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Mineral May Be Reuniting

propertyofzack:

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There it is. It looks like 90’s emo legends Mineral are reuniting and are either practicing old music or are preparing new songs. The band has launched a website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages over the past few days and are teasing photos. Check out those photos below after the jump.

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Thank the gods, old and new!

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ted:

Throwing (star)shade: a super cool way to find new planets

Last week, NASA made a huge discovery: Kepler-186f  a planet the same size as Earth in the habitable zone of its star, meaning it might be able to harbor life.

Astronomer Jeremy Kasdin thinks we could find a lot more like it. See, astronomers like him believe that every star in the galaxy has at least one planet, and that up to ⅕ of those may be an Earth-like planet capable of housing life. The trouble is finding them. The thing is, it’s pretty tricky to photograph a far-away planet with a telescope, partly because  sorta like when you’re smiling for a family photo at the beach  a lot of light gets in the way, thanks to really bright stars like our sun.

Enter the starshade. Starshades are man-made screens that block a star’s light — think eclipse — allowing a telescope to see that star’s planets clearly. For Kasdin and his colleagues, this means developing a giant flower-shaped screen half the size of a football field that separates from a space telescope, flips and flies 50,000 km away to block the light of a star.

If this starshade really works — and so far a sample has worked in 16 trials — we could get direct images of planets beyond the solar system. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally find aliens.

Watch the full talk »

Sooooo cool

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spacetravelco:

Geographical and astronomical illustrations from the mid-1800s by John Philipps Emslie via The Wellcome Collection)

Give them AAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL to me.

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This was in my phonics book for kindergarten.  I tried not to laugh, but as soon as the CD got to his page I lost it.

This was in my phonics book for kindergarten. I tried not to laugh, but as soon as the CD got to his page I lost it.

hueyfreemanonlyspeaksthetruth:

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King Jr.

hueyfreemanonlyspeaksthetruth:

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King Jr.

How to use just one paper towel -- and save a ton of trees

ted:

Americans use 13 billion pounds of paper towels every single year.

If each of us used only one paper towel per day, we would save 571,230,000 pounds of paper. That’s a lot of trees.

So, think we can do that? Watch and learn, folks.

Step one: Wet your hands.

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Step two: Shake your hands…