Figs and milk.

A sound elimination is the basis of good health.

imgoingtohellforthis:

My mom woke me up at 7:20 and I thought it was in the morning.

imgoingtohellforthis:

My mom woke me up at 7:20 and I thought it was in the morning.

apio:

confusioninhereyes | hmizzle | lotus-island:



Say hello to Gliese 581c. A possible new homeworld that has been newly  discovered to be completely covered in ocean; a waterworld deeper than  ten times that of Earth’s deepest trenches.



And the shitstorm of bad science raining down on tumblr continues.
Whenever a non-science tumblr tries to do science, I think someone should just shine a silhouette of my face on the sky; I feel like batman catching evildoing gnomes who sit on their laptops at home and write up random shit and decide “I SHALL MAKE THIS SCIENCE” by ejecting it unchecked into the tumblrsphere.
I mean, I like, don’t even DO science.  I occasionally write science-fiction, but this is straight up fiction, because if any of you lazies bothered looking into this, you’d know that there’s absolutely no way to know what’s on the surface of any of the bodies orbiting Gliese 581 because IT’S TOO FAR AWAY.  And I’m not talking “Oh this is someday doable” far away, not even “Oh technology’s so fast it’ll happen by next gen” far away.  This motherfucker is 20.3 LIGHT YEARS away, that means it takes light TWENTY YEARS to travel from there to here.  When we are hypothetically looking at that planet (WHICH WE CAN’T, BECAUSE IT’S TOO FAR AWAY TO PHOTOGRAPH, SO NO ACTUAL IMAGE OF THE PLANET EXISTS, IT HASN’T EVEN BEEN DIRECTLY DISCOVERED, WE CAN ONLY CONJECTURE THAT IT’S THERE BECAUSE OF SLIGHT SHIFTS IN THE STAR’S ORBITAL PATTERNS—see: radial velocity method), we are looking at a picture that was essentially taken before I was born.  If an asteroid comes the fuck out of nowhere and destroys the damn thing today, we wouldn’t even know for another two decades.  But even then we’d be no way even near to coming up with the technology to travel there or even travel close enough to take a picture, because like I said, it’s TWENTY SOMETHING LIGHT YEARS AWAY.
The technology that would be required to travel there in a reasonable amount of time isn’t even feasible in the laws of science and physics under which our existence operates.  There is no thing that can travel at or faster than the speed of light because in my very elementary understanding of astrophysics, space-time actually just stops operating correctly at that point; mass and matter begin to distort and it’s just a barrier that physicality cannot cross.  This isn’t like creating the light bulb or airplane or microprocessor; it’s not even a problem we can fix—it’s a fact that can’t be un-fact-ed.  We can create something that flies or lights up or transmits information because there are physical methods of doing these things that can be broken down into mechanics, but the fact that nothing travels faster than light is like, the basic law anchoring quantum physics.  Or something.  Anyway, this means that getting there or even getting close enough to take a picture or evaluating what it’s like would require around 50-100 years of advances at the current rate that the government is funding NASA, and—assuming we’re even able to invent a hypothesized laser-propelled space-sailing unmanned thing—about a 400-600 year journey at max 10% the speed of light.
I learned about the Gliese system way back when I started writing my space movie, and aside from everything being wrong with what the OP said, there’s also the matter of everything being wrong with what the OP said.  Because like, everything is wrong. 581 c was thought to be in the habitable zone of its star, but then real science folk were starting to realize that there was a great likelihood of it having the Venus-like runaway greenhouse effect on its surface, rendering any possibility of water moot because if it exists, it would likely be vapor.  Another planet in the system, 581 d, is the closest hope that system has for liquid water, though its stats are all entirely different from 581 c which is by now largely deemed unsuitable.  Like, come on tumblr babies, you could’ve taken a minute to check the wiki page before reblogging this shit 400 times:

Gliese 581 c is likely to lie outside the habitable zone.[8][31] No direct evidence has been found for water to be present, but it is probably not present in the liquid state.  Techniques like the one used to measure the extrasolar planet HD 209458 b may in the future be used to determine the presence of water in the form of vapor in the planet’s atmosphere, but only in the rare case of a planet with an orbit aligned so as to transit its star, which Gliese 581 c is not known to do.

And fyi, it’s not “newly discovered”, it was discovered three years ago.  And its mass is not 1.5x the size of earth, it’s 5.36x.  You’re almost four whole earths off on that measurement, OP.  And how is it you somehow know that it has an atmosphere when its EXISTENCE is largely theoretical?  Do you like, have a cousin who went there for spring break?  “Dude, no I swear, it’s got a minibar and everything.  What?  No no yeah it totally has an atmosphere too I swear.”  AND SOMEHOW YOU ALSO KNOW HOW DEEP ITS SUPPOSED OCEAN’S TRENCHES GO?  LIKE, ARE YOU A WIZARD?  “What science cannot tell me, I SHALL LEARN BY MAGIC.”  I’m just shaking my head so much right now, tumblr.  
Whatever.  I don’t even have the energy to be nice about this.  There’s just wrong wrong WRONG ALL UP OVER THIS THING.  And you know the masses are eating it up all “wow u guise my kids could like, live there”.  Sit the fuck down and stfu.  For humanity’s sake, I hope none of you have kids.
REEN, OUT.

apio:

confusioninhereyes | hmizzle | lotus-island:

Say hello to Gliese 581c. A possible new homeworld that has been newly discovered to be completely covered in ocean; a waterworld deeper than ten times that of Earth’s deepest trenches.

And the shitstorm of bad science raining down on tumblr continues.

Whenever a non-science tumblr tries to do science, I think someone should just shine a silhouette of my face on the sky; I feel like batman catching evildoing gnomes who sit on their laptops at home and write up random shit and decide “I SHALL MAKE THIS SCIENCE” by ejecting it unchecked into the tumblrsphere.

I mean, I like, don’t even DO science.  I occasionally write science-fiction, but this is straight up fiction, because if any of you lazies bothered looking into this, you’d know that there’s absolutely no way to know what’s on the surface of any of the bodies orbiting Gliese 581 because IT’S TOO FAR AWAY.  And I’m not talking “Oh this is someday doable” far away, not even “Oh technology’s so fast it’ll happen by next gen” far away.  This motherfucker is 20.3 LIGHT YEARS away, that means it takes light TWENTY YEARS to travel from there to here.  When we are hypothetically looking at that planet (WHICH WE CAN’T, BECAUSE IT’S TOO FAR AWAY TO PHOTOGRAPH, SO NO ACTUAL IMAGE OF THE PLANET EXISTS, IT HASN’T EVEN BEEN DIRECTLY DISCOVERED, WE CAN ONLY CONJECTURE THAT IT’S THERE BECAUSE OF SLIGHT SHIFTS IN THE STAR’S ORBITAL PATTERNS—see: radial velocity method), we are looking at a picture that was essentially taken before I was born.  If an asteroid comes the fuck out of nowhere and destroys the damn thing today, we wouldn’t even know for another two decades.  But even then we’d be no way even near to coming up with the technology to travel there or even travel close enough to take a picture, because like I said, it’s TWENTY SOMETHING LIGHT YEARS AWAY.

The technology that would be required to travel there in a reasonable amount of time isn’t even feasible in the laws of science and physics under which our existence operates.  There is no thing that can travel at or faster than the speed of light because in my very elementary understanding of astrophysics, space-time actually just stops operating correctly at that point; mass and matter begin to distort and it’s just a barrier that physicality cannot cross.  This isn’t like creating the light bulb or airplane or microprocessor; it’s not even a problem we can fix—it’s a fact that can’t be un-fact-ed.  We can create something that flies or lights up or transmits information because there are physical methods of doing these things that can be broken down into mechanics, but the fact that nothing travels faster than light is like, the basic law anchoring quantum physics.  Or something.  Anyway, this means that getting there or even getting close enough to take a picture or evaluating what it’s like would require around 50-100 years of advances at the current rate that the government is funding NASA, and—assuming we’re even able to invent a hypothesized laser-propelled space-sailing unmanned thing—about a 400-600 year journey at max 10% the speed of light.

I learned about the Gliese system way back when I started writing my space movie, and aside from everything being wrong with what the OP said, there’s also the matter of everything being wrong with what the OP said.  Because like, everything is wrong. 581 c was thought to be in the habitable zone of its star, but then real science folk were starting to realize that there was a great likelihood of it having the Venus-like runaway greenhouse effect on its surface, rendering any possibility of water moot because if it exists, it would likely be vapor.  Another planet in the system, 581 d, is the closest hope that system has for liquid water, though its stats are all entirely different from 581 c which is by now largely deemed unsuitable.  Like, come on tumblr babies, you could’ve taken a minute to check the wiki page before reblogging this shit 400 times:

Gliese 581 c is likely to lie outside the habitable zone.[8][31] No direct evidence has been found for water to be present, but it is probably not present in the liquid state. Techniques like the one used to measure the extrasolar planet HD 209458 b may in the future be used to determine the presence of water in the form of vapor in the planet’s atmosphere, but only in the rare case of a planet with an orbit aligned so as to transit its star, which Gliese 581 c is not known to do.

And fyi, it’s not “newly discovered”, it was discovered three years ago.  And its mass is not 1.5x the size of earth, it’s 5.36x.  You’re almost four whole earths off on that measurement, OP.  And how is it you somehow know that it has an atmosphere when its EXISTENCE is largely theoretical?  Do you like, have a cousin who went there for spring break?  “Dude, no I swear, it’s got a minibar and everything.  What?  No no yeah it totally has an atmosphere too I swear.”  AND SOMEHOW YOU ALSO KNOW HOW DEEP ITS SUPPOSED OCEAN’S TRENCHES GO?  LIKE, ARE YOU A WIZARD?  “What science cannot tell me, I SHALL LEARN BY MAGIC.”  I’m just shaking my head so much right now, tumblr. 

Whatever.  I don’t even have the energy to be nice about this.  There’s just wrong wrong WRONG ALL UP OVER THIS THING.  And you know the masses are eating it up all “wow u guise my kids could like, live there”.  Sit the fuck down and stfu.  For humanity’s sake, I hope none of you have kids.

REEN, OUT.

fuckyeahspace:

An artist’s interpretation of the sky on Jupiter.
(via reddit and John Bianchi; Keep in mind that humans will probably never be able to go to Jupiter. As much fun as you’d think it would be, the extreme gravity and atmospheric pressure would be immensely difficult to deal with. Not to mention the magnetic field, which would interfere with electrical equipment. If we happened to get in the way of the moon Io, we’d be in trouble: Io interacts with Jupiter’s magnetic field and creates an electric current of 3 million amperes, which then creates lighting in the atmosphere of the planet (in comparison, a bolt of lighting on Earth has between 50,000 and 100,000 amperes). Then there’s the wind speeds of up to 224 mph (360 km/hr) and the fact that there’s no evidence for a solid surface and the temperature range from nearly absolute zero at the edge of the atmosphere (~2 K; -456ºF; -271ºC) to about 36,000 K at the center (64,340ºF; 35,726ºC). The point is that Jupiter is pretty rough. That doesn’t make it any less beautiful.)

fuckyeahspace:

An artist’s interpretation of the sky on Jupiter.

(via reddit and John Bianchi; Keep in mind that humans will probably never be able to go to Jupiter. As much fun as you’d think it would be, the extreme gravity and atmospheric pressure would be immensely difficult to deal with. Not to mention the magnetic field, which would interfere with electrical equipment. If we happened to get in the way of the moon Io, we’d be in trouble: Io interacts with Jupiter’s magnetic field and creates an electric current of 3 million amperes, which then creates lighting in the atmosphere of the planet (in comparison, a bolt of lighting on Earth has between 50,000 and 100,000 amperes). Then there’s the wind speeds of up to 224 mph (360 km/hr) and the fact that there’s no evidence for a solid surface and the temperature range from nearly absolute zero at the edge of the atmosphere (~2 K; -456ºF; -271ºC) to about 36,000 K at the center (64,340ºF; 35,726ºC). The point is that Jupiter is pretty rough. That doesn’t make it any less beautiful.)

(Source: spaceinperspective)

stayforthecredits:

aaron:

Father & Son Send iPhone Into Space & Record Incredible Video

A father and son from Brooklyn, New York sent an iPhone into the stratosphere a few weeks ago to record a video of the earth’s curvature.

The two spent eight months researching and testing their homemade craft, which was made of a weather balloon and a styrofoam case for the iPhone, before launching in Newburgh, NY.

The phone apparently braved winds of 100 miles-per-hour and temperatures as cold as 60 below zero (the iPhone was smartly packed with hand warmers).

The recorded video shows the phone reaching a height of 100,000 feet before the balloon burst, plummeting the contraption back to earth, where it landed 30 miles from the launch point, in a tree, where the father and son found it in the dark because of the iPhone’s LED light.

WATCH: (via New York Magazine)

Fascinating video, but it should be noted that it wasn’t the iPhone recording the footage, but a Go Pro Hero HD camera (mostly used in sports—attached to snowboarding helmets, bumpers of racing cars, etc).

(Source: lionheart)

fuckyeahspace:

Back when Gilese 581g was discovered, a huge fuss was made about finding “Earth’s twin”, on which the chances of life were “100%”. The backlash to the media response has been swift and forceful, quite rightfully. I’ve said it before to trust nothing you hear about science and in this article The Astronomist expands on that. He spells out the things that the media glazed over, for the media sells stories, not facts. The distortion of science in the minds of those who fail to understand it is partially the fault of the media and the potential discovery of Gilese 581g is no exception. Telling people that this so-called “goldilocks planet” exists and then saying “well me might have been wrong, heh heh” gives off the appearance that science is fallible and uncertain. The truth of the matter is that the planet was potentially discovered and if it does exist we can guess and infer what the conditions of the planet may be like, but we don’t know for sure.

This is what makes science so special and unique. To keep a religion alive, one must remain unquestioning and faithful, whereas science is kept alive by skepticism and an unending search for empirical truth. I know it’s nice to be hopeful that the universe is exactly as we wish it to be, but the universe doesn’t have to adhere to our whims. That doesn’t make it any less magnificent and beautiful.

Give this a read if you’re interested in the actual science of extrasolar planets.

fuckyeahspace:

unknownskywalker:

Newly discovered planet may be first truly habitable exoplanet
A team of astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced the discovery of an Earth-size planet (three times the mass of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone,” where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one.
The team reports the discovery of two new planets around the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581. This brings the total number of known planets around this star to six, the most yet discovered in a planetary system other than our own solar system.
The most interesting of the two new planets is Gliese 581g, with a mass three to four times that of the Earth and an orbital period of just under 37 days. Its mass indicates that it is probably a rocky planet with a definite surface and that it has enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere.
The star Gliese 581 is a red dwarf located 20 light years away in the constellation Libra, has a somewhat checkered history of habitable-planet claims. Astronomers have found planets in this system on both sides of the habitable zone—one too hot and one too cold. The newly discovered planet g, however, lies right in the middle of the habitable zone.
The planet is tidally locked to the star, meaning that one side is always facing the star and basking in perpetual daylight, while the side facing away from the star is in perpetual darkness. One effect of this is to stabilize the planet’s surface climates. The most habitable zone on the planet’s surface would be the line between shadow and light (known as the “terminator”), with surface temperatures decreasing toward the dark side and increasing toward the light side.
Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude. The researchers estimate that the average surface temperature of the planet is between -31 to -12 degrees Celsius. Actual temperatures would range from blazing hot on the side facing the star to freezing cold on the dark side.
If Gliese 581g has a rocky composition similar to the Earth’s, its diameter would be about 1.2 to 1.4 times that of the Earth. The surface gravity would be about the same or slightly higher than Earth’s, so that a person could easily walk upright on the planet.
If these planets were rare, then we shouldn’t have found one so quickly and so nearby. The number of systems with potentially habitable planets is probably on the order of 10 or 20 percent, and when this is multiplied by the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that’s a large number. There could be tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy.
 
Image: 1) Artist’s impression: The star Gliese 581 hosts an Earth-size planet (foreground) that orbits in the star’s habitable zone. 2) The planetary orbits of the Gliese 581 system compared to those of our own solar system. 
• Source: NSF, UC Santa Cruz • Related: Space.com

Hmm, still a bit big for my taste. The surface gravity would be a bit annoying after a while, I’ll bet right now. By no means do I wish to belittle this unarguably extraordinary discovery, but the potential existence of Planet G isn’t an indication that Earth-sized planets are not rare, as is suggested here. “If these planets were rare, then we shouldn’t have found one so quickly and so nearby” is an illogical statement, so don’t take it to heart. The truth is we don’t know. 20 light years isn’t far apart; maybe because our systems evolved from what is likely the same cloud of interstellar dust, could it be possible that there’s something in the air that makes small rocky planets?
I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live that close to a star. The aurorae must be phenomenal. I’m not sure, but I think a red star means red skies, just like on Gallifrey (wait…Gallifrey…Planet G….oh my god)! Seriously! This is a sci-fi movie waiting to happen.

This.

fuckyeahspace:

unknownskywalker:

Newly discovered planet may be first truly habitable exoplanet

A team of astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced the discovery of an Earth-size planet (three times the mass of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone,” where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one.

The team reports the discovery of two new planets around the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581. This brings the total number of known planets around this star to six, the most yet discovered in a planetary system other than our own solar system.

The most interesting of the two new planets is Gliese 581g, with a mass three to four times that of the Earth and an orbital period of just under 37 days. Its mass indicates that it is probably a rocky planet with a definite surface and that it has enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere.

The star Gliese 581 is a red dwarf located 20 light years away in the constellation Libra, has a somewhat checkered history of habitable-planet claims. Astronomers have found planets in this system on both sides of the habitable zone—one too hot and one too cold. The newly discovered planet g, however, lies right in the middle of the habitable zone.

The planet is tidally locked to the star, meaning that one side is always facing the star and basking in perpetual daylight, while the side facing away from the star is in perpetual darkness. One effect of this is to stabilize the planet’s surface climates. The most habitable zone on the planet’s surface would be the line between shadow and light (known as the “terminator”), with surface temperatures decreasing toward the dark side and increasing toward the light side.

Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude. The researchers estimate that the average surface temperature of the planet is between -31 to -12 degrees Celsius. Actual temperatures would range from blazing hot on the side facing the star to freezing cold on the dark side.

If Gliese 581g has a rocky composition similar to the Earth’s, its diameter would be about 1.2 to 1.4 times that of the Earth. The surface gravity would be about the same or slightly higher than Earth’s, so that a person could easily walk upright on the planet.

If these planets were rare, then we shouldn’t have found one so quickly and so nearby. The number of systems with potentially habitable planets is probably on the order of 10 or 20 percent, and when this is multiplied by the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that’s a large number. There could be tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy.

Image: 1) Artist’s impression: The star Gliese 581 hosts an Earth-size planet (foreground) that orbits in the star’s habitable zone. 2) The planetary orbits of the Gliese 581 system compared to those of our own solar system.

• Source: NSF, UC Santa Cruz • Related: Space.com

Hmm, still a bit big for my taste. The surface gravity would be a bit annoying after a while, I’ll bet right now. By no means do I wish to belittle this unarguably extraordinary discovery, but the potential existence of Planet G isn’t an indication that Earth-sized planets are not rare, as is suggested here. “If these planets were rare, then we shouldn’t have found one so quickly and so nearby” is an illogical statement, so don’t take it to heart. The truth is we don’t know. 20 light years isn’t far apart; maybe because our systems evolved from what is likely the same cloud of interstellar dust, could it be possible that there’s something in the air that makes small rocky planets?

I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live that close to a star. The aurorae must be phenomenal. I’m not sure, but I think a red star means red skies, just like on Gallifrey (wait…Gallifrey…Planet G….oh my god)! Seriously! This is a sci-fi movie waiting to happen.

This.

ummwhat:

opiateforafew:

fuckyeahspace:

The distribution of all types of matter in the universe vs. the structure of brain synapses (synapses are the things that help regulate the electrical currents in our brains; quite simply, synapses are the things that allow us to think).

this VERY strongly reinforces my thoughts on higher beings and dimensions. 

really? it doesn’t make you think that maybe the universe adheres to a set of definable mathematical laws and properties such as the number e, 4πr2, fractals, the pythagorean theorem, the inverse square law or euclidean geometry and that maybe—MAYBE—all matter in the universe behaves in mathematically predictable ways? who would think that! really, it’s dumb to think that, even though it’s been empirically proven that the universe does behave in mathematically predictable ways (see: probability). i mean, hahahahah that’s just silly. we MUST have been designed by higher beings heheeh!

ummwhat:

opiateforafew:

fuckyeahspace:

The distribution of all types of matter in the universe vs. the structure of brain synapses (synapses are the things that help regulate the electrical currents in our brains; quite simply, synapses are the things that allow us to think).

this VERY strongly reinforces my thoughts on higher beings and dimensions. 

really? it doesn’t make you think that maybe the universe adheres to a set of definable mathematical laws and properties such as the number e, 4πr2, fractals, the pythagorean theorem, the inverse square law or euclidean geometry and that maybe—MAYBE—all matter in the universe behaves in mathematically predictable ways? who would think that! really, it’s dumb to think that, even though it’s been empirically proven that the universe does behave in mathematically predictable ways (see: probability). i mean, hahahahah that’s just silly. we MUST have been designed by higher beings heheeh!

(Source: spaceinperspective)

breathingvioletfog:

eddyizm:

GENEVA (Reuters) – Physicists probing the origins of the cosmos hope that next year they will turn up the first proofs of the existence of concepts long dear to science-fiction writers such as hidden worlds and extra dimensions.

And as their Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva moves into high gear, they are talking increasingly of the “New Physics” on the horizon that could totally change current views of the universe and how it works.

 wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwww

That’s nice. But you know what WRONG!

ummwhat:

except it’s embellished and exaggerated to be interesting and sensational and not to mention it’s not true!!!!!! how thick are you????what they’re looking for is extra dimensions and one-dimensional strings (lol), also not to mention the ~HIGGS BOSON~ and also hawking radiation and black/white holes, etc.

“Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions… These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments.”

hey fucking crackpot anonymous implied “scientist” shut up you asshole you’re ruining science for everyone. you, michio kaku, phil plait and brian greene can all go to a fucking crackpot dick convention for crackpot sensationalist assholes who have dicks. i hate you i hate you i hate you. i hate science columnists i hate people who go to yahoo!© news to learn about science and i hate people who talk to yahoo!© news about how we’re going to find fucking parallel worlds at the LHC.
hey guy (yes i bet it’s a guy) who wrote this: like if you read a physics book in the time it took the time it took to research, write and edit this article, you would know that jeff goldblum would fuck my ass with a fishhook before humans could ever visit a parallel world, let alone prove its existence (guess what: it would be impossible to prove the existence of a parallel world! :3 lol @ quantum mechanics/standard model of physics lol)
you know what happens when you employ an english major who took no further science than MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics and PHYS-P111 Physics for Poets to write articles about science? you get stories. science is not a story. science isn’t pretty or engaging or fantastical. science doesn’t appeal to everyone. that’s why some people are scientists and some people are not. so maybe if you got a ~REAL LIFE ACTUAL 100% SCIENTIST~ to write about science, you’d get something more than half factual and maybe then MAYBE! people would not have such skewed perceptions of science? hmm?! because humans discovering, travelling to and conquering a parallel world is about as plausible as the idea that god exists.
!
so thanks tumblr, for propagating the fall of intellectualism! thumbs fucking up.

ummwhat:

except it’s embellished and exaggerated to be interesting and sensational and not to mention it’s not true!!!!!! how thick are you????what they’re looking for is extra dimensions and one-dimensional strings (lol), also not to mention the ~HIGGS BOSON~ and also hawking radiation and black/white holes, etc.

“Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions… These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments.”

hey fucking crackpot anonymous implied “scientist” shut up you asshole you’re ruining science for everyone. you, michio kaku, phil plait and brian greene can all go to a fucking crackpot dick convention for crackpot sensationalist assholes who have dicks. i hate you i hate you i hate you. i hate science columnists i hate people who go to yahoo!© news to learn about science and i hate people who talk to yahoo!© news about how we’re going to find fucking parallel worlds at the LHC.

hey guy (yes i bet it’s a guy) who wrote this: like if you read a physics book in the time it took the time it took to research, write and edit this article, you would know that jeff goldblum would fuck my ass with a fishhook before humans could ever visit a parallel world, let alone prove its existence (guess what: it would be impossible to prove the existence of a parallel world! :3 lol @ quantum mechanics/standard model of physics lol)

you know what happens when you employ an english major who took no further science than MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics and PHYS-P111 Physics for Poets to write articles about science? you get stories. science is not a story. science isn’t pretty or engaging or fantastical. science doesn’t appeal to everyone. that’s why some people are scientists and some people are not. so maybe if you got a ~REAL LIFE ACTUAL 100% SCIENTIST~ to write about science, you’d get something more than half factual and maybe then MAYBE! people would not have such skewed perceptions of science? hmm?! because humans discovering, travelling to and conquering a parallel world is about as plausible as the idea that god exists.

!

so thanks tumblr, for propagating the fall of intellectualism! thumbs fucking up.

thedailywhat:

Harry Potter Fan Art of the Day: Kathryn Hudson imagines what it might look like if J.K. Rowling had set her story in space, rather than 1990s Great Britain.

In the Future, the battle for good and evil wages on while the forces and light battle The Slytherin Alliance and the menacing Overlord Voldemdort. Harry Potter… IN SPACE!!!!!

FYI, you can blame this on overexposure to Star Trek and Tron.
[io9.]

thedailywhat:

Harry Potter Fan Art of the Day: Kathryn Hudson imagines what it might look like if J.K. Rowling had set her story in space, rather than 1990s Great Britain.

In the Future, the battle for good and evil wages on while the forces and light battle The Slytherin Alliance and the menacing Overlord Voldemdort. Harry Potter… IN SPACE!!!!!

FYI, you can blame this on overexposure to Star Trek and Tron.

[io9.]

Expanding on a News Story: Fermi Bubbles

fuckyeahspace:

See my original post on It’s Full of Stars here.

Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz in the astronomy community about the recent discovery of gamma-ray bubbles over the center of our galaxy. Above is an illustration from the press release depicting the bubbles, which were discovered by NASA’s Fermi space telescope. [See the original IFOS post here. See the paper for this discovery here.] The discovery was made by using the highest-resolution gamma-ray detectors ever created, and exposing them to the center of the Milky Way for a total of 1.6 years (done in shifts). Below is the sciencey photo:

There are a few problems, though, that have people scratching their heads. First of all, according to the paper, the “bubbles” are of uniform density. This is a problem because when you look at a sphere, there is more matter in the center and less at the edges, just because of how spheres are shaped.

You’d expect to see a concentration of density near the center, but such a thing is not present in the Fermi bubbles. So what does this mean? Either the gas “bubble” happens to grow more diffuse (the opposite of dense) near the center (which is a convoluted but completely possible theory) or the “bubbles” are in fact flat discs. Why would two flat discs be positioned so perfectly that they are exactly perpendicular to our line of sight? It’s possible that that could happen, but the chances are so unlikely that it’s hard to believe. Those who made the discovery are not sure why the data shows this. [If you’re interested in reading more, check out Section 3 in the paper, specifically pp. 11-13 and Fig. 10.]

There are a few plausible theories as to what these structures could possibly be. When matter falls into an active black hole, relativistic jets shoot out of either one or both of the black hole’s rotational poles.

This happens because when matter is falling into a black hole, it circles the black hole in a thing called an accretion disc, which is not unlike when water circles the drain in your sink. This whole process creates a massive amount of energy due to friction, which escapes in the form of the relativistic jets. Not all black holes have relativistic jets, though. They can enter a state called “quiescence”, where the matter in the accretion disc reaches a kind of uniformity of flow that allows for the energy to stay in the disc instead of escaping.

The black hole supposedly at the center of our galaxy is expected to be quiescent, which is why we wouldn’t expect to find any structures like the Fermi bubbles hovering over the center. It’s been suggested [source] that these bubbles are a remnant of former jets from our black hole, which is quite possible. The structures are very faint; it took 1.6 years worth of exposure to find them.

Another possible explanation is that they’re the remnant of a period of rapid star formation, which releases a lot of energy. The structures have sharp edges [as per the paper and the press release], meaning that the energy was released around the same time. A burst of star formation would explain this well.

At this point, we can only speculate about the Fermi bubbles, but they and their implications will surely be highly studied in years to come.

[By Carly; email me here or drop a line in the ask box.]

Letter written for the families of the astronauts in the event that the Apollo moon mission in 1969 were to fail

breathingvioletfog:

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(Source: andrewharlow)

krishhhtine:

spanishfashionista:

barcelonafeel:

fuckyeahsexandshortshorts:

fashionisendless:

This was filmed between the 4th and 11th of April, 2011. It is filmed on Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide. It is considered to be one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars. 

Fuck, our world is truly incredible.

this is amazing, this is life, this makes me forget about materialistic things, this is where I want to live, this is the best thing created

this is fucking beautiful.

Spain, this is my home. The most beautiful place in the world.

So happy to be from here <3 this is gorgeous.

absolutely beautiful.

This is a proof of how beautiful planet Earth is. 

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Doctor Who’s ‘crack’ is discovered by NASA in the middle of the Milky Way

presidents:

fantasticbyaccident / swimmingpoolinthelibrary / fishcustard- / dont-diss-the-sonic / sonictardis:

Daily Galaxy’s picture of the day reveals the huge MacGuffin in space

 

For those of you following this year’s season of Doctor Who, this picture of the day makes for some rather disturbing viewing. It appears that the constellation Sagittarius is featuring a huge stellar bit of graffiti.

And it looks rather like the crack in the Universe that’s been following Matt Smith and Karen Gillan around this year’s story.

So what is this crack? it’s “the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems and may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.”

That’s ominous – a star devouring gap in the middle of the night sky… someone better call for The Doctor!

Thanks to the posters on Gallifrey Base.

http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/06/15/nasa-discover-doctor-whos-crack-in-the-middle-of-the-milky-way/

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