April 23, 2009

Featured TwitPic: Confucius statue in China

"山大校园中的孔夫子塑像。" (Alexander the campus statue of Confucius.)
(Posted by @chinewinelover, Jinan, China)


Scientists puzzled over giant space blob

Per National Geographic, scientists have discovered a "giant space blob" 12.9 billion light-years away that has left them baffled.

The 4th largest object in the universe has been dubbed 'Himiko', after a well known Japanese queen, reports National Geographic. The article also says that Himiko is the size of a mature galaxy, but scientists believe that is a young galaxy from the cosmic dawn.

The Twitterverse had a variety of reactions, but most seem just as confused as the scientists:

  1. Jessica Beebe
    thestapeliaco Just read this headline: "Giant space blob found near dawn of time." Is this actual news or the title of the latest Orson Scott Card novel?
  2. leahshull
    leahshull Giant space blob?!? Where is Jean Luc when we need him? http://bit.ly/5sKOq
  3. PopSci
    PopSci A warm PopSci hello to 12.9-billion-year-old ultra-massive primordial space blob Himiko! http://bit.ly/VyvNh -PDA
  4. Mr. Chris
    SubverseRadio @tefkas Stubbed my toe earlier. Think it was Space Blob anxiety. For the sake of the kids, please can someone resolve this Space Blob crisis
  5. Christina
    tempestreverie A "space mystery blob" 12.9 billion light years away is named Himiko. Hah!
  6. mgstack1980
    mgstack1980 I'm so glad we discovered the blob in space. Take that Big Bang theory!


Suicide bombers rock Iraq

Per Al Jazeera, Iraqi police claim that in two separate sites, Baghdad and Diyala at least 73 people have been killed during two isolated suicide attacks in Iraq.

The Baghdad bombing claimed 28 people's lives, while the Diyala explosion targeted Iranian pilgrims north of the Iraqi capital, leaving 45 dead.

Approximately 50 people were wounded and at least five children were among the dead, according to Iraqi police reports, per Al Jazeera.

Twitter users speak out about the day's horrific events:

  1. David Hartin
    @DomeGoat (United States) @BreakingNews If I'm reading all the updates right, suicide bombings seem to be on the rise in Iraq
  2. Georges Azzi
    @azzi (Beirut, Lebanon)@octavianasrCNN why all this violence iraq today?? Is this day something specific and coordinated or is it just random violence
  3. Wayne Warren
    @CitizenWayne (Washington, US) Leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq is arrested, but the media focus is on the bombings? Success is not interesting news? http://tinyurl.com/cxe39t
  4. artracejr
    @yourstuffstores (Texas, US) cnn.com Bombings kill more than 70 in Iraq ,BUT THERE IS NO war or TERRa
  5. JaneAnne Duddleston
    @JDudd (Mississippi, US) I just saw that dozens were killed in Iraq by suicide attacks. This makes me wonder if my brother is okay. Haven't heard from him in a month
  6. americankestrel
    @americankestrel (Undisclosed) How will this be ignored?: Two terrorist incidents in Iraq left almost 200 people dead or injured, including Ira.. http://tinyurl.com/cydgeb


U.S. Army: Missing virus samples potentially deadly

Per CNN, the U.S. Army is investigating the apparent disappearance of three virus samples from Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The vials that went missing contain samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephaliti and are potentially deadly to both horses and humans.

American Twitterers welcomed the news with sarcasm.

  1. Bo Howe
    cinebo (San Antonio, Texas) Well that's always a sentence U wanna hear...RT @cnn: Virus samples missing from lab, Army says http://tinyurl.com/dbw6pc
  2. Jonathan Hutson
    JonHutson (Cambridge, Mass.) Just. Stay. Calm. DoNotPanic. Yet. US Army: 3 vials of virus samples missing from Ft. Detrick http://alturl.com/epyc (via @lsaldanamd)
  3. Robin Z.
    firepile (Wisconsin) CNN gives the first hint of the 12 Monkeys apocalypse: "Army: 3 vials of virus samples missing from Maryland facility" Just AWESOME.
  4. Christine
    chrissytinne (Washington, D.C.) I feel like the army is the type of institution that cant just be like oops! missing a deadly virus! no worries http://tiny.cc/79gVh

At least one Twitterer wondered if there's a connection between this story and the mysterious deaths of 21 horses in Florida, also being reported by CNN today.

  1. Enrique Bosquet
    ElChingon (San Diego, Calif.) Deadly Equine Virus missing at Army lab: http://tinyurl.com/cun4hd 21 horses died this weekend: http://tinyurl.com/da6y8n -connection?hmmm?


Strike ends for popular Tube line in London

Per BBC, the Victoria Line of London's underground railway system (the Tube) reopened on Thursday after service was halted on Wednesday due to a strike. The line is one of London's most popular, according to the article.

Some were able to simply refresh their Twitter stream to hear the news.

  1. BBC London Travel
    BBCTravelAlert #Tube - Morning faithful traveller. Let's start with the good; normal service on the Victoria line
  2. all_tubes
    all_tubes Victoria line has Good service
  3. Taylor Whitmer
    taywhit off to work and very glad that the Victoria line isn't on strike.

On Wednesday, London Twitterers noted the inconvenience of the Victoria Line strike, tweeting obscenities and personal stories.

  1. Tyron Stephens-smith
    Tyron11 victoria line suspended, it cost me four hours of my life... im gna [expletive] on the tube in protest next time im drunk
  2. Article_Dan
    Article_Dan Balls. Forgotten the [expletive] victoria line debacle. On heaving tube going nowhere I want to go.
  3. Stewart Stapleton
    stustap TFL are conspiring to stop me getting home tonight. No victoria line? Balham and Tooting closed?
  4. Peet81
    Peet81 Victoria line still closed [expletive] [expletive]! 88 dont fail me now!
  5. geoffrebbeck
    geoffrebbeck Delays to Euston and no Victoria line so not home until 9.30pm. Sigh... Now to prepare for AAV. at college
  6. Richard Mather
    m80her ... and wtf have Victoria line staff got to strike about!?! Get the [expletive] on with it and be glad you've still got a job, [expletive] unions...