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Russian ICBM test launch failed again

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A recent Russian test of an ICBM last week was unsuccessful as a result of third stage engine failure. It happened during a test launch of the Bulava missile from ‘Dmitry Donskoi’ nuclear submarine early last Wednesday.

Cquote1.svg The missile has probably come out of control and exploded, … The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel. Cquote2.svg

—Truls Lynne Hansen

A researcher at the Norwegian Geophysical Observatory, who witnessed the event reported that “[t]he missile has probably come out of control and exploded”. He also noted the “spiral shaped light pattern”, which was associated by some with an Aurora Borealis, or with the trace of an unidentified flying object of some kind before official confirmation from Russia came.

This became a 7th unsuccessful launch out of total 13 since 2003. Earlier faults were blamed on the subcontractors who supplied faulty missile stage separators.

Cquote1.svg We’ll keep working (on Bulava) despite the recent failed tests … It was impossible to drop the Bulava project or to replace it with something else. Cquote2.svg

—Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, Chief of the Russian Navy

Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology is known for designing Bulava as well as Topol and Topol M, which is a land-based ICBM of similar design mounted on the mobile carrier and already in military service in Russia.

Earlier this year, in July Yury Solomonov resigned from the head of the ITT research and development institute after a failed launch.

Despite this failure, Russian Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky noted that it’s impossible to replace the project with another or to drop it completely as a result of the recent test failures. Next launch is scheduled for January.



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Canadian woman gives birth while sitting on toilet

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Canadian woman gives birth while sitting on toilet

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Friday, December 18, 2009

International media attention has been a harsh mistress for 32-year-old Heather Richard of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who gave birth on Sunday while sitting on the toilet. Richard, who believed she was barren and thus assumed she could not be pregnant, thought she was suffering from cramps and a bad bowel movement.

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“I kept getting the urge to push and just thought it was a real bad bowel movement,” Richard told the Winnipeg Sun, whose interview was picked up by the Canadian wire service. “It just fell out. I thought it was my intestines, so I’m freaking out…but then it’s a little boy.” Richard realized that the product was a baby and not her insides when its leg twitched.

Relatives of Richard’s found her hysterically crying and pointing at the toilet. “She was crying and saying, ‘Help me, get my baby out of the toilet, he’s drowning,” Keith Richard, her cousin, told the Sun. While the rest of the family was immobile by the revelation, police officers knocked on her front door; she was to be arrested due to outstanding warrants that Richard says have since been cleared.

One officer performed CPR on the baby and it was rushed to the hospital. The baby, since named Isaiah, weighed five pounds, nine ounces, and suffered a skull fracture, presumably as a result of his head hitting the toilet bowl. The baby is in stable condition and Richard is recovering from her birth at home.

The incident spread like wildfire in the Canadian and international press on Tuesday and Wednesday. When asked about the coverage, Richard told the website canoe.ca that she was embarrassed at all the fuss the story generated.

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