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August 25, 2014

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2:04 PM | Study: People Don't Want More Apps
Google and Apple's mobile platforms each boast about 1.2 million apps right now, and the race to develop hit apps never stops. But using data from the digital analytics firm comScore, Quartz points out a surprising trend: Most smartphone owners in the United States download zero apps per month. Actually, maybe it's not so surprising. How often do you download a new app? For most of the non-tech journalists I know, zero in a typical month sounds about right. And the comScore data shows that 65.5 […]
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1:19 PM | Limbo, il nuovo documentario ZaLab & HIQ, su Rai 3
Mercoledì 27 agosto alle 23.50 andrà in onda, in anteprima nazionale su RAI 3 - DOC 3, il film documentario LIMBO (Italia 56', 2014, di Matteo Calore e Gustav Hofer, soggetto di Matteo Calore , Gustav Hofer e Andrea Segre, produzione ZaLab & HIQ , con il sostegno di Open Society Foundations, produttori associati Ohpen! Italia e Relief. Dopo i racconti dei respingimenti coatti di “Come un uomo sulla terra” e “Mare Chiuso”, ZaLab torna a parlare del tema […]
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12:36 PM | Spectacular Auroras Captivate Astronaut in Space
The northern lights illuminated the night sky near the Arctic Circle that could even be appreciated by astronauts living on the International Space Station.
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12:19 PM | Watch Beyoncé’s Flawless Performance at the VMAs
Though MTV’s Video Music Awards are ostensibly intended to honor the year’s biggest names in music with a handful of “moonmen” statues, it’s generally the GIFs and memes generated from the night that are most talked about. And at this year’s show there was no bigger viral spectacle than Beyoncé, who closed out the VMAs with a flawless, 16-minute medley of songs from her 2013 self-titled album with her husband, Jay Z, and daughter, Blue Ivy, in the […]
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12:07 PM | Are Humans Any Good at Pheromones?
Excerpted from Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships by Jennifer L. Verdolin. Out now from Prometheus Books. As if your face, your eyes, your symmetry, your hair, your waist, your teeth, and sometimes even your feet weren’t enough, there’s even more going on than meets the eye, and this other consideration may just be the ultimate deciding factor in initial mate attraction—it’s how you smell. When discussing mating systems […]
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12:00 PM | Photos of 1920s Philadelphians, Hanging Out on Their Stoops
The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Photographer John Frank Keith wandered Philadelphia in the 1920s, capturing scenes of people in front of their houses. The photographs tightly frame groups of people—drinking, playing, babysitting, hanging out—against backdrops of South Philadelphia brick and concrete. The Library Company […]
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11:45 AM | SpaceX and ESA Suffer Launch Problems
It hasn’t been the best week for uncrewed space launches. On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, SpaceX was testing a new configuration of their F9R vertical launch and landing rocket — essentially a Falcon 9 first stage booster adapted to land on its tail after launching a payload into space — when something went wrong. It was already a few hundred meters in the air when the software onboard detected the malfunction and aborted the mission by exploding the rocket. This is done to […]
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11:30 AM | Aug 25th: Carina Constellations
Podcaster: Fraser Cain & Dr Pamela Gay
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11:30 AM | Concept for XS-1 Military Space Plane Unveiled
The world is starting to get a better idea of what the U.S. military's proposed new space plane might look like.
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10:58 AM | Ebola, nuovi casi in Congo
Dopo Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia e Nigeria, l’epidemia di ebola, la più grande che la storia ricordi, è arrivata anche nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo, lì dove il virus causò la sua prima epidemia nel 1976. Dopo l’annuncio di 13 decessi per febbre emorragica sospetta, è arrivata infatti la conferma della presenza di ebola nel paese, con la positività riscontrata nei test effettuati su due persone. Il ministro della salute Felix […]
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10:24 AM | How Big of a Problem Is Space Contamination?
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Robert Walker, writer of articles on Mars and space: For me, the No. 1 issue that is rarely discussed is contamination of the solar system by Earth microbes and of Earth by samples returned from space. It is not so much that the issues are not discussed at all. There are many papers and workshop reports about them. The problem is that they are rarely discussed by the public and are ignored in news reports. So there is hardly any public […]
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8:00 AM | Only I
Smokey Bear Celebrates 70th Birthday and Reminds Americans … “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires”                                 –  Ad Council press release, August 7, 2014 Why me? Why am I the only one who can prevent wildfires? Forest fires were burden enough. I’ve […]
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7:03 AM | Chi si crede di essere, un matematico?
Stefania Piazzino L’uomo che credeva di essere Riemann Edizione e/o, 2014, pp.134, 15 euro Ordina su Ibs “La matematica ha determinato la direzione e il contenuto di buona parte del pensiero filosofico, ha distrutto e ricostruito dottrine religiose, ha costituito il nerbo di teorie economiche e politiche, ha plasmato i principali stili pittorici, musicali, architettonici, ha procreato la nostra logica ed ha fornito le risposte migliori che abbiamo a domande fondamentali sulla […]
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7:02 AM | La preistoria del sistema solare
Nonostante il Sole sia la stella a noi più vicina, gli scienziati stanno ancora cercando di scoprire con esattezza quali sono i passaggi che hanno portato alla sua origine e alla conseguente formazione del sistema solare. Uno studio, pubblicato di recente suScience, rappresenta oggi un importante passo in avanti, in quanto mostra come il densissimo materiale che ha generato il sistema solare si sarebbe isolato dal resto della materia della galassia circa 30 milioni di anni prima della […]
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6:00 AM | NuSTAR osserva un evento raro in prossimità di un buco nero supermassiccio
Il telescopio orbitale della NASA NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) ha rivelato un evento raro nelle regioni immediatamente prossime ad un buco nero supermassiccio noto come ESO 362−G18, che risiede nel nucleo di una classe di galassie attive, dette di Seyfert, che presentano righe spettrali dovuti al gas ad alta ionizzazione. Gli scienziati ritengono che una sorgente compatta […]
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12:25 AM | Dave Chappelle Returns to Hartford for a Surprise Stand-Up Show
Exactly one year ago, Dave Chappelle quit stand-up. Or that’s what it seemed like: during his Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Tour, Chappelle did a set at Hartford, Conn., that went downhill very quickly. After sparring with the audience—a rowdy crowd that Chappelle would later call “a room full of white people” and “young, white alcoholics”—the comedian abandoned his act and was eventually heckled off stage. On Saturday night, Chappelle made a […]

August 24, 2014

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11:18 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Universe in your home (Synopsis)
“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life.” -Ed White, at the conclusion of the first American spacewalk, June 3, 1965 Adventures are funny things: we look forward to them, we enjoy them to the fullest while we’re on them, and then we revel in the experience of having had them…
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11:17 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Universe in your home
How to turn the greatest NASA images in history into wallpaper, curtains, fabric and more!Continue reading on Medium »
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11:14 PM | Legendary Actor and Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90
Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning director and acclaimed actor, died on Sunday at the age of 90. The British icon’s passing was first reported by the BBC; Attenborough’s son confirmed the news. Attenborough, who for the past few years had been in poor health and living with his wife in a nursing home, enjoyed a renowned acting career that spanned six decades. American audiences perhaps know him best as John Hammond in Jurassic Park, but that role, while memorable, gave only a […]
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7:05 PM | U.S. Journalist Held by Al-Qaida Affiliate Since 2012 Freed in Syria
A U.S. journalist kidnapped almost two years ago was freed in Syria Sunday and handed over to a United Nations representative. The release of Peter Theo Curtis was first reported by Al Jazeera, which says Qatar played a key role in obtaining his release mere days after ISIS beheaded James Foley. Reuters also reports that Qatar was instrumental in obtaining the release. “Qatari intelligence agencies were behind the release of the American journalist in Syria. Qatar, like many countries, […]
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5:27 PM | Suge Knight Shot Six Times at Pre-VMA Party Hosted by Chris Brown
Suge Knight is recovering in the ICU after he was shot six times early Sunday during a party in West Hollywood hosted by Chris Brown. The 49-year-old former Death Row Records CEO whose real name is Marion Knight Jr. was apparently shot in the arm, stomach, and other places, according to TMZ. He went into surgery after the incident and is expected to recover. Despite being on the receiving end of all those bullets, Knight still apparently managed to walk out of the club by himself. “You […]
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5:22 PM | Comments of the Week #25: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Next-Gen Physics
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” -G.K. Chesterton It’s been a very busy week here at Starts With A Bang! You may have noticed that our blog’s main page has a new layout, some of you who follow me on social media may have noticed…
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12:00 PM | Call of the Universe
Kids these days. When I was wee lad, we had Bugs Bunny, and we liked it (because it’s brilliant). But these whippersnappers now have this Animaniacs stuff, with the Yakko and the Wakko and the Dot. Buuuuuut, Yakko did sing a great song about the size and scale of the Universe in one episode, so when my old friend Marian Call asked me for some help in updating the lyrics to reflect what we’ve learned about the cosmos since 1993 (when that episode came out), how could I […]
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11:44 AM | Aug 24th: Science on the ISS, Episode 5. Rational drugs.
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
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2:09 AM | Is the universe a biased sample?
Recently, at the conference for the American Scientific Affiliation, I gave a short talk on the question “Is our universe a biased sample?” You can listen to it and see a pdf of the slides, and see more info on this page. The question here is, since we only observe a finite volume of the […]

August 23, 2014

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11:34 PM | A Conversation With Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy® Awards Monday night, but you can listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with the host of “Late Night” this Sunday. Read more and listen to the entire episode: http://www.startalkradio.net/shows/a-conversation-with-seth-meyers
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5:00 PM | IAU 312: Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
Black Holes, dense star clusters, and galactic nuclei move into the focus of cosmological galaxy formation and evolution. High-resolution observations as well as simulations, in our local environment as well as in the distant universe approach the central engine and its co-evolution with stars and gas around. Black Holes formed in astrophysical environments are expected gravitational wave sources. China, […]
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3:00 PM | Physics and Evolution of Magnetic and Related Stars
The Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences will organize a traditional International conference “Physics and Evolution of Magnetic and Related stars” during the period from August 25 to August 31, 2014. The meeting will take place in the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Nizhniy Arkhyz near Zelenchukskaja of the Karachai-Cherkess Republic of Russia […]
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1:43 PM | Ask Ethan #51: Is Astrology A Science? (Synopsis)
“When I was ten all I knew was that I hated the weird words used to describe whatever it was that was wrong with my brother — to this day I think it all happened because he was overtaken by evil spirits that got loose in that haunted house ride at the carnival that summer. It’s easier…
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1:42 PM | Ask Ethan #51: Is Astrology A Science?
And, in general, how would you be able to tell?Continue reading on Medium »
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