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Scientists used images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 to piece together this portrait of a galaxy called NGC 3175....
The Planetary Society's solar-sailing craft owes a debt to visionaries across four centuries, said CEO Bill Nye as he celebrated LightSail 2 being named one of Time magazine's best inventions of the year....
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be difficult for soldiers to detect, as they're made in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are typically buried in the road. A new vehicle-mounted system, however, is designed to "spot the signs" of IEDs....
After first revealing its autonomous electric delivery pod in January last year, robotics startup Nuro has now teamed up with Walmart for grocery delivery by self-driving pod in the Houston metro area....
A flying telescope recently captured some of the most accurate measurements ever of the moon's brightness....
The Greenland ice sheet lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2018, leading to sea level rise that contributes to coastal flooding during storms...
The Ecological Society of Australia has revealed the winners of its 2019 Ecology in Action photography competition, which captures some of Australia’s most stunning creatures and habitats....
Blue Origin will have to wait at least another day to fly its first space mission in seven months after bad weather delayed a launch attempt today (Dec. 10)....
Blue Origin will launch a New Shepard spacecraft filled with science experiments and thousands of postcards from kids on Wednesday (Dec. 11). Here's how to watch live....
From a Twitter feed I just posted about this, archiving here:  1. So, a friend on Facebook pinged me with this ad she saw there for a talcum powder lawsuit scheme and said, “isn’t that Krissy?” And indeed, it is — and the picture strongly implies that she’s holding a settlement check. This is not […]...
Earmark the next few evenings! Solar-system siblings Venus and Saturn will appear near each other in the night sky this week....
René Auberjonois, who starred in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as the shapeshifting Odo, died Sunday (Dec. 8) at age 79....
Last week (Dec. 5), NASA engineers purposefully exploded a test version of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's propellant tank....
It would rewrite the Standard Model of physics....
Thanks to a Canadian collaboration, a team of citizen scientists has completed an important set of tests with a commercial spacesuit....
2019 has been a bumper year for architecture and we've reported on many superb projects ranging in size, budget, and style. From a horizontal skyscraper to a power station with a ski slope, here's our selection of the best buildings of the year....
One of the world’s biggest genealogy websites has been bought by a company that provides law enforcement agencies with genomic sequencing technology for forensic DNA work...
The buried town of Beta Samati in Ethiopia was once part of the Empire of Aksum, which dominated East Africa for centuries and traded with the Roman Empire...
The VW California continues to capture imaginations, but it's other camper vans with origins in Westphalia now pushing the envelope. The Mercedes Marco Polo becomes the smartest small camper van on autobahns, gaining new smart home-style control....
Designed by Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL] and Wiki World, the community project dubbed Wiki Tribe was created as an interactive method to bring the community together and to teach children about sustainable architecture....
Pack your gifts and personal items in luggage that makes organizing easy. Enter: the Genius Pack Carry-On Spinner, which you can get today for just $131.74 using holiday coupon code MerrySave15 at checkout (normally $298)....
Scientists have found a way to produce quantum states in ordinary, everyday electronics without exotic materials or equipment. This raises the possibility that quantum information technologies can be created using current devices....
Don't wait for electric cars to get cheaper; e-bikes are here, now. They're good for you, they'll take you further than you think, and some of them are even getting surprisingly affordable. Here are the e-bikes that impressed us in 2019....
Drone racing with human pilots at the controls has quickly evolved from an underground hobby to a fully fledged professional sport. But for its 2019 season, the Drone Racing League introduced a new kind of competition....
Africa's current emissions are driven by transit, but coal could dominate....
White Island erupts after weeks of unrest but no clear warning....
Authorities allege hovering dentist inflated Medicaid bills and stole $250,000....
As most of you know I fiddle a lot with photos, and then upload them to my Flickr account. Today I uploaded a picture of myself, another picture of Krissy, and a third photo of Athena, and Flickr posted them in a manner that quite unintentionally made what I think is a really compelling family […]...
A 3D-printed bunny contains tiny glass beads in which there are DNA-encoded instructions to replicate the rabbit, and they can still be read after nine months...
Titan’s lakes, seas and atmosphere are full of methane, and a simulation has revealed that it might come from an underground reservoir spanning the whole moon...
Minuscule dust particles can clump together to form entire planets, and they seem to require help from static electricity so they don’t bounce off one another...
Study shows how kids could play a role in spontaneously emerging languages....
Machine-learning algorithms are being used to tackle the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, one of the fiendishly difficult Millennium Prize Problems...
A volcanic island in New Zealand has erupted, killing at least five people with dozens more missing...

AGU 2019

Dec09
Real Climate
Another year, another AGU. Back in San Francisco for the first time in 3 years, and with a massive assortment of talks, events and workshops. For those not able to go, there is an increasing, though not yet exhaustive, availability of streaming and online content. Notably, the AGU GO service is streaming 15 sessions live […]...
Fire ants respond to shearing forces by minimizing the surface area of their rafts....
The short version is: It was a pretty good decade for my career. Now, let’s expand that, in bullet points that are in no particular order. * First, the stats: Eight novels, two novellas, two short story collections, four nonfiction books, six anthology appearances (there may be more, I suspect I’m forgetting one or two), […]...
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spotted the asteroid spitting out rocks....
Pompeii continues to reveal details of ancient Roman life....
The English founded Jamestown, Virginia in the 17th century to search for gold. They didn’t find much, but that wasn’t for lack of effort or scientific skill...
The world’s oceans have lost 2 per cent of their oxygen on average over the past 50 years, alarming scientists who warn that the trend will impact fisheries...
"And here is the hand of Moscow."...
It’s beginning to look a lot like… time for new books and ARCs! What here is jingling your bells? Tell us all in the comments....
"Burp-talking" is just one example of the cartoon's rich array of nonword sounds....
He allegedly compared a mass vaccination campaign to a "killing spree."...
“There is nothing new under the sun,” as some playwright once said — but is it possible to put a new and intriguing spin on a old concept and in doing so make a really cracking tale out of it? This is of interest to Charles Soule in his new novel, Anyone. And here, with […]...
For the last four days, the Whatever Gift Guide 2019 has been about helping you find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. But today I’d like to remind folks that the season is also about helping those in need. So this final day is for charities. If you’re looking for a place to […]...
Open thread for climate solution discussion. Climate science discussions should remain on the Unforced Variations thread....

My Krampusnacht Gift

Dec05
John Scalzi
Here’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about me: My first musical instrument — before the ukulele! — was the drums. I’ve had a drumset since I was a teenager (a Tama Swingstar with Paiste 2002 cymbals for you drum nerds) and I used to play regularly. But then a while back I stopped, […]...
I woke up early this morning — thank you, cats — and figured as long as I was up I’d go use the Pixel 4’s astrophotography mode, which is somewhat more advanced than the same mode on the Pixel 3, which was already impressive enough. I was not disappointed. This is a little after 4am, […]...

Sunset 12/4/19

Dec04
John Scalzi
The first sunset we’ve had this month — every other day has been overcast. This one was cloudy, too, but the sun got through anyway. As you can see....
A new paper from Hausfather and colleagues (incl. me) has just been published with the most comprehensive assessment of climate model projections since the 1970s. Bottom line? Once you correct for small errors in the projected forcings, they did remarkably well. Climate models are a core part of our understanding of our future climate. They […]...

Do you believe in Teleportation?

Dec04
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Teleportation events date back as far as 1593, October 24th. The phenomenon itself fascinated earthers of the time. It was Charles Fort who coined the phrase "teleportation." which described the transportation of a person or object from one place to another.So what happened on that October day in 1593? Seriously, does anyone have a real clue?One particular noteworthy case occurred involving witnesses and a uniformed imperial guard appearing in Plaza Mayor in Mexico City. It was all very mysterious indeed.The person was recognised as a palace guard for the Governor in the Philippines capital, Manila, whom people recall looked dazed and confused. He materialized out of no-where in the bright light of day looking like something out of Star Trek. When the villagers asked him who he was, he identified himself as Gil Perez. However he explained, he didn't understand how he ended up where he was. All was not what it seemed. Well well, rumours spread fast, "have we got... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/X8pEep5IYfs/do-you-believe-in-teleportation.html...
This month’s open thread. December already?...
The post Something to keep Seth Myers up late at night appeared first on Derren Brown....

10 years on

Nov17
Real Climate
I woke up on Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 completely unaware of what was about to unfold. I tried to log in to RealClimate, but for some reason my login did not work. Neither did the admin login. I logged in to the back-end via ssh, only to be inexplicably logged out again. I did it […]...

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PT-1 TNG

Nov11
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Star Trek TNG The Best of Both WorldsWriter Michael PillerDirector: Cliff BoleCreator: Gene RoddenberryA battle leads to all out war at Wolf 359. In Star Treks TNG cliffhanger episode the Borg take on the Federations flagship USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D! The United Federation of Planets is paralysed with the annihilation of 40 ships including Klingon, remember? Captain Picard now kidnapped and transformed by Borg automatons speaks for them. "I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile, your life as it has been is over - from this time forward you will service us!" The Borg appear to have one collective mission on their hive minds. Get the Picard and wipe out the Federation. It's a magnificent stratagem for the Borg who beam aboard the Enterprise-D and swipe Picard by complete surprise. In beautiful precision these automatons execute their daring plan, stunning Starfleet's sharpest trained bridge-crew in the fleet. I was gob smacked in 1992 when Star Trek's... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/75umAEhVqvY/the-best-of-both-worlds-pt-1-tng.html...
The US federal government goes to quite a lot of effort to (mostly successfully) keep sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information (like personal data) out of the hands of people who would abuse it. But when it comes to the latest climate models, quite a few are SBU as well. The results from climate models that […]...

STAR TREK FUTURE DEFENDERS

Nov04
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Cadets have enrolled in Starfleet over the years making their dreams come true by turning scores of Doctors, Scientists and Engineers into future leaders. These guys are our protectors... Over 2019 we've been hearing a lot about them and it fair to say newcomers Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora are shooting the Trek with Star Trek Picard as we speak.PICARD - PATRICK STEWARTNow I Know what your thinking. All we have to do is watch Star Trek and put on our listening ears.....but questions remain. Is there an equivalent to Game of Thrones Sandor "The Hound" Clegane or Arya Stark ? These characters while set to fight civil wars in medieval times are interesting and fun to watch.SEVEN - JERI RYAN OBSERVINGBEVERLY, PICARD OBSERVING THEMSELVESDR HELEN NOELSo who do you think was the ladies man? Kirk or Picard?  Jam... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/80RaY-_yBAk/star-trek-future-defenders.html...