before.  Although, I was really hoping that it would be aliens, I mean honestly, how cool would that be? As long as they weren’t out to destroy us like in all the movies out there I think that would have been more interesting and it definitely would give people something to blog about for a long time…

—Matthew Casey

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There was a time when the main courses in grade school included the typical math, English, French, and social studies programs.   In this era of  technology students can expect to add another course to their curriculum–text ed.

This new course, part of textED.ca will be tried in one hundred seventh grade classrooms across Canada for the upcoming month.   A full version of the program will be implemented in the fall in all schools.   The announcement of this new course comes from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.  According to the agencies, this program is designed to teach the proper behavior that one should follow when texting.  It is also designed to teach teenagers the dangers of sexually explicit text messages, harassing messages, and other types of texts that could harm themselves or another individual.

A study conducted by Pew Research Centre found that 15% of teens between 12 and 17 years old have received nude photos or videos through a text message on their cell phones.  With the launch of this new program in schools, Canada is attempting to highlight the dangers to its youths on “text luring” and other risks that are associated with inappropriate texting.

The website, textED.ca, has many sections on it that highlight proper texting etiquette.  The site includes things such as times when one should not text, taking the time to enjoy technology and knowing when to not let it control oneself, and knowing that it’s okay to be disconnected at times from technology.  The website even includes an “acronictionary” that explains the meanings of commonly abbreviated words used in text messages.

The program is also designed to inform teens that they can approach a trusted adult if they ever feel threatened or uncomfortable by messages that they receive.

–Matthew Casey

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5% of teens aged 12 to 17 received nude photos or videos on their cell phones and a similar survey done by LG electronics suggested that number could be as high as 22%.