Moon’s Lunar Crater Up Close

Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter flew over the moon at just 16.2 miles up to capture shots of the huge Aristarchus crater on the moon – a feature so massive it’s visible to the naked eye from Earth, created when a huge comet or asteroid slammed into a plateau on the surface. Sixteen miles up is just over twice the height that jets fly on Earth. The cliffs of the Aristarchus crater are two miles high – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon – with layers of minerals exposed by the huge impact tumbling into the crater below. The archaeology of the huge crater is almost like a ‘strip mine’ on earth – cutting deep into the layers of minerals on the moon. The planners of the Apollo missions had the Aristarchus crater high on their list of targets for human exploration on the moon.” w/ photos

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Next-Generation Air Hockey

“Its a real puck, the goals and special options that you can initiate are on the screen. It plays exactly like a traditional game apart from having information displayed on the gameboard.” — MrGorezilla

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Tuna Fetches Record $736K In Tokyo

This tuna is worth savoring: It cost nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, in the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The price for the 593-pound (269-kilogram) tuna beat last year’s record of 32.49 million yen. The price translates to 210,000 yen per kilogram, or $1,238 per pound — also a record, said Yutaka Hasegawa, a Tsukiji market official. Though the fish is undoubtedly high quality, the price has more to do with the celebratory atmosphere that surrounds the first auction of the year. The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., which operates the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he wanted to give Japan a boost after last year’s devastating tsunami. “Japan has been through a lot the last year due to the disaster,” a beaming Kimura told AP Television News. “Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one.” w/ photos

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Mini Scorpion Vodka

“Picture the scene: a friend returns from some former Soviet republic clutching a bottle of vodka that’s supposedly been fermented in the nose cone of a MiG using Siberian snow flakes, before being bottled by one of Rasputin’s relatives in a former Cossack boot factory. How do you top that? No, you don’t admit defeat in the battle of vodka one-upmanship; you produce a bottle of Scorpion Vodka and make your gloating guest look sillier than Boris Yeltsin after a few lemonades. As you can see, Scorpion Vodka contains a walloping great scorpion. And it’s not just any old scorpion. This particular pickled arachnid has been specially bred in southern China and is totally safe to eat. So they tell us. The word is that each pincer-wielding beastie (infused in the vodka for three months before hitting the shelves) has undergone a special detoxifying process. This neutralizes the scorpion’s venom, making it 100% edible, tail n’ all!” w/ photos

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