Our First Paper: the Discovery of Brown Dwarf WISEA 1101+5400

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

Our first paper was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 841, Number 2 on May 24.   Hooray!!   (It may be easier to read here.)

The paper announces the discovery of our first brown dwarf, shows a spectrum we took of the brown dwarf, and describes the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project. There’s a press release from the American Museum of Natural History, a nice NPR story about it featuring Rosa Castro, and several other news stories.

Of course, this paper is already out-of-date.  In the time it took to write the paper, you’ve discovered at least twelve more good brown dwarf candidates.  And we used those discoveries to make an even better estimate of the sensitivity of our search than the one that appears in the paper. But let’s talk more about the paper and our first discovery, a source called WISEA 1101+5400 which we now…

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F-35: DOD Forces Lockheed to Accept Price

ROSE COVERED GLASSES

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“Pentagon got tired of talking with Lockheed and told them, here’s how much we’re willing to pay you. Take it or leave it.

Lockheed either accepts the government contract for 57 F-35s for roughly $6.1 billion or it goes to court to protest the government’s action.

In an extraordinary action, the F-35 Joint Program Office decided 14 or 18 months of negotiations was enough and has issued a “unilateral contract” for the latest Low Rate Initial Production contract to defense giant Lockheed Martin.

All terms had been agreed to by both sides except one — the price. This may well be the largest unilateral contract ever issued by the United States government. That’s what I’ve heard from two well informed sources, but we don’t have anything definitive yet.

“The definitized contract for LRIP 9 announced today was not a mutually agreed upon contract, it was a unilateral contract action, which obligates…

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Influencers: Raise your voice, raise awareness of Childhood Cancer

Empire Kred

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s use our considerable influence to end the month with a wave of posts and tweets to give this issue a powerful boost.

Did you know?

  • Just in the U.S., nearly 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year
  • 1 in 4 will not survive.
  • Pediatric cancer requires different treatment from adult cancer. Yet only 4% of research funds are dedicated to research for kid’s cancer.

We’ve gathered links with social media resources on this thread. You’ll also find out how tossing teddy bears and picking up pie or upgrades you need can help fund research or care for childhood cancer. If you have experience with organizations which specialize in pediatric cancer research or care, please nominate them for our donation in the same thread.

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A Killer In Your Fridge ~ Sweet Poison…A MUST READ

Rhonda Gessner

In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.

She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and…

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