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April 27, 2015

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1:50 AM | Enter the graphene era
Super graphene is ushering in a new industrial age which could surpass that of steam, steel and silicon.

April 26, 2015

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11:00 PM | Sol 966-968: More Driving
  by Ken Herkenhoff The rover drove 32 meters on Sol 964, to a position that gave us a good view of the terrain ahead and outcrops of interest.  So a longer (~90 m) drive is planned for Sol 967 after ChemCam and Mastcam observe nearby targets dubbed “Pablo” and “Pauline” on Sol 966.  Mastcam, Navcam and REMS will also observe the atmosphere.  I’m MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, and planned …
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8:56 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Horrible Conditions of S’more Factory Farms (Synopsis)
“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.” -Fyodor Dostoyevsky Humans are part of the natural world, and yet although the natural world is hard and unforgiving in many ways,…
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8:55 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Horrible Conditions of S’more Factory Farms
After seeing these pictures, you’ll switch to raising your own.Continue reading on Medium »
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2:24 PM | IYL 2015 Events #17 | Week 27 April – 3 May
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 27 April – 3 May. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. Zenithal Sun Day (Guatemala City, Guatemala) | 27-30 April LumineSciences (Charleroi, Belgium) | 27 April – 28 December…
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1:55 PM | 25 Years of Hubble’s Imagery
  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope a group of videos highlighting a selection of the telescope’s images has been featured on its YouTube channel. The videos represent a glimpse into Hubble’s quarter century of service. Here’s a look at one of those videos, Flight to Star Cluster Westerlund 2, […]
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12:13 PM | Ecco lo squalo “tascabile”
È stato ritrovato nel 2010 e solo ora ha un nome: è una specie di squalo piccola e rarissima, appartenente a un genere di cui si conosce solo un altro rappresentante
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11:30 AM | Rising Rainbow
Aysun Ülger is, like me, someone who loves atmospheric optical phenomena. Halos, glories, aurorae, iridescent clouds … so much so she created a Facebook page where she collects such photos. She just started it, but there are already a few lovely examples there. And this includes, of course, rainbows. Since I just wrote about that very cool quadruple rainbow in New York, I thought I’d follow up with an example of a fun series of photos Ülger took herself in Izmir, Turkey: […]

April 25, 2015

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9:30 PM | Hubble at 25: The Space Telescope by the Numbers: Photos
As we celebrate Hubble's 25th year in space, let's have a quick rundown of some of the space telescope's key statistics.
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5:03 PM | George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek
Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into the legacy of Star Trek with George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. In studio, co-host Leighann Lord and astrophysicist Charles Liu discuss how the series inspired the future.
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2:21 PM | Comments of the Week #57: From first light to Hubble
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust As another fine week comes to a close at Starts With A Bang, let’s take a look back at all the topics we’ve taken on: Where did light first come from? (for Ask Ethan), Zooming into a fractal (for our Weekend Diversion),…
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11:00 AM | A Crash Course in Transgender Sensitivity
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the 14th episode of Crash Course Astronomy went live. It’s about our sister planet Venus, and I spent quite a bit of time talking about just how infernally inhospitable it is. Just as I have with every other episode, I had a lot of fun writing and recording it. A little background: Once we finish getting the footage of me talking, it’s edited and sent around to the team for comments. I then scour the ‘net looking for good images we can use, usually […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 20 – 24, 2015 Jennifer buys bespoke draperies with a beguiling floral pattern. In a flash of perceptual ambiguity, the flowers turn into baseballs, and now she can’t unsee them. Erik outlines best practices for your next Lucha Libre bout, and Cameron interviews a former co-worker who has just published a book all about […]
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7:02 AM | World Malaria Day, continua la lotta alla malattia
Oggi 3,2 miliardi di persone sono a rischio di contrarre la malaria, che si può prevenire e curare, ma per farlo serve ancora uno sforzo globale
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4:16 AM | A quarter-century of wonder
By now everybody has probably heard that today is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. I couldn’t possibly put all the links to all the news coverage in this blog entry. We’ve got photos that show how HST changed the world, the breathtaking video made from the official 25th-anniversary Hubble […]
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4:00 AM | Hot topics in Modern Cosmology
Spontaneous Workshop (SW) IX brings together specialists on recent insights in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. The aim is to stimulate debate on common topics in views of providing us with innovating ideas. The workshop’s organization is based on an optimal number of concise presentations and enough space for discussions on emerging problems in order … Continue reading Hot topics in Modern Cosmology →
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1:49 AM | Ask Ethan #85: Hubble vs. The Big Bang (Synopsis)
“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” -Longfellow The cosmic microwave background is a thing of beauty, as not only does its uniform, cold temperature reveal a hot, dense past that began with the hot Big Bang, but its fluctuations reveal a pattern…
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1:49 AM | Ask Ethan #85: Hubble vs. The Big Bang
How do we know that the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background aren’t polluted by everything Hubble reveals?Continue reading on Medium »

April 24, 2015

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11:30 PM | A few gems from the latest Cassini image data release
I checked out the latest public image release from Cassini and found an awesome panorama across Saturn's rings, as well as some pretty views looking over Titan's north pole.
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7:56 PM | The Many Resurrections of the Hubble Space Telescope
If you are old enough to remember news stories from 1990 (or if you are a devoted student of astronomy), you'll recall that the Hubble Space Telescope was not always regarded as the technological triumph that NASA is loudly celebrating today, on its 25th anniversary. The orbiting observatory debuted as a king-size disaster: the telescope that couldn't see straight, built with a mirror that was ground perfectly...but perfectly incorrect. The story of how the error was discovered and ultima
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7:50 PM | Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Part 1
Here it ’tis: our weekly Friday installment featuring the start of a brand new tale. This one is set in our Solar Winds universe, which fans will remember from our The Hunt for Beagle tale. This also begins the saga of Andrea Makati as an adult and the adventures of Scorpius Cell. We’ve been working [...]
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7:08 PM | New Horizons One Earth Message
The One Earth Message Project is going to send a message to the stars, and we invite members of the Planetary Society to join us in this historic endeavor.
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6:49 PM | NASA Goes Big and Bold for Exoplanet Science
                  A United States federal agency is not necessarily the first place you think of when it comes to answering some of the deepest... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:44 PM | Hubble’s Deepest Look (Synopsis)
When you think of the Hubble Space Telescope, perhaps you think of what’s touted as its most major feat of all: peering off into deep, dark space, collecting light, and discovering the plethora of distant galaxies laying billions of light years beyond our own. It’s a spectacular sight and a spectacular story, and it’s allowed…
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5:43 PM | Hubble’s Deepest Look
At the ripe old age of 25, the Hubble Space Telescope is breaking new ground, peering deeper than ever before. How so? By harnessing…Continue reading on Medium »
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5:36 PM | LightSail Readiness Tests Prepare Team for Mission Operations
The LightSail team continues to prepare for the spacecraft's May test flight with a series of readiness simulations that mimic on-orbit operations.
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5:00 PM | Hubble at 25: Brief History of the Hubble Space Telescope
It's been an eventful 25 years for what turned out to become the world's best-known telescope and perhaps among the most productive science instruments ever made. Here's a look at Hubble's life in pictures.
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2:56 PM | La psoriasi e il sistema immunitario
Nello sviluppo della psoriasi il sistema immunitario gioca un ruolo importante. La ricerca lo ha scoperto negli anni Novanta, e i farmaci cominciano a dare risultati
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2:30 PM | 'Spider' Patterns on Pluto Await Spacecraft
Strange and violent events maybe taking place on Pluto -- just in time for the New Horizons spacecraft to take a closer look.
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11:30 AM | Crash Course Astronomy: Venus
There but for the grace of physics goes us: Venus, second rock from the Sun, could be said to be Earth’s twin … but it’s the evil one. Find out why on this week’s episode of Crash Course Astronomy! I love the fact that you can learn all about Venus in this week’s episode, and then go outside after sunset and see it for yourself, shining brilliantly in the west. It’ll be close and bright for the next few months, actually, so you’ll have plenty of […]
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