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  • Obama Talks the Talk, But Sends NASA Walking...

    04/16/2010 8:23:55 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 16 replies · 513+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | April 16, 2010 | Neoavatara
    President Barack Obama visited Cape Canaveral this week to provide more details on his restructuring of the space agency. What clarity came out of it, I have no idea. Obama, as usual, used nuanced and nonspecific grand speech to cloud the fact that his space policy is basically the lack of a space policy. In traditional Obama-speak, Obama boldly predicted Thursday his new plans for space exploration would lead American astronauts on historic, almost fantastic journeys to an asteroid and then to Mars, relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built. Obama did not predict a Mars...
  • Fine Tuning and the Intellectual Necessity (Does Multiverse explain why this universe is special?)

    03/16/2010 7:23:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 251+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 03/15/2010 | Cornelius Hunter
    You have probably heard about the multiverse--the idea that the universe is really a large number of universes. The multiverse helps to explain why our particular universe seems so special. Our universe seems to be a finely tuned machine and the evolution of life would require low probability events. Is our universe special? The multiverse helps to deflect such thinking. If there is a large number of universes, then perhaps each has a different set of natural laws. And perhaps intelligent life can only be supported by a very particular set of laws. So the only life forms that would...
  • Why Galileo was Wrong, Even Though He was Right

    03/07/2010 11:42:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 407+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 03/07/2010 | Cornelius Hunter
    In the early seventeenth century a courageous and brilliant scientist, Galileo Galileo, confirmed heliocentrism, the idea first proposed a century earlier by Nicolaus Copernicus that the sun was at the center of the universe. Heliocentrism challenged geocentrism, the religiously motivated idea that a stationary earth was at the center of the universe. Galileo explained why heliocentrism was true and not surprisingly the church strongly opposed and persecuted the scientist. Ultimately, however, the truth could not be denied and church was forced to, once again, reluctantly give in to the objective truths of science. That was the false history of the...
  • 75 reasons to be skeptical of "global warming"

    02/22/2010 3:27:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 554+ views
    joshfulton.blogspot.com ^ | February 21, 2010 | Josh Fulton
    * Carbon dioxide contributes to only 4.2 - 8.4% of the greenhouse gas effect * Only approximately 4% of carbon dioxide is man-made * Water vapor accounts for 90 - 95% of the green house gas effect * 99.99% of water vapor is natural, meaning that no amount of deindustrialization could get rid of it * There have been many times when the temperature has been higher than it is now including the Medieval Warming Period, the Holocene, the Jurassic, and the Eemian * Increases in carbon dioxide follow increases in temperature by about 800 years, not precede them *...
  • Moon Program Cut - Real or More Obama Games?

    02/06/2010 8:02:15 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/6/2010 | eRtwngr
    ...when Obama announced the cut of the NASA moon program, I immediately thought I smelled a rat. When you consider that baked into this historically massive budget are programs most people don't even know about, many of which only came about through the stimulus bills, it seems odd to me to be cutting such a popular program as space exploration.
  • “curly quotes” vs. "ugly quotes"

    01/12/2010 11:36:46 PM PST · by Silly · 44 replies · 1,250+ views
    My silly mind | January 13, 2010 | Silly
    HEY! You're driving me CRAZE! I HATE those "ugly quote marks", when it’s just as easy to use “curly quotes.” And please, when quote marks occur at the end of a sentence, remember to place the ending period inside the “curly quotes.” IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?! YOU ARE DRIVING ME CRAZE!
  • Voie Lactée: Katrin Thormann in Numéro #109 (Beautiful German model)

    01/07/2010 7:26:25 PM PST · by Mister Ghost · 28 replies · 2,008+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jan 7th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    Voie Lactée or the Heavens above and the model below: The moon, the stars, the Milky Way and ethereally beautiful German high-stepper Katrin Thormann in an oodlesphere of designer duds… what else can one wish for?
  • Photos I took of a school in Long Beach, CA- Illegal kids Celebrating Aztec (Or Mayan?) heritage

    12/08/2009 1:16:17 PM PST · by geddylee · 34 replies · 3,061+ views
    I was driving by an elementary school the other day and I was shocked to find it covered in Aztec symbols. I actually made the effort to get out and snap some photos because when I was a boy, everything was red, white and blue, and we had pictures of George Washington. We even perfeormed the play "1776" while dressed in period patriot clothing. Oh dear.
  • Gore Says Water on Moon Proves Lunar Warming, Requires Action to Reduce Mobile Phone Signals

    11/13/2009 5:21:22 PM PST · by jerhad · 34 replies · 1,238+ views
    Cold Mash ^ | 11/13/09 | jerhad
    NASA announced that water was discovered on the moon, and Al Gore has indicated that this shocking news shows that lunar warming is happening and could have devastating effects if we don’t take immediate drastic measures.“Things are worse than I thought,” said Gore. “There should only be frozen ice on the moon, not water. Now the moon has a fever too, and it’s because of too many mobile phone signals. My chart will prove that as mobile phone usage has increased, so has the lunar temperature and melting ice. We must find a way to reduce this damaging greenhouse...
  • Jupiter's Moon Has Enough Oxygen to Sustain Earth-Like Life

    11/08/2009 7:01:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2,466+ views
    Escapist ^ | October 19, 2009 | Earnest "Nex" Cavalli
    New research into Jupiter's fourth largest moon has revealed that the orbiting body contains enough oxygen to support complex, Earth-like lifeforms. Though it has long been known that Europa has an oxygen-rich oceanic environment, this latest research indicates that the actual oxygen level found in the moon's copious bodies of water is up to 100 times greater than previously imagined. With oxygen being a key component for life as we know it, this discovery no doubt has scientists imagining adorable Spore-style critters swimming the frigid Europan waves, before running headlong into the cruel wall of reality. As PhysOrg explains, though...
  • Finding Critics for Science

    11/04/2009 10:37:40 AM PST · by bs9021 · 16 replies · 1,784+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 4, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Finding Critics for Science Allie Winegar Duzett, November 4, 2009 There are many fields with rigorous critics; many writers make a living critiquing music, dance, art, and literature. At Accuracy in Media and other media watchdog groups, employees critique the claims of major news organizations. But one crucial field regularly goes without any public criticism: the field of science, and scientific discovery. “Science lacks for critics,” David Berlinski claimed at a recent Heritage Foundation Bloggers’ Briefing. “It is really remarkable that in the sense in which literature or dance or music has always entered public consciousness with a very rich...
  • Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint?

    11/02/2009 9:29:43 PM PST · by Kevmo · 58 replies · 2,519+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 21 October 2009 | Rachel Courtland
    Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint? EVER since Arthur Eddington travelled to the island of Príncipe off Africa to measure starlight bending around the sun during a 1919 eclipse, evidence for Einstein’s theory of general relativity has only become stronger. Could it now be that starlight from distant galaxies is illuminating cracks in the theory’s foundation? .... Yet it is still not clear how well general relativity holds up over cosmic scales, at distances much larger than the span of single galaxies. Now the first, tentative hint of a deviation from general relativity has been found. While the evidence...
  • The Curious Case Of Adlene Hicheur

    10/21/2009 8:45:35 PM PDT · by YoungGunConservativeRadio · 287+ views
    Young Gun Conservative ^ | Rudolph Carrera
    STRATFOR’s article on a French physicist and his astronomer brother giving financial aid to terrorists in North Africa and their own country should send shivers up the spines... Click on the image below:
  • Great Viewing for Many of the Orionid Meteor Show

    10/20/2009 12:43:39 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 6 replies · 912+ views
    Doppler Dale's Weather Post ^ | 10-20-09 | Dale Bader
    This week Earth will be passing through a debris field left behind by Halley’s Comet, the Orionids. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says, “Flakes of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us dozens of meteors per hour. Since 2006, Orionids have been one of the showers of the year, with counts of 60 or more meteors per hour.”
  • Searching In Vain For A Black Cat In The Dark

    10/11/2009 10:58:43 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 10/10/09 | DJP I.F.
    NASA’s recent rocket launch into the south pole of the moon to see if water was underneath the surface moon. This little fact finding mission has cost the American tax payers roughly 79 million dollars. A 79 million dollar search for the answers that Almighty God’s Word states for absolutely free. One of the key reasons for this extravaganza was for the search of water for supporting a colony on the moon. NASA and its followers believe if water can be found on the moon or on any planet, that they can prove that “life” can existed in other worlds....
  • Megawatt Class VASIMIR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

    10/02/2009 12:19:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 763+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | October 02, 2009 | Brian Wang
    Once we’ve demonstrated a 200-kilowatt prototype engine operating at full power on the ground, the next step is testing an identical version in space. We’re already testing the prototype unit in our vacuum chamber here in Houston, and we’re designing the actual flight engine, which is called the VF-200. We signed an agreement with NASA last December to actually mount the VF-200 on the International Space Station in 2012 or 2013. > We would hope that, if not the US, maybe the Europeans, the Chinese, the Russians, or somebody else will develop a nuclear-electric power capability that we can marry...
  • Third world pillaging will destroy the Earth's magnetic field

    09/28/2009 7:39:37 AM PDT · by mudblood · 32 replies · 1,837+ views
    Collective Wishes ^ | 9/28/09 | Candle
    There is a growing body of evidence now to support the theory that Western enviro-pillaging is leading to the flip-flop of the Earth's magnetic field. The acclaimed Indian science journal Jonwar Chodu recently published a controversial piece denouncing the Western World's mining of metal in 3rd world countries. But not for the normal reasons of hegemonic multinational imperialism - itself a good reason to stop all this horrible mining... No, this time it was for a reason far worse. You see, when you take metals from one part of the world, depleting them from whole regions almost entirely, and then...
  • H1N1 linked to Peru Meteor Strike? (tin foil hat or not?)

    09/16/2009 6:26:24 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 25 replies · 1,230+ views
    UFO Research Center ^ | 5 August 2009 | C. Montgomery
    I have information that supports my hypothesis that many of our human illnesses may have their origins in space. Case in point is the meteor and crater discovered in Peru. Many of the local people came down with a mysterious illness following exposure to the space debris and or crater. The W.H.O. investigated the incident after learning of a strange illness (w/out ANY protection LOL) . It is possible they have not identified the nature of the illness nor has there been any mention of it in medical journals but I suspect that if it is H1N1 they are keeping...
  • Killer Moon

    09/14/2009 8:06:10 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 1,090+ views
    Scott Adams Blog ^ | 9/14/2009 | Scott Adams
    Lately I have been looking at the moon and wondering if it will someday kill me. If I live another 50 years (which is entirely possible) I assume I will eventually be a robot, having shed my old skin and bones body and uploaded a scanned and digitized version of my brain to a machine. My fellow robots and I will live among the meat people for eons until the moon's orbit degrades, either gradually or because a meteor gives it a nudge, and Earth is annihilated in the collision. You might say I worry too much. But I've successfully...
  • New Theory Nixes "Dark Energy": Says Time is Disappearing from the Universe

    09/14/2009 4:04:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 69 replies · 2,244+ views
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | September 13, 2009 | Rebecca Sato
    Remember a little thing called the space-time continuum? Well what if the time part of the equation was literally running out? New evidence is suggesting that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely. This radical new theory may explain a cosmological mystery that has baffled scientists for years. Scientists previously have measured the light from distant exploding stars to show that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. They assumed that these supernovae are spreading apart faster as the universe ages. Physicists also assumed that a kind of anti-gravitational force must be driving...
  • Video Game Developer Qualifies for Million Dollar NASA Prize

    09/13/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Saije · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    GameFreaks365 ^ | 9/13/2009 | Kyle
    Video game developer John Carmack, better known for his work on Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, has qualified for a million dollar prize from NASA. America's space agency challenged the nation's brightest minds to come up with a design contest known as the Lunar Lander Challenge. Carmack's team, known as Armadillo Aerospace, won $350,000 after taking first prize last year in NASA's Level 1 competition. Now they are aiming for Level 2 and the million dollar prize. As MSNBC.com describes it: "The alcohol-fueled, pressure-tank-equipped rocket has to hang in the air for a minimum of 3 minutes during each leg of...
  • Houston–We Have A Funding Problem: Are Human Space Flights Doomed Under Obama’s Socialist Agenda?

    09/12/2009 7:08:18 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 21 replies · 1,058+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | September 12, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    As America prepares to embark upon a new era of human space exploration, President Obama has commissioned a review of the nation’s human space flight plans. Known as the Augustine Committee, this panel has the important charter of evaluating the current NASA plan... Exploration must be recognized as a national imperative that sustains U.S. leadership in space; a significant increase in human space-flight safety should be accomplished under government leadership; we must leave low Earth orbit and explore destinations beyond; and sustaining robust funding and staying the course are imperative... ...Members of the committee presented their preliminary findings to NASA...
  • World Exclusive: Barack Obama Reveals Birth Certificate

    08/14/2009 8:29:38 PM PDT · by pissant · 114 replies · 5,033+ views
    Lame Cherry ^ | 8/14/09 | staff
    As a world exclusive, this blog alone can tell you what is exactly on Barack Obama's birth certificate, because Barack Obama recorded exactly what was on his birth certificate. I will not go into if it was Kenyan, British Columbian or if it was Hawaiian as that is not the point of this investigation. What is the point is we know from Barack Obama hisself, exactly what his birth certificate looked like. I can tell you that he was so troubled by it, that he his first thought was it caused a fight between Stanley Ann and Barack sr. First...
  • Hitlers Gift to Astronomy

    08/05/2009 3:23:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 660+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | August 5th 2009 | Bente Lilja Bye
    Hitlers gift to astronomy? What? Believe it or not, Hitler wanted to give Mussolini and Rome a planetarium*. Rome was among the first in the world to build a planetarium. Italy (and Mussolini) had already taken a planetarium as part of the 'compensation' for the damage Germany did to Italy in WW1 and opened the first Roman planetarium already in 1928. It is the most peculiar story, so much so that I feel compelled to tell, however little, that I know about this hidden treasure of planetarium history...
  • Birther Craziness Has Got To Stop

    08/02/2009 4:26:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 42 replies · 2,037+ views
    Poli-Gazette ^ | 8/2/09 | Mike Van der Galien
    Writing for Little Green Footballs, Charles Johnson reports that so-called birthers have now dug up a document they say proves President Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii. Today we get a ludicrous effort by head Nirther Orly Taitz to foist off an obviously fake “Kenyan birth certificate” with Barack Obama’s name on it: Is this really it? (re: possible Obama’s Kenyan B.C. - Attny Taitz). These people are getting desperate. World Net Daily is also salivating over this. The posts were published shortly after Republican Congressman Eric Cantor blamed liberal media and bloggers for hyping the birtherism movement. Although...
  • Toutatis,Sisyphus and Apophis

    07/28/2009 10:56:29 AM PDT · by LiveAnotherDay · 4 replies · 571+ views
    NASA | 2008 | Unknown
    These three near-earth-objects pose the biggest threat since Chicxulub. http://www.solarviews.com/eng/toutatis.htm http://www.phy.ohiou.edu/~cottofig/ASTR510.html http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/apophis/
  • UFO Crashed Into Tunguska Meteorite To Save Earth

    07/27/2009 8:47:37 PM PDT · by LiveAnotherDay · 29 replies · 1,417+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 27,2009 | Unknown
    Did a UFO deliberately crash into a meteor to save Earth 100 years ago? That's what one Russian scientist is claiming.
  • Another Bright NASA Moment

    07/24/2009 8:12:05 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 3 replies · 557+ views
    Storm Force 31 Weather Blog ^ | 7/24/09 | Brad Huffines
    This week, we all saw images on television screens of the solar eclipse that occurred on Wednesday. This was the longest eclipse the earth will see until 2136, which will likely be beyond most of our own lifetimes… unless my Fish Oil and CoQ10 work as I hope (!!!). I digress. When looking at the images at the NASA webpage, some are amazing, especially the one below. “Hinode is an international mission to study our nearest star, the sun. To accomplish this, the Hinode mission includes a suite of three science instruments — the Solar Optical Telescope, X-ray Telescope and...
  • Sleeping on My Parents Floor For Apollo 11

    07/20/2009 12:42:20 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 34 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Lid ^ | 7/20/09 | The Lid
    Forty years ago today we celebrated a miracle, two men walked on the moon. For those of us who grew up before twitter, and facebook, the US space program was simply the coolest thing in the world. I joined all of my friends in wanting to be Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldren, no one wanted to be Michael Cooper because he stayed in space. I didn't collect baseball cards when I was growing up, it was a pile of brochures from NASA that collected in my room, which I read over and over while sipping a glass of TANG. I...
  • 40 Years Ago Today Man First Walked on the Moon

    07/20/2009 8:22:19 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies · 516+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-20-09 | Mike's America
    One of the most stupendous days in the history of man! And a great day to be proud of what America and Americans can do! A short two minute video with the late Walter Cronkite bringing us the news: [video at site] Restored moonwalk video montage here.It was hard to believe that we were actually watching live television images from the moon: "One small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind." -- Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 from Tranquility Base Photo Tribute:It was only later, after the astronauts returned, that we saw these color images: The Apollo 11...
  • APOLLO 11: 20 JULY 1969

    07/19/2009 10:10:54 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 8 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Bitpig Rant ^ | 2009.07.20 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
  • Endeavour a Go or No Go

    07/14/2009 1:30:04 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 1 replies · 379+ views
    doppler dale's weather posts ^ | 07/14/2009 | dale bader
    Shuttle Endeavour has been plagued by storms and not able to the launch the last couple of attempts but what will the weather be like for Wednesday's planned launch? Also how are the tropics looking today and when will it cool down in the Plains and southern U.S? These questions are answered in today's weather video briefing. Please take a look.
  • Science proves that God must exist

    06/30/2009 10:45:38 AM PDT · by thedmasterr · 21 replies · 1,198+ views
    My Uncommon Sense ^ | Monday June 29, 2009 | Derek Foley
    rom Richard Dawkin’s God Delusion to Bill Maher’s Religulous, the media is filled with half-truths and whole lies about what it means to be a believer in God, and more often than not, Christian. Dawkin’s argues that there is contradictory evidence to the existence of God while Maher pokes fun at the members of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, while simultaneously asking the usual theological questions. For example: Do you think that, if when you were a kid, they transposed the Bible stories with fairy tales, that you would know the difference as an adult? Yes Mr. Maher, I would. It...
  • Is there a Life On Mars Conspiracy?

    06/17/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Scythian · 52 replies · 3,847+ views
    Times Online ^ | 06/11/2009 | Michael Brooks
    Some pesky scientists have just pointed out an appalling design error in NASA’s latest attempts to find life on Mars. This is beginning to look like a conspiracy. Does someone not want us to find life on Mars? NASA has tried looking for signs of life on Mars precisely once, in the 1976 Viking mission. The result was positive. The reason nobody says there is life on Mars is that another experiment, part of the same mission, couldn’t find any carbon-based “organic” chemicals in Martian soil. This, NASA decided, overruled the other result: with no carbon present, there could be...
  • 10,000 Galaxies

    06/17/2009 8:26:45 AM PDT · by aic4ever · 21 replies · 1,439+ views
    Organized Exploitation ^ | 06-17-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    In a "blank" patch of sky, the Hubble Telescope acquires imagery of 10,000 galaxies. This image provides a fantastic progression from our small corner of the universe, Earth, out to the limitless expanses of the outer reaches of what we are able to observe. Humbling. Enjoy!
  • Human Presence May Be Increasing The Lifespan Of Earth

    06/15/2009 5:49:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies · 681+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | June 14th 2009 | News Staff
    Doom and gloom types always want to lament that the presence of people is killing the Earth. Not so, say California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists. At least on a cosmic scale, the presence of life may increase longevity for planets. In traditional thinking, a billion years from now the ever-increasing radiation from the sun will have heated Earth into inhabitability, causing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that serves as food for plant to disappear. The oceans will evaporate and all living things will disappear. Maybe not quite so soon, say researchers from Caltech, who have come up with...
  • Re-Analysis of the Marinov Light-Speed Anisotropy Experiment

    06/12/2009 11:25:41 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 27 replies · 1,653+ views
    Re-Analysis of the Marinov Light-Speed Anisotropy Experiment Reginald T. Cahill School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia E-mail: Reg.Cahill@flinders.edu.au The anisotropy of the speed of light at 1 part in 10^3 has been detected by Michelson and Morley (1887), Miller (1925/26), Illingworth (1927), Joos (1930), Jaseja et al. (1964), Torr and Kolen (1984), DeWitte (1991) and Cahill (2006) using a variety of experimental techniques, from gas-mode Michelson interferometers (with the relativistic theory for these only determined in 2002) to one-way RF coaxial cable propagation timing. All agree on the speed, right ascension and declination of...
  • The Suppression of Inconvenient Facts in Physics

    06/07/2009 7:50:26 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 82 replies · 2,375+ views
    Suppressed Science.Net ^ | 12/06/08 | http://www.suppressedscience.net/
    The Suppression of Inconvenient Facts in Physics "Textbooks present science as a noble search for truth, in which progress depends on questioning established ideas. But for many scientists, this is a cruel myth. They know from bitter experience that disagreeing with the dominant view is dangerous - especially when that view is backed by powerful interest groups. Call it suppression of intellectual dissent. The usual pattern is that someone does research or speaks out in a way that threatens a powerful interest group, typically a government, industry or professional body. As a result, representatives of that group attack the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    05/10/2009 5:47:50 AM PDT · by sig226 · 15 replies · 962+ views
    NASA ^ | 5/10/09 | Robert Gendler
    M31: The Andromeda Galaxy Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler (robgendlerastropics.com) Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of...
  • Ten Greatest Hubble Telescope Photographs - Amazing

    04/09/2009 12:53:20 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 10 replies · 1,522+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 09 09 | Nick
    The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born. The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation. Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.
  • Giant 'Hand' Reaches Across Space

    04/06/2009 4:37:40 PM PDT · by nobama08 · 22 replies · 1,327+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | April 6, 2009
    Tiny and dying but still-powerful stars called pulsars spin like crazy and light up their surroundings, often with ghostly glows. So it is with PSR B1509-58, which long ago collapsed into a sphere just 12 miles in diameter after running out of fuel. And what a strange scene this one has created. In a new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, high-energy X-rays emanating from the nebula around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light. The star now spins around at the dizzying pace of seven times...
  • Did the Chinese fake their space walk? Hmmmmm.

    02/13/2009 7:48:01 PM PST · by slomark · 13 replies · 1,272+ views
    (video) We’re not conspiracy theory wackos. We absolutely believe American astronauts walked on the moon. Twelve of them on six different missions. They loped around, smacked golf balls, drove that little dune buggy, all that stuff. But take a look at this video. It really makes you wonder if the entire Chinese space walk was phony. We hate the American media. They’ve proven they’re untrustworthy. But what’s this world coming to when you can’t trust the Chinese media? Watch the video.
  • Type III Kardashev Civilization Would be Eight Times Bigger: 10**50 Simulated Human Mind Equiv.

    02/01/2009 5:40:38 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 1,100+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | Jan. 31, 2009 | Brian Wang
    Recent astronomy news. There are 3 trillion stars in the Milky Way. The Milky way is about 8 times bigger than was thought. We still have a shaky understanding of our own galaxy as refined measurements of star speed in the arms indicates that the volume is about 8 times more than was previously believed.
  • Nostradamus Code: World War III 2009-2012

    01/27/2009 6:27:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 58 replies · 5,624+ views
    Sample Chapter from Nostradamus Code Book interpreting the quatrains. Elite group controls global economy; worldwide depression planned (Century VI, Quatrain 41) The Elite families made their influence and fortunes in the banking and commodities industries, such as gold, oil, copper, tins, etc. This is much like the colonial barons associated with the European world empires who started their families' fortunes exploiting the materials of the Third World nations. The Elite manipulate the economy to cause the unemployment or inflation rates to rise or fall at their whim. They have affected everyone's life. They are "pulling the strings" behind the scenes...
  • Our upcoming solar storm (Mods recommend tinfoil hats)

    01/09/2009 1:31:02 PM PST · by iana300 · 88 replies · 3,431+ views
    Planet Xenu | 1-9-09 | Jameriah Clark
    Ok.I know we are expected to have a solar storm in 2012.I just wanted to know if there was anything we can do to stop it or something we can use for pretection.I mean when I heard this I was totally shocked!!I just heard about all of this today at school!I'm not even old enough to have a car payment.I really want to live longer than 13 years.Because at the moment,I am 10 years old.I just hope that a scientist or baby jesus can do something about this!!
  • Jupiter Eclipsing Ganymede

    01/06/2009 4:38:25 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 2 replies · 629+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/6/2009 | Moneyrunner
  • NASA-Pentagon: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

    01/02/2009 11:21:52 AM PST · by Sudetenland · 16 replies · 899+ views
    houston conservative ^ | 1/02/2009 | Will Malven
    Boy this ought to set the Liberals who voted for Obama off. Apparently there is serious talk coming from the Obama camp of merging NASA's civilian space program with the pentagon's military space program. No doubt the folks at NASA are in a tizzy over this proposal. Many of them are the ivory-towered elitist academic types who see patriotism and politics (except for Global Warming) as being beneath them. Bringing the military into the picture will greatly offend the sensibilities. Of course I'm sure that the hard-headed military pragmatists are just as thrilled at the prospect of dealing with some...
  • International Space Archives - The World's Largest Space Image Repository

    12/30/2008 1:28:33 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 6 replies · 556+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | December 29th 2008
    Image Fortress today announced that it has launched the International Space Archives, an online digital library, organizing the vast collections of still and video imagery produced by the manned and unmanned space programs of the world.
  • An Astronomer's Explanation For The Star Of Bethlehem

    12/25/2008 9:15:43 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 42 replies · 2,376+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | December 25th 2008
    According to the Bible, when Jesus was born three Magi saw a star in the East that signaled the birth of a new king. But just what was it, from an astronomical point or view, that the Magi actually saw? Fred Grosse, a professor of physics and astronomy at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., says there are several popular theories that may answer this question.
  • The Ten Days of Newton

    12/24/2008 11:56:25 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 38 replies · 1,053+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2008 | Olivia Judson
    Some years ago, the evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins pointed out to me that Sir Isaac Newton, the founder of modern physics and mathematics, and arguably the greatest scientist of all time, was born on Christmas Day, and that therefore Newton’s Birthday could be an alternative, if somewhat nerdy, excuse for a winter holiday. Think of the merchandise! Newton is said to have discovered the phenomenon of gravity by watching apples fall in an orchard. (His insight came after pondering why they always fall down, rather than upwards or sideways.) Newton’s Birthday cards could feature the great man discovering gravity...