Mitik, an orphaned walrus calf rescued off the coast of Barrow, Alaska, continues to recover at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium.  Picture: Rex Features


Tracking Mars: Curiosity Makes Its Mark on the Red Planet

Since Curiosity landed on mars on Aug. 6, the rover has traveled hundreds of feet over the Martian surface. In the process, it has tracked up the sandy, dusty terrain, leaving tire marks, scoop divots, Morse code and one tiny piece of itself behind.

Unlike the Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon, Curiosity’s trails will probably be wiped away by the planet’s frequent wind and sand storms. But there is still something so incredible about these little ephemeral marks we are making on another world.

Though the physical traces won’t last, their impact lives on in the images the rover is sending back to Earth. Here are some of our favorite shots of Curiosity’s tracks on Mars.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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I’d just like to remind the world that I’m a founding member of the University of Sheffield’s Drinking Beer With No Pants On Society.

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Confused about the ever-growing Petraeus scandal? Here’s a map from the BBC explaining the love connections.

(Also, are we the only ones praying for a fifth person to come forward, to officially make this a Love Pentagon?)


Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST

States and counties are still making changes to Election Day information. Please check back frequently at,and if you encounter any problems voting call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

The in-person voter registration deadline has been extended from October 30 at 8:00pm to November 1 at 8:00pm. Polling locations without power may be moved, but the status of these polling locations will not be decided until November 5. Theoretically, power is not needed at polling locations because Connecticut uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.

Delaware does not offer early in-person voting or absentee voting without a valid excuse. The state’s registration deadline passed on October 13, 2012. No changes to voting in Delaware have been announced.

District of Columbia
Due to Hurricane Sandy, Early Voting was suspended for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Early voting resumed October 31st with extended hours - closing at 9pm instead of 7pm as previously scheduled. Early voting began October 29th and concludes November 3rd.

Early voting hours have been extended so that all early voting centers will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Thursday, November 1, 2012, and Friday, November 2, 2012. The deadline for submitting a request for an absentee ballot was extended to October 31st. Generators are being moved in to run polling sites without electricity. Election officials expect all polling sites to open on Election Day as scheduled. (

Massachusetts does not offer early voting, and only offers absentee ballots to voters with qualifying excuses. There are no changes due to Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey 
The application deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot in New Jersey was extended to those received by close of business on November 2. County Clerks and Election Offices are required to remain open from Friday November 2 through Monday November 5, at a minimum from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may go to their County Clerk’s office to fill out and turn in absentee ballots on Election Day. Polling places that have power will open as planned, but alternate plans are being coordinated for those locations without power. Some polling places are being consolidated or set up in temporary shelters, and military vehicles are being outfitted to serve as temporary polling places. Voters can text 877877 to find out the location of their polling place. Polling locations on Election Day will be open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th

New York
Absentee ballots can be requested online and over the phone until Friday, November 2nd. Absentee ballots may be obtained in person until November 5th. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by Monday, November 5th. The state is allowing 13 days instead of 7 days from November 5th for ballots to be received. Board of Elections offices in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, are open between 10AM and 9PM. The Manhattan and Staten Island offices are closed, but Manhattan’s office has been relocated to the Manhattan Voting Machine Facility. Polling places may have to be relocated in certain areas, but efforts are being made to keep them as close to their original location as possible. Power is not needed at polling locations because New York uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. Updates, as well as the addresses of current Board of Elections offices, can be checked at http://www/vote/

North Carolina
On Monday, Oct 29th early voting sites were closed in Currituck County. Dare County was closed on both October 29th and October 30th. Ocracoke Island in Hyde County closed on October 26th, and won’t open until ferry service returns. Early voting sites in Pamlico County closed an hour early on October 27th and were closed entirely on October 28th.

Ohio allows in-person early-voting and no-excuse vote by mail. Early Voting runs from October 2nd-November 5th. There was no change in voting due to the storm.

The deadline for voters to request absentee ballots (5:00 pm Tuesday, October 30th) will be extended by one day for each day that a county’s offices were closed. The deadline for county election offices to receive completed absentee ballots to be extended until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, on a county-by-county basis. Allegheny Co., PA has extended the deadline to accept completed absentee ballots to 8pm on Election Day.

Rhode Island 
Rhode Island does not offer in-person early voting or absentee voting without a qualifying excuse. No changes have been made due to Hurricane Sandy.

Tennessee allows early voting from October 17th through November 1st. No changes have been announced because of Hurricane Sandy.

Virginia suspended in-person absentee voting (excuse required) on October 29th. As of October 30, all but nine counties have reopened their early voting. For information about specific counties, please visit:

West Virginia
West Virginia allows in-person early voting but does not allow absentee voting without a valid excuse.  Early Voting hours are set by county and runs from October 24th-November 3rd. There were no statewide changes due to the storm.

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