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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 23 2012

The mysteries of Titan

Titan

Titan has always excited planetary astronomers and science-fiction writers. For good reason. It’s a romantic place, orbiting lovely Saturn, the ringed celebrity of the solar system, and its the only moon with a thick atmosphere. Titan has an active surface carved by wind and rain dotted with oceans and rivers where natural gas falls in …

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Feb 23 2012

Collider team examining possible component flaw that led to superluminal measurements

Scientists working at the super collider that measured neutrinos seeming to beat Einstein’s cosmic light speed barrier a few months ago say they have uncovered at least two issues with the high-tech gear used to clock the speedy particles. It could boil down to faulty wiring:

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Feb 22 2012

The gubmint should stay the hell out of people’s bidness!

If there’s one thing my conservative friends agree on, it’s that the government is too damn big. It’s tyranny in the making, and those damn bureaucrats need to stay the hell out of people’s business! Well, except for what happens in womens’ uteruses. Outside of that the government should stay the hell out of the …

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Feb 22 2012

Vote for Santorum or Satan will take over America

Let's see, who could it be ... SATAN!?

This is one way the GOP is trying to kneecap Santorum, making hay out of something he said back in 2008 about Satan.  Suddenly, for the fundamentalist infested Republican Party, talking about Satan as a real threat to the nation like this is cah-raaazy!

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Feb 22 2012

Word out to GOP faithful, throw Santorum off the train

I heard some of it last night flipping through the cable channels. Then this morning on Morning Joe it was all the rage. Apparently those weren’t flukes and the word has not-so-quietly gone out to any in the GOP still listening to reason: throw Santorum off the surging train.

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Feb 22 2012

Here comes the sun, like you’ve never seen it before

Sun

NASA’s SOHO mission team has posted some beautiful images of our local star under the fitting header The Sun as Art with descriptive captions. Some of the images have been reworked, but most are simply composites or color filters. They’re remarkable, and a reminder of the enormous power of a massive hydrogen fusion reactor (And potential energy …

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Feb 21 2012

This is your cost for gas on Fox News

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Via Balloon Juice, above, this is what your gas prices have actually done over the past year courtesy of Triple A. Below, this is your gas prices for the past year on Fox News. Hahaha! Any questions?

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Feb 21 2012

Hubble spies watery spectra on distant super earth

A hypotheical water world orbiting a nearby red dwarf. This planet would be much cooler than GJ 1214B. Click image for more on the latest find.

The Hubble Space Telescope pulled off an interesting feat this month. A super earth designated GJ 1214B orbiting tightly around a red dwarf 40 light years away may be loaded with water:

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Feb 21 2012

Heartland Institute facing questions over leaked documents

It struck me that a lot of readers may not know the back story on the post about Watts, below, so here’s some context. The Heartland Institute is a right-wing org originally created in 1984, appropriately, to spread lies about issues like the health effects of tobacco use. When that gig started drying up in the 90s …

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Feb 21 2012

Permian forest brought to scientific life

An artist's impression of a 300-million-year-old peat forest in northern China, based on plant fossils preserved in a huge volcanic ash-fall. PNAS

Paleobiologists of all kinds are used to dealing with frustrating scraps. Occasionally they get entire bones and once in a blue moon a nearly complete skeleton or fossil of an extinct plant or animal. But scientists working with remains below a Mongolian coal mine have done one better, they found a 300 million year old forest …

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