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Dr. Phil Plait explains how a mind numbing star death like a supernova can become a hypernova.
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Tuesday, Jan 19th 2016 (1:27pm)
Enjoy these 72 videos of virtual models of mechanical devices that draw circles, ellipses, and hyperbolae, as well as more exotic shapes, like nephroids, deltoids, astroids, and lemniscates of Bernoulli.
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Monday, Jan 18th 2016 (11:47am)
Using a paper clip and a single match to defuse a bomb and escape through a two foot square hole? Not exactly, but here are ten real-life situations where people were very resourceful.
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Friday, Jan 15th 2016 (8:29am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Dr. Phil Plait finds even more instances of people who ignore fact and reality.
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Tuesday, Jan 12th 2016 (2:16am)
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.
By: dave
Tuesday, Dec 1st 2015 (4:27am)
Scientific American takes a look at alien worlds from several different perspectives.
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Monday, Nov 23rd 2015 (12:00am)
Business Insider has done a pretty incredible job of it in this 3-minute animation, by displaying the timeline of Earth if time was the distance from Los Angeles to New York. And, oh boy, our world-view will never be the same.
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Saturday, Nov 21st 2015 (4:26am)
Plop yourself down with a delightful beverage and enjoy this 48 minute journey into theoretical physics. It should be there but we just can't see it or prove it.
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Monday, Nov 9th 2015 (12:00am)
Here is a reference as a follow-up to yesterday's discussion on evolution.
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Sunday, Nov 8th 2015 (12:00am)
So you think you know Darwin and his theory well? Try again please.
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Saturday, Nov 7th 2015 (10:58pm)
Astronomers say they have detected ethyl alcohol among 21 kinds of organic molecules in gas from Comet Lovejoy, meaning the comet has the ingredients both to create life and to get it incredibly drunk.
By: dave
Monday, Oct 26th 2015 (12:00am)
NASA wants to put people on Mars by the 2030s. Last week, they detailed how that might become a reality.

In a report titled "NASA's Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration," the agency laid out a three-part plan on how it might reach the Red Planet.
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Monday, Oct 12th 2015 (12:35pm)
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A mystery announcement from NASA is coming Monday, which will (we think) publicize the confirmation of flowing water on the surface of Mars. It’s kind of a big deal that a massive ocean could be sitting there flowing under the red surface, mostly because where there’s water, there’s the potential for life. Here’s how we got to this point.
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Monday, Sep 28th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Astronomy fans, you don't even need a telescope for this one. On September 27, sky gazers will see the Moon at its perigee (closest point of orbit) plus a full moon, plus a total lunar eclipse. It will appear 14% larger than usual and also have a reddish tinge to it.
If you miss this one, there won't be another until 2033.
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Wednesday, Sep 23rd 2015 (12:01am)
ABC7 in Los Angeles has a live webcam on a seismograph and gives you the ability to watch in realtime as the oddly soothing baseline rolls on into occasional activity.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 14th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: Rich Cream
Dark energy causes the Universe to expand but nobody knows what it is. So how do you find out? Here, we have an experiment to find out.
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Saturday, Sep 12th 2015 (12:03am)
SpaceX's Dragon capsule has proven itself over and over during cargo deliveries to the International Space Station, but the version of the craft made to carry humans has yet to do so — although if it works anywhere as well as it looks in these newly published photos, it should be fine.
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Friday, Sep 11th 2015 (12:10am) | Thanks: NBC News
The image, taken by the Curiosity rover on Aug. 30, shows what appears to be an incredibly delicate geological feature -- one that resembles a spoon floating in mid-air, complete with a narrow shadow cast upon the red ground below.
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Monday, Sep 7th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: Gallen Dugall
Communicating at four times the speed of light? Einstein said no but perhaps so.
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Thursday, Aug 27th 2015 (12:07pm)
Kooky goings on at that largest of asteroids. Dr. Phil Plait explains some of this phenomenon.
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Wednesday, Aug 26th 2015 (10:19pm)
An instructional video about the potential uses of teleportation.
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Saturday, Aug 22nd 2015 (12:02am)
...this is it. Starting this week the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will begin eating food they've grown in the microgravity of space. What could possibly go wrong?
By: dave
Monday, Aug 10th 2015 (12:01am)
You may not think of plants as particularly chatty or active organisms, but they're not as passive as they might seem. Plants can't run away, so they have to develop other strategies to stay alive, as James Cahill, an environmental plant ecologist at the University of Alberta, explains in "What Plants Talk About," a documentary from the PBS show NATURE. They've evolved the use of chemicals to communicate with insects and each other in order to thrive. Here are five behaviors that show how active plants can be.
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Friday, Jul 31st 2015 (3:09am)
Powering your devices with just glucose results in only two by-products: Electricity and water.
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Wednesday, Jul 29th 2015 (12:41am)
Ever wondered what it would take to destroy the moon? Of course you have. Here comes the science.

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By: dave
Monday, Jul 20th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
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