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APOD: Gliese 832c: The Closest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet (2014 Jul 09) Image Credit & Copyright: The Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo; Discovery: Robert A. Wittenmyer (UNSW Australia) et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140709.html Explanation: This planet is only 16 light years away -- could it harbor life? Recently discovered exoplanet Gliese 832c has been found in a close orbit around a star that is less bright than our Sun. An interesting coincidence, however, is that Gliese 832c receives just about the same average energy from its parent star as does the Earth. Since the planet was discovered only by a slight wobble in its parent star's motion, the above illustration is just an artistic guess of the planet's appearance -- much remains unknown about Gliese 832c's true mass, size, and atmosphere. If Gliese 832c has an atmosphere like Earth, it may be a super-Earth undergoing strong seasons but capable of supporting life. Alternatively, if Gliese 832c has a thick atmosphere like Venus, it may be a super-Venus and so unlikely to support life as we know it. The close 16-light year distance makes the Gliese 832 planetary system currently the nearest to Earth that could potentially support life. The proximity of the Gliese 832 system therefore lends itself to more detailed future examination and, in the most spectacularly optimistic scenario, actual communication -- were intelligent life found there. http://phl.upr.edu/phl-website-content-license http://phl.upra.edu http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/astro/people/postdoc_fellows.html#map http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/astro/ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014arXiv1406.5587W Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140709 #APOD

Do You Use Only 10% of Your Brain?

<i>We may be biased, but we think the human brain is pretty special. All this week, mentalfloss.com is celebrating this miracle organ with a heap of</i> …

Medical Journals

The Most Dangerous Politician In Latin America Wrote A Chilling Op-Ed About His Meeting With Hedge Funds

Little has been written about how it went, but based on the chilling op-ed Kicillof posted on President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's website on Tuesday, we can only imagine that things went badly.<p>What's your take?<p>"The vulture funds never wanted to come to the terms accepted by the vast majority …

The science and art of Facebook advertising: How to get it right

I’ve read a few articles lately (New York Times, Financial Review, NPR) about the misplacement of brand ads on Facebook and other social networks …

Step by step: Inside Keds’s girl-oriented social strategy

Keds, the almost century-old brand of canvas sneakers, has put on its big girl social media shoes and is — at long last — dashing ahead.<p>“Keds had …

Social Media

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …

7 Rules For Selling In A World That Has Enough Stuff

Author James Wallman says having too much stuff–or “stuffocation”–is the defining problem of our generation. Materialism is dead; experientialism is where it’s at. Here are seven ways that brands can meet this changing consumer tide.<p>There was a time when big was beautiful, more was better, and …

Minimalism

Shredded Beef Tacos for the Slow Cooker

By Christy Landry<p>Mexican food is one of my absolute favorite things to eat. It’s entirely possible that I have Mexican blood flowing through my veins drawing me toward anything with cheese, jalapeño peppers, avocados, sour cream, corn, cilantro and all of those things (plus a lot more) are found in …

Meet The Stars Of Vine: These Kids Have Millions Of Followers And Make Eye-Popping Amounts Of Money

All she has to do is press the re-Vine button to share a sponsor's video with her followers and an advertiser will cut her a large check.<p>Giraldo is a star on Vine, the Twitter-owned video platform that launched in January 2013. There, millions of people post 6-second clips and share them with the …

Dear Apple and Chipotle: It's Hard to Be Socially Responsible When You're Dead

Can we get real about corporate social responsibility (CSR), the idea that businesses shouldn’t just increase returns for shareholders but also …

Tim Cook

iPad DJ Launches Lightwave To Provide Wearable, Real-Time Analytics For Events

Wearables are being used by users to measure their activity and provide them with feedback that can help them improve their health. Today, a new startup called Lightwave is using wearable technology to provide analytics around live events for performers and artists.<p>The project was started by Rana …

How to Write a Winning Proposal

Advice from the world's top expert on writing sales proposals that will win you business.<p>Last month I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with Tom Sant, world's top expert on proposal writing. This post contains his update on proposal-writing trends, along with other guidance he's given …

Management

How Do I Brand My Business to Stand Out From The Competition?

Branding experts and most creative people in business Karl Heiselman and Maryam Banikarim give advice to a unique yoga business trying to find a way to tell its story.<p>Just because you love your business doesn’t mean it’s always easy to tell your company’s story to the world. Good branding is part …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

Employment

The Surprising Power of Impulse Control

Against the backdrop of a declining and temptation-filled Roman Empire, Augustine hesitantly prayed for impulse control: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”<p>More recently, against the backdrop of marshmallow tests and America’s “culture of entitlement and instant gratification,” Amy …

Why Is an App Worth as Much as a Small Oil Field?

Since Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, commentators have debated whether the app was worth it or not. What if I suggested that the best place to look for answers could be the shale oil fields of North Dakota?<p>While on the surface, the dirty business of fossil fuels is nothing like Silicon Valley, …

Letters From Charles Darwin

From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!<p><i>These letters originally appeared in the March 1903 issue of</i> Popular Science. <i>The "Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Charles Darwin" were compiled and edited by Darwin's son, Francis Darwin, and the British botanist Albert Charles Seward. Today would</i> …

Flaky, Buttery Cod Swimming Happily in a Sea of Tomato, White Wine, and Saffron

Gently simmering cod in an aromatic tomato-saffron broth will bring out its best flavor and texture.<p>Cod is a flexible fish, tough enough to stand up to frying but delicate enough to be poached. This recipe for Poached Cod with Tomato and Saffron caters to the fish's delicate side with a full spa …

Miso Butter: The Secret to Grilling Success

Miso butter—white miso mixed with butter—is the key to grilling everything from lamb and salmon to asparagus and onions<p>Basting is key to becoming an expert griller—up there with managing the heat of the coals and throwing a kitchen towel jauntily over a shoulder just so. My grill features V-shaped …

47 Meaty Super Bowl Snacks You'll Want on Game Day

From chicken wings to meatballs to fajitas, here are 47 satisfyingly meaty snacks for your Super Bowl party.<p>Chicken wings are just the beginning of finger-friendly meaty Super Bowl snacks. Sure, there's the old standby, ribs, and the dip-able pigs in a blanket. But expand your horizon, football …

Cooking

16 Drink Recipes That Don't Need Booze to Taste Great

Spices

Healthy

The superdust is popping up everywhere, including our new hemp milk chai.<p>By Aliza Abarbanel<p>Salads for breakfast, eggs for lunch, and nut butter on toast anytime is how we want to...<p>By The Healthyish Team<p>The halibut is brined briefly in salt water, which seasons it all the way through.<p>By Miles …

Try a six-minute egg. Everyone's doing it, including @deedubbayew.

10 Foods That Help Make You Better at Sex (Not That You Need Any Help, Tiger)

And almonds. Not that you need the help...<p>For centuries, we mortals have obsessed over aphrodisiacs--those naturally occurring sexual stimulants we could enjoy before (you know) enjoying. It turns out it's not some fools errand, and there's actually some legitimate science at work here. Oysters? …

Nutrition

24 Citrus Recipes with Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit

Winter is citrus season, and these 24 recipes use lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges in every which way possible<p>Winter is citrus season, and these 21 recipes use lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges in every which way possible.

Recipes

Baked Chicken Meatballs with Peperonata >> http://bit.ly/1dtxnS9 Moist, flavorful meatballs with a side of vibrant peppers, these are wonderful made with white or dark meat.

Chicken Roasted with Garlic Cloves >> http://bit.ly/JuliaChildChickenGarlic Everybody needs a good recipe for roast chicken. Julia Child thought this version, served at New York's La Tulipe during the 1980s—and which uses an entire head of garlic per person—was so good she had to compliment chef-owner Sally Darr in person.