Father and son recreate shuttle launch photo taken 30 years earlier

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These two photos were taken thirty years apart at the first and last space shuttle launches.

The first space shuttle launched into space thirty years ago. Chris Bray and his father Kenneth were theye to watch the first launch — and took a picture. Then the shuttle Atlantis took its final trip last Friday. Again, the father and son were there. And again, the two snapped a photo to capture the moment. (Pics)

 

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For The High-Tech Naturalist: LeafSnap Identifies Leaves Using Your iPhone’s Camera

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Leaf identification in a snap!

This is just plain fantastic. The LeafSnapapp for iPhone identifies any leaf you take a picture of, as long as it’s in their library. Right now it’s limited to trees native to the Northeastern US, but they’re working on expanding that. The best part is it’s free! Hopefully this will get me to finally learn the names of the trees around here. All I know is “pine” if it has pine cones and “not pine” if it doesn’t.

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Columbia’s Antanas Mockus Hopes His Super Citizen Past Will Help Make Him President

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S stands for SuperCitizen!

Just like Superman, he swore to use his powers to vanquish wrong-doing and benefit humanity. Yet when Antanas Mockus was elected mayor of Colombia’s crime-ridden capital, Bogota, he took the comparison literally – appearing in a spandex suit and cloak with his chest emblazoned with a giant “S” for Supercitizen.

His intention, he said, was to inspire the city’s residents to fight to improve their lives and environment. And, much like Ken Livingstone with his newts and Boris Johnson with his bicycling, bumbling ways, Mr Mockus has proved that eccentricity need not be a barrier to the higher echelons of politics.

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Elite Colleges Reporting Record Low Acceptance Rates

Elite Colleges Reporting Record Low Acceptance Rates

The already crazed competition for admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities and colleges became even more intense this year, with many logging record low acceptance rates.

Harvard College, for example, offered admission to only 7.1 percent of the 27,462 high school seniors who applied — or, put another way, it rejected 93 of every 100 applicants, many with extraordinary achievements, like a perfect score on one of the SAT exams. Yale College accepted 8.3 percent of its 22,813 applicants. Both rates were records.

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