Category: science

Aug 30 2012

Curiousity leaves Morse code in its tracks

Curiosity talks to itself as it drives around the surface of Mars by leaving Morse code for “JPL” imprinted in its tracks to help refine its navigation.  NASA – Rover Leaves Tracks in Morse Code

Jun 11 2012

NASA’s view of the transit of Venus

NASA has compiled a series of solar videos into a terrific short movie of the transit of Venus on June 5…  

Apr 26 2012

Spirals found on Mars: fire versus ice

Geologists disagree whether the odd spiral shapes in recent photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are caused by lava flows or by evaporating ice. via Huge Spirals Found on Mars—Evidence of New Lava Type?

Apr 15 2012

Quantum levitation

Hmmm! Rather “cool” video of quantum locking of superconducting magnets. IOW, magnets that float and move in a locked position relative to other magnets. via Quantum Levitation 

Apr 13 2012

Alcohol sharpens the mind

Eureka! Drink up. The drinking group solved nearly 40 per cent more problems than the others, and took an average of 12 seconds compared to the 15.5 seconds needed by sober subjects. via Alcohol sharpens the mind, research finds

Apr 06 2012

The most complex mass of protoplasm in the Milky Way?

Our data may open up entirely new ways of analyzing, understanding, and, eventually, imitating the network architecture of the brain, which according to Marian C. Diamond and Arnold B. Scheibel is “the most complex mass of protoplasm on earth—perhaps even in our galaxy.” via The Human Brain

Apr 06 2012

12-mile-high martian dust devil caught in act

A Martian dust devil roughly 12 miles high 20 kilometers was captured whirling its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14…They are spinning columns of air, made visible by the dust they pull off the ground. Unlike a tornado, a dust devil typically forms on a clear day when the …

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Apr 02 2012

1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of astronomical data per day

Thunderbolt SSD RAIDs, anyone? …the SKA represents a new step in terms of data management and the complexities of project coordination.  The instrument will generate an exabyte of data every day – that would be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes – more than twice the information sent around the internet on a daily basis and 100 times more …

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Mar 28 2012

Habitable planets everywhere

…researchers estimate that tens of billions of these planets are to be found in the Milky Way, and about 100 should lie in the immediate neighborhood of the sun. via Search for Life on Alien Planets

Mar 24 2012

Einstein archives, online

Read. Browse. Possibly some of it will rub off.

Mar 22 2012

Planet Mercury even weirder than we thought

  …two new papers show that the planet had active geologic and tectonic processes occurring until at least the planet’s middle age, around 2 billion years ago. via Planet Mercury Even Weirder Than We Thought | Wired Science |  

Mar 19 2012

Mayan doom teaches climate lesson

…these droughts may not have been strong enough to cause by themselves the collapse of the civilization, but they were likely strong enough and persistent enough … to cause major sociopolitical disruptions that ultimately led to the final outcome. via Cosmic Log – Maya doom teaches climate lesson

Mar 18 2012

Apollo 12 lunar surface activity checklist: hot action on the Moon

The cuff checklists that were worn by the Apollo astronauts as they left the lunar module for “EVA” on the Moon’s surface contained a little, well, extra something.

Mar 17 2012

The infrared sky

NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky today showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

Mar 15 2012

Evolution of the Moon

Super video of the Moon’s history in 3 minutes. (Of course, there’re no impact sounds in space. Oh, and no music.) NASA | Evolution of the Moon – YouTube

Mar 13 2012

Brain and eye abnormalities in astronauts

No mention of whether the damage resulting from long-term exposure to microgravity is permanent. Some version of artificial gravity may be a prerequisite to long-term space travel.

Mar 13 2012

Plants on the move

The authors may be reluctant to base this on climate change, but I’m not. 11 of the last 12 years were the warmest years in history. via Plants Boldly Go Where They’ve Never Gone Before

Feb 29 2012

Rare galaxy at ‘dawn of time’

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at a shockingly high rate. The blob-shaped galaxy, called GN-108036, is the brightest galaxy found to date at such great distances.

Feb 29 2012

Amazing comet pictures from space

via Lovejoy Dazzles Holiday Sky-Watchers

Jan 10 2012

Telomeres: lifespan indicators

"They found that the telomere length in an early stage of life, at 25 days after hatching, was a good predictor of lifespan …"