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My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition

It’s been quite a year. At the start, I was still commuting to Chicago every day to work in a law office full of Windows PCs. Now I work from my home studio surrounded by Apple hardware, moving back and forth from a late-2016 MacBook Pro to iOS devices as I write and talk about apps each day.<p>When I …

Apps

Astronomer spots mysterious cigar-shaped objects in Orion nebula [WATCH VIDEO]

These unidentified cigar-shaped objects appear to be moving when they are seen frame by frame.<p>Image of a mysterious cylindrical object has been …

Astronomers have observed the most-distant supermassive black hole

Astronomers have made a surprise discovery of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever seen. First observed by Carnegie Observatories …

Raspberry Pi as Low-Cost HD Surveillance Camera @RaspberryPi #piday #raspberrypi

article<p>https://blog.adafruit.com/2013/10/18/81858/<p>Christoph Buenger shares this great low-cost surveillance camera build via codeproject.com: This …

How to set up a Raspberry Pi 3 from scratch (with video)!

MarchIsForMakers continues! It's my month-long collaboration with Saron from CodeNewbie. We've had some amazing guests on our respective podcasts and …

Time Travel Isn't Possible…Or Is It?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman,</i> …

Get Your Free Guide to Astrophotography from Sky & Telescope!

If you've glimpsed a photo of the colorful Orion nebula or Saturn's proud rings, you've probably wondered . . . could I do that? The idea of …

Forty years on, Voyager still hurtles through space

Are we alone?<p>Forty years ago, NASA rocket scientists sought to answer this question by launching the Voyager spacecraft, twin unmanned spaceships …

Space

Interactive Visibility toolbar Add-In is available for download

With Spatial Analyst you can perform visibility analysis, but you may have found that altering the parameters of the operation can be a little …

Off the streets, Land subdivision in PostGIS - Part 2

Intro<p>In a previous post, we've seen how PostGIS and Openstreetmap can be used to leverage geographical data.<p>A common task in GIS(in particular land …

TO OUR CUSTOMERS, PARTNERS, AND VALUED SUPPORTERS:

We’re excited to share that OpenSCG has been acquired by Amazon, and we’ll all be joining Amazon Web Services! Amazon is continually expanding its …

The Simple and Free PostGIS VS the Complex and Expensive Oracle Spatial

Spatial Database battles exists since … the existence of spatial databases! Two most prominent spatial database in the GIS world are <b>Oracle Spatial</b> …

PostGIS and Spatial SQL

How Basic Performance Analysis Saved Us Millions

This is the story of how I applied basic performance analysis techniques to find a small change that resulted in a 10x improvement in CPU use for our …

YouTube

It's Hubble Time!⠀ ⠀ The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observed one of most massive known galaxy clusters, RX J1347.5–1145, seen in this Picture of the Week, as part of the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH). This observation of the cluster, 5 billion light-years from Earth, helped the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile to study the cosmic microwave background using the thermal Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect. The observations made with ALMA are visible as the blue-purple hues.⠀ ⠀ Go to our @instagram Story to learn more and download this image.⠀ ⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency/Hubble & @NASA, T. Kitayama (Toho University, Japan)

Stars were battling each other in a gravitational tussle, which ended with the system breaking apart and at least three stars being ejected in different directions. The speedy, wayward stars went unnoticed for hundreds of years until, over the past few decades, two of them were spotted in infrared and radio observations, which could penetrate the thick dust in the Orion Nebula. The observations showed that the two stars were traveling at high speeds in opposite directions from each other. The stars' origin, however, was a mystery. Astronomers traced both stars back 540 years to the same location and suggested they were part of a now-defunct multiple-star system. But the duo's combined energy, which is propelling them outward, didn't add up. The researchers reasoned there must be at least one other culprit that robbed energy from the stellar toss-up. Now Nthe Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers find the final piece of the puzzle by nabbing a third runaway star. The astronomers followed the path of the newly found star back to the same location where the two previously known stars were located 540 years ago. The trio reside in a small region of young stars called the Kleinmann-Low Nebula, near the center of the vast Orion Nebula complex, located 1,300 light-years away. The image by Hubble shows a grouping of young stars, called the Trapezium Cluster. Credits

ATG medialab

Clash of Titans!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This encounter among members of a famous galaxy quintet reveals an assortment of stars across a wide colour range, from young, blue stars to aging, red stars.⠀ ⠀ This portrait of Stephan's Quintet, also known as the Hickson Compact Group 92, was taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard the NASA

ArcGIS Python API 1.0 Released

At the Esri User Conference in San Diego last year, a small team of Esri engineers from the Python and Server teams huddled together with Scott …

Formatting an Excel table for use in ArcGIS

<b>By Aileen Buckley, Esri Cartographer</b>To use an Excel table in ArcGIS, it should first be formatted correctly so that ArcGIS can read the table without …

Esri Selects Anaconda to Enhance GIS Applications with Open Data Science

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, the leading Open Data Science platform powered by …

Big Data

Want to Find an Exoplanet Yourself? Scientists Release Huge Star Dataset and Tools to Public

If the discovery of 7 new exoplanets with potential for life that were found just outside our solar system got you excited, there’s now something you …

Is spending billions on space research worth it?

Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets that circle a star other than our sun. And, yet, something about the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. Even my colleague’s six-year-old daughter …

Planetary Habitability

Top 10 Raspberry Pi Zero Projects That Make Use of Its Small Stature

The Raspberry Pi has long been the hobbyist choice for DIY electronics projects. The Raspberry Pi Zero, which is about the size of a stick of gum, …

Raspberry Pi

How Our Solar System Will End In The Far Future

It took 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution to bring us here. Generations of stars had to live and die to create the heavy elements; small proto-galaxies had to merge together to create the Milky Way; interstellar gas clouds had to collapse and form new stars with rocky planets around them; …

Universe

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics