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APOD: A Launch and a Landing (2014 Sep 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140927.html Explanation: Taken from an Atlantic beach, Cape Canaveral, planet Earth, four identically framed digital images are combined in this night skyscape. Slightly shifted short star trails dot the sky, but the exposure times were adjusted to follow the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket. The September 21 launch delivered a Dragon X capsule filled with supplies to the International Space Station. Above the bright flare seen just after launch, the rocket's first stage firing trails upward from the left. After separation, the second stage burn begins near center with the vehicle climbing toward low Earth orbit. At the horizon, the flare near center records the re-ignition and controlled descent of the Falcon 9's first stage to a soft splashdown off the coast. http://www.mikekillianphotography.com/ http://www.americaspace.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140927 #APOD

Invention Awards 2014: Control An Old, Unruly Radiator With A Smartphone

How to regulate old boiler systems with new technology<p>While studying for his Ph.D., electrical engineer Marshall Cox moved into a 90-year-old Manhattan apartment. He soon learned that winters indoors were more like sweltering summers; a boiler-fed radiator blasted out so much heat that, even during …

Startrails: Photos by Evgeniy Zaytsev

Startrails: Photos by Evgeniy Zaytsev<p>Beautiful long exposure photos of stars taken in Russia. See also Lincoln Harrison's work.<p>SHARE:

APOD: The Pleiades Deep and Dusty (2014 Feb 25) Image Credit & Copyright: David Lane http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140225.html Explanation: The well known Pleiades star cluster is slowly destroying part of a passing cloud of gas and dust. The Pleiades is the brightest open cluster of stars on Earth's sky and can be seen from almost any northerly location with the unaided eye. The passing young dust cloud is thought to be part of Gould's belt, an unusual ring of young star formation surrounding the Sun in the local Milky Way Galaxy. Over the past 100,000 years, part Gould's belt is by chance moving right through the older Pleiades and is causing a strong reaction between stars and dust. Pressure from the star's light significantly repels the dust in the surrounding blue reflection nebula, with smaller dust particles being repelled more strongly. A short-term result is that parts of the dust cloud have become filamentary and stratified, as seen in the above deep-exposure image. http://astrogab.us/profile/DaveLane Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140225 #APOD

Fewer Soldiers, More Robots: Pentagon Budgets For The Future

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has proposed the smallest United States military since 1940. It's also the most technologically advanced.<p>The last time the U.S. Army was smaller than 450,000 troops, it was 1940 and the United States had yet to join World War II. Announced yesterday, Secretary of …

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Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …

Meteorite smashes into moon in largest lunar impact ever recorded

Rock travelling at 61,000 km/h punched a crater 40 metres wide and produced a flash that could be seen from Earth<p>Astronomers have captured the moment a lump of rock slammed into the moon with so much force that the bright flash could be seen from Earth with the naked eye.<p>The 400kg (63st) meteorite, …

Protestor Tech: Apps In The Hands Of Revolutionaries

The modern-day protestor and revolutionary needs more than just a helmet, throwing-stones and heart filled with righteous passion. These days technology offers invaluable tools to those speaking out against oppressive regimes.<p>This week Anchorfree – a Mountain View, California-based firm that offers …

Obama announces creation of 2 Pentagon-led manufacturing hubs

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing, with the eventual goal of creating jobs that have been lost to global competition.<p>As part of his year-old promise to expand public-private manufacturing partnerships …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

'Space Jam 2' in Development [Updated] – /Film

When Michael Jordan was at the top of his game in the NBA, no one was bigger. He was everywhere: TV, commercials and even the movies. In 1996, Jordan …

Marijuana's Westward March

How other western states are following Colorado and Washington's marijuana-friendly path<p>2014 may be the year that established Colorado and Washington …

$1 Trillion Student Loan Problem Keeps Getting Worse

Americans are borrowing money again by adding to balances on their credit cards, mortgages, student and auto loans.<p>Total consumer debt at the end of 2013 was $11.52 trillion, and in the last three months of the year Americans increased debt levels by $241 billion–the largest quarter to quarter …

First Android Bootkit Found on Over 350,000 Mobile Devices

A new trojan for Android has been discovered that resides in the memory of infected devices and launches itself early on in the OS loading stage. Even if some elements of the threat are removed successfully, at least one component will still reside in the protected memory area and will reinstall …

Spiral Galaxy M83: The Southern Pinwheel Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and W. P. Blair (JHU) et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140128.html Explanation: M83 is one of the closest and brightest spiral galaxies on the sky. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hydra, majestic spiral arms have prompted its nickname as the Southern Pinwheel. Although discovered 250 years ago, only much later was it appreciated that M83 was not a nearby gas cloud, but a barred spiral galaxy much like our own Milky Way Galaxy. M83, pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope in a recently released image, is a prominent member of a group of galaxies that includes Centaurus A and NGC 5253, all of which lie about 15 million light years distant. Several bright supernova explosions have been recorded in M83. An intriguing double circumnuclear ring has been discovered at the center of of M83. http://hubblesite.org/news/2014/04 http://heritage.stsci.edu/2014/04/ http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1403/ http://fuse.pha.jhu.edu/~wpb/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/2014/04/bio/bio_primary.html http://www.projectstardate.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140128 #APOD

APOD: Mars and Orion over Monument Valley (2014 Feb 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (Astropics, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140202.html Explanation: Welcome to The World At Night. Sharing the night sky seen around the world, this view from Monument Valley, USA includes a picturesque foreground of famous buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water eroded away the surrounding soft rock. The two buttes on the image left are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte is on the right. Recorded in 2007 December, planet Mars is at the left of the skyscape, a glowing beacon of orange that is the brightest object in the frame. To the right of Mars lies the constellation of Orion. Betelgeuse is the reddish star near the center and the Belt of Orion and the Orion Nebula are farther right. Finally, the bright blue star Rigel appears above Merrick Butte in this stunning view of The World At Night. http://www.astropics.com/ http://twanight.org/Pacholka Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140202 #APOD #TWAN

APOD: A Particle Beam Jet forms HH 24 (2014 Feb 04) Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA - Processing: Judy Schmidt http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140204.html Explanation: If you visit HH 24, don't go near the particle beam jet. This potential future travel advisory might be issued because the powerful jet likely contains electrons and protons moving hundreds of kilometers per second. The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared light in order to better understand turbulent star forming regions known as Young Stellar Objects (YSOs). Frequently when a star forms, a disk of dust and gas circles the YSO causing a powerful central jets to appear. In this case, the energetic jets are creating, at each end, Herbig-Haro object 24 (HH 24), as they slam into the surrounding interstellar gas. The entire star forming region lies about 1,500 light years distant in the Orion B molecular cloud complex. Due to their rarity, jets like that forming HH 24 are estimated to last only a few thousand years. http://hla.stsci.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://geckzilla.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/geckzilla/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140204 #APOD

APOD: Comet Lovejoy over the Great Wall (2014 Feb 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Jiajie Zhang http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140220.html Explanation: Fading now as it returns to the outer solar system Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) still graces planet Earth's sky, a delicate apparition in binoculars or small telescopes. The comet, a relic of the solar system's formative years, is seen here rising in the morning twilight on January 12 among the stars of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Posing near the comet is bright star Alpha Ophiuchi, also known as Rasalhague, from Arabic "the head of the serpent collector". Of course, the serpentine shape below is the ancient Great Wall of China, along the Panlongshan section northeast of Beijing. Panlongshan is translated as "a coiled dragon". A moving and fortuitous scene, it was captured with a digital camera and telephoto lens in two consecutive exposures. The exposures were merged to show a natural looking foreground and twilight sky. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140220 #APOD

No Mars For Muslims? Mars One Asks Imams To Rescind Fatwa

Islamic leaders ruled that a Mars journey would be akin to suicide, but the private Mars colonization project disagrees, citing a 14th century Muslim explorer.<p>Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a …

How did I get here?

Is the universe around us an inevitable consequence of some master equation, some theory of everything? Or was there an element of chance in how it formed, and if so how big were those chances? Most people would like a theory in which we were not ridiculously unlikely.<p>This week I took my dad to …

Brain Scans Show Striking Similarities Between Dogs and Humans

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 02.20.14.<p>Time of Publication: 12:00 pm. 12:00 pm<p>A new brain-imaging study of mankind’s …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

This Electric Sled Is A Miniature Winter Tank

Much better than a trash can lid<p>Introducing Québécois inventor Yvon Martel's most recent creation: this... thing. It's an electric sled/wagon/snow-chainsaw, and based on the video accompanying it, it works surprisingly well.<p>Called the MTT-136 (for My Track Technology, and, I can only presume, the …

APOD: The Long Jet of the Lighthouse Nebula (2014 Feb 21) X-ray Image Credit: NASA / CXC / ISDC / L. Pavan et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140221.html Explanation: The Lighthouse nebula was formed by the wind of a pulsar, a rapidly rotating, magnetized neutron star, as it speeds through the interstellar medium at over 1,000 kilometers per second. Some 23,000 light-years distant toward the southern constellation Carina, pulsar and wind nebula (cataloged as IGR J1104-6103) are indicated at the lower right in this remarkable image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Energetic particles generated by the pulsar are swept back into the wind's comet-like tail trailing up and to the left, along the direction of the pulsar's motion away from its parent supernova remnant. Both runaway pulsar and expanding remnant debris field are the aftermath of the core-collapse-explosion of a massive star, with the pulsar kicked out by the supernova explosion. Adding to the scene of exotic cosmic extremes is a long, spiraling jet extending for almost 37 light-years, but nearly at a right angle to the pulsar's motion. The high-energy particle jet is the longest known for any object in our Milky Way galaxy. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://chandra.harvard.edu/ http://isdc.unige.ch/ http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.6792 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140221 #APOD

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

In almost any science-fiction scenario involving time-travel, the default action is to kill Hitler. As terrible a human being as he was, there are many reasons why this probably isn’t a good idea<p>If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you …

Lively Sci-Fi-Inspired Paintings by Kwanchai Moriya

Los Angeles-based artist Kwanchai Moriya paints colorful portraits of heroes and heroines, and animals, too. His illustrative work teeters between realism and abstraction, and he uses this style as a way to define the most important aspects of an image. Many times, Moriya will articulate the …

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