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A Short History Of The Physics Of Nearly Everything

by on August 31, 2012

Michio Kaku delivers the Universe in a Nutshell and provides an entertaining thumbnail sketch of the history of physics, from Aristotle to the sparticles. And while you are enjoying the lecture, you might as well contemplate this recently released image of the transit of Titan across Saturn as captured by the Cassini probe.

As the seasons have changed in the Saturnian system, and spring has come to the north and


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The Curiosity Has Landed

by on August 6, 2012

Earlier today the nuclear-powered Curiosity Rover successfully completed its 9-month space journey and touched down safely on the Red Planet. Images to be posted here as they become available.

Live screen-capture from NASA TV

What’s so special about the Curiosity?

Well for one thing, it’s the first Mars rover whose tweets you can follow. Make sure you follow the Curiosity avidly and retweet often; it requires regular infusions of trendium …
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Uranus ~ Escape From Planet Puerile

by on June 20, 2012


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The Starry Curds Of The Universe

by on June 8, 2012

More on mapping the Big Bang after the break.…
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The Planetude Of Pluto

by on May 29, 2012

CGP Grey passes judgement on the status of the ninth planet. Sorry, Pluto, you’re out.


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Black Hole Eats A Star

by on May 4, 2012

This computer simulation shows a star being shredded by the gravity of a massive black hole. Some of the stellar debris falls into the black hole and some of it is ejected into space at high speeds. The areas in white are regions of highest density, with progressively redder colors corresponding to lower-density regions. The blue dot pinpoints the black hole’s location. The elapsed time corresponds to the amount of


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Virtues Of 3D or Why The Solar System Can Exist

by on May 3, 2012

Crashing: when your orbit coincides with the ground.…
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Giant Solar Flare Erupting from Sun Surface

by on April 17, 2012

NASA released images of a powerful solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the sun before blasting into space. The flare was recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, which is part of a 5-year mission focused on the sun. NASA described the eruption as “a beautiful prominence eruption producing a coronal mass ejection,” known as a CME. It was not directed towards


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“First Orbit”: recreating the journey of Yuri Gagarin on April 12 1961

by on April 12, 2012

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to see the earth from space, igniting the space race and the ripening desire to exceed ourselves, and our planet. Filmmaker Christopher Riley and a group of collaborators have made a visually stunning film recreating our first foray into the stars.

From the First Orbit website:

In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition
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NASA Video: Rare Giant Solar Tornado

by on March 29, 2012


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Lego Space Shuttle Sent Into Orbit

by on March 4, 2012

To commemorate the end of the Shuttle program, a LEGO shuttle was lifted from central Germany into Earth orbit. The craft reached a height of 35,000 metres using a 1600g weather balloon.


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Two Looks At The Leap (Year)

by on February 29, 2012

See also Horologists split on the Leap Second
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