Science Art: PIA18353: Janus and Tethys by Cassini (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

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A big moon and a little moon, orbiting Saturn.

Moons like Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across) are large enough that their own gravity is sufficient to overcome the material strength of the substances they are made of (mostly ice in the case of Tethys) and mold them into spherical shapes. But small moons like Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across) are not massive enough for their gravity to form them into a sphere. Janus and its like are left as irregularly …

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Science Art: Geology, by Brad Paisley

Yeah, this was just rebroadcast on Prairie Home Companion this weekend. But why not?

A pretty good country song that does everything you’d want a science song to do.

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Science Art: Flaming Storms on the Sun's Face

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First found on dthorne books.

I’m guessing this came from a very old Scientific American (maybe 1930s?), but can’t really say for sure.

Welcome, 2016.

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SONG: Aware of Emptiness

SONG: “Aware of Emptiness.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “China’s dark-matter satellite launches era of space science”, Nature, 17 Dec 2015, as used in the post “Monkey King goes in search of dark matter.”

ABSTRACT: Is it tacky to use something sorta competitive as a writing prompt? Because that’s what I did. One of the folks from Song Fu 2012 has started a thing – it’s over here: http://songdojo.rocks/.

The challenge issued there was to write a song about packaging, and to i…

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Google can beat a human at go.

27 January 2016 0

The Japanese strategy game, Nature reports, is the latest battlefield on which artificial intelligence has defeated human experts: The best human players of chess, draughts […]

The DNA hard drive.

17 February 2015 0

New Scientist marvels at the ability of DNA to store information, with a realization that glassed-in genes could safely store information for millennia: Just 1 […]

Schizophrenia: many diseases in one

16 September 2014 0

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic […]

Old phones are listening.

7 July 2014 0

Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding […]

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