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This Is the Futurama/Simpsons Crossover Couch Gag

Hello, Hedonism Bot.<p>Last night Fry finally met Homer as Fox aired the much-teased <i>Simpsons</i>-<i>Futurama</i> crossover, with plenty of little nods and Easter eggs for hardcore fans of both shows. The episode opened with an appearance from our favorite Dionysian automaton, Hedonism Bot, who became the couch …

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NASA’s Moffett Airfield may soon be home to Google’s most futuristic projects

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures will begin operating the Bay Area’s historic Moffett Airfield after …

Underwater 'storms' may hold key to melting Antarctic ice

Scientists using robotic ocean gliders to wander frigid Antarctic waters say they may have discovered a mechanism behind the melting of polar ice shelves – miniature submarine "storms" that are lobbing packets of warmer water toward the continent.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature …

APOD: Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars (2014 Nov 11) Image Copyright: Roberto Colombari, Robert Gendler & Federico Pelliccia; Data: DSS PLOSS II http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141111.html Explanation: The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion. Just below Alnitak, the lowest of the three belt stars, is the Flame Nebula, glowing with excited hydrogen gas and immersed in filaments of dark brown dust. Below and left of the frame center and just to the right of Alnitak lies the Horsehead Nebula, a dark indentation of dense dust that has perhaps the most recognized nebular shapes on the sky. On the upper right lies M42, the Orion Nebula, an energetic caldron of tumultuous gas, visible to the unaided eye, that is giving birth to a new open cluster of stars. Immediately to the left of M42 is a prominent bluish reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man that houses many bright blue stars. The featured image covers an area with objects that are roughly 1,500 light years away and spans about 75 light years. http://www.astrobin.com/users/rob77/ http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/ http://www.astrobin.com/users/SkyHunter/ http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141111 #APOD

This Incredible Picture Shows Just How Tiny The International Space Station Is

It's called the Cupola observatory module, and it not only has the largest windows on the ISS but the largest windows ever installed on a spacecraft.<p>Commander Chris Hadfield, who has spent a total of 166 days in space, used these fantastic windows for the incredible 45,000 images he took in …

Google Leases NASA's Silicon Valley Airfield

With dreams of an increased footprint in space, NASA is cutting back on its Earthly properties.<p>The agency said Monday it will lease its Moffett Field …

Elon Musk confirms satellite plans, announcement '2 - 3 months away'

This weekend the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> published rumors linking everyman billionaire Elon Musk to an internet-via-satellite project and tonight he addressed those rumors. In a tweet Musk said his company SpaceX is "in the early stages of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large …