Tuesday, July 21, 2015

astro picture for the day/ Quote for the day /science news for the day

Image Credit & Copyright: Markus Noller (Deep-Sky-Images)

Yet another picture I'm sure is similar to one I already have up. I just kind of liked it for the starfield in the background of the nebula and a Globular cluster to the right of the nebulae.

Quote for the day,

"God is over all things, under all things, outside all; inside all; within but not enclosed; without but not extended; above but not raised up; below but not depressed; wholly above, presiding; wholly beneath, sustaining; wholly without, embracing; wholly within, filling." - Archbishop Hildebert

- Science news for the day is in the comments section . . .

astro picture for the day/ Quote for the day

Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights)

Yet another Pleiades picture, I know.  I know I've had a couple of them already, and the succeeding ones were more or less better than the last.  This one is just another new photograph of them.  I guess I just liked it!

Quote for the day,

"In a day when science is being discredited by messianic ignoramuses with enormous followings, it is well occasionally to recall the cliché, trite though it may be, that without this union of experiment and mathematics our civilization would not exist. Less trite is the more recent observation that because of this very union our civilization may cease to exist. And, while we are facing facts, we note the opinion of many observers that ever since the days of Aquinas science has been feared or secretly hated by nine human beings out of every ten who have sufficient animation to hate or fear anything. Science has been grudgingly tolerated since the days of Galileo and Newton only because I s has increased material wealth. If science dies, mathematics dies with it." - E.T. Bell

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

astro picture for the day/ Montage of small worlds after Pluto flyby

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. The Moon: Gari Arrillaga. Other data: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/SwRI/UCLA/MPS/IDA. Processing by Ted Stryk, Gordan Ugarkovic, Emily Lakdawalla, and Jason Perry.

Monday, July 13, 2015

astro picture for the day/ thought for the day - synthetic biology complete

Image Credit: ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Researchers develop basic computing elements for bacteria <-- link.  Synthetic biologists have been building bio computing elements for years now.  Now, they've taken complete control of life's most basic lifeform - a bacterium.  This 'solf' nanotechnology can solve two problems nanotechnologists have thought they can solve - energy and medical.  If not the more important problems!

This is not the nanotechnology that can make anything atom by atom.  Can it bootstrap to that nanomanufacturing?  Well, it's been shown that dna-nanotechnology works better in a cellular environment.  That's as far as I want to speculate in that direction.

Friday, July 10, 2015

astro picture for the day

Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Obs.), Igor Chilingarian (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Quote for the day,

The known is finite, the unknown infinit; Intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land." - T. H. Huxley"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Astro picture for the day/ James Burke's KWeb2k

Image Credit & Licence: ESA, Rosetta, NAVCAM

Here's a close up picture of a double body comet.  Somehow, these two bodies combined gently enough not to completely annihilate one another. A thought I have about that is that the further out of the solar system, the slower the speeds bodies have to orbit around the sun. There, colliding can be a lot more gentle. Could this double bodies comet indicate it originated in the outer solar system?

- James Burke's KWeb2k

All I want to say about this for now is that I've never owned a smart phone, or a cell phone, or these tablets. Maybe if James Burke and his team make some application(as they indicate in this video), I might finally get onto these new technologies!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

astro picture for the day/ The Year of Pluto documentary

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Matej Novak

The latest image as of posting this,

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Björn Jónsson

Björn Jónsson says about this image: "The dark feature very near or at Pluto's pole continues to be visible and I continue to suspect it to be a small, dark polar cap. The bright terrain continues to look mottled (which it didn't a few days ago in lower-res images) and these features are probably at least partially real. The dark spot near the right limb at ~(203,354) is definitely a real feature and the brighter spot next to it is probably real as well. Charon is now showing lots of interesting details. In particular the small, 'bright' spot near the center of Charon's disc is a real feature but its brightness relative to the darker terrain is exaggerated here."

- 9 July 2015 picture of Pluto(days before New Horizons gets really close/blasts past the Pluto system),


Charon still not showing how interesting it can be!  Ope, we finally have Charon,

Image Credit: NASA/ New Horizons space probe

- and Pluto black and white again . . . just a day away(and a few hours),

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Pre-flyby best picture of Pluto . . . as everyone knows by now. 

Image Credit: NASA/New Horizons spacecraft