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January 19, 2015

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9:48 AM | The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 Opening Ceremony
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) will be officially launched today with a two-day Opening Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Opening Ceremony will introduce all key themes of the year, acting as inspiration for events worldwide during 2015 to raise awareness…
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9:00 AM | This Year’s Flu Vaccine Is Shoddy: Four Reasons to Get It Anyway
Influenza hit the US hard this winter. In December, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that influenza had reached epidemic proportions across large swaths of the country. Most of us think of the flu as an inconvenience, but the virus can be deadly. In early January, a 26-year old radiology technician in […]
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8:30 AM | Quando ha avuto inizio l’antropocene?
Quando, come e quanto la presenza umana ha influenzato il Sistema Terra, ossia la somma dei processi fisici, chimici, biologici e umani che hanno luogo sul nostro pianeta. Lo racconta uno studio pubblicato su Anthropocene Review
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7:00 AM | The unbeatable poker-playing program
Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em better than any human.
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7:00 AM | Captured: A year in pictures
A selection of science pictures from the past year.
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7:00 AM | The man who built organs on chips
Don Ingber is a disruptive influence, which is what the Harvard-based Wyss Institute wants in a director.
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7:00 AM | Getting the measure of bacterial defences
Is this a new way to combat superbugs?
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7:00 AM | Why is a stick insect like a coconut?
How the species crossed the Pacific.
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4:00 AM | Nuovi indizi sulla fine delle stelle massicce
I Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB), sono brevi ed intensi lampi di radiazione gamma che si osservano casualmente da ogni direzione del cielo, con una frequenza di circa 3/giorno. Dal 2003, gli astrofisici ritengono che almeno una buona parte di questi eventi siano correlati alle supernovae, anche se non tutte le supernovae emettono raggi-gamma. Oggi, però, un … Continue reading Nuovi indizi sulla fine delle stelle massicce →

January 18, 2015

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6:40 PM | The Story of Life on Earth with Sir David Attenborough
In our first episode of Season 6, Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the history of life on Earth with naturalist Sir David Attenborough, along with a little help in the studio from Bill Nye and Chuck Nice.
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5:52 PM | Weekend Diversion: Revenge of the Sparkles (Synopsis)
“There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.” -Jorge Luis Borges Have you ever been so mad at someone that you needed revenge? That you needed to take something delightful and use it for…
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5:51 PM | Weekend Diversion: Revenge of the Sparkles
How a funny idea to ship your enemies glitter turned into an empire.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:34 PM | the sirens of titan
i recently finished reading Kurt Vonnegut's second novel, The Sirens of Titan.  overall, an enjoyable read. i like how vonnegut plays with words and patterns and patterns of words so nonchalantly.  it feels like an efficiently written story, deceivingly simple, yet so much happens throughout!Saturn's largest moon, Titan (Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) it seems fitting that just as i finish reading this book, NASA published a new video, Approaching Titan a […]
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12:00 PM | The Flashing Eye of a Cyclone from Space
I’ve posted a lot of images of cyclones from space… but I have never seen anything like this! That is the view of the tropical cyclone Bansi, which has been blowing in the Indian Ocean, a few hundred kilometers east of the island of Mauritius, which is itself east of Madagascar. It looks like the storm is powering up some sort of weapon! The photo was taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti when the space station was still well to the side of the cyclone. What you’re […]
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9:46 AM | I campi magnetici guidano la nidificazione delle tartarughe marine
Questi animali attraversano migliaia di chilometri per tornare a deporre le uova sul tratto di costa in cui sono nati. A guidarle sarebbero le caratteristiche del campo magnetico della spiaggia natia
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12:22 AM | Comments of the Week #44: From the Universe’s center to where you are
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge.” -Eckhart Tolle We’re really hitting our stride for 2015 here at Starts With A Bang, and I’m so pleased you shared this past week with me. If you missed anything, here’s…

January 17, 2015

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8:28 PM | Ask Ethan #71: Heavy planets, light Sun? (Synopsis)
“The single most powerful element of youth is our inability to know what’s impossible.” -Adam Braun “I’m going to be a star,” says every clump of matter in a molecular cloud, as it prepares to collapse under the tremendous pull of gravitation. But try as they might, only a small fraction of that gas and…
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8:28 PM | Ask Ethan #71: Heavy planets, light Sun?
The Sun is made almost entirely out of hydrogen and helium; the Earth has hardly any of either. How’d that happen?Continue reading on Medium »
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12:30 PM | Is the Moon a Planet? QVC Asks, I Answer.
I’m not a big fan of definitions in astronomy. I’ve been pretty clear about this in the past; Nature is way less anal about boundary lines than humans are. Borders between categories of objects are fuzzy, and while it’s OK to put things in boxes (Jupiter is a planet, the Sun is a star, the Milky Way is a galaxy), it can get tougher when you have two similar objects that you nevertheless think should be on opposite sides of the line. It can be confusing. And then you have what […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word: January 12 – 16, 2015
Monday: Guest Stephanie Paige Ogburn shops for an eye surgeon, doesn’t like what she sees. Tuesday: Guest Colin Norman dons his best snow goose camouflage, tries to blend in with a flock. Wednesday: Michelle knows better than to freelance for fun and profit, nonetheless has advice for editors who might smother either. Thursday: Jessa seeks solid research on suspected Alzheimier’s, […]
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4:00 AM | Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre organizes a meeting on the subject of mm-VLBI with ALMA, to be held at the INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia (Bologna, Italy) on 22nd and 23rd January 2015. Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy and the inclusion … Continue reading Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA →

January 16, 2015

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10:49 PM | At Least Two More Planets May Exist Beyond Pluto
A new study suggests that at least two more planets are circling the sun far beyond Pluto’s orbit.
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9:15 PM | Weekly Space Hangout - 16 Jan 2015
Missed the latest episode of the Weekly Space Hangout? Catch it here! This week, I join Fraser Cain and the crew to talk about the SpaceX landing attempt, an alarm aboard the ISS, and much more!
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7:30 PM | Lost And Found On Mars
Lost, presumed crashed, the Beagle-2 lander is finally located on Mars. Back in December 2003 a bold and decidedly British robotic device was released from the European Space Agency’s (ESA)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:23 PM | News of the Cosmos
Lost and Found Amazing news today from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE team: they found the European Space Agency’s Beagle 2 lander (built by a team headed by the late Colin Pillinger) and it seems to be intact on the surface of Mars. This is great news for ESA and the British lander team, especially in light […]
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7:15 PM | Sky survey grant helps lead to a space science career
Quan-Zhi Ye was an 18 year-old college student and the principal investigator of the Lulin Sky Survey when he won a 2007 Shoemaker NEO grant. He's now a Ph.D. candidate and provides an update on his work in meteor studies.
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6:15 PM | SpaceX Releases Dramatic Video of Crashing Rocket
The first stage rocket return attempt crashed and burned, but it proves SpaceX is on the right track to re-usability.
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6:05 PM | SpaceX Releases Dramatic Photos and Video of Rocket Landing Explosion 
Holy cow! Watch this amazing Vine video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster crashing as it attempted to land on a barge last week after a successful launch to the space station. Make sure the volume is up, because holy wow. The Jan. 10, 2015, launch of the Falcon 9 rocket went well, but the attempt to reland the first stage booster vertically on a floating platform/barge in the Atlantic didn’t go quite as planned. Amazingly, the booster slowed, found the barge, and was able to target it for […]
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5:22 PM | Beagle 2, Lost on Mars a Decade Ago, Has Been Found
In late December 2003, the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft entered orbit around the red planet. Part of the mission was to send a lander, the Beagle 2, down to the surface to study the geology and other conditions at a site where water was known to have existed long ago. Things didn’t go as planned. The lander went down but never sent a signal back home. Efforts to recover anything were for naught, and no one even knew if it landed successfully or if it had […]
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5:04 PM | Beagle 2 found?
What happened to Beagle 2? It's been a mystery for 11 years. That mystery appears to have been solved.
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