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This is a fascinating look into otherwise invisible worlds. The instrument allows us to "see" radio waves in and around distant galaxies emitted by gas and plasma.
 
“Hubble can only expose visible and near-infrared light; it can only see stars. But there’s much more to the Universe. Most of the normal matter in the Universe is present in the forms of plasma and neutral gas, not stars. Although Hubble cannot see this gas, it emits light nonetheless, just at longer (radio) wavelengths.”

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field and its successor images represent humanity’s deepest views of the stars in our Universe. But there’s more to the Universe than just stars; even the normal matter in the Universe is more commonly present in the forms of gas and plasma than in stars. Hubble can never image those so far away, since their wavelengths are too long. But the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) can see exactly that. By tuning ALMA so that it was very sensitive to a particular emission feature at high redshift – a carbon monoxide (CO) emission line – astronomers were able to construct a radio deep field image at the same location where the Hubble Ultra Deep Field was. What they revealed was a composite image of the stars and gas, shown together for the first time, finding that the Universe’s neutral gas is in great abundance only at the highest of redshifts.

Find out what this teaches us about the distant Universe over on today’s Mostly Mute Monday!
The Hubble Space Telescope provides the deepest views of the distant Universe, but it can't see everything. Thanks to ALMA, we've just seen a whole lot more.
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If you bottle up a gas and try to image its atoms using today's most powerful microscopes, you will see little more than a shadowy blur. Atoms zip around at lightning speeds and are difficult to pin down at ambient temperatures. If, however, these atoms are plunged to ultracold temperatures, they slow to a crawl, and scientists can start to study how they can form exotic states of matter, such as superfluids, superconductors, and quantum magnets.
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There are a couple of things I noticed here.

Despite the looping paths of the smallest satellites, they stay at the same distance from their attractors. They even have circles drawn in to show that phenomenon.

Also, the center mass is not an attractor - it has solid lines out to the medium-sized ones. If it were attracting the three medium-sized masses by "gravity", the small ones would not make circles around the medium sized ones. Instead, they would loop away because they would be attracted towards the center mass during part of their orbit.

So planets around a star, circling the galaxy would not look quite like this.
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I hope that this is not a harbinger of things to come, with giant multinational corporations threatening the economic well being of host countries.

We saw a similar scenario with the subprime mortgage meltdown. The difference there, however, was that the damage was not inflicted intentionally.

Cook's veiled language notwithstanding, this is a shot across the bow by Apple. This is much more sinister than "What's good for General Motors is good for America". I hope that it is treated as such.
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I'm lost on the "fuck you over big time" part. If a contract between you and me is no longer good for me, why would I remain in that contract when Theodore is offering a better one?
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This is well written and thought provoking.
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The 1938 stage play Gas Light, known as Angel Street in the United States, and the film adaptations released in 1940 and 1944 motivated the origin of the term because of the systematic psychological manipulation used by the main character on a victim. The plot concerns a husband who attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment, and subsequently insisting that she is mistaken, remembering things incorrectly, or delusional when she points out these changes. The original title stems from the dimming of the gas lights in the house that happened when the husband was using the gas lights in the attic while searching for hidden treasure. The wife accurately notices the dimming lights and discusses the phenomenon, but the husband insists she just imagined a change in the level of illumination.

The term "gaslighting" has been used colloquially since the 1960s[5] to describe efforts to manipulate someone's sense of reality. In a 1980 book on child sexual abuse, Florence Rush summarized George Cukor's 1944 film version of Gas Light, and writes, "even today the word [gaslighting] is used to describe an attempt to destroy another's perception of reality."

The post-truth politics of Delirium Tremens is gaslighting on a hitherto unimaginable scale--- psychological manipulation intended to destroy the electorate's perception of reality.

h/t to +Cindy Brown for this insight.
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In today’s clip, Keith Olberman says that Hillary is wrong, ALL Trump supporters are deplorable. Raw Story recaps: Keith Olbermann is back in the political punditry game as GQ’s official special political correspondent, and he’s wasted no time taking Donald Trump and his campaign to the woodshed. In a new video posted on Thursday, Olbermann ...
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This is cool.

They've created silver nanostructures with known numbers and arrangements of atoms.

They can use them to better understand the transition from the quantum world, with all of its strangeness, to the world of bulk materials which we live in.
 
Researchers synthesize atomically precise diamond-shaped nanoclusters of silver http://buff.ly/2cdRbD3 #nanotech
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IMNSHO, she is correct.

“It’s deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia,” she said, “and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people.”
Mrs. Clinton later said she had spoken too broadly, then doubled down on what she called Mr. Trump’s appeal to prejudice.
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