Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012. By Dean Praetorius | HuffingtonPost.com Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.
Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time. When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we’d see a second sun, Carter says. The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012, Carter says... or it could take longer. But doomsday sayers should be careful about speculation on this one. In fact, a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth. UPDATE: To clarify, the news.com.au article does not say a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth, but implies a supernova could be beneficial, stating, "Far from being a sign of the apocalypse, according to Dr Carter the supernova will provide Earth with elements necessary for survival and continuity.
" Old man on the cover of Abbey Road refuses to listen to the Beatles. Geekologie - Gadgets, Gizmos, and Awesome. Forgotten Celebs - Session Magazine. Chaîne de Sub4SubCam We come from the future. American City of Future (1925) #2. I Bought a CD, not a Licensing Agreement. Glitchscape. Alien-contact.jpg (JPEG Image, 698x1899 pixels) - Scaled (26. Radiation Dosage Chart. Hey, Let's Fix The Internet. I'm not the oldest guy in the world, not by any stretch, but I do remember a time before the Internet.
And I remember when it first showed up, full of promise and potential none of us understood. I remember when you needed to make your computer dial a number to access it, and I remember the Internet tying up phone lines, and I remember suddenly losing your Red Alert game if someone in your house tried to make a phone call. I remember it being so new that the majority of people didn't even have it; if you didn't have it set up yet, you would just go to your friend's house-- the one friend you knew who had it -- and you'd simply "play Internet" for a while.
I remember Google not existing. I remember using WebCrawler. I've seen some shit. In those early days, there wasn't much to do as far as web-surfing went. This is us. And I'm not talking from the position of a disapproving father figure, I'm not disappointed in anyone in particular, because I'm here, too. Color Survey Results « xkcd. Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?
Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity. —Herman Melville, Billy Budd Orange, red? I don’t know what to believe anymore! I WILL EAT YOUR HEART WITH A FUCKING SPOON IF YOU AKS ANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT COLORS —Anonymous, Color Survey. The New Dollar Coin. « 3 Under 3 in Connecticut. Just checked the email and I received a forward regarding the new dollar coin.
Here is the email: Please help do this… refuse to accept these when they are handed back to you. I received one from the Post Office as change and I ask for a dollar bill instead..the lady just smiled and said way to go, so she had read this e-mail. Please help out… our world is in enough trouble without this too!!!!! U.S. Starting over: Coining a new dollar - tech - 01 April 2011. Exotic dancers and traditionalists may come to miss it, but the iconic US dollar bill is ripe for replacement - with a coin.
Scrapping the paper dollar would do more than prevent a frustrating time at the vending machine. It would also be more cost-effective: US dollar notes drop out of circulation within around two years due to wear and tear, but coins last decades. Starting over: Rebuilding civilisation from scratch - science-in-society - 28 March 2011. The way we live is mostly down to accidents of history.
So what if we thought it through properly? IN JUST a few thousand years, we humans have created a remarkable civilisation: cities, transport networks, governments, vast economies full of specialised labour and a host of cultural trappings. It all just about works, but it's hardly a model of rational design - instead, people in each generation have done the best they could with what they inherited from their predecessors.
As a result, we've ended up trapped in what, in retrospect, look like mistakes. What sensible engineer, for example, would build a sprawling, low-density megalopolis like Los Angeles on purpose? Suppose we could try again. Starting over: Let's decimalise time - science-in-society - 28 March 2011. We have seven days a week because the Babylonians named one for each planet they knew.
There are 12 hours in each day and each night because they gave one hour to each sign of the zodiac. Sixty minutes in an hour because they thought 60 an auspicious number. Starting over: Ultimate democracy - life - 31 March 2011. Didn't vote for the bozos who are running the country?
Join the club. Thanks to the competitive nature of electoral democracies, many - often most - citizens end up being governed by a party they didn't vote for. Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II - wow this is amazing! Hidden in Plain View During WW II Lockheed (unbelievable 1940s pictures).
This is a version of special effects during the 1940's. Placebo Buttons. The Misconception: All buttons placed around you do your bidding.
The Truth: Many public buttons are only there to comfort you. You press the doorbell button, you hear the doorbell ring. You press the elevator button, it lights up. Propaganda Posters of World War Two. "QUANTUM SHOT" #650Link - article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Warped, Twisted "Hall of Mirrors" vs. Actual Truth During World War Two, propaganda posters became something of an art form and some examples are very well known even today.
It’s been claimed that truth is often the first casualty of war, and it is very interesting to see how the events of the time were depicted in this selection of posters and leaflets from both sides of the conflict. (the original of the Stalin's poster is here) Laser Crosswalk Saves Pedestrians From a Painful Death. When the light turns red, a huge laser wall projecting apparitions of crossing pedestrians spans across the crosswalk. The concept is designed to keep crossing pedestrians safe from any overzealous drivers who otherwise might have ran the red light. Link [via] iPhone App Word Lens Instantly Translates Life Into Something Amazing. A new app just hit the iTunes App Store with the slightly unassuming name "Word Lens. " You may think it's got something to do with typography or photography...but you'd only be partly right.
It also instantly translates Spanish to English. What the app does is take the image stream from the iPhone's camera, apply real-time image processing and pattern recognition tricks to it, and it then "plays" with any text it finds in the scene before displaying it on the iPhone's screen. Japan's quake updated to magnitude 9.0.
Read more: "Special report: After Japan's megaquake" 0930 GMT, 12 March 2011 Sumit Paul-Choudhury, editor, newscientist.com There has been a massive explosion at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising fears of a radioactive meltdown. Several workers are believed to have been injured in the blast, which seems to have caused major structural damage to the plant. Why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies? By Benjamin Kuipers No one has directly observed either electrons or fairies. Both of them are theoretical constructs, useful to explain observations that might be difficult to explain otherwise. The "theory of fairies" can actually explain more things than the "theory of electrons".
So why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies? Infographic of the Day: How Color Affects Purchases. 20 Scary Old School Surgical Tools. Marvelmegasbysuzuran.png (PNG Image, 2736x340 pixels) Mitoza. More Deja Vu Theories" Interesting Facts About Nuclear Weapons. The Decline of Classic Nick. Thinking over the glory days of my childhood I always feel incredibly blessed that I was of the generation who experienced Nickelodeon at its prime. Anytime the topic of this once great network is brought up in conversation it is impossible to predict when it will ever end. What the web COULD look like without Net Neutrality. How to Become a Design Genius: Take Time Off. Lots of It.
Infographic of the Day: Is Bottled Water Really That Bad? Yes. Jevons' Paradox and the Perils of Efficient Energy Use. Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world. Take the ultimate intelligence test. Dancing Typography / Never Gonna Give You Up.
America as it could have been: 8 North American nations that didn’t make it to the 21st Century. North America. We all recognise it on a map: it’s the continent above South America. Most of us can even name the countries, Canada, the United States, Mexico... other Spanish speaking ones... Religion no excuse for promoting scientific ignorance - science-in-society - 08 February 2011. Cryptographers chosen to duke it out in final fight - physics-math - 13 December 2010. Coriolis-like effect found 184 years before Coriolis - physics-math - 14 January 2011. The economic jungle: How ecologists could save banking - physics-math - 19 January 2011.
X-rays show why van Gogh's yellows have darkened - physics-math - 14 February 2011. Spin doctors: More harm than good - health - 17 February 2011. Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. Why are past, present, and future our only options? Earth View. MEMS. Scientists discover snowflake identical to one which fell in 1963. Lorenz Butterfly. 20 Facts That Will Make You Really Mad If You Stop And Think About Them For A While. Robert J. Lang Origami. FoldMoney.com - The Amazing $20 Bill. Thinking Machine 4. Silly Mind Tricks. Of All The People In All The World. Welcome - Cambridge Brain Sciences.
Maze Generator. The German Military is Freaked Out by Prospect of Peak Oil. SameSexMarriageChart.png (PNG Image, 1200x1233 pixels) [ INCREDIBOX ] presents [ THE INCREDIBLE POLO ] Infographic of the Day: Twitter Tracks the Entire Country's Mood. The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality. Professor Loses Weight on Twinkie Diet. Trencher2_smd.jpg (JPEG Image, 900x645 pixels) - Scaled (82%) Hans Rosling shows the best stats you've ever seen. Ground Zero II.
Repeal the Drinking Age - Jeffrey A. Tucker. NIEHS Kids Page. Future Timeline. Light Switch Time Capsule. Average Faces From Around The World. Hours of daylight vs latitude vs day of year.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. aM laboratory. Rubik cube solved in 20 movements or less. The average person tells 4… - Goodmorning & Goodnight. 201011191019.jpg (JPEG Image, 442x700 pixels) Speed Camera Lottery Could Save Lives and Fuel! Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions.
Emergency and Disaster Information Service. Zombie proof house. Vegans doesn't exist. Mpany presses your ashes into vinyl when you die. 6 Life-Changing Uses for Binder Clips (That You Could've Easily Thought Of) from Look What I Found. Extreme Repurposing. Most Effective and Creative Anti-Smoking Ad Campaigns. EVIL GUIDE PLAN. Find the shortest route between two Wikipedia articles.
Who Said Taking the Train was Boring? Swinging on San Francisco's BART. Pics from Blame It On The Voices. The Quick 10: Little-Known Second Verses of Children’s Songs.