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December 09, 2014

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4:44 PM | China plans a Mars rover and orbiter for 2020 launch opportunity
China is moving forward with plans to launch an orbiter and rover to Mars in the 2020 launch opportunity. The Mars program also includes plans for sample return in 2030.
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4:41 PM | First Look Photographs of Orion's Return to Dry Land
NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.
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4:23 PM | DNews: Alien Life Could Exist Outside 'Habitable Zones'
New research suggests we might want to widen our search for Earth-like exoplanets. Younger stars, it turns out, are hot enough to support exoplanetary life farther away from a star than we thought.
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3:45 PM | No, Asteroid 2014 UR 116 Is Not Going to Hit the Earth
This is Part N of what is apparently an infinite series of “No, Asteroid XXX Is Not Going to Hit the Earth” posts. So on Oct. 24, 2014, a team of Russian astronomers found a near-Earth asteroid. Designated 2014 UR116, it’s somewhere around 400 meters across, which is decent-sized. If it were to hit us, that would be bad. The good news is it can’t hit us. It really can’t; over the next century or so the orbit doesn’t bring it any closer than about 5 million […]
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2:44 PM | Consulta: stop a nuovi trattamenti con metodo Stamina
Lo ha stabilito la Corte Costituzionale, intervenendo sulla presunta incostituzionalità del decreto Balduzzi, che limitava l’accesso alla terapia a chi avesse già iniziato il trattamento
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2:20 PM | Lake in Mars' Gale Crater Adds Twist to Climate Story
To account for a lake that lasted for millions of years means the Martian atmosphere would have had to be far thicker and loaded with water.
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2:14 PM | NASA Sucsessfuly Tests The Orion Spacecraft- But It's Not Going To Mars
A Delta IV Heavy rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying NASA's Orion Spacecraft on its first, unmanned test flight. Image Credit: NASA/Bill IngallsWarning: There may be opinions ahead...On Friday the 5th of  December the world watched as the most powerful rocket in the world blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atop the bright orange Delta IV Heavy was NASA's new human spacecraft, Orion, making its first flight.Although there weren't actually any people on it- that won't […]
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12:00 PM | An Excellent Start: GOP Congressman Chris Gibson and Climate Change
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about global warming. Sadly, much of it isn’t discussing the science—which is now extremely well established—but in debunking the ridiculous and frankly appalling denial so rampant in our political leaders. That’s why it brings me a substantial amount of delight to write about Chris Gibson, a Republican from upstate New York who acknowledges the reality of climate change: My district has been hit with three 500-year floods in […]
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11:36 AM | Un lago su Marte, dove oggi c’è una montagna
Secondo i dati raccolti da Curiosity, il Cratere Gale, la regione che il rover della Nasa sta esplorando da oltre un anno, ospitava un tempo un lago molto simile a quelli terrestri
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11:36 AM | What’s Your Greatest Weakness?
I’ve had this job interview question asked of me sometimes, and I no longer remember how I answered it. But I think that if I’m asked it again, my answer will go something like this: You’re about to find out. I’d like to think that I’ve learnt from my mistakes, and I’ve ironed out all… Read more → The post What’s Your Greatest Weakness? appeared first on Tuxar.uk.
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10:02 AM | L’Uomo di Leonardo in 3D
L'Uomo Vitruviano dà spettacolo in un'esposizione che lo vede per la prima volta fedelmente riprodotto in tre dimensioni
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9:53 AM | L’esperimento Belle II: alla ricerca di una ‘nuova’ fisica
L’esperimento Belle è un esperimento di fisica delle particelle a cui lavorano più di 400 fisici e ingegneri nell’ambito di una collaborazione internazionale. L’obiettivo è studiare la violazione CP e i suoi effetti. L’esperimento si trova all’acceleratore KEKB, situato all’interno della High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK) in Tsukuba, Giappone.  Nel 2010 è stato approvato il progetto … Continue […]
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9:00 AM | Guest Post: the Truth about Cats & Dogs
Dogs have owners; cats have staff. Dogs are man’s best friend; cats are man’s best frenemy. Dogs come when called; cats take a message and get back to you. As long as we’ve had dogs and cats, we’ve had dogs versus cats. Dogs are obedient, loyal, and love unconditionally. Cats are obstinate, fickle, and love […]
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8:43 AM | Se le cellule sono così piccole è colpa della gravità
Gli scienziati dell’Università di Princeton hanno mostrato perché le cellule generalmente non superano dimensioni microscopiche: tutta colpa della gravità
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4:00 AM | Esistono pianeti binari di tipo terrestre?
E’ una domanda che è stata discussa durante il 46° meeting annuale dell’American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences, che si è tenuto di recente a Tucson, in Arizona. Gli scienziati ritengono che sotto certe condizioni, durante la formazione dei sistemi planetari, si può originare una coppia stretta costituita da due oggetti di taglia simile a … Continue reading Esistono pianeti binari di tipo terrestre? →
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3:34 AM | Mini-Movie Monday: Genesis Episode 1, Organic Molecules (Synopsis)
“You may have heard the world is made up of atoms and molecules, but it’s really made up of stories. When you sit with an individual that’s been here, you can give quantitative data a qualitative overlay.” -William Turner This blog has always been about the cosmic story common to us all: the story of…
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3:34 AM | Mini-Movie Monday: Genesis Episode 1, Organic Molecules
The first part in a new series of where all this comes from.Continue reading on Medium »

December 08, 2014

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11:00 PM | Did Apple Copy Chinese Phone?
Digione, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, claims that Apple copied its phone design for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In September, the manufacturer sent Apple a letter telling them that the design of their new phones might infringe on one of Digione’s design patents granted July by the Chinese Intellectual Property Office. Apple did … Continue reading →
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10:44 PM | What Happens When Space Projects Go Over Budget? The Curious Case of MSL’s Overrun
Jason Callahan takes a detailed look at the effects of Curiosity's cost overruns on NASA's budget.
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9:33 PM | Is Human Poop the Ultimate Rocket Fuel?
Human waste has been a hassle for spaceflight since the dawn of the space age -- but now it could transform our push toward the final frontier. Continue reading →
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7:36 PM | Ep. 358: Modern Women: Sandra Faber
Our focus on female astronomers continues with Sandra Faber, and Professor of Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. Faber was part of the team that turned up the Great Attractor, a mysterious mass hidden by the disk of the Milky Way. Ep. 358: Modern Women: Sandra Faber Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: […]
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6:20 PM | Mysterious Mars Lava Formation Looks Like a Cookie
The Martian landscape is peppered with features that look very alien and often cannot be easily explained.
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5:21 PM | New Views of Ancient Martian Landscapes
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just keeps delivering remarkable scenes from the Red Planet.
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5:20 PM | Curiosity's Mars Crater was Once a Vast Lake
The mountain that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is exploring appears to have once been a lake.
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5:00 PM | Dawn Snaps Pic Of Next Target…Ceres.
As the Dawn spacecraft approaches its next target, the dwarf planet Ceres, the first of many pictures has started to arrive. Although not spectacular, it is the closest image of Ceres taken to date. The mission was delayed slightly in September, when a high-energy particle event forced Dawn into safe mode to be…well, safe.  Shutting … Continue reading →
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4:23 PM | A Beautiful Embodiment of the Chandra Archive
The people who work at the Chandra X-ray Center truly have many talents. Take, for example, Sherry Winkelman who works on the Chandra Data Archive, which houses the vast amounts of Chandra observations taken over the lifetime of the mission. Just recently, Sherry’s quilt called "Interchange," an abstraction of the Chandra archive, was accepted for the 2015 Smithsonian Community Committee art exhibition, Artists at Work show. The quilt will be on exhibit in the Ripley Center in […]
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2:07 PM | Orion Is the Spaceship We Want. But Is It the Spaceship We Need?
Like a lot of people, I watched the Orion mission last Friday. I missed the launch (time zones reared their sleepy head), unfortunately. But I did see most of the mission—the capsule completing its first orbit, getting boosted to its second, much higher orbit, then falling back to Earth for a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Baja California. Twitter was bursting with live commentary, and nearly every person I follow was breathlessly excited about the […]
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1:40 PM | Curiosity Takes a Selfie on Mars
Here I am on Mars! Dozens of images were combined to create this selfie of Curiosity.
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1:05 PM | Wanderers
A Short Film By Erik Wernquist “As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”  ~ Herman Melville, Moby-Dick Blue Sunset (Mars) The above image is from the short film Wanderers, by Swedish filmmaker and digital artist Erik Wernquist. In […]
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9:00 AM | Ira Glass is Not My Friend and Some Thoughts on Serial
Last year, I told a story for This American Life (TAL), my favorite radio show. My story was about being so lost in grief over my sister-in-law’s death from cancer that I mistook a pizza delivery guy for an undertaker. My error wasn’t as ridiculous as it seems. The pizza guy had the wrong house, […]
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