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July 19, 2014

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11:30 AM | July 19th: X-Rays Uncover a Black Hole Dancing With Normal Stars
Podcaster: Richard Drumm
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11:30 AM | Cruisin’ Over the Bahamas
I just got back from travel, and now I'm deep into planning my panels for San Diego Comic-Con next week, so at the moment I'm enjoying a slow, broiling panic. But I couldn't pass up the chance to post this breathtaking picture of the ocean around the Bahamas taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station as it sailed over on July 15, 2014:* Yegads. You very much want to embiggen that. The bright lights to the upper left outline Florida (the long glow is from Miami), and you can trace […]
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9:25 AM | Apollo 11, 45 anni fa sulla Luna
Quel 24 luglio 1969 il cerchio si chiudeva. Ad aprirlo era stato sette anni prima l’allora presidente degli Stati uniti d’America, John F. Kennedy, quando alla Rice University proclamò ILdiscorso. Quello col quale prometteva al suo popolo la Luna.“Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna. Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna in questo decennio e di impegnarci anche in altre imprese, non perché sono semplici, ma perché sono ardite, […]
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9:00 AM | Alpine Cosmology Workshop 2014
The concept of the workshop is to combine a scientific part, in which each participant delivers a review on their topic with a group activity in which every participant is engaged. To this end we have selected to conduct the workshop at several huts located in the Alps, connected by hiking trails. Each day has […]
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4:00 AM | ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of AUSTRALIA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING 2014
The Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro)  is one of the largest and fastest growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia and is proud to host the ASM and the HWWS. 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the ACT of Parliament establishing Macquarie University, so the ASA 2014 will be the […]

July 18, 2014

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10:06 PM | New Horizons to take new photos of Pluto and Charon, beginning optical navigation campaign
Technically, Pluto science observations don't begin for New Horizons until 2015, but the spacecraft will take a series of photos of Pluto and Charon from July 20 to 27 as it begins the first of four optical navigation campaigns.
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10:03 PM | Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?
The idea that there are an infinite number of universes beyond our own is assumed impossible to prove or disprove -- but a new computer model might give us hints as to what evidence to look for. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Audio: Alien Conspiracy Panel at CONvergence 2014
A few weeks ago, I had an amazing time at CONvergence, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Minneapolis, MN. It has also become the home con of a smaller, sort of embedded con, SkepchickCon. As an occasionally elapsed but…Read more →
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6:54 PM | Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa
A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.
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6:48 PM | “How Can You Talk About Space Exploration at a Time Like This?”
That is the question that a colleague of mine posed in response to the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza (not to mention Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Burma, and many other places that have been pushed out of the headlines in the hierarchy of bad news). In essence she was saying: “Time for some […]The post “How Can You Talk About Space Exploration at a Time Like This?” appeared first on Out There.
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6:30 PM | Sparks Fly as Curiosity Laser Blasts Mars Rock
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has set off some fireworks on the Red Planet with the zap-zap-zap of its high-tech space laser.
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5:11 PM | At Future Space, members of Congress discuss future of space legislation
On Thursday, the Future Space Leaders Foundation held Future Space 2014, a conference oriented primarily to students and young professionals to discuss “cross-cutting issues” in space. The event included talks by four members of House, who discussed a range of issues about civil, commercial, and military space policy. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), chairman of the [...]
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5:02 PM | A right old comet kerfuffle…
A European space enthusiast, children's author, and volunteer astronomy outreach worker asks for more images from Rosetta.
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4:44 PM | NASA Calls for Europa Mission Ideas
Europa hides an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust; NASA wants to seek out its life-giving potential. Continue reading →
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2:52 PM | Images Of The Week (W29-14)
Dry Ice Gullies…On Mars! This image, captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, covers a location on The Red Plant which has been imaged a number of times. Changes seen in many gullies show a rapidly evolving landform. The timing of the changes is often in winter or early spring suggesting to […]
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2:04 PM | Salute, il Piano della Prevenzione non va bene
“Diritto dell’individuo e interesse della collettività” secondo la Costituzione, e invece nel nostro paese la salute di almeno sei milioni di persone è a rischio a causa dell'inquinamento. Lo dimostrano i risultati del progetto Sentieri, uno studio coordinato dall’Istituto Superiore di Sanità che dal 2010 analizza gli effetti dell’inquinamento ambientale sulla salute delle persone residenti nei pressi di siti contaminati da impianti industriali […]
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12:03 PM | La più dettagliata mappa di Marte
In attesa di raggiungere Marte nel 2030 (come previsto dai piani della Nasa), per ora dovete accontentarvi di pianificare il vostro futuro soggiorno sul Pianeta Rosso. E come ogni buon viaggiatore sa bene, per farlo è fondamentale avere una mappa. Una fortuna quindi che lo United States Geological Survey (Usgs) ne abbia appena pubblicata una, e anche la più dettagliata mai realizzata, in cui vengono raccolte le informazioni collezionate da quattro spedizioni spaziali nell'arco di […]
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11:40 AM | July 18th: Meteorite Men
Podcaster: Andy Poniros, Geoff Notkin & Steve Arnold
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11:10 AM | Ou4: a huge, extended and faint bipolar outflow only ~ 700 parsecs distant
Image credit: Romano Corradi/(Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias). Text by the incomparable Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) where I recommend you go for links to further web material concerning the discovery. This nebula is very faint, but also very large in planet Earth’s sky. In the mosaic image, composed with narrowband data from the […]
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9:30 AM | Cosmic Duckie, You’re the One ...
(With apologies to Ernie.) Right now, in deep space 400 million kilometers from Earth, the European Space Agency probe Rosetta is easing its way toward the comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (which, for obvious reasons, I’ll just call ChuGer). On July 14 it was a mere 12,000 km (7400 miles) from the comet—less than the diameter of the Earth! It took a series of images of the frozen ice ball, and it’s becoming very clear that this comet is really, really weird: It’s […]
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8:00 AM | Mouse Medicine to Combat Lyme
Lyme disease is a growing scourge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives about 30,000 reports of the disease each year, but agency says the number of actual diagnoses could be ten times higher. Once upon a time, we had a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the disease. But this vaccine, called Lymerix, was withdrawn in 2002, just four short […]
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7:29 AM | Throwback Thursday: Remembering Neil Armstrong (Synopsis)
“Geologists have a saying: rocks remember.” -Neil Armstrong 45 years ago, the Apollo 11 mission was on its way away from planet Earth and headed towards the Moon, where the first human beings would set foot on the surface just a few days later. Back in 2012, the very first man on the Moon, Neil…
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4:00 AM | Al via i nuovi esperimenti sulla materia scura
L’Ufficio di Scienza del Dipartimento di Energia (DOE) degli Stati Uniti e la National Science Foundation (NSF) hanno annunciato in questi giorni il finanziamento di tutta una serie di progetti allo scopo di cercare nuove tracce dell’enigmatica materia scura con una sensibilità molte volte superiore a quella che caratterizza gli attuali esperimenti. Denominati Generation 2 […]

July 17, 2014

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8:00 PM | An End to Stinky Space Clothes?
NASA is working on a low-tech solution to the problem of clothing its astronauts and others living aboard the International Space Station. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | ExoLance: Shooting Darts at Mars to Find Life
Project aims to drop penetrating darts into planet surface.
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4:54 PM | Rosetta’s Comet Target is a Rotating Two-body Comet
What do You Do When Your Target Looks like a Rubber Ducky in Space? Imagine designing a mission to land a probe on a comet. You have to make some assumptions about the comet nucleus, such as its shape, rotation rate, velocity, and what kind of ice it’s made of.  That’s what the planners for […]
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3:52 PM | Huge Surprise for Rosetta Comet Scientists: Twins!
Europe’s Rosetta comet probe has revealed that its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has a Siamese twin, a thrilling discovery for scientists preparing for Rosetta’s August rendezvous... but it will also be a huge challenge. Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | How the experiment that claimed to detect dark matter fooled itself (Synopsis)
Today’s article comes courtesy of Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is an assistant professor for high energy physics at Nordita, Stockholm. She writes a blog called Backreaction and tweets as @skdh. Dark matter is one of the most elusive and puzzling entities in our Universe today. We have plenty of indirect evidence for it, but one of…
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11:30 AM | 17th July: What’s Up Tonight, Southern Skies Edition
Podcaster: Alice Enevoldsen aka Alice’s AstroInfo
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11:30 AM | The Chaotic Glory of Starbirth
Robert Gendler is the gift that keeps on giving. He’s an accomplished astrophotographer (why, I would never make such a claim without ample evidence) who takes observations from professional observatories and adds to them images he’s taken himself and with other people. The result is substantial beauty … and here’s another bit of proof for you in the form of the ridiculously chaotic star-forming nebula NGC 1333: This cloud is a sprawling stellar nursery, a dense cloud […]
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