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Ronan McLaughlin of Malin Head, Ireland, took this picture during the 4/20 geomagnetic storm http://bit.ly/1iKDqoU
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Te Awanga Glory
Milky Way over the Maraetotara River mouth, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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This week is International Dark Sky Week so I thought I better get out and shoot some stars.  Tonight is the clearest night we have had for a while, so I headed out to Te Awanga (about 15 minutes drive from my home in Napier), where I new I could get some Milky Way reflections.

There is a bit of light pollution from the a couple of houses beyond the trees, but nothing too bad.  The southern cross is visible toward the top of the photo.

D800, f2.8, 10sec, ISO6400, 14mm
Processed in LR5
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"What made it special weren’t just the vibrant illustrations by artist Kelly Oechsli, but that it was written by Julian Scheer — the head of NASA’s Public Affairs Office, responsible for enchanting Americans with the space program. There is something immeasurably wonderful about knowing that the person in charge of tickling the public imagination into embracing the pursuit of space exploration — a pursuit subject to tragic neglect today — was himself an imaginative storyteller who knew how to inhabit that delicate intersection of whimsy and irreverence."
An ode to those times when everything seems backwards. In 1968, less than a year before the iconic NASA moon landing, a charming children
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Can you believe this was built by a bird? 'Animal Architecture,' photo book about the structures critters create. http://boingboing.net/2014/04/22/animal-architecture-an-aw.html
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"On this day in 1935, one of the great figures in science fiction publishing was born: Tom Doherty, president and publisher of Tor Books.

His career in books began in the late 1950s, when he worked as a salesman for Pocket Books, eventually rising to National Sales Manager. He was an avid SF and fantasy reader from an early age, and he paid particular attention to our genres even when he was responsible for selling all kinds of books. His first contact with science fiction’s social world was probably in the early 1960s, when his selling territory included Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the longtime SF writer (and reviewer for Analog) P. Schuyler Miller, with whom Tom became friends."
 
More than 30 years later, Tom Doherty is still curating new worlds. Happy birthday to the Tor Books publisher!
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A dose of reality over the probable danger. "Just to be clear, projects like the one proposed by B612 are a good idea. There is a small risk of meteor collisions, and it would be good to be prepared. But the idea that we are unexpectedly at a high impact risk is simply false."
 
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Yesterday the B612 foundation released a video showing 26 meteor impacts with energies ranging from 1 kiloton to 600 kilotons.  They were detected by the global nuclear weapons test network.  The claim is that these meteor impacts are occurring much more frequently than originally thought, and they are in the energy range of atomic bombs.  By comparison, the nuclear weapons dropped on Japan during World War II were in the 15 – 20 kiloton range.  The message the video conveys is that we have vastly underestimated the very serious risk of death be meteor.  The reality isn’t nearly so sensational.

The B612 foundation is a U.S. nonprofit organization trying to raise money to launch a satellite to look for meteors that threaten Earth.  As B612′s founder Ed Lu states, “The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” This is technically true, but it’s true in the same way that the fact you haven’t been struck by lightning is blind luck. There is a real and legitimate risk that a meteor could impact a city with enough energy to do grave damage, but the odds are not very high. The number of impacts recorded by the nuclear test network is about what we would expect given our understanding of meteor impact rates.  So no, this new video doesn’t mean a city impact is much more likely.

Part of what the video actually shows is just how remote much of the Earth really is.  From 2001 to 2013 there were 26 sizable impacts on the Earth, but of these only 1 (the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013) was widely observed.  In our hyper-populated, hyper-connected world, the other 25 impacts were so remote or so small they were largely unnoticed. The Chelyabinsk meteor was an exception because it was not only in a populated region, it was particularly large.  The estimated energy of Chelyabinsk is 500 kilotons, equivalent to about 25 atomic bombs.

Although these impact explosions have roughly the energy of a nuclear weapon, the comparison is not a very good one.  For one, a weapon is specifically detonated near the surface of the Earth for maximum destructive effect.  Meteor impacts tend to lose much of their energy high in the atmosphere, which produces a great deal of light and noise, but generally not much damage on the ground.  Even a large impact like Chelyabinsk produced only limited damage on the ground.  Meteor impacts also don’t produce large levels of radioactive material in the way nuclear weapons do.

Just to be clear, projects like the one proposed by B612 are a good idea.  There is a small risk of meteor collisions, and it would be good to be prepared.  But the idea that we are unexpectedly at a high impact risk is simply false.
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Interesting: "OpenWRT-based operating system, with weekly software updates"
 
Today Xiaomi introduced 3 new products for Mi Fans:
 
#1) Mi Wi-Fi is a revolutionary new smart device for your home which we announced back in December and is coming out of Beta this week.

- It’s a router — 802.11ac with 2x2 dual-frequency beamforming 
- It’s a media server — Broadcom dual-core 1GHz A9 chipset, 256MB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB hard drive
- It’s a smarthome center — remote control home appliances, lights, TV and audio equipment, air conditioning, IP cameras

Some really cool features:

- Automatically connect devices via NFC by tapping them to the router
- Remote control app (Android and iOS)
- 2x accelerated web browsing speeds (via Sogou browser engine) 
- Download movies and videos remotely (via pre-loaded Xunlei app)
- User programmable smart rules for controlling devices in the home
- OpenWRT-based operating system, with weekly software updates

And with an open plug-in architecture and SDK, we expect developers will surprise us with incredible new use cases.

We’ve started taking pre-orders for Mi Wi-Fi in China today at ¥699 (approx. US$110), and will soon bring it to other markets. 

Details at www.miwifi.com (English version coming soon).
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Just when you thought it had flapped away...};-) "Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird.

What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly… fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014."
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Bah "New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result.""

Mail on OpenWRT mailing list: [ https://lists.openwrt.org/pipermail/openwrt-devel/2014-April/024860.html ]
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