Archives for July 18, 2012

Cosmic Events

An exoplanet smaller than the Earth may have been identified in some far away solar system. Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our…

This one is a little different. It was an air to air missile, and five guys were thrilled to stand underneath it when it went off several thousand feed above them: More on this film here.

The Linux Command Line

I just got a copy of The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction. I read one review of it a while back which was quite positive, suggesting that the book was both really useful and really not boring. Here’s the description from the publisher: You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer—now dive…

What was the oldest Olympic sport?

The Olympics are old. The first ancient Greek Olympic game may have been held in 776 BC in the Greek city of Olympia. Almost 1,200 years later, when Greece was being Christianized, Theodosius I decided that the Olympics would not be played any more, so the last games of the original series was probably in…