Samantha Langert

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Kepler confirms a whopping 715 new planets

Some of the new worlds are similar in size to Earth and orbit in the habitable zone of their parent stars.<p>Years ago, before the launch of NASA’s …

APOD: Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star (2014 Feb 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Cui Yongjiang and Shi Zexing http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140227.html Explanation: Venus now appears as planet Earth's brilliant morning star standing above the eastern horizon before dawn. For most, the silvery celestial beacon rose in a close pairing with an old crescent Moon on February 26. But seen from locations in western Africa before sunrise, the lunar crescent actually occulted or passed in front of Venus, also in a crescent phase. Farther to the east, the occultation occurred during daylight hours. In fact, this telescopic snapshot of the dueling crescents was captured just before the occultation began under an afternoon's crystal clear skies from Yunnan Province, China. The unforgettable scene was easily visible to the naked eye in broad daylight. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140227 #APOD

What is the zodiacal light?

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.<p>The zodiacal light – or <i>false</i> …

Astronomy

Whale graveyard shows mass stranding of species millions of years ago

A mass graveyard of fossilised whales unearthed in Chile was created by four separate strandings over a period of 10,000 years, scientists believe.<p>The skeletons of dozens of baleen whales were found in ancient sandstones beside the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama region of north Chile, where …

How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia

Like all the best hoaxes, there was a serious point to be made. Three MIT graduate students wanted to expose how dodgy scientific conferences pestered researchers for papers, and accepted any old rubbish sent in, knowing that academics would stump up the hefty, till-ringing registration fees.<p>It …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

When it comes to "callings" we usually think of people who feel drawn to religious career paths. But if you ask Neil deGrasse Tyson how he became an astrophysicist he says: "I think the universe called me. I feel like I had no say in the matter."<p>Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the …

Nurse staffing, education tied to hospital death rate

Hospitals with more nurses, and more nurses with degrees, report significantly fewer deaths after routine surgery, research shows.<p>A new study …

Radiation Therapy