christinetheastrophysicist:

kenobi-wan-obi:

Coders, NASA Will Pay You to Help Hunt Down Asteroids

NASA is calling on coders to help in the hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids. Over the next six months, the agency will be offering a total of $35,000 in prizes in a contest series that aims to improve the way telescopes detect, track, and analyze incoming space rocks.

NASA’s Near Earth Object Observation Program already harnesses telescopes around the world to be on the lookout for asteroids the fly past our planet. But the vast volumes of data created can’t be inspected by hand. Computers are helpful, but their algorithms are estimated to be only about 80 to 90 percent reliable and could be missing thousands of objects every year. According to NASA, winning solutions in their contests will “increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computers.”

The Asteroid Data Hunter contest series, which begins on Mar. 17 and runs through August, is being run with asteroid mining company Planetary Resources. Both it and NASA have a vested interest in finding asteroids — NASA wants to send a human crew to visit one in the next decade and Planetary Resources hopes to exploit their metals and water for profit. Those interested in coding algorithms to help can sign up at the NASA Tournament Lab.

Totally going to try this. Data mine all the asteroids!

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/467238main_20100415_NEOObservationsProgram_Johnson.pdf

currentsinbiology:

rkherman:

A different take on the typical plant cell diagram. I decided to emphasize the vast quatities of organelles inside just one cell, as opposed to most diagrams that show and label 1-2 of each organelle.

YES, cells are stuffed with stuff!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_cell

currentsinbiology:

rkherman:

A different take on the typical plant cell diagram. I decided to emphasize the vast quatities of organelles inside just one cell, as opposed to most diagrams that show and label 1-2 of each organelle.

YES, cells are stuffed with stuff!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_cell

diversityofmatter:

Duliticola is a genus of beetles of the family Lycidae. It is named after Mount Dulit in Borneo. The females stay in the larval form and are about 40–80 mm in length. They have a flat dark body with large scales over the head, resembling trilobites, hence the informal names “Trilobite beetle”, “Trilobite larva” or “Sumatran Trilobite larva”. The males are much smaller, 8–9 mm, with a beetle-like appearance. Most are found in tropical rain forests, notably in India and South-east Asia.

(Source: 1, 2, 3)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilobite_beetle

odditiesoflife:

Second Rare Oarfish Washes Ashore in Southern California
For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.
Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long. The discovery came just days after an 18-foot dead oarfish was found in the waters off Catalina Island. 
“The call came out as a possible dead whale stranded on the beach, so we responded and saw the fish on the sand right as it washed up,” Bussey said.
Oceanside police then contacted SeaWorld San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Suzanne Kohin of NOAA Fisheries Serivice responded, measured and took possession of the oarfish for research, Bussey said. He further added that people on the beach were “flabbergasted” to see the fish.
“It’s not the typical fish you see on shore,” he said, adding the oarfish probably weighed over 200 pounds. The fish was far too big for Santana to carry alone; it took 15 people to bring the beast to shore.
But these two massive fish are puny by oarfish standards, according to the NOAA. The oarfish is the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow over 50 feet in length. Very little is known about the species, since it usually is found hundreds, if not thousands of feet below the surface, reaching depths up to 3,000 feet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oarfish

odditiesoflife:

Second Rare Oarfish Washes Ashore in Southern California

For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.

Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long. The discovery came just days after an 18-foot dead oarfish was found in the waters off Catalina Island. 

“The call came out as a possible dead whale stranded on the beach, so we responded and saw the fish on the sand right as it washed up,” Bussey said.

Oceanside police then contacted SeaWorld San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Suzanne Kohin of NOAA Fisheries Serivice responded, measured and took possession of the oarfish for research, Bussey said. He further added that people on the beach were “flabbergasted” to see the fish.

“It’s not the typical fish you see on shore,” he said, adding the oarfish probably weighed over 200 pounds. The fish was far too big for Santana to carry alone; it took 15 people to bring the beast to shore.

But these two massive fish are puny by oarfish standards, according to the NOAA. The oarfish is the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow over 50 feet in length. Very little is known about the species, since it usually is found hundreds, if not thousands of feet below the surface, reaching depths up to 3,000 feet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oarfish

(Source: usnews.nbcnews.com)

eocene:

Make a Wish by Christopher J. May

eocene:

Make a Wish by Christopher J. May

skunkbear:

Last month I had the chance to see an amazing research project in action: the capturing and tagging of snowy owls on the coast of Maryland.

Snowy owls usually spend their summers up in the arctic circle, and their winters in Canada.  But this year, a huge migration of the owls — the largest seen in decades — brought owls as far south as Florida.

What caused the owl population boom? A lemming population boom! Lemmings are small, hamster-like rodents — and they’re owls’ primary prey in the arctic. That first photo (taken by biologist Jean-Francois Therrien in Northern Quebec) shows a snowy owl nest ringed with the carcasses of 70 lemmings - a feast waiting for the soon-to-be hatched owlets.

Once those owlets grew up, they spread south into the US.  Owl researchers seized the opportunity to capture a few of the owls and equip them with super-light, solar-powered GPS transmitters.

You can read/hear more of the story HERE.

And, you can actually follow the journeys of all the tagged owls at ProjectSnowstorm.org. It’s amazing to see where these birds go!

Range map credit: Matt Stiles/NPR, source: IUCN, eBird.org

Bottom two photos: Meredith Rizzo/NPR

jtotheizzoe:

Joe Interviews Brian Greene!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could take courses in spacetime and relativity from a world-famous physicist? And instead of boring lectures, they used flashy animations and you could take the class at home and never put pants on?

This week, physicist Brian Greene launches World Science U, an ambitious new online education portal that he hopes will revolutionize the digital classroom. I sat down with him (on the internet) to talk about special relativity and spacetime (his first two course offerings), why visuals work so well for physics, and whether there’s a parallel universe where people already know all this stuff (spoiler: maybe).

We had a pretty awesome chat, and Dr. Greene answered some tough questions. I don’t want to spoil any more surprises. Just watch it already!

 For more info, and to sign up free, visit http://worldscienceu.com/

futuristech-info:

Babies in the future likely to have electronic tattoos at birth sending biometric data daily to the cloud

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

scienceisbeauty:

Apocalyptic storm hits Sydney’s eastern and southern suburbs bringing heavy rain and risk of flash flooding, March 5th, 2014.

(via The Sydney Morning Herald)

infinity-imagined:

A warmer Arctic could permanently affect the pattern of the high-altitude polar jet stream, resulting in longer and colder winters over North America and northern Europe, US scientists say. The jet stream, a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east, is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves. According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar ice caps, meaning there is now less of a difference in temperatures when it hits air from lower latitudes. “The jet stream is a very fast moving river of air over our head, but over the past two decades the jet stream has weakened. This is something we can measure,” she said Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a result, instead of circling the earth in the far north, the jet stream has begun to meander, like a river heading off course. This has brought chilly Arctic weather further south than normal, and warmer temperatures up north. Perhaps most disturbingly, it remains in place for longer periods of time.  
Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio [x]

infinity-imagined:

A warmer Arctic could permanently affect the pattern of the high-altitude polar jet stream, resulting in longer and colder winters over North America and northern Europe, US scientists say. The jet stream, a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east, is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves. According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar ice caps, meaning there is now less of a difference in temperatures when it hits air from lower latitudes. “The jet stream is a very fast moving river of air over our head, but over the past two decades the jet stream has weakened. This is something we can measure,” she said Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a result, instead of circling the earth in the far north, the jet stream has begun to meander, like a river heading off course. This has brought chilly Arctic weather further south than normal, and warmer temperatures up north. Perhaps most disturbingly, it remains in place for longer periods of time.  

Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio [x]

wonderous-world:

Solitude by Nadeika
astronomicalwonders:

Planetary Nebula Abell 7  Image Credit & Copyright:  Don Goldman

astronomicalwonders:

Planetary Nebula Abell 7
Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman