Degatina agreed. "Can you imagine people knowing that there was that magnitude of nuclear weapons in their neighborhoods? We had more power [in the Baltimore Washington area] than could ever be used in wartime, even today." Now, federal law requires that surplus property turned over to local governments free must be put to community use. The military wasn't always so generous. The Defense Department held onto many of the sites nationwide until the 1980s, when officials tried unsuccessfully to sell them. Developers and local governments across the nation were discouraged by the cost of demolishing the old buildings to make way for new uses. Since the Pentagon began unloading the sites, a New York county turned one into a homeless shelter. A Massachusetts county uses one for maximum security data storage that private companies rent. Anne Arundel County turned the Davidsonville site into its police academy, and the District of Columbia built a prison on part of a Nike site in Lorton in Northern Virginia. Most others have become parks. Some of the most frequent visitors to the Marin Nike museum are filmmakers and composers, said site manager Milton Halsey. "They like our sounds of gears grinding, whistles blowing and computers full of glass vacuum tubes that wheeze," he said. "They come out and tape the sounds of old machinery working TC for their films." There is only one missile left from the Baltimore Washington ring of steel: on the lawn outside the Fort Meade Museum. It has never attracted much attention, even from the weapons enthusiasts traditionally drawn to the museum. Some military historians speculate that people don't want to remember the Cold War; others say the missiles were outdated before they were built and not worthy of attention. Harrison Sandrock, one of seven men who serviced and repaired the nuclear warheads, sees it differently. He is the only one left; the other six have died of various forms of cancer. Standing in the missile's shadow one recent afternoon, he paid little attention to the peeling rust dropping in chunks onto the grass. He didn't comment about the two bird nests inside the 20 foot barrel or the discarded plaque recently run over by a lawn mower. "To this day, it's awe inspiring," he said, touching the old missile for the first time in more than a decade. "I guess I don't visit it because it's something that's antiquated and it makes me realize I'm getting old."
The two lectures, entitled 'Drains, Lanes, Trains and Cranes' and 'From Edison to the iPod', and the play, 'Starsong: the Big Bang begins in Yorkshire', are being organised for families as part of National Science and Engineering week. The aim of the events is to get youngsters interested in science and engineering, in a fun and interactive way. The first lecture, 'Drains, Lanes, Trains and Cranes', will take place at 7pm on Monday 12 March 2007 at the University's St Georges Church Lecture Theatre. The lecture, which is being run by members of the Institution of Civil Engineers, will explain some of the ways in which civil engineering creates the essentials of civilisation clean water for drinking and washing, dealing with waste water and transport and buildings. As part of the lecture there will be demonstrations that youngsters will be able to help with and a particular highlight will be the chance to see a video of the old Wembley Stadium demolished and a new one constructed in just two minutes. The second lecture, 'From Edison to the iPod', will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 13 March 2007 at the Chemistry Auditorium at the University's Richard Roberts Building. Leading academic, Professor Tony Ryan, will demonstrate the science behind recorded music with examples of music from the different eras of technology. The lecture will look at how tape took over from vinyl before CDs were invented and what the future holds for music technology. There will also be an opportunity for youngsters to record their own voices and a person from the audience will be chosen to sing. And for those who want to learn about science and see a theatrical production at the same time the play, 'Star Song The Big Bang begins in Yorkshire', will be showing at 7.45pm on Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March 2007 at the University Theatre Workshop. The performance on Wednesday will be signed for the deaf. The production, written by award winning playwright Frances Gray, and directed by former University student, Alan Lane, is a story about Yorkshire hero, the deaf astronomer John Goodricke. In 1784 he laid the foundations for the future study of the origins of the Universe. Through film, music, song, and dance the play explores Goodricke's world. Frances Gray, a reader in the University's School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, said: "This is the first time the University has decided to hold a play for National Science and Engineering Week and I am really excited to be involved. The aim of the play is to explain some of the most exciting developments in research and to celebrate our own Yorkshire hero. I hope families enjoy the storyline and, at the same time, increase their understanding of science." The lectures and the play are examples of numerous similar events, created for school and family audiences for National Science and Engineering Week, running from Friday 9 March to Sunday 18 March 2007. The annual programme is devised by the city's two universities to present issues in science, engineering and technology to the general public. Notes for Editors: National Science and Engineering Week takes place between Friday 9 March 2007 and Sunday 18 March 2007. Coordinated by the British Association for the Advancement of Science since 1994, National Science and Engineering Week aims to celebrate science and its importance to everyday life, providing an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology activities.Wholesale Jerseys Cheap
3. A 3,000 Year Old Sarcophagus Is Found in Someone's Wall Going through dead relatives' stuff is the ultimate gamble. On one hand you might find some hilarious vintage porn, but you run an equal risk of discovering a shoe box labeled "Germany, 1943" that no one was ever meant to open. What you're seeing is the lid to a mummy box older than the freaking Bible. It just sold for 12,000 pounds at auction after being found hidden inside the walls of a renovated country home in Essex, England, that once belonged to a world traveling journalist, since deceased. It is unclear whether his death was related to the secret mummy coffin, but it is our responsibility to assume that it was. How and why a dusty old pharaoh bone shuttle wound up inside the walls of a British mansion can't be explained, not even by the dead globetrotter's relatives. However, we have no doubt some kind of ancient sun blackening curse was put upon all of mankind after the previous owner crudely attempted to repaint the coffin's face. "Eh, I did better on this than on the Jesus painting." 2. So Many Human Skulls Get Donated to Goodwill Recently, Goodwill has received numerous anonymous donations of human skulls, because apparently there exists a demographic of person who just has way more skulls lying around the house than they know what to do with. "The sales receipt was signed, 'G. Danzig.'" Back in August, someone in Austin, Texas, dropped a skull into a Goodwill donation bin, presumably patting themselves on the back for heroically providing some underprivileged goth kid with a new candle holder. The police understandably began an investigation into the kind deed, because skulls aren't baseball cards or old Huey Lewis tapes. Unless it's discarded medical school property, dropping human remains into a public bin is less "making a donation" than it is "disposing of evidence." Two more skulls were found the month before at a Goodwill in Seattle, along with the ancient bones of a Native American child for some reason. This is another way of saying that there is now a Goodwill in Seattle that is super fucking haunted. 1. The International Space Station Is Possessed Apparently, the J SSOD, a satellite deployer cannon in charge of spitting out new CubeSats (tiny satellites) on the International Space Station, has been getting a bit overzealous about its job, and has begun shooting those little bastards out into the abyss without any human instruction whatsoever. In the ISS's defense, shooting a giant space cannon is probably awesome, and if we had one, we would keep firing that thing until we were out of satellites. It's like if Michael Bay programed HAL. According to NASA, "No crew members or ground controllers saw the deployment," nor did any camera manage to capture footage of the ISS performing an operation entirely by itself. It's almost as if it waited until the exact moment it knew nobody would be watching because it didn't want anyone to see what it was up to. To be sure, it isn't uncommon to encounter glitches from time to time, especially with new equipment, but it is important to note that this is actually the second time this has happened the station "accidentally" released two other satellites the month before. After two failed attempts to troubleshoot the situation, the flight crew is now considering bringing in the cannon to assess the problem, which should probably be done sooner rather than later. We can't say for certain what the ISS is up to, but blanketing the upper atmosphere in tiny surveillance drones is definitely Phase 1 of some kind of plan. Dave is on the Twitter if you feel like following him. No biggie. For more real life horror stories, check out 5 News Stories That Are the First Minutes of a Horror Film and 3 Dark Facts Cruise Lines Don't Want You to Know.