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Olen Cone
Graphic Designer, Writer, Artist, Gamer
Graphic Designer, Writer, Artist, Gamer

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About 6.6 lights years from our Sun is a recently discovered pair of brown dwarfs, named Luhman 16AB (or, if you want to get technical, it's WISE J104915.57-531906, which just doesn't flow as smoothly off the tongue as Luhman 16AB =P). They are the closest brown dwarfs to our Sun -- and they've also bumped our Sun down as the closest star to Alpha Centauri, being only 3.63 light years away from the system (the Sun is 4.24 ly away from Alpha Centauri).

Some recent "weather" observations of our newfound neighbor have found that 15–25% of Luhman 16B's visible surface is covered in a massive, hurricane-force storm much like Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The "weather" was determined using VLT observations of the brightness and color over time, and the general size, temperature, and wind speed of the storm on Luhman 16B was measured.

Here's an animation of the ESO's Very Large Telescope observations, merged to create a global "weather map" of Luhman 16B's light and dark features. :)

You can read more about the observations on Luhman 16B here:

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This has the potential to be a lot bigger than just a "major" discovery! Dr. Haruko Obokata, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan, has discovered a technique to transform ordinary blood cells into stem cells using acid to trigger a pH "shock."

The new stem cells, named STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells, could be a total game changer throughout the medical field, with fast and inexpensive custom genetic treatments for a wide range of ailments. This is definitely one to keep an eye on!

#stemcellresearch   #stapcell  

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Awww.... Yutu, China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover, has apparently had a unrecoverable mechanical breakdown. Since it cannot shut down to a hibernation mode during the 14-day lunar night, the extreme cold (-180 C!!  o.O) will cause the electronics to fail. :(

Yutu is still an exceptional achievement for China -- while rocket launches may seem quite plentiful around the world, only the US, the Soviet Union, and now China have ever landed a rover on the Moon (Japan, India, and the ESA have also had "impactor" missions). And even this breakdown will provide them with data to improve their next rover. I look forward to seeing more from them in the years to come!

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The way technology is portrayed in most TV shows and films has always irked me... they either dumb it down well beyond the point of disbelief (NCIS had an episode where two "hackers" were using the same keyboard on the same computer at the same time to type two separate things... >.<) or make it so oversimplistic that it's laughable (as much fun as the movie was, Hackers stands out as a great example of this).

I'd love it if producers would take a few extra minutes to make sure that their technology is accurate. Have the characters use and discuss the tech correctly -- maybe use someone who actually knows a thing or two about it as a consultant.

Having a piece that is smart and fun to watch is a lot better than just assuming we're all too stupid to know any better. :/

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I love the idea behind Google Glass -- but a healthy dose of competition is bound to make it (and the competing models as well) even better! (and cheaper, too!) ^_^

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I dunno, calling a black hole a "grey hole" makes it sound like some kind of stellar retiree... which, technically, I suppose it is.... o.O

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Doh! So... does this mean love won't keep us together after all? :(

After 39 years of marriage, Toni Tennille (73) filed for divorce earlier this week from and Daryl Dragon (71). The "Captain and Tennille" couple are still living together, and many speculate that healthcare costs may be the issue, as medical insurance coverage was specifically mentioned in the filing -- Dragon has been suffering from Parkinson's for several years now.

It's possible that his healthcare coverage would be improved if he were single -- in which case love really would be keeping them together, marriage or not... my inner romantic idealist would like to think that this is the plan ^_^

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And at the opposite end of the spectrum from Another (but also, oddly enough, featuring a girl with an eyepatch... o.O) we have Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions (also known as Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai).

This is the fun tale of a group of high school students who are afflicted with "8th grader syndrome" -- in essence, they deal with the stress of growing up or some other psychologically traumatic issue in their lives by hiding behind a veil of fantasy and make believe.

But while Yuuta has gone to great lengths to overcome his "syndrome," including attending a remote school where no one knows him or his past, Rikka has embraced her realm of delusion and imagination and made it her own! ^_^  As the series progresses, Yuuta works to help Rikka come to terms with her past... while Rikka works to help Yuuka hold onto his dreams.

This series is packed with humor, fun, romance and all-around cuteness -- with a few tear-jerkers mixed in too -- and the battle scenes are epic and fantastic (and hilarious when it cuts to "reality" showing what's really happening haha!). The story is just an incredibly fun ride all the way, and the animation style is crisp and high quality.

+Crunchyroll is airing season two of the series, which only began a few weeks ago. You can find season 1 over at Anime Fave though.

Season 1:
Season 2:

#Anime   #chunibyou  

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If you're a fan of suspense and horror anime, then Another might be just what you're looking for! I was watching it this weekend, and WOW -- incredibly gripping story, some great characters, and a surprisingly difficult guessing game of who's who... or rather, who's what ^_^

The story is set in 1998 at a rural junior high school where a new transfer student finds himself embroiled in the mystery surrounding grade 9's class 3. As he soon learns, each year a ghost inserts itself into the class, throwing the balance of things off... and resulting in random deaths involving anyone connected to class 3. The story moves fast as the students try to determine who the ghost is and to stop the deaths before it's their turn.

It's very reminiscent of the Final Destination films, but with much more style and finesse and a LOT less predictability imho! The suspense in some scenes is literally dripping, and there were definitely a few jump-in-surprise moments haha! This isn't a Halloween-style gorefest either -- this is very much a psychological and emotional thriller! It's very well paced, so I won't say much more, as I don't want to ruin the story -- so check it out when you have a few hours to spare!

#Another   #Anime  +Crunchyroll 

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Well, at least Tom Brady seems to be taking this team joke in good humor! =P

I wonder how much longer the team will keep it rolling....
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