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October 25, 2014

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11:02 AM | Ambition
The European Space Agency partnered with Platige Image to create this video, and it's stunning. Stunning. Make it full screen, and watch. Well, well. Not what you expected, was it? That was magnificent, and it shows in video form just what I feel every time we send a new probe into the black. We didn't make these worlds, but we will explore them.
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 20-24, 2014 In his third post, Colin Norman faces a daunting prospect: heart surgery. “The operation isn’t as simple as snipping out the piece of aorta that includes the aneurysm and sewing in the Dacron tube. Because my aneurysm is right at the root of the aorta, the surgery would involve the left ventricle […]

October 24, 2014

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10:36 PM | Sorry Rosetta, Your Comet Stinks
To the surprise of scientists studying data from the European Rosetta mission, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is venting chemicals associated with the smell of rotten eggs, urine, alcohol, bitter almonds and vinegar. Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | How To Select A Trademark.
What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination , used to identify and distinguish the goods or services of one trademark owner from those of another. Contrary to what many believe there is no protection for a mark just because you were the first … Continue reading →
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7:03 PM | Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light
A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.
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6:48 PM | How the Comet with the Funny Name Became a Globe-Trotting Internet Meme
I consider the Rosetta spacecraft one of the most exciting space voyagers in years. It is the first probe to orbit a comet, returning images of unprecedented richness. On November 12 it will place a lander on the comet’s surface, another exploratory breakthrough. Rosetta’s target, Comet 67P (its mouthy full name is Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) is […]The post How the Comet with the Funny Name Became a Globe-Trotting Internet Meme appeared first on Out There.
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6:33 PM | 'Ambition' Beautifully Blends Science, Art and Fantasy: Video
A stunning short film about dogged determination and ambition that can help humanity achieve anything. Continue reading →
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5:25 PM | Powerful Solar Eruptions Caused by Huge Magnetic 'Ropes'
Eruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports — a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts that can wreak havoc on Earth.
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4:24 PM | DNews: Does a Super Sunspot Have Earth's Name on It?
Julian gives a primer on sunspots -- what causes them, how often they happen, and most importantly: whether or not an enormous one is set to fire straight at Earth.
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4:00 PM | And So It Begins…Nightfall Has Arrived.
Once again, I am making my pilgrimage to astronomical nirvana by attending Nightfall.  This year’s event is going to be a show stopper.  Not only is there the usual advanced courses available, this year there is a another complete track for not-so-advanced astronomers. Also, our sponsor, Woodland Hills Telescope will also have astronomical goods on … Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | A Verona, un arcobaleno al chiaro di luna
Un arcobaleno si staglia nel cielo di Verona sotto una luminosa luna piena. Effetto Photoshop? No, l’immagine è autentica, merito del sapiente scatto della fotografa Alessandra Piasecka che ha avuto la fortuna di imbattersi nel raro fenomeno di un moonbow e la capacità di fissarne i colori altrimenti poco visibili all’occhio umano. “Il cielo particolarmente buio, la luna piena, la presenza di umidità portata dalle nubi, il lungo tempo di esposizione dello […]
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3:04 PM | Si torna all'ora solare
Probabilmente, più che l’equinozio d’autunno, è questo il vero spartiacque tra estate e inverno. È arrivato il momento di tornare all’ora solare, riportando indietro di un’ora le lancette degli orologi: come di consueto, l’appuntamento è fissato per le 3 del mattino della notte tra sabato 25 e domenica 26 ottobre, così come stabilito dalla direttiva 2000/84/Ce del Parlamento Europeo e del consiglio del 19 gennaio 2001. Buona […]
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2:49 PM | Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites?
Is complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:07 PM | Clima, l'accordo europeo per tagliare le emissioni
Ridurre del 40% delle emissioni di CO2 rispetto al 1990, aumentare fino al 27% l'utilizzo di fonti rinnovabili nel totale del mix energetico, e portare l'efficienza energetica almeno al 27% entro il 2030. Sono questi, in estrema sintesi, i punti dell'accordo su clima ed energia raggiunto a Bruxelles dai leader dei 28 paesi membri dell'Ue. Perhé l'accordo dell'Ue sia così importante lo spiega in questo video Matteo Di Castelnuovo, direttore del Master in Green […]
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1:40 PM | Hurricane Sandy restoration saves shorebirds, ‘living fossils’ they rely on
When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast two years ago, it threatened the survival of a 400-million-year-old crab species and about a million shorebirds that rely on the crabs’ eggs for nourishment during long migrations. Retreating storm waters took with them 60 to 90 centimeters (two to three feet) of sand from the Delaware Bay beaches where horseshoe crabs lay eggs and left behind piles of debris, destroying 70 percent of the crab’s prime nesting zones in the area.
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1:25 PM | Simonetta Di Pippo al Collegio nuovo di Pavia
READY FOR BOARD, NELLO SPAZIO Incontro con Simonetta di Pippo, Direttore – Ufficio per gli Affari dello Spazio Extra-Atmosferico delle Nazioni Unite (UNOOSA), Vienna, Presidente e Co-Fondatrice Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA‐E) Condotto da Giovanni Bignami, Presidente del Comitato Mondiale perla Ricerca Spaziale e dell’Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Accademico dei Lincei – Docente IUSS, Pavia «Facendo un bilancio, direi che mi sono […]
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11:21 AM | Hubble spots Comet Siding Spring flying past Mars
Comet Siding Spring makes near miss of Mars in this image form the Hubble Space Telescope. Click to enlarge! Image Credit: NASA, ESA, PSI, JHU/APL, STScI/AURA Last Sunday the comet C/2013 A1  Siding Spring flew past Mars at a distance of just 140 thousand kilometers, or one third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It's the closest we've ever seen a comet get to a rocky planet- so close, in fact, that initial observations suggested it might even hit.Data and observations […]
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11:00 AM | Gallery: The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 2014
Yesterday was the last solar eclipse the US will see until August 2017. This was a partial eclipse, so the Sun wasn’t completely blocked by the Moon, but it was still a lot of fun. Judging by my Facebook and Twitter feeds, a lot of folks watched this eclipse and took pictures. I was out on my porch taking shots, too – well over a hundred, though only a few came out. Some people had far better circumstances than I did, though. I asked for them to send me pictures, and I got a lot! […]
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10:43 AM | Il super-microscopio da Nobel
Lui è Eric Betzig, neolaureato Nobel per la Chimica. Ma, dopo il successo della microscopia a fluoresencenza, è tutt’altro che sazio: la sua ultima creazione si chiama lattice light sheet microscope (traducibile più o meno come microscopio a fogli di luce reticolari) ed è un potentissimo strumento di imaging che promette grandi passi avanti nel campo della microscopia ottica. La nuova tecnologia, descritta […]
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8:27 AM | Olio d'oliva contro il cancro del colon
 L'olio d'oliva fa bene, e in Italia lo sappiamo da secoli. Oggi però, sappiamo qualcosa di più sui meccanismi che rendono capace di prevenire alcune importanti patologie oncologiche. Uno studio condotto da Mauro Maccarrone, professore di Biochimica dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, e da Claudio D’Addario, ricercatore in Biologia Molecolare presso l’Università degli Studi di Teramo, ha rivelato infatti l'azione molecolare grazie al […]
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8:00 AM | Conversation with Sharon & Geoff: Starship Fusion
Last week, Lockheed announced it had a small team working on what it calls a Compact Fusion Reactor.  Fusion happens when two atomic nuclei fuse; it’s the opposite of fission that’s used in nuclear plants today, and it can produce enormous amounts of energy. The fuel for fusion is cheap and plentiful; a small fusion […]
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7:37 AM | Genova, al via il Festival della Scienza
Anche quest’anno, giunto alla dodicesima edizione, il Festival della Scienza di Genova è pronto a ripartire. La città, dal 24 ottobre, intratterrà il pubblico fino al 2 novembre con spettacoli, mostre, laboratori e conferenze dedicate al tema del Tempo (ma non solo, con interventi sull'alimentazione, laa genetica e l’ecologia). Spazio quindi al tempo misurato con gli astri nell'appuntamento col divulgatore scientifico Pietro Planezio, a quello della materia […]
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4:00 AM | POLARBEAR misura i modi-B del ‘lensing’ gravitazionale
Un gruppo internazionale di fisici hanno misurato un ‘segnale caratteristico’ nella polarizzazione della radiazione cosmica di fondo (Cosmic Microwave Background, CMB) che potrà permettere di mappare la struttura su grande scala dell’Universo, determinare la massa del neutrino e magari di svelare alcuni misteri legati alle enigmatiche materia scura ed energia scura. In un articolo pubblicato sulla […]
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12:54 AM | Method Could Rid Spacecraft of Tough Microbial Cling-Ons
Imagine looking for life on Mars and turning up a hardy microbe that bears a striking resemblance to the E. coli bacteria we know and love. Where the heck did that come from? Well, erm, bad news alien-hunters, that little … Continue reading →
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12:31 AM | GSA 2014: The puzzle of Gale crater's basaltic sedimentary rocks
At the Geological Society of America conference this week, Curiosity scientists dug into the geology of Gale crater and shared puzzling results about the nature of the rocks that the rover has found there.
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12:05 AM | Throwback Thursday: The Bad Math of the Biggest Loser (Synopsis)
“Our external environment no longer seems to have any firm boundaries, any limits, or any positive cues about when to stop consuming anything. I mean, there is a reason that people get fat — it’s easy and cheap to get high-calorie, tasty food.” -Bob Harper There are plenty of good things we can all do to get…
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12:04 AM | Throwback Thursday: The Bad Math of the Biggest Loser
How the show most likely isn’t sending home the right people every week.Continue reading on Medium »

October 23, 2014

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10:00 PM | DRAFT: d
What Is A Markman Hearing? http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/court-denies-summary-judgment-motion-as-27635/   How Can I Help? If you, or someone you know, need help with any Intellectual Property issue, from filing a patent, trademark or copyright, or just advice regarding how best to protect your ideas and your brand, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at nvantreeck@kb-ip.com … Continue reading →
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9:30 PM | Unlocking The Other Senses of Space
These days it’s no surprise to come across a gallery of amazing astronomy images. The Hubble Space Telescope, the other NASA great observatories and space probes, the European Space Agency and European Southern Observatory, and many, many dedicated amateurs (among other sources) provide a steady flow of visual riches. Mind-boggling beauty shows up every day; […]The post Unlocking The Other Senses of Space appeared first on Out There.
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6:41 PM | Flare Alert: Monster Sunspot Turns Toward Earth
Just as the US prepares to watch the partial solar eclipse today, nearly 100 million miles away on the sun a possible solar storm is brewing. Continue reading →
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