Archives for January 26, 2012

New Planetary Systems Discovered

Kepler has discovered 11 new “solar systems” with 26 confirmed planets among them. They: Range from 1.5 Earths in radius to bigger than Jupiter 15 are between Earth and Neptune in size They have years ranging from 6 to 143 days. Their rockiness or gaseousness remains unassessed to date. This artist’s concept shows an overhead…

That question and others will be addressed on Friday, January 27.

It is called NuStar, for “Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array,” and NASA will be launching this giant thing that looks like a dumpster on March 14th. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission is seen here being lowered into its shipping container at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va. The spacecraft is headed to Vandenberg…

Vaccines Save Lives

I would have used a different script, in part, but the animation is good and it makes the point. Hat Tip: Deanna Joy Lyons

Did you know that there is an entire group of birds called “Tube Noses” because they have tubes on their noses? Well, to be more exact, the term is “tubenoses” and the noses are beaks. The tubes are tubular nostril-like thingies that most (all?) birds have which are extra tube-like in the tubenoses. Thus the…

Live Scribing is like live blogging or note taking but it is done in the form of drawing. To get an idea of what this is all about, check out this blog. Science Online 2012 was “Live Scribed” which meant that for most (all?) sessions, someone was making a drawing which built a stylized visually…

New Open Access Journal

From a Press Release: Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association and Cambridge University Press launch new Open Access journal The Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) and Cambridge University Press announced today the launch of the APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing – a groundbreaking new Open Access journal that will serve as…