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Happy birthday, Sloopy!
Steubenville native Dorothy Sloop, whose nickname is synonymous with Ohio State football and the state of Ohio itself, would have turned 100 today (she died in 1998 at the age of 85).
Read more about her and Ohio’s official rock song, Hang On Sloopy, at Dispatch.com.
Photo courtesy of Brett Rutland: Dorothy Sloop at the piano, performing in New Orleans with Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht, left. 

Aww, yeah! (Also: go to Spoonful. Great record store!)

columbusdispatch:

Happy birthday, Sloopy!

Steubenville native Dorothy Sloop, whose nickname is synonymous with Ohio State football and the state of Ohio itself, would have turned 100 today (she died in 1998 at the age of 85).

Read more about her and Ohio’s official rock song, Hang On Sloopy, at Dispatch.com.

Photo courtesy of Brett Rutland: Dorothy Sloop at the piano, performing in New Orleans with Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht, left.

Aww, yeah! (Also: go to Spoonful. Great record store!)

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Speaker for Catholic graduation disinvited because he supports gay marriage

Ok, this is fucked. Thoughts: A) the principal’s name is Seamen. That’s inherently hilarious. B) It’s the same diocese that fired an experienced and beloved Bishop Watterson teacher for being a lesbian earlier this year. C) Does the Columbus diocese and the administration of Bishop Ready really think that treating a dedicated alumnus of their school like this encourages loyalty in the class O’Grady was to address? Uhhhhhhhhhh….no. You just told them that being liberal, loving, and HUMAN is not the way to get recognized by your old school. That’s whaaaaaaaaaack. The more I think about this, the faster my heart beats and the angrier I get. Imbeciles.

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spaceplasma:

Large Binocular Telescope image shows the supernova in M51

In a Star’s Final Days, Astronomers Hunt ‘Signal of Impending Doom’

An otherwise nondescript binary star system in the Whirlpool Galaxy has brought astronomers tantalizingly close to their goal of observing a star just before it goes supernova.

In the first survey of its kind, the researchers have been scanning 25 nearby galaxies for stars that brighten and dim in unusual ways, in order to catch a few that are about to meet their end. In the three years since the study began, this particular unnamed binary system in the Whirlpool Galaxy was the first among the stars they’ve cataloged to produce a supernova.

The astronomers were trying to find out if there are patterns of brightening or dimming that herald the end of a star’s life. Instead, they saw one star in this binary system dim noticeably before the other one exploded in a supernova during the summer of 2011. [ ]

The system is believed to have contained one very bright blue star and one even brighter red star. From what the astronomers can tell, it’s likely that the red star is the one that dimmed over the three years, before the blue star initiated the supernova.

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Credit: Ohio State University

Yes, yes, very cool. More importantly: OHIO STATE.

Did you know that we have a pretty kick-ass astronomy department? And that we share many of the world’s best telescopes with other institutions, even in Chile? Dude. It’s the coolest.

(via not-bridget)

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