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April 14, 2014

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3:38 PM | Pretty picture: Sunset over Gale crater
Imagine yourself on a windswept landscape of rocks and red dust with mountains all around you. The temperature -- never warm on this planet -- suddenly plunges, as the small Sun sets behind the western range of mountains.
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3:09 PM | No, Scientists Have NOT Found Life in a Meteorite. Again.
Hey, look! This again. An article claiming scientists have found microscopic life in a meteorite. I’ve been getting emails from folks (mostly via Facebook) asking whether this is real. OK, let’s put this in context: For as long as humans have looked at the stars, we’ve wondered if there is life in space. Once science and technology caught up with our imagination we started using radio telescopes to listen for alien signals, we built giant telescopes on space and on the ground […]
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1:25 PM | Le bambine preferiscono le bambole?
Macchine telecomandate e supereroi per i maschietti, bambole e cucine in miniatura per le femminucce. È il cosiddetto gender divide – discriminazione di genere, potremmo chiamarlo da noi – che riguarda il mondo dell’infanzia. Lo spiega bene Riley, un bambino americano di cinque anni, che si chiede con candore “perché tutte le bambine devono comprare giocattoli rosa e i bambini possono comprare giocattoli di colore diverso?” (il video, girato in un […]
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1:07 PM | Copernicus in Cleveland
What is our cosmic significance? Does it even make sense to ask a question like that? If you happen to find yourself in Cleveland, Ohio this coming Thursday evening, and stop by the Cleveland Museum... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:03 PM | Interview with a Mars Explorer
A conversation with Dr. Sarah Milkovich, HiRISE Investigation Scientist.
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12:47 PM | Nuove strategie contro il mieloma multiplo
Nuovi schemi terapeutici, un farmaco appena immesso sul mercato e un altro in arrivo. Per le persone affette da mieloma multiplo (circa l'1,2% della popolazione italiana, in maggioranza over 60), si prospettano novità importanti, soprattutto per quanto riguarda la loro qualità di vita. I cambiamenti, però, spesso faticano ad essere applicati nella pratica clinica. Basti pensare al problema dei nuovi antitumorali in classe C(NN): quella dei farmaci il cui prezzo non è […]
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12:45 PM | First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Guide
No enthusiastic skywatcher misses a total eclipse of the moon, and if weather permits tonight, neither should you.
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12:00 PM | April 14th: Lunar and Planetary Society Conference 2014
Podcaster: Fraser Cain, Dr Pamela Gay & Alessondra Springmann
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11:56 AM | DNews: Is a Blood Moon a Sign Of the Apocalypse?
What is a blood moon, why does it happen, and how can you see it? Trace explains everything you need to know about this rare lunar event.
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11:30 AM | Watch the SpaceX Launch Live Today at 20:58 UTC
Today (Monday Apr. 14, 2014), SpaceX is scheduled to launch a modified Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for 20:58 UTC (4:58 p.m. EDT), and you can watch it live on NASA TV or Ustream (I prefer the latter; there’s less lag in the video stream). This third mission for SpaceX to the ISS has some interesting stuff going on. I think the most exciting is the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, or OPALS. Spacecraft currently […]
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11:13 AM | Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Chernobyl’s legacy endures Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s worst nuclear accident. With North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear…
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10:04 AM | Reading, Writing
I have just read a couple of articles published on the Italian newspaper La Stampa. The first one deals with a meeting to be held today at the Italian Minister of Education, University, and Scientific Research, about the textbooks to be used in the schools the next year. A group of professors wants to abandon the traditionally published books in favor of self-publishing. The second one, signed by Giuseppe Granieri, speaks about how our way to read is changing. Facing an exponential increase of […]
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8:13 AM | total lunar eclipse: 15 april 2014
a total lunar eclipse will occur tomorrow!  will it be visible to you?   check this site to find out.the eclipse is visible from the red regions (credit: timeanddate.com)for those on the east coast of australia, the moon will peak above the eastern horizon around 5:30 pm fully immersed in the earth's shadow.   it will be glowing red instead of the bright white of the normal full moon.  the full eclipse will last for about an hour as the moon rise continues on the […]
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8:00 AM | Abstruse Goose: Electronic Man
AG’s mouseover says, “When I forget to charge my phone at night, my existence feels incomplete in the morning,” meaning I guess that he’s become as one with his electronic devices.  But as I know because I’ve been writing an interminable story about insomnia, AG’s identity as an electronic device is just the God’s truth. […]
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5:32 AM | La matematica contro il jet lag
Quante volte ci è capitato di sentirci assonnati, stanchi o confusi una volta giunti a destinazione dopo un lungo viaggio in aereo? E’ il jet lag, chiamato anche discronia circadiana, una condizione clinica che si verifica quando si attraversano diversi fusi orari. Ma, secondo gli scienziati della University o Michigan, c’è un modo per riprendersi il più velocemente possibile dagli effetti del jet lag, semplicemente ricalibrando la nostra concezione del tempo […]
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5:30 AM | Emofilia: in arrivo farmaci long action e terapia genica
Buone notizie per i circa 9.000 pazienti italiani che soffrono di emofilia e di emorragie congenite gravi: una nuova generazione di farmaci e terapie promette infatti di migliorare notevolmente la qualità di vita di chi soffre di queste gravi patologie genetiche. È questo il messaggio lanciato dalla Federazione delle Associazioni Emofilici (FedEmo), che in attesa della decima Giornata Mondiale dell'Emofilia, che si terrà il 17 aprile, nei giorni scorsi ha organizzato un […]
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3:48 AM | Critiquing Cosmos - Episode 6
Well, that was a bit of a change in pace!  A week after one of the more history-laden episodes thus far, "Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still" was perhaps the most information-dense.  Let's dig in.I loved...An eyeful of atoms: I'm as guilty as the next astronomer of getting a bit cocky when it comes to big numbers.  I'll often remind people that there could be a hundred billion stars in each of a hundred billion galaxies out there - that's a lot of stars!  But, apparently that […]

April 13, 2014

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5:19 PM | Weekend Diversion: The greatest album covers as seen from behind (Synopsis)
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” -Elizabeth Taylor You know how important music is to me, and for many of you it holds a similarly prominent place in your lives and in your hearts. A big part of that experience, going…
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2:33 PM | My first galaxy
A few nights ago, the clouds parted and revealed the first clear sky in a very long time. So I hauled out the telescope, camera, laptop and furniture to spend the evening capturing a target I'd had my eye on for some time: The radio galaxy NGC 5128, more famously known as Centaurus A. My telescope is quite old - it was made in the early 1990's - so although it was an expensive and state of the art instrument in its day, it is quite primitive by modern computerised standards. The electronics in […]
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12:00 PM | April 13th: Scientists for a Day Contest
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci and Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman
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11:30 AM | Jenny McCarthy: “I’m Not ‘Anti-Vaccine’”
Jenny McCarthy is claiming she is not anti-vaccine. Here’s the problem with that claim: Yes, she is. That’s patently obvious due to essentially everything she’s been saying about vaccines for years. Yet in an OpEd in the Chicago Sun-Times on Apr. 12, 2014, she tries to ignore all that, and wipe the record clean. In case you think I may be misquoting her, here is the first line of that OpEd: “I am not ‘anti-vaccine.’” So, there you go. She says […]
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9:02 AM | La Cina è il Paese di Mezzo oggi più che mai
Vincenzo Comito La Cina è vicina? Ediesse – collana Doxxi – 2014, 183 p. Ordina su Ibs “L'invasione gialla” non spaventa solo Wall Street. Da tempo, ormai, si parla di Cina in ogni luogo, dai ricercati buffet parigini alle affollate stradine del borgo romano. Articoli casalinghi, esotismi culinari, stoffe, erboristerie, tai qi e agopuntura sono solo alcuni dei prodotti cinesi che fanno ormai parte della nostra quotidianità. Per non parlare della Cina […]
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3:26 AM | Comments of the Week #6: From Matter/Antimatter to Eclipses
“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” -Voltaire It’s been another great week over on the main Starts With A Bang blog, where we got to touch on a number of remarkable topics, including: Why are we made of matter? (For Ask Ethan #31) Trompe-l’œil Art (For our Weekend Diversion)…

April 12, 2014

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7:09 PM | Red Moon Risin’
Will You See It? By now everybody knows there’s a lunar eclipse happening next Monday night into Tuesday.  Those of us who live in North America, most of South America, parts of the Pacific and Asia will see all or some of the eclipse. For folks in England and parts of western Europe it will be [...]
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5:35 PM | Celebrate spaceflight with Yuri's Night!
The first image of a man in space Sixty-three years ago today, the world changed forever.  For the first time, mankind broke free from its terrestrial bindings and explored the world beyond our own.  Millennia of technological progress culminated in one man riding a rocket into space.  That man was Yuri Gagarin and tonight is Yuri's Night - an international celebration of human spaceflight.The world was a lot different sixty-three years ago.  Two great […]
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5:28 PM | East Anglia’s Giant Purple Blob
      This is a guest post by Luke Surl, a PhD student in the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at the University of East Anglia, where he is researching the atmospheric chemistry of volcanic plumes. You can find him on Twitter, … Continue reading →
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1:15 PM | Yuri’s Night! April 12!
“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!“- Yuri Gagarin Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, became the first human to travel to space when on April 12, 1961 his Vostok spacecraft successfully […]
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12:00 PM | April 12th: Sakurai’s Object
Podcaster: Rob Sparks, Dr. Ken Hinkle & Dr. Dick Joyce
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11:30 AM | Don’t Miss the Lunar Eclipse on April 14/15!
Do you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia? Then you get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14/15! And while North America is the best place to watch—we’ll get to see the whole event—the real action doesn’t begin until 05:58 UTC on the 15th, which is just before 02:00 EDT, so it’s a bit late. You might just want to stay up for it, though. A lunar eclipse is when the Moon slips into the shadow of the Earth and gets dark. Unlike […]
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11:00 AM | Cosmological Quests for the Next Decade
The inaugural cosmology conference in April 2014 will celebrate 40th anniversary of KASI. The workshop will cover recent progresses in observational and theoretical cosmology including the galaxies and large-scale structures, […]
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