AOL.com Snapshot - 9/4/2014 - Thursday, September 4, 2014
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It's a bird… it's a plane… it's a house? A newly discovered asteroid will get pretty close to Earth this weekend. Don't worry Chicken Little, the sky is not falling. This roughly house-sized object was only discovered this past weekend but it'll swing by our planet for a visit this coming Sunday. It's path will take it about about 10 times closer than our own moon, but should safely pass with little problem. If you want to take a look at this particular gem, you'll need a telescope -- and a ticket to New Zealand (if you're not already there.) It's expected to get relatively close to some of our big communications and weather satellites, but shouldn't hit any. As NASA notes, "While this celestial object does not appear to pose any threat to Earth or satellites, its close approach creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids."
United against ISIS
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged their fellow NATO members to join together in opposition to the Islamic State militants who've wreaked havoc in Iraq and Syria. The duo said neither U.S. or U.K. would be "cowed" by ISIS extremists, and warned against an "isolationist approach" in a joint op-ed. "Developments in other parts of the world, particularly in Iraq and Syria, threaten our security at home," the two wrote. That claim is backed up by a former ISIS fighter, who told CNN in a recent interview that the group's goal is to establish an Islamic State in the Arab world (hence, its name). But that's not all. "And after that, we go to other countries."
A new treatment for Ebola?
Health officials struggling to contain the rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak have come up with a new potential treatment: the blood of survivors. Some experts say the method is worth a shot, even though there's at best mixed evidence that the antibodies from the blood of those who overcame the disease might be able to help those still fighting it. It's the latest idea from World Health Organization officials who have assembled experts in Geneva to try to find ways to combat the outbreak. Dr. Peter Piot, a proponent of the idea and co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, believes it's vital to find some solution for treating the illness. "I hope this is the last Ebola outbreak where all we have is isolation, quarantine and supportive care to treat patients," he said.
Nevada hits the jobs jackpot
Love it or hate it -- Elon Musk is taking one giant step in bringing electric cars to the masses. The Tesla CEO, known for riling up car dealership owners nationwide with his direct-to-consumer sales methods, is expected to make an expanse of the Nevada desert the home of its $5 billion battery production facility. The "gigafactory" is expected to employ approximately 6,500 people, which would be a welcome boon to a state particularly crushed during the Great Recession. States that lost out on Tesla's mass manufacturing affections include the Silver State's west coast neighbors California, Arizona and New Mexico. While neither Tesla nor Nevada has come out and officially confirmed the news, Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to make a "major economic development" announcement Thursday. For Sandoval and Musk, it looks like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
A close eye still on Ferguson
We didn't get a full glimpse at Michael Brown's past, but a lawyer for the St. Louis juvenile courts revealed that the 18-year-old hadno serious felonies on his juvenile record. A pair of lawsuits filed by journalists had sought to have those records released in court Wednesday, because police had only confirmed that Brown had no offenses on his adult record under Missouri law. While the court did not disclose the full contents of his juvenile record, the lawyer for the court said he was never charged with such as murder, robbery or burglary. Meanwhile, the Ferguson Police Department may soon be subject to a lot more scrutiny as well. A source tells the AP that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department plan to begin a "wide-ranging" investigation into the department that serves the suburb of St. Louis where Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson almost one month ago. A local grand jury is already investigating the shooting specifically.
9/4/81 - B'DAY
In case you haven't heard, it's Beyoncé's birthday. The Queen B turns 33 this year, although given her flawless looks, it doesn't look like she's aged one bit since she was thrust into the limelight with Destiny's Child (It's probably because she woke up like this). While it is surprising that the pop culture icon's birthday isn't already a national holiday, we look forward to seeing how the singer celebrates turning one year older, and assume that Jay and Blue will be an integral part of the festivities.
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