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November 24, 2014

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7:19 PM | Tech10: Technology & Astronomy
Last week, Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, announced ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs as its 2014 Tech10 Award recipients. Our own Kimberly Arcand, a Rhode Island native, was recognized for work as the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Kim shared her thoughts on some important topics in science communication, which we include below. STEM The […]
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6:00 PM | NASA Releases 'Remastered' View of Enigmatic Europa
Just as George Lucas re-released his classic Star Wars trilogy in digitally remastered versions for a new audience, NASA has re-released a remastered view of one of their own space classics. Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | What is it about Mars?
Our Fascination Dates Back through History This Friday, November 28th, about 90,000 messages sent from the people of Earth will make their way to the planet Mars. They’re part of the “Beam Me to Mars” effort put together by Uwingu.com to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Mariner 4 mission in 1964. This spacecraft was the first […]
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5:00 PM | Chandra - 15 Years and Counting
Celebrating 15 years of science with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory: Chandra allows scientists from around the world to obtain X-ray images of exotic environments to help understand the structure and evolution of the universe.
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4:00 PM | Who Will Be The Next Great Exo-Planet Hunter?
Gaia of TESS?  Who will it be?   Although Gaia’s main mission isn’t to find exo-planets, the 3D imaging of billions of stars will have the side affect of finding exo-planets…a lot of exo-planets. But the contender, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft’s main mission is to the entire sky for exo-planets. The mission … Continue reading →
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3:28 PM | Le ‘increspature’ del Big Bang
In questo video, Brian Greene conduce una interessante discussione con alcuni rinomati fisici, del calibro di Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Paul Steinhardt, Amber Miller e John Kovac, sulle recenti scoperte che riguardano le eventuali “tracce” impresse nella radiazione fossile dall’inflazione cosmica (post), quel periodo di rapida espansione emerso subito dopo il Big Bang e che ha dato forma … Continue reading Le ‘increspature’ del Big Bang →
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3:25 PM | Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia
An object at rest stays at rest, and object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is inertia, defined famously by Isaac Newton in his First Law of Motion. Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: 8th Light and Swinburne Astronomy Online Astronomy Cast on G+ CosmoAcademy Donate […]
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3:23 PM | Black holes seem to know their place in the cosmic web
A study of 19 quasars — extremely bright black holes at the centers of galaxies — showed the matter swirling around them spins in accordance with where they reside. Galaxies form a vast network of clumps and filaments connecting them, the cosmic web known as the large-scale structure of the Universe. Researchers found that at […]
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3:21 PM | DNews: Pluto Getting Bigger in New Horizons Probe's Window
With a few brief exceptions, NASA's New Horizons probe has been asleep since 2006 while it zooms toward Pluto. But it's almost time for the craft to wake up and dial in on the former planet. Amy tells us what the plucky probe will be studying.
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2:13 PM | Svelare i segreti della materia al Large Hadron Collider
Circa due anni fa, i fisici di LHC che lavorano agli esperimenti ATLAS e CMS annunciarono la scoperta del bosone di Higgs (post). Ma qual è il suo ruolo di “ultimo tassello mancante” del modello standard della fisica delle particelle? Il grande collisore del CERN entrerà in funzione nella primavera del 2015 raddoppiando l’energia di collisione dei … Continue reading Svelare i segreti della materia al Large Hadron Collider →
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12:00 PM | California (Nebula) Dreamin’
Rogelio Bernal Andreo is an astrophotographer … but saying that is like calling a world-class chef a “cook.” Andreo is a master, one of those people who can tease photons out of the sky and then turn them into works of art that nearly defy description. For example, here is his mosaic of the sky showing two stunning objects: the California nebula, and the magnificent Pleiades star cluster: Holy. Haleakala. Yes, you really really want to download the fully embiggened version of […]
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9:00 AM | Cosmopomorphism
I’ve just finished a story about gas and galaxies.  You’re bored already, aren’t  you.  After I’d sent the editor a query about it, he took months to respond and then wanted several rewrites of the query; I think he was bored too.  If gas and galaxies are so boring, why did I want so much […]
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7:30 AM | New Crew Safely Arrives at International Space Station
Three new crewmembers arrived at the International Space Station late Sunday (Nov. 23), doubling the orbiting lab's population back up to its full six-person strength.
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7:00 AM | 'Nerd royalty' has the answer to your question
An eccentric take on some of physics' and technology's trickiest conundrums.
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7:00 AM | In the blog this week
Highlights from this week's news blog.
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7:00 AM | How the Large Hadron Collider captured our imaginations
Inside the world's biggest physics experiment.
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7:00 AM | Lab Talk: Graphene goes ballistic, Marine reserves to the rescue
Two researchers discuss recent papers that excited their interest.
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7:00 AM | Printing the future
Today’s 3D printers make Star Trek gadgets look tame.
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2:23 AM | Birds of New Guinea
All courtesy of a series of Tweets by Charlie Loyd (@vruba), retweeted by Ed Yong (@edyong209): NSB suspects that the biologists responsible for naming species in the region have basically spent the 20th century daring each other to use increasingly unlikely names. Perhaps even now there is a biologist somewhere daring a colleague to name a species as an "Undone Wingnut" or something. If so, I salute them with without reservation, for they have brought colour, and the Spangled Drongo, to my

November 23, 2014

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3:18 PM | Gagarin
I may watch something more entertaining today… but I doubt it. London based musical duo, Public Service Broadcasting, on Nov 19 released the video for the first single, titled Gagarin, from their upcoming second album, The Race For Space. A nod to the first man in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the video contains footage […]
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12:00 PM | Watch Today as Three More Humans Travel to Space
Update, Nov. 23, 2014, at 21:20 UTC: Eight and a half minutes after a textbook launch, and the Soyuz is in orbit and chasing down the space station. They'll rendezvous in about six hours. Apropos of the Twitter conversation I had with Samantha Cristoforetti (see below), here's a shot of her I grabbed from the NASA stream showing her using the Fing-Longer just after they achieved orbit.  Today (Nov. 23, 2014) at 21:01 UTC (16:01 Eastern), a Soyuz rocket is scheduled to launch from Baikonur, […]
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3:59 AM | Weekend Diversion: Make 2015 A Year In Space (Synopsis)
“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”  -W. Somerset Maugham There are so many things out there in this world to marvel at, that it’s important to remember to appreciate all that’s out…
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3:58 AM | Weekend Diversion: Make 2015 A Year In Space
The best 2015 calendar makes a great gift. And you can win one for free just for reading this blog!Continue reading on Medium »

November 22, 2014

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11:38 PM | Comments of the Week #36: The Nuclear Option
“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.” -Omar N. Bradley There are some words that, seemingly, you can’t utter without inflaming people’s passions in one way or another, and nuclear seems to fall squarely in…
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8:41 PM | Ask Ethan #63: The Birth of Space and Time (Synopsis)
“You can try to lie to yourself. You can try to tell yourself that you put in the time. But you know — and so do I.” -J.J. Watt Before there was the Universe we know and love today, there were many epochs and eras that came before, including one before there were galaxies and stars, one…
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8:41 PM | Ask Ethan #63: The Birth of Space and Time
If there’s something before the Big Bang, then what does that mean for the beginning of our Universe?Continue reading on Medium »
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6:21 PM | A new, enhanced view of Europa
The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. This is the color view of Europa from Galileo that shows the largest portion of the moon’s surface at the highest resolution. The view was previously released […]
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12:30 PM | The Art and Politics of an Icy Water World
Well, this is interesting: The folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SETI Institute have just released a remastered image of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and it’s breathtaking: That’s not even full-res; click it to see it in its splendor. Europa is 3120 km (1930 miles) in diameter, a hair smaller than our own Moon. Unlike our Moon, which is rock through and through, Europa has a rocky core covered with water. And by water, I mean liquid water, an undersurface ocean covered with […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word, November 17-21, 2014
A week with the winter coming, a week with some excellent words. Guest Colin Norman started the week with his final post in his thorough, smart, and elegant series, Affair of the Heart.  He’s been through the medical system and come out the other side, more or less intact, certainly better than when he went in.  Now, […]
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12:50 AM | Quick update about our website
The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content that we are still working on fixing.
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