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September 07, 2014

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5:37 PM | Comments of the Week #27: From the accelerating Universe to our brightest stars
“All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be.” -Pink Floyd It’s been another great week exploring the Universe over at the main Starts With A Bang blog, as we’ve taken on the following topics since our last week: How long has the Universe been accelerating? (for Ask Ethan), Sharing…
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1:00 PM | The History, Current State and a Look into the Future of Mathematics and Astronomy
The International Conference “The History, Current State and a Look into the Future of Mathematics and Astronomy” devoted to the memory of Nasireddin Tousi. September 10-12, 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan. This year marks 740 years since the death of the outstanding scientist-encyclopedic  knowledge Nasireddin Tousi. In this regard, based on the resolution of Presidium of NAS […]
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11:30 AM | Sep 7th: What’s Up Tonight, September Southern Skies Edition
Podcaster: Alice Enevoldsen aka Alice’s AstroInfo
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11:30 AM | No, We’re Not Facing an Onslaught of Asteroid Impacts
Today — Sunday, Sep. 7, 2014 — at about 18:00 UTC, a small asteroid named 2014 RC will harmlessly pass by the Earth, though at the close distance of very roughly 40,000 km. I wrote all about it a couple of days ago… and also warned that you can expect a bunch of breathless and fact-free YouTube videos about it, claiming it would hit us. I was so, so close. The very day I posted that, a ridiculous article appeared in the UK tabloid Express, claiming that the Earth […]
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10:13 AM | A scuola dai pappagalli
Avere il cervello come quello di un uccello potrebbe non essere più un insulto. Specie ora che gli scienziati delle università di Oxford, Vienna e dell'Istituto Max Planck di Seewiesen hanno svelato cosa sono capaci di fare i pappagalli cacatua. I volatili in questione, come descritto sulla rivista Proceedings of the Royal Society B, si sono dimostrati in grado di apprendere dai loro simili come usare degli strumenti, migliorandone adirittura la tecnica d'utilizzo. […]
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10:00 AM | 5° Gaia Science Alerts Workshop 2014
Gaia is the cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency, successfully launched in December 2013. Its main goal is to map the entire Galaxy, but thanks to repetitive observations of the entire sky it also acts as a unique time-domain space survey, suitable for real-time detections of transients. In recent years the astronomy of transient […]
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6:00 AM | The Life and Times of Galaxies
In celebration of Alan Dressler’s illustrious career, Carnegie Observatories is pleased to be holding a four day workshop covering current topics in galaxy evolution. The workshop will be held in Springdale, Utah at the gateway to Zion National Park. The workshop schedule will provide ample opportunities for discussion and for participants to explore the park.  The […]
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5:10 AM | X-Prize (Part 1)
The X-Prize is motivating engineers, scientists and private industry to “Make the impossible possible.” Get an insider’s look when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews founder Peter Diamandis. Read more and listen to the full episode at: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/x-prize-part-1

September 06, 2014

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7:18 PM | Not Your Average Vacation Video: An Exploding Volcano!
This has to be seen to be believed: An Australian couple vacationing in Papua New Guinea heard that a local volcano, Mount Tavurvur, had been erupting. They got on a boat to take a closer look, and got the ride of their lives (make sure you’ve set the video to HD, the detail is amazing): Holy yikes! The video was taken by Phil McNamara, and posted on his wife Linda’s Facebook page. The volcano has been pretty active historically and has caused a lot of damage; it’s killed many […]
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3:00 PM | Planet Formation and Evolution 2014
The goal of this workshop is to provide a common platform for scientists working in the fields of star- and planet formation, exo-planets, astrobiology, and planetary research in general. Most importantly, this workshop is aimed at stimulating and intensifying the dialogue between researchers using various approaches, observations, theory, and laboratory studies.  Session Topics Planet formation in […]
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12:57 PM | Wide-field view from ESO of part of the Taurus star-forming region
Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin This wide field image shows extensive dust and small clumps of star formation in part of the Taurus star formation region. A faint star at the centre of this picture is the young binary star system HK Tauri. ALMA observations of this system have provided the […]
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12:00 PM | Galactic and Extragalactic Star Formation
The conference will be held from Monday 8 to Friday 12 September 2014 in Marseille at the congress center “Palais du Pharo” located on the “Vieux Port”. It will focus on observational and computational star formation in the Milky Way and external galaxies, emphasizing the link between these fields. The first aim of this meeting […]
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12:00 PM | SciShow: The Smallest Star
Perhaps you’ve heard of Hank Green; he and his brother John make videos on YouTube. Lots of videos, covering a million different topics. They do too many things to adequately describe here; you can get a taste at Hank’s site, and at John’s. Be prepared to give it a few hours, since the Vlog Brothers are something of a juggernaut online. They put together a great science video series called SciShow, where different hosts talk about various fun and fascinating topics in science. […]
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11:30 AM | Sep 6th: Observing With Webb in September 2014
Podcaster: Rob Webb
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11:00 AM | SpaceX Back on the Range for Sunday Launch Try
After an 11th-hour stand-down to “triple check” technical data, a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket is poised for a launch attempt early Sunday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Continue reading →
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9:30 AM | Living Together: Planets, Host Stars and Binaries
The scientific meeting will be organized in the city of Litomyšl, Czech Republic, on the week of September 8 – 12, 2014. The city will be honouring Zdenek Kopal, one of the foremost investigators of binary stars who was born in this city in 1914. A similar, smaller-scale conference in the same city took place […]
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8:00 AM | Last Word
September 1-5, 2014. This week, Helen discovered a late summer symphony of peal bells and cicadas. Listen!  Ann discovered an unexpected but welcome pattern in the pronouns that the astronomers are using to describe their colleagues — “she.”  Richard introduced a new occasional LWON series — the Bad Science Poet. (Motto: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s […]
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7:56 AM | Tutte le diete funzionano, basta seguirle
Le diete popolari funzionano? Uno studio canadese pubblicato sul Journal of the American Medical Association ha messo a confronto le ricerche condotte su quelle più note ed evidenziato come la riduzione del peso corporeo non dipenda dal tipo di regime alimentare adottato, ma da quanto si riesce a seguirlo. “Nel complesso le differenze tra le diverse diete per quanto riguarda il loro impatto sulla perdita di peso erano relativamente piccoli", ha dichiarato Geoff Ball, esperto di […]
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7:56 AM | La tastiera sente di che umore sei
Prima i social media come Facebook ora la tastiera del tuo computer. Comprendere lo stato d’animo di chi siede al di là di uno schermo sembra essere diventato ormai un gioco da ragazzi. Una ricerca dell’Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh ha infatti elaborato un programma in grado di individuare le emozioni di chi scrive al computer semplicemente analizzando come l’utente digita i tasti sulla sua keyboard, dalla velocità, al ritmo, a quante volte […]
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5:00 AM | Thirty years of beta Pic and debris disks studies
The outline of the conference is given below. Context from IRAS excess to debris disks young associations The beta Pic system  beta Pic properties gaz properties dust properties planet(s) formation and dynamical history Other debris disks descriptions, similarities/differences with beta Pic (what can the example of beta Pic bring for the study of these objects? […]
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1:33 AM | Ask Ethan #53: What is the Big Rip? (Synopsis)
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?” -Haruki Murakami Of all the ways our Universe can end —…
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1:28 AM | Ask Ethan #53: What is the Big Rip?
The scariest of all possible fates results in the ultimate destruction of everything that ever was or will be.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:06 AM | Milky Way flares skirts, reveals stars
For some years, astronomers have known that the gaseous outer edges of the Milky Way galaxy flare out away from the neat, flat disc that contains the spiral arms. However, this gas is hard to see and harder to study, and nobody knew for sure where it came from. But a few months ago, a team of astronomers based at the South African Astronomical Observatory announced their discovery of a small number of stars within these flares. These stars are of a very special type that could not only answer […]

September 05, 2014

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10:00 PM | CyberFone Patent Invalid For Being Abstract.
CyberFone lost a court battle when the Federal Circuit ruled that their patent was invalid. CyberFone’s patent for a “Telephone/transaction entry device and system for entering transaction data into databases,” was at the heart of a lawsuit with CNN, among others.  The defendants in the case argued that the patent’s claims were for an abstract … Continue reading →
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8:55 PM | Singer Sarah Brightman to Train for Orbital Spaceflight
British soprano Sarah Brightman will begin training in January for a 2015 visit to the International Space Station. Continue reading →
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8:29 PM | Weekly Space Hangout - 5 Sept 2014
Miss the latest episode of the Weekly Space Hangout?  Catch it here!  I joined host Fraser Cain and the gang to chat about whether the Universe is a hologram (!?!), the Rosetta mission, and much more.
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5:29 PM | Space Station's Cubesat Launcher has Mind of its Own
Last night, two more of Planet Lab’s shoebox-sized Earth imaging satellites launched themselves from aboard the International Space Station, the latest in a series of technical mysteries. Continue reading →
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4:42 PM | Curiosity Watches the Martian Clouds Drift By
In a recent series of images sent back from the Red Planet, the six-wheeled rover tracked a formation of clouds drift overhead, blown by high altitude winds. Continue reading →
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4:21 PM | DNews: Can You Hear Sound in Space?
You know the slick "Whoosh" you hear from spacecraft zooming through the cosmos in Hollywood Sci-Fi movies? Yeah, that just isn't happening. Trace explains what happens to sound in the vacuum of space.
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4:00 PM | A New Telescope Making Book Comming Soon.
Norm Butler (gotta love the first name) has written an new book titled “Building and Using Binoscopes” published by Springer. They are to best publishers of science and astronomy books for the smaller markets. Mass manufactured binoscopes tend to be just very large binoculars.   Hand made binoscopes tend to be a lot larger, really … Continue reading →
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