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The Week in Geek: The scent of caffeine

10/28/11 11:45AM

Gorgeous visual translation of geo-magnetic storms in Earth's upper atmosphere caused by the incoming solar wind recorded at 20 Hz.Speaking of solar activity, did you catch any of the aurora this week visible farther south than normal due to an extremely large coronal mass ejection?Ever wonder what it's like inside the International Space Station when they turn the thrusters on? Wonder no more.Who says scientists can't be artists too? The second of the three Javan rhino subspecies was just hunted into extinction. There are now officially no rhinos left in Vietnam. read more

Politics goes to the movies: 'Margin Call'

10/28/11 10:20AM

The first two reviews I read of J.C. Chandor's new financial-meltdown drama "Margin Call" were startling in their incongruity, at least with regard to the current events in downtown Manhattan. David Edelstein, in New York magazine: "he fine men and women dug in downtown need to get themselves a big screen, a projector, and a few thousand tubs of popcorn, because J.C. read more

You pick the Jim Hightower quote

10/28/11 09:39AM

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower got treated pretty mean by Rick Perry, in their 1990 race for that job, and Mr. Hightower has not forgotten it. Last night, he talked about Governor Perry's comeback attempt in this year's presidential primary. A children's treasury:Quote No. 1: "Well, you know, Lyndon Johnson used to say you can't make chicken salad out of chicken manure, though he used a little more barnyard epithet than 'manure.' But nonetheless, that's what they're working with."Quote No. 2: "He has put the goober in gubernatorial."Quote No. read more

This post goes out to Bill Wolff

This post goes out to Bill Wolff

10/28/11 09:20AM

The TRMS staff stayed up late last night rooting for Bill's team, which twice came back from two runs down -- once in the ninth, again in the tenth -- and twice survived despite being down to its last strike and which some-miraculous-how won game six of the World Series with a walk-off homer in the eleventh. The e-mail thread included talk of squirrels, God, parenting, murder, and whiskey. We are living in our own country music song. read more

Morning Maddow: October 28

10/28/11 07:50AM

Labor warns: don't get cocky about overturning Ohio's SB 5.Speaker Boehner worries that President Obama is overstepping his constitutional authority.Oakland's mayor apologizes to injured protester Scott Olsen.Who's spending money on judicial elections?Want to see our latest drone base?Agriculture reports: essential information for farmers or wasteful government spending?Shipwrecked World War II-era Japanese sub found. read more

Links for the 10/27 TRMS

Links for the 10/27 TRMS

10/28/11 02:57AM

Perry ready to bail on stupid debates Rick Perry's jobs metric Energizing American Jobs and Security Perry Promises Increased Drilling and Decreased Regulation U.S. Supply Forecast and Potential Jobs and Economic Impacts (pdf) The first reportedly recognized quadruple Lutz jump ISU confirms Mroz's historic accomplishment In case you haven't heard by now, Brandon Mroz landed a quad Lutz at the 2011 Colorado Springs Invitational Our Heads Are Spinning: U.S. Skater Nailed First 'Quadruple Lutz' read more

Gonna be a great day

Gonna be a great day

10/27/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - we've got Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on the show... watch

Ahead on the 10/27 Maddow show

10/27/11 06:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Beau Biden, Delaware Attorney General   Jim Hightower, radio talk show host, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner - lost race to Rick PerryExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more