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September 29, 2014

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10:00 PM | Some Patent Examiners Could Go To Prison.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), A senior House Republican asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into reports that some federal patent examiners are getting pay and bonuses for time they didn’t work. In a statement Rep Wolf said that  the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government’s expanding use of … Continue reading →
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6:38 PM | To Mars and beyond
Last week, not one but two orbiters arrived at Mars: NASA’s MAVEN and the Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). These projects are very different in scope and purpose. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) is a sophisticated chemistry lab packaged inside a space probe, designed to measure the composition of Mars’ atmosphere […]
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5:40 PM | Dusty Days: India Mission Photographs Stormy Mars Globe
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has released its first beautiful global view of the Red Planet.
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5:31 PM | Bad Storm Risin’
MOM Captures Mars Storm The Mars Orbiter Mission from the Indian Space Research Organization has started off its work at the Red Planet by storm. No, seriously — it captured a view of a regional dust storm over the northern part of Chryse Planitia (the regions of Mars where Viking 1 and the Pathfinder missions landed).  This […]
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4:15 PM | Mars Orbiter Mission delivers on promise of global views of Mars
Ever since I first learned about the capabilities of Mars Orbiter Mission's small payload of science instruments, I have been anticipating one type of data in particular: global color views of Mars captured in a single 2000-pixel-square frame. Just days after entering orbit, Mars Orbiter Mission has delivered on that promise.
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4:01 PM | This Is Your MOM’s Mars
Holy. Ares! THAT is a full-disk image of Mars taken by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM. It was just released this morning and shows nearly an entire hemisphere of the planet. It’s gorgeous. There’s so much to see! North is to the upper left (roughly the 11:00 position), and the pole looks like it’s covered in a cloudy haze [Update (Sep. 29, 2014 at 17:40 UTC): Ah, according to my friend and fellow science writer Carolyn Collins Petersen, that's a dust storm brewing […]
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4:00 PM | A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.
This past weekend was the RAS’s annual themed star-party weekend. Although there were lots of pirates, food and booty for all, the wind kept my observatory shut. :( Being the resourceful astronomer, there is always more than one way to view the night sky.  The Moon and Saturn had a particularly close arrangement. Up close … Continue reading →
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2:52 PM | Special Episode: Live from DragonCon 2014!
Live from DragonCon 2014! Fraser and Pamela are joined by Les Johnson, Scott Edgington, Erin MacDonald, Roy Kilgard, and Fraser bombards all of these wonderful scientists with the hardest, most complicated questions he can come up with! Dr. Erin MacDonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics and up until this year was working as a postdoctoral […]
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2:48 PM | Messier Monday: The Most Elusive Globular Cluster, M55 (Synopsis)
“The only thing I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in the best efforts, it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.” -Mahesh Babu When you know something is there but you can’t…
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2:47 PM | Messier Monday: The Most Elusive Globular Cluster, M55
It took Messier himself more than a decade to observe it, but the reward is a glimpse into the ancient Universe!Continue reading on Medium »
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2:32 PM | Istruzioni per il mantello dell'invisibilità fai da te
Smanettoni e maniaci del fai da te, ecco qualcosa che non dovreste farvi scappare. Un’équipe di ricercatori della Rochester University ha appena sviluppato Rochester Cloak, un mantello dell’invisibilità composto di un array di quattro lenti e che permette, per l’appunto, di nascondere alla vista quello che si trova al di là del dispositivo. È un oggetto unico nel suo genere, perché, a […]
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2:28 PM | As expedition ends, scientists crack like deep-sea rocks
Amy West is the science writer and outreach and education officer for the JOIDES Resolution, a drill ship operated by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) that is on a two-month expedition studying the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc in the region where the Pacific Plate is descending under the Philippine Plate to form the Mariana Trench and the deepest point in the ocean–the Challenger Deep.
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2:26 PM | Nobel 2014, le previsioni sui vincitori
Manca appena una settimana all’assegnazione dei premi Nobeldel 2014. Da lunedì prossimo infatti, a cominciare dal riconoscimento per la medicina e la fisiologia, e a finire con quello all’economia, verranno annunciati i nomi degli scienziati che si aggiudicano il prestigioso riconoscimento. E come ogni anno, a partire dal 2002, sono arrivate anche per il 2014 le previsioni della Thomson Reuters sui papabili vincitori per le categorie della […]
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12:18 PM | Buon compleanno Cern
Oggi a Ginevra si brinda alla grande. Gli scienziati del Cern si apprestano a spegnere 60 candeline, per celebrare il compleanno del più grande centro di ricerca europeo specializzato nella fisica delle particelle, e sono appena entrati nel Guinness dei primati per la scoperta del bosone di Higgs, la sfuggente "particella di Dio" che ha fruttato al suo teorizzatore il premio Nobel per la fisica 2013. In realtà, raccontano entusiasti gli […]
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12:00 PM | Where Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life First?
Here’s an interesting question: Where will we find life outside Earth first? In our solar system, on worlds like Europa, Enceladus, Titan, or Mars; signs of it from an exoplanet; or possibly even signals from intelligent civilizations? Science communicator Katrina Jackson sat down with two astrophysicists—my friends Michelle Thaller and Neil Gehrels—to talk about exoplanets and the search for life. It’s a short video but a very intriguing one. (Note: This is one part of […]
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9:13 AM | "Anti-psicopatici": i più altruisti del mondo
La psicopatia è definita (a grandi linee) come un disturbo della personalità caratterizzato da scarsa empatia e rimorso, che porta a mettere in atto atteggiamenti antisociali ed estremamente egoistici. “Un tempo si pensava agli psicopatici come un gruppo distinto di individui, come se esistessero gli psicopatici da un lato, e le persone normali dall'altro”, spiega sulle pagine del New York Magazine la psicologa Abigail Marsh, dell'Università di Georgetown. […]
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9:11 AM | DNews: What Would Happen if You Fell into a Black Hole?
Are you ready to get "spaghettified"? Julian has the gooey, stretchy, bizarro physics behind a human's leap into a supermassive black hole.
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8:46 AM | Un sms per le famiglie SMA
Inizia domenica 28 settembre la campagna di raccolta fondi e sensibilizzazione di Famiglie SMA Onlus, l'associazione composta e gestita esclusivamente da genitori di bambini e da adulti affetti da SMA (Atrofia Muscolare Spinale). Due settimane, dal 28 settembre all'11 ottobre, per sensibilizzare l'opinione pubblica e raccogliere fondi per proseguire il progetto iniziato lo scorso anno: lo Sportello SMArt, il S.ervizio M.ultidisciplinare di A.ccoglienza R.adicato nel […]
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8:27 AM | Roma International Conference on Astro-Particle physics 2014
RICAP 2014, che sta per Roma International Conference on Astro-Particle physics, è la quinta edizione che per la prima volta si svolgerà a Noto, la mia città natale. La conferenza, che è stata organizzata nelle edizioni precedenti dalle tre università pubbliche romane (Università “Roma Tre”, Università “La Sapienza” e l’Università “Tor Vergata”), sarà quest’anno guidata […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: Planning to Sprawl
I’ve been teaching undergraduates for a while now, various takes on the general theme of the environment and society.  Here are some things I’ve noticed. The students often believe that they have discovered the environment and all the bad things we are doing in it.  Up to now, they suppose, we have been unaware, self-centered […]
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7:10 AM | L'acqua terrestre? Più vecchia del Sole
L'acqua è presente in moltissimi luoghi del Sistema Solare: nei ghiacci delle comete, negli oceani terrestri, nelle lune ghiacciate dei pianeti giganti, nelle zone in ombra di Mercurio, e non solo. L'acqua infatti ha anche lasciato segni del suo passaggio nei meteoriti, nei crateri lunari e nelle rocce di Marte e soprattutto la sua presenza ha facilitato l'emergere della vita sulla Terra. Per questo non sorprende che identificarne la fonte sia uno degli obiettivi fondamentali […]
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5:20 AM | Week 18: Spanning Oregon
Taking flight at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum. All photos by the author. Have you been to all 50? We checked off another U.S. state on our “life list” this past week, as we traversed the state of Oregon from north to south. It was a whirlwind trip that was perhaps one of our [...]
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4:00 AM | L’origine dell’acqua nel Sistema Solare
Tutti sappiamo che l’acqua è di fondamentale importanza per lo sviluppo della vita sulla Terra ma è altrettanto importante per valutare la possibilità che la vita aliena si possa sviluppare su altri mondi. Identificare, perciò, la sorgente originaria di acqua sul nostro pianeta rappresenta una chiave di svolta non solo per capire come le condizioni ambientali nel […]
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1:26 AM | Week 18: Spanning Oregon
Taking flight at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum. All photos by the author. Have you been to all 50? We checked off another U.S. state on our “life list” this past week, as we traversed the state of Oregon from north to south. It was a whirlwind trip that was perhaps one of our [...]

September 28, 2014

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10:27 PM | A Baby Galaxy with a Grown-up Black Hole Inside
Using the Hubble and Gemini telescopes, astronomers have found a mystery --  a tiny galaxy that has a huge black hole in its center. That hungry black hole has eaten enough material to make 20 millions Suns!The baby galaxy is really small -- its diameter is only 300 lightyears.  It's crowded in that little space; it contains about 140 million stars.  (Compare it with our Milky Way Galaxy, which stretches over 100,000 lightyears, and contains at least 200 billion stars.  Yet […]
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6:50 PM | Cosmic Queries: Funding Space Exploration
How important is it to fund space exploration? Find out when Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, returns as guest host to answer fan questions, along with Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino. Read more and
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4:34 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Ultimate Fighter… of Stains? (Synopsis)
“You can clean your sword as much as you want but the blood still stains it.” -Matsuro I can’t count for you the number of shirts I’ve ruined through spills and other stains. Have a listen to José González‘s song, Lovestain, while you consider what you’d do if you got a stain on your clothes. I’d…
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4:33 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Ultimate Fighter… of Stains?
From A to Zucchini, learn how to get anything out!Continue reading on Medium »
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1:34 PM | You can’t get rid of black holes that easily
I’m occasionally faced with a conundrum as a science writer with a research background. When someone writes a paper making a suspicious claim, it’s never enough for me to just reject it and move on: I need to know why it’s wrong. Sure, some are easy, but those are mostly the ones people send me […]
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12:57 PM | Si allarga la scienza all’Università Ca’ Foscari
L’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia trasferisce la scienza dall’estremità occidentale della città dei dogi alla terraferma. Il nuovo Campus Scientifico dell’ateneo, inaugurato oggi e operativo da lunedì 29 settembre, sorge infatti a Mestre, vicino alla stazione ferroviaria di Porto Marghera. Con i suoi 24.000 metri quadri di estensione, è una delle più grandi costruzioni universitarie pubbliche mai realizzate in Italia, costata 69 […]
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