Wednesday, July 24, 2002

DOW-up! has Deep Impact

Not to be confused with the popular form of singing that originated in the late 40s, often a cappella with intricate harmonies and nonsense words. I am referring to the national sphygmomanometer aka the DOW. Went up 488.95 points (chalking up its biggest gain since October 1987). And on the other end, a big mile-wide asteroid has set its fond sights on Mother Earth and clocked a positive (meaning: you need to worry about this one) on the Palermo Scale. A possible scenario is a head-on with Earth on Friday, February 1, 2019. That leaves us about 17 years to do whatever we ever and never dreamt of doing. The asteroid has been named 2002 NT7, which must make Microsoft feel glad they switched naming conventions for the Windows OS (nay, desktop hog). Scientists, however, seem to quoting from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Don't Panic, they say. Interestingly, the article features in the Technology section of Wired.

Related links: The History and Preservation of Doo-Wop

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