Cavaliers may find Love sooner than expected

Cavaliers may find Love sooner than expected

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love greets fans before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn. The All-Star forward, who has been sidelined since late January with a broken left hand, said Friday, March 2, 2018, that he’s progressing well and it’s possible he could return sooner than expected. Love has been out since Jan. 29 and was expected to miss two months.(AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — As the Cavaliers experience growing pains with four new players, relief might be ahead: Kevin Love.The All-Star forward, sidelined since Jan. 29 with a broken left hand, said Friday he could return sooner than expected. The initial timetable was for him to be out two months.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reduced to a role of interested observer, Love has watched as coach Tyronn Lue force feeds numerous offensive sets and defensive principles to players who began the season in different systems. The new-look Cavs have had some great moments, and more than a few tough ones.Following Thursday’s home loss to Philadelphia, Lue said he planned to simplify things for his new players. On Friday, the Cavs watched film and afterward Lue said he’s still confident his club will mesh.“I feel good about this team,” Lue said. “No doubt about it. We got a lot of young talent. We got a lot of good pieces. We’re just trying to figure it out, put it together. We’ve only played seven games right now and those guys are still trying to figure it out.”There will be another adjustment when Love returns, but it won’t be as if Lue has to re-teach him how to play with LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, the four players remaining from Cleveland’s 2016 NBA title team.The Cavs may not be the same, but Love believes they remain strong.ADVERTISEMENT “We have guys who have been here and know exactly what to expect moving forward,” said Love, who is averaging 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers. “So it’s on us to bring everybody along and have veteran guys push maybe the younger guys or the new guys through the process. …“The coaching staff has remained the same so we know what they want out of us. Having some new blood and some new faces in some ways can be a good thing because they’re going to be very hungry and want to get on that quick learning curve to make it so we have a big run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mental battle key to Djokovic comeback, says former coach LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ “If I can get back before eight weeks, great,” he said. “So I’m hoping that that is the case.”Love’s recovery has picked up speed in recent days. He’s now able to catch the ball with a padded glove to protect his left hand, and the progress is such that there’s less risk for re-injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“One of the things I can do now is kind of catch the ball, guide it and shoot it within 12-15 feet so that feels good to do something other than run on the treadmill or run on the bike so it’s nice,” he said.The Cavaliers have been transformed since the last time Love played, with their roster overhauled by three trades before the deadline. Cleveland is just 3-4 since adding guards George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and forwards Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. But Love has been encouraged by the infusion of talent and is excited about the team’s prospects once he returns. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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ORANGE Opens New Downtown Store; 24/7 ORANGE Bank

first_imgORANGE-IBERIA officials at the launch of the new Orange Store on Carey Street, Monrovia.In furtherance of its mission to provide an unparalleled customer experience, the Management of Orange Liberia has formally opened a new store located at Carey Street in downtown Monrovia. The opening took place at a ceremony held on the premises of the facility on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The new store features extended store hours for purchases of telecommunications products and an Orange Money Bank providing Orange Money services with 24 hours of operations.Mrs. Uomah Witherspoon, Stores and Points of Sale Manager for Orange Liberia, said that store had been created to provide ease and convenience for Orange Liberia’s customers. She noted that the store would have three agents during the day and two at night.The store, which would cater to the needs of customers needing to purchase phones, scratch cards, e-recharge, SIM card retrieval, and other communications related services would be opened from Monday to Saturday all day. The Orange Money Bank, which would provide financial services like deposit and withdrawal via Orange Money would be opened 24 hours a day and 7 days a week with tight security.Franchise partner George N. Moussa Nehme, said that the development of the new store had been in the pipeline for some time but that he was grateful that it was now coming to fruition. Said Mr. Nehme: “I am honored and proud to be involved in the opening of this new Orange store. This marks a new and important moment in the history of Liberia.”He went on to explain the innovative nature of the facility and noted: today, history is in the making because even commercial banks are not opened at night in Liberia. But from today, Orange Money Bank will be opened day and night to provide services to our people.”Visiting guest, Stephane Varret, Deputy CEO of Orange Ivory Coast, who spoke on behalf of Orange Group and Orange-Liberia Board of Directors, thanked all parties involved and noted that Orange had already invested 70 million of United States Dollars and would continue to invest heavily in Liberia to ensure that the company would always remain on top as a leader in the Liberian telecommunications and mobile money sector.Following the speeches, Mrs. Benedicte David, Orange West, and Central Africa Group Vice President, together with Mamadou Coulibaly, CEO of Orange Liberia and the representatives of the City of Monrovia, cut the ribbon to formally open the store, which has now begun serving customers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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African players in Europe: Mahrez stars for champions City

first_imgA Mahrez corner allowed Aymeric Laporte to nod City into a 2-1 first-half lead and the north African struck the third goal on 63 minutes to put his side firmly on the path to glory.ENGLANDRIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)City dominated the second half at Brighton and with 63 minutes gone the 28-year-old Algerian cut in from the wing and unleashed a right-foot shot that gave his club a 3-1 advantage.France-born Mahrez has two Premier League winners medals having been part of the Leicester City side that sensationally became champions three years ago.SADIO MANE (Liverpool)Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 12, 2019. © AFP / Paul ELLISSenegalese Mane scored twice in Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Wolves to earn a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot award.The Senegal forward, 27, ended the season with 22 league goals, level with teammate and last year’s winner Mohamed Salah of Egypt as Liverpool finished on 97 points, one behind Manchester City.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)Arsenal forward Aubameyang grabbed a share of the Premier League Golden Boot award with two goals in a 3-1 win at Burnley on the last day of the season.The Gabon forward’s goals meant he finished with 22 in the league — the same number as Mane and Salah.SPAINKARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)Ekambi scored his 18th goal of the season to fire Villarreal to a 1-0 win over Eibar in La Liga.The Cameroon forward struck the winner in the 59th minute for his sixth goal in nine matches.Villarreal’s victory leaves them 14th in the table ahead of their last game of the season away to Getafe next weekend.DJENE DAKONAM (Getafe)Getafe’s Dakonam scored an own-goal in a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona.The Togolese poked into his own net as Lionel Messi looked to pounce on a one-two with Sergi Roberto at Camp Nou.Arturo Vidal had already put Barca ahead as Getafe slipped out of the top four, with a final game at home to Villarreal to come next weekend.ITALYMUSA BARROW (Atalanta)Atalanta’s Gambian forward Musa Barrow (R) celebrates with Atalanta’s Colombian forward Duvan Zapata after opening the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Atalanta Bergama vs Genoa on May 11, 2019 at the Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAGambian international Barrow broke through immediately after being introduced as a substitute at the break.His first goal this season in a 2-1 win over Genoa put Atalanta third in Serie A and close to a first Champions League qualification.MEHDI BOURABIA (Sassuolo)Moroccan midfielder Bourabia put Sassuolo ahead after 27 minutes against Torino but was sent off immediately after for a second yellow card after celebrating by pulling his jersey over his head, as his side fell to a 3-2 defeat.Brighton sacked manager Chris Hughton on Monday in what chairman Tony Bloom described as “one of the most difficult decisions” he had ever had to makeFrankfurt’s French defender Simon Falette (L) vies with Mainz’ Nigerian forward Anthony Ujah during the German first division Bundesliga football match Eintracht Frankfurt versus Mainz 05 on May 12, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. © AFP / Daniel ROLANDThe Nigerian scored twice in four minutes soon after half-time to give Mainz a 2-0 Bundesliga win at Eintracht Frankfurt, who were beaten on penalties by Chelsea in a Europa League semi-final last Thursday.It was a surprise result as Frankfurt are six places above Mainz and the loss completed a disastrous eight days for Eintracht after a 6-1 drubbing at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.IHLAS BEBOU (Hanover)Togolese striker Bebou found the net for Hanover against Freiburg, but even a 3-0 win was not enough to save his side from relegation.Bebou prodded the ball in from close range to score Hanover’s second as they picked up only a fifth win of the season.SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)Ivorian veteran Kalou scored an injury-time penalty to snatch a late 4-3 victory for Hertha in an entertaining dead-rubber in Augsburg.Hertha went behind three times, but Kalou equalised after 75 minutes before completing his brace from 12 yards with the last kick of the game.CHADRAC AKOLO (Stuttgart)Democratic Republic of Congo international Akolo made his first appearance since February as Stuttgart secured the relegation play-off place with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg.The midfielder fell out of favour under former coach Markus Weinzierl, but interim boss Nico Willig welcomed Akolo back into the fold on Saturday.AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig)The Mali international came off the bench as Leipzig spoiled Bayern Munich’s title party with a 0-0 draw.Bayern missed the chance to wrap up a seventh consecutive title as Borussia Dortmund clawed back two points with a win over Fortuna Duesseldorf to send the title race to the wire.NASSIM BOUJELLAB (Schalke)Midfielder Boujellab, who has played for Morocco at under-23 level, set up Guido Burgstaller for Schalke’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.Burgstaller’s goal saw Leverkusen miss out on the chance to break into the top four and take pole position in the race for Champions League qualification.FRANCEMAXWEL CORNET (Lyon)Lyon’s Ivorian forward Maxwell Gnaly Cornet celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, on May 12, 2019. © AFP / GERARD JULIENThe Ivorian doubled his meagre league tally for the season with two goals in a 3-0 win at Marseille.Cornet controlled a wayward long-range shot from teammate Houssem Aouar, holding off a pair of defenders to slot home the opening goal on 25 minutes.He then raced clear after another Aouar pass to stroke home Lyon’s third late on as they pulled four points clear in the final Champions League qualifying spot.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (R) scores their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 12, 2019. © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, May 13 – Algeria winger and 2016 African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez created the second goal and scored the third for Manchester City as they won a second successive Premier League title.He was the stand-out African in Europe at the weekend as star-stacked City triumphed 4-1 at lowly Brighton to pip Liverpool by one point after a thrilling race.last_img read more

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NEW MAYOR MCBREARTY SWAPS DINNER FOR SARNIES

first_imgDONEGAL’S new Mayor Frank McBrearty gave up the chance of an inaugural dinner – to support the Save Lifford Hospital campaign.The Labour party councillor instead donated €500 to the campaign group which is hoping to win a reprieve after being recommended for a downgrade.And he invited councillors and family and friends to the Salad Bowl cafe in Lifford, opposite the council chamber. Staff there laid on a spread of sandwiches and snacks as Mayor McBrearty celebrated getting the council’s top job….with a cup of tea.He was joined by his father Frank McBrearty Snr as well as Senator Jimmy Harte and members of all the political parties.“The last thing I wanted to do was go out and have a big dinner when people are struggling,” said Mayor McBrearty.“So I made a donation to the Save Lifford Hospital campaign and provided a few sandwiches and tea instead. “The Salad Bowl did a great job.”The new Mayor said he was looking forward to serving all the people of Co Donegal in the year ahead.“I now leave my political allegiances at the door and will work in a neutral environment for everyone in the county, regardless of who they are or where they are,” he said.The colourful politician has been known for his outspoken views in the past.And he’s never been afraid to speak his mind. But he admitted that when it came to his acceptance speech: “I was quite nervous. And that’s because it was a huge honour for me and for my family and for my party. I take my new responsibilities very seriously indeed.”He plans to use his year in office to promote sport as a way of helping to beat or ease mental health issues.“As someone who has suffered from depression myself I know what it is like to take it on and then recover,” he added.NEW MAYOR MCBREARTY SWAPS DINNER FOR SARNIES was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartyLabour partyLiffordSalad BowlSave Lifford Hospitlast_img read more

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JUDGE THROWS OUT BANK’S CASE AGAINST DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR

first_imgWell known actor Gerard McSorley chats to a Garda as he left a previous sitting Letterkenny District Court. (NewspixIrl)A JUDGE has dismissed a case brought by AIB Bank agains the Gaoth Dobhair-based actor Gerard McSorley.Judge Paul Kelly dealt with an application by AIB to examine Mr McSorley’s means in Dungloe District Court today. Their summons claimed a debt from the 64-year-old actor totalling €20,026.McSorley, who has starred in a number of movies including ‘Omagh’ was accompanied in court today by his solicitor Brendan Twomey who told the judge that Mr McSorley is on disability and has medical and health issues.Mr Twomey said he wrote to the bank and their legal team replied to say they were seeking an adjournment. He attempted to phone the bank but he could not get anybody to discuss the matter.Mr Twomey said there was “a significant level of debt”. The bank’s debt was secured by a mortgage judgement on Mr McSorley’s house. He asked for the application to be struck out.The solicitor added: “I am confident he will be a suitable candidate for an arrangement under the insolvency act.”Judge Kelly struck out the bank’s application.JUDGE THROWS OUT BANK’S CASE AGAINST DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBDungoe district courtGerard McSorleylast_img read more

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‘He’s the best in the Premier League – no doubt about it’

first_imgWelcome to another edition of talkSPORT 2’s Magnificent Seven.Each Monday afternoon, Ray Stubbs, Dan Windle and Ian Cruise select the best performances from the weekend’s sport.There are no real rules, everything is up for debate and discussion.What was clear this week, however, is that Golden Boot winner Harry Kane had to be included.Listen to the audio above to find out who joined him in the list…last_img

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PCC FALCARRAGH CROWNED ULSTER CHAMPIONS

first_imgPCC Falcarragh are celebrating after winning the Ulster Bank Arthurs Cup in the Ulster final clash in Omagh today.The Donegal boys played some classy football to see off St Mark’s of Warrenpoint…by a single nerve-wrecking point!The final score was 2-09 to 0-14. Falcarragh had led by four points at the break 1-06 to 0-05.And the Donegal school side held on into injury time to take the title.PCC FALCARRAGH CROWNED ULSTER CHAMPIONS was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PCC FALCARRAGHUlster Bank Arthurs Cuplast_img read more

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MILFORD’S ULSTER ADVENTURE COMES TO AN END

first_imgMilford’s hopes of reaching the Ulster Junior Football Championship final were ended as they lost out to Killeshil at Brewster Park in Enniskillen.The Tyrone side led by five points at half time, 1-06 to 0-04, with Reilly netting.Milford’s hopes of staging a comeback were quickly erased as Killeshil dominated in the second half. David Curley found the net for Milford towards the end, only to see the Tyrone side net at the other end with the next play.Final Score Milford 1-08, 2-14.   MILFORD’S ULSTER ADVENTURE COMES TO AN END was last modified: November 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AR MHAITH LEAT A BHEITH I D’AISTEOIR I ROS NA RÚN?

first_imgAr mhaith leat a bheith i d’aisteoir i Ros na Rún?Tá siad ar thóir an chéad réalt mhór Ghaeilge eile.Tá dráma Gaeilge TG4 ‘Ros Na Rún’, ar thóir aisteoirí nua Gaeilge. Má tá cúpla focal agat agus suim agat san aisteoireacht, seo é do sheans a bheith páirteach i gceann de na sraitheanna drámaíochta is mó sa tír. Tabharfaidh aisteoirí faoin seit céanna is a thug Stephen Fry, seit ar a mbíonn aisteoirí a bhfuil aithne mhór orthu anois – go deimhin féin cá mbeadh an lucht féachana gan Séamus, duine de mhór-charachtair an tsobalchláir agus atá ann le seacht mbliana déag. Is go leor scéalta móra le teacht, bí cinnte go dtabharfar dúshlán na n-aisteoirí nua agus leis sin beidh deis acu cur leis na scileanna atá acu.I measc na scéalta ó chuaigh an sobalchlár ar aer, bhí an chéad phóg homaighnéasach ar theilifís na hÉireann, scéal faoi dhéagóir a bheith ag iompar clainne, dúnmharú, drugaí agus mealladh na mban agus na bhfear!Le scéalta maithe ag teacht aníos ar an mbaile beag, tá foireann Ros na Rún ag cuardach aisteoirí fir agus aisteoirí mná don chéad séasúr eile.Reáchtálfar éisteachtaí ar seit Ros na Rún sa Spidéal i gCo. na Gaillimhe. Beidh Gaeilge líofa riachtanach do gach uile pháirt.Reachtálfar éisteachtaí ar an:Dé Luain 14 agus Dé Máirt 15 Aibreán 2014Má tá suim agat éisteacht a dhéanamh, seol do CV chomh maith le grianghraf a tógadh uait le déanaí chuig dara@rosnarun.com.Beidh Ros na Rún i dteagmháil leat ina dhiaidh sin maidir leis na héisteachtaí. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil, glaoigh ar 091 558400.AR MHAITH LEAT A BHEITH I D’AISTEOIR I ROS NA RÚN? was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:acting rolesAR MHAITH LEAT A BHEITH I D’AISTEOIR I ROS NA RÚN?TG4last_img read more

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Solar System Is Weird Only if It Is Old

first_img(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To someone who believes the solar system is billions of years old, no wonder its contents look weird.Mercury is weirdDavid Rothery, planetary scientist at The Open University, remarks on The Conversation that “The more we learn about Mercury, the weirder it seems.” As we shall see, weirdness is not limited to Mercury.For such a tiny planet, Mercury is a pretty big puzzle for researchers. NASA’s MESSENGER probe already has revealed that the planet is surprisingly rich in elements that easily evaporate from the surface, such as sulphur, chlorine, sodium and potassium. This is incredibly odd as these kind of substances most likely would disappear during a hot or violent birth – exactly the type of birth a planet so close to the sun, such as Mercury, would have had.Scientists are also struggling to understand why Mercury is so dark and what its earliest planetary crust, created as the newly-formed planet cooled down, was made of. Research has now started to throw up answers – but these are raising a lot of new questions.Perhaps their research is starting to “throw up answers” because all the proposed answers are making them nauseous. One thing is clear from this quote: the puzzles come from dating the planet as billions of years old. Elements that easily evaporate should not be there after that long. A BBC News article sounds more confident, explaining that the unexpected graphite found on the surface may have floated on top of Mercury’s original molten interior. It doesn’t however, address the puzzle of surface volatiles that should have disappeared during a hot or violent birth.Mars is weird A paper in Icarus examines a “young” crater named Zumba. It is 3 km in diameter with ejecta rays that extend outward for hundreds of kilometers. Remember when scientists thought that each crater was produced by a separate impact? (5/22/12). They say this one crater has 352,000 secondary craters, all from the same event. They think they can still date the Zumba impact to 570 million years, but earlier scientists thought they had a handle on crater count dating, too.Mars is also weird because of its volcanoes and canyons. Space.com now claims that water carved its features, not a massive volcano. That’s right: rain and snow carved major valleys on Mars just as the giant Tharsis volcanoes were forming. This shows that the battle between the wet-Marsers and dry-Marsers is still going on. New Scientist has more on this theory that the crust tilted due to “true polar wander,” resulting in volcanoes and resultant flooding.Mars suffered a major catastrophe to its weak magnetic field in October 2014 when a comet swept by, its coma reaching down to the surface. Several orbiters measured the effect. Astrobiology Magazine says the episode threw the magnetic field into chaos and accelerated the escape of some of its atmospheric molecules to space.At first, the changes were subtle. As Mars’ magnetosphere, which is normally draped neatly over the planet, started to react to the comet’s approach, some regions began to realign to point in different directions. With the comet’s advance, these effects built in intensity, almost making the planet’s magnetic field flap like a curtain in the wind. By the time of closest approach — when the plasma from the comet was densest — Mars’ magnetic field was in complete chaos. Even hours after the comet’s departure, some disruption continued to be measured.Espley and colleagues think the effects of the plasma tide were similar to those of a strong but short-lived solar storm. And like a solar storm, the comet’s close passage likely fueled a temporary surge in the amount of gas escaping from Mars’ upper atmosphere. Over time, those storms took their toll on the atmosphere.This cannot be the first time such an event has happened. No one thinks the solar system scheduled it for us to observe while humans have the instruments to appreciate it. How many thousands, perhaps millions, of comets have swept near Mars in billions of years? Why is there any atmosphere left at all? The weakness of Mars’s magnetic field is a reminder that decay is in the future of Earth’s magnetic field as well—a physical phenomenon that cannot last for billions of years (5/17/12, 4/17/15, 5/08/15).Ceres is weirdThe Dawn spacecraft has been in orbit around asteroid Ceres for a year now. “A mountain emerges” in the images, says Astrobiology Magazine. Ahura Mons is 3 miles higher, taller than Mt. Rainier or Mt. Whitney on Earth. “No one expected a mountain on Ceres, especially one like Ahuna Mons,” the principal investigator said. “We still do not have a satisfactory model to explain how it formed.” Summing up the surprises, the deputy principal investigator remarked, “Ceres has defied our expectations and surprised us in many ways, thanks to a year’s worth of data from Dawn. We are hard at work on the mysteries the spacecraft has presented to us.”Titan is weirdSaturn’s large moon Titan, large enough to be a planet in its own right, has lakes of liquid methane. Previously thought to be as calm as a mirror, evidence of ripples has come to light, reports New Scientist. Are winds picking up during the change from equinox to solstice? PhysOrg posted artwork of a deep global ocean on Titan, which is what scientists had expected to find in the 1990s. Cassini has only found scattered lakes, mostly in the northern hemisphere. While some are estimated to be over 600 feet deep, containing some 40 times the volume of all of Earth’s methane reserves, it is far less than estimates based on methane and ethane rain induced by the solar wind over billions of years. The ripples are surprising for a body that should have come to rest long ago. “Planetary scientists are taking note,” PhysOrg says, “…because these waves show that Titan has an active environment, rather than just being a moon frozen in time.” Astrobiology Magazine posted comparison photos of a “mystery feature” in one of the lakes that seems to appear and disappear.Comet 67P is weirdRosetta’s comet has turned up some surprises, too. PhysOrg says that ESA scientists have inferred a relatively homogeneous interior, lacking caverns from escaped volatiles. This implies that Comet 67P is a fluffy aggregate with very low density. Crystalline ice suggests parts of the interior date from the early solar system, Science Daily says. The article doesn’t explain, though, that the age inference depends on theory about which isotopes of argon, nitrogen and carbon date are primordial and which are more recent. “If comets are made of crystalline ice, this means that they must have formed at the same time as the Solar System, rather than earlier in the interstellar medium,” the article states confidently. “The crystalline structure of comets also shows that the protosolar nebula was hot and dense enough to sublime the amorphous ice that came from the interstellar medium.” Crystalline ice was not directly observed; it was inferred from the isotopes of argon present.Pluto is weirdIf you want to ski Pluto’s mountains, you have to learn how to navigate methane moguls. Latest images from New Horizons show methane ice on the peaks, “but it’s more exotic than the frozen stuff we’re used to here on Earth,” Space.com says. The bombshell news that came earlier is still puzzling the team:New Horizons’ July 14 flyby, which took the spacecraft within just 7,800 miles (12,550 km) of Pluto’s surface, revealed the dwarf planet to be a complex world with surprisingly diverse landscapes. For example, in addition to the towering mountains, Pluto hosts a vast nitrogen-ice plain known as Sputnik Planum, which lacks any detectable craters.Sputnik Planum’s unblemished surface indicates that the region was resurfaced very recently, which in turn suggests that Pluto harbors an internal energy source (which drives the resurfacing). What that energy source may be remains a mystery.Something is “eating on Pluto,” Science Daily says; a geological feature looks like something took a bite out of the crust. Was it caused by sublimation of methane from below? The article speaks of “remnants of methane that have not yet sublimated away entirely,” but fails to explain why there is any left after 4.6 billion years.Meteors are weirdPNAS scientists have a theory for why certain groups of metal-rich chondrites (chips off the parent asteroid block) have their own signature of short-lived radionuclides, if one is prepared to accept their ad hoc initial conditions. “The lack of evidence for this material in other chondrite groups requires isolation from the outer Solar System, possibly by the opening of disk gaps from the early formation of gas giants.” Another PNAS paper piles on the ad hoc conditions to explain millimeter-size chondrules. “Moreover, the isotopic complementarity of chondrules and matrix requires that chondrules formed in a narrow time interval and were rapidly accreted to a parent body, implying that chondrule formation was a critical step toward forming planetesimals.” This sounds like special pleading. The fact that theory “requires” special indications points to difficulty explaining these objects within a general theory.Asteroids are weirdAre you worried about the asteroid deficit? It may not be as serious as the federal deficit, but it keeps some planetary scientists scratching their gray hairs off. Nature describes what they’re worried about:Models predict that numerous asteroids should be found on orbits that closely approach the Sun, but few have been seen. In addition, even though the near-Earth-object population in general is an even mix of low-albedo (less than ten per cent of incident radiation is reflected) and high-albedo (more than ten per cent of incident radiation is reflected) asteroids, the characterized asteroids near the Sun typically have high albedos.To explain this, the authors find a possible physical mechanism, but it’s catastrophic:We conclude that the deficit of low-albedo objects near the Sun arises from the super-catastrophic breakup (that is, almost complete disintegration) of a substantial fraction of asteroids when they achieve perihelion distances of a few tens of solar radii. The distance at which destruction occurs is greater for smaller asteroids, and their temperatures during perihelion passages are too low for evaporation to explain their disappearance. Although both bright and dark (high- and low-albedo) asteroids eventually break up, we find that low-albedo asteroids are more likely to be destroyed farther from the Sun, which explains the apparent excess of high-albedo near-Earth objects and suggests that low-albedo asteroids break up more easily as a result of thermal effects. Catastrophic disruption can be rapid. In fact, an asteroid too close can be completely obliterated in just 250 years. OK, so how long has this been going on? 4.6 billion years? Why are there any left? The theory accounts for the asymmetrical distribution of albedos, but not the absolute ages of the bodies.Update 3/16/15: Uranus Is Weird, too. See Space.com‘s “Top 5 Weird Facts About Mysterious Uranus.” Why does Uranus have rings? “The circumstances behind their formation are poorly understood,” the article says (they should be gone long before billions of years). Why doesn’t Uranus give off internal heat like the other gas giants? If it is so cold, why does it have storms? Why is the planet tilted almost on its side, and why is its magnetic field way out of alignment with its spin axis? Why is its moon Miranda so odd, with a mosaic of features scientists are still “puzzling to explain” 30 years after Voyager 2 photographed it?Are there any other bodies in the solar system that are weird? Yes; the skulls of moyboys. They have to come up with weird conditions to keep things billions of years old.last_img read more

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