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  • #46
    A dying star spitting out planet sized balls of fire? Cool. http://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

    The high-speed blobs, each double the mass of Mars and twice as hot as the surface of the sun, are moving so fast in space that they would take only half an hour to go between the Earth and the moon (238,900 miles, or 384,472 kilometers), according to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The observations suggest that these balls of fire have been appearing every 8.5 years for at least the last four centuries, the statement said.





    We knew this object had a high-speed outflow from previous data, but this is the first time we are seeing this process in action,’ said Raghvendra Sahai of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, who led the study.

    ‘We suggest that these gaseous blobs produced during this late phase of a star's life help make the structures seen in planetary nebulae.'

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    • #47
      Originally posted by DixieZag View Post
      A dying star spitting out planet sized balls of fire? Cool. http://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html








      Goodness, Gracious...Great Balls of Fire!
      Not even a smile? What's your problem!

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      • #48
        "And Morrison? He did what All-Americans do. He shot daggers in the daylight and stole a win." - Steve Kelley (Seattle Times)

        "Gonzaga is a special place, with special people!" - Dan Dickau #21

        Foo me once shame on you, Foo me twice shame on me.

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        • #49
          If it ever got to that point with the sun and earth, we'd have to figure out a way to stop the Earth's rotation, so at least everyone could hang out on the back side and use the other side as a shield. Perpetual night would be a bit of a downer, but better than being hit by a ball of fire 2x as big as Mars.
          Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
          Mark Twain.

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          • #50
            More mission to Mars news, this one appears to be a bit more realistic than Musk's plan, in the 2030s. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...f7b5?section=&

            In a column published by CNN, Obama shared new details about how NASA and its corporate partners plan to reach Mars and return to Earth, outlining a vision much like that of billionaire business magnate Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX.

            “We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time,” Obama wrote. “Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we’re already well on our way.”
            .



            In a joint blog post on Tuesday, White House Senior Advisor John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discussed other developments in America’s planned journey into deep space. They said six companies had received awards to develop habitation systems for long-duration space missions, including to Mars.

            “Make no mistake, the Journey to Mars will be challenging, but it is underway and with each one of these steps, we are pushing the boundaries of exploration and imagination for the Nation,” Holdren and Bolden wrote.
            A bit of a local angle, Boeing seems heavily involved as a private contractor.
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            • #51
              Sticking with Mars trip theme. http://www.livescience.com/56449-cos...ge-brains.html

              Key to the ambitious endeavor, however, is ensuring the astronauts' safety, which may be difficult, according to a NASA-funded study published yesterday (Oct. 10) in the journal Scientific Reports.
              This could be an issue.

              The new study, in rodents, shows that astronauts could suffer from a phenomenon called "space brain" during the long trip to Mars, as cosmic radiation bombards their bodies and damages their brain cells.

              Researchers exposed the laboratory-bound rodents to a level of radiation similar to that expected on a six-month one-way trip to Mars. They found that the radiation caused significant long-term brain damage, including cognitive impairments and dementia, a result of brain inflammation and damage to the rodents' neurons.
              Train all your life, risk that very life, all to get to Mars. And then damage one's mind enough that you don't remember it? Nature can be cruel.

              Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
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              • #52
                Sorry, 2 posts in one day, bad.

                But, it's not every day there's a new crater on the moon. http://www.space.com/34371-lunar-imp...ter-video.html

                Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                Mark Twain.

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                • #53
                  More Mars. Lots in the news. http://www.space.com/34399-european-...othership.html

                  European Mars Lander Separates From Mothership, Takes Aim at Red Planet.


                  The European Space Agency's Mars-bound Schiaparelli module separated from its carrier craft — the Trace Gas Orbiter — at about 10:42 a.m. EDT (1442 GMT) as both spacecraft were in the home stretch of their 308 million-mile trek (496 million kilometers) to Mars. If all goes well, the two probes (which make up the ESA-Russian ExoMars 2016 mission) will arrive at the Red Planet on Wednesday (Oct. 19), with Schiaparelli dropping down to the Martian surface as its mothership enters orbit around Mars
                  The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO as it's called, is built to seek out water-ice deposits on or just below the Martian surface, according to an ESA mission overview. It will also investigate the presence of methane in Mars' atmosphere to help scientists learn exactly how the gas — which can be created by geological and biological processes — may have formed

                  Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
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                  • #54
                    Whoops. Update from above. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/...an-mars-lander


                    Update: R.I.P. Schiaparelli: Crash site spotted for European Mars lander


                    Update: Poor Schiaparelli—your life was so short. Imagery released on 21 October from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the bright, reflective surface of a parachute, and 1 kilometer north of it, a dark patch on the ground where before there had been nothing. In a statement, the European Space Agency (ESA) said this could be a small crater from the lander’s impact at more than 300 kilometers per hour, having fallen from an altitude of between 2 and 4 kilometers after its thrusters cut out too early. “It is also possible that the lander exploded on impact, as its thruster propellant tanks were likely full,” ESA said in its statement. Better imagery of the crash site could come in subsequent days from a higher resolution camera on MRO. Meanwhile, ESA reports that the Trace Gas Orbiter—the main scientific rationale for the ExoMars 2016 mission—is in good health, and is set to begin slowly lowering the altitude of its orbit so that it can begin looking for methane and other gases that could signal life on Mars.

                    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                    Mark Twain.

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                    • #55
                      There have been a spectacular number of failures with Mars missions, far more than one would even expect, giving conspiracy theorists (which, yes, I study) a field day.

                      Check out the last pic of a Russian satellite just before it met it's untimely end. That is "something" coming out of Phobos, the moon on Mars that has a density that led an actual real Russian scientist to argue it was hollowed out. (It's only a couple dozen miles across).




                      There is this "weird" picture of the "monolith" on Phobos:



                      Of which, Buzz Aldrin, either the second man on the moon, or a crazed conspiracy theorist said;

                      Fuel was added to the flames after Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, alluded to a similar monolith detected on Mars’ moon Phobos.
                      Speaking on a U.S. cable television channel he said: ‘We should visit the moons of Mars.

                      ‘There’s a monolith there – a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours.

                      ‘When people find out about that they are going to say, “Who put that there? Who put that there?” Well the universe put it there, or if you choose God put it there.’
                      There is the light on Mars - this, btw, is real, and they have no idea what it is or what caused it.



                      This is also a real NASA pic from the mars surface watching something rise over the surface:

                      Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                      Mark Twain.

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                      • #56
                        Real science.

                        Planet 9? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/1...ay-outer-space





                        But starting in the ‘70s we had another tool—computer models. And that’s where a big mystery reared its icy head: Uranus and Neptune couldn’t have accrued where we see them today, way past the orbit of lovely ringed Saturn. And there were more mysteries: The physics of planetary formation being modeled suggested that dozens of sizable proto-planets might form. Some would surely be gobbled up, but with that many, some of them should have been favored by statistics and hung around.

                        One solution to those mysteries is now in better focus, and it comes with some startling conclusions: There may be lots of planets floating around free of our sun; the inner solar system was probably pummeled by a bunch more; and there might even be at least one lone survivor still out there, undiscovered, until now
                        The planet has yet to be seen. So why is it thought to be out there? And how can we know so much about it? Planet Nine is the best fit to explain the orbits of six distant objects. What’s odd about these six objects is that they have peculiar but remarkably similar orbits. These objects have been nudged off kilter and yet they are all shepherded together in the same region of space.
                        Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                        Mark Twain.

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                        • #57
                          How about some very uplifting news on a Monday? Breakthrough in cancer research. We've all lost people to cancer. http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/health...-breakthrough/

                          Researchers discovered that even though cancer cells mutate wildly within a person's body, the cancer cells within each patient also have common mutations -- ones that could be isolated and fought off by certain immune cells

                          What this means for treatment

                          Quezada told CNN this discovery could lead to two kinds of treatment:

                          1) Making customized vaccines to target the core mutations in each patient.

                          2) Identifying which immune cells, or T-cells, can fight off those core mutations, then multiplying those T-cells in a lab.

                          Quezada said the customized vaccines would be "the ultimate personalized form of therapy."

                          Quezada said no human trials have started using either approach in light of the study, but said he hopes trials will begin within five years.

                          Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                          Mark Twain.

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                          • #58
                            Cool. New Dinosaur found.

                            SALT LAKE CITY — About 290 million years ago, a four-legged reptile with three toes on each of its back feet strolled across the mucky land, the waves of a tidal flat likely lapping near its feet, a new study finds.

                            The ancient environment preserved this creature's footprints in a fossilized trackway that researchers are calling Chelichnus gigas. (Scientists name trackways like they do new species.) However, although researchers have a clear view of the animal's back feet, the shape of its front feet remains a mystery.
                            Long time ago. We've been around 20,000 years or so, dinos gone 65 Million

                            Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                            Mark Twain.

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                            • #59
                              I've dealt with shape shifting in other things.

                              So, here. And don't say I never gave you anything. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...t-flies?tgt=nr

                              Shape-shifting molecule aids memory in fruit flies

                              A protein that can switch shapes and accumulate inside brain cells helps fruit flies form and retrieve memories, a new study finds.

                              Such shape-shifting is the hallmark move of prions — proteins that can alternate between two forms and aggregate under certain conditions. In fruit flies’ brain cells, clumps of the prionlike protein called Orb2 stores long-lasting memories, report scientists from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo. Figuring out how the brain forms and calls up memories may ultimately help scientists devise ways to restore that process in people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s

                              Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                              Mark Twain.

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                              • #60
                                In an effort to spurn interest in science w/ fosters, looking for more compelling stories. How about bringing back supersonic airline travel? http://www.vox.com/energy-and-enviro...light-concorde




                                “In aerospace, there are two great passions,” Scholl says. “You either want to build rockets and go colonize Mars — or you want to go really, really fast. People like Elon Musk are focused on the former. We’ve built a team that’s obsessed with the latter.”




                                A few years ago, Blake Scholl, a former coder and longtime amateur pilot, was messing around with spreadsheet models and realized that a number of recent advances in aerodynamics and engine technology could, in theory, allow engineers to build a plane that was far more fuel-efficient than the Concorde. “If you could do that, you could have a plane that was competitive with existing business travel,” he says. “I started running these numbers by various experts and realized it wasn’t just science fiction.”
                                He says science fiction like it's a bad thing? Anyway, shapeshifting and supersonic flight? I'm working hard here to keep up interest.
                                Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                                Mark Twain.

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