Roe v. Wade opponents looking to the future
A former U.S. solicitor general says the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc is no longer content to chip away at the abortion rights granted under Roe v. Wade, and is set on dismantling the entire 1973 ruling.
Walter Dellinger predicted that the court would succeed if a Republican president chooses Justice Anthony Kennedy’s eventual successor, according to the website Politico, a co-sponsor of the Washington forum at which Dellinger spoke Tuesday night.
Kennedy, pictured above, was appointed by Ronald Reagan and is considered the court’s liberal swing vote. He has upheld the central tenets of Roe v. Wade, but also voted for restrictions that make it harder for some women to terminate their pregnancies. He turns 74 in July and has not indicated he’s going to retire any time soon.
Here comes the sun
It’s been known since at least 2007 that the sun produces sound waves along its outer region, the corona, similar to the sound waves produced by stringed and wind instruments. But their frequency is so low that humans couldn’t hear them — until now. According to Time magazine, scientists at Sheffield University in England used a computer algorithm to convert visual data to acoustical information, which they then sped up to fall within the range of human hearing. You can hear a snippet of the sun’s "music" by going to YouTube.com and typing in "solar music."