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  • April 18, 2014
    This is a photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of an unusual object orbiting Saturn at the edge of its A ring (not to be confused with its O-ring, which is Uranus). Astronomers are speculating its a new moon forming, which is already about 1/2-mile in diameter. Me? I'm convi... / Continue →
  • February 26, 2014
    In rare good news, astrobiologists have determined the earth should be habitable for at least another 1.75-billion years. For reference, that's 1.75-billion years minus 50 years more than I care about. The research was led by Andrew Rushby, from UEA's school of Environmenta... / Continue →
  • February 25, 2014
    This is the 4.4-billion year old zircon crystal found in Western Australia. Researchers believe it to be the oldest known piece of earth. How do you explain that, young earth creationists? "Radioactive dating doesn't work." Tell me about it, my last date had laser vision an... / Continue →
  • February 7, 2014
    Note: Larger version HERE, but you'll probably still try to wipe earth off your monitor like a speck of dust. This is a picture of earth as seen by the Mars Rover Curiosity. In case you've been living in a cave with bears for the past year or the name didn't give it away, the... / Continue →
  • January 28, 2014
    This is Van Cleef & Arpels' $245,000 *coughing up tuna salad on rye* Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium, a watch with a 369-piece movement that displays our solar system's visible planets moving around the watch's face in real-time. The shooting star also tells regular... / Continue →
  • December 4, 2013
    This is a video of physics teacher Dan Burns explaining the fabric of space and gravity through the use of a giant piece of stretched spandex and some marbles. I enjoyed watching it. I don't know about you, but I'm a visual learner. Actually seeing something really helps me ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2013
    Note: Larger shot HERE, but do yourself a favor and go to Flickr to see a 4000px version for all the detail. This is a composite shot of Saturn created by Gordan Ugarkovic using images the Cassini spacecraft took of the planet earlier this month. Beautiful, right? Hard to bel... / Continue →
  • October 10, 2013
    Seen here looking suspiciously like the entrance to a wormhole, astronomers using the Pan-STARRS 1 wide-field survey telescope in Maui, Hawaii, have discovered a gas giant planet 80-light years from earth that doesn't orbit a star. It's just out there floating all alone in the... / Continue →
  • October 9, 2013
    This is the Glow-in-the-Dark White Rockets Flannel Bedding available from Garnet Hill. You can get pillow cases, bed sets and comforter covers with the design. The prices seem reasonable. The only thing unreasonable is they don't make them in a king or I would have already o... / Continue →
  • September 27, 2013
    In a groundbreaking discovery, the Mars Rover Curiosity has confirmed the presence of water on Mars. How much? About two percent of the soil, or two pints per cubic foot. Unfortunately, the water molecules are "bound to other minerals in the soil," so filling a swimming pool... / Continue →