I went on a quest for the Edstone and it didn't end well
Give it to Greece, in lieu of the Elgin marbles. Harriet Harman, Labour's acting leader is quoted as saying: “I Talk about cash in attic, if some researcher has it in their bedsit or their mum's garage, are they hosting an item of political ...
May 12, 2015
Email probe finds Oval Office replica in Hillary's compound
CHAPPAQUA, NEW YORK – More proof of Hillary Clinton's compulsive presidential aspirations was revealed today by a former aide, Tyrone Gibson, who stepped forward to confirm the existence of a realistic replica of the Oval Office housed deep inside the ...
April 23, 2015
8 great ideas for kids' birthday parties when jelly and ice cream just won't do
But now, gone are the days when kids had a few school friends round for tea and a game of musical bumps to round off the celebration. Party planning for our little ones is now big business with anything from pony-riding and Lego parties firmly on the menu....
September 18, 2014
Desktop Project Part 12: The galactic deep diver M9
[The Desktop Project is my attempt to clear off all the amazing images I've been collecting on my computer's desktop over the past few weeks – I'll post one great picture every day until they're gone. That way, I clear off my computer and you get to ...
April 6, 2012
Desktop Project Part 4: Underwater volcano in teal
Sometimes I was too busy, sometimes too lazy, sometimes they just fell by the wayside… but I decided my computer's desktop was getting cluttered, and I'll never clean it up without some sort of incentive. I've therefore made a pact with myself to post ...
March 29, 2012
Desktop Project Part 22: A black hole belches out a hurricane
[We're in the home stretch of my Desktop Project: going through all the pictures on my computer's desktop and posting one a day until they're gone. Only a few left now…] This is the only one of my Desktop Project pictures that's not actually a picture ...
April 16, 2012
Desktop Project Part 13: Backyard Orion
[This is another in a series of posts I'm doing to help me clear off the zillions of cool astronomy pictures I have sitting on my computer desktop. The difference this time? I took this one!] On Friday night, February 24, 2012, the Moon, Venus, and ...
April 7, 2012
CHAPPAQUA, NEW YORK – More proof of Hillary Clinton's compulsive presidential aspirations was revealed today by a former aide, Tyrone Gibson, who stepped forward to confirm the existence of a realistic replica of the Oval Office housed deep inside... The room is located in the same basement as the restricted facility containing Hillary Clinton's personal email server, which also happens to be a mock State Department machine. Clinton's emails during her tenure as the Secretary of State has also led to an accidental discovery of the Oval Office replica. Gibson said its construction started shortly after Clinton's failed presidential bid about six years ago, and was personally supervised by Hillary Clinton herself. Costing taxpayers roughly 125 million dollars, it was reported as an educational initiative, even though it has never been open to anyone except family members, select servants, and Clinton's personal aides. "We were told to always address her as 'Madam President' whenever we set foot inside 'The Room', as we called it," Gibson said, noting that any other form of address would lead to a harsh punishment. Servants who worked at the Clinton estate confirmed that Mrs.
[The Desktop Project is my attempt to clear off all the amazing images I’ve been collecting on my computer’s desktop over the past few weeks – I’ll post one great picture every day until they’re gone. That way, I clear off my computer and you get to drink in a beautiful image and some science. I love globular clusters. They’re amazing objects: hundreds of thousands of stars all orbiting each other like bees around a beehive, incredibly old (most are well over 10 billion years and counting), and are a laboratory of how stars age and die. And I used to love looking at them through my own telescope when I was a kid, avidly going from one to another. It’s average in size, in distance (about 25,000 light years from Earth), and in most other ways. It does have the distinction of being the globular cluster nearest the center of the Milky Way, lying less than 6000 light years from the core. But that’s a bit of a cosmic coincidence: globulars orbit the Milky Way, so whichever one is closest is just a matter of orbital characteristics and time. Some globulars orbit very far out on paths that never take them too close to the center. Why is its orbit shaped like that. Did it interact with some other object billions of years ago, changing a circular orbit into one that’s elongated.
[Over the past few weeks, I’ve collected a metric ton of cool pictures to post, but somehow have never gotten around to actually posting them. Sometimes I was too busy, sometimes too lazy, sometimes they just fell by the wayside… but I decided my computer’s desktop was getting cluttered, and I’ll never clean it up without some sort of incentive. I’ve therefore made a pact with myself to post one of the pictures with an abbreviated description every day until they’re gone, thus cleaning up my desktop, showing you neat and/or beautiful pictures, and making me feel better about my work habits. I love pictures of volcanoes taken from Earth-observing satellites. I’ve posted lots of ‘em, but I don’t think I’ve seen one quite like this:. That is an underwater volcano that’s been erupting since October of 2011. This picture, taken by the Earth Observing-1 satellite on February 10, 2012, shows the result. The teal water is sea water mixed with volcanic material swept around by the current. In case you were thinking those colors aren’t real, then take a look at this footage shot from a helicopter circling the volcano. The peak is 210 meters (690 feet) above the sea floor, but only about 120 meters (390 feet) below the ocean surface.