Monday, January 23, 2017

For my husband...

...new species of GIANT otter ;).

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-otter-species-largest.html

Sorry, he has a bit of a thing so I'm going to embarrass him about it in public again ;). (Otters are, of course, cute).

Friday, January 20, 2017

DC, What Are You Thinking?

No offense to The Rock, but who at DC is thinking a standalone Black Adam movie starring him is a good idea?

I mean, yes, Suicide Squad probably made them think villain-focused movies will sell, but really? Black Adam?

Meh.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Farewell, Gene Cernan

The last man to walk on the moon - so far - died this week at the age of 82. The era of Apollo is fading out, marked most noticeably by John Glenn's passing last year.

Is it time to go back to the moon? I'd argue - yes. The moon is far more interesting than just a giant rockball and there might well be real advantages to using it for science...and even tourism.

One reason: Helium 3. Apparently whatever happened to create the moon made it. Or it got most of earth's share. If we get fusion reactors, they'll need helium 3...

So...

Let's work towards making Gene Cernan no longer the last man to walk on the moon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NASA TV Show In The Works

CBS has ordered the pilot for a show called "Mission Control," a drama set at...yes, Houston. The pilot episode was written by Andy Weir. This is not connected to a different canceled show called "Mission Control" - this one is apparently not a comedy, although if it's written by Weir I wouldn't expect it to be too serious.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oops...

So, an Australian aquarium decided they already had enough zebra sharks and separated their female from her mate.

Four years later she decided that was long enough without babies...and made her own. Without stored sperm.

Parthenogenesis had not previously been observed in sharks...

Monday, January 16, 2017

SpaceX Back In The Game

The return to flight of the Falcon went textbook, with a perfect launch, correct insertion of the payload (two mobile relay satellites) and correct landing of the first stage.

I'm wondering what else the engineers tweaked while waiting to find out what the heck went wrong last year.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Tabby's Star Mystery Solved?

The latest theory for the peculiar dimming of Tabby's Star is quite plausible - but sadly doesn't involve aliens.

The brightness changes might indicate that a large planet fell into the star recently - probably a gas giant and its associated moons.

Which is not nearly as much fun as a Dyson's Sphere, but interesting to study.