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February 23, 2015

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6:05 AM | Why silicon computers rule
Don't believe reports that the silicon chip will soon be outdated.
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6:05 AM | Chimps learn to grunt with a Scottish 'accent'
Dutch chimpanzees learn to fit in with the locals.
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6:05 AM | From the vault: Let's talk about sex
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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6:05 AM | The smallest sculptures ever made
There is nothing small about this scientific feat of art.
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6:05 AM | Space travel is bad for your health
How to mind our immune system on the way to Mars.
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6:05 AM | Printed solar cells poised for a breakthrough
Research into alternatives to silicon solar cells is making rapid progress.
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6:05 AM | Inspiration for colonists of Mars
This novel could serve as a NASA recruiting tool.
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4:00 AM | NASA, prossima fermata Europa
Ora è ufficiale. Il budget richiesto dalla NASA per il 2016 include 30 milioni di dollari per una missione dedicata alla luna ghiacciata di Giove che viene considerata uno dei luoghi migliori del Sistema Solare per la ricerca di vita aliena. Europa è stata da sempre una tentazione per gli scienziati planetari, sin dalla metà degli … Continue reading NASA, prossima fermata Europa →

February 22, 2015

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10:09 PM | Weekend Diversion: Bubbles on Ice (Synopsis)
“The only frozen heart around here is yours.” -Anna, to Hans, from Frozen When something’s difficult, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s beautiful. Have a listen to Eilen Jewell‘s haunting and memorable song, Fourth Degree. Next, before you curse the bitter cold yet again, particularly those of you suffering from far below average temperatures, consider…
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10:08 PM | Weekend Diversion: Bubbles on Ice
Amazing, fun and beautiful. So long as the cold doesn’t bother you, anyway.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:30 PM | Conspiracy Revealed: The Simpsons Has Been Lying to You
I’ve been a fan of The Simpsons for a long time. Obviously. So when I heard that SpaceX’s head guy Elon Musk was guest-starring on the show, I hoped it would be a good episode. And it was! As I watched I marveled at how funny the show was even after all these decades, and laughed quite a bit as the story unfolded. … until a scene came up that chilled me to the bone. I was so shocked that I had to rewind and watch it again, then freeze frame it to make sure I wasn’t […]
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9:33 AM | Un anello italiano a prova di spia
Intervista a Daniele Bajoni, coordinatore del gruppo di ricercatori che ha realizzato un dispositivo per rendere più sicure le nostre comunicazioni online
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12:45 AM | Cosmic Queries: Star Trek
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord as they boldly go where no one has gone before: answering fan questions about “Star Trek,” from transporter beams and warp drives to Klingons and the Borg.

February 21, 2015

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9:56 PM | The Hills Have Ice... on Mars, That Is
If observations made by ESA's Mars Express are indicative of similar processes seen on Earth, these ancient Martian hills may also hide hidden deposits of ice.
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6:30 PM | Fiery, Dusty Sky Map (Astronasty Pic o' the Day)
You know how a paper map of the Earth handles mapping the whole 3d sphere?  This shape shown below covers the whole of our view of the sky.Max Planck puts out some amazing sky maps, like this that they released recently ofPolarized Dust"Our Milky Way galaxy is ablaze with dust..."Image Credit:ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech-----Share this specific url. ShareSpread the Love ------
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3:22 PM | Comments of the Week #49: from the Big Bang to a bottomless pit
“In this land of ours, there are many great pits. But none more bottomless than the bottomless pit. Which, as you can see here, is bottomless.” -Grunkle Stan, Gravity Falls After another week of fun-filled stories about the Universe here at Starts With A Bang, it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve said,…
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1:53 PM | The Last Word
February 16 – 20 Helen:  “Why, 18 degrees isn’t bad, I thought to myself. All you need is…I did some math in my head and realized I was wearing about $350 worth of specialized clothing, while occasionally passing some poor soul hunched down in a hooded sweatshirt.” Cameron reduxed, updated: “I must confess now that, […]
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12:30 PM | Stars of Reality
Y’know, it’s easy to make fun of celebrities who endorse ridiculous nonsense. Certainly Jenny McCarthy has earned the wrath she’s received over vaccines, and Rob Schneider says things that make McCarthy look like an icon of reason. Even Bill Maher, praised on many topics by critical thinkers, says things about vaccinations that make me cringe. But I think it’s just as important to praise celebrities when they do the right thing. I’m a big fan of Amanda Peet, who is […]
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9:45 AM | La balena della Groenlandia, campionessa di canto
Scoperti dodici nuovi canti emessi dalla balena della Groenlandia. Si conferma così il cetaceo con il repertorio canoro più ampio
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6:00 AM | Worlds Suited for Biology
A long-anticipated interdisciplinary field of science is now exploding on the scene: Astrobiology. Are habitable planets common in the universe? What properties of a planet are necessary for chemical reactions to create replicating molecules such as DNA, to spawn biology and support long-term evolution?   The NASA Kepler Mission has discovered hundreds of Earth-size planets in … Continue reading Worlds Suited for Biology →
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5:00 AM | Physics of Exoplanets: From Earth-sized to Mini-Neptunes
This conference will address the science of planetary interiors by combining recent observations of exoplanets, advances in planetary orbital dynamics, and discoveries in experimental and theoretical high pressure science. An emphasis will be placed on planets with radii up to 2.5 times that of the Earth.This conference is intended to synthesize recent advances from astrophysics … Continue reading Physics of Exoplanets: From Earth-sized to Mini-Neptunes →
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4:00 AM | Baryons at low density: stellar halos around galaxies
Stellar halos are ubiquitous in luminous galaxies, but because of their faint surface brightness the detailed study of their physical properties has been difficult and, until recently, confined largely to the Milky Way (MW) and Andromeda. Since the advent of large cameras and surveys, both from ground and space, our knowledge of stellar halos is … Continue reading Baryons at low density: stellar halos around galaxies →
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12:59 AM | Curiosity update, sols 864-895: Drilling at Pink Cliffs
Curiosity's second drilling campaign at the foot of Mount Sharp is complete. The rover spent about a month near Pink Cliffs, an area at the base of the Pahrump Hills outcrop, drilling and documenting a site named Mojave, where lighter-colored crystals were scattered through a very fine-grained rock.
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12:00 AM | 'Firefly' Starship to Blaze a Trail to Alpha Centauri?
The Icarus Interstellar 'Firefly' starship concept could use novel nuclear fusion techniques to power its way to Alpha Centauri within 100 years (guest article)

February 20, 2015

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8:26 PM | Ask Ethan #76: The very early Universe (Synopsis)
“It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind.” -Albert Einstein In physics, we’re always on that quest for the next frontier: the next order of magnitude higher in energy, the next order of magnitude closer…
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8:26 PM | Ask Ethan #76: The very early Universe
What happened when things were hot enough to spontaneously create matter and antimatter?Continue reading on Medium »
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7:11 PM | Hubble Watches Massive Exoplanet Stir Stellar Dust
By watching how an exoplanet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris interacts with circumstellar dust, astronomers are beginning to understand how to look for the dusty fingerprints of hidden alien worlds. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Beautifully Processed Sunspot (Astronasty Pic o' the Day)
Awesome processing on this sunspot. "a speckle reconstruction based on 25 images selected from a burst of 50 at an exposure time of 20 ms. The filter is a Fabry-Perot with a bandpass of 0.08A and the camera is a PCOedge 2kx2k"Credit:Big Bear Solar Observatory, NJ Institute of Technology, USA. Found via Spaceweather: Extra processing - Gabriel CorbanWant More Awesome Sunspot Images and Articles? Let Me Google That For You :)-----Share this specific url. ShareSpread the Love ------
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5:36 PM | Pluto, Unphased
On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto, passing the surface by just a little over 12,000 kilometers.* This will be the first time in history we’ll have seen the little world and its moons close up, and I’ll be honest, the excitement is building. A couple of weeks ago, the probe’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager took a series of snapshots of Pluto and its big moon Charon, spanning about a week: the amount of time it takes the two to orbit each other. […]
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5:24 PM | How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?
A tour of the expanding, observable Universe… and what lies beyond.Continue reading on Medium »
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