August 17, 2012

August 16, 2012

Spice Girls Dazzle at London 2012 Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics brought a dash of traditional British pomp and culminated with a number of performances by English pop and rock super stars and a show-stopper by the beloved Spice Girls.

August 8, 2012

Rover Sends First Color Snapshot From Martian Surface

NASA's Curiosity rover has snapped its first color photo of the Martian landscape from the surface, using a camera that is still packed away on its long robotic arm.

The new Mars photo reveals a view of the terrain north of the Curiosity rover, and shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater in the distance, NASA officials said Tuesday in an image description.

Curiosity touched down on the Red Planet on Sunday night inside Gale Crater, a sprawling impact basin that stretches 96 miles (154 kilometers) across. While a camera on the rover's underbelly snapped hundreds of color photos of Mars from above during the descent, the new image is the first color view from Curiosity on the ground.

August 1, 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games

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July 18, 2012

Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Loard Dies

Jon Lord, the keyboardist of the pioneering British hard-rock band Deep Purple, died Monday in London. He was 71.

The cause was a pulmonary embolism, said his manager, Bruce Payne. Mr. Lord announced last year that he had cancer.

In songs from the late 1960s and early '70s like "Smoke on the Water," "Hush" and the epic "Child in Time," Deep Purple laid much of the groundwork for heavy metal, drawing a blunter and fiercer sound out of the blues-based riffs common in the British invasion's first wave.