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+Pete Simpson​, it melted on the M6, somewhere between jnc 10a and 8
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http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/finding-another-earth

It's truly fantastic to live at a time when Astronomy is at the start of mapping planets circling around other stars, until the 1990's we didn't even know if there were any other planets out there, now evidence comes in thick and fast, not only do stars have planets, but stars we thought couldn't support planets seem to, and in quite an abundance.

However, a note of caution against all these amazing findings, the media and sadly even Nasa (as this link shows) gets a little ahead of itself in it's declaration of "Another Earth".

The first thing to understand is the gulf between what they mean as "another earth", and what the general public assume is meant by it. 
No finding to date has found another Earth, if by earth we are meaning a habitable planet with Oxygen air, flowing water and even life.

What Scientists mean when they say they have found such planets, is a planet that is likely to be solid (not Gas like the outer planets of our solar system), and that orbits in an area where the surface temperature is likely to allow water to be liquid.

That doesn't mean there is any water, or that the surface is even that temperature.

Looking at our own Solar system, we have found solid planets/moons that contain water way outside of the habitable zone, and even the potential of liquid water existing under the surface on Jupiter's moon Europa, making a base there quite possible in the future.

However, when you're looking for a potential candidate for a possible earth, the habitable zone (often called the goldilocks zone) is the best place to consider, even if many of the planets that will be there won't necessarily be solid, and may not have water, never mind an Oxygen atmosphere or life.

So that brings me onto my final caution, beware of the Artists impression !!!! 

Apart from our own beautiful planet in the picture of this post, the rest are entirely fictional. You see, it's not just that we can't be sure exactly what atmosphere these planets have, or if they are solid or not (although we can guess), we can't directly see them either. We know they exist because they happen to move between us and their main star, making the star slightly dip in light at regular periods, but nothing is known about what it is that has made that dip beyond the fact it must be a planet, and we can tell how far from its parent star it is by its frequency of crossing.

Another Earth ?? No .. not even close !! .. BUT .. pointers for future generations to look when technology allows better imaging .. INDEED ! 

It will be hundreds of years before we get images of other planets circling other suns, and potentially thousands of years before we have the means to get there (if we still exist). 

Still, I enjoy that for the first time in Human history, we are reaching out, finding hints of what is out there. When our ancestors found dinosaur bones in the sand, they created elaborate myth stories to explain what they were, and in the same way, we see small hints of what things could be, and construct elaborate artists impressions and news stories about another earth being found.

New Horizons just passed Pluto, which is in our own solar system. We knew next to nothing about it before arriving there, and the data being sent back have shown us how wrong we were about it, but we did know one thing, we knew it was there, and that it was worth going to see !! That is what we have just found out, our local stars are full of planets, and when we do eventually get out there, they will surprise us in ways we cannot imagine, and challenge all our presumptions.
Kepler's newest planetary find joins a pantheon of planets with similarities to Earth.
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Congratulations to Tom Watson and David Davis for their hard work in protecting us from government snooping. It's great to know there are a few decent politicians out there willing to fight for what is right and not just what lines their pockets or that of their benefactors.

We are led by a government who doesn't understand IT, doesn't care about it's citizens rights to privacy and responds with knee jerk actions meant to placate Rupert Murdoch and not the best interests of the British people as a whole.

No doubt Cameron will play the bogey man of the Islamic terrorist to convince us all of our governments need to monitor us, but we shouldn't ever let this deny us our rightful freedoms.

Only the other day a colleague of mine was wanting to search Google on the Egyptian goddess Isis, but worried that as a Muslim, searching for Isis could rather back fire. This is an outrageous affront to our liberty.

Stop the snooping, stop the knee jerk reaction to ban the unbannable.

High court rules data retention and surveillance legislation unlawful

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It's changed its name but the food and service is fantastic. If you fancy a Kurdish, highly recommended.
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It was indeed, I really like their grilled platter, I'm a bit of a carnivour, so that really hits the mark for me
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Thank you +Thomas Baekdal for un-hyping the usual media froth about a totally normal event which is somehow made out to be once in a billion years event.
 
As you may have heard, a lot of people (and journalists) are talking about this 'blue moon' thing, as if it's something special. It's not. It's actually an example of human cluelessness. Let me explain ... :)

Blue moon is when there are two full moons in the same calendar month. In July, we had a full moon on July 2nd, and then again on July 31th. The first full moon was just a regular full moon, while the second full moon, called a blue moon, is also just a regular full moon.

No, it's not blue or even blueish. No, it's not some fancy astronomical event, nor is it a part of some cosmic phenomenon. It's a just a regular full moon. 

Here is the problem. Traditionally, we are defining a day as being the time it takes for the Earth to spin around itself. A month is the time it takes for the Moon to spin around Earth. And, a year is the time it takes for Earth to spin around the Sun.

So how long does it take for the Moon to orbit Earth? Well, that is a surprisingly complicated question to answer. 

Generally there are two ways of defining it. We can define it as the actual astronomical time that it takes for the moon to complete one full orbit. This is called a real orbit, or a ’sidereal’ month. 

And a real lunar month is only 27.322 days. 

Yep, our moon actually orbits Earth 13.4 times per year, not 12 as you might have thought. 

However, since Earth is moving around the Sun as well, a full moon (and a new moon) isn’t related to the orbit of the moon, but rather the position of the moon in relation to the Sun, and our perspective of it from Earth.

This is called a Synodic month, or the time it takes for the Moon to position itself in the same place relative to the Sun and us. And this happens every 29.531 days. This means that we get a full moon 12.368 times per year.

If you think this is confusing, take a look at the wonderful animation below, made by W. H. Freeman back in 2004 (http://goo.gl/HvgnJR).

So, the reason why we had two full moons last month was not anything special happened. Instead, it’s simply because our moon doesn’t care about how silly we humans have defined a month.

We, as the Moon would say, got our calendars wrong. In fact, it's not even August. Since the moon orbits 13.4 times around the Earth, we are currently in this extra month which I will call 'awesome-month' ;)
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When Pakistani khana (food) meets buffet and eat all you can, you know what the outcome will be.

+Aalia Khan Yousafzai​ it included gulab jamun 😁

I'm going to pop
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You'd have easily beat me, rice fills me up far too quickly, but I'll wager you a gulab jamun contest anytime 
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Lol, no idea. They just seem to have appeared over night. I'm half expecting we'll all be blinded by some meteor before the sinister truth is revealed .. Or was that something I watched as a kid ??? Triffids lol
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Good for you ... How long have you been back ....???

Our meeting is canceled then ...!!! :-)
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Google plus is my only social media platform, I don't do facebook or twitter.

I love to get to know new people, so everybody is invited to add me, follow my posts, comment and say Hello from time to time. If you post interesting stuff or don't have dodgy photos I'll almost certainly add you back.

I'm an IT and Science geek, so I will write quite a lot about it, if your into the same, your ideas and thoughts are always welcome, if not, you can troll a little for fun ;) I won't mind :D

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Classic anglo curry house, right out of the 80s. It's not desi at all, but rather a well prepared curry for the English palette.
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Free farm yard, lovely walk/cycle track around lake
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It's ASDA, what more can I add
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Beautiful place, kids will love the steam train
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I've never been a great fan of fish, mostly because as a lazy westerner, I tend to find dealing with the bones quite an issue. However, I really enjoyed my visit here. First off you go and pick your fish, the fish is all freshly caught, and is coming in while you are picking. Then once selected, you can move across to the counter where you can pick how you would like your fish to be prepared. Finally the fish is delivered, and is so well cooked the meat just falls off the bones :) Making it MUCH easier to eat, particularly nice with large Roti or rice. Very much worth going to experience.
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