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A galaxy choked with dust One of the things I love about nearby galaxies is the incredible amount of detail we can get when we aim our best telescopes at them. For proof, I offer this amazingly intricate Hubble portrait of Centaurus A: Isn’t that breathtaking? [Click to galactinate and see it in magnificent detail.] Cen A (as those of us in the know call it) is pretty close by as galaxies go, a mere 11 million light years distant. Cen A is a bit of a mess. Obviously, Cen A hasn’t been keeping up with the neighborhood association rulebook. In its defense, Cen A apparently suffered a recent collision with another galaxy, absorbing the intruder’s stars, gas, and dust. Another cool thing about this image is the number of sub-images that went into it. All together, these images combine to create an amazing and impressive portrait of a weird and interesting galaxy, telling us a lot about its recent history… but also creating a beautiful piece of art. Related posts:

Synopsis of The Electric Universe “The most merciful thing in the world … is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality… That we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” - H. P. Lovecraft In a broadly interdisciplinary inquiry such as this, communication itself can pose quite a challenge. Given the extreme fragmentation of established science today it is difficult to imagine that the enterprise as a whole could ever “correlate all its contents.” This introduction will present a new “deep focus lens” for viewing the physical universe, from sub-atomic particles to galactic realms unknown before the Hubble telescope. - Wal Thornhill / David Talbott *Myopia – a disinclination to acknowledge the existence of something.

Sovereign Knowing - Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History Vol. 1 Most helpful customer reviews 507 of 571 people found the following review helpful. "Liars" Too Harsh?By Ramelle Macoy"Liars" seems a harsh term to apply to professed Christians and until lately I had--admittedly without paying too much attention--assumed that Christian fundamentalists were engaged in wishful thinking and selective quotations when they complained about activist judges subverting both the Constitution and the clear intent of the Founding Fathers to establish a Christian government. But after reading Ms. Rodda's book I realize that there is something going on far beyond taking words out of context. 220 of 257 people found the following review helpful. Liars for JesusBy Steven L. There has been a series of revisionist "history" books published since the end of WWII which give a "Christian" version of American history that attempts to paint the Founding Fathers and subsequent American culture in a way that is in agreement with contemporary Fundamentalism. Why? Therefore, Ms.

Apple Used “Extreme And Mean” Math To Design iCloud’s Icon Neat spot by Alam van Roemburg: the iCloud icon uses the Golden Ratio, which has been thought since the 16th Century to lead to pleasing, harmonious proportions in aesthetic design. How do you use the Golden Ratio to design some harmonious icons? Let’s say you want to draw the perfect rectangle. Using the golden ratio, what you’d do is draw a perfect square, then draw a line through that square. Although the Golden Ratio was first identified back in the 16th Century as the one most likely to lead to harmonious design, it was first identified by Euclid back in the 3rd Century B.C., who famously described it as an “extreme and mean ratio” worthy of no small degree of respect.

New Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs and Mac Minis Will Launch Simultaneously With OS X Lion Wondering just where in the hell those Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs with Thunderbolt are? Sitting in a warehouse, just waiting for OS X Lion to go gold, according to the most recent report. Reports Apple Insider: [N]ew Thunderbolt-enabled Sandy Bridge MacBook Air models expected to go into production this month have been ready and waiting for some time, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Air’s not the only Mac waiting on Lion before it gets sent out to the Apple Store: new Mac Minis featuring Sandy Bridge innards and ThunderBolt ports are also in the same boat, as well as new Cinema Displays. Depressing news if you’re waiting to pull the trigger on a new Mac, but if it’s any consolation, I’m using Lion right now: it’s this close to prime time. Related

Plasma Images Excerpted from the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Special Issues on Images of Plasma Science, 1996, 1999; IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Special Issues on Space Plasmas, 1986—2000. Compose Mail - plasmaborne

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