CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on
Sept. 30th. At first, the impact was weak and produced little effect,
but now (the early hours of Oct. 1st) moderately-strong geomagnetic
storms are brewing in the CME's wake. High-latitude sky watchers should
be alert for auroras, especially during the hours around local
midnight. Glare from the Harvest Moon will reduce visibility. Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates.
"NASA's newest Mars rover has found evidence that a stream once ran vigorously across the area on the Red Planet where the rover is now driving. The finding is a different type of evidence for water on Mars than ever found before. Scientists are studying Curiosity's images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels. The sizes and shapes of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock are clues to the speed and distance of a long-ago stream's flow."
This video is 51 minutes long so pop some popcorn before you start watching:
Stuttering speech and facial tics are among the strange symptoms
that swept through a New York high school. Discover what’s behind the
odd outbreak, and why one sociologist sees parallels to Salem,
Massachusetts 300 years ago.
Also, an update on the cellphone cancer debate, and why one congressman wants warning labels on all new phones.
Plus, the ultimate cleanse: giving up on food to survive on light and air. We investigate the claims of Breatharians.
It’s Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it!
"From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was
moving about 3 feet per second, with a depth somewhere between ankle and
hip deep," said Curiosity science co-investigator William Dietrich of
the University of California, Berkeley. "Plenty of papers have been
written about channels on Mars with many different hypotheses about the
flows in them. This is the first time we're actually seeing
water-transported gravel on Mars. This is a transition from speculation
about the size of streambed material to direct observation of it."
It’s all in the numbers. The trick is, finding what you’re looking
for. But that’s the name of the game with big data. We have a
giga-gigabyte of information, and combing through it will lead to new
cures for disease, new discoveries about the cosmos, or clues to our
social and economic behavior.
But is big data Big Brother? You leave a little bit of yourself
behind with each mouse click. Discover how surveillance and privacy
issues bubble out of the mix, as the terabytes keep flowing in.
Plus one man’s quest to know himself through the numbers as he records everything – and we do mean everything – about his body.
Atul Butte – Associate professor, division chief, systems medicine, Stanford University
– Professor of computer science, University of California, San Diego,
director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and
Information Technology, (Calit2)
Karen Nelson – Microbiologist, director of the Rockville Campus of the J. Craig Venter Institute
Gerry Harp – Physicist, and Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute
– Assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School
of Information and faculty director of the Berkeley Center of Law and
Ken Goldberg – Professor of engineering, information and art at the University of California, Berkeley
Source - NASA Kennedy Space Center for Sept. 18, 2012: At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour is mounted atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, in preparation for its ferry flight to California. The SCA, a modified 747 jetliner, will fly Endeavour to Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. This is the final ferry flight scheduled in the Space Shuttle Program era.
University participants at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
created an instrumented capsule and dropped it from a high-altitude
balloon during a recent test to find out how the aerodynamic payload
would handle during free-fall. The engineering program allows
participants to work in fields outside their specialties to broaden
their experience base.
ENCORE “I feel your vibe!” Well, that
describes a number of fabled locales that claim to pulse with mysterious
energy – perhaps prompting books to fly across the room or airplanes to
vanish into thin air. But what’s the science behind it?
We examine spots marked with an X, for “extraordinary” – from a
haunted house to the Bermuda Triangle – to sort out natural from
Plus, what causes the aurora borealis… a haywire Russian space probe… and just what the heck is an “energy vortex,” anyway?
"Held at the Washington National Cathedral Sept. 13 and broadcast live on NASA TV, this program honored the contributions to NASA, the nation and humanity of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon. Armstrong died last month at 82"
"NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in an aeronautical engineering program or related field. Undergraduate students who have at least two years of study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer."
Once, astronomers thought planets couldn't form around binary stars.
Now Kepler has found a whole system of planets orbiting a double star.
This finding shows that planetary systems are weirder and more abundant
than previously thought.
EXPLOSION ON JUPITER: Amateur astronomers are reporting a bright
fireball on Jupiter--apparently the result of a small asteroid hitting
the planet during the early hours of Sept. 10th. As the fireball fades,
attention turns to possible debris around the impact site. Observers
will be monitoring the region in the nights ahead to see what surfaces.
Check http://spaceweather.com for images and updates.
Before you chase it with a broom, consider this – without the rat, we
might miss critical insights into the nature of stress, cancer … and
even love. These furry, red-eyed rodents have a unique role in medical
research – and a ubiquitous companion to our urban lives.
Discover the origins of the albino laboratory rat … what rat
laughter sounds like, and why these four-legged fur balls don’t fall
victim to the pressure of the rat race … but we do.
"This video promotes the no-profit Social and Humanitarian activities of the Virtual Telescope Project. These activities are offered on a volunteer basis." "The Virtual Telescope is proud to support Astronomers Without Borders and the StarPeace project." "Since the Virtual Teleascope started in 2006 as a robotic facility offering cutting-edge technology telescopes online, its team coordinated, supported and cooperated with many events under the Patronage of Onu and Unesco, especially during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). Later, many philanthropic activities started and continue in many places on the planet." "The Virtual Telescope is supported by UnitronItalia Instruments, Software Bisque, Baader Planetarium, Santa Barbara Instrument Group and Planewave Instruments."
"This is the video promo of the Virtual Telescope, a project consisting in several cutting-edge technology telescopes accessible over the internet and making possible an unprecedent global science communication and cultural experience."
Here is a nice video tribute to Neil Armstrong from the Boeing Corporation:
"Boeing is remembering Neil Armstrong by recognizing and honoring his legacy. Members of the Commercial Crew Program, who are developing America's next space capsule, CST-100, share their memories of Armstrong and talk about his influence on their lives." Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/Boeing Many thanks to Boeing for this tribute.
CME IMPACT: As expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's
magnetic field on Sept. 3rd at approximately 1200 UT (5 am PDT). The
impact induced measurable ground currents in the soil of northern
Scandinavia and sparked bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. At the
time this alert is being issued, a moderately strong (Kp=6) geomagnetic
storm is underway. Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates.
To need air is human. Our lungs thank us for each breath we take. But air is more than a transporter of O2.
It shapes our weather, keeps birds aloft and moves spores from here to
there. A cubic foot of air is anything but “empty” (hot dog grease
The same goes for space (minus the hot dog grease). It’s a happening
place. Discover why interstellar space is more than a whole lot o’
nothing; and what happens when the Voyager spacecraft leaves our solar
system. Plus, catch a skydiver in action!
MAGNIFICENT ERUPTION: On August 31st, a magnetic filament on the sun
erupted in spectacular fashion, producing a long-duration solar flare, a
coronal mass ejection (CME) and one of the most beautiful movies of an
explosion ever recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The CME
propelled by the blast might deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic
field in the days ahead. Check http://spaceweather.com for movies, forecasts and updates.