Posts tagged with ‘space

What the hell is this weird, shiny object on the surface of Mars?

Curiosity has been living up to its name up there on the red planet, using its eyes and claws to look at Mars in ways we’ve never seen before. And it’s found some unusual stuff, like this metallic looking shiny object poking out of the dirt. ALIENS!

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Amazing Rotating 3D Nebula.
Pictured above is the original 2D image.  The 3D gif can be seen here, it was too big for Tumblr.Stunning emission  nebula IC 1396 mixes  glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus . Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region  sprawls across hundreds of light-years — spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light-years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant’s Trunk nebula lies just below center. 
Submitted by Mr. Soxxie

Amazing Rotating 3D Nebula.

Pictured above is the original 2D image.  The 3D gif can be seen here, it was too big for Tumblr.

Stunning emission  nebula IC 1396 mixes  glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus . Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region  sprawls across hundreds of light-years — spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light-years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant’s Trunk nebula lies just below center. 

Submitted by Mr. Soxxie

Minute physics: How do guns work in space?

Most sci-fi gets around any problems of combustion in space by using laser guns. But if you were to try to fire a regular gun in space, what would happen?

Re-creating a tiny slice of everything in the universe in a computer

Harvard scientists use 1,024-core supercomputer to produce a partial simulation of the life of the universe, modelling thousands of individual stars and galaxies with a Arepo, new software for cosmological simulations of galaxy formation across billions of years.

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Harvard scientists use 1,024-core supercomputer to produce a partial simulation of the life of the universe, modelling thousands of individual stars and galaxies with a Arepo, new software for cosmological simulations of galaxy formation across billions of years.

This comes on the heels of the biggest 3D map of the universe, released earlier this week.

( The Verge)

Scientists create a hole in space to hide anything. I’m sure nothing can go wrong with this.

Fuck yeah science

Using a bit of wibbly wobbly, scientists at Cornell University have managed to create a small hole in space that could be used to conceal… pretty much anything. Using a hole in space, you could conceivably rob a bank, go into the girl’s locker room, crap on the hood of someone’s car or whatever else, without being detected at all. I’m sure it has some actual helpful and realistic applications as well.

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Turns out the Moon is packed with precious titanium ore. Start digging.

For a long time, if one were to ask “Why aren’t we mining the Moon?”, the answer would be something like “Since the Moon formed from bits of the Earth, it has the exact same minerals in almost the exact same ratios, including lots of iron, which is something we’ll never ever ever run out of, so it would be really expensive and pointless.” Ah ha, but now it appears that the Moon does have something we want— about 10x as much titanium. And that much titanium might make it all worth it.

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Update: Time cloaking is real and it’s pretty wicked

Last week, there was an article on IHC from November of last year on how temporal cloaking was very possible and recently, a team at Cornell university actually fucking did it— they created a temporal cloak and a hole in time itself. Fuck.

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Very beautiful HD footage from shuttle Discovery’s final flight. It will be a sad day when the last shuttle flies. I think it’s a tragedy that the US government would let a program like the shuttle end without a proper replacement. Though the shuttle is expensive and suffers from some design flaws, it is as close as we have gotten to a real orbital spacecraft. All of the other options are just capsules with parachutes.









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