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APOD: Cape York Annular Eclipse (2013 May 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Courtesy Cameron McCarty MWV Observatory, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus State University Eclipse Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130511.html Explanation: This week the shadow of the New Moon fell on planet Earth, crossing Queensland's Cape York in northern Australia ... for the second time in six months. On the morning of May 10, the Moon's apparent size was too small to completely cover the Sun though, revealing a "ring of fire" along the central path of the annular solar eclipse. Near mid-eclipse from Coen, Australia, a webcast team captured this telescopic snapshot of the annular phase. Taken with a hydrogen-alpha filter, the dramatic image finds the Moon's silhouette just within the solar disk, and the limb of the active Sun spiked with solar prominences. Still, after hosting back-to-back solar eclipses, northern Australia will miss the next and final solar eclipse of 2013. This November, a rare hybrid eclipse will track across the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130511 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0511

Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and everything

Flowers, music, strip clubs...Richard Feynman's scientific curiosity knew no bounds. Christopher Riley pays tribute to an eccentric genius<p>In these days of frivolous entertainments and frayed attention spans, the people who become famous are not necessarily the brightest stars. One of the biggest …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

Creationism in school: Science quiz gets it totally wrong.

This came out a while back, but I wanted to see if it could be verified before writing about it. Via Elise Andrew at “I F’ing Love Science” on …

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

We shouldn't punish students who are trying to understand how their world works.<p>On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an experiment. Like many acts of science, however, it didn't go as …

New Zealand Government Announces That Software Will No Longer Be Patentable

In a bill passed earlier today, the Government of New Zealand announced that software in the country will no longer be patentable. New Zealand’s largest IT representative body, the Institute of IT Professionals, expressed relief and said the decision removed a major barrier to software-led …

Your Mass is NOT From the Higgs Boson