Librarian’s idea to clean up space debris sparks NASA, international interest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales librarian is stepping into the scientific world of outer space. Sean Shepherd, Eastern New Mexico University Instructional Research Center coordinator, is developing devices to clean up small manmade space debris in the lower earth orbit. “I feel like since we made this mess, we should clean it […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Veterans Affairs secretary announces new gravesite locator

American Forces Press Service The secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as “smart phones.” “This innovative program continues VA’s commitment to use the latest technology to provide veterans and their […]

Homemade devices best left at home

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Those of you who watch television appreciate the increasing presence of “hard-sell, direct-buy” commercials on the cable and satellite networks. The pitch involves an inventive but cheaply produced product like squeegees, stick-on light bulbs, sunglasses, vegetable choppers, political promises and collision chasing lawyers. “Only $19.95! It will peel grapes, oranges, […]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory […]

Officials find booby traps after standoff

Darrell Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they say took […]