did we just find a habitable super-Earth?! Yup!
“All we know at this point is that it has a minimum mass of about 7.1 Earth-masses. We have no explicit follow-up planned, thought the HARPS team is probably still gathering more data, and may in the future be able to confirm these results, and perhaps add even more planets to the brood,” astronomer Steven Vogt, with the University of California’s Lick Observatory, wrote in an email to Discovery News.
Based on our experience with other star systems this newly discovered planet is likely made of rock and may contain water. It receives 62 percent of the radiation from its star that Earth receives from the sun, but Earth is relatively near to the leading edge of the habitable zone.
Wait. Gravity stronger than Earth’s, receiving dim light from its sun? If spectral analysis reveals this planet to have an atmosphere that would lead to its inhabitants seeing a red sky instead of blue and astronomers fail to name it Krypton immediately, there’s going to be a riot on the internet.
I have watched this video so many times I’m almost — almost — sick of the actual song.
Time to watch it again.
“While the world knows of the major L.A. gangsta rap figures who helped popularize the raw urban genre two decades ago — Suge Knight, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube — a far less likely figure pushed the music long before most folks knew it existed. If it came straight outta Compton, the birthplace of gangsta rap, often it first went through Wan Joon Kim.”
I had no idea such a connection between Koreans and gangsta rap existed. This is a fascinating article.
Because I didn’t already love John Darnielle enough or anything.
The chances that Mitt Romney himself actually saw this tweet are exactly zero, of course, but I like to imagine a beautiful and perfect world where he did see it; I would have killed to have been in the room watching his face.
The old name for this concoction used to be Dr. Jon’s Miracle Tonic. It is now called BOSS BATTLE (all caps mandatory). Here’s how you make a bottle of BOSS BATTLE:
- Look through your cabinet for every bottle of liquor with about an inch or two left in the bottom.
- Pour all of that into one bottle.
- You have now made BOSS BATTLE.
This particular vintage is made of Jameson’s, peach schnapps, pumpkin spice liqueur, Stoli blueberry, Skyy vanilla, and blue raspberry vodka. It is almost certainly unspeakably vile. And yet it will probably be consumed before the end of the summer by various people in acts of boldness, bet fulfillment, or just plain masochism. BOSS BATTLE is something everyone should have in their cabinet, just in case.
BOSS BATTLE: WE DRINK TO KNOW WE ARE ALIVE
FTW! The scene inside SpaceX’s Mission Control in Hawthorne, CA earlier this morning. Today at 8:56am CT, SpaceX and their spacecraft “Dragon” made history becoming the first private company to dock at the International Space Station. “Look’s like we got us a dragon by the tail,” relayed the International Space Station to SpaceX and NASA Mission Control in Houston.
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I just like that every single one of these dudes has a tri-monitor array going. Feels right somehow.
Space Porn brought to you by direct footage from Cassini and Voyager. Enjoy.
Outer Space (by Sander van den Berg)
This video inspired me to look up information on the Great Red Spot, which for everyone’s edification is a single storm on Jupiter big enough to hold three Earths that’s been raging for at least four centuries. What the hell.
TV Show Promo of the Day: Adventure Time goes live-action to promote the premiere of Season 4, which takes place next Monday, April 2nd, @ 7:30 ET on Cartoon Network.
Creative Director: Larry Morris
Writer: Candice House/Larry Morris
Producer: Bonnie Rosmarin
Designer: Candice House
Director: Tripp Rhame
Production Company: Spitfire Studios
Can a live-action episode be far behind?
Holy crap. So many potential costumes for parties and Halloweens for the rest of time.
If you love your country you will do this deed DO IT NOW
Alarm bells are ringing all over the world. He can hear them. He can hear the frantic commotion of signals. Maydays bounced from satellites. SOS. SOS. Airwaves jammed with cries for help.
They need him.
They need the Justice League.
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
If you’re thinking of voting Republican because you’re pissed at Obama, remember the words of Stephen Colbert in the voting booth.