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April 12, 2015

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1:39 PM | The Last Days of MESSENGER
The MESSENGER Mercury probe is in the news again, this time for two somewhat related items. The spacecraft has been orbiting the closest planet to the Sun since March 2011, just over four years ago, and has been returning amazing data ever since. It achieved a numerical milestone recently: its 4000th orbit of the little world. In that time it’s sent over a quarter million images of Mercury back to Earth, an astonishing feat. Because Mercury is so close to the Sun it’s hard to study […]
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10:00 AM | #NoPlaceLikeHome, l’iniziativa della Nasa per la Terra
In occasione della prossima Giornata della Terra, il 22 aprile, l'agenzia americana invita tutti a scattare foto e video del proprio angolo preferito di pianeta, e a diffonderli sui social con questo hashtag
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2:15 AM | Comments of the Week #55: From planet formation to black holes
“The simple fact of existence, of being aware that you are aware; this to me is the most astounding fact.” -William Hurt There was so much that happened this past week on Starts With A Bang, from eruptions to bad science reporting to black holes and more, that we couldn’t help but share so much with…

April 11, 2015

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9:08 PM | NASA's Mission to Europa May Get More Interesting Still
NASA officials have asked their European counterparts if they would like to propose contributing a small probe to NASA's Europa mission planned for the mid-2020s.
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8:59 PM | IYL 2015 Events #15 | Week 13-19 April
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 13-19 April. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. SPIE Optics & Optoelectronics (Prague, Czech Republic) | 13-16 April More Light! Light environments (Budapest, Hungary) | 13 April – 23…
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7:57 PM | Ask Ethan #83: What if dark energy isn’t real? (Synopsis)
“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.” -Robert Frost We’ve come…
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7:56 PM | Ask Ethan #83: What if dark energy isn’t real?
If our “standard candles” aren’t so standard, is dark energy still real?Continue reading on Medium »
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4:06 PM | Autism and Animal Science with Dr. Temple Grandin
Discover how her autism helped Dr. Temple Grandin revolutionize animal science when she sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Chuck Nice, Dr. Paul Wang of Autism Speaks, and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society.
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11:30 AM | April Is Global Astronomy Month
If you love astronomy, do I have a month for you. April is Global Astronomy Month (GAM), an informal but planet-wide celebration put together by Astronomers Without Borders, a wonderful group that promotes astronomy worldwide. Among their many projects they built a science center in Tanzania that will help teach children there about the Universe, set up an artist residency program, developed community programs, and more. GAM is a way to bring everyone together across the planet and show them […]
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8:30 AM | Off-the-Beaten-Track Dark Matter and Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Physics
The workshop will bring together experimental, observational and theoretical communities, in the fields of astro-particle physics, early universe cosmology and dark matter searches and phenomenology. We will focus on both astrophysical probes or hints of new physics, as well as ‘non standard’ dark matter signatures. We aim to assess current anomalies, the constraining power of … Continue reading Off-the-Beaten-Track Dark Matter and Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Physics […]
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8:20 AM | The Last Word
April 6 – 10 Have you ever had to endure the smug cocktail party contention that “biology is just chemistry, chemistry is just physics, and physics is just math” (and so all of life is reducible to math)? Abstruse Goose demolishes that glib noise with a thought experiment that reverses the formula. Michael Balter’s brontosaurus story […]
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8:00 AM | 13° Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics
The 13th Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics will be held from 13th -17th April 2015 in Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland. The meeting is the latest in the series of conferences which have been held every few years since the 1970’s with the location rotating between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The 12th Nordic Meeting was organized in … Continue reading 13° Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics →
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7:34 AM | ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop 2015
The Herschel Space Observatory has produced high quality photometric and spectroscopic data in the wavelength range approximately 55 to 670 μm during its lifetime from 2009 to 2013. To date, all Herschel science data (~23,400 hours of observations, ~37,000 AORs), in addition to a variety of user-provided data products, are publicly available through the HerschelScience … Continue reading ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop 2015 →
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12:37 AM | Curiosity update, sols 896-949: Telegraph Peak, Garden City, and concern about the drill
Since I last wrote about Curiosity drilling at Pink Cliffs, the rover has visited and studied two major sites, drilling at one of them. It has also suffered a short in the drill percussion mechanism that presents serious enough risk to warrant a moratorium on drill use until engineers develop a plan to continue to operate it safely.

April 10, 2015

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9:20 PM | Icarus Interstellar: Visions of Our Starship Future
At a recent interstellar conference, some of the biggest names in starship design came together to formulate how we might reach out to another star.
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5:00 PM | Stars May Form in Shadow of Galaxy's Black Hole Beast
Despite the harsh environment created by the monster black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, new observations show that stars — and, potentially, planets — are forming just two light-years away from the colossal giant.
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4:04 PM | Una mano robot per chi ha avuto un ictus
Dopo la protesi bionica per i pazienti amputati, i ricercatori del Sant'Anna presentano un prototipo robotico indossabile per chi non riesce a utilizzare la mano a causa di danni neurologi
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2:13 PM | The surprising strength of ‘rainpower’
Torrential rains inside hurricanes might be acting as a control knob on these giant storms, reducing their intensity by as much as 30 percent, according to a new study.
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1:46 PM | Il primo trapianto da donatore samaritano in Italia
È stato effettuato a Milano il primo trapianto in cui il donatore non conosce l’identità del ricevente. E ha innescato un effetto domino
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12:26 PM | Hiv: una nuova terapia a base di anticorpi?
Stando ai risultati del primo trial clinico sugli esseri umani, una nuova terapia basata su un anticorpo sarebbe efficace nella lotta al virus. Lo studio su Nature
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11:30 AM | Crash Course Astronomy: M-O-O-N, That Spells MOON
Some may think the Moon a cold-hearted orb that rules the night, but for me, the Moon will always be the first step to the rest of the Universe. It’s the closest object in space to us, with features big enough to examine and be curious over. Why are some dark, some light? Why does it look so big in the sky, and what’s on the other side, forever hidden from us who are Earthbound? And this is what I love about astronomy, about science: We can find out. Come find out with me, in this […]
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11:03 AM | New Horzions Closes In On Pluto
Our current best images of Pluto, combining multiple images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Not very good. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute)When people find out I study astronomy, I generally get one of two reactions: blank looks and an awkward end to the conversation, or a barrage of questions (I prefer this reaction). And one of the most common questions is some variation on "Why isn't Pluto a planet any more?"Now, I do have an answer for that, […]
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10:17 AM | My Python page is leading in Golden ZEEF Award!
My Python page is currently leading in the Golden ZEEF Award! ZEEF’s vision is to provide relevant links to quality content. Curators do the searching and filtering for you and rank the best results. I entered 2 new pages, the other... The post My Python page is leading in Golden ZEEF Award! appeared first on TUXAR.uk.
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9:13 AM | Sclerosi multipla: la riabilitazione è una cura
Centinaia di ricercatori da tutta Europa si riuniscono a Milano per parlare delle ultime scoperte in materia di riabilitazione cognitiva e motoria
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9:01 AM | To Recover First Stage, Just Read the Instructions
SpaceX is gearing up for a second attempt to land the spent first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: Brontosaurus and Me
The biggest science story this week was really, really big. Brontosaurus, weighing in at about 16 metric tons, is a taxonomic contender once again, thanks to a 300 page long cladistic analysis in the online journal PeerJ.  (Spoiler alert: Yes, the rest of this piece will include puns, jokes and allusions to classic films just […]
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7:48 AM | Perché Terra e Luna sono così simili
Se la massa della Luna proviene da un ipotetico corpo che ha colpito la Terra, perché il satellite presenta una composizione chimica estremamente simile a quella del nostro pianeta? La spiegazione su Nature
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7:44 AM | Più tristi per colpa di Facebook
Secondo uno studio americano confrontare la propria vita con quella degli amici connessi via social network può innescare forme di depressione
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7:20 AM | Free Fiction Friday: Shadowfall Part 3
And here it ’tis… part three of our four part eclipse tale Shadowfall. The idea for this story actually came up in a  late night discussion on just how bizarre eclipses could get in the far future. We had originally envisioned the gruesome competition described in the story as talking place in Earth’s far future, [...]
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7:00 AM | Sol 952: A Longer Drive and Slippery 10k
  by Ken Herkenhoff MSL drove 18 meters on Sol 951, as planned, putting the rover in position to image the terrain ahead and plan a longer drive on Sol 952.  The total “wheel odometry” for the MSL mission is now over 10 km!  But the total traverse distance is still less than 10 km, because the wheels sometimes slip while driving, and the wheel odometry does not take slippage …
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