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Star Trek:TNG One-Piece Swimsuit

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Star Trek:TNG One-Piece Swimsuit

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April Lyrids meteor shower to reach peak in a matter of hours

© Kenneth Brandon - Dark Sky Chaser

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will reach its peak on Friday – here’s what you need to know.

The shower’s peak is expected to burst into the sky a few hours before dawn on Friday April 22nd. It usually lasts for less than 24 hours.

This year, spectators may struggle to see the shower through the bright glare of the full moon that happens to fall at virtually the same hour on April 2016.

Source and more info plus videos at  RT








The ESA Is Launching A New Mars Mission TODAY – Watch It Live

March 14, 2016 | by Jonathan O’Callaghan

photo credit: Artist’s impression of the spacecraft in orbit. ESA/ATG medialab

The first part of a joint European-Russian mission to Mars successfully launched today at 5.31 a.m. EST (9.31 a.m. GMT), and will arrive at Mars on October 19. The hugely exciting mission, called ExoMars, will ultimately be one of the most advanced searches for life on the Red Planet yet.

The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Russian Proton rocket. On board are two components of the ExoMars mission – the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the ambitious Schiaparelli lander. The second part of the mission, which will include a rover to hunt for signs of life on Mars, is scheduled to launch in 2018.

“We are both proud and excited to have met the challenge of delivering ExoMars on time for its ‘rendez-vous’ with the Red Planet,” said Walter Cugno, ExoMars program director, in a statement.

full post at IFLScience

Nine Outstanding Women Working In Science And Technology

photo credit: Maryam Mirzakhani is the only woman to have won the Fields Medal, the highest honor in Math. Stanford University

Worldwide, only 28 percent of the researchers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are women. This number, provided by UN research, is ridiculously low and actually quite worrying about the state of the world in 2016. Great talent is being lost because women are often discouraged to progress their career in science or to study a STEM subject at university.

The media has definitely played a role in the portrayal of scientists as old white dudes, so to help showcase more diversity, here’s our list of extraordinary women scientists working today as we celebrate International Women’s Day. The list is definitely not exhaustive, but we believe it is representative of the incredible pool of talent found in every scientific discipline.

Fabiola Gianotti

Portrait of Fabiola Gianotti taken when she was a spokesperson for the ATLAS experiment. Claudia Marcelloni De Oliveira via Wikimedia Commons

Italian particle physicist Dr. Gianotti was one of the driving forces behind the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN, which she announced in July 2012. She is now director-general of CERN, in charge of 2,513 staff members and over 12,000 associated and visiting engineers from 608 universities and research facilities worldwide.

Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton, lead Apollo flight software engineer, in the Apollo Command Module. NASA

Margaret Hamilton is the computer scientist responsible for writing the in-flight code that allowed the Apollo missions to land on the Moon. She has published over 130 papers, proceedings, and reports on the six major programs and 60 projects she’s been involved with during her career.

Ada Yonath

Ada Yonath at the Weizmann Institute of Science, via Wikimedia Commons

Professor Yonath is responsible for the discovery of the atomic structure of the ribosome, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. Ribosomes are complex molecular machines that synthesize proteins by linking amino acids together, a fundamental part of cells. Yonath also discovered how 20 different antibiotics target microbial antibiotics.

Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2010. Qilai Shen via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is an American physicist and the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT. During her illustrious career, she served as the Chairperson of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and she is now the 18th president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her compensation ranked first among USA private university presidents in 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Capt. Cristoforetti photographed leaving the ISS via Twitter

Captain Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut, Air Force pilot, and engineer. She traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of the European Space Agency in 2014/2015, and she holds the records for the longest single space flight by a woman and for the longest uninterrupted space flight of a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours, 42 minutes).

Jackie Y. Ying

Professor Ying photographed for the Institute of Bioengineering in Singapore. 

Professor Ying is the current executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore. She became one of the youngest MIT full professors when she got her professorship in 2001 at only 35. Her research focused on the synthesis of advanced nanostructures for biomaterial applications, and she has authored over 330 articles.

full story at:IFLScience









Zoom to Mars in 6 weeks with new Russian nuclear-fission engine

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A nuclear power propulsion system could propel a spacecraft to Mars in just over a month, a huge step forward from the current 18 months required. Russia might test a nuclear engine as early as 2018, the head of the Rosatom nuclear corporation revealed.

Another advantage of a nuclear engine is that it enables a spacecraft to maneuver throughout the flight, whereas existing technology only makes a defined trajectory flight possible.

A nuclear power unit makes it possible to reach Mars in a matter of one to one and a half months, providing capability for maneuvering and acceleration,” the head of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko said. “Today’s engines can only reach Mars in a year and a half, without the possibility of return,” Kirienko said.

The nuclear engine project was launched in 2010 and by 2012 an engineering design had been created. The project’s budget is estimated at 20 billion rubles (about $US274 million).

It has been reported that a prototype nuclear drive could start testing by 2018. Traditional rocket engines are believed to have reached the limit of their potential and can’t be used for deep space exploration.

An operable module with a nuclear drive would facilitate space exploration both for close-range expeditions to the Moon and deep-space autonomous robotic missions to the outskirts of the Solar system.

The Topaz-1 space reactor. © A. Solomonov

Using nuclear energy in space was a big deal in the Soviet Union, which launched a nuclear engine project in 1960 and fulfilled it by 1980. An operable engine was tested at the Semipalatinsk nuclear military range.

Between 1970 and 1988, the USSR launched 32 spacecraft equipped with thermoelectric nuclear power plants.

 source  RT









Huge Fireball In The Sky Prompts Numerous Calls To Police

photo credit: The “fireball” seen from a car’s dashcam in Aberdeenshire. Perth Gazette/YouTube.

Loud booms and sights of a “fireball” were reported in Scotland last night, but fret not. This was likely just a meteor burning up in the atmosphere, and not the end of the world.

The bright streak was seen on Monday evening across Scotland, with most reports and footage coming from Aberdeenshire in the northeast. A spokesperson from Police Scotland told The Guardian that they began receiving calls at around 6.55 p.m. local time, adding that police departments in the south and as far north as Inverness also received calls.

“One told us the sky had been lit up with an object like a fireball. Another caller said there was a very loud bang and others said the house shook,” she said.

“We have checked and been told it was likely to be a meteor shower.”

You can see the fireball in the video below.

Fortunately, fears of a fiery Scottish apocalypse look like they might be unfounded. Experts have concurred that the strange occurrence was most likely to be a meteor.

Professor Sara Russell, Head of the Division of Mineral and Planetary Sciences at the Natural History Museum, explained in an emailed statement: “It’s entirely plausible that this may be a fireball caused by a fragment of an asteroid hitting the Earth’s atmosphere, similar to the event observed over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013.”

She added: “The rumbling noises heard indicate that the fireball was fairly local; if it was far away then no sounds would have been heard. The object may have burned up in the atmosphere, or may have resulted in the meteorite landing on the surface of the Earth, perhaps into the sea. By collating all the eye witness reports it will be possible to determine the direction of the fireball and constrain possible fall areas.”

Then again, other theories are out there. Jackie Hendry, local politician for the SNP,tweeted: “Did anyone else see that big white flash in the sky about 20 minutes ago? (Coming into Inverness on A96)…. I reckon it was Tim Peake.”

source IFLScience









NASA’s New Horizons team discovers vast reserves of H2O ice on Pluto

Sno-cones for everyone!  NASA’s New Horizons scientific team headquartered at Johns Hopkins University just revealed some intriguing new updates on the amount of water ice potentially on Pluto.  This false-color image below, derived from infrared light observations by the spacecraft’s Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument, shows where the unique spectral features of concentrated water ice are amazingly abundant on Pluto’s frigid surface.  These images are based on LEISA scans of Pluto obtained on July 14, 2015, from a range of about 67,000 miles.  Previous maps (left) attempting to measure Pluto’s bedrock ice were deemed inaccurate, discounting the fact that surface methane ice often obscures valid spectral readings of water ice.

This new method (right) takes a sensitive composite approach, modeling the contributions of Pluto’s various ices together to achieve a more realistic measurement of the abundance of frozen H2O.

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Colossal star explosion detected

1st since 1977: Full Cold Moon creates a buzz at Christmas (PHOTOS)

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Some of those who stayed up all night on Christmas Eve had a serious plan to stick to. Have a drink or two, and keep a lookout for something genuinely rare and beautiful: a Full Cold Moon at Xmas.

Not since 1977 has a full moon appeared in the skies at Christmas. The moon’s peak this year occurred at 6:11am EST.

The full moon rises behind a hydro tower on Christmas eve in Ottawa December 24, 2015. © Blair Gable

Stunning pictures of the lunar event have created a buzz on social media platforms.

READ MORE: 1.5-mile-wide asteroid will ornament the sky on Christmas Eve

© Debbie Stentz

This full moon is called the Full Cold Moon because it happens at the beginning of winter.
source and more pictures RT










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