Thursday, November 8, 2012

Some cool stuff.

Let's start with the best candidate yet for a habitable exoplanet. It's in the life zone, orbiting a very stable star, not tidally locked and 'only' seven times larger than Earth. That means it could even have a gravity humans could stand with training...or at least with technological assistance. And it's 'only' 42 (where have we heard that number before?) light years away.

Geek points to the paleontologists who found a new T-rex sized dinosaur and named it Sauroniops pachytholus. Why, yes, the first part of the name does mean 'eye of sauron'. Because its known only by its eye socket, of course.

And, apparently, the ancient opposition of cats and dogs isn't exactly absolute.