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  • The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born

    11/10/2014 10:49:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 11/09/2014 | Matthew R. Francis
    We can’t see the birth of our own solar system, but an incredible new telescopic image is giving us hints about how planets are born. Humans are cosmic mayflies. Our lives come and go quickly, only offering us glimpses of the slow evolution of the Universe. Human history is measured in centuries, while the birth and death of stars and planets take place over millions and billions of years. For that reason, we will never see the formation of another solar system unfold before our eyes. Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a...
  • To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees (causes global warming)

    09/23/2014 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/19/14 | NADINE UNGER
    **SNIP** Of course, this is counterintuitive. We all learn in school how trees effortlessly perform the marvel of photosynthesis: They take up carbon dioxide from the air and make oxygen. This process provides us with life, food, water, shelter, fiber and soil. The earth’s forests generously mop up about a quarter of the world’s fossil-fuel carbon emissions every year. So it’s understandable that we’d expect trees to save us from rising temperatures, but climate science tells a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important switch on the planetary thermostat is how much of the...
  • Kerry issues call to save the planet's oceans (Priority #1. Save the planet for fanatical Islam?)

    06/16/2014 10:55:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/16/14 | Jo Biddle - afp
    Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday sounded the alarm on the perils facing the world's oceans, calling for a global strategy to save the planet's life-giving seas. "Let's develop a plan" to combat over-fishing, climate change and pollution, Kerry urged as he opened a ground-breaking two-day conference of world leaders, scientists and industry captains. "Stewardship of our ocean is not a one-person event... it's a universal requirement," Kerry insisted. "We as human beings share nothing so completely as the ocean that covers nearly three-quarters of our planet," the top US diplomat said, adding that "each of...
  • NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star

    04/17/2014 5:09:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | 4/17/2014 | NASA
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth. "The discovery of Kepler-186f...
  • Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, (hoax denier) scientists warn

    01/01/2014 4:37:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/31/13 | Damian Carrington
    **SNIP** The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4C by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerous. The research indicates that fewer clouds form as the planet warms, meaning less sunlight is reflected back into space, driving temperatures up further still. The way clouds affect global warming has been the biggest mystery surrounding future climate change. Professor Steven Sherwood, at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, who led the new work, said: "This study breaks new ground twice: first by...
  • Darth Vader: If you like your planet, you can keep it

    11/18/2013 7:41:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 33 replies
  • A Strange Lonely Planet Found Without A Star

    10/10/2013 12:49:33 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 43 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 09 October 2013
    This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago -- a newborn in planet lifetimes.
  • 60 billion alien planets could support life, study suggests

    07/04/2013 4:55:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/2013 | Megan Gannon
    <p>Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support plant life. The Milky Way alone may host 60 billion such planets around faint red dwarf stars, a new estimate suggests.</p>
  • Obama in Africa: ‘The Planet Will Boil Over’ If Everybody Has a Car, Air Conditioning and a

    07/01/2013 5:30:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/1/13 | Jason Howerton
    Speaking at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, President Barack Obama claimed that “the planet will boil over” if everyone has access to air conditioning, automobiles and big houses. That is, unless the world finds “new ways of producing energy,” he said. “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new...
  • A Planet Full of Sexual Pirates

    06/22/2013 3:11:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 6-22-13 | Douglas Wilson
    A commenter in the earlier post about Exodus International is checking to see if I am ashamed of Leviticus 20:13 yet, which I am not. But before proceeding, let me quote that verse in full. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Lev. 20:13). This passage is the Word of God, and before moving on to how we are to receive and apply it today, let us — by which I mean all Christians...
  • Gravitational Lensing in Proxima Planet Hunt

    06/04/2013 2:39:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 6/4/13 | Paul Gilster
    Gravitational Lensing in Proxima Planet Hunt by Paul Gilster on June 4, 2013 I normally think about gravitational lensing as a way of finding planets that are a long way from home. That’s just the nature of the beast: Lensing as an exoplanet detection tool depends upon a star with planets moving in front of a background object, its mass ‘bending’ space enough to cause slight changes to the image of the farther star. Monitor those changes closely enough and you may see the signature of a second disruption, flagging the presence of a planet around the closer star. Occultations...
  • 'Orphan' alien planet with no parent is found near Earth

    11/14/2012 7:55:04 PM PST · by Altariel · 43 replies
    MSNBC ^ | November 14, 2012 | Mike Wall
    Astronomers have discovered a potential "rogue" alien planet wandering alone just 100 light-years from Earth, suggesting that such starless worlds may be extremely common across the galaxy. The free-floating object, called CFBDSIR2149, is likely a gas giant planet four to seven times more massive than Jupiter, scientists say in a new study unveiled Wednesday. The planet cruises unbound through space relatively close to Earth (in astronomical terms), perhaps after being booted from its own solar system. "If this little object is a planet that has been ejected from its native system, it conjures up the striking image of orphaned worlds,...
  • Visit Uwingu, name an exoplanet

    11/08/2012 1:44:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | 11-08-2012 | Staff
    Astronomers have now discovered over 1,000 planets orbiting other stars, and right now these exoplanets all have boring, license-plate-like names, such as HD85512 and GJ 436 instead of endearing, "real" planet names that might offer hints of what that world could be like. And recall the recent extrapolation of how many habitable planets might be in the Milky Way? A team using the ESO's HARP's spectrograph determined there might be upwards of 160 billion worlds out there for us to find, and perhaps eventually name. How might we come up with that many names? Uwingu, a startup company that is...
  • New Images: Scientists Puzzled By Uranus Weather Patterns

    10/23/2012 9:39:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 10-21-2012 | Staff
    New, exquisitely detailed, high-resolution images of Uranus show off its complex weather patterns and new features of the planet that scientists can’t explain yet. Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, is an ice giant composed mainly of frozen methane, water, ammonia and hydrocarbons. In 1986, Voyager 2 passed by Uranus and returned the iconic image that most associate with the planet. This image showed a smooth, blue-green featureless world. This newest image reveals something different, a world swept with intricate cloudy bands, much like Jupiter and Saturn. Uranus is at such a distance from Earth that most telescopes can’t...
  • Twitter briefly down across much of planet (miraculously, Earth & media continue spinning unabated)

    07/26/2012 1:00:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies ^ | 7/26/12 | Cassandra Vinograd and Raphael Satter - ap
    LONDON (AP) — People around the world briefly experienced problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site. About three hours after the San Francisco-based company first acknowledged the problem by saying its engineers were "currently working to resolve the issue," Twitter said in a statement that the "site issue" had been resolved. It did not go into further detail on what caused the glitch — the second time in just over a month that the site has been hit by problems. Visitors to the...
  • New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

    05/12/2012 3:44:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 5/11/12 | Richard A. Lovett
    Odd orbits of remote objects hint at unseen world, new calculations suggest. An as yet undiscovered planet might be orbiting at the dark fringes of the solar system, according to new research.Too far out to be easily spotted by telescopes, the potential unseen planet appears to be making its presence felt by disturbing the orbits of so-called Kuiper belt objects, said Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Kuiper belt objects are small icy bodies—including some dwarf planets—that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune. Once considered the ninth planet in our system, the...
  • German astronomers have discovered an ancient planetary system dating from 13 billion years ago

    03/30/2012 6:30:02 PM PDT · by U-238 · 37 replies ^ | 3/30/2012 |
    German astronomers have discovered an ancient planetary system thought to be a survivor of one of the earliest cosmic eras, from 13 billion years ago. The system consists of the star HIP 11952 and two planets. Such an old system will help shed light on planet formation in the early Universe, which occurred under conditions quite different from those of later planetary systems such as our own. Accepted planetary theory states that, generally speaking, a star that contains more 'metals', (i.e. chemical elements other than hydrogen and helium) is more likely to have planets; it is also widely accepted that...
  • Scientists tell of 'runaway' planets

    03/22/2012 11:14:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies · 2+ views
    UPI ^ | March 22, 2012 | UPI
    U.S. scientists studying "runaway" stars tossed out of our galaxy at great velocities say they've confirmed the same thing can happen to planets. The first runaway star was discovered seven years ago, heading out of the Milky Way at 1.5 million mph, and new research says planets must be doing the same thing -- at speeds up to 30 million mph, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reported Thursday. "These warp-speed planets would be some of the fastest objects in our galaxy," astrophysicist Avi Loeb said. "If you lived on one of them, you'd be in for a wild ride from...
  • New alien planet is perfect for life, scientists say

    02/03/2012 7:15:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | February 2, 2012 | Denise Chow
    A potentially habitable alien planet — one that scientists say is the best candidate yet to harbor water, and possibly even life, on its surface — has been found around a nearby star. The planet is located in the habitable zone of its host star, which is a narrow circumstellar region where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on the planet's surface.
  • New planet discovered to be first in habitable zone

    12/06/2011 6:40:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Dec 6, 2011 | By SETH BORENSTEIN,
    New planet discovery excites scientists: the discovery of a new planet 600 light years away with roughly the right temperature for plant and animal habitation is causing a buzz in the science community. Though much larger than Earth, scientists haven't ruled out the possibility of life being discovered. A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside Earth's solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life, except for one hitch. It is a bit too big. The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard...
  • Just so we don't forget: Newt and Nancy Loving the Planet Together

    11/10/2011 5:38:51 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 64 replies ^ | 11/10/2011 | F.R Newbrough
    Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich Commercial on Climate Change - YouTube
  • Series of bumps sent Uranus into its sideways spin

    10/10/2011 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 07 OCT 2011 | Staff
    If Uranus was not tilted in one blow, as is commonly thought, but rather was bumped in at least two smaller collisions, there is a much higher probability of seeing its moons orbit in the direction we observe. By European Planetary Science Congress, AAS Division for Planetary Science — Uranus’ highly tilted axis makes it something of an oddball in our solar system. The accepted wisdom is that Uranus was knocked on its side by a single large impact, but new research rewrites our theories of how Uranus became so tilted and also solves fresh mysteries about the position and...
  • Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon

    09/30/2011 11:32:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 24, 2011 | Jessica Ravitz
    (CNN) - Early on in life, Mitch Mayne knew exactly who he was. He would race watch reruns of “Star Trek” and swoon over his crush, Captain Kirk. At 8, after his parents converted, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... It is where he feels spiritually at home, irrespective of the fact that, for the past 10 years, he’s been openly gay. “I’m a man that lives in two worlds that a lot of people don’t think intersect,” Mayne said... Actively Mormon and openly gay: It's the sort of combo that might leave...
  • Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

    08/25/2011 12:32:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies ^ | 8/25/11 | Ben Hirschler - Reuters
    Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard. The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond. "The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon -- i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside...
  • Coal-Black Alien Planet Is Darkest Ever Seen

    08/12/2011 11:36:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Yahoo | ^ | 8/11/11 | Charles Q. Choi
    An alien world blacker than coal, the darkest planet known, has been discovered in the galaxy. The world in question is a giant the size of Jupiter known as TrES-2b. NASA's Kepler spacecraft detected it lurking around the yellow sun-like star GSC 03549-02811 some 750 light years away in the direction of the constellation Draco. The researchers found this gas giant reflects less than 1 percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it darker than any planet or moon seen up to now. [The Strangest Alien Planets] "It's just ridiculous how dark this planet is, how alien it is...
  • Doomed Planet

    07/07/2011 9:43:26 AM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Quadrant Online ^ | 7/6/2011 | John McClean
    Perhaps you have very publicly expressed your belief in dangerous man-made warming, just as many media organisations and politicians have done? Who could blame you, for the United Nations, through its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC) is adamant that manmade emissions of CO2 are to blame for higher temperatures during the late 20th century. The media duly reports this to the world, assuming that surely the IPCC knows what it is talking about. On it goes, with a new prediction of disaster every week and hardly a word to be seen or heard from anyone who disagrees with the...
  • Strongest evidence yet indicates Enceladus hiding saltwater ocean

    06/22/2011 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 06-22-2011 | Provided by University of Colorado at Boulder
    Samples of icy spray shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus collected during Cassini spacecraft flybys show the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a large-scale, subterranean saltwater ocean, says a new international study led by the University of Heidelberg and involving the University of Colorado Boulder. The new discovery was made during the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. Launched in 1997, the mission spacecraft arrived at the Saturn system in 2004 and has been touring the giant ringed planet and its vast moon system ever since. The plumes...
  • To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: 'What planet is he from?'

    02/26/2011 8:41:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/11 | Sean J. Miller
    To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: 'What planet is he from?'By Sean J. Miller - 02/26/11 04:07 PM ET Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty accused President Obama and Democrats of "coddling" unions and applauded the Tea Party movement as "modern-day Paul Reveres." Speaking to a convention of Tea Party activists in Phoenix on Saturday, the Republican White House hopeful sounded a populist tone while blasting unions and Democrats. "Thank you for standing up to the ruling class ... and big bailed-out businesses," he told attendees. Pawlenty has taken an increasingly tough tone in recent weeks when talking about Obama as...
  • Astronomers May Have Spotted Distant Baby Planet's Birth, A Cosmic First

    02/26/2011 8:39:29 PM PST · by Immerito · 9 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 25, 2011 | Rebecca Boyle
    Scientists think they have seen a baby planet swirling to life around a very young sun-like star, about 350 light years from Earth in the southern constellation Chameleon. If they can confirm their discovery, it would be the earliest picture yet of a natal planetary system, further illuminating how planets are born. Using the Very Large Telescope, astronomers were looking at a star called T Chamaeleontis, or T Cha, which is surrounded by a disc of dust and gas. They noticed a gap in the disc, and in two new studies, they say it could be a coalescing planet.
  • 2011 preview: Expect Earth's Twin Planet

    12/21/2010 3:23:40 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12/21/2010 | New Scientist
    In 2010, one new exoplanet appeared every four days or so; by the end of the year, the total topped 500. But in September, a truly exceptional find punctuated this steady drumbeat of discovery: the first alien planet that could host life on its surface. Gliese 581 g, spotted by a team led by Steven Vogt of the University of California, Santa Cruz, inhabits a "Goldilocks" zone around its host star, a band just warm enough to boast liquid water. At 3.1 to 4.3 times the mass of Earth, it is also small enough that it should be made...
  • Alien planet discovered, but it shouldn't exist

    12/09/2010 7:50:43 AM PST · by Immerito · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/08/2010 | Charles Q. Choi
    An alien star has now been discovered to have an extra planet that astronomers so far cannot explain. A fourth planet has been imaged orbiting the bright, very young star HR 8799, nearly 130 light-years away. This newfound world is at least seven times the mass of Jupiter, roughly the same as a trio of other giant planets astronomers had seen circling the star two years ago in the first direct images of extrasolar planets.
  • spotted 'mysterious pulse of light' from direction of newly-discovered '2nd Earth' two years ago

    10/01/2010 3:22:54 AM PDT · by tlb · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st October 2010 | Niall Firth
    An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged. Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it. Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g. The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement last night...
  • Odds of Life on Nearby Planet '100 Percent,' Astronomer Says

    09/30/2010 4:04:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/30/2010 | Fox News
    An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold -- comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced Wednesday. If confirmed, the exoplanet, named Gliese 581g, would be the first Earth-like world found residing in a star's habitable zone -- a region where a planet's temperature could sustain liquid water on its surface.[Illustration of planet Gliese 581g.] And the planet's discoverers are optimistic about the prospects for finding life there. "Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I...
  • Newly Discovered Planet May be First Truly Habitable Exoplanet

    09/29/2010 9:09:27 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 44 replies
    Santa Clara U. ^ | 9/29/2010 | Tim Stephens
    A team of planet hunters led by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet (three times the mass of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone," where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one. To astronomers, a "potentially habitable" planet is one that could sustain life, not necessarily one...
  • Could 'Goldilocks' planet be just right for life?

    09/29/2010 7:43:30 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Sep 29, 7:19 pm ET | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer
    WASHINGTON – Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right. Not too far from its star, not too close. So it could contain liquid water. The planet itself is neither too big nor too small for the proper surface, gravity and atmosphere. It's just right. Just like Earth. "This really is the first Goldilocks planet," said co-discoverer R. Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
  • The `Population Bomb` Has Fizzled

    09/01/2010 2:05:11 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    Gwinnett Gazette ^ | 8-30-10 | Harold Brown
    Predicted calamities are always the worst; until the future comes. Then, they don't show up, or they shrink to ordinary. Overpopulation is a prime example. Calamity resulting from too many of us has been the subject of countless prophecies, but those never came true. More humans are living on the planet now than ever and living better, rather than being starved and desperate.
  • 'Jupiter swallowed planet 10 times the size of Earth'

    08/13/2010 12:01:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, might have gained its dominant position after swallowing up a smaller planet, scientists believe. Studies on Jupiter have revealed that the giant planet, which is more than 120 times bigger than the Earth, has an extremely small core that weighs just two to 10 Earth masses. Now scientists have claimed that Jupiter's core might have been vaporised in huge collision with a planet up to ten times the size of Earth, the New Scientist reported. Researchers led by by Shu Lin Li of Peking University in China have modelled what might have...
  • Abandon Earth or Face Extinction, Stephen Hawking Warns

    08/09/2010 8:53:02 AM PDT · by Scythian · 255 replies · 1+ views
    It's time to abandon Earth, warned the world's most famous theoretical physicist. In an interview with website Big Think, Stephen Hawking warned that the long-term future of the planet is in outer space. "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet," he said. "I see great dangers for the human race," Hawking said. "There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question...
  • Scorched Alien Planet Has a Comet Tail (153 light-years from Earth)

    07/15/2010 1:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies ^ | 7/15/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    A scorched alien planet is flying so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is being swept off it in a glowing tail like some sort of giant comet, NASA announced Thursday. The existence of the planet and its strange tail, which was suggested in previous studies, was confirmed recently by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These new observations of the gas giant planet, called HD 209458b, suggest strong winds from its nearby star are blowing the atmosphere off the scorched world and shaping it into a comet-like tail. "Since 2003 scientists have theorized the lost mass is being pushed...
  • Planet Olbermann to Earth: Israel Is the Source Of Everything Wrong In the Middle East

    06/03/2010 11:05:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 534+ views
    big journalism ^ | 6/3/10 | Kevin L. Martin
    Last night I took a sickening trip into the Alternative Progressive Universe that is MSNBC and settled in to the orbit of Planet Olbermann with its toxic and hate-filled atmosphere. If you ever have the chance to visit Planet Olbermann on any given night, you have to suspend all rational thoughts or beliefs on this mostly dead planet. Olbermann sought to boost his argument that Israel’s boarding of a so-called Peace Flotilla was somehow illegal and to support this, he brought on a satellite (Carter-Era Ambassador), Edward Peck. In falling within the gravitational pull of Planet Olbermann, Peck said that...
  • Green economy could save planet: experts

    03/25/2010 1:37:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 634+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/10 | Sebastian Smith
    NEW YORK (AFP) – The planet is overheating, under-resourced, and almost out of time, but technical innovation and green economics could save the world, experts and leaders Thursday told an international conference here. Video-linked panels in New York, Monaco, Mexico City, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi painted an alarming picture of global poverty and environmental degradation. They called on the United States and other rich countries to show leadership, for example by investing in carbon capture technology and other long-term methods of reducing greenhouse gasses. But developing countries, where pollution is growing rapidly, can also play a big role...
  • Waterpebble gets water-wasters out of the shower

    03/20/2010 6:22:11 AM PDT · by Flavius · 58 replies · 1,299+ views
    cnet ^ | March 10, 2010 | Leslie Katz
    It's easy to lose track of how long your shower's getting--especially when it's 10 degrees out and the only thing that roused you from bed was the vision of a steamy cascade of water. Well, Waterpebble is here to guilt you out of your wasteful ways. The little round device monitors water going down the drain. It records the length of your first Waterpebble shower and uses that as a benchmark, then indicating via a series of gently flashing "traffic lights" when you need to get out of the shower already! Green tells you to start showering, amber means you're...
  • Some Friday Fun With Graphics

    03/12/2010 9:17:12 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 3 replies · 588+ views ^ | 3/12/10 | Jesus Diaz
  • Iceberg Ahead (scientists who play fast and loose with the 'facts' imperiling the planet)

    02/20/2010 6:49:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,392+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Fred Guterl
    Iceberg AheadClimate scientists who play fast and loose with the facts are imperiling not just their profession but the planet. By Fred Guterl | NEWSWEEK Published Feb 19, 2010 One of the most impressive visuals in Al Gore's now famous slide show on global warming is a graph known as the "hockey stick." It shows temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rising slowly for most of the last thousand years and turning steeply upward in the last half of the 20th century. As evidence of the alarming rate of global warming, it tells a simple and compelling story. That's one reason...
  • Scientists Spot Nearby 'Super-Earth'

    12/17/2009 1:40:25 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 37 replies · 1,616+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/16/2009 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Astronomers announced this week they found a water-rich and relatively nearby planet that's similar in size to Earth. While the planet probably has too thick of an atmosphere and is too hot to support life similar to that found on Earth, the discovery is being heralded as a major breakthrough in humanity's search for life on other planets. "The big excitement is that we have found a watery world orbiting a very nearby and very small star," said David Charbonneau, a Harvard professor of astronomy and lead author of an article on the discovery, which appeared this...
  • GOP cautions Obama against climate commitment (There's no warming - shouldn't the planet celebrate?)

    12/04/2009 3:35:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 619+ views
    GOP cautions Obama against climate commitmentThe Associated Press Friday, December 04, 2009 WASHINGTON — Even as he prepares to argue for action at the international climate conference, President Barack Obama is getting some reminders of the domestic political divide — and anxiety — over climate change. Twenty congressional Republicans, including the top House GOP leadership, sent a letter to the president Friday expressing their "grave concern" that the U.S. delegation might commit to mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reductions. "Only a treaty ratified by the United States Senate or legislation agreed to by Congress may commit our nation to any mandatory...
  • Lots More Planets Found Outside Solar System (32 More Planets, Total 400)

    10/19/2009 7:11:29 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 40 replies · 1,685+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Yahoo News
    <p>WASHINGTON – Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop.</p> <p>Scientists using European Southern Observatory telescopes didn't find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.</p>
  • Suicidal planet seems on death spiral into star

    08/26/2009 5:35:52 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies · 1,216+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Aug 26 2009 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON — Astronomers have found what appears to be a gigantic suicidal planet. The odd, fiery planet is so close to its star and so large that it is triggering tremendous plasma tides on the star. Those powerful tides are in turn warping the planet's zippy less-than-a-day orbit around its star. The result: an ever-closer tango of death, with the planet eventually spiraling into the star. It is a slow death. The planet WASP-18b has maybe a million years to live, said planet discoverer Coel Hellier, a professor of astrophysics at Keele University in England. Hellier's report on the suicidal...
  • First extragalactic exoplanet may have been found

    06/10/2009 6:46:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 17 replies · 535+ views
    New Scientist Space ^ | 06/10/09 | Stephen Battersby
    We could find planets in other galaxies using today's technology, according to a new simulation. The study gives credence to a tentative detection of a planet in Andromeda, our nearest large galactic neighbour. The idea is to use gravitational microlensing, in which a distant source star is briefly magnified by the gravity of an object passing in front of it. This technique has already found several planets in our galaxy, out to distances of thousands of light years. Extending the method from thousands to millions of light years won't be easy, says Philippe Jetzer of the University of Zürich in...
  • Neighboring planet could hit Earth...eventually! We're doomed!!!

    06/10/2009 12:47:43 PM PDT · by avalonmistmoon · 66 replies · 1,290+ views ^ | 06/10/2009 | jeanna Bryner
    A collision of Earth with Mercury, Mars or Venus possible in distant future.