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Sun halo over U.S. East Coast yesterday

A ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a halo by scientists. They’re a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting above our …

Two new centres to drive UK space activity

<b>Two major elements in Britain's space strategy have been officially unveiled in Oxfordshire.</b><p>One is the European Space Agency's (ESA) first technical centre in the UK, to be known as the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecoms.<p>The other is the Satellite Applications Catapult, one of …

Nasa Ladee mission: Solving a Moon mystery

Nasa's Ladee mission is part of a resurgence of interest in the Moon and it is all down to the fact that we barely understand our cosmic neighbour.<p>You would be forgiven for thinking that America lost interest in the Moon forty years ago, in December 1972, when Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left …

APOD: Kepler's Supernova Remnant in X-Rays (2013 May 15) Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/NCSU/M. Burkey et al; Optical: DSS http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130515.html Explanation: What caused this mess? Some type of star exploded to create the unusually shaped nebula known as Kepler's supernova remnant, but which type? Light from the stellar explosion that created this energized cosmic cloud was first seen on planet Earth in October 1604, a mere four hundred years ago. The supernova produced a bright new star in early 17th century skies within the constellation Ophiuchus. It was studied by astronomer Johannes Kepler and his contemporaries, without the benefit of a telescope, as they searched for an explanation of the heavenly apparition. Armed with a modern understanding of stellar evolution, early 21st century astronomers continue to explore the expanding debris cloud, but can now use orbiting space telescopes to survey Kepler's supernova remnant (SNR) across the spectrum. Recent X-ray data and images of Kepler's supernova remnant taken by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory has shown relative elemental abundances typical of a Type Ia supernova, and further indicated that the progenitor was a white dwarf star that exploded when it accreted too much material from a companion Red Giant star and went over Chandrasekhar's limit. About 13,000 light years away, Kepler's supernova represents the most recent stellar explosion seen to occur within our Milky Way galaxy. http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2013/kepler/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130515 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0515

U.S. sees China launch as test of anti-satellite muscle: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government believes a Chinese missile launch this week was the first test of a new interceptor that could be used to destroy a satellite in orbit, one U.S. defense official told Reuters on Wednesday.<p>Visitors tour the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest …

Independent midwives – and home births – are under threat

I was accused on national radio last week of risking my son's life by giving birth at home. I had been talking on the BBC's Woman's Hour about the …

American Cinematheque Honors Roger Ebert With Film Series

Here’s another fitting tribute to late film critic Roger Ebert, and one that should be of particular interest to Criticwire readers in Los Angeles. …

Tyler, the Creator Expands Spring Tour, Adding Dates With Earl Sweatshirt

<i>Photo by Erez Avissar</i><p>Odd Future kingpin Tyler, the Creator, who's about to release his sophomore album, has added more dates to his international spring solo tour. He'll also be joined by Earl Sweatshirt for a string of shows. <i>Wolf</i>, Tyler's new album, is out on April 2 through Odd Future Records. …

Diplo shared some thoughts on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories earlier tonight via Twitter. Check out what he had to say about the album: http://pnps.co/12tJPvG

Watch Phoenix on Jimmy Fallon

Phoenix continued their tour through the late night television circuit in support of <i>Bankrupt!</i>. Following up appearances on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, <i>Kimmel</i>, …

Taco Bell's New Taco Has A Dirty Little Secret

The secret is, it's not a f*cking taco. But...is there more to this mystery?

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Joaquin Castro: Provisions For Gay Couples Could Kill Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Joaquin Castro called on Republicans Tuesday to support the amendment to include rights for same-sex marriage couples in the Senate immigration bill.<p>"There needs to be movement on that issue, and there needs to be improvement on that issue," said Castro, "whether or not …

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Surprise! Male Spiders Eat Females, Too

Changing Planet<p><b>It’s a spider-eat-spider world.</b><p>We’ve known for years that female black widow spiders and other arachnids eat males during mating.<p>Now, new research shows that <i></i>males of a type of ground spider known as <i>Micaria sociabilis</i> also eat females, and scientists are trying to figure out what …

Visa Credit Card Itching For China Yuan Business

Visa Inc. is hoping to be the second of many U.S. credit card companies to issue yuan denominated cards. The Chinese currency is fast becoming a marketable currency, and part of reforming the foreign exchange policy in China includes opening the market to financial services. V<p>Jeff Liao, country …

Japan's Nikkei tops 15,000; Sony soars, Sharp down

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks resumed their rally Wednesday on the back of a strong finish on Wall Street and as the U.S. dollar rose …

'More transparency' needed in natural resource governance

<b>More transparency is needed in how natural resources are managed around the world, according to a report.</b><p>The Revenue Watch Institute said 32 out of 58 countries did not meet "basic standards of resource governance".<p>Revenue Watch says revenue from oil, gas and minerals can create huge natural wealth.<p>…

Canon creates 'Video Camera X–series-look' Picture Style for movie work

Canon has created a 'Video Camera X-series look' Picture Style for its EOS cameras, specifically designed for movie work. As its name suggests, it's …

How To Photograph Dragonflies

A Guest Contribution by Steve Berardi from PhotoNaturalist. Dragonflies are among the most photogenic insects. They usually have bright contrasting …

Etymology of “Wanderlust”

“Wanderlust arises as an emotional epidemic,” writes Daniel Garrison Brinton in his 1902 book <i>The Basis of Social Relation.</i> According to the Oxford …

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Daft Punk

<i>Photos by Nabil</i><p>Daft Punk are standing on a helipad overlooking downtown Los Angeles as fireballs make their sequined suits glisten with hot heat. It's a few days before this year's Coachella, where the duo's shiny new duds will premiere by way of a Jumbotron trailer for their new album, <i>Random</i> …

Scale of 1-10, how good is Clayton Kershaw?