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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Vega is North

    05/08/2015 4:16:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | May 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In only about 12,000 years Vega will be the North Star, the closest bright star to our fair planet's North Celestial Pole. By then, when you fix your camera to a tripod long exposures of the night sky will show the concentric arcs of star trails centered on a point near Vega as Earth rotates on its axis. Of course, presently the bright star conveniently near the North Celestial Pole is Polaris, but that will change as the Earth's axis of rotation precesses, like the wobble of a spinning top with a precession period of about 26,000 years. If...
  • New exoplanet too big for its stars

    05/01/2015 9:10:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Australian National University
    The Australian discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets form. "We have found a small star, with a giant planet the size of Jupiter, orbiting very closely," said researcher George Zhou from the Research School of Astrophysics and Astronomy. "It must have formed further out and migrated in, but our theories can't explain how this happened." In the past two decades more than 1,800 extrasolar planets (or exoplanets) have been discovered outside our solar system orbiting around other stars. The host star of the latest exoplanet, HATS-6,...
  • Obama still won't refer to the Armenian genocide by name. He should end the charade

    04/24/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | Thursday, 23 April, 2015 | Ali Gharib
    “The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” said a US senator named Barack Obama in 2008, before he sought to be elected to the highest office in the land. He was right then. He is so very wrong now. On 24 April 1915, near the end of the Ottoman empire, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul, most of whom were in government custody, were killed. More than a million of their kin were killed in the following...
  • Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

    04/21/2015 10:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Sims
    J.J. Abrams, the director tasked with bringing Star Wars back to the top of the crowded franchise heap, has always been happy to borrow. When he set out to make a new Star Trek and drag that moribund cinematic franchise back into blockbuster territory, he cheerfully swapped in some very familiar visual language to help it over the hill. Early on in the film, James Kirk (Chris Pine), nursing a desire to transcend his farmboy life, rides a motorcycle to see the U.S.S. Enterprise being built at a shipyard, and gazes up at it longingly. Star Wars fans would connect...
  • Could 'Star Wars' Open at $500 Million? The Force Is Strong

    04/21/2015 9:56:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    04/16/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngElkyQ6Rhs
  • It’s real and it’s spectacular: The new “Star Wars” trailer is out (2nd Teaser Trailer)

    04/16/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Voiceover by Luke Skywalker? Cameo by gray-haired Han Solo? Another cameo by the black Stormtrooper? Not gonna lie. I plotzed.
  • Star Wars VIII gets a May 2017 release date as spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:20:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Two pieces of Star Wars news were confirmed on Thursday during Disney’s shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Star Wars VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson of Looper fame. The film continues the saga after the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Disney's Bob Iger also revealed the spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One will start shooting this summer.
  • Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of ‘Star Trek’ Movies & TV Classics Was 84

    03/05/2015 5:47:35 PM PST · by Monty22002 · 24 replies
    deadline ^ | 3/5/2015 | Patrick Hipes
    Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27.
  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

    02/27/2015 9:16:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 229 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Virginia Heffernan
    Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Charles Manson’s fiancée wanted to marry him for his corpse: source

    02/09/2015 10:59:12 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Bill Sanderson
    This plot was too crazy even for Charles Manson. Manson’s engagement to a woman 53 years his junior was part of a wild scheme of hers to profit by putting his body on public display after his death, says the author of an upcoming book. Manson’s fiancée, 27-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, known as Star, sought to wed the convicted mastermind of the Sharon Tate murder and eight other slayings so that she could gain possession of his corpse, according to journalist Daniel Simone. Burton and a pal, Craig Hammond, planned to lay out Manson’s remains in a glass crypt, Simone...
  • 'They didn't use any of my ideas': George Lucas says new Star Wars film is not how he envisioned it

    01/21/2015 12:57:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015 | Shyam Dodge
    George Lucas had already been planning to make a seventh Star Wars film before he sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney. When the auteur handed over his iconic franchise he also gave the studio his plotline for Star Wars: Episode 7. Disney, however, did not use any of the 70-year-old filmmakers ideas for the new installment.
  • Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star

    01/20/2015 12:05:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Provided by University of Arizona
    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, despite being hobbled by the loss of critical guidance systems, has discovered a star with three planets only slightly larger than Earth. The outermost planet orbits in the "Goldilocks" zone, a region where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life, to exist. The star, EPIC 201367065, is a cool red M-dwarf about half the size and mass of our own sun. At a distance of 150 light years, the star ranks among the top 10 nearest stars known to have transiting planets. The star's proximity means it's bright enough for astronomers...
  • Epic cosmic radio burst finally seen in real time

    01/20/2015 10:42:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 08:00 19 January 2015 | by Michael Slezak
    A gigantic but fleeting burst of radio waves has been caught in the act for the first time, helping to narrow down the vast array of things that might cause them. Figuring out what these fast radio bursts are or where they come from could help answer some of the biggest cosmological questions. They last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a day, all seemingly in a tight band of radio-frequency waves. Their source is a mystery, but whatever causes them must be huge, cataclysmic and up to 5.5 billion light years...
  • Star Wars: A New Hope--A Treasure Trove Of Wisdom

    12/15/2014 8:29:44 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 15 replies
    n/a ^ | December 15, 2014 | yours personally
    "Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life. Leia: [sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself. Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now."
  • A blue supergiant star in relation to the size of our solar system

    12/04/2014 6:05:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 66 replies
  • Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars

    11/29/2014 7:28:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 28, 2014 | Kriston Capps
    Earlier today, it seemed like #BlackStormtrooper might actually eclipse #BlackFriday as a trending topic. That’s because the official trailer that aired Friday for the next film in the Star Wars saga—The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2015—opens on a black man wearing a stormtrooper’s uniform. The man, who is played by John Boyega (of Attack the Block), pops into view perspiring and panting hard. He is surrounded by desert: in all likelihood the rolling dunes of Tatooine, the homeworld of both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. And he appears to be in trouble.
  • 'There has been... an awakening': Explosive Star Wars Episode VII teaser reveals new cast-members

    11/28/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Chester
    It is maddeningly short, but the first official glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens serves as a fitting reminder that a galaxy far, far away is actually much closer than we thought. While returning cast-members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are absent from the 88-second montage, fans are given a first look at the younger generation of cast-members to feature in this, the first of three planned sequels. Opening some 30-years after Return of the Jedi, the teaser kicks off with British actor John Boyega racing across a desert landscape dressed in full Storm trooper...
  • May the fakes be with you: The phony trailers for the new Star Wars film that have been fooling fans

    11/28/2014 6:22:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    The first clip from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be shown in the US on Friday… but some fans have been taken in ahead of its release by cleverly made fake trailers. A teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters across America. It’ll be the first ever glimpse of J J Abrams' blockbuster. However, lots of people thought they’d already had one.
  • It's here! A trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be released in at least 100

    11/25/2014 5:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2014 | Heidi Parker
    The film won't be released until December 2015 but already a trailer is going to be presented. On Monday it was announced the first clip from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters in the US on Friday, a day after the Thanksgiving holiday, according to SlashFilm. This latest installment in the popular science fiction franchise is being directed by JJ Abrams and mixes vets such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher with new faces like Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong'o.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens'

    11/06/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | November 6, 2014 | Anthony Breznican
    If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)
  • Trekonomics: Is Star Trek Really “Anti-Libertarian”?

    10/23/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Reason‘s Nick Gillespie recently posted a list of the five most anti-libertarian television shows ever, and there’s a serious error. Actually, there are two serious errors. The first, larger error is that Reason put together a list of the five best libertarian TV shows, and they left off “Firefly,” which simply boggles the mind. The smaller error is that Gillespie names “Star Trek” among the anti-libertarian shows. Even worse is the reason he gives: “The Starship Enterprise’s adventures throughout the galaxy are supposedly guided by the Federation’s ‘prime directive,’ which forbids humans from intervening in the domestic affairs of the...
  • More Star Wars Land Rumors Buzzing Around Walt Disney World

    06/17/2014 1:53:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2014 | Chris Queen
    I’ve reported in the past about rumors of a Star Wars land coming to Walt Disney World. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, two attractions are closing in the near future, and these closings are leading some writers to speculate that Disney is making way for a Star Wars land at DHS.
  • ‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (From "Girls")

    02/27/2014 9:06:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Variety ^ | Fenruary 26, 2014 | Justin Kroll
    Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away. Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
  • Astronomers discover oldest star: Formed shortly after the Big Bang 13. 7 billion years ago

    02/10/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 9, 2014
    A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy.
  • NBA star Parker apologizes for anti-Semitic salute

    12/30/2013 6:36:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 12/30/13 | ap
    SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker apologized Monday for a newly surfaced photograph that shows him making the same gesture with anti-Semitic connotations that French footballer Nicolas Anelka displayed while celebrating a goal this weekend, creating an uproar in their home country. The photograph shows Parker and a French comedian making a gesture known in France as a “quenelle,” which critics describe as inverted Nazi salute. Parker said in a statement released through the Spurs that the photograph was taken three years ago. Parker, who was born in Belgium but raised in France, said he didn’t know...
  • Had a little Texas driveabout last week, pretty cool.

    11/05/2013 7:01:04 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 14 replies
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    "Solo Mas Fina"
  • Cops Arrest Woman, 25, For Ninja Star Attack On Her Younger Brother

    10/31/2013 12:01:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 31, 2013
    A knife-wielding woman threw several metal Ninja stars at her younger brother as she chased him down a Florida street late last night following a violent confrontation in their home, police allege. Kimberly Martinez, 25, is jailed on felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly battering her brother Randy, 21.
  • 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.
  • Every Sci-Fi Starship ever*

    09/27/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 144 replies
    Kotaku.com ^ | Wednesday, 6:30pm | Kirk Hamilton
    Holy hell, that is a LOT of starships. This comparison chart, compiled by DeviantARTist Dirk Loechel, presents what he says is an accurate size-comparison between famous sci-fi starships. As far as I can tell it's got more or less every single sci-fi starship ever, from Star Wars to Warhammer to EVE Online to Halo and way, way beyond. In an update this month, Loechel added a ton more ships to what already must have been a huge collection.
  • "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy charged with (felony) DWI

    08/21/2013 3:54:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/13
    **SNIP** The charge is a felony because the Cassidy has a 2011 conviction for driving under the influence in Florida. He lives in Fort Lauderdale but is staying in upstate New York for a horse racing meet in Saratoga. The 63-year-old "Partridge Family" star is free on $2,500 bail. He's due in Schodack Town Court on Sept. 4.
  • Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

    07/08/2013 11:01:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th July 2013 | By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco,
    'As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced' A pair of European astrophysicists believe they've solved the mystery of exceedingly bright, never-repeated flashes of radio waves that come to us from the distant past. The source of those brief, intense flashes can be defined in two ways, depending upon whether you'd prefer to look at the event as a death or a birth. "We suggest that a fast radio burst represents the final signal of a supramassive rotating neutron star that collapses to a black hole due to magnetic braking," write Heino Falcke of...
  • Report: Lego To Stop Production Of ‘Star Wars’ Set Due To Anti-Muslim Backlash

    04/02/2013 5:45:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 40 replies
    CBS Connecticut WTIC 1080 ^ | April 1st, 2013 | Staff
    ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Lego will reportedly cease production of a popular “Star Wars” toy set after Muslim communities complained about the product. The Independent reports that several Muslim groups in Austria claimed “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim as it showed popular “Star Wars” character Jabba the Hut in a mosque-like lair with a hookah, guns and an imprisoned Chewbacca. “This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association, told The Independent. “The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists.” RT News reports that Muslim critics felt “Jabba’s...
  • The Closest Star System Found in a Century

    03/11/2013 1:36:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University and a researcher in Penn State's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds. Both stars in the new binary system are "brown dwarfs," which are stars that are too small in mass to ever become hot enough to ignite hydrogen fusion. As a result, they are...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 47 Tuc Near the Small Magellanic Cloud

    12/05/2012 9:44:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | December 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with around 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye near the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the constellation of the Toucan. Of course, the SMC is some 210,000 light-years distant, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and not physically close to 47 Tuc. Stars on the outskirts of the...
  • Petition: Obama should build Death Star

    12/03/2012 1:43:48 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Forget the White House beer recipe — what the American people really want is a Death Star. Well, 495 of them anyway. A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website calls for the United States to find funding and begin construction on a Star Wars-style Death Star by 2016. “Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016,” the petition reads. “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation...
  • Barnard's Star: Nearby Star with rapid proper motion in Ophiuchus

    11/23/2012 1:23:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    SEDS ^ | Hartmut Frommert & Christine Kronberg
    Also cataloged as Munich 15040 or LFT 1385, Barnard's Star was discovered in 1916 by E.E. Barnard to have the largest known proper motion of all stars, 10.29 arc seconds per year, by comparing photographic plates obtained in 1894 and 1916, and later tracing it back to 1888 in E. Pickering's plate archive. This star moves apparently fast between the background stars in Ophiuchus, needing only about 350 years for 1 degree, in almost exactly North direction (Burnham gives a position angle of 356 degrees). This star is the second nearest to our Solar System at 5.97 light years, only...
  • George Lucas’s Jedi estate planning, Why the “Star Wars” creator’s decision to sell

    11/01/2012 12:51:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    market watch ^ | 11/1/12 | staff
    In the “Empire Strike Back,” Yoda admonishes Luke Skywalker for spending his life dreaming of the future, “never his mind on where he was … what he was doing.” But at 68, George Lucas, the creator of the “Star Wars” saga, seems to be doing much thinking about the years ahead – in fact, experts say, his decision to sell his company to Disney DIS +1.36% was an estate planning move worthy of a Jedi Master. Disney will buy LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, the two companies announced Tuesday. By cashing out now, experts say the filmmaker...
  • UPDATE: BREAKING: ‘Star Wars’ Returns — ‘Episode 7'; Slated For 2015 And More Movies Planned As

    10/30/2012 6:40:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 10/30/12 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    BREAKING…. Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. The stock and...
  • Star Spangled Banner Challenge

    09/10/2012 6:30:34 PM PDT · by Two Kids' Dad · 13 replies
    Madison Rising website ^ | Madison Rising
    This video was previously posted by another FReeper back in July but I just became aware of it and wanted to share it with all of you. It's an amazing rock-n-roll rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and has some nice video imagery intermixed with band shots. Enjoy.
  • Space Sugar Discovered Around Sun-Like Star

    08/30/2012 10:16:01 AM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 14 replies
    Space.com ^ | 29 August 2012 Time: 06:01 AM ET | SPACE.com Staff
    What a sweet cosmic find! Sugar molecules have been found in the gas surrounding a young sun-like star, suggesting that some of the building blocks of life may actually be present even as alien planets are stillforming in the system.
  • Patricia Heaton Recently Received Star Walk of Fame

    06/03/2012 2:49:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    HollywoodWalkOf Fame ^ | May 22, 2012
    For those who missed the news here is the ceremony as Patricia Heaton recived her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Star #2,472
  • ‘Understood properly, the Death Star is not worth it.’

    05/11/2012 10:16:54 AM PDT · by SLB · 27 replies
    Wonkblog ^ | Gregory Koger
    I wish to address the most important policy question of the millennium: Should we build a Death Star? This debate picked up this year after some Lehigh University students estimated that just the steel for a Death Star would cost $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the current GDP of the Earth.
  • Politics of Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon”

    05/10/2012 1:56:30 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Commentarama Films ^ | 5-8-2012 | Andrew Price
    Politics of Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon” Today’s episode is my favorite conservative episode. In addition to a bunch of other conservative ideas, this episode cuts to THE key difference between how liberals and conservatives view human nature. Let’s talk about episode No. 24, A Taste of Armageddon. The PlotAs the episode begins, the Enterprise is en route to star cluster NGC 321 to open relations with the locals. The Federation wants a space port in this sector because the lack of facilities has cost thousands of lives over the years. As the Enterprise approaches, it is warned away...
  • NASA/Hathaway’s updated solar cycle prediction – smallest in 100 years

    05/03/2012 7:42:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 2, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    …the predicted size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle in about 100 years *********************************snip**************************From: http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtmlThe current prediction for Sunspot Cycle 24 gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 60 in the Spring of 2013. We are currently over three years into Cycle 24. The current predicted size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle in about 100 years.The prediction method has been slightly revised. The previous method found a fit for both the amplitude and the starting time of the cycle along with a weighted estimate of the amplitude from precursor predictions (polar fields and geomagnetic activity near cycle minimum)....
  • Politics of Trek: “Balance of Terror” (Original Series Conservatism)

    04/02/2012 8:10:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    Politics of Trek: “Balance of Terror”Let’s talk about Episode 14: “Balance of Terror,” which introduces the Romulans! Patterned on submarine films, this episode involves a tactical game of chess between Kirk and a Romulan commander with a galactic war hanging in the balance. It’s also an allegory for dealing with aggression and it’s firmly conservative. The PlotAs the episode begins, Kirk is about to perform a wedding, when the Enterprise goes to red alert. An unknown alien craft is attacking a manned Federation outpost along the Romulan neutral zone. The Federation and the Romulans fought a war a century earlier,...
  • Politics of Trek: “This Side of Paradise” (Original Series Conservatism)

    04/02/2012 7:23:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Politics of Trek: “This Side of Paradise”Some claim Star Trek presents a communist utopian view of the world. That is true of the Next Generation, where they pretend to have fundamentally changed human nature to the point of eliminating greed, jealousy, and the other human vices. But it’s certainly not true of the original series. To the contrary, Episode 24: “This Side of Paradise” is a fundamental repudiation of the idea of the communist utopia. The PlotAs our episode begins, the Enterprise makes orbit around Omicron Ceti Three. They are on a grim mission: to collect the remains of a...
  • 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
    Balkans.com ^ | 3/30/2012 | Balkans.com
    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...
  • President Obama is schmoozing with Angelina and Brad Pitt

    01/11/2012 5:43:01 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 14 replies · 6+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:35 PM on 11th January 2012 | By Chris Johnson
    Everyone knows President Barack Obama likes a celebrity fix - just ask Johnny Depp. And today, just a day after pictures emerged of his extravagant 2009 Halloween party at the White House, the most powerful man in America was enjoying more VIP company. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie brought some Hollywood star power to Washington D.C. as they stopped by for a chat with the chief executive at the Oval Office.
  • Have Astronomers Found the Star of Bethlehem?

    12/07/2011 1:31:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Epistle ^ | Bruce Gerig
    The modern search for the Star of Bethlehem began with Johannes Kepler (imperial astronomer for Rudolph II of Germany), who shortly before Christmas in 1603 observed a conjunction (pairing) of Jupiter with Saturn from his observatory in Prague. That this occurred in the constellation of Pisces he thought was important as well – perhaps recalling Rabbi Isaac Abarvanel's belief, noted in his 15th-century commentary on Daniel, that not only does a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn foretell important events, but in Pisces this holds a special significance for Israel; and such an event might even foretell the coming of the...