Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

  August 2010

2010 - Astronomic Configuration - August 1st, 2010: "Sun [8 Leo], Moon [16 Aries], Mercury [5 Virgo], Venus [23 Virgo], Mars [1 Libra], Jupiter [3 Aries R.], Saturn [0  Libra], Uranus [0 Aries R.], Neptune [27 Aquarius R.], Pluto [3 Capricorn R.], Chiron [29 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201008.html]

2010 - Solar Flare / Sunspot 1092 - August 1st, 2010: "This morning around 0855 UT, Earth orbiting satellites detected a C3-class solar flare. The origin of the blast was sunspot 1092. At about the same time, an enormous magnetic filament stretching across the sun's northern hemisphere erupted. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/01/10]

*Links: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/13dec_globaleruption/

2010 - Israeli Missle Strike / Gaza - August 1st, 2010: "A commander of the Hamas military wing [Essa al-Batran] was killed in an Israeli missle strike in central Gaza early Saturday [07/31/10], according to the Islamist militant group. [....] It said in a statement that al-Batran's wife and five of his children were killed when Israeli planes fired on his home." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas commander killed), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 08/01/10]

2010 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2010: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Aug 2010 at 04:46:11 AM GMT is: $13,259,950,674,050.90. The estimated population of the United States is 308,850,981 so each citizen's share of this debt is $42,933.17. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.10 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 08/01/10]

2010 - More Wildfires / Russia - August 2nd, 2010: "New wildfires in Russia [08/01/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/01/10]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=44976

2010 - Netherlands Troop Withdrawl / Afghanistan - August 2nd, 2010: "Netherlands withdraws troops from Afghanistan [08/01/10]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/01/10]

2010 - Geomagnetic Storm - August 3rd, 2010: "Not all the lights in the sky this week were Northern. The geomagnetic storm of August 3rd and 4th also triggered a ring of Southern Lights (aurora australis) around Antarctica. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/05/10]

*Trivia: "Earth's magnetic field is still reverberating from the CME impact of August 3rd, which sparked auroras as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States. Analysts believe a second CME is not far behind it, due to arrive on August 5th. A second impact could re-energize the fading geomagnetic storm and spark a new round of Northern Lights. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Colin - August 3rd, 2010: '[....] The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of Tropical Storm Colin at 9:40 a.m. EDT (13:40 UTC) on August 3. Although the storm hints at the comma shape characteristic of tropical storms, it lacks a distinct eye." [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45035]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 3rd, 2010: "The stock market began August with a huge rally after reports from around the world revived investors' faith in the global recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 208 points Monday [08/02/10]. All the major stock indexes, including the S&P 500, rose about 2 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/03/10]

2010 - Fewer casualties, fewer attacks - August 3rd, 2010: "Fewer casualties, fewer attacks / Reducing civilian casualties also spares U.S. troops from attack, new study [National Bureau of Economic Research] finds." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/03/10]

2010 - Dozens Killed / Karachi, Pakistan - August 3rd, 2010: "Dozens are killed ['at least 37 people'] in Pakistan ['The unrest came after Raza Haider, a provincial lawmaker, was shot dead in a mosque Monday.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/03/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Molucca Sea - August 3rd, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:08:26 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 1.243°N, 126.277°E; Depth 42.8 km (26.6 miles)] was located @ MOLUCCA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zma4.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 4th, 2010: "The stock market put its rally on hold Tuesday [08/03/10] after disappointing earnings and economic reports reminded investors of the obstacles still facing the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 38 points after rising 208 Monday on brighter economic news. All the major indexes fell modestly." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/04/10]

2010 - Static Kill Begins / Gulf of Mexico - August 4th, 2010: " 'Static kill' process on BP well begins [08/03/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/04/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / South of the Fiji Islands - August 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:46:21 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 1.243°N, 126.277°E; Depth 42.8 km (26.6 miles)] was located @ SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010znap.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea - August 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:15:33 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 5.521°S, 146.793°E; Depth 213.6 km (132.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010znav.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - August 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:58:24 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 51.426°N, 178.607°W; Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010znbf.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua new Guinea - August 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 22:01:43 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The magnitude 7.0 event [Location: 5.768°S, 150.776°E; Depth 44 km (27.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zncq.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / East of the Kuril Islands - August 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:48:02 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 51.426°N, 178.607°W; Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010znc4.php]-[T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Sunspot Trivia - August 5th, 2010: "Sunspots 1092 and 1093 pose a threat for C-class solar flares. Two small, un-numbered sunspots may be found at the circled locations [see upper left @ link]. Credit: SDO/HMI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/05/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 5th, 2010: "Reassuring signs on unemployment and growth in the service industry got the stock market back on an upward trajectory. Major indexes rose moderately after reports showed private sector hiring and services activity both grew more than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/05/10]

2010 - Storm Season Update / U.S.A. - August 5th, 2010: "Forecasters [Colorado State University] predict 15 more named storms ['a total of 18 named storms'] in '10 ['In an updated seasonal outlook released on Wednesday ... .]" [Based on: Title for Sun Sentinel article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 08/05/10]

2010 - Most Oil Eliminated? / Gulf of Mexico - August 5th, 2010: "Three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated, according to a government report released Wednesdasy [08/04/10]." [Based on: News Services article (Most oil is eliminated, report says / Remaining leakage from broken well poses little risk, NOAA finds.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/05/10]

2010 - Bomb Explosion? / Ahmadinejad Motorcade - August 5th, 2010: "Iran denies attack on Ahmadinejad / International news agencies report bomb explosion near motorcade [08/04/10]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/05/10]

2010 - Flash Floods / India - August 6th, 2010: "At least 50 people were killed after a sudden downpour and flash floods hit Leh, a major town in Indian Kashmir's remote Ladakh region, police said." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Flash flooding in India), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/06/10]

*Trivia: "Massive storms cause mud torrents, resulting in at least 103 deaths in normally dry area of Kashmir ['Indian-controlled kashmir.']." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - Plugged / BP Oil Well - August 6th, 2010: "BP needs only 5 hours to plug well with cement [08/05/10] / Work will continue on relief well, which will also bring more cement." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/06/10]

2010 - Flood Trivia / Pakistan - August 6th, 2010: "Pakistan's food source imperiled / Flooding has destroyed more than a million acres of crops in Punjab region ['The death toll is more than 1,600, but the precise figure is unknown.']." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/06/10]

*Trivia: "[....] Over the last week, floods triggered by monsoon rains have spread from the northwest down Pakistan, killing around 1,500 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistani president says flooding is the worst in the nation's 63-year history; 12 million affected.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Estelle - August 6th, 2010: "Tropical Storm Estelle strengthened from a tropical depression over the eastern Pacific Ocean on August 6, 2010. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45119]

2010 - Naval Exercises / South Korea - August 6th, 2010: "South Korea begins [08/05/10] naval exercises ['its largest ever']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/06/10]

2010 - Senate Confirmation / Elena Kagan - August 6th, 2010: "Kagan heads to Supreme Court / Senate confirms Harvard Law School dean [08/05/10] amid partisan divide [63-37]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/06/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2010: "Safety first. That appears to be the new motto for investors trying to figure out how bad the emerging slowdown in U.S. economic growth is going to be. A disappointing jobs report sent investors out of stocks and the dollar Friday and into assets perceived as being safer.." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - M1-Class Solar Flare - August 7th, 2010: "On August 7th (1825 UT), magnetic fields around sunspot 1093 became unstable and erupted, producing a strong M1-class solar flare. [....] The eruption hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space, just missing a direct sun-Earth line. Forecasters expect the cloud to deliver no more than a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field when it billows by on August 9th or 10th--not be a major space weather event." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/08/10]

*Trivia: "The solar eruption of August 7th might affect Earth after all. Newly-arriving data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) show a CME heading our way with a significant Earth-directed component. [....] The impact of this lopsided CME probably won't trigger a major geomagnetic storm---but the SOHO data show it could be bigger than expected. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the cloud arrives probably on August 10th."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/10/10]

2010 - Relief Drilling / BP Oil Well - August 7th, 2010: "BP returns to relief drilling / With cement plug in place, company moves 15 feet closer to permanently sealing well." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - Volcanic Eruption / Siau, Indonesia - August 7th, 2010: "Indonesian volcano [Mount Karangetang] erupts [08/06/10]; 4 members of family are feared lost." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Britain & Pakistan - August 7th, 2010: "[....] Over the last week, floods triggered by monsoon rains have spread from the northwest down Pakistan, killing around 1,500 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistani president says flooding is the worst in the nation's 63-year history; 12 million affected.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/07/10]

2010 - Flooding in Asia - August 9th, 2010: "Flooding in Asia leaves millions lacking food, aid / Deaths mount in China ['at least 127'], Pakistan and Kashmir; N. Korea reports damaged crops." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/09/10]

*Trivia: "Landslide toll [northwestern China] mounts ['doubled to 702 Tuesday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Tornadoes / Midwest U.S.A. - August 9th, 2010: "The National Weather Service  says several tornadoes touched down in southeastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. No injuries appear to have been reported. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Storms spawn tornadoes in Midwest), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/09/10]

2010 - Died / Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens - August 9th, 2010: "Air crash [Alaska] kills former Alaska Sen. Stevens [08/09/10]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Payouts Exceed Collections / U.S. Social Security - August 9th, 2010: "[....] It is one of the most striking fallouts from the bad economy: Social Security is facing a rare shortfall this year as a wave of people ... opt to collect payments before their full retirement age. Adding to the strain on the trust are reduced tax collections sapped by the country's historic unemployment - still at 9.5 percent. [NP] More people filed for Social Security last year - 2.74 million - than any year in history, and there was a marked increase in the number receiving reduced benefits because they filed ahead of their full retirement age. The increase came as the full Social Security retirement age rose last year to 66 from 65. [NP] Nearly 72 percent of men who filed opted for early benefits in 2009, up from 58 percent the previous year. More women also filed - 74.7 percent in 2009 compared with 64.2 percent the previous year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Economy batters Social Security / Payouts exceed collections amid early retirements, unemployment.) by Matt Sedensky, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/09/10]

2010 - Ramadan - August 11th, 2010: "GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP - Hundreds of millions of Muslims across the Middle East sweated their way through the start of Ramadan on Wednesday [08/11/10], beginning a monthlong daylight fast in sweltering summer heat. [....] On the lunar calendar, the Islamic month of Ramadan begins around 11 days earlier each year, which now puts it in the long, hot days of summer. [....] In impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza, power is often off for 12 hours, on for four, then off again for 12 due to an overburdened grid, damage from Israeli military offensives and an internal Palestinian dispute about who should pay for power plant fuel. [NP] Gaza housewife Tharwa Suboh, 38, said her family can't afford a gas-powered generator. This means they can't run a fan, often eat by candlelight and must shop every day since they can't refrigerate food. [NP] 'In our prayers, we ask God for forgiveness, but also to take revenge against all the people behind our suffering due to the power cuts,' she said. [NP] Governments across the region took steps to aid those fasting. Authorities in Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza moved the clock back an hour, allowing people to break their fast earlier in the evening." [Based on: A.P. article (Ramadan rules altered for heat / Government, religious leaders set the clock back, shorten work week, grant exemptions.) by Ben Hubbard, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/12/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 10th, 2010: "Investors are getting optimistic that the Federal Reserve will restart some of its economic stimulus programs. Stocks closed moderately higher Monday, a sign that many investors expect the Fed to take steps to put some energy back into the recovery. The Dow rose 45 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/10/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Dianmu - August 10th, 2010: "Tropical Storm Dianmu blew over the East China Sea in early August 2010, traveling slowly toward the Korean Peninsula. On August 10, 2010, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Dianmu had winds of 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 70 knots (130 kilometers per hour). JTWC stated that the storm was roughly 270 nautical miles (500 kilometers) south-southwest of Seoul. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45159]

2010 - Monsoon Rains / Pakistan - August 10th, 2010: "Monsoon rains strike Pakistan again [08/09/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/10/10]

2010 - Artillery Fire / North Korea - August 10th, 2010: "North Korea fires artillery ['About 10 shells landed near the South Korean border island of Byeongryeong, followed by an additional 100 rounds falling near another border island, Yeonpyeong.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/10/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / Vanuatu - August 10th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 05:23:46 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010. The magnitude 7.3 event [Location: 17.561°S, 168.028°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zuaq.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/10]

2010 - Aid Package / U.S.A. - August 11th, 2010: "President signs aid package after emergency House vote [247-161] / $26 billion is targeted for teachers, Medicaid, first responders." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 11th, 2010: "The stock market had a half-hearted comeback Tuesday after the Federal Reserve announced it would take small steps to stimulate the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average, down about 100 points before the Fed announced its plans, recovered to a loss of 54." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Fed makes modest move - August 11th, 2010: "The Federal Reserve acknowledged on Tuesday that its confidence in the economic recovery had dimmed, and announced that it would use the proceeds from its huge mortgage-bond portfolio to buy long-term Treasury securities. [....] The Fed's new stance marked the completion of a turnabout from a few months ago, when officials were discussing when and how to eventually raise interest rates and gradually shrink the $2.3 trillion balance sheet the Fed amassed through its response to the 2008 financial crisis. [NP] In buying new Treasury securities to the tune of about $10 billion a month - a small fraction of the roughly $700 billion in Treasury debt sitting on the Fed's balance sheet - the Fed will not let the balance sheet shrink for the time being. [NP] The announcement was a signal to the markets that the Fed was concerned about the pace of the recovery, and had shifted from its more optimistic assessment this year. [....] The Fed bought $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed securities, and another $200 billion in debts owed by government-sponsored enterprises, primarily Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac., and completed the purchases in March." [Based on: New York Times article (Fed makes modest move / It seeks to lift economy, buying long-term Treasurys., p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Over / Swine Flu Pandemic - August 11th, 2010: "The World Health Organization acknowledged that the swine flu pandemic is over. The official death toll, once predicted to be in the millions, reached 18,449." [Based on: News Services article (Swine flu pandemic over), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - August 11th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:35:20 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 17.382°S, 167.729°E; Depth 41 km (25.5 miles)] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zvan.php]-[T.D. - 08/11/10]

2010 - Fire at Chernobyl site raises fears - August 11th, 2010: "Fire at Chernobyl site raises fears ['including three sites in in the Bryansk region']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/11/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 12th, 2010: "Stocks and interest rates tumbled Wednesday [08/11/10] as investors around the world took a bleaker view of the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 265 points, its biggest drop in six weeks. All the major indexes, including the S&P 500, fell more than 2 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/10]

2010 - Brazil to document UFOs - August 12th, 2010: "Brazil has ordered its air force to document any UFO sightings and make the data available to researchers and the public." [Based on: News Services article (Brazil to document UFOs), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/12/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / Ecuador - August 12th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 11:54:16 (UTC) on Thurssday, August 12th, 2010. The magnitude 7.1 event [Location: 1.260°S, 77.312°W; Depth 211 km (131.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ ECUADOR."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zwa5.php]-[T.D. - 08/15/10]

2010 - Find rewrites history of tool use - August 12th, 2010: "Two ancient animal bones from Ethiopia show signs of butchering by human ancestors, moving back the earliest evidence for the use of stone tools by about 800,000 years, researchers say. [NP] The bones appear to have been cut and smashed some 3.4 million years ago, the first evidence of stone tool use by Australopithecus Afarensis, the species best known for the dubbed 'Lucy,' says researcher Zeresenay Alemseged. [....] The oldest confirmed stone tools are less than 2.6 million years old, perhaps from only a little before the emergence of the genus Homo." [Based on: News Services article (Find rewrites history of tool use), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 08/12/10]

2010 - Russia deploys advanced missiles - August 12th, 2010: "Russia announced that it had deployed an advanced Surface-to-air-missile system in the breakaway Georgian enclave of Abkhazia, a sign that its forces were becoming further entrenched in a disputed region at the local point of Russia's brief war with Georgia two years ago. Georgian officials quickly condemned the move." [Based on: News Services article (Russia deploys advanced missiles), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/12/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - August 13th, 2010: "On August 13th a minor solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact did not trigger widespread displays of auroras on Earth, but the view from orbit was sublime: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/21/10]

2010 - Mudslides hit China - August 13th, 2010: "Mudslides hit China ['triggered by weekend flooding' - Bailong River]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/13/10]

2010 - Trivia / BP Oil Well - August 13th, 2010: "Need for final seal is debated [08/12/10] / Possibility is raised that cement may have plugged the well [Gulf of Mexico]." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/13/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 13th, 2010: "Technology companies led the stock market to its third straight loss Thursday [08/12/10] after cisco Systems' earnings report raised more questions about the economy. The Dow Jones industrials fell 58 points. The Nasdaq composite index had a steeper loss in percentage terms." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 08/13/10]

2010 - Floods imperil more areas of Pakistan - August 13th, 2010: "[....] About 14 million people have been affected by the floods, and 6 million of them are children, according to UNICEF. Estimates of the dead have ranged from 1,200 to 1,600. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Floods imperil more areas of Pakistan / U.N. says one-fifth of the country is flooded.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/13/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Mariana Islands Region - August 13th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:19:33 (UTC) on Friday, August 13th, 2010. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 12.503°N, 141.474°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MARIANA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zxcf.php]-[T.D. - 08/15/10]

2010 - Solar Flares - August 14th, 2010: "Today at 1005 UT, magnetic fields connecting sunspot 1093 and 1099 erupted, producing a two-sunspot solar flare (C4-class) and hurling a huge blob of plasma into space. [....] The explosion lasted for more than two hours, giving many amateur astronomers time to catch the eruption in action. Other than photo-ops, however, this explosion will probably not affect Earth much. The cloud ejected by the blast is not heading our way." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/14/10]

2010 - Trivia / BP Oil Well - August 14th, 2010: "Relief well to continue / Tests show 'static kill' worked, but experts aren't certain how strong the plug is." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/14/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 14th, 2010: "Stocks extended their losing streak Friday [08/13/10] after a mixed batch of readings on consumers further muddled investors' sense of the economy. The major stock indexes fluctuated throughout the day. The Dow fell nearly 17 points and has now lost almost 400 over four days." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/14/10]

2010 - July hot all over the world - August 14th, 2010: "Last month [July 2010] was the second warmest July on record. Worldwide, the average temperature in July was 61.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Climatic data center reported. Only July 1998 was hotter since record keeping began more than a century ago." [Based on: News Services article (July hot all over the world), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 08/14/10]

2010 - Energy efficiency funds unspent - August 14th, 2010: "A government audit [U.S.A.] finds that most of the money authorized for one of the energy efficiency programs in last year's stimulus plan is going unspent. The Energy Department's inspector general said that grant recipients have spent just 8.4 percent of the $3.2 billion authorized to help state and local governments become more energy efficient." [Based on: News Services article (Energy efficiency funds unspent), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 08/14/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Mariana Islands Region - August 14th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:30:16 (UTC) on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 12.328°N, 141.473°E; Depth 9.7 km (6.0 miles)] was located @ MARIANA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zyav.php]-[T.D. - 08/15/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Mariana Islands Region - August 14th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:01:06 (UTC) on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 12.211°N, 141.408°E; Depth 22.5 km (14.0 miles)] was located @ MARIANA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zyda.php]-[T.D. - 08/15/10]

2010 - Genetically engineered plants escape into wild - August 14th, 2010: "[....] A new study supports some of these fears, detailing an abundance of genetically modified canola crops found outside cultivation in North Dakota. [....] Feral modified canola has also shown up in the last decade in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. [NP] In the U.S., 90 percent to 95 percent of commercially grown canola is genetically modified to be herbicide resistant; the researchers said that 80 percent of the wild canola identified in the most recent discovery had at least one of two herbicide-resistant genes. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Genetically engineered plants escape into wild) by Rachel Bernstein, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 08/14/10]

2010 - Famine threatens Niger - August 15th, 2010: "DAKAR, SENEGAL - Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with almost half the country's population in desperate need of food and up to one in six children suffering from acute malnutrition, aid officials say. [....] Niger has historically been susceptible to famine. When the rains fail, so do the country's crops. Now, not only do villagers not have enough to eat, but their livestock have also died off. For many, animals are their only asset, so they do not have anything to sell to be able to procure food." [Based on: A.P. article (Famine threatens Niger), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 08/15/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - August 15th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:09:30 (UTC) on Sunday, August 15th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 5.708°S, 148.337°E; Depth 183.1 km (113.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zzbr.php]-[T.D. - 08/15/10]

2010 - Flood Trivia / Pakistan - August 16th, 2010: "U.S. hopes Pakistan aid will polish image / Obama orders more help for anti-terror ally; flooding affects a fifth of the country, about 1,500 have died." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/16/10]

2010 - Israeli nuclear secrecry under fire - August 16th, 2010: "Ignoring a U.S. warning, Arab nations are urging Washington and other powers to end support of Israel's nuclear secrecy and other powers to end support ogf Israel's nuclear secrecy and to push the country to allow international inspections of its program, diplomats told The Associated Press on Sunday. The fact that the Arab league has directly approached Washington and other Israeli allies for support at the September meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency is significant." [Based on: Wire Reports article (Israeli nuclear secrecy under fire), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/16/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Mauritius - Reunion Region - August 16th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:30:55 (UTC) on Monday, August 16th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 17.788°S, 65.692°E; Depth 10.6 km (6.6 miles)] was located @ MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aaah.php]-[T.D. - 08/16/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - August 16th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:35:48 (UTC) on Monday, August 16th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 20.768°S, 178.782°W; Depth 594.8 km (369.6 miles)] was located @ FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aabx.php]-[T.D. - 08/17/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 17th, 2010: "Stocks managed to break a four-day losing streak Monday [08/16/10] but only by the slimmest of margins. Investors again poured money into the safety of U.S. Treasurys. The Dow Jones industrial average flucuated along with the other big market indexes throughout the day." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - China's economy eclipses Japan's - August 17th, 2010: "China's economy has surpassed Japan's as the world's second-largest, a highly anticipated milestone rich in symbolism for a developing country that began market reforms only three decades ago. [NP] The news came Monday [08/16/10], when Japan's government said its economic output in the second quarter slowed to $1.28 trillion. China reported $1.33 trillion in the same period. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (China's economy eclipses Japan's), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - Biotech beets must get impact review - August 17th, 2010: "[....] Additional planting won't be allowed until the U.S. Department of Agriculture submits an environmental impact statement. That sort of extensive examination can take two or three years. [....] The genetically altered sugar beets provide about one-half of the U.S. sugar supply, and some farmers have warned that there aren't enough conventional seeds and herbicide to fill the void. The scientific seeds account for about 95 percent of the current sugar beet crop in the U.S. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Biotech beets must get impact review / Judge revokes earlier OK but won't issue permanent ban on genetically altered crop.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - South Korea holds a third military exercise - August 17th, 2010: "Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops began a new round of war games Monday [08/16/10], as North Korea threatened a 'merciless counterblow.' The drills are the South's third major exercise - the second conducted with the United States - since the sinking of a South Korean warship in the spring for which the South blamed the North." [Based on: News Services article (South Korea holds a third military exercise), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - China defends baby formula tied to puberty - August 17th, 2010: "BEIJING - In an attempt to head off a mounting public relations crisis, the government said Chinese-made milk formula was not what caused early puberty in baby girls as young as 4 months old. [NP] China's Ministry of health said Sunday [08/16/10] that there was no link between the infant formula made by the Qingdao-based company Synutra International and cases reported by families using the product that their infant daughters had grown breasts. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (China defends baby formula tied to puberty / Hormone levels in milk powder are at normal levels, officials declare; parents are skeptical.) by Lily Kuo, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - Executed by Stoning / Young Afghan Couple - August 17th, 2010: "Young Afghan couple are executed by stoning [08/15/10] / They reportedly were trying to elope; incident is seen as evidence of the Taliban gaining strength." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/10]

2010 - Sunspot Trivia - August 18th, 2010: "Sunspots 1098 and 1100 are small and relatively quiet."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/18/10] 

2010 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - August 18th, 2010: "[....] Iraq's Ministry of Interior put the death toll at 48, with 145 injuries, but hospital officials said as many as 61 people had been killed [08/17/10]. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Bopmber kills dozens at recruitment center / Thousands were awaiting army interviews in Baghdad.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/18/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2010: "Investors regained some enthusiasm for stocks, sending prices higher after reports showed improvement in the housing market and a big jump in industrial production. Investors were also encouraged by earnings from Home Depot and Wal-Mart that were better than expected." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/18/10]

2010 - Gulf recovery disputed - August 18th, 2010: "[....] Far from gone or dispersed, the scientists said, 70 to 79 percent of the more than 4 million barrels of oil that escaped into the Gulf of Mexico remains in the water, posing real but still undetermined risks. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Gulf recovery disputed / Researchers say government is wrong about amount of oil remaining.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/18/10]

2010 - One Conviction / Rod Blagojevich - August 18th, 2010: "Blagojevich trial nets 1 conviction [08/17/10] / His reaction - Ousted governor blasts prosecutor, vows to appeal. / Retrial coming - Prosecutors regroup after deadlock on 23 counts." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/18/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Mariana Islands Region - August 18th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:28:15 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 14th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 12.218°N, 141.513°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MARIANA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aca6.php]-[T.D. - 08/18/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 19th, 2010: "Stocks ended a seesaw day with a modest gain Wednesday after investors found some pluses in retail earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes such as the S&P 500 fluctuated throughout the day before closing with slender gains." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10]

2010 - U.S. Debt-to-GDP level - August 19th, 2010: "[....] The annual deficit is the gap between tax revenue and the government's spending in a year. The government covers the gap by borrowing, which raises the national debt. Today, U.S. debt held by the public totals almost $8.8 trillion. Include money the government owes its trust funds, such as Social Security, and the number swells to $13.3 trillion. [....] Two prominent economists who published an acclaimed study last year of 800 years of national financial crises, 'This Time Is Different,' see flaws on both sides of today's argument. The debt must be dealt with, they say, but not too fast. [NP] Their book concludes that when any nation's ratio of government debt to gross domestic product exceeds 90 percent, negative economic consequences historically follow. Today's U.S. debt-to-GDP level is 89 percent. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Hybrid approach to debt? / Prominent economists say deficit must be dealt with but not too fast.) by Kevin G. Hall & Robert A. Rankin, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10]

2010 - France expelling Gypsies - August 19th, 2010: "France will start its controversial expulsion of Gypsy migrants today, with the first group of 79 to be flown to Romania." [Based on: News Services article (France expelling Gypsies), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10]

*Trivia: "Expelled Gypsies arrive home / Notwithstanding, almost all say they plan to return to France ['A total of 371 Gypsies are expected to be sent back to Romania by mid-September, with another 41 going to Bulgaria, 13 of them on Wednesday.']." [Based on: Title for (&) dpa article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - 'Bottom kill' on hold in gulf - August 19th, 2010: " 'Bottom kill' on hold in gulf / Point man Allen takes cautious approach before giving OK to commence procedure." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10]

2010 - Levi Strauss strides into China - August 19th, 2010: "Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. launched a new global brand in China on Wednesday, joining a growing list of companies that hope to crack this fast-growing and youthful market by tailoring their products to Chinese tastes. The new brand is aimed at young consumers in emerging markets, starting with China, Singapore and South Korea." [Based on: Wire Reports article (Levi Strauss strides into China), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10]

2010 - Drug failure casts doubt on Alzheimer's cause - August 19th, 2010: "[....] It was not just that the drug [semagacestat], made by Eli Lilly, did not work - maybe that could be explained by saying the patients' illness was too far advanced when they received it. It was that the drug actually made them worse, the company said. And the larger the dose they took, the worse were patient's symptoms of memory loss and inability to care for themselves. Not only that, the drug also increased the risk of skin cancer. [....] Beyond the setback for Lilly, the study raises questions about a leading hypothesis of the cause of Alzheimer's and how to treat it. The idea, known as the amyloid hypothesis, says the disease occurs when a toxic protein, beta anyloid, accumulates in the brain. The idea is that if beta amyloid levels are reduced, the disease might be slowed, halted or even prevented if treatment starts early enough. [....] Some, like Dr. Lon Schneider, an Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Southern California, say the drug's failure may mean the field is rushing off a cliff in its near single-minded focus on blocking the production of amyloid. Schneider, like most leading Alzheimer's researchers, consults for a number of drug companies, including Lilly. [....] 'We don't know what the drug targets for Alzheimer's disease are,' Schneider said. 'We don't know because we don't know the causes of Alzheimer's.' [....] Doraiswamy [Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer's researcher at Duke University] said he was not abandoning the amyloid hypothesis. But, he said, 'this is a time of major soul-searching in the field. [NP] 'What worries me is that we don't know if this was a toxicity unique to Lilly's drug and this late-stage population or whether it also applies to similar anti-amyloid therapies given at earlier stages of the disease,' Doraiswamy said. [NP] The bad news came on the heels of what researchers see as a resurgence  of hope in this challenging field. With new cooperation in research, they have made advances in diagnosing Alzheimer's, a disease that used to be uncertain until autopsy." [Based on: New York Times article (Drug failure casts doubt on Alzheimer's cause / Amyloid production was reduced as intended, but that didn't ease symptoms.) by Gina Kolata, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/19/10] - [My brackets. NP = New Paragraph. - E.M.]

2010 - High Wheat Prices - August 20th, 2010: "High wheat prices stir wariness on U.S. farms / Russian drought lures many with visions of more income, but past busts still loom large." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2010: "Stocks tumbled Thursday [08/19/10] after two disappointing economic reports renewed investors' concerns about the recovery. The Dow industrials fell 144 points. All major stock indexes dropped more than 1 percent. Interest rates also fell as investors moved back into Treasury bonds." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - Big plume of oil reported - August 20th, 2010: "[....] The paper, which is to appear in today's issue of the journal Science and was posted online Thursday [08/19/10], adds to a welter of recent, and to some extent conflicting, scientific claims about the status of the gulf [Gulf of Mexico]. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Big plume of oil reported), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - More U.S. Aid / Pakistan - August 20th, 2010: "[....] That raised the total U.S. commitment to $150 million. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. pledges an additional $60 million / U.S. officials address vast humanitarian task ahead, hoping to bolster relationship between two countries.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - Last Combat Brigade / Iraq - August 20th, 2010: "[....] The combat mission in Iraq doesn't officially end until Aug. 31 but viewers and readers could be forgiven for thinking it ended Wednesday night [08/18/10] [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Envoys to be front line in Iraq / Last combat brigade pulls out, security contractors to be bolstered), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - BP told to remove blowout preventer - August 20th, 2010: "BP told to remove blowout preventer / Government order [08/19/10] will delay completion of relief well." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - Iranian nuclear threat called not imminent - August 20th, 2010: "[....] Israeli intelligence officials had argued that Iran could complete such a race for the bomb in months, while American intelligence agencies have come to believe in the past year that the timeline is longer. [NP] 'We think that they have roughly a year dash time,' said Gary Samore, President Obama's top adviser on nuclear issues, referring to how long it would take the Iranians to convert nuclear material into a working weapon. [....] U.S. officials said new intelligence was being fed into a long-delayed National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Iranian nuclear threat called not imminent), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/20/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea - August 20th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:56:19 (UTC) on Friday, August 20th, 2010. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 6.559°S, 154.088°E; Depth 50.9 km (31.6 miles)] was located @ BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aebm.php]-[T.D. - 08/22/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2010: "Stocks closed moderately lower Friday as investors' pessimistic view of the economy deepened. There was little reason for investors to buy. There were no reports to offset Thursday's disappointing news that growth in the domestic economy continues to slow." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/21/10]

2010 - Iran is set to fuel its new reactor - August 21st, 2010: "Iran is set to fuel its new reactor [Bushehr plant] / U.S. is OK with first civilian installation, which uses nuclear rods from Russia." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/21/10]

2010 - Gas deposits found off Israel's coast - August 21st, 2010: "Enormous deposits of natural gas have been detected off Israel's northern coast. Last year, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that more than 120 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas reserves lie beneath the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, most of it within Israeli territory. Several months after the report, another field of 8.7 trillion cubic feet was found off Israel and a second, twice that size, was detected." [Based on: News Services article (Gas deposits found off Israel's coast), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/21/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Danielle - August 22nd, 2010: "Soon after it formed in late August 2010, Tropical Storm Danielle brought isolated areas of heavy rain inside wider expanses of lighter rainfall. This image [see link] shows Danielle’s rainfall amounts, as observed by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), on August 22, 2010. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45421]

2010 - Drone Attack / Pakistan - August 22nd, 2010: "Drone attack in Pakistan ['killed six militants Saturday in a Pakistani tribal region']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/22/10]

2010 - More Flooding / Pakistan - August 22nd, 2010: "150,000 in Pakistan forced to higher ground / Latest surge in flooding adds to 600,000 already in relief camps." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/22/10]

2010 - Robot Suit / Tokyo, Japan - August 22nd, 2010: "Professor Shigeki Toyama of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology's Graduate School of Engineering is close to perfecting a robot suit that would enable people 65 and older to continue to do the manual labor required of farmers." [Based on: News Services article (Robot suits would let farmers keep working), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/22/10]

2010 - Trivia / Nuclear Power Plant, Iran - August 22nd, 2010: "[....] John Bolton, the United Nations envoy under President George W. Bush, made waves and set off war jitters las week after he said that Israel was running out of time to bomb the plant [Bushehr plant] before the fuel cells were loaded, or otherwise risk creating a radioactive cloud that would harm too many civilians. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (With tension high, engineers load fuel rods at nuclear plant), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/22/10]

2010 - Sun in Virgo - August 23rd, 2010: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Virgo." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201008.html]

2010 - Flooding / China - August 23rd, 2010: "Heavy flooding in China" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/23/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Mindulle - August 23rd, 2010: "Tropical Storm Mindulle hovered over the South China Sea, off the coast of Vietnam, in late August 2010. On August 23, 2010, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Mindulle had maximum sustained winds of 50 knots (95 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour). The JTWC stated that Mindulle was located roughly 135 nautical miles (250 kilometers) south-southwest of Hainan, and was expected to continue its path toward the west-northwest. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45416]

2010 - Solar Wind - August 24th, 2010: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing geomagnetic activity around the poles. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/24/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 24th, 2010: "Stocks slumped to a week finish Monday [08/23/10] as lingering worries about the economy overcame optimism from a fresh round of corporate dealmaking. Stocks had an early lift after Hewlett-Packard Co. bid 33 percent more than rival Dell Inc. for a data storage provider, but the gains faded quickly." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/24/10]

2010 - Jammed pipe delays 'bottom kill' of gulf rig - August 24th, 2010: "[....] Specifically, the pipe is jammed in the shear ram, a last-resort safety device that is supposed to seal an oil well and quell a gusher like the one that erupted below the Deepwater Horizon rig April 20 off the Louisiana coast. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Jammed pipe delays 'bottom kill' of gulf rig), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/24/10]

2010 - Hurricane Frank - August 25th, 2010: "On August 21, 2010, a tropical depression formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean, not far from the coast of Mexico. The next day, the storm strengthened into Tropical Storm Frank. On August 25, Frank strengthened into a hurricane. At 8:00 a.m. PDT on August 26, 2010, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Frank had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour, and the center of the storm was roughly 380 miles (615 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Baja California. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45460]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 25th, 2010: "Stocks fell for a fourth day after another disappointing report on housing increased worries that the economic recovery could be fading. Bond yields fell as investors sought out more stable investments. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 134 points Tuesday [08/24/10]." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/25/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Off Coast of Jalisco, Mexico - August 25th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:12:00 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 25th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 18.867°N, 107.327°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aiad.php]-[T.D. - 08/25/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 26th, 2010: "Stocks recovered from an early slump and ended higher after traders picked through the market for beaten-down shares. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points Wednesday, its first gain in five days, after having been down as much as 102." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/26/10]

2010* - India passes nuclear bill - August 26th, 2010: "After a long, bruising political battle, India passed a civilian nuclear liability bill that paves the way for American and other foreign companies to join a nuclear-reactor building spree. As if to punctuate the need for more electricity generation in a nation where power outages are a daily event, the lights went out in parliament just as the bill was brought to a vote. 'This is why we need nuclear energy,' said one lawmaker to general laughter." [Based on: News Services article (India passes nuclear bill), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/26/10]

2010 - Drone enters D.C. airspace - August 26th, 2010: "A United States Navy drone wandered into the restricted airspace around Washington before operators could stop it. Navy spokesman could not say if anyone on the ground was alarmed by the drone. The Navy did say the drone got within 40 miles of Washington before operators were able to re-establish communication and guide it back to its base." [Based on: News Services article (Drone enters D.C. airspace), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/26/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1101 - August 27th, 2010: "Sunspot 1101 is big but quiet."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=27&month=08&year=2010]

2010 - Tropical Storm Earl - August 27th, 2010: "At 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST) on August 27, 2010, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Tropical Storm Earl was 1,140 miles (1,835 kilometers) east of the Northern Leeward Islands, and the government of France had issued a tropical storm watch for French Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour with higher gusts. The NHC forecast that Earl would continue its westward path, and strengthen to a hurricane by August 29. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45529]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 27th, 2010: "Stocks closed lower Thursday after gains from an upbeat report on first-time claims for unemployment benefits faded. The Dow Jones industrial average closed below 10,000 for the first time since early July. The Dow fell 74 points, having been up as much as 45 earlier." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/27/10]

2010 - Arrested Karzai aide is on CIA's payroll - August 27th, 2010: "Arrested Karzai aide [Mohammed Zia Salehi, chief of administration for the National Security Council] is on CIA's payroll / Security official's link to spy agency appears to go back years; now he is accused of corruption." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/27/10]

2010 - Data on flu deaths are skewed, CDC reports - August 27th, 2010: "Most reports about seasonal influenza cite an average of about 36,000 deaths in a typical season, but that number is both too high and grossly misleading, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. [NP] The actual average is a little more than 23,000, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [NP] But even that figure is misleading, the report added, because the actual numbers have ranged from as low as 3,300 deaths up to nearly 50,000 over the last 30 years. [NP] The period covered in the analysis goes up to 2007 and does not include last year's H1N1 influenza pandemic. [....] Shay [Dr. David Shay] noted that the 36,000 figure that is frequently quoted was an average for the decade of the 1990's, when H3N2 predominated in most years." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Data on flu deaths are skewed, CDC reports), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/27/10]

2010 - Coal ash dumps tainting groundwater, study says - August 27th, 2010: "A study released Thursday finds that 39 sites in 21 states where coal-fired power plants dump their coal ash are contaminating water with toxic metals such as arsenic and other pollutants, and that the problem is more extensive than previously estimated. [....] The electric power industry is lobbying to keep regulation up to individual states. Environmental groups say the states have failed to protect the public and that the EPA should set a national standard. [....] Of the 39 sites analyzed, 35 had groundwater monitoring wells. All of them showed concentration of heavy metals such as arsenic and lead that exceeded federal health standards. [....] The report, following a previous study by the environmental groups and EPA's own tally, brings the number of contaminated coal waste sites to 137 in 34 states." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Coal ash dumps tainting groundwater, study says) - The Post-Dispatch contributed to this report. -, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/27/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 28th, 2010: "Stocks posted big gains Friday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered reassuring words on the economy and as U.S. growth turned out to be better than expected this spring. The Dow Jones industrial average and other market barometers all rose more than 1 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/28/10]

2010 - Castro says bin Laden is a U.S. agent - August 28th, 2010: "Fidel Castro says  al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a bought-and-paid-for CIA agent who always popped up when former President George W. Bush needed to scare the world, arguing that documents recently posted on the Internet prove it." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Castro says bin Laden is a U.S. agent), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 08/28/10]

2010 - Hurricane Earl - August 29th, 2010: "[....] At 15:00 UTC on August 29, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Earl had sustained winds of 75 miles (120 km) per hour, with minimum air pressures of 985 millibars. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45534]

2010 - Volcanic Eruption / Sumatra - August 29th, 2010: "Volcano [Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra] quiet for 400 years erupts [08/29/10] in Indonesia" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Rectal cancer in younger adults mystifies researchers), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/29/10]

2010 - Light Earthquake / Baja California, Mexico - August 29th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A light earthquake occurred at 02:12:00 (UTC) on Sunday, August 29th, 2010. The magnitude 4.1 event [Location: 32.205°N, 115.272°W; Depth 0.2 km (~0.1 mile) (poorly constrained)] was located @ BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/ci10788765.php]-[T.D. - 08/30/10]

2010 - Trivia / Solar Wind - August 30th, 2010: "Earth is exiting a solar wind stream that has been causing bright auroras around the poles - both poles. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/30/10]

2010 - German leader rebukes banker - August 30th, 2010: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuked Thilo Sarrazin, an executive of Germany's central bank, on Sunday [08/29/10] over his 'utterly unacceptable' claims about immigrants threatening Europe's 'gene pool.' He has attacked what he calls the Arab and Turkish 'underclass' in poor inner-city neighborhoods of Berlin." [Based on: News Services article (German leader rebukes banker), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/30/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 31st, 2010: "Stocks fell Monday after more signs of slowing economic growth had investors worrying ahead of the Labor Department's report on jobs later this week. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 141 points. Other indexes also fell more than 1 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/31/10]

2010 - Record Temperature / U.S.A. 2010 - August 31st, 2010: "Hot nights let this summer creep into record books / Average temperature [81.7] pushes 2010 season [U.S.A.] into 4th-warmest since 1870." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/31/10]

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