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April 20, 2015

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9:00 PM | Hubble at 25: What's Next for the Space Telescope?
Underpinning tributes this week marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch is the knowledge that the orbiting observatory has years of cutting edge science projects ahead.
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8:45 PM | Accelerating Universe ? — Not so Fast
Maybe the rush to embrace an Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy was a bit too hasty. New analysis shows that the rulers used to measure Supernova 1A brightness curves were unknowingly measuring two different types of Supernova 1As (1) with … Continue reading →
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8:08 PM | What Color Does the Internet Think Pluto Is?
Astronomers have known for a long time that Pluto’s surface is reddish, so where did the common idea that Pluto is blue come from?
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7:44 PM | The Lives of the Longest Lived Stars
Heavy stars live like rock stars: they live fast, become big, and die young. Low mass stars, on the other hand, are more persistent, and live longer. Fusing hydrogen slow and steady wins the stellar age-race.
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5:00 PM | Mysterious 'Cold Spot': Fingerprint of Largest Structure in the Universe?
An explanation of the CMB Cold Spot may have been found and it could be caused by the biggest structure in the known universe.
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1:36 PM | Nasa: “Saremo noi i primi a sbarcare su Marte”
Presentando la richiesta di budget per il 2016, il direttore della Nasa ha assicurato al parlamento americano che l’agenzia sarà la prima a mandare una missione su Marte, nel 2030
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12:47 PM | Mostly Mute Monday: Space turns green on 4/20 (Synopsis)
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” -Carl Sagan The Universe is filled with a wide variety of stars, planets, galaxies and other optical phenomenon. Despite the fact…
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12:47 PM | Mostly Mute Monday: Space turns green on 4/20
What sort of greenery are these galaxies smoking?Continue reading on Medium »
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12:27 PM | Hiv: sei questioni cui prestare attenzione
Jay Levy, uno dei primi ricercatori a isolare il virus, ricorda quali sono i punti su cui la lotta all’Hiv ha ancora bisogno di concentrarsi
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12:19 PM | astro anecdotes
there are all sorts of astronomy folklore stories passed down through generations of astronomers.did you know that the 107'' telescope at McDonald observatory has bullet holes in the primary mirror? Six bullet holes in the primary mirror of the 2.7m telescope at McDonald Observatory. Photo credit: McDonald Observatory.I used to observe with that telescope all the time during my PhD and it was always fun to walk down the solid tube to see the "damage" up close.   the six holes only block 1% […]
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11:00 AM | BA Video: An Electrifying Volcano
In the Mexican state of Colima there lies an active volcano. Actually, Mexico is lousy with volcanoes, but this one has been doing more than its share of rumbling and grumbling lately. Photographer César Cantú went to the Colima volcano to photograph it recently, and what he got was way more than he hoped for: huge lightning discharges blasting through the ash cloud! This type of event is well-known, but not terribly well-understood. I do love a scientific mystery, which is why […]
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8:41 AM | Quanto sono utili le “Giornate mondiali”?
Due ricercatori americani hanno valutato i dati esistenti sull’efficacia delle giornate dedicate alla lotta contro e a specifiche patologie, dimostrando che le informazioni al riguardo sono estremamente carenti
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8:00 AM | Double Play: How the Yankees Ruined My Feng Shui
I don’t make decisions easily. When it comes to home décor, I can revisit a rug or bedspread five times before dismissing or buying it, usually with remorse one way or the other. Online shopping makes it worse. Oh, the hours I’ve spent toggling between web pages, Googling in search of a better price, rethinking […]
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8:00 AM | Are electric cars green or black?
The many advantages of the electric car explained.
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8:00 AM | Healing a battle-scarred mind
The immune system may be responsible for post traumatic stress disorder.
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8:00 AM | Favourites from the news blog
A selection of stories from our daily blog.
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8:00 AM | A love letter to a possible future
Drew Turney reviews Planetary.
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8:00 AM | The search for planets beyond Pluto
Scientists believe undiscovered planets exist on the edge of our Solar System.
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8:00 AM | Are gut bacteria manipulating your mood?
Intestinal bacteria can boost production of the happy brain chemical, serotonin.
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8:00 AM | Invisible mending for the human body
Burns could one day be treated with sheets of nanoneedles.
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7:39 AM | Retinite: a che punto siamo con il “collirio della Montalcini”?
Lo abbiamo chiesto a Eugenio Aringhieri, CEO del Gruppo Dompé, l'azienda che sta portando avanti le sperimentazioni su un farmaco a base del Nerve Growth Factor ricombinante umano
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7:00 AM | Sol 959-961: Daughter of the Sun
by Ryan Anderson The short drive on sol 958 was a success, placing us at the top of a small ridge, facing an outcrop dubbed “Daughter of the Sun”. The plan for sol 959 is to do some ChemCam and Mastcam of targets “Gold” and “Espinoza”, followed by several Mastcam mosaics. The biggest mosaic will be a 26×2 stereo mosaic looking toward Logan Pass. We also have a 7×3 stereo …
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4:00 AM | La cosmologia nel 21° secolo
Come è nato l’Universo? Qual è la causa della sua espansione accelerata? Che cos’è la materia scura? Queste sono solo alcune delle grandi domande a cui fisici e astronomi stanno tentando di dare una risposta grazie all’ausilio di strumenti sempre più avanzati. In questo video, che fa parte di una serie di seminari pubblici organizzati … Continue reading La cosmologia nel 21° secolo →

April 19, 2015

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8:57 PM | Weekend Diversion: Zooming Into A Fractal (Synopsis)
“Exploring this set I certainly never had the feeling of invention. I never had the feeling that my imagination was rich enough to invent all those extraordinary things on discovering them. They were there, even though nobody had seen them before. It’s marvelous, a very simple formula explains all these very complicated things. So the…
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8:56 PM | Weekend Diversion: Zooming Into A Fractal
Just open your eyes, full-screen it, and watch.Continue reading on Medium »
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4:00 PM | Aloha! Come to Science Luau 2015!
Update, April 19, 2015, at 23:50 UTC: Well, that was fast: We sold out. However, we have a waiting list, so if you want to go, please sign up! You never know. On Sept. 14–20, come to Hawaii to soak up some science at Science Luau 2015! I’m pretty excited about this. My wife, Marcella, and I run a company called Science Getaways, where we take normal vacations and make them awesome by adding science. We’ve had many awesome trips over the past few years, and we decided […]
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2:33 PM | Astronomy Photo of the Day — MS0735.6+7421
Meet MS0735.6+7421: a galaxy cluster located at a distance of 2.6 billion light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Camelopardalis. Like all clusters, MS0735.6+7421 (we’ll call it MS0735 for short) is a loose collection of galaxies that are held together by the force of gravity. via Astronomy Photo of the Day — MS0735.6+7421.
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1:28 PM | Video: How do black holes evaporate?
Nothing lasts forever, not even black holes. According to Stephen Hawking, black holes will evaporate over vast periods of time. But how, exactly, does this happen? The actor Stephen Hawking is best known for his cameo appearances in Futurama and Star Trek, you might surprised to learn that he’s also a theoretical astrophysicist. Is there […]
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6:03 AM | Cosmic Queries: LightSail with Bill Nye
In May 2015, the Planetary Society will launch its first LightSail spacecraft for a “shakedown cruise” in Earth orbit. So who better to answer fan questions about the program than their CEO, Bill Nye, and comic co-host Chuck Nice?

April 18, 2015

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6:30 PM | 12° INTEGRAL BART Workshop
IBWS 2015 is 12th in the series of successful workshops dedicated to high energy astrophysics and supporting ground-based experiments (e.g. robotic telescopes). The workshop will be held in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic, April 20 – 24 2015. The workshop will include Small satellite day with the objective to bring together scientific experimenters and payload providers with … Continue reading 12° INTEGRAL BART Workshop →
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