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February 16, 2015

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6:08 AM | New eye in the sky: DSCOVR to watch over Earth and Sun
The Deep Space Climate Observatory has been launched at last.
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6:08 AM | Seduced by calculus
The crowning mathematical achievement of the Enlightenment.
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6:08 AM | Geologists solve the mystery of what tectonic plates float on
The truth about the Earth's underbelly.
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6:08 AM | The new-look Cosmos Magazine: Feb–Mar 2015
Our new look magazine delivers stunning visuals to thoughtfully complement the stories behind the science
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6:08 AM | Does language work to make the world a happier place?
Humans tend to accentuate the positive.
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6:08 AM | The problem with dark matter
How to measure something so hard to detect?
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4:00 AM | È davvero discreta la struttura dello spaziotempo?
Partendo da questa domanda gli scienziati potrebbero unificare la meccanica quantistica con la relatività generale. Infatti, secondo le attuali assunzioni su cui si basano i modelli della gravità quantistica, lo spaziotempo avrebbe una struttura granulosa, un pò come la sabbia costituita dai granelli. Uno dei grandi problemi che emerge dalla gravità quantistica è che essa … Continue reading È davvero discreta la struttura dello spaziotempo? → […]

February 15, 2015

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11:02 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)
“I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.” -Fran Lebowitz It’s a thought that’s occurred to almost everyone at some point or another: what each of us would do if we happened to hit the lottery Jackpot. Have a listen to Camper Van Beethoven sing about…
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11:01 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball
It’s the richest lottery game in the USA. When is it worth it to play?Continue reading on Medium »
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5:25 PM | IYL 2015 Events #7 | Week 16-22 February
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 16-22 February. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. Faraday Discussions on Nanoplasmonics (London, United Kingdom) | 16-18 February Opening ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 in Spain…
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12:30 PM | Pale Blue Dot + 25 Years
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Voyager 1 spacecraft taking one of the most iconic photographs in history: Earth, as seen from over six billion kilometers away. It was taken under the urging of Carl Sagan, and NASA commanded the spacecraft to rotate so that the camera would take the shot, something that had never been done before from such a distance. As luck would have it, sunlight scattered inside the camera, creating the lovely splashes of light across the frame, one of them, by […]
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8:24 AM | Viaggio nella prostituzione di ieri e di oggi
Un libro che dovrebbe far parte dei testi d'insegnamento nelle nostre scuole. Parola di Umberto Veronesi, che firma la Prefazione
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6:13 AM | Valentines Memes!
So… Physics Today asked for some science-themed Valentines. I participated, but then of course… I came up with a bunch of astronomy-themed Valentines. I felt like sharing! :)    

February 14, 2015

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7:25 PM | Robo-Journalist Wins The Pulitzer
Okay, so that hasn’t happened yet, but the folks over at Narrative Science, a company that has created software that performs “automated narrative generation,” confidently predicts that its computer program will win the coveted prize by 2016. Let’s back up … Continue reading →
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4:24 PM | Comments of the Week #48: From gravitational waves to seeing black holes
“Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox… It’s both things, like quantum physics: It’s a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together.” -Joan Jett We’ve reached the end of yet another week here at Starts With A Bang, which means it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve covered. It…
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4:11 PM | San Valentino: la scienza dell’innamoramento
Cosa succede al nostro corpo quando si ama qualcuno? Lo svela la scienza
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12:30 PM | Crash Course Astronomy Episode 5: Eclipses
I have friends who tell me that seeing a total solar eclipse is literally life-changing; the serene beauty and majestic clockwork motion of the cosmos unfolding above you is transformative, showing you viscerally the connection between you and other objects in the Universe. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen one. But that won’t stop me from talking about them! So, just for you, here is ten minutes of me expositing on eclipses both solar and lunar in Crash Course Astronomy […]
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11:07 AM | Grande finale
So this is it for now! Last night was the grande finale of the wilderness guide course that I have been taking in Kuusamo, Finland. The course that I have participated in is giving me a so-called competence based qualification for the work as a guide. The course is a vocational course, and there is […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word
February 9 – 13, 2015 Christie shares select experiences on social media and enjoys vicariously experiencing others’ exhilarating moments, but web video will never replace good-old immersive, unmediated life. Parents considering whether to immunize their children face the Prisoner’s Dilemma, says Erik, and decision theory can help explain the appalling presence of measles in a […]
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1:07 AM | A Fresh Approach to Fundraising
We want you to know that we’ve been listening to you. Members have highlighted the number of fundraising appeals from The Society, and we agree that the number of requests should be streamlined.
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12:20 AM | Rocket City Rednecks
Get ready to blow up some stereotypes when Neil deGrasse Tyson meets aerospace engineer and Rocket City Redneck Travis S. Taylor. Co-hosted by Chuck Nice and guest starring Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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12:11 AM | SpaceX Rocket's Stunning View of Our Home Planet
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket made its first foray into deep space this week, depositing a U.S. space weather satellite into an orbit that eventually will reach more than four times farther away than the moon.

February 13, 2015

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11:12 PM | Ask Ethan #75: How can we still see the Big Bang? (Synopsis)
“We like to admit to only that which already glows, although it is nobler to support brightness before it glows, not afterwards.” -Dejan Stojanovic When we look back to greater and greater distances in the Universe, we’re looking back to earlier and earlier times as well. At some point, we can see far enough back…
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11:12 PM | Ask Ethan #75: How can we still see the Big Bang?
If it happened billions of years ago, what’s it still doing here?Continue reading on Medium »
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10:02 PM | An Awesome New Way to Look at Titan
A new image processing technique could transform radar imagery of the Saturn moon's enigmatic surface.
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7:27 PM | An active comet, from a distance
Rosetta has closed to within 50 kilometers of Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on its way to a very close, 6-kilometer flyby of the comet tomorrow. To prepare for the flyby, Rosetta traveled much farther away, allowing it to snap these amazing photos of an increasingly active comet from a great distance.
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5:30 PM | DNews: How Come Everything in Space is Spinning?
Most of us kind of get that the Earth is spinning and lots of other stuff out there is doing the same. Fair enough, but ... WHY?
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5:00 PM | Star Crossed Stars Doomed…An Astronomical Love Story For Valentines Day.
Just like a Shakespearian play, the two white dwarf stars in Henize 2-428 are circling each other toward a deadly embrace. Each of the white dwarf stars have a little less mass than the Sun. In about 700 million years the stars will merge into a Type 1a supernova, destroying both stars in a fiery … Continue reading →
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4:38 PM | Is AI Dangerous? That Depends…
Somewhere in the long list of topics that are relevant to astrobiology is the question of ‘intelligence’. Is human-like, technological intelligence likely to be common across the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Come si formano i sistemi stellari
Come hanno origine i gruppi di stelle in orbita le une attorno alle altre, che costellano il nostro cielo notturno? Lo svela uno studio su Nature
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