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APOD: Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant (2013 Oct 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Angus Lau, Y Van, SS Tong (Jade Scope Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131001.html Explanation: The explosion is over but the consequences continue. About eleven thousand years ago a star in the constellation of Vela could be seen to explode, creating a strange point of light briefly visible to humans living near the beginning of recorded history. The outer layers of the star crashed into the interstellar medium, driving a shock wave that is still visible today. A roughly spherical, expanding shock wave is visible in X-rays. The above image captures some of that filamentary and gigantic shock in visible light. As gas flies away from the detonated star, it decays and reacts with the interstellar medium, producing light in many different colors and energy bands. Remaining at the center of the Vela Supernova Remnant is a pulsar, a star as dense as nuclear matter that rotates completely around more than ten times in a single second. http://www.jadescope.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131001 #APOD

Water Found on Mars

Soil samples collected from Mars by the NASA rover Curiosity contain several percent water, as reported in a recent edition of the journal …

What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

In short: he's in trouble.<p>In the film <i>Gravity</i>, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"?<p>NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes …

Watch for Sirius, sky’s brightest star

Is October 4, 2017 the Harvest Moon? Click here to find out!<p>Also, be sure to watch for Mars and Venus during their close conjunction on the morning …

Greenish Comet ISON on its way

A great shot of Comet ISON, from September 28, by Michael Jaeger<p>Comet ISON is this year’s most anticipated comet. Today (October 1) ISON will sweep …

Best space images of the month

It’s been a memorable month in space. Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured– from Mars canyons to a surprised frog at a rocket launch.

What’s the birthstone for October?

Happy birthday October babies! Your birth month has two birthstones – opal and tourmaline.<p><b>Opal</b><p>The opal is a fragile hydrated silica material, made of …

Possible to have 3 eclipses in 1 month?

In 1 calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. But in 1 lunar month, 3 eclipses are are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.<p>Every calendar …

Deadbeat cuckoo finches lay more eggs to deceive host parents

Cuckoo finches con other birds into raising their chicks, confusing prospective foster parents with several look-alike eggs.<p>African cuckoo finches …

NASA spacecraft finds plastic ingredient on Saturn's moon Titan | Reuters

(Reuters) - NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found propylene, a chemical used to make household plastic containers, on Saturn’s moon Titan, the space agency said.<p>“This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth,” NASA said.<p>A small amount of …

Our body's gene-snipping machine is like a Transformer - Futurity

Scientists are unraveling the secrets of the mechanism that snips our genes. Certain diseases such …

Resurrection Biology: How to Bring Animals Back From Extinction

When Islands Pop Out Of The Sea

When a mud volcano erupted last week and created a muddy mound of an island just off the southern coast of Pakistan, it seemed to us like a rather rare development.<p>But it turns out islands crop up fairly often. Charles Darwin commented on one. And it's been happening in shallow marshy patches off …

Infertile woman gives birth after new method allows her to regrow eggs

A new fertility treatment has allowed a woman in Japan to give birth, even though she'd stopped producing eggs around four years prior. The new treatment is being called "in vitro activation," and it may be able to let women who have become infertile because of a condition called primary ovarian …

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 …

How high blood sugar throws off heart rhythm - Futurity

Scientists have identified a biological pathway—activated by abnormally high blood sugar levels—that causes irregular heartbeats. …

Mars rover uncovers a surprisingly Earth-like rock

Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.<p>The findings are …

The Most Complete Guide To Beer Ever [Infographic]

It's... it's beautiful.<p>The artists at Pop Chart Lab, who've created gorgeous visualizations of everything from classic Nintendo games to bicycles, are tackling beer. A lot of beer.<p>Pop Chart has already released two beer posters, but since you can never, ever have a problem because of too much beer, …

New programming language could code DNA to deliver drugs and detect diseases

The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn this idea into a reality. University researchers have developed a programming language that …

5 Gross But Cool Vintage Anatomy Drawings

There should be more physician-artists in the world.<p>Before photography was developed, doctors could only depend on each other's written descriptions and drawings to communicate what to look for in a scarlet fever rash, or how consumption affects the lungs. So a number of multi-talented physicians …

Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus

Fuck Buttons’ third album – a synthesis of noise, hip-hop, drone and shoegaze – is basically avant-garde weightlifting music, forgoing heart and …

China's Killer Hornets Are Enormous And Horrifying

You do not want to get stung by one of these.<p>China has a major wasp problem right now. Over the past three months, 21 people have died as a result of wasp stings in the province of Shaanxi alone.<p>The killer variety responsible is thought to be Vespa mandarinia, or, "Asian giant hornets." They are …

Why "Unsolved Mysteries" Is Still The Most Terrifying Show Of All Time

You are about to die/find your long-lost twin. Thanks, Robert Stack.

About - Zilla online magazine

<b>Who we are</b><br>Zilla is an online magazine dedicated to design, trends and inspiration. Its mission is to fuel your creativity and inspire you on a daily …

Pup Holders: The Internet's Cutest New Trend

A car ride has never been this adorable.

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Mirrored Reflections Create Intriguing Illusions Within Landscapes

Italian photographer Barbara Scerbo has an incredibly expressive imagination. In her series, entitled <i>Illusion</i>, the artist composes visually intriguing images that are beautiful and, at the same time, completely baffling.<p>In each scene, Scerbo creates fragmented portraits using mirrored reflections …

22 Hilarious And Disturbing Missing Cat Posters

They will make you laugh. And then be concerned.

30 Maps That Are Missing From Your Life

You think you know the world? These maps will blow open your understanding of the globe.

This Story Of A Father's Letter To His Daughter With Down Syndrome Will Destroy You

Kleenex warning.<p>Before you were born I only worried about how your disability reflected on me. Now there is no better mirror in the world. You're my light in the dark, and it's a privilege to be your dad. Love always, daddy.

The Mouse That Roared

How has marriage changed Princess Diana?<p>When the Prince and Princess of Wales arrive in Washington next month, they step into intense curiosity about the state of their marriage. Magazines and newspapers in every capital crackle with backstairs backchat about the princess’s autocratic ways. <i>She</i> has …