Tagged: Astronomy

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Thursday Throughput: Leap Year Edition

In a little over a week, we will have an extra day in February. Why do we do this? Because the time it takes Earth to revolve around the Sun is not exactly 365 days.

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Mini-Throughput: We’re All Doomed Edition

So, no, PZ39 is not a danger. This is not a sudden discovery that we are worried about. It’s not passing particularly close to us nor is it likely to. But the overall danger of objects like PZ39 — while low — is real.

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Thursday Throughput: Solar Boil Edition

I understand people are passionate about child abuse. But sentinel injuries worry me as a diagnostic tool. I think we’re looking at another triad.

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Thursday Throughput: Somewhere In the Vicinity Of Betelegeuse

So we’re still where we were two weeks ago: Betelgeuse might explode tomorrow. It might explode a hundred thousand years from now. But if it does explode soon, we will get the best look we’ve ever had at how stellar explosions work.

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Thursday Throughput: Nuclear Explosion Edition

So if you are standing next to a nuclear bomb, you will experience conditions similar to the core of the Sun. But…don’t worry. You won’t experience them for very long.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19

A new treatment for Ebola, if administered early, can cut the fatality rate to 6%, a stunning reduction from the normal rate of 75%. We now have this and a working vaccine.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/1/19

I’m not one of the “we have 12 years to save the planet” doomsayers. But it does feel like we are approaching an inflection point. We will survive; but our options for how we will survive are narrowing rapidly.

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Thursday Throughput for June 20, 2019

I really hope to live long enough to discover that we aren’t completely alone, even if the neighbors are only one-celled organisms.

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Thursday Throughput for June 6, 2019

If Musk’s full system comes on line, the simple fact is that no one has done the kind of careful study needed to figure out the impact of this constellation.

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Thursday Throughput for 5/9/19

Even with three nuclear disasters, the number of casualties is tiny. And it is especially tiny when compared to the environmental and human cost associated with fossil fuels.

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Thursday Throughput for 4/11/19

Black holes were first theorized in the 18th century. But because they are…you know…black…we couldn’t image them directly. Until now.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/28/2019

This entire nontroversy is a result of two things colliding: one good and one bad. The bad part is that NASA’s spacesuits were built in 1978, The good part is that NASA has recruited more women.