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News Mash: Square Kilometer Array needed to study the now, non-existent black holes?

The idea has been around since 1783

And is one that has generally been held up by most everyone in the field of physics.

Too bad?

Stephen Hawking says  you’re wrong:

[via io9]Stephen Hawking says there are no black holes ~Ria Misrayeah about that

At least, not as we’ve defined them. In a new paper, Hawking says that one of the defining features of black holes — the complete inability of even light to escape — may not hold true.

“The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity,” writes Hawking, in a new paper. In other words, the notion that black holes have an event horizon, which prevents anything from escaping ever, is wrong.

Hawking posted the paper, titled “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes” up on arXiv, but it hasn’t yet gone through peer review.

So what exactly does all this mean for theories about how black holes work? The New Scientist has a terrific look at some of the questions raised by the paper, and how to answer them:

It’s yet another quantum versus relativity showdown!

Indeed. Firewalls mean that one of the two theories is wrong, so physicists have been scrambling to find a compromise that doesn’t produce these flaming problems. Now Hawking has waded in and says the solution is to give up the very thing that makes black holes so intriguing – the event horizon.

Wait a minute… does that mean you could actually escape from a black hole?
Potentially, although you would probably need to be travelling at the speed of light. “The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes – in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity,” writes Hawking in his new paper, which he posted online earlier this week. Instead, black holes have “apparent horizons”, surfaces which trap light but can also vary in shape due to quantum fluctuations, leaving the potential for light to escape.

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And because he does?

Looks like this future African Continental Telescope Array…

Called the Square Kilometer Array?

Could come in pretty hand.

Cause now that we know what they are NOT…

Maybe the Square Kilometer Array will soon be able to tell us what they ARE:

[via Scientific American] Continental Telescope Array Could Usher Astronomy Revolution in Africa ~By Clara Moskowitz

Scientists are predicting an astronomy renaissance on the African continent in coming years, thanks in part to a giant radio telescope array being built there. But the road to cosmic cachet is not an easy one, and African science advocates are scrambling to take full advantage of the opportunities coming their way.

“Astronomy really is about to explode across the African continent,” astronomer Kartik Sheth of the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory said January 9 at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society near Schwarzschild black holeWashington, D.C. The challenge, he said, is to make sure African astronomers benefit from the surge of facilities being built in their midst. “We want to build long-term sustainable collaborations that are mutually beneficial to the U.S. and to Africa. We don’t want brain and data drain from Africa to the U.S.”

The biggest game-changer on the continent will be the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world’s largest network of radio telescopes designed to survey the sky faster than any instrument before it. Roughly 3,000 radio dishes—having a combined total surface equal to a light-collecting area of about a square kilometer—will be spread across vast distances to offer a resolution akin to a single dish encompassing the whole span. “SKA will be the premier project of the coming decades, completely revolutionizing radio astronomy,” said Ted Williams, director of the South African Astronomical Observatory. “The largest part of the SKA will be sited in Africa, and it’s continent-wide, extending across eight African countries:” Botswana, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. A smaller portion of the project will be built in Australia.

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Lucky for you too.

Because, pffft

It’s not like physicists like to go around and be wrong all the time.

Right?

Jeez, Stephen…

Way to party-poop on a centuries long party, by rattling beliefs.

Yikes.

But, you know…

Kinda awesome all at the same time, right?

Who doesn’t, after all, enjoy a good ol’ common challenge to the ‘status quo‘?

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Hand of God

News Mash: Your thick cerebral cortex sees? The ‘Hand of God’!

Ever wanted to know…

Just where God is found in the brain?

Cause apparently Science found it:

[via Medical Daily]Where Is God Located In the Brain? Importance of Religion Is Related To Thickness Of The Cerebral Cortex ~By

Made entirely of gray matter and distinguished by its characteristic folds, the cerebral cortex is the brain’s outermost layer covering the hemispheres.

Now, researchers from New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University found the importance of religion or spirituality to individuals may be linked to the thickness of their cerebral cortices.

“Importance of religion or spirituality, but not frequency of [house of worship] attendance, was associated with thicker cortices in the left and right parietal and occipital regions, the mesial frontal lobe of the right hemisphere, and the cuneus and precuneus in the left hemisphere,” wrote the authors in their study, published this month in JAMA Psychology.

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And…

In case you were ALSO wondering?

NASA found God’s omnipresence…

In the sky as well:

[via Space] ‘Hand of God’ Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo) ~By Tanya LewisHand of God

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.”

The cosmic “hand of God” photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays.

“NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light,” NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a statement.

The new image depicts a pulsar wind nebula, produced by the dense remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova. What’s left behind is a pulsar, called PSR B1509-58 (B1509 for short), which spins around 7 times per second blowing a wind of particles into material ejected during the star’s death throes.

As these particles interact with nearby magnetic fields, they produce an X-ray glow in the shape of a hand. (The pulsar is located near the bright white spot in the image but cannot be seen itself, NASA officials said.)

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Oh, yes…

My thick cerebral cortex, appreciates you, NASA.

It really does.

Wow.

Have always been scary

News Mash: “Clownface Nebula” is a bad name, please refer to “The History of Scary Clowns” as proof!

Riddle me this…

Why would ANYONE name a head-shaped, glowing nebula in the sky:

A “Clownface Nebula”.

Why?

The idiot that named it this HAS to know what kind of nightmares this will inspire:

[via io9] Behold the terrifyingly named Clownface Nebula ~Alasdair WilkinsBehold the terrifyingly named Clownface Nebula

In 1797, legendary astronomer William Herschel first caught sight of this object and declared it “a very remarkable phenomenon.” Although it’s sometimes called the Clownface Nebula, it’s probably better known as the Eskimo Nebula, because it resembles (however vaguely) a person’s face inside a parka hood.

Located about 3,000 light-years away, it only measures about a third of a light-year across. It’s what’s known as a planetary nebula, the remnant of the gas ejected by a dying star. This particular image is drawn from two earlier photos taken in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, which creates a view far more detailed and complex than any we could hope to see with our puny eyes, what with not being able to see anything unless it’s in the visible spectrum (the clue really is in the name). Here’s some more from NASA:

In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula in visible light, while the nebula was imaged in X-rays by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2007. The above combined visible-X ray image, with X-rays emitted by central hot gas and shown in pink, was released last week. From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly a planetary nebula, and the gas seen above composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star only 10,000 years ago. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments.

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And it will inspire nightmares for ONE very simple reason.

People. Do. Not. Like. Clowns.

They’re just creepy and nightmare inducing.

No, really…

The Smithsonian has the whole horrible history right here (click link below for whole article) for you to see:

[via Neatorama]The History of Scary Clowns ~Miss Cellania

When a study in 2008 found that children, on average, do not like clowns, many people were surprised. The rest of us weren’t because we never liked clowns, either. Sometime over the past 50 years, clowns in popular culture moved from funny to downright horrific, which is indicative of how an audience sees them. Smithsonian looks at the history of clowns, and finds that depressing, creepy, and/or frightening clowns are really nothing new. The happy children’s clowns of the mid-20th century were somewhat of an anomaly, because clowns were never all sunshine and smiles, from court jesters to Grimaldi to Pagliacci to Emmett Kelly to John Wayne Gacy.

Even as Bozo was cavorting on sets across America, a more sinister clown was plying his craft across the Midwest. John Wayne Gacy’s public face was a friendly, hard-working guy; he was also a registered clown who entertained at community events under the name Pogo. But between 1972 and 1978, he sexually assaulted and killed more than 35 young men in the Chicago area. “You know… clowns can get away with murder,” he told investigating officers, before his arrest.

Have always been scary
Gacy didn’t get away with it—he was found guilty of 33 counts of murder and was executed in 1994. But he’d become identified as the “Killer Clown,” a handy sobriquet for newspaper reports that hinged on the unexpectedness of his killing. And bizarrely, Gacy seemed to revel in his clown persona: While in prison, he began painting; many of his paintings were of clowns, some self-portraits of him as Pogo. What was particularly terrifying was that Gacy, a man who’d already been convicted of a sexual assault on a teenage boy in 1968, was given access to children in his guise as an innocuous clown. This fueled America’s already growing fears of “stranger danger” and sexual predation on children, and made clowns a real object of suspicion.

After a real life killer clown shocked America, representations of clowns took a decidedly terrifying turn.

Read a fascinating rundown of the history and psychology of scary clowns at Smithsonian. Link

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So?

Note to astronomers & ALL other scientists alike:

Is naming stuff after clowns really a good idea?

*shakes head sadly*

Stop naming crap after clowns…

NO ONE LIKES YOU DOING IT!!!!

So, please stop.

Thank you.

to the trees

News Mash: Is there a case for alien life? Hmm, lets ask these baboons!

If you have ever stared up into a night’s sky…

At one point or another?

Oh, yes…

We have all pondered:

Are we truly alone?

[via PopularMechanics]The Case for Alien Life ~By Sarah Fecht 

On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA’s Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the search for alien life. Packed with instruments, the rover was an SUV-size speck crawling across the floor of the Gale Crater, whose distant walls climbed 15,000 feet in the thin air. The rover had been lowered to the ground six months earlier by means of a complex, jet-propelled sky crane. Now, almost 221 million miles from home but just a quarter-mile from its landing site, Curiosity was exploring a shallow depression called Yellowknife Bay. The machine trundled up to an outcropping of bedrock, which lay dry and cracked beneath a yellow sky. It drilled into the rock and within minutes pulled a fine gray powder from the narrow borehole. Curiosity scooped up the dust and tasted it.

The sample contained smectite clay, which on Earth is found in alluvial plains and regions washed by monsoons. Today, Mars is a largely arid world whipped by global dust storms, where temperatures can swing 170 F in a day. Three billion years ago, it seems, a river of sweet water cascaded over the rim of Gale Crater and emptied into a lake in Yellowknife Bay. The sky was probably bluer then, and cloudier, and the terrain hadn’t yet rusted from gray to red. Mount Sharp, which rises 18,000 feet above the crater floor, may have been capped in ice and snow.

Curiosity found in the ancient clay many of the elements needed for life: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus. We don’t know whether bacteria, let alone Earth-like plants and animals, once teemed in Yellowknife Bay, but they could have. The rover was just the newest scout in humanity’s decades-long exploration of Mars, an effort that currently includes the dogged 10-year-old Opportunity rover and three orbiters in space. But Yellowknife Bay is the first site ever observed, on Mars or anywhere else, that clearly could have supported extraterrestrial life.

Generations of scientists and science-fiction fans (often, those are the same people) have thought we’d find life strewn throughout the stars—if not civilizations, at least bacterial mats, or tentacled beasts on ocean floors, or something. But for decades the evidence was thin. Now, in 2013, the data is on the side of the believers. It has been provided by increasingly sophisticated probes, space telescopes, and rovers. Planets were once thought to be rare; by the time the Kepler space telescope ran into severe mechanical problems in May, it had proved that alien worlds actually number in the billions. Scientists imagined the universe to be parched; new studies show that it’s filled with watery planets. And, surprise: Life isn’t some delicate thing, like a pasty tourist stuck beneath a beach umbrella; it’s now known to be more like a hardy soldier, able to infiltrate the harshest environments.

The exciting exobiological news keeps coming: In April, astronomers identified a trio of planets that appear capable of supporting Earth-like life. They orbit their stars’ habitable zones, the just-right distance where water neither freezes nor boils, but collects in sloshy, life-friendly oceans. One of the worlds, dubbed Kepler-62e, even shows signs of a humid atmosphere strewn with clouds. More such discoveries will come.

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Just so you know…

If you pose that very question to THESE (below) baboons?

Well…

You might not get a comforting response:

[via ibTimes] Baboons ‘Behaving Strangely’ At Dutch Zoo, Emmen Zoologist Cites Possible UFO Sighting  ~By

A brood of baboons living in a Netherlands zoo have been spooked for days. Staff at Emmen Dierenpark say the primates have been huddled together, barely eating or moving.

It’s the fourth time in 20 years that the 112 east African bamboos have been traumatized for some unexplained reason, BBC reports. The hamadryas baboons have also turned their backs on zoo visitors.

“They became panicked at the end of the day on Monday, they were hysterical, not jumping around but behaving strangely,” zoologist Wijbren Landman told Agence France-Presse on Friday.

Landman consulted with a baboon expert who said the hysteria could be triggered by seeing a predator. Since the primates were born and raised in captivity, they could have seen an image of one on a visitor’s T-shirt or felt an earthquake or natural disaster.

“The craziest suggestion was that it was caused by a UFO,” Landman said.

Zoo officials first saw a change in the baboon’s behavior on Monday evening. “We were going to bring them to the night enclosure — it normally takes a minute for all 112 to enter, but it took more than an hour to get them all inside. Then the next morning it was a problem to get them out, and then they were immediately sitting in the trees and on the rocks doing nothing at all,” he said.

Now, the baboons have started eating apples – a sign of progress. “They’re not yet 100 percent but they’re improving,” Landman said. Nearby animals at the zoo including lemurs, elephants and kangaroos are acting normal, he added.

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Cause…

1)You might not get the answer you were hoping for

and

2)HelloBABOONS!!!!!

Did you hear a boom

News Mash: Mysterious “BOOM!” in outer space? The UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) is on it!

Or…

Hopefully soon will be.

The UK is now officially in on the hunt!

Question: On the hunt for what?

Answer: Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Fox Mulder would be so proud.

(Phys.org) UK launches Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence Research Network The Lovell Telescope

A network has been launched to promote academic research in the UK relating to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). The UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) brings together academics from 11 institutions across the country. The network’s Patron is the Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees. UKSRN will present current activity and consider future strategy in a session and panel discussion at the National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews on Friday 5 July.

UKSRN (www.seti.ac.uk) covers a broad spectrum of research topics, including potential methods for detecting signals, the linguistic challenge of deciphering messages, the probability of an extraterrestrial civilization interacting with Earth and the longevity of civilizations.

Dr Alan Penny, the coordinator of UKSRN said, “We hope that the existence of the network will excite interest from people in the UK astronomical community that have been thinking about SETI and encourage them to contribute their work. In this session at NAM, we are presenting the whole range of UK SETI activities to the community and hope that it will promote a wider understanding of, and activity in, this subject.”

Dr Tim O’Brien from The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory will describe the capability of the UK’s recently commissioned e-MERLIN array of seven for SETI projects and report on progress in initial test observations.

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And?

Not too soon, if you ask me.

Cause…

There are some CRAZY, unexplained mysteries going on in outer space these days.

And ones?

Concerned Earthlings, such as myself, would definitely like to have an answer to:

[via Gizmodo] Scientists Have Detected Massive, Unexplained Deep Space Explosions ~by Eric LimerDid you hear a boom

Space is gigantic, so even though we have giant dishes trained to listen to it, we only hear a tiny slice. But scientists manning the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia stumbled on a few blips worth hearing: four mammoth radio blasts that came from far outside the galaxy.

It’s not uncommon to heard the pop and hiss of radio signals when you’ve got huge dish pointed at the sky, but most of those tiny noises originate from somewhere in the Milky Way. “Close” by interstellar standards. These signals, which actually reached Earth between February 2011 and January 2012, had traveled a much longer way; scientists calculated that all four plowed through much more plasma than is even contained in our Milky Way. And they were loud too; each packed energy roughly equivalent to what the sun puts out in 300,000 years.

What caused them is unknown, and considering each was mere milliseconds long, there’s not too much to study. Scientists still have their guesses though, which include colliding magnetars—magnetically charged neutron stars—, evaporating black holes, or gamma ray bursts. You know, big stuff.

And though it’s our first time hearing bangs from so far away, it’s probably not that uncommon; there’s just only so much of the sky you can listen to with satellites. Scientists have extrapolated that we’re missing some 10,000 similar bangs every day. If the aliens ever decide to say “hi,” let’s hope we get lucky and actually hear it. [Discovery]

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And I don’t know about you?

Unexplained mysteries such as these are enough to make me super stressed & paranoid.

Not so much regarding what we will find?

But far more paranoid about what won’t find…

In time.

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big heater in the sky

News Mash: Space weather connected to global warming? Yup.

How much do you know about space weather?

That’s a good question.

A better question might be, however…

How do you think space weather affects you directly?

(Nanowerk News)

True beauty lies in the sky or in space scientists’ eyes, in the vast and mysterious space with its order, extent and darkness. They explode with immense power in the solar atmosphere and are hurled out from the Sun at millions of kilometers per hour. They light up brilliant auroras in the mid-latitude skies upon impacting the Earth. Breathtakingly beautiful and yet catastrophically dangerous, they bear a name unfamiliar to the public, coronal mass ejections (CMEs).

sun flares

CMEs are large-scale expulsions of ionized gas and magnetic field from the solar corona, often associated with forms of enhanced solar activity, most noticeably solar flares. They originate, in most cases, from active regions on Sun’s surface known as sunspots.

CMEs are of great danger to life and technology on the Earth and in space, producing a form of solar cosmic rays, which are hazardous to spacecraft, satellites and astronauts, and disrupting power grids, satellite navigation and mobile phone networks on the Earth. These effects are now known as “space weather”, much of which is produced by CMEs propagating from the Sun into interplanetary space.

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Oh…

At least when it comes to Global warming?

Maybe more than you think.

Cause just think of all those mad EPA rulings, additional taxes, stupid carbon laws, etc., which are a DIRECT result of idiots blaming “Global Warming” on carbon dioxide?

When in fact…

The latest research points to a more likely culprit:

The rays from *whispers* “That big heater in the sky.”

[via ScienceDaily]May 30, 2013 — Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not big heater in the skycarbon dioxide, according to a researcher from the University of Waterloo in a controversial new study published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B this week.

CFCs are already known to deplete ozone, but in-depth statistical analysis now suggests that CFCs are also the key driver in global climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the researcher argues.

“Conventional thinking says that the emission of human-made non-CFC gases such as carbon dioxide has mainly contributed to global warming. But we have observed data going back to the Industrial Revolution that convincingly shows that conventional understanding is wrong,” said Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy, biology and chemistry in Waterloo’s Faculty of Science. “In fact, the data shows that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays caused both the polar ozone hole and global warming.”

“Most conventional theories expect that global temperatures will continue to increase as CO2 levels continue to rise, as they have done since 1850. What’s striking is that since 2002, global temperatures have actually declined — matching a decline in CFCs in the atmosphere,” Professor Lu said. “My calculations of CFC greenhouse effect show that there was global warming by about 0.6 °C from 1950 to 2002, but the earth has actually cooled since 2002. The cooling trend is set to continue for the next 50-70 years as the amount of CFCs in the atmosphere continues to decline.”

The findings are based on in-depth statistical analyses of observed data from 1850 up to the present time, Professor Lu’s cosmic-ray-driven electron-reaction (CRE) theory of ozone depletion and his previous research into Antarctic ozone depletion and global surface temperatures.

“It was generally accepted for more than two decades that the Earth’s ozone layer was depleted by the sun’s ultraviolet light-induced destruction of CFCs in the atmosphere,” he said. “But in contrast, CRE theory says cosmic rays — energy particles originating in space — play the dominant role in breaking down ozone-depleting molecules and then ozone.”

Lu’s theory has been confirmed by ongoing observations of cosmic ray, CFC, ozone and stratospheric temperature data over several 11-year solar cycles. “CRE is the only theory that provides us with an excellent reproduction of 11-year cyclic variations of both polar ozone loss and stratospheric cooling,” said Professor Lu. “After removing the natural cosmic-ray effect, my new paper shows a pronounced recovery by ~20% of the Antarctic ozone hole, consistent with the decline of CFCs in the polar stratosphere.”

By demonstrating the link between CFCs, ozone depletion and temperature changes in the Antarctic, Professor Lu was able to draw almost perfect correlation between rising global surface temperatures and CFCs in the atmosphere.

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Who would have seen that one coming?

Honestly…

I am just as shocked as you are.

Solar flare induced insanity

News Mash: A strong solar flares day, means…A Bad day for psychiatric hospital in Kenya?

Science…

For the most part?

Still blind as to the extent of how solar flares affect us.

[via MyFoxyNY]Sun unleashes strong solar flares ~By MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF

The sun has unleashed four potent solar flares over the past few days, according to NASA.

One of the flares on Sunday was the strongest solar eruption this year and created a solar radiation storm on Wednesday.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of the X1.2 class solar flare on May 14, 2013.(NASA/SDO)

The flare erupted on the side of the sun that was not facing earth but it did cause a strong radio blackout.  The flare was categorized as an R3 on the NOAA’s space weather scales from R1 to R5.

Experimental NASA research models show that the latest flare left the sun at around 745 miles per second.

NASA says radiation from the latest flare may stream toward two of its spacecraft, including the Spitzer Space Telescope. Engineers have the option to switch them in safe mode to protect instruments.

The side of the sun where Sunday’s eruption occurred will rotate into Earth’s view soon, allowing scientists to study the active region.

Experts say that a rise in solar activity is common right now because of the phase it is in currently in its 11-year activity cycle.  More strong solar flares could be coming in the days ahead.

The flares can temporarily disrupt GPS signals and communications satellites, but most people will not notice any impacts from the flares.

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And, yes…

Believe it or not, Science?

They freaking affect us!

I quote:

“…but most people will not notice any impacts from the flares.”

Seriously, you big goobers?

Jeez, make out a post-it note…

Please:

[via Carlini Institute]How Recent Solar Flares Are Affecting Humans ~by Heather Carlini

A solar flare is a magnetic storm on the Sun which appears to be a very bright spot and a gaseous surface eruption such as in the above photograph.  Solar flares release huge amounts of high-energy particles and gases that are tremendously hot.  They are ejected thousands of miles from the surface of the Sun.

There appears to be a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms and human biological effect especially after an “M” class solar flare.  The conduit which facilitates the charged particles from the Sun to human disturbance is the very same conduit which steers Earth’s weather through the Magnetic Field on Earth, and also through the magnetic fields around humans.

  Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wind storms appear to happen after strong solar activity on the sun.

Geomagnetic Activity on the Sun Influences our Thoughts

Solar flare induced insanity [Source]

I have noticed in my own research that solar activity is known to influence human consciousness.  Solar flares affect the Central Nervous System (stomach lining), all brain activity (including equilibrium), along with human behaviour and all psycho-physiological (mental-emotional-physical) response.  Solar flares can cause us to be nervous, anxiousness, worrisome, jittery, dizzy, shaky, irritable, lethargic, exhausted, have short term memory problems and heart palpitations, feel nauseous, queasy, and to have prolonged head pressure and headaches.

…[Read More – The Whole Article Is Definitely Worth checking Out, Please Do So HERE!]

As someone who actually works in law enforcement…

And actually SEES firsthand the effects of solar flares via the antics of the general populous?

Let me reassure you?

People going nuts on high solar flare activity days?

Real. Thing.

[via Iquisitr]40 Patients Escape Psychiatric Hospital, 30 Still On The Run ~By Todd Rigney

Of the 40 patients who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Kenya, only 10 have returned to the facility.

Dozens of people reportedly fled the Mathari Mental Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday morning. Security officers prevented an additional 35 from escaping. It’s believed the patients overpowered the guards before managing to force open the door to their ward.

“Many scaled over the wall and went through Mathare area and a few confident ones used the main gate. When they are traced they should be brought back for their medication,” Police Chief Samuel Anampiu explained.

He added, “They must have strategized. It is not possible that, without proper planning, 75 people can break two doors and more than half of them run away.”

It’s currently believed that 30 patients are still unaccounted for at the psychiatric hospital in Kenya. Anampiu is concerned about these individuals getting the medication they need in order to treat their illnesses.

“We are now talking of 30 mental patients who are not back. Some have come back on their own volition while some were captured and brought back by their relatives,” the police chief said.

Two of the patients who escaped from the hospital later returned on their own free will. Eight of the escapees were brought back to the facility by their families. This mean that 30 of the 40 patients who escaped the psychiatric hospital are still on the loose.

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What am I saying?

Simply this…

When it comes to solar flares?

People go nuts!

Especially, um, let me just call them HIGHLY SENSITIVE people, who seem to be more susceptible than others.

Science…

You should really watch such stupid quotes as “…but most people will not notice any impacts from the flares” because, oh?

You could really not be MORE wrong.

Watch yourself.

Witness the hand of humaity

News Mash: The fate of humanity, in the hands of humanity? Well, this won’t end well!

This actually exists…

The Future of Humanity Institute.

And yes, they are just the barrel of laughs you would think they would be from their catchy, cheery name.

*shakes head sadly*

Guess what they recently figured out?

[Hint: Not good news]

Yeah…

We’re all DOOMED!!!!!!

And by our own hand:

[via PopSci]Oxford Institute Forecasts The Possible Doom Of Humanity

Most of us are content to just worry about the future of humanity in our spare time, but there’s an entire group of academics at Oxford University in England who make that their professional mission.

Each member of the Future of Humanity Institute has his own focus. Some are concerned with climate change and its impact on humanity; others with the future of human cognition. Department head Nick Bostrom, whose paper Existential Risk Prevention As Global Priority has just been published, has a long history of being worried about our future as a species. Bostrom posits that humanity is the greatest threat to humanity’s survival.

Bostrom’s paper is concerned with a particular time-scale: Can humanity survive the next century? This rules out some of the more unlikely natural scenarios that could snuff out humans in the more distant future: supervolcanoes, asteroid impacts, gamma-ray bursts and the like. The chances of one of those happening within the very narrow timeframe involved is, according to the paper, extremely small. Further, most other natural disasters, such as a pandemic, are unlikely to kill all humans; we as a species have survived many pandemics and will likely do so in the future.

The Personal

The Personal: The first row of a full scale of misery, on a scale of “hellish.” In the full version, the Y axis is on a scale of “cosmic-ness” Together, the extremes of these two scales form the conditions in which risk to the existence of the human race resides.  Nick Bostrom, http://www.existential-risk.org/concept.html

According to Bostrom, the types of civilization-ending disasters we may unleash upon ourselves include nuclear holocausts, badly programmed superintelligent entities and, my personal favorite, “we are living in a simulation and it gets shut down.” (As an aside, how the hell do you prepare for that eventuality?) Additionally, humans face four different categories of existential risk:

Extinction: we off ourselves before we reach technological maturity
Stagnation: we stay mired in our current technological and intellectual backwater
Flawed realization: we advance technologically…in a way that isn’t sustainable
Subsequent ruination: we reach sustainable technological maturity and then eff it all up anyway

More pointedly, Bostrom’s paper is a renewal of a call-to-arms he issued a decade ago imploring people to wake up to the possibility that we will kill ourselves with technology. These days, he’s not so much concerned with the how — existential death by grey goo vs existential death by sentient robots is still existential death. He’s most concerned that there’s nobody out there really doing anything about this problem. That’s understandable, of course. Existential threats are nebulous concepts, and even the threat of nuclear winter was not enough to terrify certain governments into, you know, not building thermonuclear weapons.

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Not really the thing I want to hear, coming up on my long work week.

But bright side?

At least our immanent will cut short my work week.

Which?

Entirely possibly considering  the growing number of possible, man-killing projectiles we keep surrounding  with, and are in fact just NOW figuring out, “Hey, we maybe, probably, oh I don’t know, should do something about that before it starts killing many people?’ situation we have going in outer space around us.

[via France24]Space debris problem now urgent – scientists

AFP – Governments must start working urgently to remove orbital debris, which could become a catastrophic problem for satellites a few decades from now, a space science conference heard on Thursday.

Since 1978, the total of junk items whizzing around the planet has tripled, said Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office.

“There is a wide and strong expert consensus on the pressing need to act now to begin debris removal activities,” he said in an ESA press release at the end of a four-day conference in Darmstadt, Germany.

“Our understanding of the growing space debris problem can be compared with our understanding of the need to address Earth’s changing climate some 20 years ago,” he said.

According to a count by ESA and NASA, there are more than 23,000 items in orbit that are bigger than 10 centimetres (four inches) across, and hundreds of thousands of items between one and 10 cms (0.4 to four inches) across.

Even though these items are relatively small and there is a lot of room in orbit, any collision could be calamitous because of the high level of kinetic energy.

Debris travels on average at 25,000 kilometres (15,600 miles) per hour, so even an object of small mass has the potential to cripple a satellite or punch a hole in the International Space Station (ISS).

The junk results mainly from disused rocket stages, failed launches and abandoned or broken-down satellites, the result of 55 years of space exploration.

These large objects eventually collide, creating more debris which in turn smashes together — a dangerous cascade cycle known as the Kessler Syndrome.

…[Read More]

A problem?

Yes…

Seems like we just keep “adding-to” on a daily basis, with no freakin’ end in sight:

[via Space]Private Asteroid-Mining Project Launching Tiny Satellites in 2014 ~by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer

A billionaire-backed asteroid-mining company aims to start putting its big plans into action soon, launching its first hardware into space by this time next year.

Planetary Resources, which counts Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt among its investors, plans to loft a set of tiny “cubesats” to Earth orbit in early 2014, to test out gear for its first line of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft.

“Our belief and our philosophy is that the best testbed is space itself,” Chris Voorhees, Planetary Resources’ vice president of spacecraft development, said Wednesday (April 24) during a Google+ Hangout event. [Planetary Resources’ Asteroid-Mining Plans (Images)]

…[Read More]

So…

Is the fact that the FHI (The Future of Humanity Institute) is predicting humanities doom at our OWN hand…

Really much of a ridiculous stretch?

Pffft…

What do you think?

Witness the hand of humaity

As crzay as they sound from the outset?

*scratches chin*

Gotta wonder…

Do YOU think the FHI could have a point?

It does make one nervously wonder.

Pink Um no

News Mash: Make Sure To Check Out Today’s PINK Lunar Eclipse!

Not normally a posting day for me…

Just thought THIS (below) amazing bit of astronomy news demanded it.

Cause tonight (depending on where you are)?

The night’s sky will showcase the moon doing her eclipse thing.

Always a treat!

[via Space]’Pink’ Full Moon Brings Lunar Eclipse ThursdayPink Um no

This month’s full moon, which falls on Thursday (April 25), always reminds me of one of the first times I viewed the April full moon

When I was very young boy living in New York, there was a popular television weathercaster by the name of Carol Reed. While not a meteorologist, she had an upbeat personality and always finished her reports with what became her personal catch phrase: “And have a happy!”

One evening, Carol commented that it would be clear for everyone to get a good view of that night’s “pink” full moon. When it got dark, my mother accompanied me outside expecting to see a salmon-colored moon, but all we saw was a full moon that looked the way it always did: yellowish-white with not a hint of pink.

While I don’t recall the year of this episode, I can state most definitely that it took place in the month of April, since many years later I learned that traditionally the full moon of April is called the “pink moon,” a reference made to the grass pink or wild ground phlox which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring season.

Beginning at 2:04 p.m. EDT (1804 GMT), the moon begins to meet the Earth’s shadow; a little over two hours later it arrives under the middle of that shadow. By then the moon will have just risen and will be visible low to the east-southeast horizon as seen from Ireland, and will be setting over south-central Japan in the morning hours of Friday, April 26.

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And because it is?

Just thought the ol’ girl needed a bit of my attention.

So?

Just know I adore you, Mother Nature…

You, with all of your fascinating wonders you see fit to behoove me.

sheer terror

News Mash: North Korea? Scary. NASA lasso’ing an asteroid? Scarier. A newly discover giant spider? Holy $#*%!!!

When it comes to fear…

It’s all about personal perspective, isn’t it?

And how it relates to the individual.

Take North Korea.

Scary bunch of freaky, bat-crap crazy dudes, for sure.

And their possible threat to nuke us all come April 10th?

Worrisome.

But lets face it…

Those psychos have always been whack-jobs.

So, on a personal level?

The chances of these coo-coo birds effecting any of us?

Pretty slim:

[via The Sun]North Korea tells Brit diplomats to get out — then sets chilling April 10 deadline ~By JACK LOSH

ROGUE state North Korea today sparked fears that it could trigger a nuclear strike as early as next WEDNESDAY.

Crackpot Kim Jong-un’s regime today issued a chilling threat to British diplomats warning them to get out of Pyongyang.

Alarmingly the North Korean government said it would not be able to guarantee the safety of embassies from April 10.

Russian diplomats have also been advised to evacuate.

Today the Foreign Office added that it is “considering next steps” after the threat.

It is still unclear why next Wednesday has been set as a deadline – but it is sure to spark fears despot Kim Jong-un will launch an attack after that date.

This week South Korean workers employed in factories in the North were also told to leave by April 10.

The dramatic development came as North Korea moved a second missile to its east coast in a further threat to Japan, South Korea and US Pacific bases.

The rogue state has already transported a Musudan missile with a range of 1,800 miles (3,000km) to the same area.

…[Read More]

So this new: ‘We are going to destroy the tyranny of the West!” hokum, is just that…

A load of bull.

Nothing to be REALLY concerned with.

However NASA scientists new “fantastic” idea to lasso an asteroid, in order to bring it CLOSER to us?

A tad more worrisome, and it should be for all of us.

And only because?

Even as much as I dearly love & adore scientists, they always only consider IF they could do something…

Not necessarily if they SHOULD.

Especially if one considers the dangerous ramifications should the asteroid (not much smaller than the rock that hit Russia with the force of an atomic bomb, cause it only takes a rock about 10 meters to do that) get out of their control and barrel towards Earth, impacting somewhere NOT just water.

So, yeah…

A tad more worrisome, and it should be:

[via YahooNews] Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer ~By SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.

The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.

Nelson, who is chairman of the Senate science and space subcommittee, said Friday that President Barack Obama is putting $100 million in planning money for the accelerated asteroid mission in the 2014 budget that comes out next week. The money would be used to find the right small asteroid.

“It really is a clever concept,” Nelson said in a press conference in Orlando. “Go find your ideal candidate for an asteroid. Go get it robotically and bring it back.”

This would be the first time ever humanity has manipulated a space object in such a grand scale, like what it does on Earth, said Robert Braun, a Georgia Institute of Technology aerospace engineering professor who used to be NASA’s chief technology officer.

“It’s a great combination of our robotic and human capabilities to do the kind of thing that NASA should be doing in this century,” Braun said.

Last year, the Keck Institute for Space Studies proposed a similar mission for NASA with a price tag of $2.6 billion. There is no cost estimate for the space agency’s version. NASA’s plans were first reported by Aviation Week.

While there are thousands of asteroids around 25-feet, finding the right one that comes by Earth at just the right time to be captured will not be easy, said Donald Yeomans, who heads NASA’s Near Earth Object program that monitors close-by asteroids. He said once a suitable rock is found it would be captured with the space equivalent of “a baggie with a drawstring. You bag it. You attach the solar propulsion module to de-spin it and bring it back to where you want it.”

…[Read More]

There are fearsome things and events that exist in our world today, but from an individual, personal perspective the chances of them affecting us DIRECTLY?

Not likely.

However, with that said…

One thing, one oh-my-gawd-Mother-Nature-what-have-you-done thing, on a personal level we should ALL fear, and quite honestly have every right to, because darn-tootin’ it WILL affect us all?

And by saying ‘it will affect us all’, I mean it will eat your freakin’ FACE OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brace yourself…

A new venomous, giant spider has been discovered:

ARRGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

[via YahooNews] Newly Discovered Giant Spider is of the Nightmare-Inducing Variety ~By

Of all of the creepy and crawly things that you can think of, tarantulas probably are near the top of the list when it comes sheer terrorto scariness. Well, get ready to add another terrifying arachnid to your list, because a new type of tarantula has been discovered in northern Sri Lanka.

Ranil Nanayakkara, a local researcher, and his team found the tiger spider and named it Poecilotheria rajaei, after a local police investigator, Michael Rajakumar Purajah. Purajah helped the team of scientists navigate the remote area where the spider was found.

The genus Poecilotheria is known for being fast, colorful, and venomous. But why does this newly discovered species stand out from all the rest in its genus? It’s huge, for one thing. Its leg span is up to 8 inches across, about the length of your face. It also has distinctive markings on its underside and legs that are geometrically patterned and described as daffodil-yellow and gray.

So what do these spiders eat? They have a taste for small snakes, birds, and mice. Nanayakkara explained why they were able to find P. rajaei in an unusual place — an old doctor’s office. “They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation, the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat, they enter old buildings.”

…[Read More]

And so, although the news of North Korea threatening to nuke us, barely made me blink?
The off-putting NASA plans caused me to look up at the stars in the sky and, regarding scientists, re-think?
Oh, but it was the newest spider discovery, which very well had for me a heart attack…On the brink!

Fears.

We all have them.

Some of them, however…

Far more personal than others.

Eek.

The universe just found justin bieber

News Mash: A new mini-supernova, star explosion & a wee celebrity star implosion!

Oh, glorious day!

Astronomers have discovered a new type…

Of wee star explosion!

[via Space] Whoa! Mini-Supernovas Discovered ~by Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor

Astronomers have discovered a new kind of supernova, a star explosion so weak that scientists dubbed it a miniature stellar blast.

Supernovas represent the deaths of stars, which collapse in powerful explosions. They generally are classified into two main types; the new class, called Type Iax, “is essentially a mini-supernova,” said lead researcher Ryan Foley, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “It’s the runt of the supernova litter.”

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And not to be ‘one-upped’?

Anguished Reposes has recently pinpointed a wee, incoming star…

IMPLOSION:

[via Jezebel]Justin Bieber Terrorizes Gated Community With Fast Cars and Dionysian Rituals ~by Anna Breslawhttp://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18iry17h7gcrqjpg/original.jpg

Justin Bieber and the stache he is (jokingly?) attempting to “grow out” has been accused of battery after a confrontation with one of his Calabasas neighbors (let’s just call him Mr. Wilson) yesterday. Early Tuesday morning, Bieber had a new Ferrari delivered and spent the wee hours tooling (loudly) around his hood in it. This happens regularly.

Justin Bieber is a menace on wheels, driving at speeds approaching 100 mph in his quiet neighborhood and endangering children and dogs … this according to multiple residents.

Mr. Wilson, already steamed up by the raucous parties thrown in Casa del Beebs while Justin was in Europe, marched over there and they screamed at each other. He’s now alleging that Bieber made physical contact with him — maybe charged and head-butted him with that spiky-ass hat? — and threatened him. However, Bieber’s team is saying that he only told Mr. Wilson to get off his property. [TMZ, TMZ]

Also, on his way home, El Beebo took his shirt off in a Polish airport, like humans do. I ALWAYS show one of my tits to the Auntie Anne’s pretzel lady at JFK as like a pre-flying “good luck” thing. [NYDN]

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Beginning in…

3….

2……..

1……….

The universe just found justin bieber [Source]

a solar storm a brewin

News Mash: NASA warns ‘something unexpected is happening to the Sun’, maybe ALMA needs to check it out!

When it comes to space exploration?

Having a careful “eye on the sky”…

And all that is going on around us, in that all encompassing region which surrounds us, known as space?

THIS (below) can definitely be see as fortuitous

[via io9] The Earth’s most powerful telescope goes online next week ~by Annalee Newitz

We are about to see what happens when stars come to life. On March 13, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub Millimeter Array (ALMA) goes online. It’s the most powerful such telescope ever built, and is part of a class of “very large telescopes” that combine the power of several massive antennae to gather information about distant regions in the universe. ALMA is in northern Chile’s high desert, 16,500 feet above sea level. And it will show us things about the universe we’ve never seen before.

EarthSky’s Emily Howard has the story:

According to the scientists, one nation alone couldn’t build ALMA. Working with the host country Chile, some of the largest observatories in the world joined together for ALMA. These include the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in North America, the European Southern Observatory, and observatories in Japan, Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Sixty-six large radio dishes connect together to form ALMA. These dishes are located 30 minutes by car from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile – at the top of the world – at an altitude of 16,500 feet, or 5,000 meters.

At that height and in the desert, there is little water vapor in the air. Those conditions are perfect for ALMA because water in the air blocks starlight in the portion of the “electromagnetic spectrum” that scientists want to study.

ALMA will observe starlight at wavelengths invisible to your eye – the long infrared wavelengths of starlight. Space observatories, like the Hubble Space Telescope, orbit high above the blanket of Earth’s atmosphere to see the universe at these wavelengths. Astronomers hope that ALMA will be even better than space telescopes at exploring the infrared universe – because they can build it much larger on land than they can in space today.

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Especially considering?

Our “big heater in the sky”…

Looks to be acting all hinkey:

[via Dailymail] The calm before the solar storm? NASA warns ‘something unexpected is happening to the Sun’ ~ By Mark a solar storm a brewinPrig

‘Something unexpected’ is happening on the Sun, Nasa has warned.

This year was supposed to be the year of ‘solar maximum,’ the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle.

But as this image reveals, solar activity is relatively low.

‘Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent,’ the space agency says.

The image above shows the Earth-facing surface of the Sun on February 28, 2013, as observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

It observed just a few small sunspots on an otherwise clean face, which is usually riddled with many spots during peak solar activity.

Experts have been baffled by the apparent lack of activity – with many wondering if NASA simply got it wrong.

However, Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation.

‘This is solar maximum,’ he says.

‘But it looks different from what we expected because it is double-peaked.’

‘The last two solar maxima, around 1989 and 2001, had not one but two peaks.’

Solar activity went up, dipped, then rose again, performing a mini-cycle that lasted about two years, he said.

The same thing could be happening now, as sunspot counts jumped in 2011 and dipped in 2012, he believes.

Pesnell expects them to rebound in 2013: ‘I am comfortable in saying that another peak will happen in 2013 and possibly last into 2014.’

…[Read More]

And I don’t know about you?

But when things start acting as they are NOT suppose to…

I begin to get a bit nervous, thinking what “surprises” may or may not befall me.

Cause, um…

Yeah.

I tend to not handle surprises very well at all.

Ugh.

So ALMA?

Might definitely be fortuitous to keep a close eye on our sun.

You know…

Just in case:

just enjoy the view

News Mash: The Moon… Here are some amazing facts, so look up & enjoy the view!

The moon is far more, than that big glowing rock in the sky….

Which?

Provides a pretty night-light, when the sky is clear.

Check out these amazingly cool facts about the moon:

[via Space] 10 Cool Facts About the Moon ~ by SPACE.com Staff

10 Making of the Moon

The moon was created when a rock the size of Mars slammed into Earth, shortly after the solar system began forming about 4.5 billion years ago, according to the leading theory.

9  Locked in Orbit

Perhaps the coolest thing about the moon is that it always shows us the same face. Since both the Earth and moon are rotating and orbiting, how can this be?

Long ago, the Earth’s gravitational effects slowed the moon’s rotation about its axis. Once the moon’s rotation slowed enough to match its orbital period (the time it takes the moon to go around Earth) the effect stabilized. Many of the moons around other planets behave similarly.

What about phases? Here’s how they work: As the moon orbits Earth, it spends part of its time between us and the Sun, and the lighted half faces away from us. This is called a new moon. (So there’s no such thing as a “dark side of the moon,” just a side that we never see.)

As the moon swings around on its orbit, a thin sliver of reflected sunlight is seen on Earth as a crescent moon. Once the Moon is opposite the Sun, it becomes fully lit from our view — a full moon.

8 Apollo Moon Trees

More than 400 trees on Earth came from the moon. Well, okay: They came from lunar orbit. Okay, the truth: In 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa took a bunch of seeds with him and, while Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were busy sauntering around on the surface, Roosa guarded his seeds.

Later, the seeds were germinated on Earth, planted at various sites around the country, and came to be called the moon trees. Most of them are doing just fine.

7 Earth’s Sister Moons

The moon is Earth’s only natural satellite. Right? Maybe not. In 1999, scientists found that a 3-mile- (5-kilometer-) wide asteroid may be caught in Earth’s gravitational grip, thereby becoming a satellite of our planet.

Cruithne, as it is called, takes 770 years to complete a horseshoe-shaped orbit around Earth, the scientists say, and it will remain in a suspended state around Earth for at least 5,000 years.NEXT: A Cosmic Punching Bag…

[Read More – See ALL of the ‘Top 10 Facts About The Moon’ HERE!]

But honestly…

Why just read about it?

When you can enjoy, and see it in all its glory in this amazing video:

Not that I am sure you will be satisfied with just the video…

Get outside.

Look up, once in a while and?

just enjoy the view

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Knowledge is power

News Mash: When it comes to identifying various space rocks? I am a knowledge junkie!

Why is it…

While reading the Space.come article, about the Comet ISON showing up in 2013, that all I could think about?

Was just what was the difference between a comet, an asteroid, a meteoroid, a meteor and a meteorite.

Weird, I know, but there it is:

[via Space] Comet ISON will make an appearance in Earth’s sky in 2013. While it’s hard to predict just how bright the comet will be when it arrives, some astronomers are saying that it could be as bright as the full moon or perhaps, even visible in daylight.

The comet is named after a telescope for the International Scientific Optical Network. Two Russians spotted ISON through a 15.7-inch (0.4-meter) reflecting telescope from that organization.

ISON is considered a “sungrazer,” meaning that it will pass very close to the sun when it gets into the inner solar system in November 2013.

…[Read More]

And lucky for me…

AND you?

That is if you are just as interested?

The fabulous site io9.com, has come up with an infographic, which explains why one space rock differs from another.

Oh, come on…

You know you are DYING to know:

[via io9]What’s the difference between a comet, asteroid, meteor, meteoroid and meteorite? ~by Robert T. Gonzalez

With all the recent buzz over asteroid AD14, the meteor over Chelyabinsk, the fragments of meteorite recovered in Russia’s Ural mountains, and yesterday’s news that the fireball originated from our solar system’s asteroid belt, one can’t help but wonder: what’s the difference between all these -oids, -ors and -ites? Are they all just different words for the same space rock, or do they actually mean something?

For a detailed explanation, see here, but this great little infographic by Tim Lillis of Narwhal Creative tells you most of what you need to know when it comes to the official nomenclature for near-Earth objects (or, in the case of meteorites, on-Earth objects):

What's the difference between a comet, asteroid, meteor, meteoroid and meteorite?

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If for no other reason?

Than the next time you read an article at Space.com, or someone casually questions the differences in space rocks?

Oh…

YOU, and you alone, will know the answer.

And if you love knowing answers just as much as I do?

Heck…

What’s not to love about that?

Knowledge is power

I'm not crazy

News Mash: Skynet is supported by Obama, and Mother Nature isn’t happy about it?

The world is filled with mind-blowing coincidences…

Heck, 29 amazing ones can be seen right HERE!

Must admit though, this most recent coincidence?

More than a little scary.

After all how else do you explain Mother Nature, loading her blazing, prized pistol in the sky…

About to possibly unload on us, with a bullet six times the diameter of Earth:

[via Weather] A giant sunspot that’s at least six times the diameter of Earth has formed on the sun in less than 48 hours, according to NASA.

(MORE: New Doomsday Predictions)

Sunspots form when the sun’s magnetic fields rearrange and realign. They tend to be unstable and can lead to solar flares.

Massive Solar Eruption Captured by NASA

According to a news release, scientists from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched the sunspot rapidly grow on February 19 and 20. The agency says it could even be larger than six times the diameter of Earth “since the spot lies on a sphere not a flat disk.”

…[Read More]

Combined with?

The freaking “Oh-My-Gawd-What-Are-You-Doing-Man?!” creepiness…

That. Is. THIS! (below)

*covers eyes*

[via io9] Obama to take first step toward building Skynet ~by Robert T. Gonzalezskynet supported by obama

The Obama administration wants to jumpstart brain research in an ambitious collaborative enterprise that’s already being called the Human Genome Project of Neuroscience. The decade-long endeavor will explore the inner workings of the human mind and work toward charting a map of its activity. According to the NYT, the announcement could come as early as March:

The project… will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.

Scientists with the highest hopes for the project also see it as a way to develop the technology essential to understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as to find new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses.

Moreover, the project holds the potential of paving the way for advances in artificial intelligence. [Ed.: Skynet, y'all]

…[Read More]

Yeah…

So it could just be me, seeing the terror in an imagined coincidence, which only my twisted brain can assimilate?

But, honestly…

No, I really don’t think it is.

I'm not crazy