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A Look Into The Inner Earth

January 3, 2012 Science Leave a comment

During the Apollo 8 moon mission, astronaut Bill Anders snapped a photograph of our planet rising over the moon’s surface. It was the first image of its kind ever taken. It showed our Earth, a spherical geoid, hovering in infinite darkness. The Sun illuminated blue oceans and swirling white clouds ...

More Blackbird Deaths Herald The Dawn Of 2012

It’s happened again. Last year, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds were found dead on New Year’s Eve, their lifeless bodies littering the roads and fields of Arkansas. Yesterday, thousands more were found. The original story in January of last year set off a bit of a panic, you could say, a media ...

In 2017, Machines Might Be Able to Read Your Mind

December 22, 2011 Inventions & Tech

Last week, IBM released its annual “Next 5 in 5,” highlighting the top five innovations they believe will become a reality in the next five years. Their focus in 2011 is on five key areas: Energy, security, mind reading, mobile, and analytics. Wait. Mind reading? Indeed. IBM visualizes a future ...

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A Quick Trip To Europa

December 19, 2011 Space

NASA is considering a 7-day mission to the Jovian moon Europa, which would commence in 2020 and allow us to explore its icy surface and the potentially life-bearing ocean underneath. Scientists have designed a mission that would involve sending two landers directly to Jupiter’s moon. They would be outfitted in ...

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Smallest Black Hole Discovered By NASA

December 17, 2011 Space, Time Travel

NASA has discovered the “heartbeat” of what may be the smallest black hole ever recorded. The mass of the black hole places it “near the theoretical minimum mass required for a black hole to be stable,” and it was discovered by measuring the steady “heartbeat” of x-rays emanating from the binary ...

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Comet Lovejoy’s Close Encounter

December 16, 2011 Space

When something’s on a crash course to the Sun, you don’t expect it to do anything other than burst into a fiery ball of plasma nothingness. Enter Lovejoy. The comet, officially known as c/2011 w3 Lovejoy, was considered “doomed” as it traveled toward our central star. However, as Lovejoy made ...

Light Particles Captured On Camera

December 14, 2011 Science

Scientists have developed a “new imaging solution” that operates at a rate of one trillion frames per second, effectively allowing them to capture the propagation of light particles. What you see in the video is a short “burst of laser light” beaming through a [Coke] bottle.