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  • Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs

    04/05/2013 9:53:28 AM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 4/1/13 | Nicolette Emmino
    This article was posted on 04/01/2013 Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs Technology may be advancing, but it doesn’t change the fact that the human body is limited. Eventually, human beings die.  Maybe immortality sounds like science fiction, especially when thinking about cyborgs, avatars, and robots, but for one Russian man, living forever in a machine’s body is the future, and it’s not so far away. After Dmitry Itskov made a fortune as founder of a web publishing company, New Media Stars, he began thinking about the meaning of life and consciousness. Last February, Itskov gathered...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet of the North

    04/05/2013 3:58:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | April 05, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It looks like a double comet, but Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) is just offering skygazers a Messier moment. Outward bound and fading in this starry scene, the well-photographed comet is remarkably similar in brightness to M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. Tracking through northern skies just below the galaxy, the comet was captured as local midnight approached on April 3. Both comet and galaxy were visible to the eye and are immersed in the faint glow of northern lights as our own Milky Way galaxy arcs over a snowy field near Tänndalen, Sweden. Double star cluster h and chi Persei can...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M64: The Black Eye Galaxy

    04/04/2013 4:41:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | April 04, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This beautiful, bright, spiral galaxy is Messier 64, often called the Black Eye Galaxy or the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy for its heavy-lidded appearance in telescopic views. M64 is about 17 million light-years distant in the otherwise well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices. In fact, the Red Eye Galaxy might also be an appropriate moniker in this colorful composition of narrow and wideband images. The enormous dust clouds obscuring the near-side of M64's central region are laced with the telltale reddish glow of hydrogen associated with star forming regions. But they are not this galaxy's only peculiar feature. Observations show that...
  • Higgs Boson Confirmed: Separating Fact from Hype (article)

    04/04/2013 12:23:46 PM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-22-2013 | Jake Hebert, Ph.D,
    Higgs Boson Confirmed: Separating Fact from Hype by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * Scientists announced last week that they likely confirmed the existence of a particle called the Higgs boson.1 One media outlet said this of the Higgs boson: "It helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe: how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago."2 But is this really true? As noted in one of our online articles, there is a tendency for people to intuitively think of subatomic particles as being like wee-little marbles.3 However, a branch of physics called quantum...
  • 100 billion planets, say New Zealand astronomers

    04/03/2013 6:26:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Earthsky 'blogs ^ | April 3, 2013 | Deborah Byrd
    Less than two decades ago, there were exactly zero known planets orbiting sunlike stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers back then were engaged in a powerful struggle to seek out exoplanets, and they succeeded, so that today there are 861 confirmed exoplanets, according to on March 25, 2013... astronomers at The University of Auckland in New Zealand announced their new method for finding exoplanets. They say they anticipate 100 billion planets similar to our Earth, orbiting stars in the Milky Way... Lead author of the New Zealand planet search -- Dr. Phil Yock from the University of Auckland’s...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet PANSTARRS and the Andromeda Galaxy

    04/03/2013 3:59:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | April 03, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Currently, comet PANSTARRS is passing nearly in front of the galaxy Andromeda. Coincidentally, both comet and galaxy appear now to be just about the same angular size. In physical size, even though Comet PANSTARRS is currently the largest object in the Solar System with a tail spanning about 15 times the diameter of the Sun, it is still about 70 billion times smaller than the Andromeda galaxy (M31). The above image was captured on March 30, near Syktyvkar, Russia. As C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) on the lower left recedes from the Sun and dims, it is returning to the northerly...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- IC 4592: The Blue Horsehead Reflection Nebula

    04/02/2013 5:44:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | April 02, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Do you see the horse's head? What you are seeing is not the famous Horsehead nebula toward Orion but rather a fainter nebula that only takes on a familiar form with deeper imaging. The main part of the above imaged molecular cloud complex is a reflection nebula cataloged as IC 4592. Reflection nebulas are actually made up of very fine dust that normally appears dark but can look quite blue when reflecting the light of energetic nearby stars. In this case, the source of much of the reflected light is a star at the eye of the horse. That...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Moon or Frying Pan?

    04/01/2013 4:01:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | April 01, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Which is which? Of the two images shown above, one is a moon in our Solar System, while the other is the bottom of frying pan. We are not making this up -- can you tell a pan from a planetoid? Think you got it? To find the answer click here. OK, but there are more! That's right: you, your family, friends, neighbors, and local elected officials can all play "Moon or Frying Pan" with these other image pairs, too. As everyone knows, the fundamental underlying reason why moons and frying pans appear similar is -- OK, we at...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Flying Over the Earth at Night

    03/31/2013 5:50:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | March 31, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Broad Tail of PanSTARRS

    03/30/2013 7:02:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | March 30, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: For northern hemisphere skygazers, fading Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) still hangs above the western horzion, after sunset but before moonrise in the coming days. Its perspective from planet Earth continues to reveal the comet's broad dust tail. This long exposure tracking the comet, made on March 21, has been enhanced to show remarkable, subtle striations in PanSTARRS' tail. Place your cursor over the image (or click here) to show an overlay of the dust tail with a model network of synchrones and syndynes. Synchrones (long dashed lines) trace the location of dust grains released from the comet nucleus at...
  • Taking Swipes at the Smartphone Generation

    03/29/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | March 29, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The digital age continues to confuse and confound a generation of adults who have learned to participate in it, but lack the ability for what Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley called "doin' what comes naturally." We still think a microwave is for heating coffee and thawing frozen food, never the name of a computer game. We weren't born to researching on Wikipedia or Googling for facts. Our fingers can text, but often strike two letters on the Android, making for some strange communications. We despair of catching up with the tools at hand and wonder what it all means...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Ringside with Rhea

    03/28/2013 9:19:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | March 29, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Orbiting in the plane of Saturn's rings, Saturnian moons have a perpetual ringside view of the gas giant planet. Of course, while passing near the ring plane the Cassini spacecraft also shares their stunning perspective. The thin rings themselves slice across the middle of this Cassini snapshot from April 2011. The scene looks toward the dark night side of Saturn, in the frame at the left, and the still sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. Centered, over 1,500 kilometers across, Rhea is Saturn's second largest moon and is closest to the spacecraft, around 2.2 million...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Unraveling NGC 3169

    03/28/2013 8:09:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | March 28, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo. The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group's estimated distance, and...
  • Feds Spending $880,000 to Study Benefits of Snail Sex

    03/28/2013 8:57:25 AM PDT · by SUPman · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/27/2013 | Matt Cover – The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Horizon Rainbow in Paris

    03/27/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | March 27, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why is this horizon so colorful? Because, opposite the Sun, it is raining. What is pictured above is actually just a common rainbow. It's uncommon appearance is caused by the Sun being unusually high in the sky during the rainbow's creation. Since every rainbow's center must be exactly opposite the Sun, a high Sun reflecting off of a distant rain will produce a low rainbow where only the very top is visible -- because the rest of the rainbow is below the horizon. Furthermore, no two observers can see exactly the same rainbow -- every person finds themselves exactly...
  • Creationist stakes $10,000 on contest between Bible and evolution

    03/27/2013 11:15:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 201 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 25, 2013 | Amanda Holpuch
    A California creationist is offering a $10,000 challenge to anyone who can prove in front of a judge that science contradicts the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis. Dr Joseph Mastropaolo, who says he has set up the contest, the Literal Genesis Trial ...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland

    03/26/2013 2:31:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    NASA ^ | March 26, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If not distracted by the picturesque landscape, waterfalls, stars, and auroras, you might be able to find Comet PANSTARRS. The above image, capturing multiple terrestrial and celestial wonders in a single shot, was taken last week in southwest Iceland. The popular Gullfoss waterfalls are pictured under brilliant auroras that followed a M1-class solar flare and powerful Coronal Mass Ejection two days earlier. Give up on locating the comet? Comet PANSTARRS is faintly visible as a light blip just above the horizon toward the left of the above image. The comet remains more directly visible to northern observers with binoculars...
  • What Science Really Says about Religion

    03/26/2013 8:53:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2013 | Thomas P. Sheahen
    In the March 25 issue of The Weekly Standard, the lead article entitled "The Heretic" deals with philosopher Thomas Nagel, who has abandoned his long-held perspective on philosophy and religion. This has caused consternation and alarm among contemporary philosophy professors, the great majority of whom are strongly committed to an atheistic world-view. A recurring assertion by members of that profession is that they are being very scientific, because science disproves religion. The question arises, "Where did the idea come from that science disproves religion?" It didn't come from within science; rather, it's the province of non-scientists making statements about science....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Planck Maps the Microwave Background

    03/25/2013 5:00:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | March 25, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is our universe made of? To help find out, ESA launched the Planck satellite to map, in unprecedented detail, slight temperature differences on the oldest surface known -- the background sky left billions of years ago when our universe first became transparent to light. Visible in all directions, this cosmic microwave background is a complex tapestry that could only show the hot and cold patterns observed were the universe to be composed of specific types of energy that evolved in specific ways. The results, reported last week, confirm again that most of our universe is mostly composed of...
  • NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges

    03/25/2013 3:27:53 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 26 replies
    NTU ^ | Published on: 20-Mar-2013 | Lester Kok
    NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges Published on: 20-Mar-2013 A new wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy. Science fiction? Hardly, and there’s more - It can also desalinate water, be used as flexible water filtration membranes, help recover energy from desalination waste brine, be made into flexible solar cells and can also double the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. With its superior bacteria-killing capabilities, it can also be used to develop a new type of antibacterial bandage. Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), led by Associate Professor...