This week on the web
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Friday, January 6, 2012 9:47:05 AM
At the start of a new year, many of us get out a fresh calendar to start planning the months ahead. But one astrophysics researcher at Johns Hopkins University in the USA has taken this one step further. Professor Richard Conn Henry is starting 2012 by proposing an alternative calendar system, which standardizes dates and days for perpetuity: in other words, if you used this calendar, January 1 would always fall on a Sunday. You would also end up with an extra week in December every five to six years. Professor Henry whimsically suggests calling this week "Xtr." (Why not just call it "vacation"?)
Meanwhile, in other parts of the space-time continuum, the first days of the new year saw a spectacular display of space rocks light up the sky. The Quadrantid meteor shower happens every year, but 2012 seems to have provided some especially good viewing.
Speaking of space, apparently there is no truth to the claim that Barack Obama was transported to Mars by the CIA in the early 1980s. Though some people still remain convinced they were there with him...
In other news, a Swedish group dedicated to the promotion of free distribution of information online - including file-sharing - was granted official recognition as a church by the country's government. Even as proposed laws elsewhere in the world like SOPA would restrict the average person's ability to share movies, music and other types of content, The Church of Kopimism has claimed copy-paste as a sacred ritual. (Though if the Kopimists ever get missionaries, they'll need to add CTRL+A to that list too...)
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