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August 08, 2014

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3:32 PM | New Horizons Mission Catches Pluto And Charon Waltzing
After a ten year journey, NASA’s New Horizons mission is still 420 million kilometers from the Pluto system – but that’s close enough to begin to see the orbital dance of an icy... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:53 PM | Aug 8th: Awesome Astronomy August 2014
Podcaster: Ralph & Paul
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12:05 PM | Throwing Paradigms to the Wind of Climate Change
        This is a guest post by Daniil Bachkirov, a joint master’s student in the School of Environmental Sciences and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, where he studies at the juncture of the natural sciences and the humanities … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | New Horizons Sees Pluto and Charon in Motion!
The New Horizons probe was launched in 2006 on a fast track to Pluto. This small spacecraft is packed with instruments designed to study Pluto and its system of moons, and will fly by the world in July 2015, just under a year from now. It’s had a series of milestones along the way, but a new one is pretty significant: It’s been able to get images of both Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and can see the two orbiting around each other! That animation shows the two rocky ice balls […]
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11:26 AM | Un robot "transformer" ispirato agli origami
Non ha la forma di un’auto, ma è comunque una specie di Transformer. Più o meno. Di certo, è il primo robot mai realizzato in grado di autoassemblarsi, e operare poi senza l’aiuto di un tecnico umano. Si tratta infatti di un automa microscopico, composto da un foglio piatto di un materiale polimerico che grazie al calore è in grado di assumere una forma tridimensionale, piegandosi come un origami, ed è poi capace di svolgere semplici operazioni, […]
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8:00 AM | Fish of a feather
The teetering, hundred-year-old collection of wooden buildings that form my father’s fishing club in backwoods Quebec is arranged in a row like a Wild West town, where mosquitoes are the hostile locals. To reach his favourite fishing spots, Dad sometimes has to stop his motorized quad in front of downed trees and change into Kevlar trousers to chainsaw […]
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6:11 AM | Un passo avanti verso una cura per l'Alzheimer
L'Alzheimer è una malattia che fa paura, con un forte impatto sociale, sempre più diffusa e per la quale oggi non esiste una cura. Molto si sta facendo per comprenderne i meccanismi e trovare un farmaco efficace, e un passo avanti in questa direzione è stato recentemente compiuto dai ricercatori della Yale University, che hanno individuato una sostanza – per ora testata nei topi – che sembra far in parte regredire alcuni difetti cerebrali causati dalla […]
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6:10 AM | Cosa ammirare nel cielo d'agosto
Agosto, tempo di mare. Ma anche di stelle cadenti e meteore: come ogni anno infatti, nel nostro emisfero dalla fine di Luglio, con culmine alla metà di agosto, ha inizio la cosiddetta meteor viewing season, il periodo migliore per osservare nel cielo gli sciami meteoritici che intersecano l’orbita del nostro pianeta. Ecco allora qualche indicazioni per non perdersi i migliori spettacoli del cielo d'agosto (qui tutti i consigli per gli appassionati, forniti dall'Unione astrofili […]
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5:13 AM | Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Sets Historic Distance Record and Roves On
It's official: Opportunity has traveled farther and lived longer than any other vehicle on another planet, driving to a place in history with an out-of-this-world distinction no one even imagined when the robot field geologist left Earth 11 years ago.
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4:00 AM | Il futuro della spettroscopia per lo studio delle atmosfere planetarie
La scoperta di nuovi esopianeti ha il potenziale di offrire all’umanità un impatto mediatico sempre più importante mai come prima nella storia dell’astronomia. L’obiettivo primario rimane comunque la ricerca della vita oltre la Terra.  L’esistenza di forme di vita potrà essere dedotta dalla presenza di gas che si sono accumulati nel corso del tempo nell’atmosfera planetaria […]
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2:21 AM | Throwback Thursday: The Meteors You’ve Been Waiting For (Synopsis)
“I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out. I guess I’m more like a comet then. I’m just going to keep on coming back.” -C. JoyBell C. Every year, meteor showers sizzle and fizzle, yet no matter what happens in the skies, there’s always one meteor shower that’s reliable…
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2:11 AM | Throwback Thursday: The Meteors You’ve Been Waiting For
Look up after sunset for the most reliable meteor shower of the year: the Perseids, and learn where they come from!Continue reading on Medium »

August 07, 2014

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10:00 PM | How You Can Determine The Most Cost Effective IP Protection Plan.
This week I have been going over some of the more popular IP protections available to you.  The best protections available often may not be the most expensive.  From least expensive to most expensive: Copyright, Trademark, Patent. Copyright. While the least expensive option, currently $45 for an online filing, copyrights may be one of the … Continue reading →
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9:33 PM | Hawaii's Telescopes Brace for Hurricane Iselle Impact
Tonight, the state of Hawaii is facing the first hurricane to make landfall on its islands since 1950. But Hurricane Iselle is only the first of a two that is cause for concern — Hurricane Julio following only a few … Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | Supersized Storms Spotted Erupting on Uranus
As hurricanes take aim at Hawaii, astronomers in Hawaii aimed their telescopes at storms raging on another planet: distant Uranus. Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | Twinkling worlds in motion: New Horizons' first optical navigation images of Pluto and Charon
What's that in the distance? A binary star? Those are two little round worlds dancing in circles, whirling around a point in space located between the two of them. It's Pluto and Charon, clearly separated by New Horizons' camera.
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7:15 PM | Stellar Nursery Formed 30 Million Years Before Our Sun
The stellar nursery that produced our solar system separated out from the rest of the galaxy some 30 million years before the sun was born, new research shows.
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6:29 PM | Comet Siding Spring: Risk Assessment
On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring is going to have an extremely close encounter with the planet Mars. The bottom line: it seems most likely that our Martian spacecraft will be absolutely fine.
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4:17 PM | Rosetta Enters orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
A strange new world: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by the Rosetta spacecraft, which became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet on 6th August. Image Credit: ESA.After a 10 year voyage through the the solar system, the European Space Agency's robotic explorer Rosetta has become the first spacecraft to enter orbit around a comet. Since waking up in January from a two-and-a-half year hibernation, Rosetta has been steadily gaining on on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, also known as 67P. On […]
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4:06 PM | Cosmic Minute: International Harmony in Space
How do different nations work together on the ISS? The International Space Station is a structure of national modules built by America, Canada, Japan, the EU and Russia. Listen in as NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, who was on the ISS at the time, tells StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson how working in different national modules isn’t such a foreign concept. If you like this track, be sure to check out the whole “The International Space Station: A Space Age Cathedral” […]
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4:01 PM | Will the Moon Sabotage the Perseid Meteor Shower?
Unfortunately, this year, there is a major obstacle that will likely interrupt your shooting star viewing pleasure: the moon. Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Touchdown! Well Almost.
The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is about 100km (62 miles) from comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (thankfully reduced to Chury) Chury was discovered by Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanovna Gerasimenko on 11 September 1969 at the Alma-Ata Astrophysical Institute.  Like all comets, the finders names are used to tag the comet (I just wonder why I have never … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | Watch a Recap of LightSail's Live LightSail Launch Announcement
Watch a recap of The Planetary Society's live LightSail Launch Announcement, which took place July 9 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum.
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3:06 PM | Here’s What a Comet Looks Like When You’re Close Enough to Touch It
On Aug. 6, 2014—and for the first time in human history—a spacecraft caught up to a comet with the intent of staying there. We’ve flown past a half dozen or so cometary bodies over the years, but never before has a probe made a rendezvous packed for the long run; the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will orbit the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than a year, examining its surface, interior structure, mineral composition, and the gases it ejects as it orbits […]
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2:36 PM | Night of heat lightnings
Last night heat lightnings were observed all around Southern Finland! The lightnings were caused by a thunderstorm cells that were moving northwards from the Gulf of Finland to mainland. The lightning activity was pretty intensive, and I could observe several lightnings in a minute! I didn’t hear sound of thunder ever during the night, which […]
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1:40 PM | Sempre più mercurio negli oceani
Il mercurio è un metallo tossico che tende ad accumularsi all'interno degli organismi attraverso diverse vie, tra cui la respirazione, l'ingestione o il contatto diretto. E secondo uno studio, pubblicato su Nature, le emissioni di questo elemento nell'ambiente sono notevolmente aumentate, e così i pericoli per gli animali e anche gli esseri umani. In alcune regioni, spiega lo studio, le emissioni sarebbero addirittura triplicate, in seguito ad attività umane come le […]
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12:25 PM | Un'aspirina al giorno per combattere il cancro?
Se ne parla già da un po’, ma ora sembra arrivata una conferma importante. Uno studio pubblicato sulla rivista Annals of Oncology, rivede infatti a rialzo l’efficacia e la sicurezza dell’aspirina nella lotta contro il cancro, dimostrando che l’assunzione quotidiana del farmaco potrebbe rivelarsi una tra le più potenti strategie di prevenzione oncologica disponibili. Sviluppata come antidolorifico oltre un secolo fa, l’aspirina (acido acetilsalicilico) […]
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11:44 AM | Movies about Turing & Hawking
Alan Turing & Stephen Hawking are both Cambridge graduates who went on to incredible achievements, and they both are the subjects of forthcoming movies. Turing was a mathematician who is widely regarded as the father of computer science, while Hawking is a theoretical physicist famous for his work in cosmology. In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict…Read more →
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11:34 AM | Aug 7th: Asteroid Mining Part 1
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich Title: Asteroid Mining, Part 1 Organization: Cheap Astronomy Links: http://cheapastro.com Description: Cheap Astronomy investigates how exactly asteroid mining might work Bio: Cheap Astronomy offers an educational website where you can tour the Universe in economy class. Today’s sponsor: This episode of “365 Days of Astronomy” is sponsored by — no one. We still need sponsors for many days in 2014, so please consider sponsoring a […]
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11:30 AM | One Picture, My Three Favorite Sciences
A photo combining geology, meteorology, and (indirectly) astronomy? Why yes, I’ll take one please: Oh, you do indeed want to click to embiggen that! Taken by European Southern Observatory photographer Armin Silber in northeast Chile, it shows two ancient volcanoes: Licancabur on the left, and Juriques on the right. Both tower over the plains of the Atacama Desert, which I’ll note sits on a plateau that in some places already reaches the incredible elevation of 4,000 meters (over […]
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