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Ciro Villa134,198Test 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 Lewis378,623Heck 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 Villa134,198Let'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  

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2017-07-25 22:15:03 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Comet-Con: NASA's WISE mission finds more large, distant #comets than we thought, by scanning the sky in the infrared. Find out more: https://go.nasa.gov/2uxVf5R

Most reshares: 9

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2017-07-25 15:35:18 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Warsaw University Observatory, Ohio State University and the University of Warwick has found evidence that suggests there are far fewer Jupiter-sized rogue planets roaming the Milky Way galaxy than prior surveys have shown. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using data compiled from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment to analyze light curves of approximately 50 million stars for the period 2010 to 2015 and what they found by doing so."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-survey-jupiter-sized-rogue-planets.html

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2017-07-25 15:35:18 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Warsaw University Observatory, Ohio State University and the University of Warwick has found evidence that suggests there are far fewer Jupiter-sized rogue planets roaming the Milky Way galaxy than prior surveys have shown. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using data compiled from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment to analyze light curves of approximately 50 million stars for the period 2010 to 2015 and what they found by doing so."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-survey-jupiter-sized-rogue-planets.html

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2017-07-27 23:23:24 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

For the first time astrophysicists have calculated the light energy distribution of the Milky Way Galaxy!

"Lead author Prof Cristina Popescu from the University of Central Lancashire, said: "We have not only determined the distribution of light energy in the Milky Way, but also made predictions for the stellar and interstellar dust content of the Milky Way.""

"For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

This research, conducted by astrophysicists at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in collaboration with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute... more »

For the first time astrophysicists have calculated the light energy distribution of the Milky Way Galaxy!

"Lead author Prof Cristina Popescu from the University of Central Lancashire, said: "We have not only determined the distribution of light energy in the Milky Way, but also made predictions for the stellar and interstellar dust content of the Milky Way.""

"For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

This research, conducted by astrophysicists at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in collaboration with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany and from the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, also shows how the stellar photons, or stellar light, within the Milky Way control the production of the highest energy photons in the Universe, the gamma-rays. This was made possible using a novel method involving computer calculations that track the destiny of all photons in the galaxy, including the photons that are emitted by interstellar dust, as heat radiation."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-astrophysicists-energy-milky.html___

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2017-07-27 13:57:50 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

"An important type of molecule that helps produce complex organic material has been detected within Titan's hazy upper atmosphere by a UCL-led team as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission.

In the study, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists identified negatively charged molecules called 'carbon chain anions' in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. These linear molecules are understood to be building blocks towards more complex molecules, and may have acted as the basis for the earliest forms of life on Earth."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cassini-universal-driver-prebiotic-chemistry.html

"An important type of molecule that helps produce complex organic material has been detected within Titan's hazy upper atmosphere by a UCL-led team as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission.

In the study, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists identified negatively charged molecules called 'carbon chain anions' in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. These linear molecules are understood to be building blocks towards more complex molecules, and may have acted as the basis for the earliest forms of life on Earth."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cassini-universal-driver-prebiotic-chemistry.html___

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2017-07-27 13:56:44 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

"In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter.

Using supercomputer simulations, the research team found a major and unexpected new mode for how galaxies, including our own Milky Way, acquired their matter: intergalactic transfer. The simulations show that supernova explosions eject copious amounts of gas from galaxies, which causes atoms to be transported from one galaxy to another via powerful galactic winds. Intergalactic transfer is a newly identified phenomenon, which simulations indicate will be critical for understanding how galaxies evolve."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-milky.html

"In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter.

Using supercomputer simulations, the research team found a major and unexpected new mode for how galaxies, including our own Milky Way, acquired their matter: intergalactic transfer. The simulations show that supernova explosions eject copious amounts of gas from galaxies, which causes atoms to be transported from one galaxy to another via powerful galactic winds. Intergalactic transfer is a newly identified phenomenon, which simulations indicate will be critical for understanding how galaxies evolve."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-milky.html___

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2017-07-27 13:54:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"Using new observations from ESO's VLT Survey Telescope, astronomers have discovered three different populations of baby stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster. This unexpected discovery adds very valuable new insights for the understanding of how such clusters form. It suggests that star formation might proceeds in bursts, where each burst occurs on a much faster time-scale than previously thought."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-tale-stellar-cities.html

"Using new observations from ESO's VLT Survey Telescope, astronomers have discovered three different populations of baby stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster. This unexpected discovery adds very valuable new insights for the understanding of how such clusters form. It suggests that star formation might proceeds in bursts, where each burst occurs on a much faster time-scale than previously thought."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-tale-stellar-cities.html___

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2017-07-27 13:51:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Meet Matthias Maurer: the new #German space traveller in the +European Space Agency, ESA #astronaut corps.

Full interview: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23413/year-all/#/gallery/27693

Image credit: #DLR.

Meet Matthias Maurer: the new #German space traveller in the +European Space Agency, ESA #astronaut corps.

Full interview: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23413/year-all/#/gallery/27693

Image credit: #DLR.___

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2017-07-26 20:31:50 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The inflatable BEAM module is working well 1 year later, so NASA plans to use it as a storage space.

The inflatable BEAM module is working well 1 year later, so NASA plans to use it as a storage space.___

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2017-07-26 17:24:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Soyuz rocket that will launch three new crew members to the International Space Station on Friday has rolled out to its launch pad in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz rocket that will launch three new crew members to the International Space Station on Friday has rolled out to its launch pad in Kazakhstan.___

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2017-07-26 10:55:18 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to test PERSEO, an innovative radiation protection vest http://thls.co/Qb1Y30dVdRB

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to test PERSEO, an innovative radiation protection vest http://thls.co/Qb1Y30dVdRB___

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2017-07-25 22:15:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Expedition 52 crew explored a unique device that could counter changes to vision in space. 

The Expedition 52 crew explored a unique device that could counter changes to vision in space. ___

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2017-07-25 22:15:03 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Comet-Con: NASA's WISE mission finds more large, distant #comets than we thought, by scanning the sky in the infrared. Find out more: https://go.nasa.gov/2uxVf5R

Comet-Con: NASA's WISE mission finds more large, distant #comets than we thought, by scanning the sky in the infrared. Find out more: https://go.nasa.gov/2uxVf5R___

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2017-07-25 16:09:19 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

“The beauty of it all is, therefore, what makes it so disconcerting to some. You can spend your entire life studying a problem, fascinated with the process of investigation and discovery. You can learn everything we know about a field and extend our knowledge within it. And you might have a beautiful idea, a preferred outcome, or a conclusion you wish were true as respects your studies. You may even put together a new theory that has the potential to revolutionize everything we think we know. But no matter how elegant, beautiful, compelling, or intuitive it is, your conclusions must be consistent with the entirety of the information we have. The most successful ideas in science aren’t successful because we love them the most; they’re successful because the evidence overwhelmingly validates and supports them.”

The enterprise of science is one of the most misunderstood in all of society.Some vi... more »

“The beauty of it all is, therefore, what makes it so disconcerting to some. You can spend your entire life studying a problem, fascinated with the process of investigation and discovery. You can learn everything we know about a field and extend our knowledge within it. And you might have a beautiful idea, a preferred outcome, or a conclusion you wish were true as respects your studies. You may even put together a new theory that has the potential to revolutionize everything we think we know. But no matter how elegant, beautiful, compelling, or intuitive it is, your conclusions must be consistent with the entirety of the information we have. The most successful ideas in science aren’t successful because we love them the most; they’re successful because the evidence overwhelmingly validates and supports them.”

The enterprise of science is one of the most misunderstood in all of society. Some view it as its own religion; others view it as a political ideology gussied up in smart-sounding clothes; still others view it as open to interpretation. But science is none of those things, and is rather the full suite of knowledge humanity has accumulated along with our process of discovery, investigation, and ongoing hard work. When we look at why humanity is so successful as a species, it’s rooted in our ability to understand the natural world. We’ve learned how a variety of systems work, independently and together, and have figured out how various influence affect it. This has led to advances in everything from agriculture, health, safety, and medicine to Earth science, astronomy, and particle physics.

Without science, stagnation is the absolute best humanity can hope for. But with it, our success is limited only by how quickly we can move forward!___

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2017-07-25 16:08:55 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

There's a 3rd planet up each evening now ... Saturn.

EarthSky planet guide here: http://bit.ly/2uCe4XJ

There's a 3rd planet up each evening now ... Saturn.

EarthSky planet guide here: http://bit.ly/2uCe4XJ___

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2017-07-25 16:08:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Ever wonder what the spacewalker sees while you’re looking them? Here’s your Ultra High Definition answer, courtesy of NASA Astronaut Jack “2fish” Fischer​.

Ever wonder what the spacewalker sees while you’re looking them? Here’s your Ultra High Definition answer, courtesy of NASA Astronaut Jack “2fish” Fischer​.___

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2017-07-25 15:35:18 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Warsaw University Observatory, Ohio State University and the University of Warwick has found evidence that suggests there are far fewer Jupiter-sized rogue planets roaming the Milky Way galaxy than prior surveys have shown. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using data compiled from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment to analyze light curves of approximately 50 million stars for the period 2010 to 2015 and what they found by doing so."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-survey-jupiter-sized-rogue-planets.html

"(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Warsaw University Observatory, Ohio State University and the University of Warwick has found evidence that suggests there are far fewer Jupiter-sized rogue planets roaming the Milky Way galaxy than prior surveys have shown. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using data compiled from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment to analyze light curves of approximately 50 million stars for the period 2010 to 2015 and what they found by doing so."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-survey-jupiter-sized-rogue-planets.html___

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2017-07-25 15:34:41 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"New maps of dark matter dynamics in the Universe have been produced by a team of international cosmologists.

Using advanced computer modelling techniques, the research team has translated the distribution of galaxies into detailed maps of matter streams and velocities for the first time.

The research was carried out by leading cosmologists from the UK, France and Germany."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cosmologists-dark-dynamics.html

"New maps of dark matter dynamics in the Universe have been produced by a team of international cosmologists.

Using advanced computer modelling techniques, the research team has translated the distribution of galaxies into detailed maps of matter streams and velocities for the first time.

The research was carried out by leading cosmologists from the UK, France and Germany."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cosmologists-dark-dynamics.html___

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2017-07-25 13:05:38 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Share courtesy of +Winchell Chung

Shuttle-Era Cargo Module to Become Deep Space Habitat Prototype
https://www.space.com/37598-donatello-deep-space-habitat-prototype.html
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2017-07-25 01:19:51 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

"With two months until the Earth Gravity Assist, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is only about 39 million km away from Earth. Want more navigation details? -> http://bit.ly/WhereIsOREX"

Share courtesy of +OSIRIS-REx Mission



"With two months until the Earth Gravity Assist, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is only about 39 million km away from Earth. Want more navigation details? -> http://bit.ly/WhereIsOREX"

Share courtesy of +OSIRIS-REx Mission

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2017-07-25 00:33:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Tonight … Go young moon hunting at dusk
http://bit.ly/2uuvVh2

Tonight … Go young moon hunting at dusk
http://bit.ly/2uuvVh2___

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2017-07-25 00:30:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Expedition 52-53: Prime and backup crew members
In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 52-53 prime and backup crews pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz booster rocket July 24 as part of their final fit check dress rehearsal. From left to right are prime crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Randy Bresnik of NASA and backup crew members Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA. Nespoli, Bresnik and Ryazanskiy will launch July 28 aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Credit: Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Image Date: July 24, 2017

+Paolo Nespoli... more »

Expedition 52-53: Prime and backup crew members
In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 52-53 prime and backup crews pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz booster rocket July 24 as part of their final fit check dress rehearsal. From left to right are prime crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Randy Bresnik of NASA and backup crew members Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA. Nespoli, Bresnik and Ryazanskiy will launch July 28 aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Credit: Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Image Date: July 24, 2017

+Paolo Nespoli
+European Space Agency, ESA
+NASA Johnson Space Center
+Samantha Cristoforetti
+Luca Parmitano
+AstronautiCAST
+ISAA - Italian Space and Astronautics Association

#NASA #ISS #Earth #Science #Cosmonauts #Soyuz #Commander #SergeyRyazanskiy #AlexanderMisurkin #Astronauts #NorishigeKanai #Japan #日本 #JAXA #MarkVandeHei #PaoloNespoli #RandyBresnik #ASI #ESA #Europe #Russia #Россия #Baikonur #Cosmodrome #Kazakhstan #Human #Spaceflight #Expedition52 #UnitedStates #JSC #STEM #Education___

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2017-07-25 00:27:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2017-07-25 00:27:46 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Tour the Arecibo Observatory in 360 3D Virtual Reality

I'm calling this one done... for now. Still want to fix a few errors and extend the tour to the lower section of the azimuth arm. Also I never really fixed the many issues with the video codecs I was having, so I think you're losing quite a bit of detail here. Next time I might try rendering in 4k to see if that helps.

The video includes sound, which isn't really necessary but I think helps with the immersion if you have a headset. If not, you can still enjoy it in regular 360 on a PC.

Full details (and many still images) here : http://astrorhysy.blogspot.cz/2017/07/arecibo-reloaded.html
It's worth looking at if only to see the signs, which are sadly not really visible in the video.

Tour the Arecibo Observatory in 360 3D Virtual Reality

I'm calling this one done... for now. Still want to fix a few errors and extend the tour to the lower section of the azimuth arm. Also I never really fixed the many issues with the video codecs I was having, so I think you're losing quite a bit of detail here. Next time I might try rendering in 4k to see if that helps.

The video includes sound, which isn't really necessary but I think helps with the immersion if you have a headset. If not, you can still enjoy it in regular 360 on a PC.

Full details (and many still images) here : http://astrorhysy.blogspot.cz/2017/07/arecibo-reloaded.html
It's worth looking at if only to see the signs, which are sadly not really visible in the video.___

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2017-07-25 00:26:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Weird science just in from NASA’s #Cassini mission to #Saturn:
- Length of Saturn’s day remains unknown
- Planet’s magnetic field has no tilt
- Its rings have mysterious plateaus

Weird science just in from NASA’s #Cassini mission to #Saturn:
- Length of Saturn’s day remains unknown
- Planet’s magnetic field has no tilt
- Its rings have mysterious plateaus___

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2017-07-24 17:45:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

See the constellation Scutum the Shield
http://bit.ly/2uMpCI7

It's noticeable in a dark sky because the starlit Milky Way is behind it.

See the constellation Scutum the Shield
http://bit.ly/2uMpCI7

It's noticeable in a dark sky because the starlit Milky Way is behind it.___

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2017-07-24 17:44:09 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A new crew is less than a week away from launching to space, while the orbiting crew is researching advanced cancer therapies. 

A new crew is less than a week away from launching to space, while the orbiting crew is researching advanced cancer therapies. ___

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2017-07-24 17:42:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-07-24 13:51:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

"Astronomers have used an Australian radio telescope to observe molecular signatures from stars, gas and dust in our galaxy, which could lead to the detection of complex molecules that are precursors to life.

Using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope located in the Murchison region of Western Australia, the team successfully detected two molecules called the mercapto radical (SH) and nitric oxide (NO)."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-molecules-murchison-widefield-array.html

"Astronomers have used an Australian radio telescope to observe molecular signatures from stars, gas and dust in our galaxy, which could lead to the detection of complex molecules that are precursors to life.

Using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope located in the Murchison region of Western Australia, the team successfully detected two molecules called the mercapto radical (SH) and nitric oxide (NO)."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-molecules-murchison-widefield-array.html___

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2017-07-24 13:51:02 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

New Supernova has been discovered

"(Phys.org)—Using gravitational lensing, an international team of astronomers has detected a new Type Ia supernova. The newly discovered lensed supernova was found behind the galaxy cluster known as MOO J1014+0038. The findings were detailed in a paper published July 14 on the arXiv pre-print repository."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ia-supernova-gravitational-lensing.html

New Supernova has been discovered

"(Phys.org)—Using gravitational lensing, an international team of astronomers has detected a new Type Ia supernova. The newly discovered lensed supernova was found behind the galaxy cluster known as MOO J1014+0038. The findings were detailed in a paper published July 14 on the arXiv pre-print repository."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ia-supernova-gravitational-lensing.html___

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2017-07-24 13:49:58 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

"Life has found ways to overcome, and even thrive, in many extreme situations—from super saline pools to the high temperatures of hydrothermal vents. A new experiment has shown that the microgravity found in space is also an environment in which life can adapt.

Researchers at the University of Houston used two nearly identical strains of non-pathogenic E. coli, a common bacteria found in animal guts, and put them to a test. One strain, NCM520, was grown in a flask under normal Earth-gravity conditions, while the other, MG1655, was placed in a special chamber on loan from the Johnson Space Center that simulates microgravity. Small enough to fit in the palms of your hands, the High Aspect Ratio Vessel (HARV) rotates slowly (approximately 25 rpm) on its side, so that the microbes growing in the liquid media inside are in free-fall."

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"Life has found ways to overcome, and even thrive, in many extreme situations—from super saline pools to the high temperatures of hydrothermal vents. A new experiment has shown that the microgravity found in space is also an environment in which life can adapt.

Researchers at the University of Houston used two nearly identical strains of non-pathogenic E. coli, a common bacteria found in animal guts, and put them to a test. One strain, NCM520, was grown in a flask under normal Earth-gravity conditions, while the other, MG1655, was placed in a special chamber on loan from the Johnson Space Center that simulates microgravity. Small enough to fit in the palms of your hands, the High Aspect Ratio Vessel (HARV) rotates slowly (approximately 25 rpm) on its side, so that the microbes growing in the liquid media inside are in free-fall."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-life-evolves-microgravity.html___

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2017-07-24 13:49:28 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

"A new era in neutrino physics in the United States is underway, and UW–Madison's Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) in Stoughton is playing a key role.

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, home to the $2 billion Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), will eventually send particles 800 miles through the earth from a lab outside Chicago to a mile-deep detector in an inactive gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-largest-neutrino-detectors-world.html

"A new era in neutrino physics in the United States is underway, and UW–Madison's Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) in Stoughton is playing a key role.

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, home to the $2 billion Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), will eventually send particles 800 miles through the earth from a lab outside Chicago to a mile-deep detector in an inactive gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-largest-neutrino-detectors-world.html___

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2017-07-21 19:40:21 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I was at a child's pool birthday party yesterday and witnessed the near-drowning of a young boy.

Please, please, please read this article. Drowning unfolds entirely differently than you think. It happens rapidly and quietly. A drowning is easy to miss, even when other people are near. 5 minutes of your time today can save someone's life.

Many thanks to +Russ Abbott for sharing this link several years ago.

I was at a child's pool birthday party yesterday and witnessed the near-drowning of a young boy.

Please, please, please read this article. Drowning unfolds entirely differently than you think. It happens rapidly and quietly. A drowning is easy to miss, even when other people are near. 5 minutes of your time today can save someone's life.

Many thanks to +Russ Abbott for sharing this link several years ago.___

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2017-07-21 19:33:38 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens - Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens - Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.___

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2017-07-21 19:33:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

It's been 48 years since humans first walked on the moon. Now NASA is testing its new Orion spacecraft to send crews beyond the moon and bring them back home safely.

It's been 48 years since humans first walked on the moon. Now NASA is testing its new Orion spacecraft to send crews beyond the moon and bring them back home safely.___

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2017-07-21 01:35:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Panorama-rama! @MarsRovers’ Oppy took this series of photos before entering the upper end of “Perseverance Valley”


Panorama-rama! @MarsRovers’ Oppy took this series of photos before entering the upper end of “Perseverance Valley”
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2017-07-19 23:04:25 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

You too could discover a planet or a star!

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February — not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project's first brown dwarf, formally known as WISEA J110125.95+540052.8.

After devoting hours to skimming online, publicly available "flipbooks" containing time-lapse images, she spotted a moving object unlike any other. The search process involves fixating on countless colorful dots, she explained. When an object is different, it simply stands out. Castro, who describes herself as extremely detail oriented, has contributed nearly 100 classifications to thiss... more »

You too could discover a planet or a star!

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February — not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project's first brown dwarf, formally known as WISEA J110125.95+540052.8.

After devoting hours to skimming online, publicly available "flipbooks" containing time-lapse images, she spotted a moving object unlike any other. The search process involves fixating on countless colorful dots, she explained. When an object is different, it simply stands out. Castro, who describes herself as extremely detail oriented, has contributed nearly 100 classifications to this specific project.

A paper about the new brown dwarf was published on May 24 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Four citizen scientists are co-authors of the paper, including Castro. Since then, Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 has identified roughly 117 additional brown dwarf candidates.

The collaboration was inspired by the recently proposed ninth planet, possibly orbiting at the fringes of our solar system beyond Pluto.

Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2uJNLPU

Find your own worlds: http://go.nasa.gov/2uK8GCD___

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2017-07-19 22:59:47 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Signals from A Nearby Star System?

Beginning last weekend, Jon Richards swung the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in the direction of Ross 128, and so far has collected more than 10 hours of data. Even using the massive Arecibo antenna, the detected signal was weak, and that makes its detection with other instruments difficult. But it’s obviously important to check the signal out and, insofar as possible, see if it’s really coming from the Ross 128 star system.

Institute scientist Gerry Harp is looking at the ATA data now, and this page will be updated with whatever findings are made. Of course it’s possible that Ross 128 will shed its anonymity and become the first star system to show good evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But it’s likely – at least on the basis of past experience – that we will find another, less romantic explanation for the mysterythat now ensh... more »

Signals from A Nearby Star System?

Beginning last weekend, Jon Richards swung the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in the direction of Ross 128, and so far has collected more than 10 hours of data. Even using the massive Arecibo antenna, the detected signal was weak, and that makes its detection with other instruments difficult. But it’s obviously important to check the signal out and, insofar as possible, see if it’s really coming from the Ross 128 star system.

Institute scientist Gerry Harp is looking at the ATA data now, and this page will be updated with whatever findings are made. Of course it’s possible that Ross 128 will shed its anonymity and become the first star system to show good evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But it’s likely – at least on the basis of past experience – that we will find another, less romantic explanation for the mystery that now enshrouds this object. That, of course, is a frequent occurrence for anyone doing exploration, and hardly a cause for discouragement, but rather an incentive to continue the search.

Read more:___

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2017-07-19 21:02:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Delaware Space Suit Company Honored at White House http://on.nbc10.com/TvzQywU

Delaware Space Suit Company Honored at White House http://on.nbc10.com/TvzQywU___

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2017-07-19 20:58:29 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Share thanks +Angie Creasy-Thompson

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements Shows How the Elements Actually Get Used in Making Everyday Things http://www.openculture.com/2017/07/interactive-periodic-table-of-elements-shows-how-the-elements-actually-get-used-in-making-everyday-things.html ___Share thanks +Angie Creasy-Thompson

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2017-07-19 20:57:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018

SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018___

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2017-07-19 20:55:26 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Testing decades old drugs show most still viable

"A dozen of the 14 [30+ year old] compounds were still as potent as they were when they were manufactured, some at almost 100 percent of their labeled concentrations."

This could have multi-million dollar implications for hospitals and government stockpiles.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-myth-of-drug-expiration-dates

Testing decades old drugs show most still viable

"A dozen of the 14 [30+ year old] compounds were still as potent as they were when they were manufactured, some at almost 100 percent of their labeled concentrations."

This could have multi-million dollar implications for hospitals and government stockpiles.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-myth-of-drug-expiration-dates___

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2017-07-19 16:31:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Before sunrise on July 20, 2017, look for the waning crescent moon and planet Venus in the eastern morning twilight! http://bit.ly/2u9CeId

Before sunrise on July 20, 2017, look for the waning crescent moon and planet Venus in the eastern morning twilight! http://bit.ly/2u9CeId___

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2017-07-19 16:30:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The end forms a new beginning - LISA Pathfinder paves the way for the gravitational-wave observatory LISA

The last command to #LISAPathfinder was sent at around 08:00 pm CET on 18 July 2017, after 16 months of scientific operation, marking the end of a sophisticated technology demonstration in space. #DLR and the Max Planck Society funded the German contribution to this +European Space Agency, ESA mission. Paving the way for laser interferometry in space and the detection of gravitational-wave, LISA Pathfinder clearly pushed the boundaries of technical feasibility and took an important step toward the planned gravitational-wave observatory #LISA.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23351/year-all/#/gallery/27623

+Airbus Defence and Space

Image: Spacetime ripples. Credit: +NASA/C. Henze.

The end forms a new beginning - LISA Pathfinder paves the way for the gravitational-wave observatory LISA

The last command to #LISAPathfinder was sent at around 08:00 pm CET on 18 July 2017, after 16 months of scientific operation, marking the end of a sophisticated technology demonstration in space. #DLR and the Max Planck Society funded the German contribution to this +European Space Agency, ESA mission. Paving the way for laser interferometry in space and the detection of gravitational-wave, LISA Pathfinder clearly pushed the boundaries of technical feasibility and took an important step toward the planned gravitational-wave observatory #LISA.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23351/year-all/#/gallery/27623

+Airbus Defence and Space

Image: Spacetime ripples. Credit: +NASA/C. Henze.___

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2017-07-19 14:27:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a new Earth-sized exoplanet in an ultra-short period around its parent star. The alien world, designated EPIC 228813918 b, circles its host every four hours and 20 minutes, which makes it the second-shortest orbital period of a planet known to date. The finding was presented in a paper published July 14 on arXiv.org.

EPIC 228813918 b was identified by a group of researchers led by Alexis Smith of German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, Germany. The transit signal was detected using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, during its Campaign 10, lasting from July 6 to September 20, 2016.

The planetary nature of this signal was confirmed by adaptive optics imaging, radial velocity measurements, light curve modeling and analysis of archival images, which excludedt... more »

"(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a new Earth-sized exoplanet in an ultra-short period around its parent star. The alien world, designated EPIC 228813918 b, circles its host every four hours and 20 minutes, which makes it the second-shortest orbital period of a planet known to date. The finding was presented in a paper published July 14 on arXiv.org.

EPIC 228813918 b was identified by a group of researchers led by Alexis Smith of German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, Germany. The transit signal was detected using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, during its Campaign 10, lasting from July 6 to September 20, 2016.

The planetary nature of this signal was confirmed by adaptive optics imaging, radial velocity measurements, light curve modeling and analysis of archival images, which excluded the possibility that the star EPIC 228813918 could be an eclipsing binary."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-astronomers-earth-sized-exoplanet-short-orbital.html___

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2017-07-19 14:25:25 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

130 million light years away, two galaxies are colliding (NGC 2207 and IC 2163). At least three supernova explosions have been seen in this area of Canis Major in last 18 years!

Want to know more? http://s.si.edu/1ySShap

130 million light years away, two galaxies are colliding (NGC 2207 and IC 2163). At least three supernova explosions have been seen in this area of Canis Major in last 18 years!

Want to know more? http://s.si.edu/1ySShap___

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2017-07-19 14:25:18 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Recent volcanic activity and hydrothermal minerals on Mars

#DLR planetary researchers, collaborating with international scientists, have discovered evidence for volcanic activity within Valles Marineris on #Mars.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23217/year-all/#/gallery/27504

+Freie Universität Berlin #volcanism

Image: Young volcanoes at the base of Coprates Chasma on Mars. Credit: +NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona 

Recent volcanic activity and hydrothermal minerals on Mars

#DLR planetary researchers, collaborating with international scientists, have discovered evidence for volcanic activity within Valles Marineris on #Mars.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-23217/year-all/#/gallery/27504

+Freie Universität Berlin #volcanism

Image: Young volcanoes at the base of Coprates Chasma on Mars. Credit: +NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona ___

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2017-07-19 14:24:16 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

United Launch Alliance’s #AtlasV rocket will launch Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems’ Dream Chaser cargo missions!

"The two awarded Atlas V missions will carry pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The first mission is set to lift off in 2020 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida. The second contracted mission is scheduled to lift off in 2021. Dream Chaser will launch atop an Atlas V 552, with a dual engine Centaur upper stage. "

More info: http://www.ulalaunch.com/ula-signs-contract-with-sierra-nevada-crs2.aspx

United Launch Alliance’s #AtlasV rocket will launch Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems’ Dream Chaser cargo missions!

"The two awarded Atlas V missions will carry pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The first mission is set to lift off in 2020 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida. The second contracted mission is scheduled to lift off in 2021. Dream Chaser will launch atop an Atlas V 552, with a dual engine Centaur upper stage. "

More info: http://www.ulalaunch.com/ula-signs-contract-with-sierra-nevada-crs2.aspx___

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2017-07-19 10:33:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"Astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico have detected a weird radio signal, spotted when pointing their telescope at the nearby star Ross 128. They’re not getting too excited about the prospect of an alien civilisation contacting us just yet though. “In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations,” said Abel Mendez, the scientist leading the campaign.

Of course, this doesn’t stop others speculating that the signal may be just that. And it begs the question, how do you work out if a strange signal from space really is a message from aliens? The simple answer is that you have to rule out everything else first and only then can you think it may be aliens. As Sherlock Holmes said: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” But eliminatingall the oth... more »

"Astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico have detected a weird radio signal, spotted when pointing their telescope at the nearby star Ross 128. They’re not getting too excited about the prospect of an alien civilisation contacting us just yet though. “In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations,” said Abel Mendez, the scientist leading the campaign.

Of course, this doesn’t stop others speculating that the signal may be just that. And it begs the question, how do you work out if a strange signal from space really is a message from aliens? The simple answer is that you have to rule out everything else first and only then can you think it may be aliens. As Sherlock Holmes said: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” But eliminating all the other possibilities isn’t exactly easy."

Read more: https://theconversation.com/how-do-you-work-out-if-a-signal-from-space-is-a-message-from-aliens-81153___

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2017-07-18 01:42:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

"One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February—not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project's first brown dwarf, formally known as WISEA J110125.95+540052.8."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-citizen-science-brown-dwarf.html

"One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February—not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project's first brown dwarf, formally known as WISEA J110125.95+540052.8."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-citizen-science-brown-dwarf.html___

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2017-07-18 01:36:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

“The existing Space Network of satellites like NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite provide constant communications from other NASA satellites like the ISS or Earth observing satellites like Aura, Aqua, Landsat that have high bandwidth data that needs to be transmitted to the ground,” #TDRSM Deputy Project Manager Robert Buchanan explained to Universe Today during an interview in the Astrotech Space Operations clean room on July 13.
But the TDRS-M Omni-S antenna was damaged during processing on July 14 Can the ULA #AtlasV launch proceed on Aug 3? Read my story with photos by Ken Kremer & Julian Leek

“The existing Space Network of satellites like NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite provide constant communications from other NASA satellites like the ISS or Earth observing satellites like Aura, Aqua, Landsat that have high bandwidth data that needs to be transmitted to the ground,” #TDRSM Deputy Project Manager Robert Buchanan explained to Universe Today during an interview in the Astrotech Space Operations clean room on July 13.
But the TDRS-M Omni-S antenna was damaged during processing on July 14 Can the ULA #AtlasV launch proceed on Aug 3? Read my story with photos by Ken Kremer & Julian Leek___

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