Listen to the night train…Are you going 60 mph or is the train going 60 mph & you’re just sitting still?

“The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.”
~Robert Lowell

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“Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?”
~Jean Paul Getty

News Mash: asteroid belts point to alien life? Pffft, please, tell that to Krypton, found 27.1 light-years away!

When it comes to the search for alien life?

The key…

Could be in the asteroids.

[via CosmosMagazine] SYDNEY: The search for alien life should focus on rocky planets in solar systems that have a giant, Jupiter-like planet just outside an asteroid belt, U.S. astronomers suggest.

A new study, published in Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, has proposed that a giant planet must form in an outer orbit at just the right time during the evolution of a planetary system to give rise to an asteroid belt of the right type for life-friendly planets to emerge in inner orbits. An asteroid belt contains numerous irregularly shaped bodies, called asteroids, that orbit the sun in the region between the inner rocky planets and outer gas-giant planets.

“Our study shows that only a tiny fraction of planetary systems observed to date seem to have giant planets in the right location to produce an asteroid belt of the appropriate size, offering the potential for life on a nearby rocky planet,” said lead author Rebecca Martin, a NASA Sagan Fellow from the University of Colorado, in a media statement.

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Or…

When it comes to the search for SPECIFIC alien life?

(And by “specific” we are talking Krypton here)

The key…

Is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, per DC Comics request.

[via Space] A prominent astrophysicist has pinned down a real location for Superman’s fictional home planet of Krypton.

Krypton is found 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Corvus (The Crow), says Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. The planet orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520, which is cooler and smaller than our sun.

Tyson performed the celestial sleuthing at the request of DC Comics, which wanted to run a story about Superman’s search for his home planet.

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Hmm.

Make me wonder what this amazing astrophysicist CAN’T do simply upon request.

Wow…

Who knew discovering alien planets could be just that easy?

Astrophysicist are all powerful–I believe it! After all one found freaking Krypton. And you know how long we’ve been looking for that, huh?

Makes me wonder though, if requesting works just as powerfully, with anything?

Say…

Oh, I don’t know–Just tossing something out there, just pulling an odd request out of a hat?

If I were to request my own Brad Pitt? [Maybe via space continuum time travel?]

That’s up there at a finding Krypton-like level.

Even if just for me.

And of course totally possible.

*blank stare*

What?

No?

Damnitsomuch!

Oh, come on–Why not?

Please?!

Pffft…

Figures Astrophysicist can’t do anything important.

Gah.

News Mash: The the world’s tallest water slide, Insano, smells like fear!

Fear…

It has an odor.

And yes…

We can smell it?

[via LiveScience] Humans can smell fear and disgust, and the emotions are contagious, according to a new study.

The findings, published Nov. 5 in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that humans communicate via smell just like other animals.

“These findings are contrary to the commonly accepted assumption that human communication runs exclusively via language or visual channels,” write Gün Semin and colleagues from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Most animals communicate using smell, but because humans lack the same odor-sensing organs, scientists thought we had long ago lost our ability to smell fear or other emotions.

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Huh.

If that’s true?

Then it must smell like chlorine.

And before you give me that blank stare?

Let me show you why…

[via DailyMail] These are the stomach-churning pictures of the world’s tallest water slide. Towering over the landscape at a whopping 41 metres high, it is the equivalent of a 14-storey building.

Insano has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and brave riders plummet down the slide at a nerve-shredding speed, reaching around 65 miles an hour.

The plunge is so steep that although riders travel 41 metres, the whole ride takes just four or five seconds.

The Brazilian beach park website describes the Insano as the most extreme equipment of this type of the planet.

Constructed in 1989, the thrill ride attracts dare devils from all over the world.

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A 14 story drop…

Are you freaking KIDDING ME?!?!

How terrifying IS that?

Awesome, sure.

But still fear-dropping scary!

And, um, when I say ‘fear-dropping‘…

I’m not sure I mean what you THINK I mean.

Lets just clear that up now.

*narrows eyes*

No needless besmirching, eh?

News Mash: Does Important Playtime Between Dogs & Their Owners Involve Cats & Toilets? Hmm.

When it comes to dogs…

And how they choose their toys?

It’s all about the science of their attention.

[via PopSci] Dog toy selection is more art than science. Maybe you think it’s safe to just go for a classic. Something like a nice bone.

Wrong, research says. A team recently studied a set of very lucky Labrador retrievers (a breed known for its playfulness) in kennels, letting them spend 30 second intervals with several different toys. The dogs would get one type of toy, then another, completely different one, with the team measuring when the dogs decided to quit playing with each. The study measured several factors, going as far as determining if color or odor had anything to do with the pups’ preferences.

Most of the time, it didn’t really matter. The dogs had more fun with the soft, squeaky, slowly-edible toys than the tough, unmalleable ones, but not much else swayed their opinions. Dogs are hardwired, the authors theorize, to play with any novel object; the novelty just wears off after the animals determine what the toy is. The best way to get a social animal like a dog out of that rut, the researchers say, is to jump in and start playing, too.

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And considering how your household toilet…

Bears the brunt of their attention at times?

Is THIS in any doubt.

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And see…

THIS?

Definitely something humans and dogs can play with together.

Washing cats in the toilet?

*nods smiling*

Smart dogs.

WONDERFUL idea.

Appreciate me now, baby don’t rush!

“What childishness is it that while there’s breath of life in our bodies, we are determined to rush to see the sun the other way around?”
~ Elizabeth Bishop

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“If they try to rush me, I always say, “I’ve only got one other speed – and it’s slower”