29th August 2014

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(JPL/NASA)   NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. (…)

A fully developed elliptical galaxy is a gas-deficient gathering of ancient stars theorized to develop from the inside out, with a compact core marking its beginnings. Because the galactic core is so far away, the light of the forming galaxy that is observable from Earth was actually created 11 billion years ago, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang.

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(JPL/NASA) NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. (…)

A fully developed elliptical galaxy is a gas-deficient gathering of ancient stars theorized to develop from the inside out, with a compact core marking its beginnings. Because the galactic core is so far away, the light of the forming galaxy that is observable from Earth was actually created 11 billion years ago, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang.

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Source: jpl.nasa.gov

29th August 2014

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(JPL/NASA)  NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013.

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(JPL/NASA) NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013.

(More info at link)

Source: jpl.nasa.gov

29th August 2014

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(NASA)  Open star cluster NGC 7380 is still embedded in its natal cloud of interstellar gas and dust popularly known as the Wizard Nebula. Seen with foreground and background stars along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy it lies some 8,000 light-years distant, toward the constellation Cepheus. A full moon would easily fit inside this telescopic view of the 4 million year young cluster and associated nebula, normally much too faint to be seen by eye. Made with telescope and camera firmly planted on Earth, the image reveals multi light-year sized shapes and structures within the Wizard in a color palette made popular in Hubble Space Telescope images. Recorded with narrowband filters, the visible wavelength light from the nebula’s hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur atoms is transformed into green, blue, and red colors in the final digital composite. But there is still a trick up the Wizard’s sleeve. Sliding your cursor over the image will make the stars disappear, leaving only the cosmic gas and dust of the Wizard Nebula.

(NASA) Open star cluster NGC 7380 is still embedded in its natal cloud of interstellar gas and dust popularly known as the Wizard Nebula. Seen with foreground and background stars along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy it lies some 8,000 light-years distant, toward the constellation Cepheus. A full moon would easily fit inside this telescopic view of the 4 million year young cluster and associated nebula, normally much too faint to be seen by eye. Made with telescope and camera firmly planted on Earth, the image reveals multi light-year sized shapes and structures within the Wizard in a color palette made popular in Hubble Space Telescope images. Recorded with narrowband filters, the visible wavelength light from the nebula’s hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur atoms is transformed into green, blue, and red colors in the final digital composite. But there is still a trick up the Wizard’s sleeve. Sliding your cursor over the image will make the stars disappear, leaving only the cosmic gas and dust of the Wizard Nebula.

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29th August 2014

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29th August 2014

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ohfortheloveofsharks:

I was bored and scrolling through Pinterest when I came across a pin about using mason jars as “tanks” for beta fish. Then I saw the related pins and I’m so disgusted.
Fish are animals that deserve proper care and respect.
Live animals are not decorations. They are not here to make your house look “cool” or “pretty.” If you can’t properly house or care for an animal don’t get it.
This is absolutely sick and this trend needs to stop.

I know this isn’t really ocean related but this is super important.

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29th August 2014

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The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence? →

(TheNewYorker) On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, which was attended by other Jewish leaders as well, was the war in the Gaza Strip. In the century-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the previous two weeks had been particularly harrowing. In Israeli towns and cities, families heard sirens warning of incoming rockets and raced to shelters. In Gaza, there were scenes of utter devastation, with hundreds of Palestinian children dead from bombing and mortar fire. The Israeli government claimed that it had taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties, but the United Nations was launching an inquiry into possible war crimes. Even before the fighting escalated, the United States, Israel’s closest ally, had made little secret of its frustration with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “How will it have peace if it is unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation, and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security, and dignity?” Philip Gordon, the White House coördinator for the Middle East, said in early July. “It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability.” Although the Administration repeatedly reaffirmed its support for Israel, it was clearly uncomfortable with the scale of Israel’s aggression. AIPAC did not share this unease; it endorsed a Senate resolution in support of Israel’s “right to defend its citizens,” which had seventy-nine co-sponsors and passed without a word of dissent.

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29th August 2014

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"Probably no stars will physically hit each other. There’s just so much space between the stars, but when Andromeda collides with us it’ll have a huge impact on the Milky Way. Some things will get thrown into the black hole in the middle, some stars will get ripped off and thrown away into space, so it’ll be dramatic. And the entire night sky will change." - The Universe S1E9 Alien Galaxies

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29th August 2014

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thenewenlightenmentage:

Holographic universe experiment begins
The Holometer experiment will test whether our universe is coded into 2-D packets many trillion times smaller than an atom.
A unique experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe—including whether we live in a hologram.
Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Holographic universe experiment begins

The Holometer experiment will test whether our universe is coded into 2-D packets many trillion times smaller than an atom.

A unique experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe—including whether we live in a hologram.

Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.

Continue Reading

Source: thenewenlightenmentage

29th August 2014

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post-mitotic:

Godzilla blood
like those of birds, reptilian red blood cells are flatter and more oblong than their mammalian counterparts (and they’re nucleated)
colored SEM
credit: Steve Gschmeissner

post-mitotic:

Godzilla blood

like those of birds, reptilian red blood cells are flatter and more oblong than their mammalian counterparts (and they’re nucleated)

colored SEM

credit: Steve Gschmeissner

Source: post-mitotic

29th August 2014

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in an effort to relocate critically endangered black rhinos to areas better able to protect and grow the population, the black rhino range expansion project briefly flies the animals, blindfolded and tranquilized, from otherwise inaccessible south african terrain to a waiting truck that will drive them to their new home.

from a population that used to number in the hundreds of thousands only a century ago, less than 5,000 black rhinos now remain. there are three recognized subspecies of the black rhino. there were four, but the west african black rhino became officially extinct last year. photos by green renaissance, btv and the wwf

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29th August 2014

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As the leading greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is one of the atmosphere’s most closely watched ingredients. The scrutiny began in 1958, when a young geochemist named Charles Keeling began regularly measuring CO2 atop a massive Hawaiian volcano—and discovered some intriguing patterns.

Learn more about this information.

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29th August 2014

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Yellow-billed hornbill having lunch. He just kept poking his head inside the termite mound and throwing back snacks. You can see the termite right between his beak in the last shot. Yum.

More fabulous hornbills here!

29th August 2014

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srsfunny:

Black Leopard’s Reaction When He Sees His Favorite Zoo Keeper

what a baby

dinolich:

srsfunny:

Black Leopard’s Reaction When He Sees His Favorite Zoo Keeper

what a baby

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29th August 2014

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(via Chris Hedges: How the Brutalized Become Brutal - Chris Hedges - Truthdig)
The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning.

truthdig:

(via Chris Hedges: How the Brutalized Become Brutal - Chris Hedges - Truthdig)
The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning.

29th August 2014

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Gold coated platinum twinsThese unique crystals come from Kondyor mine in Siberia (see http://tinyurl.com/pb6v9z6andhttp://tinyurl.com/l5s3gwy) where unique geological conditions have resulted in this rare combination. Actual crystals (rather than nuggets) of Platinum are very rare, and to have a 1cm example such as this one covered in natural gold is even less common. These lush beauties first appeared on the market at the Tucson MSA mineral show in 1993 and are mined from an alluvial (river gravel) deposit by an intrusion of mantle magma that crystallised deep in the crust a billion years ago. After their first appearance, they didn’t return until 2004 and have now practically disappeared from the market.These crystals are very pure, ranging from 83-99%, with associated traces of platinum group elements such as iridium, osmium, rhodium, and palladium along with some iron, copper, nickel, and antimony. Those coated with gold are only a small percentage of production. these three interpenetrating cubic twins are one of the best examples I have seen. Our past posts on twinned crystals:http://tinyurl.com/mnn7twa, http://tinyurl.com/me9rpxh, http://tinyurl.com/mvbojuj,http://tinyurl.com/l8yba54, http://tinyurl.com/ntdtdb6,http://tinyurl.com/nr7cq6n, http://tinyurl.com/kp6nluf andhttp://tinyurl.com/nr7cq6nLozImage credit: Treasure Mountain Mininghttp://www.treasuremountainmining.com/servlet/the-template/articles/Page?article=platinumCrystals

earthstory:

Gold coated platinum twins

These unique crystals come from Kondyor mine in Siberia (see http://tinyurl.com/pb6v9z6andhttp://tinyurl.com/l5s3gwy) where unique geological conditions have resulted in this rare combination. Actual crystals (rather than nuggets) of Platinum are very rare, and to have a 1cm example such as this one covered in natural gold is even less common. These lush beauties first appeared on the market at the Tucson MSA mineral show in 1993 and are mined from an alluvial (river gravel) deposit by an intrusion of mantle magma that crystallised deep in the crust a billion years ago. After their first appearance, they didn’t return until 2004 and have now practically disappeared from the market.

These crystals are very pure, ranging from 83-99%, with associated traces of platinum group elements such as iridium, osmium, rhodium, and palladium along with some iron, copper, nickel, and antimony. Those coated with gold are only a small percentage of production. these three interpenetrating cubic twins are one of the best examples I have seen. 

Our past posts on twinned crystals:http://tinyurl.com/mnn7twa
http://tinyurl.com/me9rpxhhttp://tinyurl.com/mvbojuj,http://tinyurl.com/l8yba54http://tinyurl.com/ntdtdb6,http://tinyurl.com/nr7cq6nhttp://tinyurl.com/kp6nluf andhttp://tinyurl.com/nr7cq6n
Loz

Image credit: Treasure Mountain Mining
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