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Coolest news item of the day, in case you missed it.
 
Breaking News! Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!

It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin Earth,” we can now be fairly confident that they do in fact exist.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111319/kepler-has-found-the-first-earth-sized-exoplanet-in-a-habitable-zone/#ixzz2zAiyg8K0
It's truly a "eureka" moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet's surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it's much too soon to tell if this really is a "twin…
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Quite possibly the most awesome asteroid ever.
 
The Best Space Rock Ever

Asteroid 1998QE2 not only shares the name of a famous ship (and a monarch) but by a remarkable coincidence, it would also float. It's got a moon small enough that the phrase, "That's no moon, it's a space station" is now legitimate. The mass of the asteroid is so low that you could easily jump off it and (with careful aim) land on its moon. So, if there's a more awesome asteroid, I'd like to hear about it.

See also : http://astrorhysy.blogspot.cz/2014/04/the-best-space-rock-ever.html
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April 1 at my house. No joke. It's supposed to get warmer over the next few days, so things should finally start to melt, which will bring us to Mud Season. Only a month until May....
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+Amber SLP It has finally warmed up a bit and everything is melting. It's going to be a nasty Mud Season!
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When we take Events to the mobile platform it opens us a new area of problems.

Tell me about it. I like to watch the +Virtual Star Party on my TV via Chromecast. What I would like to do is sit on my couch in front of the TV, open up the VSP HangoutOnAir right in the Google+ app on my Moto X, send it to Chromecast, and use the Q&A, all on my phone. Instead, I have to open up the HangoutOnAir in Google+ Chrome on my computer, cast the Chrome tab (because you can't Chromecast a live Hangout On Air directly in YouTube) and make it full screen. Then, I go sit on my couch to watch on the big TV, and if I want to post a question or comment, I either have to (a) get up and go to my computer and open the Q&A app there, or (b) keep the Event page or YouTube page open on my phone and post questions there, and hope that the VSP hosts see them. It could so much better if I could do all of it in one place on my phone.
Last week when +Motorola Mobility planned to have an interview with the lead designer of the Moto 360 using Google+ Events, they couldn't even get it off the ground due to technical issues with Google+Events. With 6500+ peopl...
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Pictures from my orchestra's concert last night! We played a work by a young composer (and member of the orchestra), Noah Marconi; Mozart's Posthorn Serenade; and Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony. 
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+Amber SLP It did! Smaller than normal audience, which we didn't realize until afterward that the NCAA basketball tournament might have kept some people home. But it was a great concert anyway.
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April in Vermont. Two days ago we were walking around in shirtsleeves.
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+Joe Craig I don't normally mind winter, but at this point everyone is sick of it!
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Amazing close up video of a right whale feeding on copepods.
 
A close look: Skim-feeding right whales
Cape Cod Bay is currently hosting our beloved right whales, as it does every spring. The whales are feasting on a copepod buffet, and you won't see video more amazing than this all day! 

You won't believe just how tiny (and some might say gross) those copepods are. Check it out: http://goo.gl/1TJjjU #endangeredspecies   #whales   #research   #science   #oceans  
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+Amber SLP Some friends of mine have been on whale watching trips before, not sure how many whales they actually saw.
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A colleague of mine at the University of Vermont, who is the director of the Vermont Space Grant Consortium and NASA EPSCoR, sent this picture around today. He writes: 

"I thought I'd share some exciting news from our VSGC affiliate VTC [Vermont Technical College]. As many of you know, VTC launched a cubesat into low Earth orbit last November aboard an Antares rocket riding along with a USAF mission. The VTC CubeSat has since successfully established communications with the ground and recently obtained the attached image of Western Australia.  Congrats to our friends at VTC! "
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I am quoted slightly out of context, but overall a nice article!
 
Nice article about our concert tomorrow!
A composition by a member of the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra sits between the Mozart and the Copland on the program for the group's concert...
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+Amber SLP Thanks!
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