June 11th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Mash-up: Aliens, kittens, bears - oh my

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Search for life looks inward and outward

Space scientist Jill Tarter is retiring. Tarter, 68, has spent more than 30 years leading the search for intelligent life with the SETI Institute, a nonprofit devoted to the subject of extraterrestrial life. She talked about the challenge in her early career of being a woman in a male-dominated field and noted that many of her female colleagues had lost their fathers at an early age.

They were the center of our universe. They were what encouraged us, and we lost them. And in that very sad process, we learned a difficult lesson that most people, and in particular women, don't learn until later in life, and that's this whole carpe diem – seize the opportunity.

Speaking of space

Our story about an experimental space plane sparked an enthusiastic discussion among CNN.com users that took on a life of its own, spawning even more comments. Among them:

Portland tony
For transit to a relatively low orbiting space station, it sounds good. For deeper missions to planets, it probably would be too small and wings would just add to the craft's weight. Perhaps with a more advanced propulsion system, i.e. ion or similar drive, launched from a zero gravity base it might make landing back on Earth easier and allow the craft to be recycled.

Kitten in a tight space

Sometimes you have a good day, and sometimes you fall in a hole and get your head stuck in a soda can.

Bears here, there and everywhere

A black bear was spotted near the Manchester, New Hampshire, City Hall and eventually climbed a downtown tree, CNN affiliate WHDH reports. Meanwhile, CNN affiliate KCRA reports that a pair of apparently orphaned bear cubs in Sacramento, California, are now in good hands and will be cared for until they're ready to return to the wild.

Scary events, impressive work

James Taylor sang about having seen fire and rain; he should be a CNN iReporter. Our sharp-eyed amateur newshounds have been snapping photos and shooting video of flash flooding in Florida and forest fires in Colorado (and even in India) all weekend. Great work, people! But no video or image is worth risking your life - so put safety first please.

The iPhone 4's Siri kills at conference

That hypnotic, robotic female voice warms up the crowd at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

On the horizon: Arizona special election

A special election will be held in Arizona to complete the term of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who retired to focus on recovering from the gunshot wound to the head she received in January 2011.  Giffords' former aide, Democrat Ron Barber, who was wounded in the same shooting, is running to replace her. His Republican opponent is Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who served in Iraq and lost to Giffords in 2010.

June 12 anniversaries

1963 - Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is killed in Jackson, Mississippi, by Byron De La Beckwith.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1991 - Boris Yeltsin wins the Russian presidential election.
1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson is later arrested, then acquitted of the killings.

June 12 birthdays

  • Former President George H. W. Bush, 88
  • Actor/singer Jim Nabors, 82
  • Musician Chick Corea, 71
  • Sportscaster Marv Albert, 71
  • Actor Timothy Busfield, 55
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  1. BRUCE


    June 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      Kittens give Morbo gas.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    LOL, My son wants to make stew out of our cat when he passes.
    No! I'm NOT eating cat, Btw

    June 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No Doubt

    my kitten who is pure white, got his head stuck in a small ravioli can one time. Getting the orange sauce off of his little face was a &*#$!!!

    June 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Gives new meaning to 'Kitten Chow", lol

    Congratulations, Portland tony!
    You're in good company! 🙂

    June 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @B.....Thank you 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    typical CNN duplicity:

    1963 — Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is killed in Jackson, Mississippi, by Byron De La Beckwith.

    Overheard on CNN.com: Reader ‘feeling a bit dirty’ for agreeing with KKK on litter pickup

    Posted at 6:36 pm by: CNN's Nicole Saidi
    Categories: Georgia, Overheard on CNN.com, Race
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    June 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Thanks for your opinion, Mmmmm. If you read the post, there are a variety of perspectives represented.

      June 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Robinson

      How is CNN being deceitful? They report the news, not make it. Explain.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jj

    You all hear about that guy who made a helicopter out of his dead cat? Hilarious stuff!

    June 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fiona

    There is no way that kitten got its head stuck in a soda can by itself. Someone did that to him and shoved him down the sewer. Why has that not been mentioned in any of the stories? It's been played like a sweet rescue story, when it's clearly about animal abuse. There are so many YouTube videos of animals with heads stuck in things that I suspect people do it on purpose to get a good show.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      @fionna, your opinion. No base. Animals always try to cram their heads in stuff. My dog once jammed his head between the rails of our stairs, and we had to bend the rails to free him.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DidAnyoneCheckThePictures

    I find it hard to believe that CNN would post that photo of Collingwood with his junk exposed.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      LOL, That's the hand of another player trying to Collingwood off balance.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      * "trying to throw Collingwood off balance"
      Sorry for the error, guess I should go to bed now.
      nite all

      June 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robin

    What? Who's junk is exposed?

    June 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    The Gumby kitten. Help, I got me head stuck in the can.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sandusky Sandwich

    Brown guys don't make it.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |