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July 20, 2014

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6:00 PM | Moon Landing: Rarely Seen Photos Inside Apollo 11
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. 45 Years after this historic day, we take a look through archived NASA photos that aren't so commonly seen online.
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5:44 PM | Weekend Diversion: But will it Bea Art(hur)? (Synopsis)
“I’m not playing a role. I’m being myself, whatever the hell that is.” -Bea Arthur It isn’t often that someone becomes both a legend and an inspiration simply by being themselves, and it’s even rarer in the world of entertainment if that person doesn’t just happen to be stunningly beautiful-or-handsome as well. But a certain…
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5:04 PM | Mapping Mars at night
Sometimes to get the best map of Mars, you need to take your photos at night. Admittedly, those photos are infrared, and the map isn’t your typical planetary atlas. Instead, researchers assembled more than 20,000 photos taken from orbit during the Martian night to find out how different parts of the planet surface retain heat […]
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3:07 PM | Ricerca sul campo: alto rischio di molestie per le donne
La ricerca sul campo è un momento fondamentale nel lavoro di uno scienziato. Un’occasione per fare nuove scoperte, testare le proprie ipotesi e mettere in pratica le conoscenze acquisite in anni di studio. Troppo spesso, però, l’esperienza può trasformarsi in un autentico incubo. Una recente indagine pubblicata sulla rivista Plos One dimostra infatti che comportamenti equivoci, molestie e vere e proprie aggressioni sessuali sono pericoli fin troppo comuni nel […]
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1:00 PM | DNews: Voyager 1 Not Even CLOSE to Leaving Solar System
We often hear that the Voyager 1 space probe has left the planetary building, or more specifically left the solar system. But Ian O'Neill tells us the plucky old probe has a long, long, LONG way to go for that to happen.
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12:46 PM | The Silent Centennial of Space Exploration
Noisy revolutions often emerge from quiet beginnings. So it was with the revolution of the Space Age. Forty five years ago today, a Saturn V rocket roared off from Cape Kennedy and carried the first humans to the moon; Buzz Aldrin and many others are marking the anniversary with live and virtual reminiscences (NASA has […]The post The Silent Centennial of Space Exploration appeared first on Out There.
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12:00 PM | July 20th: Meteor Hunters
Podcaster: Pamela Quevillon, Nicole Gugliucci, Greg Sivakoff
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11:00 AM | From the Earth to the Moon to the Earth
Forty-five years ago today—and for the first time in human history—human beings set foot upon another world. It was one of the proudest moments in America’s history, arguably the proudest. Despite being initially motivated by small-minded territoriality, it ironically brought our planet together, with people all over the world watching breathlessly as Neil Armstrong placed his boot on the desolate surface of the Moon. Every year on this anniversary I reflect a bit on what […]
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1:41 AM | Ask Ethan #46: What is a Quantum Observation? (Synopsis)
“You can observe a lot by just watching.” -Yogi Berra Sure, the quantum Universe is a little bit spooky. Things that we’re used to being “determined” here in the macroscopic world, like where a particle will end up if you throw it, aren’t so simple if we head on down to subatomic scales. While you…

July 19, 2014

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7:56 PM | StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM (Part 1)
Delve into the human brain when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman host The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, Dr. Heather Berlin, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Bill Nye at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Read more and listen to the full show: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/startalk-live-big-brains-at-bam-part-1/
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7:27 PM | A billion-year monument
More than four and a half thousand years ago, a square was marked in the desert a few kilometers west of the river Nile.  It was a blueprint, writ large, for the construction of what would become mankind’s most enduring achievement.  For the next twenty years, large stone blocks would be hauled into place, one every five minutes, day or night.  Six million tons of stone later, the greatest of the pyramids was complete.  (Image […]
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7:08 PM | Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning
Several announcements for proposed missions to Mars and on the planning for a NASA return to Europa that highlight the contrasts in planning missions for these two high priority destinations.
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7:00 PM | Latest News from the Universe: LambdaWDM, CMB,Warm Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Neutrinos and Sterile Neutrinos
The new concordance model in agreement with observations: ΛWDM (Lambda-dark energy- Warm Dark Matter). Recently, Warm (keV scale) Dark Matter emerged impressively over CDM (Cold Dark Matter) as the leading Dark Matter candidate. Astronomical evidence that Cold Dark Matter (LambdaCDM) and its proposed tailored baryonic cures do not work at galactic and small scales is staggering. […]
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4:00 PM | IAU 311: Galaxy Masses as Constraints of Formation Models
In the era of precision cosmology, we think we can accurately predict the distribution of dark matter in the Universe. However the impact of baryonic physics is still largely unknown and our understanding of galaxy formation must rely on observations. A key advance in recent years has been the ability to enrich studies of the […]
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1:18 PM | The Last Word
July 14 – 18, 2014 First we domesticated our pets, says guest David Grimm, and then over a long, long period of time, they civilized us.  For which, thank goodness. Christie had a friend who was dying.  In the meantime, how should he stay alive?  Nice answer: by inviting friends over for a Colorado summer […]
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1:00 PM | Sagan Summer Workshop 2014
The 2014 Sagan Summer Workshop will be held on the campus of Caltech from July 21-25, 2014. The workshop will explore current techniques and technology used to detect and image exoplanets and debris disks, as well as the underlying science driving the modeling of exoplanetary atmospheres and disk structure. A number of ground-based surveys are […]
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11:30 AM | July 19th: X-Rays Uncover a Black Hole Dancing With Normal Stars
Podcaster: Richard Drumm
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11:30 AM | Cruisin’ Over the Bahamas
I just got back from travel, and now I'm deep into planning my panels for San Diego Comic-Con next week, so at the moment I'm enjoying a slow, broiling panic. But I couldn't pass up the chance to post this breathtaking picture of the ocean around the Bahamas taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station as it sailed over on July 15, 2014:* Yegads. You very much want to embiggen that. The bright lights to the upper left outline Florida (the long glow is from Miami), and you can trace […]
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9:25 AM | Apollo 11, 45 anni fa sulla Luna
Quel 24 luglio 1969 il cerchio si chiudeva. Ad aprirlo era stato sette anni prima l’allora presidente degli Stati uniti d’America, John F. Kennedy, quando alla Rice University proclamò ILdiscorso. Quello col quale prometteva al suo popolo la Luna.“Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna. Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna in questo decennio e di impegnarci anche in altre imprese, non perché sono semplici, ma perché sono ardite, […]
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9:00 AM | Alpine Cosmology Workshop 2014
The concept of the workshop is to combine a scientific part, in which each participant delivers a review on their topic with a group activity in which every participant is engaged. To this end we have selected to conduct the workshop at several huts located in the Alps, connected by hiking trails. Each day has […]
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4:00 AM | ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of AUSTRALIA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING 2014
The Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro)  is one of the largest and fastest growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia and is proud to host the ASM and the HWWS. 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the ACT of Parliament establishing Macquarie University, so the ASA 2014 will be the […]

July 18, 2014

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10:06 PM | New Horizons to take new photos of Pluto and Charon, beginning optical navigation campaign
Technically, Pluto science observations don't begin for New Horizons until 2015, but the spacecraft will take a series of photos of Pluto and Charon from July 20 to 27 as it begins the first of four optical navigation campaigns.
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10:03 PM | Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?
The idea that there are an infinite number of universes beyond our own is assumed impossible to prove or disprove -- but a new computer model might give us hints as to what evidence to look for. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Audio: Alien Conspiracy Panel at CONvergence 2014
A few weeks ago, I had an amazing time at CONvergence, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Minneapolis, MN. It has also become the home con of a smaller, sort of embedded con, SkepchickCon. As an occasionally elapsed but…Read more →
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6:54 PM | Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa
A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.
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6:48 PM | “How Can You Talk About Space Exploration at a Time Like This?”
That is the question that a colleague of mine posed in response to the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza (not to mention Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Burma, and many other places that have been pushed out of the headlines in the hierarchy of bad news). In essence she was saying: “Time for some […]The post “How Can You Talk About Space Exploration at a Time Like This?” appeared first on Out There.
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6:30 PM | Sparks Fly as Curiosity Laser Blasts Mars Rock
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has set off some fireworks on the Red Planet with the zap-zap-zap of its high-tech space laser.
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5:11 PM | At Future Space, members of Congress discuss future of space legislation
On Thursday, the Future Space Leaders Foundation held Future Space 2014, a conference oriented primarily to students and young professionals to discuss “cross-cutting issues” in space. The event included talks by four members of House, who discussed a range of issues about civil, commercial, and military space policy. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), chairman of the [...]
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5:02 PM | A right old comet kerfuffle…
A European space enthusiast, children's author, and volunteer astronomy outreach worker asks for more images from Rosetta.
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4:44 PM | NASA Calls for Europa Mission Ideas
Europa hides an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust; NASA wants to seek out its life-giving potential. Continue reading →
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