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Spiral Galaxy M83: The Southern Pinwheel
Image Credit: +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and W. P. Blair (JHU) et al.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140128.html

M83 is one of the closest and brightest spiral galaxies on the sky. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hydra, majestic spiral arms have prompted its nickname as the Southern Pinwheel. Although discovered 250 years ago, only much later was it appreciated that M83 was not a nearby gas cloud, but a barred spiral galaxy much like our own Milky Way Galaxy. M83, pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope in a recently released image, is a prominent member of a group of galaxies that includes Centaurus A and NGC 5253, all of which lie about 15 million light years distant. Several bright supernova explosions have been recorded in M83. An intriguing double circumnuclear ring has been discovered at the center of of M83.
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In honor of Sochi 2014 - the Cat Jump Event

The real trick is to see if the cat will actually leave a spot of poo on the car because then you know you have truly done a magnificent job scaring it. It does not appear that the participant left any surprises, but we think that this is still a great jump.

#funny   #funnypics   #caturday  
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(via Slate)
"My first computer was an Apple IIe with 128KB of RAM, no hard drive, and a 5¼ inch floppy drive. One of the top educational games back then was Rocky’s Boots, an inventive game that taught the basics of formal logic to kids. I loved it when I was 6. Two years later, I got Robot Odyssey, which promised to expand on Rocky’s Boots by extending the formal logic to actual programming. The game devastated me. My brain could not comprehend how to solve its puzzles. I finally finished it—13 years later, and not without some assistance."...
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(via the New Yorker)
"This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about nuclear weapons, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Released on January 29, 1964, the film caused a good deal of controversy. Its plot suggested that a mentally deranged American general could order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, without consulting the President."
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I've seen different versions of this story in my feed. Maybe it was poor judgement, but DOHS? ICE? The MPAA wields some actual hired guns and doesn't hesitate to detain innocent citizens. One more reason to avoid movie theaters.

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"A patron of an AMC theater in Columbus, Ohio, was detained this past Saturday for wearing Google Glass while watching a movie, according to a report from The Gadgeteer. The Glass-wearer, who wishes to remain anonymous, was pulled out of the theater mid-Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and questioned for an hour by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents."
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I haven't been to a movie in over five years and when someone asks me about a film I usually tell them to save their money and see it on demand or get the disk from red box
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In October 2014, comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass extremely close to Mars at approximately 138,000km (~85,000 miles).

This perhaps doesn't sound very close, but this is a comet: an object that will have a long icy tail behind it and, crucially, a huge dusty/icy cloud (coma) surrounding it. Comet comae are big... very big... and there's a good chance that we are about to witness the first recorded instance in history of a planet passing through the coma of a comet!

More here: http://bit.ly/1aYy0mE

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hahaahaha... dayyuuum!
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(via @MailOnline)
"Stephen Hawking has shocked physicists by admitting 'there are no black holes'.
In a paper published online, Professor Hawking instead argues there are 'grey holes'
'The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes - in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity,' he says in the paper, called Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting For Black Holes."
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