Week in science: Donner Party cannibalism in question | JPL satellites eye Iceland volcano chain | Striking images from Saturn


  • A bone to pick: Was the Donner Party’s legendary cannibalism just a myth? A new study of the bones found at the Donner’s campsite in California’s Sierra Nevadas suggests the snowbound pioneers may not have eaten each other after all. [DISCOVERY NEWS]
Image: James F. Reed and his wife, Margret W. Keyes Reed, seen in this file photo taken in the 1850s, were survivors of the tragic Donner Party. (AP Photo)

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All Pasadena, all the time: Follow Rose Magazine on Twitter

We’re back from the crucible of deadline and ever-so-pleased to announce that this month’s issue of Rose Magazine will be hitting stands very soon on April 14.
Now that the magazine has been put to bed, expect to see a lot more activity from us on this blog. (Hooray!)
And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too, where we hand-curate the best and most important picks from Pasadena-area arts, culture, science and news.

UPDATED: Live tweeting Rodarte at New York Fashion Week

UPDATE: Below, what people are saying about Rodarte, now that the show’s over, on Twitter.
The Rodarte show starts in less than 10 minutes, and we’ll be watching, via live feed, at ShowStudio.com
See our live tweets @RoseMagazine

A sky-high bonus for BCS fans — and anyone who cares to look up



A fun tip from the Twitter feed run by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: The International Space Station will make a visible pass from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m. tonight, heading from southwest to northeast.

It’s just a stellar “added bonus for those attending tonite’s BCS game.”

If you can stand to look away from the early action on the field, definitely glance toward the sky during those five minutes for some extra excitement.

How will you know what to look for? Here are some guidelines from the Hayden Planetarium in New York:

“Because of its size and configuration of highly reflective solar
panels, the space station is now, by far, the brightest man-made object
currently in orbit around the Earth. On favorable passes, it can appear
as bright as the planet Venus …”

While the ISS looks like a moving star to the unaided eye, those who
have been able to train a telescope on it have actually been able to
detect its T-shape as it has whizzed across their field of view. Some
have actually been able to track the ISS with their scope by moving it
along the projected path. Those who have gotten a good glimpse describe
the body of the Space Station as a brilliant white, while the solar
panels appear a coppery red.
For evening passes, the ISS will usually start out rather dim and then
tend to grow in brightness as it moves across the sky.”

Want to know when other spacecraft will be flying overhead? There’s an app(let) for that.

(Getty Images)

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming

We’re back! This blog and our Twitter feed fell dormant these last few weeks, because — well — we were making a magazine (the real, print edition you can actually hold in your hands).

Now that the fall issue of Rose Mag has been sent to press, we’re excited to be back in action here. We’ll be posting bits and pieces from the upcoming issue (it hits the streets Sept. 23) and all our regular online goodies.