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10 Amazing Facts About Life, Planets, Stars, and the Universe:

As we all know, the human race lives on a small blue dot, orbiting a yellow-orange star, in a galaxy that we call the Milky Way. This galaxy is some 100,000 light years across, and our closest neighbor (Andromeda) is about 2.5 million light-years away. And while we have been all over the surface of the Earth, we have never visited our sun, have yet to trek across the vast distances of our galaxy, and we still have quite a ways to go before we make it to Andromeda. In fact, we haven't even finished exploring our own small planet. Ultimately, there is a lot that we don't know about the cosmos, but what we do know is pretty awesome.

Check out 10 amazing facts at:
http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/10-amazing-facts-about-life-planets-stars-and-the-universe/

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Solar panels seem to work much harder when they are able to listen to pop or rock music.  Scientists show that classical music helps, but not as much  as pop or rock.  Really, this is serious science.  In fact it is well known that adding pressure or strain to some materials can induce a a voltage.   Sounds amazing, but true.  Now, look at the tiny words in grey just above the title.  Why?  What is this?

What innovative research opportunities might this create?  What technological and practical inventions might this stir? If it was me, I would certainly check out the original article mentioned here.  I've modified my post here slightly because my wife spotted those tiny words in grey above the title of this article in the link I'm referring to. Would it make sense to provide an atmosphere around solar cells operating in space and have spacecraft powered by sound beams and solar cells rather than lasers and solar cells.   This really raises all kinds of interesting possibilities.  This is the kind of foundational development and finding that makes breakthroughs possible.   Darned interesting.
Is this the kind of research finding that has practical substance to it?

#solarenergy #solarpower #solarpanels #music #classicalmusic #popmusic #electricalgeneration  

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GAIA MISSION COVERAGE Launch was at 9:12 a.m. London time or 2:12 a.m. NY Time.   1 1/2 hr  coverage has extensive background and multimedia mission overviews.  Many Informative Links Included.   GAIA will take 70 measurements of a billion stars within 30k light years of us, find new exoplanets, & reshape our understanding of the universe:    http://www.esa.int/ESA

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY:  Streaming will begin from this site at 8:50 Universal Time (London)   That is 2:50 a.m. Central Time in the USA.    This site has a lot of very well organized coverage and educational materials to be used related to GAIA.    The two sites immediately below will probably work best for you.

http://spaceinvideos.esa.int/esalive

http://www.livestream.com/EuroSpaceAgency


BBC Coverage    I believe BBC Channels will cover the launch live.   The launch will probably be streamed as well probably beginning 20 to 30 minutes prior raunch.


CNES COVERAGE  This is the English Language Section of this site.    Webcast Starts At 2:57 am Central Time in the United States;  That is 8:57 Universal Time (London)

http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/10537-follow-soyuz-launch-live.php

CNN COVERAGE:   It might be worth it to check CNN on your television because CNN is featuring GAIA prominently now on the front page of its international edition.   The story is entitled: Billion-pixel camera to map Milky Way.   Here’s the link to that CNN page followed by a link to the good article:

http://edition.cnn.com/

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/18/world/europe/gaia-space-telescope/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

There are many very good links embedded in this article as well as a column of space related articles on the right hand side.

GAIA LIVE LAUNCH VIA FTP  Instructions are included here for the download including login name and password.  I have never tried an FTP file download for a live transmission.  The site I am taking you to looks to have what you’ll need including satellite parameters.  You will need a fast internet connection of either at least 10.8 or 7.2 megabits per second.

http://www.esa.int/esatv/Transmissions/2013/12/Gaia_Live_Launch

REDORBIT  This site often streams events like this as they happen.   It would be worth the effort to try them if the other sites I’ve listed above do no work.

http://www.redorbit.com/

#gaiamission #europeanspaceagency #milkywaygalaxy #exoplanet #astronomy #cosmology  

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This is an entirely new way of storing electricity by assembling ions on a porous surface.  In this case it is tiny silicon wafers.  The advantages are fast charge and discharge and the ability to work for millions of cycles.   How wonderful this would be in comparison to my nickel-metal hydride batteries which work for a few hundred cycles.  This is from a wonderful high level blog entitled pharmaceuticalintelligence.com  It has a huge number of long articles on translational research for cancer dna markers and treatment as well as heart disease and diabetes work and other scientific areas related to medicine.

If you begin to look through the research curated in this source, you will see that there is an immense amount of data being collected and analyzed on disease and health markers and inhibition markers as well.

Please use the categories listing in the right hand column of this huge online resource to follow your particular interests.    I would say this is as valuable as Science Daily but in a deeper and more thorough way.  Many of the research reports include detailed discussions of the problem, methodology, results and findings, and excellent bibliographies.   It seems to me that this blog has organized an important set of research institutions, researchers, and writers to create an excellence which is hard to find elsewhere.  5 star rating from me. 

#translationalmedicine #translationalscience #translationalresearch #geneticengineering #dnaactivation #stemcellresearch #biologics #stemcellresearch #heartdisease #endocrinology #tissueengineering #fulltextindex #fulltextsearch #literaturereviews #tissuerepair   #electricalengineering #batterylife #batterycharging #powersystems #siliconwafers #batterytechnology  

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Here's an interesting one: A Japanese firm's plan to supply all the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon.

http://bit.ly/183weiS

The firm wants to "build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations."

While the firm " is known for a series of far-fetched 'dream projects' including pyramid cities and a space hotel," Quartz says the "sci-fi fantasy" is "not completely crazy."
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SiFi come true already for some of these completely - others are very close .............

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Is it time to rethink?  Isn't it always?

The astronomers speculate that a large fraction of the gas in Himiko could be primordial, a mixture of the light elements hydrogen and helium, which were created in the Big Bang. If correct, this would be a landmark discovery signaling the detection of a primordial galaxy seen during its formation. 

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For the very first time, scientists from China and the United States have demonstrated long term and stable confinement of plasma from a nuclear fusion reaction.    If true, I have not seen reporting yet from major science newsletters such as science and nature, this is a major, major breakthrough which may make nuclear fusion power achieveable in the middle range future of 10 to 20 years. [My impression based on reading on this topic]  Generally, fusion power experiments have suffered from an inability to both achieve ignition and contain the plasma's heat of tens of millions of degrees.   This will appear as a headline story in major newspapers and media reports if it is as ground- breaking as indicated.

#nuclearfusion #fusionenergy #energybreakthrough #tokamak #iter #magneticcontainment #fusionpower  
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