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New Research Predicts Billions of Livable Milky Way Planets

The search for habitable planets may have just taken a big step forward.<p>New research indicates most stars in the Milky Way have between one and three …

Universe

National Air and Space Museum Debuts Must-see Sun Video Wall

A new addition to the National Air & Space museum is the 7 by 6 ft. video wall, showing full sun recordings captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics …

More Than a Million Stars Forming In a Mysterious Dusty Gas Cloud

More than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy near our own, an international team of …

Universe

APOD: NGC 602 in the Flying Lizard Nebula (2015 Mar 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150307.html Explanation: Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is just below center in this telescopic field of view with the angular size of the Full Moon on the sky. The cluster itself is about 200 light-years in diameter. Glowing interior ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. Of course, the more extended wings of emission in the region suggest a popular name for the complex cosmic environment, The Flying Lizard Nebula. http://www.astrodonimaging.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150307 #APOD

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Voyager spacecraft head for interstellar space

Built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Voyager 2 was launched on Aug 20, 1977, closely followed by Voyager 1 on Sept 5. …

This Millennium Falcon Drone Has Got It Where It Counts

A maker just created a home built Millennium Falcon drone that has taken off in social media. The drone is built around a carbon fiber quadcopter frame with foam parts and it is most definitely not a “piece of junk.” Not only does this drone look great, it appears to have it where it counts, with …

Drones

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Not the Booker prize, but something to B.R.A.G. about?

Self-publishing is expanding exponentially; it has long ceased to be a minority interest. But along with the glorious freedom of writing any genre, …

DC Comics Heroes and Villains Get Norman Rockwell Art Treatment

Volcanic Evidence Opens New Maya Mystery

Tough and tiny zircon crystals have helped researchers rule out an enormous volcanic blast as the source of ash used to make Maya pottery, deepening …

Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths

The latest volley in a long-running debate over why woolly mammoths, giant sloths, mastodons and cave lions died out worldwide suggests that humans …

Anthropology

Massive Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Today... But Don't Panic

NASA has reported that a shockwave from a massive solar flare will hit the Earth on Friday -- possibly knocking out communications and causing …

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Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

fxguidetv #181: Neville Page Character Design + fxphd Preview

From films such as Avatar to Star Trek (1&2), Oblivion, Prometheus & more, Character Designer Neville Page is a powerhouse. We sit down in his LA …