Patch rounds up New Year's Eve festivities around Metro Detroit.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
NASA reassures the public that life will continue on after the so-called Mayan apocalypse.
In another attempt to debunk widespread belief that the world is coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, NASA released a video intended to be aired on Dec. 22—confirming that life on Earth continues on. The four-minute video titled Why the World Didn't End Yesterday, labels the Dec. 21 Mayan apocalypse as a hoax and explains how the rumors began. Earlier this month, the U.S. Government responded to apocalyptic fears by posting a blog on the USA.gov website to help dispel the rumors. The post touches on how many have been left frightened, especially children, some of whom have contemplated committing suicide because of the doomsday predictions. NASA also published a section on its site that provides answers for commonly asked questions and …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Even the New York Times and NASA are talking about it. Do you buy it?
Time for another Patch poll, and it's simple this time: Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012? Apocalypse in the house... Seriously though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote. But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Find out what the experts are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies and the end of the Mayan calendar.
Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice. Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance – they had to end it somewhere. What is All the Fuss About? There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include: What are the Experts Saying? The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From college professors to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on its way. Here are some tips for viewing the celestial show.
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, and you may be able to see a great show on either side of those dates. If you liked the Perseids meteor shower 2012 in August, you should love this sky show. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. How spectacular is it? Just take a look at this video of the Geminid meteor shower. You can also look at some spectacular photos of the Geminids. Tips for best viewing Earthsky.…
Monday, January 2, 2012
Let us know what you want to work on this year.
A new year means a fresh start — that is, if you want it to be. New Year's resolutions may be difficult or even gone by February, but it can still be fun and productive to make them. What's your resolution for 2012?
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Michigan 11th Congressional District Representative McCotter expected to formally announce White House bid today.
Michigan 11th Congressional District Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia, is expected to formally throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential campaign. His announcement is scheduled for about 8 p.m. today during a Tea-Party-infused Freedom Festival at Whitmore Lake, sponsored by conservative talk radio station WAAM-AM. The Livonia native's impending bid for the White House puts McCotter, 45, into a crowded field. Other Republican candidates (so far) include: Here are five things you should know about McCotter: 1. Born: Livonia, Aug. 22, 1965. 2. Education: Detroit Catholic Central High School, Redford, 1983; B.A., University of Detroit, 1987; followed by a law degree from University of Detroit, 1990. 3. Employment: Private …