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Ciro Villa has been at 5 events

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Ciro Villa136,058Test Hangout on Air New Horizons Fly Along Real Time Telemetry, No Audio Commentary.Test Hangout on Air New Horizons Fly Along Real Time Telemetry, No Audio Commentary.2015-07-11 01:00:003  
Scott Lewis373,800Heck yes! 500th recording of the @117904790972122493317 podcast!! To celebrate this, @115510485336217794615 and I will be live-tweeting the show at @113166718268343560861, @117350484427668823936 and @101736365103983335412 bring us the amazing science we all know and live from TWIS.  If you're over on Twitter, live-tweet with us using the hash tag #TWIS500   (https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23TWIS500) When the show goes live, my promo video from @112979228143535385377 will be replaced with the live feed, but just in case you're having trouble finding it, check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSuIbMcKpOw I'm sure Michael and I will be uploading some #selfies  of us watching and tweeting about TWIS and I hope you will too! Just put them down here in the event or on Twitter, I know that the trifecta of TWIS would LOVE to see you all celebrate with them! Also, please consider becoming a patron of TWIS. They do an amazing job bringing science to the WORLD every week and couldn't do it without the support of their listeners. You can do so easily over at their Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thisweekinscience (also linked as "tickets") #ScienceEveryday   #TWIS   #ThisWeekInScience   #HangoutsOnAir   #Science   #STEM   #Podcast  TWIS500 Viewing Party!!2015-02-05 05:00:0084  
Ciro Villa136,058Let's meet and shake hands and enjoy the IMAX premiere of the movie "Interstellar" at the World Golf Village located in St. Augustine, Florida. If you are available and willing we can meet outside the theater between 7:30 and 7:45 PM EST on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The movie starts at 08:00 PM EST. It is your responsibility to purchase your ticket at the following link: http://www.museumtix.com/venue/venueinfo.aspx?vid=783&tab=E Once there, select the movie from the drop-down then create an account to pre-purchase your ticket before they sell out. Casual Florida dress. Please RSVP.  Thanks.An Evening At the Movies - Interstellar Premiere in IMAX at WGV2014-11-06 19:30:002  
Astronomy Cast11,424Join +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay for a live recording of their long-running and popular Astronomy Cast podcast. We'll spend the first 30 minutes recording the podcast, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. *Episode 291: Shock Waves* As a meteor crashed into the atmosphere above Russia, the world discovered the importance of shock waves; how they're caused and how they propagate through the atmosphere. Today we'll discuss the topic in general and find many examples where shock waves can be created, here on Earth, and out in space. #ac291Astronomy Cast, Ep. 291: Shock Waves2013-02-18 21:00:00310  
Dawn Mission Engagement and Communications (E/C)1,937Update: Video here! http://www.youtube.com/user/NoisyAstronomer?v=SqIszii4H0c and here: https://plus.google.com/b/114633249213698877766/114633249213698877766/posts/Qq2jowbYN5h After an awesome year exploring asteroid Vesta, NASA’s Dawn Mission cruises on to Ceres 2015! Celebrate at a Dawn Mission Team Hangout!. Moderated by Dawn’s education and public outreach (E/PO) liaison, Dr. Britney Schmidt, and CosmoQuest, we'll talk about the results, the spacecraft, and our hopes for Ceres in 2015. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get involved. Stars of the show so far?  • Dr. Tom Prettyman, Science Team and GRaND lead, Planetary Science Institute • Drs. Tim Weise and Charles Gardner, NASA JPL Flight Operations Team • Drs. Lucille Le Corre and Vishnu Reddy, Framing Camera Team, Max Plank       Institute for Solar System Research • Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Participating Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Submit your questions for the Dawn team by leaving them in the comments section below, on Dawn’s Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #HastaLaVesta on Twitter. Visit this event page on September 8, 2012 to watch the _Hangout On Air_, and to chime in on the conversation. Official website: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/hasta_la_vesta.asp Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasa_dawn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.mission As the schedule and guest list is secured, we'll continue updating this page. Stay tuned for additional details.Dawn Mission Google+ Hangout with CosmoQuest2012-09-08 21:00:00110  

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2016-02-05 04:16:19 (20 comments; 10 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Over 250,000 kmph!

#Juno  When arriving at Jupiter, the planet's gravity pulls in Juno faster and faster until the spacecraft reaches a speed over 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 miles per hour) with respect to Earth – making it one of the fastest human-made objects ever. When it arrives at Jupiter, it slams on the brakes, firing its main engine in reverse. After slowing down, Juno can then enter Jupiter orbit.

Juno will cover 2.8 billion kilometers (nearly 1.8 billion miles) during its long, looping voyage. That’s 19 times farther than the distance between Earth and the Sun, and 15 times farther than the closest distance between Earth and Jupiter. If Juno were to fly at the speed of a commercial jet, it would take 342 years to complete its journey!

https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/earth-flyby/story/how-fast-can-juno-go
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2016-02-08 13:42:10 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 20:17:01 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 18:25:11 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600689/we-have-the-technology-to-destroy-all-zika-mosquitoes/

A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600689/we-have-the-technology-to-destroy-all-zika-mosquitoes/___

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2016-02-08 18:06:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors - Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have the same three layers? New research suggests that the answer is yes - they will have interiors very similar to Earth.

Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors - Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have the same three layers? New research suggests that the answer is yes - they will have interiors very similar to Earth.___

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2016-02-08 18:06:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

The Expedition 46 crew members started the week on a series of physics experiments and life science studies. The crew also worked on spacesuits and continued packing trash inside the Orbital ATK resupply ship. http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=2385

The Expedition 46 crew members started the week on a series of physics experiments and life science studies. The crew also worked on spacesuits and continued packing trash inside the Orbital ATK resupply ship. http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=2385___

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2016-02-08 18:04:26 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 16:54:49 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

One thing after another...

One thing after another...___

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2016-02-08 16:28:06 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Scientists at the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have discovered a new way to generate very low-resistance electric current in a new class of materials.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-chiral-magnetic-effect-quantum-current.html

Scientists at the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have discovered a new way to generate very low-resistance electric current in a new class of materials.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-chiral-magnetic-effect-quantum-current.html___

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2016-02-08 16:07:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-08 14:02:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Power of Music...and EEG
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12143243/Brain-damaged-violinist-plays-for-first-time-in-16-years-using-mind-reading-technology.html

The Power of Music...and EEG
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12143243/Brain-damaged-violinist-plays-for-first-time-in-16-years-using-mind-reading-technology.html___

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2016-02-08 13:42:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

ESA Space Science image of the week - A section of #Saturn 's F ring, is featured in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Scientists believe that a small population of differently sized moonlets were responsible for forming this feature as they collide with and perturb the core of the ring – some of the small moonlets can be seen emerging below the ring just left of the centre.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/02/Spying_Saturn_s_moonlets

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

ESA Space Science image of the week - A section of #Saturn 's F ring, is featured in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Scientists believe that a small population of differently sized moonlets were responsible for forming this feature as they collide with and perturb the core of the ring – some of the small moonlets can be seen emerging below the ring just left of the centre.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/02/Spying_Saturn_s_moonlets

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute___

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2016-02-08 13:42:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Meet "Hedgehog": Engineers build cube-like rover for exploration of asteroids, comets

Meet "Hedgehog": Engineers build cube-like rover for exploration of asteroids, comets___

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2016-02-08 13:42:10 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

Share courtesy of +Roger Stegeby 

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2016-02-08 13:41:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Share thanks to +V.D. Veksler 

Samsung patents an S Pen that folds and doubles as a kickstand, is that you Note 6?___Share thanks to +V.D. Veksler 

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2016-02-07 23:02:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Orion has lots of room for crew, cargo, and footballs as we go beyond earth orbit! #SuperBowlSunday

Orion has lots of room for crew, cargo, and footballs as we go beyond earth orbit! #SuperBowlSunday___

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2016-02-06 23:31:47 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-06 20:52:23 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I'll be there...

I'll be there...___

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2016-02-06 20:33:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

https://biz360tours.com/orion-spacecraft-inside-nasa-operations-checkout-building/

https://biz360tours.com/orion-spacecraft-inside-nasa-operations-checkout-building/___

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2016-02-06 20:22:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Tonight … Somber Betelgeuse in Orion's shoulder
http://bit.ly/1PADXuw

Betelgeuse is a one-in-million star ...

Tonight … Somber Betelgeuse in Orion's shoulder
http://bit.ly/1PADXuw

Betelgeuse is a one-in-million star ...___

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2016-02-06 20:22:16 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

"The interactions with Neptune or other objects in the Kuiper belt/Oort cloud are random and independent of anything else going on in our galaxy, but it’s possible that passing through a star-rich region — such as the galactic disk or one of our spiral arms — could enhance the odds of a comet storm, and the chance of a comet strike on Earth. The recent American Scientist paper that David asks about claims that there’s a roughly 26-30 million year “periodic” pattern in the extinctions on Earth, which correlates roughly with the 28-32 million year period of when the Solar System passes through the Milky Way’s galactic plane! Coincidence, or could this be the cause of the extinctions?"

Looking at the history of life on Earth, the fossil record shows something incontrovertible: in order for new forms of life to rise to dominance, it requires something to knock the prior formsfrom dominati... more »

"The interactions with Neptune or other objects in the Kuiper belt/Oort cloud are random and independent of anything else going on in our galaxy, but it’s possible that passing through a star-rich region — such as the galactic disk or one of our spiral arms — could enhance the odds of a comet storm, and the chance of a comet strike on Earth. The recent American Scientist paper that David asks about claims that there’s a roughly 26-30 million year “periodic” pattern in the extinctions on Earth, which correlates roughly with the 28-32 million year period of when the Solar System passes through the Milky Way’s galactic plane! Coincidence, or could this be the cause of the extinctions?"

Looking at the history of life on Earth, the fossil record shows something incontrovertible: in order for new forms of life to rise to dominance, it requires something to knock the prior forms from dominating their ecological niche. This can come about in any number of ways, but the most striking changes come from catastrophic events that wipe a large percentage of species off the Earth at once: a mass extinction event. While the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs was perhaps the most famous one, there is bountiful evidence that there were many others over the past 500 million years, with perhaps some periodicity to these events. Recently, reports have emerged that our Sun’s passage through the galactic plane, with periods of 26-30 million years, might correlate with these events. Yet a look at the fossil record shows extinction events do not have the required periodicity to account for that, nor do Oort cloud strikes account for the majority of such events on Earth.___

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2016-02-06 20:21:24 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-06 17:16:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Great way to spend an hour on a Saturday.  Intriguing speech on Neutron Stars by renowned physicist Dr. Victoria Kaspi.

The Perimeter Institute has posted a video of a talk by Victoria Kaspi of McGill University about #NeutronStars and how studying them might be able to help some of the biggest questions cosmologists have about the #universe.

#Cosmology #Astrophysics ___Great way to spend an hour on a Saturday.  Intriguing speech on Neutron Stars by renowned physicist Dr. Victoria Kaspi.

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2016-02-06 04:07:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

My upcoming book on Leonard is being so well received. I could not be happier! http://bit.ly/LeonardBook

My upcoming book on Leonard is being so well received. I could not be happier! http://bit.ly/LeonardBook___

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2016-02-06 04:06:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Images emerging of major damage from #Taiwan #earthquake http://arcg.is/1k7VaiH #Esri #SMEM 

Images emerging of major damage from #Taiwan #earthquake http://arcg.is/1k7VaiH #Esri #SMEM ___

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2016-02-06 02:47:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Assessing the biosimilarity of protein drugs: New study shows method's precision

Assessing the biosimilarity of protein drugs: New study shows method's precision___

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2016-02-06 02:45:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"The Future Of Astronomy: The Giant (25 Meter!) Magellan Telescope" now up on Forbes

"The Future Of Astronomy: The Giant (25 Meter!) Magellan Telescope" now up on Forbes___

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2016-02-06 00:56:10 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

R.I.P. Apollo 14's Edgar Mitchell

http://www.americaspace.com/?p=91365

R.I.P. Apollo 14's Edgar Mitchell

http://www.americaspace.com/?p=91365___

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2016-02-06 00:48:59 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Interested in delving into quantum chemistry, linear algebra, teleportation, and much more? Enter the Microsoft Quantum Challenge! http://spr.ly/6265BwOvV

Join students from around the world to investigate and solve problems facing the quantum universe using Microsoft’s simulator, LIQUi|>.

Win big prizes, or the opportunity to interview for internships at Microsoft Research.

Interested in delving into quantum chemistry, linear algebra, teleportation, and much more? Enter the Microsoft Quantum Challenge! http://spr.ly/6265BwOvV

Join students from around the world to investigate and solve problems facing the quantum universe using Microsoft’s simulator, LIQUi|>.

Win big prizes, or the opportunity to interview for internships at Microsoft Research.___

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2016-02-05 21:13:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The crew wrapped up the work week on different types of research including botany, bone loss and pilot testing. The crew also worked on life support gear and continued cleaning up after a spacewalk. http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=2379

The crew wrapped up the work week on different types of research including botany, bone loss and pilot testing. The crew also worked on life support gear and continued cleaning up after a spacewalk. http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=2379___

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2016-02-05 21:13:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react to your emotional state.___

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2016-02-05 21:13:00 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

'Cannibalism' between stars: New research shows the turbulent past of our sun

'Cannibalism' between stars: New research shows the turbulent past of our sun___

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2016-02-05 17:40:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Two cosmonauts took a spacewalk to swap out science experiments and install gear. One experiment studied how life might spread in the universe and survive on this week's #SpaceToGround.

Two cosmonauts took a spacewalk to swap out science experiments and install gear. One experiment studied how life might spread in the universe and survive on this week's #SpaceToGround.___

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2016-02-05 05:03:00 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Juno!

"Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission currently en route to the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 and will arrive on July 4, 2016."

Resources:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(spacecraft)
http://science.nasa.gov/missions/juno/

Image: Credits and Rights Ciro Villa

#juno   #jupiter   #space  #nasa

Juno!

"Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission currently en route to the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 and will arrive on July 4, 2016."

Resources:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(spacecraft)
http://science.nasa.gov/missions/juno/

Image: Credits and Rights Ciro Villa

#juno   #jupiter   #space  #nasa___

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2016-02-05 04:16:19 (20 comments; 10 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Over 250,000 kmph!

#Juno  When arriving at Jupiter, the planet's gravity pulls in Juno faster and faster until the spacecraft reaches a speed over 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 miles per hour) with respect to Earth – making it one of the fastest human-made objects ever. When it arrives at Jupiter, it slams on the brakes, firing its main engine in reverse. After slowing down, Juno can then enter Jupiter orbit.

Juno will cover 2.8 billion kilometers (nearly 1.8 billion miles) during its long, looping voyage. That’s 19 times farther than the distance between Earth and the Sun, and 15 times farther than the closest distance between Earth and Jupiter. If Juno were to fly at the speed of a commercial jet, it would take 342 years to complete its journey!

https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/earth-flyby/story/how-fast-can-juno-go
ht... more »

Over 250,000 kmph!

#Juno  When arriving at Jupiter, the planet's gravity pulls in Juno faster and faster until the spacecraft reaches a speed over 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 miles per hour) with respect to Earth – making it one of the fastest human-made objects ever. When it arrives at Jupiter, it slams on the brakes, firing its main engine in reverse. After slowing down, Juno can then enter Jupiter orbit.

Juno will cover 2.8 billion kilometers (nearly 1.8 billion miles) during its long, looping voyage. That’s 19 times farther than the distance between Earth and the Sun, and 15 times farther than the closest distance between Earth and Jupiter. If Juno were to fly at the speed of a commercial jet, it would take 342 years to complete its journey!

https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/earth-flyby/story/how-fast-can-juno-go

https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/

#nasa   #space   #juno   #jupiter  ___

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2016-02-05 03:15:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday to Clyde Tombaugh, the late astronomer who discovered Pluto
https://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons/happy-birthday-clyde-tombaugh-nh-returns-new-images-of-pluto

Happy Birthday to Clyde Tombaugh, the late astronomer who discovered Pluto
https://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons/happy-birthday-clyde-tombaugh-nh-returns-new-images-of-pluto___

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2016-02-05 03:14:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Friedlander and Saez reported that neurons whose excitatory synapses are in a certain states of plasticity, based on previous experiences, assort themselves into groups to converge onto specific individual neurons in the developing brain. "Individual neurons whose synapses are most likely to strengthen in response to a certain experience are more likely to connect to certain partner neurons, while those whose synapses weaken in response to a similar experience are more likely to connect to other partner neurons," Friedlander said. "The neurons whose synapses do not change at all in response to that same experience are more likely to connect to yet other partner neurons, forming a more stable but non-plastic network."

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Friedlander and Saez reported that neurons whose excitatory synapses are in a certain states of plasticity, based on previous experiences, assort themselves into groups to converge onto specific individual neurons in the developing brain. "Individual neurons whose synapses are most likely to strengthen in response to a certain experience are more likely to connect to certain partner neurons, while those whose synapses weaken in response to a similar experience are more likely to connect to other partner neurons," Friedlander said. "The neurons whose synapses do not change at all in response to that same experience are more likely to connect to yet other partner neurons, forming a more stable but non-plastic network."___

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2016-02-05 03:14:32 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

"But did the Big Bang happen? By the first definition, yes, absolutely: the Universe emerged from a hot, dense, uniform and rapidly expanding state, and has been cooling and getting less dense ever since. But if you’re using the second definition, you may really want to rethink using the term “the Big Bang.” You won’t be the only one using it that way, but your assumptions — and your conclusions — might be completely wrong."

It’s making headlines every time someone brings it up: a quantum calculation, a new theory or some mathematical evidence proves it once and for all: there was no Big Bang. Is that even possible? Honestly, it depends on which definition of the Big Bang you’re using. As it turns out, there are two of them, and there’s a good (historical) reason for that. But in the context of what we know today, one of them isn’t a good definition anymore, andhasn’t been for dec... more »

"But did the Big Bang happen? By the first definition, yes, absolutely: the Universe emerged from a hot, dense, uniform and rapidly expanding state, and has been cooling and getting less dense ever since. But if you’re using the second definition, you may really want to rethink using the term “the Big Bang.” You won’t be the only one using it that way, but your assumptions — and your conclusions — might be completely wrong."

It’s making headlines every time someone brings it up: a quantum calculation, a new theory or some mathematical evidence proves it once and for all: there was no Big Bang. Is that even possible? Honestly, it depends on which definition of the Big Bang you’re using. As it turns out, there are two of them, and there’s a good (historical) reason for that. But in the context of what we know today, one of them isn’t a good definition anymore, and hasn’t been for decades.___

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Share courtesy of +Russell Bateman 

We'll be Astrofest in London this Friday and Saturday, 5th - 6th February. Come see us at stands 25-27 on the lower floor for cameras, demos, and maybe even a bargain or two.

http://europeanastrofest.com/___Share courtesy of +Russell Bateman 

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2016-02-05 01:28:57 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

5 Planets Aligned over Dover, UK
"This 3 panel panoramic shows the current alignment of five planets and the moon, from the Dover Patrol Memorial at St. Margaret's Bay, on the White Cliffs of Dover. The lights of Calais (France) are visible on the horizon. Taken at 6.32am on the morning of February 3rd..."

Credit: Paul Andrew
Technical details: Fuji XT-1 and Samyang 12mm at f/2

#Space #Astronomy #Science #Planets #Mercury #Venus #Mars #Jupiter #Saturn #Moon #Planetary #Conjunction #Stars
#Astrophotography #Art #Science #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #Dover   #UK  #UnitedKingdom #SaintMargaret  #Memorial

5 Planets Aligned over Dover, UK
"This 3 panel panoramic shows the current alignment of five planets and the moon, from the Dover Patrol Memorial at St. Margaret's Bay, on the White Cliffs of Dover. The lights of Calais (France) are visible on the horizon. Taken at 6.32am on the morning of February 3rd..."

Credit: Paul Andrew
Technical details: Fuji XT-1 and Samyang 12mm at f/2

#Space #Astronomy #Science #Planets #Mercury #Venus #Mars #Jupiter #Saturn #Moon #Planetary #Conjunction #Stars
#Astrophotography #Art #Science #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #Dover   #UK  #UnitedKingdom #SaintMargaret  #Memorial___

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2016-02-05 00:59:06 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Another icon of entertainment history is gone..R.I.P.

Joe Alaskey, best known for providing the iconic voices of "Looney Tunes" legends Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 63.
http://ow.ly/XXirp___Another icon of entertainment history is gone..R.I.P.

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2016-02-05 00:48:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Before dawn next few mornings … Moon, Venus, Mercury!
http://bit.ly/1PUu90s

Plus the 5 planets before dawn

Before dawn next few mornings … Moon, Venus, Mercury!
http://bit.ly/1PUu90s

Plus the 5 planets before dawn___

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2016-02-05 00:04:32 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-04 22:55:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Hills of water ice on Pluto “float” in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs. The hills, which are located in the vast ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum within Pluto’s “heart,” are likely miniature versions of the larger, jumbled mountains on the plain’s western border. Take a look: http://go.nasa.gov/1K1oxPK

Hills of water ice on Pluto “float” in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs. The hills, which are located in the vast ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum within Pluto’s “heart,” are likely miniature versions of the larger, jumbled mountains on the plain’s western border. Take a look: http://go.nasa.gov/1K1oxPK___

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2016-02-04 22:54:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Why we see Venus and Mercury close before dawn now
http://bit.ly/1SvP9LD

Diagram by 3D sky master Guy Ottewell

Why we see Venus and Mercury close before dawn now
http://bit.ly/1SvP9LD

Diagram by 3D sky master Guy Ottewell___

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2016-02-04 22:52:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Very sad news:  Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire has passed away.  R.I.P.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/02/04/maurice-white-earth-wind-and-fire-dead/

Very sad news:  Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire has passed away.  R.I.P.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/02/04/maurice-white-earth-wind-and-fire-dead/___

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2016-02-04 22:07:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

On today's episode of EarthSky News on video ... the violent, possibly head-on collision that created Earth's moon. Watch here: http://earthsky.org/space/earthsky-news-for-february-4-2016
Plus, the asteroid - whose trajectory isn't precisely known - passing near Earth on March 5. Moon near predawn planets. Awesome polar stratospheric clouds.
All the news you can fit into outer space!


On today's episode of EarthSky News on video ... the violent, possibly head-on collision that created Earth's moon. Watch here: http://earthsky.org/space/earthsky-news-for-february-4-2016
Plus, the asteroid - whose trajectory isn't precisely known - passing near Earth on March 5. Moon near predawn planets. Awesome polar stratospheric clouds.
All the news you can fit into outer space!
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2016-02-04 22:06:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Fantastic!  500 days orbiting Mars!

As of today (Feb. 4, 2016) the MAVEN spacecraft has been in orbit around Mars for 500 days!

MAVEN’s orbit gives it the most comprehensive view of the Martian atmosphere to date. Circling the red planet every 4.5 hours on an elliptical path, MAVEN passes close to the north and south poles at an inclination of 75 degrees. This allows MAVEN to gather a north-south swath of data with each pass. At the same time, Mars itself rotates eastward beneath MAVEN, giving the orbiter longitudinal coverage. The combination of MAVEN’s orbit and Mars’ daily rotation provides a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere every day.

(Video credit: +NASA Goddard)
+NASA +University of Colorado Boulder +LASP CUBoulder +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory +Lockheed Martin +University of California, Berkeley ___Fantastic!  500 days orbiting Mars!

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2016-02-04 21:46:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Watch today's #HubbleHangout about #JWST's big #MirrorSeason assembly milestone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwTCd3jVFE

Watch today's #HubbleHangout about #JWST's big #MirrorSeason assembly milestone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwTCd3jVFE___

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