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EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

India launches Mars mission in giant leap for super cheap space exploration

India has launched its first mission to Mars on Tuesday in what its leaders hope will be a giant leap forward for super cheap space exploration<p>Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday, amid celebrations at mission control.<p>As …

Myth Busters: Will Bees Become Extinct? How Will Food Be Affected?

In ancient Egypt they were known as royal and imperial emblems and a symbol for resurrection.<p>In Georgia, USA, they have been celebrated as the …

Insects

Why The Moon Should Be An International Park

We could learn a lot about Earth from the moon, and the risks of it being damaged are only increasing.<p>The thought of a robot laying tracks over Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s footprints just seems wrong. And the risk is greater than you might think. Private spaceflight is flourishing, and even …

During Sandy, Flickr Uploads Mirrored Atmospheric Pressure

The photo-sharing service could be a way to track whether people are paying attention to a storm.<p>During Hurricane Sandy, people took to the streets (or at least peeked out the window), documenting the storm on social media, uploading images and updates of the destruction. On Flickr, a new paper in</i> …

View from space: Hybrid eclipse shades Africa

Satellite image showing shadow over Africa about 38 minutes after the maximum eclipse on November 3, 2013.<p>The last eclipse of 2013 was an unusual …

APOD: Horsehead and Orion Nebulas (2013 Oct 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Roberto Colombari & Federico Pelliccia http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131029.html Explanation: The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic dark dust lanes. The magnificent emission region, the Orion Nebula (aka M42), lies at the upper right. Immediately to its left is a prominent reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man. Pervasive tendrils of glowing hydrogen gas are easily traced throughout the region. http://www.astrobin.com/60227/ http://www.astrobin.com/users/rob77/ http://www.astrobin.com/users/pelly93/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131029 #APOD

The World's Only Galloping Insect Runs Like A Race Horse In Slow-Mo

One genus of South African dung beetle traded flying for a ridiculous-looking run.<p>Most insects walk with an ambling, tripod gait, keeping at least three legs on the ground while the others move. This type of walk is the most common gait in the animal kingdom. But somewhere along the line, three …

NGC 7789: Caroline's Rose Image Credit & Copyright: Albert Barr http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131026.html Explanation: Found among the rich starfields of the Milky Way toward the constellation Cassiopeia, star cluster NGC 7789 lies about 8,000 light-years away. A late 18th century deep sky discovery of astronomer Caroline Lucretia Herschel, the cluster is also known as Caroline's Rose. Its suggestive appearance is created by the cluster's nestled complex of stars and voids. Now estimated to be 1.6 billion years young, the galactic or open cluster of stars also shows its age. All the stars in the cluster were likely born at the same time, but the brighter and more massive ones have more rapidly exhausted the hydrogen fuel in their cores. These have evolved from main sequence stars like the Sun into the many red giant stars shown with a yellowish cast in this lovely color composite. Using measured color and brightness, astronomers can model the mass and hence the age of the cluster stars just starting to "turn off" the main sequence and become red giants. Over 50 light-years across, Caroline's Rose spans about half a degree (the angular size of the moon) near the center of the wide-field telescopic image. http://www.shutterstock.com/g/ajbarr Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32353 #APOD

Crazy Ants Have Spread From Texas to Florida, and 3 Other States

Crazy ants started out in Texas in 2002 but are now in at least five states–including Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia–, and are “within four miles of …

5 Animals With An Extraordinary Sense Of Smell

Landsat captures images of eruption at Klyuchevskaya

NASA has just released images of the ongoing 2013 eruption at Klyuchevskaya, one of Russia’s tallest and most active volcanoes.<p>NASA has just released …

Amino acids may let new knees work faster - Futurity

Amino acids before and after knee replacement help patients recover faster and suffer less muscle atrophy, according to research from University of …

How we deal with atomically precise manufacturing will reframe the future for human life and global society<p>In my initial post in this series, I asked, "What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise, not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative production …

Fossil fuels pose double threat to wildlife - Futurity

Future fossil fuel extraction could be a "double whammy" to Earth's richest areas for biodiversity, say researchers at University of Queensland.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Hybrid solar eclipse on November 3

Much of the world can see at least a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3. From North America’s east coast, the eclipse will be in progress at …