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July 13, 2014

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7:36 PM | Ep. 350: Space Ship One
SpaceShipOne is the spacecraft created by Scaled Composites to win the $10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2003. It was the first privately built spacecraft to reach 100 km in altitude, twice in two weeks, carrying the equivalent of 3 people. It’s the prototype of the upcoming SpaceShipTwo, created for Virgin Galactic to carry paying passengers [...]
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7:32 PM | Ep. 349: Mercury 7 and How the US Picked the First Astronauts
Before the Apollo Program, there was the Gemini Program, and before Gemini came the Mercury Program. 7 elite astronauts chosen from a pool of military test pilots. How did NASA choose these original 7 men? Ep. 349: Mercury 7 and How the US Picked the First Astronauts Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes [...]
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6:54 PM | Weekend Diversion: Planetary Beers (Synopsis)
“I’ve learned what ‘classical’ means. It means something that sings and dances through sheer joy of existence.” -Gustav Holst There are some great, creative works out there that take their inspiration from the amazing natural phenomena of this Universe. While perhaps Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets, is best known for translating the celestial wonders into…
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1:44 PM | The problem of Richard Feynman
[Updated] Very few heroes can survive scrutiny unscathed. They all have flaws, by virtue of being human. However, hero-worship blurs those flaws,  leveling them: truly nasty aspects of a person’s personality or behavior become on par with little quirks and eccentricities. In that way, we justify our worship. If everyone is a little flawed, then […]
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1:26 PM | Various things from New Scientist
Going through a bunch of old-but-not-too-old issues of New Scientist and wanted to make a note of various articles that caught NSB's attention.....Contrails and their effect on temperatureRoger Timmis et al (from the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and the Environment Agency, Lancaster Environment Centre) suggest that the contrails created during the forming-up of bomber groups in southern England in WW2 offers an opportunity to compare the temperature of areas under the […]
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11:30 AM | Zzzzzzzap! And Whooooosh!
I missed it when it was originally posted last week, but thanks to IFLS I saw this very cool Vine video taken by International Space Station astronaut Reid Wiseman, showing lightning flashes inside a cloud as he sailed hundreds of kilometers above: If you like the video, I have a few more animations of storms and such as seen from the ISS. Seeing something like that — lightning flashes from above — would almost be worth the body-wracking nausea I’d certainly get if I went into […]
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11:25 AM | July 13th: Fresh Look at a Young Star Cluster
Podcaster: Richard Drumm
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8:32 AM | Cercasi prova contraria al riscaldamento globale
Christopher Keating è un fisico e scrittore statunitense che lancia la sfida agli scettici del riscaldamento globale. Come? Con un premio: riceverà il compenso di 30000 dollari chi per primo produrrà una prova scientifica che neghi l’impronta umana sul fenomeno. La gara ha regole ben precise: per partecipare è necessario essere maggiorenni, ma non occorre avere un’idea originale. Saranno invece premiate tempestività e scientificità della […]
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8:00 AM | Thirty Meter Telescope Science Forum
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory and NOAO will host the second TMT Science Forum at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The TMT Science Forum is an an annual gathering of astronomers, educators, and observatory staff, who meet to explore TMT science, instrumentation, observatory operations, archiving and data processing, astronomy education, and science, technology, engineering, […]
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4:00 AM | Frontiers of Fundamental Physics 14
The 14th annual international symposium “Frontiers of Fundamental Physics” (FFP14) is organized by the Labex OCEVU. It will be held in Marseille, at the Faculty of Sciences of Aix Marseille University (AMU). FFP Symposium began in India in 1997 and it became itinerant in 2004, through Europe, Canada and Australia. It covers topics in fundamental physics with the objective […]

July 12, 2014

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10:16 PM | Bright noctilucent clouds 11./12.7.2014
Observed phenomena: Noctilucent clouds Observed NLC forms: I (Veil) IIa (Bands with diffuse, blurred edges) IIb (Bands with sharply defined …Continue reading →
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10:07 PM | Comments of the Week #19: From black hole formation to the far future
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.” -Albert Camus After a week at Starts With A Bang filled with a huge variety of topics, from Ninja Warrior to the Moon to the far future…
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9:12 PM | A Noisy Update
Hello, gentle (and not-so-gentle) readers. I’m on vacation at the moment, which to me means: catch up on all the non-work to-do’s that I’ve got on the back burner! (My idea of vacation may be a bit different from yours.)…Read more →
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3:25 PM | Cosmic Queries: Space Probes with Dr. Amy Mainzer
JPL astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer is back as guest host for this week’s podcast, and together with comic co-host Chuck Nice she answers your questions about space probes. Read more and listen to the full show: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-space-probes-with-dr-amy-mainzer/
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3:13 PM | Ask Ethan #45: How deep does the Multiverse go? (Synopsis)
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” -Dr. Seuss For almost a year now, you’ve all been sending in your questions and suggestions to me, and I’ve been picking my favorite one of the week for Ask Ethan, our weekly Q&A series.…
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1:52 PM | Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth: Hubble snaps a violent galactic merger and chain of star formation
The Universe is filled with objects springing to life, evolving and dying explosive deaths. This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a snapshot of some of this cosmic movement. Embedded within the egg-shaped blue ring at the centre of the frame are two galaxies. These galaxies have been found to be merging…Read more →
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1:47 PM | VLT Clears Up Dusty Mystery: New observations reveal how stardust forms around a supernova
A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic dust factories make their grains in a two-stage process, starting soon after the explosion, but continuing for years afterwards. The team used ESO’s…Read more →
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1:30 PM | … and Robin Laid an Egg
I haven’t done a Caturday post in a while (do the kids these days still do that with their LOLing and I Can’t Even-ing?), so why not. We’ve had a blessed event at Chez BA and I love to share. On the corner of our garage, tucked away on an eave, there’s a bird’s nest. We think it was originally made by some house finches a few years back; they were the first ones we saw use it (and they do like our abode). Every year a mated pair uses it, then eventually flies away, […]
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1:20 PM | Deep Digital Science Behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Over the years, Planet of the Apes has been many things: a satirical French novel, a landmark science fiction movie, a series of uneven sequels, a disastrous Tim Burton reboot. But ever since the book hit the screen, the most memorable thing about the franchise has been the effects. (OK, Charlton Heston’s ripe line readings […]The post Deep Digital Science Behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” appeared first on Out There.
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12:00 PM | Clustering Measurements of Active Galactic Nuclei
This ESO workshop, which will be the first ever workshop dedicated to AGN clustering, aims to summarise our current understanding of AGN clustering and how the community should prepare for upcoming data sets and challenges.Archiviato in:Astroagenda, Astrofisica, Astronomia, Cosmologia, Spazio Tagged: agn, astronomy meetings, clustering, cosmology, halo occupation distribution, large-scale, simulations
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11:30 AM | July 12th: The CANDELS Project
Podcaster: Rob Sparks, Dr. Janine Pforr
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8:54 AM | The Last Word
  July 7-11, 2014 This week Richard finally lets slip what he was doing on his trip to Italy – communing with the shriveled remains of Galileo’s body parts – and Abstruse Goose sets himself a Sudoku-style plot challenge. Craig recounts some lengthy discussions with E.O. Wilson, who reminds us that dying species don’t look […]
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8:30 AM | A Critical Look at Globular Cluster Formation Theories
While the existence of stellar clusters has been known since antiquity (i.e. the Pleiades) they continue to provide surprises. Once thought to be the quintessential simple stellar populations (i.e. all stars having the same age and chemical composition), the ancient globular clusters (GCs) in the halo/bulge of our Galaxy are now known to host a […]
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7:58 AM | Il duro cammino verso un futuro sostenibile
Vincenzo Balzani Margherita VenturiEnergia, risorse, ambiente Zanichelli, Bologna, 2014 Non è facile parlare di un libro che vorrebbe guidarci verso un cambio di paradigma. Si possono condividere le aspirazioni che hanno spinto Vincenzo Balzani e Margherita Venturi a scrivere il libro “Energia, risorse, ambiente” (Zanichelli, Bologna, 2014) ma alla fine ci si può dividere sul metodo. Questo libro, piacevolmente illustrato e ben documentato, è destinato agli […]
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4:00 AM | East Asia ALMA Science Workshop
The “East-Asian ALMA Science workshop 2014″ will be held in Phoenix island, Jeju island, Korea, on July 14th – 17th, 2014, hosted by the ALMA Korea project group in the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI). The LOC is pleased to host this annual joint ALMA science workshop of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, especially, […]

July 11, 2014

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10:50 PM | 'Supermoon' to Dazzle the Skies This Weekend
You might want to step outside tomorrow night (July 12), when a bulging supermoon will rise in the evening sky.
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10:09 PM | Saturn's Moon Pandora Stripped of 'Shepherd' Status
A decade-long study tracking the intricate motions of Saturn’s ring moons shows that Pandora, located just outside the F Ring, actually is not gravitationally herding the narrow ring’s outer edge. Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | DRAFT:
- How Can I Help? If you, or someone you know, need help with any Intellectual Property issue, from filing a patent, trademark or copyright, or just advice regarding how best to protect your ideas and your brand, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at nvantreeck@usip.com or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR … Continue reading →
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4:14 PM | Throw-forward Thursday: Where will we be in 100 billion years?
“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” -Winston Churchill There’s plenty to learn about, to see and to discover when we look out at the Universe today. From the leftover glow from the Big Bang in the microwave to the hundreds of billions of galaxies and…
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4:00 PM | ADRAFT:
- - Ex astris, scientia - I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles … Continue reading →
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