Monday, August 21st, 2017 09:03 pm
Raheem Sterling salvages a point for 10-man Manchester City as Everton are denied victory after Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:36 pm
Younes Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, was cornered west of Barcelona after a tip off.
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The payout - to a woman who developed ovarian cancer - is the largest award so far against the firm.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:53 pm

Posted by Timothy B. Lee

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Earlier today, millions of Americans flocked to a strip of land about 70 miles wide, stretching from Portland, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina, to view a once-a-decade total solar eclipse.

Now the totality is over, and everyone is trying to go home. And as these screenshots from Google maps demonstrate, it's causing traffic jams on North-South interstates throughout the path of the totality:

This post originated on Ars Technica

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Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:26 pm

Posted by John Timmer

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Our staff is sharing its eclipse stories and photos from today. The post will be updated as more come in.

OAKLAND, Calif.—Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area are well-known for morning fog, particularly in the summertime. So despite having two telescopes and the helpful staff at the Chabot Space & Science Center, the clouds unfortunately didn’t cooperate. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering along the observation deck, near the historic telescopes named Leah and Rachel. Most people had brought protective eyewear or had made pinhole boxes, but with the cloud cover blocking the Sun anyway, they quickly figured out that they wouldn’t be able to see the Sun with them on. Attendees squealed and yelped with joy as they attempted to view what was left of the Sun peeking out from behind the Moon and the thick white cloud cover. Your correspondent caught a few glimpses of the partially eclipsed and cloud-covered Sun for just a few moments.

Meanwhile, my sister-in-law, Kelly Guyon, 28, who traveled north from Oakland, California, to Madras, Oregon, to observe totality, has declared herself an “eclipse chaser” now.

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Monday, August 21st, 2017 10:52 pm
Except, Mikey's texting, fingers and thumbs flying, chin on his chest and reflected words flashing up on his glasses. He's also smiling, the smallest, barest twitch of a smile. Frank crosses his arms across his chest and announces, "You ate my food."

Mikey doesn't look up as he says, "The canon needed ammo."

"You did that without me?" Frank protests, and then catches himself, because his oranges. Though, that doesn't explain the fake bacon.

"We experimented with aerodynamics, to see if a tail made a difference," Mikey says, as if he's tapped into Frank's thoughts. Hell, maybe he has. Deciding to test that theory, Frank starts to think about Gerard - in detail and glorious close-up. Mikey stops texting, looking thoughtful. "We're trying real bacon next time, to see if density makes a difference. And that's fucking disgusting."

"What is?" Gerard asks, stumbling into the lounge. He's pulled on yesterday's - last week's - last month's - outfit and is scratching at his balls through his jeans, his eyes mostly closed.

"Frank was thinking about you naked," Mikey says, going back to his frantic texting, and then, "Pete says next time think harder."


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Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:35 pm
Victoria Azarenka confirms she will miss the US Open because of an "ongoing family situation" after separating from the father of her child.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:29 pm
Payout for talc user who developed ovarian cancer is largest award so far against Johnson & Johnson.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 08:19 pm
England's Rajiv Ouseph is through to the second round at the World Championships with a straight-set win over Adam Mendrek.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 04:39 pm
The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts has lost a Permanent Special Guest, and the field as a whole has lost one of its widest-ranging geniuses: universe-spanning imagination (Galaxies like Grains of Sand), Joycean psychedelia (Barefoot in the Head), beautiful decay (The Long Afternoon of Earth), alternatives to humanity (The Malacia Tapestry), world building (Helliconia), history of the field (The Billion Trillion Year Spree), and even a mimetic best seller (The Hand-Reared Boy). My idiosyncratic favorite is The Shape of Further Things, a meditation on diverse topics written around the time of the moon landing.
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Monday, August 21st, 2017 07:45 pm
A Nasa telescope captures the total solar eclipse as it passes over the western US state of Oregon.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 03:58 pm
We had an 85% eclipse, which means it got a little darker and the birds weren't singing though the insects were -- nothing shuts up a cricket. I have some phone photos of the light coming through the leaves in crescents on the sidewalks. And then it poured rain for ... 10 minutes? And the sun came out again, starting to strengthen. So, not the biggest deal -- but we were out on the front steps with our homemade cereal box viewers and so on, and the neighbors on either side came over and hung out and watched it with us, which was very cool.
Monday, August 21st, 2017 12:50 pm
...because of the new moon and also the eclipse in case you haven't been following. wyld_dandelyon is doing a card reading here. You get the first card free (from a choice of decks) and a reasonable price system for the remainder. Head over and try it out, if not for fun, maybe for that one burning question in your heart or soul...
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Monday, August 21st, 2017 05:48 pm
The US witnesses the spectacular effects of its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 100 years.