Erik Gerekink

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Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It's a New Kind of Meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently …

Paleontology

APOD: Galaxy Cove Vista Revisited (2014 Jun 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140629.html Explanation: To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perch above a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California, USA. And a camera was needed for the long exposure required to bring out the faint light from stars and nebulae in the background Milky Way galaxy. Moonlight illuminated the hidden beach and inlet behind nearby trees in the above composite image taken last month. Usually obscured McWay Falls is visible just below the image center, while the Pacific Ocean is in view to its right. The above image is a high-resolution sequel to a similar image that appeared last year. http://blog.deepskycolors.com/about.html http://www.deepskycolors.com/ http://www.facebook.com/DeepSkyColors Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140629 #APOD

The Time-Lapse Video Of Earth Blows All The Other Ones Away

Vincent Brady didn't turn to special effects to create his awe-inspiring video, "Planetary Panorama."<p>To capture the earth as a textured sphere of natural life, hurtling through space, Brady simply put two and two together. On his website, he recounts how in 2012 he was experimenting with panoramas …

Why older adults should aim for 8 hours of sleep - Futurity

A new study shows that there is an association between both quality and duration of sleep and brain function which changes with age.

5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Arizona and New Mexico

The moderately strong and shallow earthquake had its epicenter near Lordsburg, New Mexico, near the Arizona and New Mexico state line.<p>The U.S. …

Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

Summer night in Iowa

Lake Sugema, in southeast Iowa, was alive with insects chirping, bats flying, and bullfrogs croaking. Photo by Kevin Palmer.<p>Kevin Palmer wrote:<p>Lake …

Lab Scouse

All ports are connected, and Northern European ports are more closely connected than most. I was in Liverpool on Friday, and it reminds me a lot of Hamburg, where I spent several happy years working at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchroton (DESY). One of the speciality Hamburg dishes is labskaus, …

Animal Reef-Building May Have Evolved Way Earlier Than Scientists Thought

Animal reef-building evolved millions of years earlier than previously thought, researchers report today in Science1. Scientists have discovered fossils indicating that animal, or metazoan, reefs date to as far back as about 548 million years ago, some seven million years earlier than previously …