Posts filed under “Science”

The Hottest Known Planet is Doomed

That hottest known planet may be its shortest-lived …

Hubble catches planet being devoured by its star

This NASA artist’s concept image shows that the hottest known planet in the Milky Way galaxy may also be its shortest-lived world. The doomed planet is being eaten by its parent star, according to observations made by a new instrument on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS). The planet may only have another 10 million years left before it is completely devoured.

Yahoo via Carl

Category: Science, Weekend

Oil Slick Moving North?

Here is some scary news: The Gulf Oil leak has developed a tail. This suggests it is catching onto the loop current, which could take this around the Florida peninsula and up the East coast. Check out these NASA photos: Oil Tail Below Spill Loop Current The hell with this . . . I am…Read More

Category: Energy, Science

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. hat tip boingboing

Category: Really, really bad calls, Science, Weekend

Ripening Stars Near Rosette Nebula

How cool are these photos? Photo courtesy of NASA Photo courtesy of ESA

Category: Science, Weekend

Interactive Climate Data Map

Cool map from Vizworld: >

Category: Science, Weekend

Planetary Playthingie: AstroTour

Very cool way to play with the solar system: Hat tip GMSV

Category: Science, Weekend

The Return of Collision Detection

Clive Thompson is blogging again. He is a science writer, and publishes frequently about gaming, technology, science, and other fun items for Wired and the NYT. His blog is Collision Detection. If you recognized his name, Clive is the person who turned us on to the idea of Agnotology. He fell off the blogging wagon…Read More

Category: Science, Technology, Weblogs

A Guide to the Cosmos

Via the NYT discussion of “Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle,” we get these outstanding photos, an “an exquisite picture guide to the universe by Michael Benson, a photographer, journalist and filmmaker, and obviously a longtime space buff.” The Andromeda Galaxy Cat’s Paw Nebula The colliding Antenna Galaxies Carina Nebula (note the eerily suspended Bok Globules…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Statistics: Scientific Consensus on Climate Change?

One of the memes I’ve heard recently in the climate debate is that there is no scientific consensus — that there is actually strong disagreement. The main basis of this argument is that 31,486 dissenting scientists have signed a petition against the belief that Global Warming is man made at the PetitionProject.org. I don’t want…Read More

Category: Mathematics, Really, really bad calls, Science

Solving the Climate Debate

Here is a fascinating suggestion — from an economist, yet — on how to reconcile the debate between those who believe Global Warming is real and man-made, versus those who don’t: “To end this political stalemate, Dr. McKitrick proposes calling each side’s bluff. He suggests imposing financial penalties on carbon emissions that would be set…Read More

Category: Science, UnScience