Credit: Rodrigo Luger / NASA images
Excerpt from sciencedaily.com
Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets — tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity — might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, astronomers have found.
Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets — tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity — might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, University of Washington astronomers have found.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
|Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible to sky watchers using binoculars on clear nights in January 2015. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)|
California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars.
If they’re savvy.
Comet Lovejoy, which won’t be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an asteroid as wide as five football fields will make a near-Earth flyby.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
The following statement has been posted by Tedstaff at blog.ted.com: “After due diligence, including a survey of published scientific research and recommendations from our Science Board and our community, we have decided that Graham Hancock’s and Rupert Sheldrake’s talks from TEDxWhitechapel should be removed from distribution on the TEDx YouTube channel… All talks on the TEDxTalks channel represent the opinion of the speaker, not of TED or TEDx, but we feel a responsibility not to provide a platform for talks which appear to have crossed the line into pseudoscience.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
|A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, with the Air Force’s AFSPC-4 mission aboard.(Photo: United Launch Alliance)|
Excerpt from news-press.com
With two dozen rockets projected to blast payloads into orbit, Cape Canaveral this year hopes to claim the title of “world’s busiest spaceport,” the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing said Tuesday.
“It’s a great time to be here,” said Col. Thomas Falzarano, commander of the Wing’s 45th Operations Group. “Business is booming.”
Falzarano presented the Eastern Range launch forecast to several hundred guests at the National Space Club Florida Committee’s meeting in Cape Canaveral.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
|Concerned neighbors rescued Barbie and her puppies from the snow. Scott Townsend|
Cold weather can be deadly for pets. As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, The Humane Society of the United States sees a marked increase in the number of complaints about dogs and cats who have been left outside with no food or shelter.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
ROCKINGHAM — The National Audubon Society is inviting Richmond County birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey in the world, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Beginning Sunday, hundreds of birders and nature enthusiasts across North Carolina will take part in this long-standing tradition where data collected has helped to shape influential conservation efforts nationwide.
As North Carolina’s landscape continues to evolve with changes… the data collected during the annual Christmas Bird Count is crucial to understanding the health of native and migrating bird populations throughout North Carolina.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
|The exoplanet 55 Cancri e has been observed passing in front of its star for the first time by a ground-based telescope. What do we know about this strange planet?|
The exoplanet 55 Cancri e has been seen transiting, or passing between its sun and our planet, for the first time ever, using a moderate ground-based telescope.
Astronomers utilized the 97.5 inch Nordic Optical Telescope, located on the island of La Palma, Spain.
This super-Earth orbits 55 Cancri, a star much like the Sun.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
Artist Carrie Paterson has long dreamed of beaming messages far out to the emptiness of space. Except her messages would have an extra dimension – smell.
By broadcasting formulae of aromatic chemicals, she says, aliens could reconstruct all sorts of whiffs that help to define life on Earth: animal blood and faeces, sweet floral and citrus scents or benzene to show our global dependence on the car. This way intelligent life forms on distant planets who may not see or hear as we do, says Paterson, could explore us through smell, one of the most primitive and ubiquitous senses of all.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
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Mercury’s North Polar Region Acquired By The Arecibo Observatory
A Mosaic of MESSENGER Images of Mercury’s North Polar Region
Permanently Shadowed Polar Craters
Full Image and Caption New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
Clayhut Healing Centre
The phenomenon known as the Dark Night of the Soul is something which many spiritual seekers experience on their journey to re-enlightenment. It can be a painful and frightening process, but it can also be liberating and empowering. It all depends on your perspective and your ability to remain detached.
Peeling the Onion
What is next for us cosmically? The huge Mayan shift back in 2012 has definitely left us with something to think about, but is anyone really aware of just what that shift filled with subtle nuances entails? How do we identify with anything subtle in this not-so-subtle world?
Why aren’t we seeing the effects of a shift in the world? Doesn’t it feel as if things have just gotten far worse lately?