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The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space

The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space
It's actually really easy to think of space as boring. The planets in our own solar system all seem to be empty rocks or balls of gas, and you find a whole lot of nothing before you get to the next star. Meanwhile, Hollywood's most creative minds can't get past populating the place with planets that look a whole lot like Earth (and specifically, parts of California) featuring monsters, rapey aliens or Muppets. But real space is far, far stranger. #6. Science fiction writers have this annoying thing they do where they can only think of like five different types of planets. But scientists have studied almost 700 real planets outside the solar system, and some of them are downright gaudy. Via Inewp.comIt's a wedding gem worthy of Jesus or the Sultan of Dubai. How Is This Even Possible? The universe's biggest showoff actually used to be a star, and sometimes the debris that's left over after the star dies starts a second career as a planet. Via Spaceflightnow.comWhat a dick! #5. #4. Wrong! Related:  astronomy, outer space and our solar system

Scientists Now Know: We're From Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy! Scientists Now Know: We're Not From Here! Summary & comments by Dan Eden for Viewzone "This first full-sky map of Sagittarius shows its extensive interaction with the Milky Way," Majewski said. The study's map of M giants depicts 2 billion years of Sagittarius stripping by the Milky Way, and suggests that Sagittarius has reached a critical phase in what had been a slow dance of death. "After slow, continuous gnawing by the Milky Way, Sagittarius has been whittled down to the point that it cannot hold itself together much longer," said 2MASS Science Team member and study co-author Martin Weinberg of the University of Massachusetts. Does this mean we are at a unique moment in the life of our galaxy? "Whenever possible, astronomers appeal to the principle that we are not at a special time or place in the universe," Majewski said. On the other hand, Majewski and his colleagues have been surprised by the Earth's proximity to a portion of the Sagittarius debris. Implications in Global Warming?

Company Thanks Guy Who Alerted Them To Big Security Flaw By Sending The Cops... And The Bill We've seen before that organizations don't seem to react well to outside security folks pointing out vulnerabilities in their systems. They very often take a "blame the messenger" approach -- as if pointing out a flaw suddenly makes that flaw come into existence. But one company seems to be taking it to another level. That Anonymous Coward points us to a story in which a security professional found a big and ridiculously obvious bug in the website of an Australian investment fund, First State Superannuation. Apparently you could see other people's accounts by merely changing the account numbers in the URL. But the company that runs the fund, Pillar, went quite crazy about this. It has come to our attention that a member of First State Super, who has online access to their account, devised a way to view an image of your statement. Yup.

6 Misleading Assumptions You Make About Quiet People People out there have a lot of funny ideas about quiet people, the worst one being that all quiet people are alike. There are about 10 million reasons why someone might not talk very much, running the gamut from being shy, to hating you, to having sold their voice to a witch in return for legs. People who don't recognize this come up with their own ridiculous assumptions about what quiet people are up to. Even quiet people themselves are guilty of assigning their own traits to all other quiet people in the world. Here's a few of those assumptions. #6. There's a common assumption that all quiet people really want to be talkative, but can't be. First, many people are pretty comfortable with not talking very much, for various reasons other than having low self-confidence or bad social skills. Getty"So I hear you work in an accounting office! Getty"Man, you really ROCKED that version of 'Don't Stop Believing'! The root problem is projection. #5. GettyOnly while you are practicing. #4.

Dette er historien bak «forferdelig 17 år i offentlig skole. Hver dag» (Dagbladet): Dersom du tilbringer tid på Facebook kan du nesten ikke ha unngått å se venner som «liker» lenker skrevet på særdeles dårlig norsk. Ofte er det ikke noe verre enn at du ved å trykke på lenka havner inn på en side med reklame, men slike lenker kan også gi deg virus. Og hver gang noen klikker seg inn, «liker» personen automatisk lenka. Dermed kan de mest pirrende tulle-lenkene spre seg i stor fart. - Sjokkerende! Med en tittel som: «Sjokkerende, hadde hun å gjøre denne hverdags i videregående skole på 17! Men trangen etter å se hva som skjuler seg bak det alltid like kryptiske budskapet, er tydeligvis stor. Det har imidlertid tatt tid før noen bestemte seg for å undersøke hva som var historien bak det forferdelige. Produksjonsbyrået Både Og tok utfordringen på strak arm, og har laget et «nyhetsinnslag» der de går til bunns i saken. I løpet av få dager er videoen sett av nesten 30 000 på YouTube, mens den også er delt i stor stil på Facebook. - Fryktelig - Dette er fryktelig.

Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky Family Offers $10K Reward To Solve Mystery Of Student’s Death Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a local college student killed last year is stepping up their battle to get justice for their son. The 2 Investigators first reported on the case of Jay Polhill last May, as part of an ongoing investigation into the accuracy of police crime statistics. Now his mother is speaking on television for the first time about the case and a reward the family is offering to anyone who helps catch his killer. The body of the 20-year-old was found in the Little Calumet River 14 months ago. But the pathologist said the manner of death was “undetermined.” Polhill’s family believes that finding stalled the police investigation and was wrong. “We hired our own pathologist to review Jay’s autopsy and photos,” said Jane Polhill, Jay’s mother. The Polhills brought those findings to the original pathologist, who later amended her autopsy report. “Everything has been a fight.

3 Types of Wall Street Protesters Hurting Their Own Cause Dear Occupy Wall Street Protesters, It took me awhile to figure out what was bothering me about you. It certainly wasn't because I'm indifferent to the recession. GettyI shouldn't say no progress. But something didn't sit right. My discomfort was a source of constant irritation to my friends who questioned if I'd secretly gone fascist or at least Republican, but as I asked them to explain the point of the movement each emphasized different things. GettyI see a picture of a giant puppy being sodomized by industrialists. Why so vague when your protest could have some neat disciplined talking points? Personally, I find that message really compelling, and based on your signs I'm guessing you do too, but I don't hear it getting through. And that's a shame because the spokespeople for the status quo want to destroy you. Protesters Who Think the Problem is Simply Corporate Greed "I have . . . had it up to here with these crackedy ass crackers." Let's keep this a movement about change, not blame.

maverick Top 10 most relaxing songs | Psychedelic Ambient Trance Psychill What are the the best relaxing songs ? Neuroscience research group "MindLab International" are in the business of finding out why we react the way we do to certain stimuli. A recent research project of theirs was the compilation of the world's top 10 most relaxing songs. The study was commissioned by a British manufacturer of spa and relaxation products so there was a big commercial intent aiming at the viral video market behind all this. Anyway, what is most pleasing about the findings is that topping the list is one of my favorite bands - Manchester's Marconi Union with the most relaxing song ever. Carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines help to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, said: "The results clearly show that the track induced the greatest relaxation - higher than any of the other music tested. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

5 Absurd Ways Comic Books Have Resurrected Dead Superheroes Superhero comics have an inherent problem. They are intended to run indefinitely, so you can't really kill off characters. Yet we the reader need to fear for the character's lives when danger is about. They deal with this by repeatedly killing off the good guys, and bringing them back ... often in the most absurd and/or insane way possible... Spider-Man Gives Birth to Himself In a storyline titled "Changes," Spider-Man has to fight The Queen, a ridiculously powerful villainess no one has ever heard of before. The Queen eventually lets Spider-Man escape, having accomplished her goal. The Queen then tracks Spider-Spider-Man down and takes him to her lair, where he can finish his transformation into Frodo's worst nightmare. So even though Spider-Spider-Man is still male, and The Queen never boned him as promised (tease!) "Oh well. But The Queen leaves just in time to miss ... ... Organic webslingers. Also, he discovers that he can also talk to bugs now. So, no explanation, then?

Space's 10 Most Gigantic Objects An explanation on "childish" and "mature" views in the Socion Discovery and knowledge are the vehicles by which children and adults perceive and judge things.Children have very little previous knowledge, their mental processes are based on discovery and experimentation to accumulate it.Adults have a large baggage of information which they use to process information and make decisions. Reinin Judicious/Decissive and Merry/Serious, which I'll discuss in this article, are basically sub-dichotomies, as in the case of Internals/External, but they have to be split considering the application of the information elements: perception or judgment. In the same way, Feeling is internal Judgment while iNtuition is internal Perception.For the understanding of the further explanations, I assert the following:- extroverted (bodies), dynamic and external are of positive polarization;- introverted (fields), static and internal are negative.

Marvel Comics vs. Science: 5 of the Most Absurd Superhero Origins If there's one thing Stan Lee knew, it was how to create cool, interesting characters that would last for decades and become classic superheroes. And that's a relief, since it's arguable this is in fact the only thing Stan Lee knew, judging by the nonsensical origin stories of some of Marvel Comics' most beloved characters. Whether blasting off to Mars, getting bombarded with radiation or simply watching their families die and vowing to fight crime in a leotard afterwards, Marvel superheroes' career-starting legends all share a unifying trait: they don't actually make an ounce of fucking sense. Origin Story: Hoping to beat the Commies to Mars, '60s super-scientist Reed Richards builds a fab rocket ship and announces his plans to blast off into space. Thanks to Scott Tipton and for the scans! Comic Book Consequences: Naturally, Reed and his friends are exposed to cosmic rays almost instantly: