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Everything looks fine, until it isn’t fine.

Well, as Dr. Phil Plaitt (aka The Bad Astronomer) states below, this video is very, very good at explaining why we don’t see this stuff until it’s too late, and why early action gets called overreaction. Dr. Joe Hanson (of It’s Okay to Be Smart) explains in very easy to understand terms. Hey folks. Confused […]

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Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring! The equinox happens at the earliest point in 124 years. #SpringHasSprung pic.twitter.com/G8ZhnDUzVc — WilsonSevereWX (@WilsonSevereWX) March 19, 2020

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Holy Shit! Man Walks on Moon +50 Years

As you no doubt well know by now, today marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Lightyear, er uh, that is to say, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked upon the surface of the Moon 50 years ago today, while astronaut Michael Collins orbitted the […]

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What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?

John Timmer at ARS: Your heart has four chambers, two atria and two ventricles. The atria are smaller chambers at the top of the heart, and their contraction fills the larger ventricles with blood. The ventricles then provide the powerful push that sends the blood either to the lungs to pick up oxygen or out […]

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Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia

Kiona N. Smith at ARS Technica: A 132-year-old message in a bottle turned up on an Australian beach earlier this year, but it’s not a love note or a treasure map: it’s a science experiment. […] “This bottle was thrown overboard on 12th June 1886, in 32 degrees, 49 minutes latitude South and 105 degrees, […]

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NASA Unleashes Two Vintage Warplanes to Chase the Eclipse

Wired: WHILE MILLIONS OF astronomy enthusiasts chase the moon’s shadow on the ground during the August 21 total solar eclipse, four NASA personnel are going to have front row seats. Two pilots and two technicians will race the big black spot at 50,000 feet, well above any cloud cover. And at 400 mph, they’ll be […]

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Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all

Annalee Newitz, writing at ARSTechnica: The Canaanites are famous as the bad guys of the Book of Joshua in the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. First, God orders the Hebrews to destroy the Canaanites along with several other groups, and later we hear that the Canaanites have actually been wiped out. Among archaeologists, however, the […]

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Eclipse 2017: T-2 Months

If you’re anything like me, you heard about the 2017 eclipse over a year ago and thought “cool,” but haven’t really thought about it since. This week, some of the photography podcasts I listen to started talking about the eclipse and man, I’m really starting to get excited!

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Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco

Carl Zimmer, writing for The Paper of Record: Dating back roughly 300,000 years, the bones indicate that mankind evolved earlier than had been known, experts say, and open a new window on our origins. The fossils also show that early Homo sapiens had faces much like our own, although their brains differed in fundamental ways. […]

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Bill Nye Saves the World

Netflix: Emmy-winning host Bill Nye brings experts and famous guests to his lab for a talk show exploring scientific issues that touch our lives. Wow. Great show! Even better than I was hoping.

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