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Space Newsgroups: NASA Plans To Blow Up The Moon This Week

By Newsgroup Usenet June 15th, 2009

In an unprecedented scientific endeavor,  NASA is preparing to fly a rocket booster into the moon, triggering a six-mile-high explosion that scientists hope will confirm the presence of water. Many newsgroups on the matter of space exploration and  have been active on the topic.

NASA related newsgroups in particular have reported that NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Spacecraft (LCROSS) will launch atop the same Atlas V rocket scheduled to launch later this week. Four days following launch, LCROSS will guide an empty upper stage on a collision course with a permanently shaded crater in an effort to find evidence of water at the moon’s poles. LCROSS itself will also impact the lunar surface during its course of study. The search for water ice in permanently shaded craters at the moon’s poles will be a principal objective of the mission.

There have been discussions and debates over the years on many space related newsgroups as to whether there is frozen water on the moon or not. Soon two NASA spacecraft, a lunar spycraft and a kamikaze probe, will help answer the question by peering into the permanent darkness of craters at the moon’s south pole.

Controversial evidence for whether there is water on the moon began appearing in 1996 on NASA related newsgroups with the Clementine probe, a joint Pentagon-NASA project. Radar scans of the lunar surface reflected back the kind of signals at the south pole that one might expect of ice and other frozen compounds.

However, pointed out in discussions on space exploration newsgroups regarding later studies using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico revealed similar reflections “even from areas exposed to sunlight, places too warm for water ice to survive”. This suggested the reflections that Clementine saw might have come not from water but from piles of rocks.

The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for NASA Ames Research Center, is scheduled for launch on June 17 at approximately 4PM EDT, from Launch Pad 41 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. LCROSS will be launched with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on an Atlas V rocket.

Orbital properties will make analysis of Chandrayaan data from the south pole, where NASA is contemplating planting a lunar outpost that could use water ice as a resource, which will be even trickier until more time has passed.

WHO Declares Pandemic on H1N1 Swine Flu Virus

By Newsgroup Usenet June 11th, 2009

The World Health Organisation has stated today that it is declaring an H1N1 virus swine flu pandemic, raising its alert level to the maximum of six. The Department of Health said that the WHO announcement had no immediate implications for the public, but could prompt governments to take extra prevention measures, such as imposing travel bans and ordering increased vaccine production.

In government and politics newsgroups, many are discussing on how it’s the first global pandemic over the last 41 years. The last global flu pandemic came in 1968 over the “Hong Kong” flu, which killed about a million people worldwide. Moving to phase 6 (the highest level) means a pandemic has been confirmed and the H1N1 virus is spreading from person to person in a sustained manner outside North America, where the outbreak began in April. A pandemic declaration indicates geographic spread, not the severity of the illness.

The virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has now spread to 74 countries with a reported 27,000 cases and 141 deaths. The decision to raise its global alert level from five to six — officially signalling a pandemic — came after a day-long emergency meeting of the WHO to discuss the implications of widespread outbreaks of illness in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

As stated in press releases and various USENET newsgroups, moving to phase six will trigger a large scale production of vaccines. The WHO has been quoted stating in newsgroups that phase six would reflect the fact that the disease, widely known as swine flu, is spreading geographically, but not necessarily indicate how virulent it is. It could take up to six months before large amounts of a swine flu vaccine are available.

WHO says its pandemic announcement would not mean the situation was worsening, since no mutations have been detected in the virus to show it is getting more deadly.

Newsgroup Spotlight: Animation and Comic Book Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 10th, 2009

Comic book and animation newsgroups

Recently and upcoming, movie studios have been pushing and putting emphasis on a range of animation and comics book adaptations. From Wolverine: Origins to G.I. Joe and Watchmen, the recent and predicted success of these movies seem to indicate that only more are destined to hit the box office this decade.

Before this recent push, these movies were few and far in-between, receiving luke warm responses in the past. A large source of why these movies have suddenly received more accolade can be directly linked to the activity and discussions of all things related to animation and comic book online.

One of the largest sources of these discussions have been animation and comic book newsgroups. These newsgroups have been some of the world’s leading portals and resources for news, information and community activities for animators, comic book fans and artists.

Newsgroups like and rec.arts.animation have long been home to discussions of the technical aspects and technique of computer animation by industry insiders and fans alike. Where rec.arts.comics covers the superhero realm and an abundance of discussion of hero specific movies.

Many of these newsgroups have been responsible for running events where animation professionals are free to network with each other and discuss future collaborations. Comic book newsgroups and animation newsgroups both provide updates, news and events that affect animators and the animation world, including comic books.

Discussions are guided by a variety of figures from the animation and comic book world – from animators and directors, to the likeness of the comic book guy from The Simpsons.

Whether you are new or long experienced with the world of Animation and Comics, if you haven’t checked out the corresponding Usenet newsgroups on the matter, chances are you don’t know the full story.

ATT Announces Discontinuation of USENET Newsgroup Services

By Newsgroup Usenet June 9th, 2009

On July 15th, all USENET access provided by ATT  for its customers will be eliminated. An email has been sent stating that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the messages posted on newsgroups as well as their official site which that states definitively the July 15th date. The USENET access offered by the ISP will be eliminated, but USENET itself will still be accessible by use of a third party vendor, such as Newsgroups.

From ATT:

AT&T Usenet Netnews Service Shutting Down

Please note that on or around July 15, 2009, AT&T will no longer be offering access to the Usenet Netnews service. If you wish to continue reading Usenet newsgroups, access is available through third-party vendors. Newsgroups is currently offering a limited time offer of 25% Off on all pricing plans for the life of the account for all ATT customers who wish to continue to have USENET access.

In order to access this special, simply type or copy the coupon code below on the last step of checkout.


ATT has slowly been pulling away from USENET since July of last year, when it removed most binary newsgroups from its roster. Since then, the 48-72 hour retention on text and a limited range of binary newsgroups have since remained.

As of July 15th, all USENET access provided to ATT customers will be eliminated. The email sent, a bit different than the post on the newsgroups, state that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the newsgroup message that states definitively the July 15th date. Newsgroups Reaches 300 Day Binary Retention; On Road To 400

By Newsgroup Usenet June 8th, 2009 Newsgroups is proud to announce today its efforts to increase to 400 days of binary retention is drawing closer as it hits the 300 day mark today.

We had announced earlier on how we had been moving towards to a full 400 days of binary retention back in March. While reaching this milestone, our daily increase of binary retention has reached the 300 day mark and will continue to increase by one day each day after.

The amount of days that messages and articles can be accessed on a Usenet newsgroup translates to binary retention. The longer amount of days, the longer the history of articles are available.

Text retention is not affected by this upgrade and currently remains well over three years. The increase to a full 300 days of binary retention is automatically available for both US and EU customers of Newsgroups as it continues to build to our 400 day goal.

Newsgroup Spotlight: Animal and Pet Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 3rd, 2009

Pet newsgroups are communities for animal lovers with comprehensive discussions on all types of animals and their care taking. From Reptiles to Pigeons, every animal of land, sea and air is covered. On these newsgroups, one can share related knowledge and experience, ask questions, get advice on practically every kind of animal on newsgroups.
Even Badgers have a dedicated newsgroup that discusses the health, behavior and spotting of badgers throughout the world.
Usenet newsgroups give pet owners and animal enthusiasts alike the opportunity to ask questions, share stories, read and talk about current events in the animal kingdom. Reptiles and wildlife newsgroups are great as they offer practical education as they give the knowledgeable care, materials and resources that are needed to understand these animals.
Naturally, dog newsgroups and cat newsgroups dominate the arena. Groups such as and rec.pets.cats discussion groups invite pet owners to talk with other owners about everything from food and nutrition, care and grooming, to toys and furniture.
Pet newsgroups are a primary source for news and expert advice on dog and cat behavior, health, breeding, showing, and care specifically.
You’ll find a great multitude of enthusiastic and knowledgeable members; all who would love to answer questions, look at your pet pictures, and welcome you into these Usenet newsgroups.

Microsoft’s Bing Time Thing Lacks Usenet NewsGroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 1st, 2009

Microsoft has replaced Live Search with a new brand: Bing. The new Microsoft search destination is in part an overhaul of Live Search and in part a renovation of Microsoft’s search technology. According to Microsoft, Bing lets you find Web content fast and excels at refining searches so that you can unearth the lowest airfares, discover reviews of neighborhood boutiques, or track down reliable health information.

Microsoft’s research shows only one in four searches are satisfactory on the first try. Most others force users to repeatedly refine their queries or to click around on the Web before locating what they need.

Bing’s goal is to improve the search experience, and it does that well overall in an incremental way, but especially in four key categories – shopping, travel, local, and health; by tailoring the experience in much the same way as Usenet newsgroups to specific goals associated with those categories.

Why Bing? CEO Steve Ballmer admits: “I am not what you would call the creative side of life. Short matters. Being able to verb up can be helpful.” But he also says, “We wanted something that unambiguously says search.” At least they’re not calling it Microsoft Windows Live Search Ultimate Professional Business Search Engine Edition 2009 V 1.01.060109.

We tested to see if older messages posted on the Microsoft newsgroups would appear as Google Group messages do with Goole search terms. The Microsoft Discussion Newsgroups are not indexed on Bling nor does there seem to be any integration as they are with competitor Google as part of the search results.

It’s too soon to say if the site will result in sucess or failure, but either way, it has sent a great number of conversations going on microsoft related newsgroups such as

Newsgroup Spotlight: Agriculture Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 27th, 2009

Agriculture newsgroups have offered opportunities for farmers to take part in online conversations among other farmers and agriculture professionals for over 20 years. Agriculture is defined as the occupation, business, or science of cultivating the land, producing crops, and raising livestock. It includes the art, science, and industry of managing the natural resources of plants, animals, soil, water and air. There are several different forms of agriculture as well, often defined by geography.

In the United States, agriculture has generally been mechanized and heavily dependent upon an integrated system of supporting same related businesses. In the United States and Canada, most farmers and ranchers depend heavily upon technology. With USENET, it has been a home to those involved in agriculture as they have been able to build communities in order to share and learn on new methods that lead to the progress of agriculture methods.

Most farmers practice monoculture, relying upon a single crop for their primary income, and have expanded to very large acreages in order to take advantage of economies of scale. Such farms are referred to in terms of the primary crop, for example, a dairy farm, a cattle ranch, or a wheat farm. Some small farms are run by part time farmers who also have other occupations.

Many Agriculture USENET newsgroups offer the latest information in agricultural news, weather, markets. They provide a grassroots voice of farmers and ranchers. Discussions occur on a variety of different topics: from livestock and machinery, to beekeeping newsgroups and farm humor. These newsgroups on agriculture invites you to read what “people on the land and close to the action” have to say about the events and progress in agriculture.

Below are a variety of agriculture newsgroups to enjoy


Happy Memorial Day From Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 25th, 2009

We’d like to take this opportunity to remember those who have gone before, who have sacrificed all to ensure our enduring freedom. We hope this weekend you find time to rest and enjoy yourself. But we also hope you take the time to remember that our freedom has sometimes come with a cost, at the hands of young men and women who could have chosen any number of other careers. We at Newsdemon are thankful that they chose to defend the great red, white and blue. May their sacrifices be remembered well this weekend.

For more information on Memorial Day and general information on the armed forces, USENET hosts a variety of newsgroups that offer information and communities of individuals involved and interested in military affairs.

















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Newsgroup Spotlight: Pregnancy and Parenting Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 20th, 2009

Parenting is a tough job….really tough.  At the same time, it’s arguably one of the most important jobs any of us will ever have.  Usenet parenting newsgroup communities have a rich history of helping others, making new parenting friends, and to grow as a parent.  These parenting newsgroups have historically had a long lasting positive impact on the lives of many parents and children.

Usenet parenting newsgroups are a great source of information and support for parents, and parents-to-be. Parenting newsgroup communities, like invites you to participate in parenting discussions – by either asking for advice/support or providing answers and sharing parenting tips with others.

Many Usenet newsgroups also provide critical information such as the decision-making moment that women face during crisis pregnancies on There are newsgroups that assist adopters and birth parents to find families by helping hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true on adoption newsgroups such as alt.adoption.issues and alt.adoptive.parenting. There are parenting newsgroups such as soc.adoption.parenting and alt.adoptive.parenting that are committed to helping children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find families.

Many parenting newsgroups have been created and have lasted throughout the years with the goal of building an online community of parents.  These newsgroups are only a great source of information for parents, but also a venue that both outreaches and provides resources to the parenting community at large.