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Ciro Villa

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Testing this Universe.

Occupation: Software Engineer (Software Engineer - Early Adopter, Technology Buff, Bilingual, Multicultural, Software Engineer with)

Location: Florida

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Ciro Villa135,262Test 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 Lewis383,721Heck 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 Villa135,262Let'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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2016-08-20 14:36:15 (19 comments; 7 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Haa..haa..exactly..

#saturdayhumor  

Share copyright Brian Gordon courtesy of fowllanguagecomics.com

Most reshares: 20

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2016-08-19 13:47:29 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Scientists uncover a thermodynamic anomaly

"According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air.

For chemists and physicists, cooling samples of charged particles, also called ions, makes them easier to control and study. So they use a similar approach—called buffer gas cooling—to lower the temperature of ions by trapping them and then immersing them in clouds of cold atoms. Collisions with the atoms cool the originally hot ions by transferring energy from the ions to the atoms—much the same way a warm pie is cooled next to the cold window, said Eric Hudson, associate professor of physics at UCLA.

But new research by Hudson and his team, published in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that ions never truly cool to thetempe... more »

Most plusones: 94

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2016-08-18 16:19:44 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

GJ 1132b is located ~39 Light Years away, signs of Oxygen in the atmosphere, but probably no life

"The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely.

Harvard astronomer Laura Schaefer (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, or CfA) and her colleagues examined the question of what would happen to GJ 1132b over time if it began with a steamy, water-rich atmosphere.

Orbiting so close to its star, at a distance of just 1.4 million miles, the planet is flooded with ultraviolet or UV light. UV light breaks apart water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, both of which then can be... more »

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2016-08-24 17:18:21 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Fantastic news! Scientists announce the discovery of Proxima Centauri b: The closest planet ever found! Only about 4 light years away

Closest potentially habitable planet ever found!

"An international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us; it may even be the closest possible abode for life beyond our own Sun. A paper describing this milestone finding is published by Nature.

Just over four light-years from our Solar System sits a red dwarf star named Proxima Centauri. This... more »

Fantastic news! Scientists announce the discovery of Proxima Centauri b: The closest planet ever found! Only about 4 light years away

Closest potentially habitable planet ever found!

"An international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us; it may even be the closest possible abode for life beyond our own Sun. A paper describing this milestone finding is published by Nature.

Just over four light-years from our Solar System sits a red dwarf star named Proxima Centauri. This cool star in the constellation of Centaurus is too faint to be seen with the naked eye and is close to the much brighter pair of stars known as Alpha Centauri A and B."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-rocky-planet-orbiting-habitable-zone.html

The paper: A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri, Nature, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v536/n7617/full/nature19106.html

Image: This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser.

#proximab   #space   #universe   #science   #astronomy   #exoplanets   #exolife  ___

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2016-08-24 16:59:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Edmund Halley – of Halley's Comet fame – noted the 'Chill and Damp which attended the Darkness' of an eclipse in 1715, causing 'some sense of Horror' among the spectators.

Now we know why. The eerie eclipse weather experienced by Halley – and during last year's partial solar eclipse across the UK – was more than just a trick of the mind, scientists have confirmed.

The 'eclipse wind' is a change in wind direction as the moon temporarily blocks out the sun, but up until now scientists have been baffled as to what causes it.

Meteorologists at the University of Reading found the answer with help from an army of 4,500 citizen scientists around the UK, who took part in the National Eclipse Weather Experiment during the partial eclipse on 20 March 2015."

Read more at:http://... more »

"Edmund Halley – of Halley's Comet fame – noted the 'Chill and Damp which attended the Darkness' of an eclipse in 1715, causing 'some sense of Horror' among the spectators.

Now we know why. The eerie eclipse weather experienced by Halley – and during last year's partial solar eclipse across the UK – was more than just a trick of the mind, scientists have confirmed.

The 'eclipse wind' is a change in wind direction as the moon temporarily blocks out the sun, but up until now scientists have been baffled as to what causes it.

Meteorologists at the University of Reading found the answer with help from an army of 4,500 citizen scientists around the UK, who took part in the National Eclipse Weather Experiment during the partial eclipse on 20 March 2015."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-mystery-eclipse-years.html___

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2016-08-23 20:21:14 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-23 18:26:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first "Earthrise" image, taken by NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1.
Here is that historic image, next to an image of the Wanning Gibbous Moon taken by one of our users this morning.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first "Earthrise" image, taken by NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1.
Here is that historic image, next to an image of the Wanning Gibbous Moon taken by one of our users this morning.___

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2016-08-23 18:23:17 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Astronomers discover puzzling gap around a supernova located about 9000 light years away

"Based on the CO observations, we find a large cavity with radii of 0.3 degrees by 0.6 degrees around the remnant, which is further confirmed by the complementary infrared images from the space telescopes," the researchers wrote in the paper.

The team estimated that the cavity is located about 8,000 light years away and has radii of 42 and 88 light years. Their calculations allowed them to estimate that this cavity is expanding at a velocity of approximately 4 km s-1."

"Chinese astronomers have detected a large cavity existing around Tycho's supernova, also know as SN 1572, exhibiting stream-like structures. The findings, reported in a paper published Aug. 18 on arXiv.org, show that the environments of the supernovae may be much more... more »

Astronomers discover puzzling gap around a supernova located about 9000 light years away

"Based on the CO observations, we find a large cavity with radii of 0.3 degrees by 0.6 degrees around the remnant, which is further confirmed by the complementary infrared images from the space telescopes," the researchers wrote in the paper.

The team estimated that the cavity is located about 8,000 light years away and has radii of 42 and 88 light years. Their calculations allowed them to estimate that this cavity is expanding at a velocity of approximately 4 km s-1."

"Chinese astronomers have detected a large cavity existing around Tycho's supernova, also know as SN 1572, exhibiting stream-like structures. The findings, reported in a paper published Aug. 18 on arXiv.org, show that the environments of the supernovae may be much more complicated than previously thought."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-astronomers-large-cavity-tycho-supernova.html___

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2016-08-23 16:15:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Want a one-of-a-kind, autographed ‪#‎BBTF‬ pin-ball machine? They are auctioning one off on eBay right now, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Bid now! http://bit.ly/wwbttf

Want a one-of-a-kind, autographed ‪#‎BBTF‬ pin-ball machine? They are auctioning one off on eBay right now, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Bid now! http://bit.ly/wwbttf___

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2016-08-22 20:42:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Check out this wonderfully inspiring News Deeply story on our Kenya Nat'l Coordinator @smurabana, spreading astronomy to school kids in Africa. #STEM https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/looking-up-the-astronomer-who-inspires-kenyas-kids/

Check out this wonderfully inspiring News Deeply story on our Kenya Nat'l Coordinator @smurabana, spreading astronomy to school kids in Africa. #STEM https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/looking-up-the-astronomer-who-inspires-kenyas-kids/___

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2016-08-22 20:38:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Kitchen modules are being placed at Support Site 2. For more on what's cooking at the #GMTelescope site, check out our newsletter. bit.ly/2aygqiq

Kitchen modules are being placed at Support Site 2. For more on what's cooking at the #GMTelescope site, check out our newsletter. bit.ly/2aygqiq___

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2016-08-22 18:03:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers could induce such eclipses at will?

That’s the scientific vision behind ESA’s double-satellite Proba-3, the world’s first precision formation-flying mission, planned for launch in 2019."

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Proba_Missions/Proba-3_seeing_through_shadow_to_view_Sun_s_corona

"Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers could induce such eclipses at will?

That’s the scientific vision behind ESA’s double-satellite Proba-3, the world’s first precision formation-flying mission, planned for launch in 2019."

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Proba_Missions/Proba-3_seeing_through_shadow_to_view_Sun_s_corona___

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2016-08-22 17:50:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Latest barge landed SpaceX ‪#‎Falcon9‬ arrived back in Port Canaveral, FL. My story and photo/video gallery

Latest barge landed SpaceX ‪#‎Falcon9‬ arrived back in Port Canaveral, FL. My story and photo/video gallery___

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2016-08-22 17:50:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-22 17:47:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of gathering material from its parent molecular cloud, and may be even more massive when it finally reaches adulthood.

The researchers, led by a team at the University of Cambridge, have identified a key stage in the birth of a very massive star, and found that these stars form in a similar way to much smaller stars like our Sun - from a rotating disc of gas and dust. The results will be presented this week at the Star Formation 2016 conference held at the University of Exeter, and are reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."

Read more at:... more »

"Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of gathering material from its parent molecular cloud, and may be even more massive when it finally reaches adulthood.

The researchers, led by a team at the University of Cambridge, have identified a key stage in the birth of a very massive star, and found that these stars form in a similar way to much smaller stars like our Sun - from a rotating disc of gas and dust. The results will be presented this week at the Star Formation 2016 conference held at the University of Exeter, and are reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-astronomers-young-heavyweight-star-milky.html___

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2016-08-22 17:23:26 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Can't it be Logo McLogoface?

Can't it be Logo McLogoface?___

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2016-08-22 17:22:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson
All you need to know about next year’s Total Solar Eclipse across USA. From Hayden’s own @JoeRao12:
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/767424803456229376

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson
All you need to know about next year’s Total Solar Eclipse across USA. From Hayden’s own @JoeRao12:
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/767424803456229376___

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2016-08-22 17:22:30 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Tonight and in coming months … Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy
http://bit.ly/2b9iLAA

Tonight and in coming months … Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy
http://bit.ly/2b9iLAA___

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2016-08-22 17:22:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

What a cool business landmark! SpaceX erects the Falcon 9 that first "stuck the landing" outside 1 Rocket Road.

What a cool business landmark! SpaceX erects the Falcon 9 that first "stuck the landing" outside 1 Rocket Road.___

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2016-08-22 17:21:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a highly inflated giant planet orbiting a mildly evolved star. According to a research paper published Aug. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server, the newly found exoplanet, designated KELT-12b, is one of the most inflated "hot Jupiters" known to date.

A giant exoworld that expands in size when its parent star is at the end of its life is called "inflated." This inflation process is very often seen in the so-called "hot Jupiters"—gas giant planets similar in characteristics to the solar system's biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures as they orbit their parent stars very closely. The newly discovered KELT-12b is another great example of an inflated "hot Jupiter.""

Read more at:htt... more »

"(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a highly inflated giant planet orbiting a mildly evolved star. According to a research paper published Aug. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server, the newly found exoplanet, designated KELT-12b, is one of the most inflated "hot Jupiters" known to date.

A giant exoworld that expands in size when its parent star is at the end of its life is called "inflated." This inflation process is very often seen in the so-called "hot Jupiters"—gas giant planets similar in characteristics to the solar system's biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures as they orbit their parent stars very closely. The newly discovered KELT-12b is another great example of an inflated "hot Jupiter.""

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-inflated-giant-planets.html___

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2016-08-22 16:33:08 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Preserve your honor with Klingon style

Preserve your honor with Klingon style___

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2016-08-22 16:32:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-22 16:27:42 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Important words by Dr. +Frank Summers 

" This insightful analysis highlights the benefits of sharing data amongst the scientific community; in that new information can be gleaned from existing data that helps focus investigations before new experiments need be run. Astronomers have also been great beneficiaries of public data repositories. About half of the scientific papers based on Hubble data are not from new observations, but from studying the data in the archive. "

The hypothesis of a fifth force in the article below is not idle speculation, but it is also not anywhere near compelling evidence either.

The researchers, while studying another group's data, noticed an excess of events with an energy about 30 times that of an electron. It could indicate a new particle. Analysis of other previous experiments indicates that, if this new particle does exist, it fits better with the hypothesis of a force-carrying particle.

Note that no new experiments have been done to search for the hypothesized new particle. The work is based on experiments done for other purposes. The hypothesis will only take on significant credence after an experiment designed to confirm or deny the signature of such events is designed and executed (preferably by independent groups).

This insightful analysis highlights the benefits of sharing data amongst the scientific community; in that new information can be gleaned from existing data that helps focus investigations before new experiments need be run. Astronomers have also been great beneficiaries of public data repositories. About half of the scientific papers based on Hubble data are not from new observations, but from studying the data in the archive.

I will also say that it is a difficult conversation when these potential steps forward toward a significant discovery are given press releases. Such possible advances are the normal course of scientific investigation, and most do no lead to the big discovery. I don't want to play naysayer and dampen public enthusiasm for science, but I also don't want to make a big deal about a possible discovery that doesn't pan out and sound like we are crying wolf. It is an delicate balance of science communication in the internet age.

http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-irvine-physicists-discover-potential-fifth-force-nature___Important words by Dr. +Frank Summers 

" This insightful analysis highlights the benefits of sharing data amongst the scientific community; in that new information can be gleaned from existing data that helps focus investigations before new experiments need be run. Astronomers have also been great beneficiaries of public data repositories. About half of the scientific papers based on Hubble data are not from new observations, but from studying the data in the archive. "

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2016-08-21 02:47:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Outstanding astro-photo by +Michael A. Phillips of Moon's "Plato Crater", a 109 Kilometers (about 68 miles) wide impact crater

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato_(crater)

Plato Crater on the moon in my 14" Newt!___Outstanding astro-photo by +Michael A. Phillips of Moon's "Plato Crater", a 109 Kilometers (about 68 miles) wide impact crater

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato_(crater)

2016-08-20 23:12:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

In the time #UsainBolt runs 100 meters in the #Olympics, all humans travel about 300,000 meters in orbit around the Sun

In the time #UsainBolt runs 100 meters in the #Olympics, all humans travel about 300,000 meters in orbit around the Sun___

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2016-08-20 17:52:51 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Two galaxies ... our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda galaxy.

Mimi Ditchie captured this photo on August 7, on a rural road outside of Paso Robles, CA.

She wrote: "The Milky Way can be seen above an oak tree, as well as the Andromeda Galaxy above the tree right of center. The hills in the background were lit by the setting moon."

Two galaxies ... our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda galaxy.

Mimi Ditchie captured this photo on August 7, on a rural road outside of Paso Robles, CA.

She wrote: "The Milky Way can be seen above an oak tree, as well as the Andromeda Galaxy above the tree right of center. The hills in the background were lit by the setting moon."___

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2016-08-20 16:17:00 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Share thanks +Steve Zimmerman 

#ScienceHumor   #SaturdayHumor  

Tinder for dinosaurs.___Share thanks +Steve Zimmerman 

#ScienceHumor   #SaturdayHumor  

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2016-08-20 14:36:15 (19 comments; 7 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Haa..haa..exactly..

#saturdayhumor  

Share copyright Brian Gordon courtesy of fowllanguagecomics.com

Haa..haa..exactly..

#saturdayhumor  

Share copyright Brian Gordon courtesy of fowllanguagecomics.com___

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2016-08-20 00:41:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Agree or disagree, this is an interesting article on the state of science

If you are going to read just one article about the limits of science this year, it better be this one: http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/saving-science___Agree or disagree, this is an interesting article on the state of science

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2016-08-20 00:19:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Cosmic flowers, Qinghai Lake, China http://bit.ly/2bQaYrx
Photo by Jeff Dai.

Cosmic flowers, Qinghai Lake, China http://bit.ly/2bQaYrx
Photo by Jeff Dai.___

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2016-08-20 00:19:38 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

In his latest piece of inspired artwork, Kevin Gill treats viewers to an artistic impression of what the Keeler Gap in Saturn's Rings looks like up close

In his latest piece of inspired artwork, Kevin Gill treats viewers to an artistic impression of what the Keeler Gap in Saturn's Rings looks like up close___

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2016-08-20 00:17:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets - The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher.

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets - The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher.___

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2016-08-20 00:17:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Stand with +NASA's #Curiosity rover amid the Murray Buttes — mesas on Mars that stand about 50 feet (15 meters) high.

More info: http://go.nasa.gov/2bzBb9e

Stand with +NASA's #Curiosity rover amid the Murray Buttes — mesas on Mars that stand about 50 feet (15 meters) high.

More info: http://go.nasa.gov/2bzBb9e___

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2016-08-19 17:18:29 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

FACIAL RECOGNITION MAKES sense as a method for your computer to recognize you. After all, humans already use a powerful version of it to tell each other apart. But people can be fooled (disguises! twins!), so it’s no surprise that even as computer vision evolves, new attacks will trick facial recognition systems, too. Now researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking. Earlier this month at the Usenix security conference, security and computer vision specialists from the University of North Carolina presented a system that uses digital 3-D facial models based on publicly available photos and displayed with mobile virtual reality technology to defeat facial recognition systems. A VR-style face, renderedin ... more »

Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

FACIAL RECOGNITION MAKES sense as a method for your computer to recognize you. After all, humans already use a powerful version of it to tell each other apart. But people can be fooled (disguises! twins!), so it’s no surprise that even as computer vision evolves, new attacks will trick facial recognition systems, too. Now researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking. Earlier this month at the Usenix security conference, security and computer vision specialists from the University of North Carolina presented a system that uses digital 3-D facial models based on publicly available photos and displayed with mobile virtual reality technology to defeat facial recognition systems. A VR-style face, rendered in three dimensions, gives the motion and depth cues that a security system is generally checking for. The researchers used a VR system shown on a smartphone’s screen for its accessibility and portability.___

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2016-08-19 13:47:29 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Scientists uncover a thermodynamic anomaly

"According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air.

For chemists and physicists, cooling samples of charged particles, also called ions, makes them easier to control and study. So they use a similar approach—called buffer gas cooling—to lower the temperature of ions by trapping them and then immersing them in clouds of cold atoms. Collisions with the atoms cool the originally hot ions by transferring energy from the ions to the atoms—much the same way a warm pie is cooled next to the cold window, said Eric Hudson, associate professor of physics at UCLA.

But new research by Hudson and his team, published in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that ions never truly cool to thetempe... more »

Scientists uncover a thermodynamic anomaly

"According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air.

For chemists and physicists, cooling samples of charged particles, also called ions, makes them easier to control and study. So they use a similar approach—called buffer gas cooling—to lower the temperature of ions by trapping them and then immersing them in clouds of cold atoms. Collisions with the atoms cool the originally hot ions by transferring energy from the ions to the atoms—much the same way a warm pie is cooled next to the cold window, said Eric Hudson, associate professor of physics at UCLA.

But new research by Hudson and his team, published in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that ions never truly cool to the temperature of the surrounding gas. Also, very surprisingly, they discovered that under certain conditions, two final temperatures exist, and the temperature that the ions choose depends on their starting temperature."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-physicists-apparent-departure-laws-thermodynamics.html___

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'FUTURE FIRST': ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL IMPROVE THE WORLD
A.I. WILL BE YOUR NURSE, YOUR TEACHER, AND MORE

Leading AI scientist Ben Goertzel says, "In the future, an AI will tutor your children and take care of your grandma. It won't be Terminator robots marching down the street. We will transition to a singularity where AIs and humans evolve together."

'FUTURE FIRST': ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL IMPROVE THE WORLD
A.I. WILL BE YOUR NURSE, YOUR TEACHER, AND MORE

Leading AI scientist Ben Goertzel says, "In the future, an AI will tutor your children and take care of your grandma. It won't be Terminator robots marching down the street. We will transition to a singularity where AIs and humans evolve together."___

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Paleontologists discover major T. rex fossil (Update) - Paleontologists with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the University of Washington have discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex, including a very complete skull. The find, which paleontologists estimate to be about 20 percent of the animal, includes vertebrae, ribs, hips and lower jaw bones.

Paleontologists discover major T. rex fossil (Update) - Paleontologists with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the University of Washington have discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex, including a very complete skull. The find, which paleontologists estimate to be about 20 percent of the animal, includes vertebrae, ribs, hips and lower jaw bones.___

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Expanded coverage of Friday morning's spacewalk begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT. Mission experts and astronauts will provide insights live on NASA TV during the excursion to install a new International Docking Adapter. http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Expanded coverage of Friday morning's spacewalk begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT. Mission experts and astronauts will provide insights live on NASA TV during the excursion to install a new International Docking Adapter. http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv___

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TOMORROW: Follow NASA on Snapchat to learn more about #NationalAviationDay and how we are celebrating. #FlyNASA #WhereIsOrville

To learn more, visit: http://go.usa.gov/xjrXw

TOMORROW: Follow NASA on Snapchat to learn more about #NationalAviationDay and how we are celebrating. #FlyNASA #WhereIsOrville

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The Longest Call
ESA's New Norcia Receives Signals from NASA Cassini at Saturn
On August 10, 2016, ESA’s tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia, hosting a 35 m-diameter, 630-tonne deep-space antenna, received signals transmitted by NASA’s Cassini orbiter at Saturn, through 1.44 billion km of space.

“This was the farthest-ever reception for a European Space Agency (ESA) station, and the radio signals—travelling at the speed of light—took 80 minutes to cover this vast distance,” says Daniel Firre, responsible for supporting Cassini radio science at ESOC, ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

The signal reception was part of a series of tests to prepare several ESA stations to support Cassini’s radio science investigations, planned to begin later in 2016.

This image shows New Norcia station as seen in 2014 by DylanO’Donnell, an a... more »

The Longest Call
ESA's New Norcia Receives Signals from NASA Cassini at Saturn
On August 10, 2016, ESA’s tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia, hosting a 35 m-diameter, 630-tonne deep-space antenna, received signals transmitted by NASA’s Cassini orbiter at Saturn, through 1.44 billion km of space.

“This was the farthest-ever reception for a European Space Agency (ESA) station, and the radio signals—travelling at the speed of light—took 80 minutes to cover this vast distance,” says Daniel Firre, responsible for supporting Cassini radio science at ESOC, ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

The signal reception was part of a series of tests to prepare several ESA stations to support Cassini’s radio science investigations, planned to begin later in 2016.

This image shows New Norcia station as seen in 2014 by Dylan O’Donnell, an amateur photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia (the blob of light apparently hovering above the antenna is a light artefact, ‘lens flare’).

Credit & Copyright: ESA/D. O'Donnell
Release Date: August 18, 2016

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"In a few weeks, Uber will start using self-driving cars to carry passengers in Pittsburgh, raising the stakes in the fast-track race to deploy autonomous vehicles.

The ride-hailing company said Thursday that customers will be able to opt into the test program, which will use autonomous Ford Fusions summoned by the touch of a smartphone. Although other companies are testing self-driving cars on public roads, this is the first time the public will get access to them."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-uber-autonomous-cars-haul-people.html

"In a few weeks, Uber will start using self-driving cars to carry passengers in Pittsburgh, raising the stakes in the fast-track race to deploy autonomous vehicles.

The ride-hailing company said Thursday that customers will be able to opt into the test program, which will use autonomous Ford Fusions summoned by the touch of a smartphone. Although other companies are testing self-driving cars on public roads, this is the first time the public will get access to them."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-uber-autonomous-cars-haul-people.html___

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NASA Space Launch System Core Stage 101
Aug. 12, 2016: "We need the biggest rocket stage ever built for the bold missions in deep space that NASA's Space Launch System rocket will give us the capability to achieve. This infographic sums up everything you need to know about the SLS core stage, the 212-foot-tall stage that serves as the backbone of the most powerful rocket in the world. The core stage includes the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank that hold 733,000 gallons of propellant to power the stage’s four RS-25 engines needed for liftoff and the journey to Mars."

Credit: NASA/MSFC
Release Date: August 12, 2016

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#NASA #Space #Rocket #SLS #SpaceLaunchSystem #FuelTank #Hydogen #Oxygen #Welding #Mars #Jou... more »

NASA Space Launch System Core Stage 101
Aug. 12, 2016: "We need the biggest rocket stage ever built for the bold missions in deep space that NASA's Space Launch System rocket will give us the capability to achieve. This infographic sums up everything you need to know about the SLS core stage, the 212-foot-tall stage that serves as the backbone of the most powerful rocket in the world. The core stage includes the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank that hold 733,000 gallons of propellant to power the stage’s four RS-25 engines needed for liftoff and the journey to Mars."

Credit: NASA/MSFC
Release Date: August 12, 2016

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OSIRIS-Rex: Bringing Home Pieces of an Asteroid

After its September 8, 2016, launch, the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-Rex, will spend two years traveling through space to arrive at Bennu in 2018. The second mission in the world to bring back a bit of an asteroid, OSIRIS-Rex will follow in the footsteps of Japan's Hayabusa, which in 2010 became the first spacecraft to bring a bit of an asteroid back to Earth. It will be the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission.

The bits and pieces left over from the formation of the planets, asteroids carry the blueprints of the early solar system. Studying them allows scientists to see what the early solar system was like, and get a handle on how planets formed.

Understanding how asteroids form will not only provide insight about the early solar system, but also help... more »

OSIRIS-Rex: Bringing Home Pieces of an Asteroid

After its September 8, 2016, launch, the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-Rex, will spend two years traveling through space to arrive at Bennu in 2018. The second mission in the world to bring back a bit of an asteroid, OSIRIS-Rex will follow in the footsteps of Japan's Hayabusa, which in 2010 became the first spacecraft to bring a bit of an asteroid back to Earth. It will be the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission.

The bits and pieces left over from the formation of the planets, asteroids carry the blueprints of the early solar system. Studying them allows scientists to see what the early solar system was like, and get a handle on how planets formed.

Understanding how asteroids form will not only provide insight about the early solar system, but also help scientists better understand their makeup today. That could be helpful should any space rocks threaten to collide with Earth. It could also assist in future efforts to mine asteroids.

Read more: http://buff.ly/2bA2ArS___

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GJ 1132b is located ~39 Light Years away, signs of Oxygen in the atmosphere, but probably no life

"The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely.

Harvard astronomer Laura Schaefer (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, or CfA) and her colleagues examined the question of what would happen to GJ 1132b over time if it began with a steamy, water-rich atmosphere.

Orbiting so close to its star, at a distance of just 1.4 million miles, the planet is flooded with ultraviolet or UV light. UV light breaks apart water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, both of which then can be... more »

GJ 1132b is located ~39 Light Years away, signs of Oxygen in the atmosphere, but probably no life

"The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely.

Harvard astronomer Laura Schaefer (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, or CfA) and her colleagues examined the question of what would happen to GJ 1132b over time if it began with a steamy, water-rich atmosphere.

Orbiting so close to its star, at a distance of just 1.4 million miles, the planet is flooded with ultraviolet or UV light. UV light breaks apart water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, both of which then can be lost into space. However, since hydrogen is lighter it escapes more readily, while oxygen lingers behind.

"On cooler planets, oxygen could be a sign of alien life and habitability. But on a hot planet like GJ 1132b, it's a sign of the exact opposite - a planet that's being baked and sterilized," said Schaefer."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-venus-like-exoplanet-oxygen-atmosphere-life.html

The paper: "Predictions of the Atmospheric Composition of GJ 1132b," accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal: http://arxiv.org/abs/1607.03906

Image: This artist's conception shows the rocky exoplanet GJ 1132b, located 39 light-years from Earth. New research shows that it might possess a thin, oxygen atmosphere - but no life due to its extreme heat. Credit: CfA/Dana Berry/Skyworks Digital

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Everyone loves to talk about how English is a living language and there is no wrong way to use a word and that insisting on correct definitions and usage is linguistic totalitarianism oppressing people's right to speak to their own experiences... right up until their boss wants to "Touch base offline RE pivoting their core competency in compute density towards leveraging a drill-down in platform-agnostic software-defined systems, which may require rightsizing after disintermediation of non-core staff."

Everyone loves to talk about how English is a living language and there is no wrong way to use a word and that insisting on correct definitions and usage is linguistic totalitarianism oppressing people's right to speak to their own experiences... right up until their boss wants to "Touch base offline RE pivoting their core competency in compute density towards leveraging a drill-down in platform-agnostic software-defined systems, which may require rightsizing after disintermediation of non-core staff."___

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"(Phys.org)—When you hear a sound, only some of the neurons in the auditory cortex of your brain are activated. This is because every auditory neuron is tuned to a certain range of sound, so that each neuron is more sensitive to particular types and levels of sound than others. In a new study, researchers have designed a neuromorphic ("brain-inspired") computing system that mimics this neural selectivity by using artificial level-tuned neurons that preferentially respond to specific types of stimuli.

In the future, level-tuned neurons may help enable neuromorphic computing systems to perform tasks that traditional computers cannot, such as learning from their environment, pattern recognition, and knowledge extraction from big data sources.

The researchers, Angeliki Pantazi et al., at IBM Research-Zurich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, both inSwit... more »

"(Phys.org)—When you hear a sound, only some of the neurons in the auditory cortex of your brain are activated. This is because every auditory neuron is tuned to a certain range of sound, so that each neuron is more sensitive to particular types and levels of sound than others. In a new study, researchers have designed a neuromorphic ("brain-inspired") computing system that mimics this neural selectivity by using artificial level-tuned neurons that preferentially respond to specific types of stimuli.

In the future, level-tuned neurons may help enable neuromorphic computing systems to perform tasks that traditional computers cannot, such as learning from their environment, pattern recognition, and knowledge extraction from big data sources.

The researchers, Angeliki Pantazi et al., at IBM Research-Zurich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, both in Switzerland, have published a paper on the new neuromorphic architecture in a recent issue of Nanotechnology."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-neuromorphic-mimics-important-brain-feature.html___

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Dr. Alan Hargens, professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC San Diego, talks about the back pain many astronauts experience during and after long-duration missions.

Dr. Alan Hargens, professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC San Diego, talks about the back pain many astronauts experience during and after long-duration missions.___

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