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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.

Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012

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. 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. Foreign Woman Handles Traffic Stop Poorly. 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.

Hey, Let's Fix 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. Color Survey Results « xkcd. Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?

Color Survey Results « xkcd

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? The New Dollar Coin. « 3 Under 3 in Connecticut. Just checked the email and I received a forward regarding the new dollar coin.

The New Dollar Coin. « 3 Under 3 in Connecticut

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.

Starting over: Coining a new dollar - tech - 01 April 2011

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. Although dollar coins made of a copper alloy do circulate in the US, they are not widely used. If Congress scrapped the note and committed fully to coins of this composition, the country could save more than $500 million a year, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Starting over: Rebuilding civilisation from scratch - science-in-society - 28 March 2011. The way we live is mostly down to accidents of history.

Starting over: Rebuilding civilisation from scratch - science-in-society - 28 March 2011

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.

Starting over: Let's decimalise time - science-in-society - 28 March 2011

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. Surely we can do better. Starting over: Ultimate democracy - life - 31 March 2011. Didn't vote for the bozos who are running the country?

Starting over: Ultimate democracy - life - 31 March 2011

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.

Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II - wow this is amazing!

Placebo Buttons. The Misconception: All buttons placed around you do your bidding.

Placebo Buttons

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. Laser Crosswalk Saves Pedestrians From a Painful Death. 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. A state of nuclear emergency was declared at the plant yesterday as its operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, struggled to contain rising temperatures and pressures in the core of two reactors whose cooling systems failed after Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake. 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. A quick glance at our gallery of some of history’s gnarliest surgical tools will definitely make you thankful for just how far our industry has progressed throughout time.

Browse through images and descriptions of surgical tools dating as far back as the 1600′s – a time when surgery was definitely not for the squeamish. You might think your HMO plan is scary, but at least it doesn’t use these vintage surgical instruments…hopefully. Amputation Knife (1700s) Knives used for amputations during the 18th century were typically curved, because surgeons tended to make a circular cut through the skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw. By the 1800s, straight knives became more popular because they made it easier to leave a flap of skin that could be used to cover the exposed stump. Amputation Saw (1600s) While some surgeons chose to flaunt their wealth with elaborately decorated saws like this, the crevices in the intricate engravings proved to be a breeding ground for germs. Marvelmegasbysuzuran.png (PNG Image, 2736x340 pixels)

Mitoza. More Deja Vu Theories" The Hologram Theory. Interesting Facts About Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear weapons are and always will be a big topic of discussion. Here are some interesting facts about nuclear weapons. Via: OnlineSchools.org. 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. 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. It's a given among Peak Oilers and New Urbanists alike that the imminent and permanent return of high oil prices will send convulsions through the suburban American landscape.

But it's one thing when professional Jeremiahs like James Howard Kunstler preach this to the converted week after week, and something else when the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers advise commercial real estate investors to "shy away from fringe places in the exurbs and places with long car commutes or where getting a quart of milk takes a 15-minute drive. " Oil shocks will do what urban planners can't seem to and the government won't (through sharply higher gas taxes or putting a price on carbon): force people to live at greater densities.

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... But, the point is, it might not have turned out that way. North America could have been as difficult a continent to learn as Europe if history had been different.

Here are eight nations that all existed in North America mat one point in time, but didn't last to the twenty-first century. 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.