Archives for January 26, 2011

Comet Hunting Space Robot Spots Quarry

Stardust, the NASA probe, has downloaded a snapshot of Tempel 1, a comet that the comet seeking craft will sidle up to on February 14th. Here is the picture: On the night of encounter, the navigation camera will be used to acquire 72 high-resolution images of the comet’s surface features. Stardust-NExT mission scientists will use…

Jupiter’s Scar Caused by Asteroid?

A huge scar formed on Jupiter in July of 2009. It’s shown here near the “bottom” of the planet:

Falsehoods: Human Universals

There are human universals. There, I said it. Now give me about a half hour to explain why this is both correct and a Falsehood. But first, some background and definition.

The Macbook Wheel

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Darwin Day is Coming Up

From the NCSE: It’s time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2011! Colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country — and the world — are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor…

Don’t Panic!

The BBC us cosing down Douglas Adams Hitchiker’s Guide web site. But there is a plan to get off the planet before it’s too late. So have a beer and read this.