5 Curious Facts About Earth (And the Blue Marble – 2012)

January 26, 2012 Science Leave a comment

Yesterday, NASA released a new high-definition image of Earth titled Blue Marble 2012. The image, which is actually a composite of multiple images, was taken by the VIIRS instrument aboard the Suomi NPP Earth-observing satellite, which, according to NASA, was created to “observe many facets of our changing Earth.”

Image: NASA via CC by 2.0

Atlantis Returns

January 24, 2012 Space

The Space Shuttle Atlantis took its first flight on October 3, 1985. 25 years and 33 missions later, it was retired at the end of the shuttle program in 2011. But it won’t be forgotten. On January 18, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape ...

Massive Solar Storm To Hit Earth Today

January 24, 2012 Space

Now Arriving: The most powerful solar storm to hit Earth in almost 7 years. The storm, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), was expelled from the Sun at about 11:00 p.m. on January 22, and is on course to hit Earth today at about 9:00 a.m. EST. When it ...

Video: Non-Newtonian Fluids

January 23, 2012 Science

It looks like something out of a horror movie: An animated ooze stirring to life, climbing out of a bowl to, what else, destroy humanity one blobby hand at a time. But it’s not The Blob. It’s a non-Newtonian fluid on a speaker.

How To Capture A Black Hole

January 19, 2012 Space

How do you take a picture of a black hole? You construct a telescope as wide as Planet Earth. 50 radio telescopes around the world will be working together to construct a massive “virtual telescope,” which should allow scientists a clear view of the black hole at the center of ...

John Titor As An Unreliable Narrator

January 19, 2012 Time Travel

I’ve posted quite a bit about John Titor, the alleged time traveler from 2036. This isn’t necessarily because I believe Titor was an actual time traveler. However, I’m fascinated by his story as a whole — the future of an alternate 2036, the statements regarding our own future, the machine. ...