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January 27, 2015

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9:54 PM | NASA Probe Gets Best Ever View of Dwarf Planet Ceres
A NASA spacecraft en-route to the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter returned its sharpest images yet of its target, the dwarf planet Ceres.
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6:56 PM | Has An Exomoon Been Found?
Intriguing data from an event in 2007 hints at an exomoon forming around a giant planet in a youthful star system 420 light years from Earth. Moons are a big deal. In our own solar system we’ve... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:43 PM | A second ringed centaur? Centaurs with rings could be common
Chiron, which is both a centaur and a comet, may also have rings.
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5:00 PM | Asteroid Flyby Yesterday.
Last night, asteroid asteroid 2004 BL86 passed about 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth. Nothing to worry about however, that distance is about three times farther away than the moon. (Earl Cabuhat/CBC) It will be the largest asteroid to pass this close to Earth until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies by in 2027. Although, it … Continue reading →
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4:41 PM | Astronomers Find Ancient Earth-Sized Planets in Our Galactic Backyard
Astronomers have announced what may be the most interesting exoplanet discovery yet made: five planets, all smaller than Earth, orbiting a very ancient star. And I do mean ancient: Its age is estimated to be more than 11 billion years old, far older than the Sun. These are old, old planets! There’s a lot going on here, as far as the science goes. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Here are the bullet points: The planets were found using the Kepler space telescope, which […]
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4:28 PM | Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'
Astronomers have found an ancient, more compact version of our solar system, which could have implications for the search of extraterrestrial life.
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3:29 PM | L’Iit non ha chiesto la gestione dei brevetti italiani
L’Istituto italiano di tecnologia non riuscirebbe a occuparsi di tutti i brevetti delle università, aveva chiesto altro al governo. Ecco cosa ci racconta il suo direttore scientifico
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3:08 PM | From Heaven to Earth (Synopsis)
If you want to know where you are on Earth, you use a GPS, you use other terrestrial landmarks to help determine your location, or you use some well-known objects in the sky. This will get you latitude easily, but how about longitude? While there are some tricky things you can do to help yourself…
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3:08 PM | From Heaven to Earth
How the moons of Jupiter can tell you exactly where on Earth you are.Continue reading on Medium »
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1:56 PM | Asteroid Plus-One
Asteroid 2004 BL86 Brings A Friend …and how cool is that?! According to a release from NASA, scientists working with the agency’s 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86…and the images show the asteroid has its own small moon. The asteroid, first discovered in 2004 […]
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1:29 PM | crash course in astronomy
for a great intro to all things astronomy, tune into this crash course youtube series about astronomy, hosted by my friend, the bad astronomer himself, phil plait.
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12:35 PM | Il segreto del paesaggio della Gioconda
Due ricercatrici italiane hanno identificato il paesaggio che fa da sfondo al famoso quadro di Leonardo. Ora stanno lavorando ad un nuovo libro, e abbiamo chiesto loro di raccontarci di cosa si tratta
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12:00 PM | Rosetta Catches a Comet’s Snowflakes on Its Tongue
I’ve seen a lot of stuff when it comes to space science and astronomy, and sure, I’m easily excited about it all … but still, it takes a lot to get me to boggle at something. So this is me, boggling: This photo below shows grains of comet dust caught on the fly by the Rosetta spacecraft! Yeah. That is very, very cool. To be more accurate, they’re the remains of comet dust caught on the fly by the Rosetta spacecraft. OK, let me explain. Comets are essentially dust, […]
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11:53 AM | WordPress Tips & Tutorials
This WordPress Tips & Tutorials article offers a few tips gained from a few years of experience with building and tuning WordPress websites. It also links to further articles for optimising WordPress,…
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11:47 AM | General Puzzles
A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the lift down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy…
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10:49 AM | VIDEO: l’asteroide 2004 BL86 e la sua luna
Le immagini scattate ieri durante il passaggio ravvicinato dell’asteroide hanno individuato la presenza anche di una luna, grande una settantina di metri
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10:38 AM | Stamina, Vannoni ha chiesto il patteggiamento
Il pm Guariniello ha dato il consenso per il patteggiamento proposto dai legali di Vannoni: un anno e dieci mesi a patto del ritiro del ricorso al Tar e la fine delle attività di Stamina
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9:00 AM | Hard Times in the Younger Dryas
This time last year, most of North America was buried in an unusual cold period. The jet stream had hemorrhaged in early January and the Polar Vortex that usually sits atop the hemisphere like a halo came pouring down. Known as the 2014 North American Cold Wave, temperatures plummeted, particularly in the Northeast and Upper […]
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8:38 AM | I neuroni che accendono e spengono la sete
Su Nature un team di ricercatori presenta i neuroni che sono coinvolti nella regolazione dello stimolo della sete. Ecco come li hanno individuati
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8:15 AM | Il pollice opponibile è più antico di quanto si credesse
L’Homo habilis potrebbe non essere stato il primo ominide a utilizzare utensili. Uno studio su Science suggerisce infatti che questa capacità sia comparsa quasi 800.000 anni prima, negli australopitechi
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4:00 AM | Due ‘nani’ al di là di Nettuno
Gli astronomi hanno speso decenni a discutere l’esistenza di qualche pianeta trans-plutoniano nel nostro Sistema Solare. Oggi, però, dopo una serie di simulazioni numeriche, gli scienziati hanno trovato degli indizi che punterebbero all’esistenza di almeno due pianeti nani ben nascosti al di là di Plutone la cui influenza gravitazionale influenzerebbe le orbite e la strana … Continue reading Due ‘nani’ al di là di Nettuno →
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12:49 AM | ‘Lazy’ pitcher plants catch more ants
Carnivorous plants lure more prey when they intermittently ‘switch off’ their traps.
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12:49 AM | 3D printing takes its lead from the pop-up book
Scientists are printing electronic circuits that spring up from a flat surface to form tiny 3D components.
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12:49 AM | Art inspires the magic Rubik's cube
The greatest and most popular puzzle of the 20th century began life as an artwork.
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12:49 AM | Could there be life in Titan's methane sea?
If life can exist in the oily seas of Saturn's largest moon, then perhaps we will find it all over the Universe.
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12:49 AM | Renewable jet fuel — not only green but orange-scented
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12:49 AM | Does rotten egg gas flow through the fountain of youth?
Hydrogen sulfide release may be the key to calorie-restricted diets.

January 26, 2015

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11:03 PM | Flyby Asteroid Has its Own Moon
NASA has released radar observations of the 325 meter-wide asteroid that flew safely past Earth today, but in those grainy observations, asteroid 2004 BL86 appears to have company -- a small moon.
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11:00 PM | Why Do You Want To Have a Patent Search Before Commissioning A Patent Application?
A patent search is often the first step in pursuing a patent, and its importance should not be overlooked. In order to patent an invention, it must be truly novel. The best way evaluate the originality of your idea is to conduct a thorough patent search. In addition to determining if someone else already has … Continue reading →
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10:16 PM | Monster Ring System Circles Giant Alien Planet
If you thought Saturn's ring system was impressive, spare a thought for the rings surrounding this giant exoplanet -- the rings of J1407b are so big that they eclipse the massive world's host star!
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