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Nigeria's defense chief is claiming that the country?s military has located nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot go in with force to free them.
Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the country's much criticized military on Monday that Nigerian troops can save the girls, according to The Associated Press. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."
He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.
Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.
PASADENA, Calif. ? At first glance, Don Yeomans looks like your friendly suburban neighbor. But behind the calm and cool exterior, the NASA scientist has one of the most important jobs imaginable: finding the galaxy?s deadliest asteroids before they pose a threat to all life on Earth.
The prevailing view among scientists is that a giant asteroid hit the Earth about 65 million years ago, wiping out nearly all life, including the dinosaurs. And according to many of those same experts, it?s only a matter of time before another extinction-level event occurs.
Thankfully, the world is being kept safe by Yeomans, NASA?s very own asteroid hunter.
Yeomans, 70, who was recently named one of Time Magazine?s 100 Most Influential People Alive, told Yahoo News about the science behind asteroid hunting, how he finds them and NASA?s plan to make sure the ?big one? never makes it to Earth.
In the 1998 film ?Armageddon,? NASA discovers that a Texas-size asteroid is headed straight for Earth and we only have 18 days to stop it. So how does that scenario compare to reality?
?Well, that movie was definitely pure fiction,? Yeomans told Yahoo News in an interview at NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
?First of all, there aren?t any asteroids in near Earth space that are anywhere near the size of Texas. And if there were, we would certainly find it decades, perhaps even 100 years, in advance of any close Earth approach,? he said.
For years, Yeomans has led NASA?s efforts to detect these so-called near Earth objects. He says they?ve found about 95 percent of them and that the space organization is prepared to deal with any that should pose a threat.
?You have to get an object about 30 meters in size or larger, about a third the size of a football field, or larger, before it can actually cause ground damage,? Yeomans said.
But should an object that big hit the Earth, even a skeptic like Yeomans describes the scenario as a ?hellish environment? that would almost certainly wipe out humanity.
Such an impact would ?shut out much of the sunlight and kill the plants, of course. You?ve got acid rain, you?ve got re-entering fiery ejecta,? Yeomans said. ?You?ve got a pretty hellish environment.?
Based on the odds alone, it?s somewhat remarkable that a giant asteroid hasn?t wiped us out already.
A Tennessee maintenance worker has quit his job after discovering the number "666" printed on his W-2 tax form.
The man, Walter Slonopas, a 52-year-old born-again Christian, told The Tennessean that God was worth more than money.
The number 666 is commonly referred to as the number of the beast and is often associated with the devil. (The number played a pivotal role in the classic horror movie "The Omen.") Revelation 13:18 in the New Testament says, "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
This wasn't the first time that Slonopas had a work-related run-in with the notorious number. When he first began his job in 2011, he said, he was accidentally assigned the number 666 to be used when he clocked in. His number was later changed to 668.
However, a few months later, when the company updated its clock-in system, Slonopas was again assigned the number 666. He quit, but returned to work after being given yet another new number.
The Tennessean spoke with Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales and marketing for the Revstone Corp., Slonopas' former company, about the W-2 form. He explained that the number referred to the order in which the tax documents were mailed.
Slonopas is seeking a new W-2 with a different number on it. He says that he can't file his taxes without one.
I bet this was our own John S. ! :p