18
Apr
My father holding forth on the law and idiot attorneys. A year ago cancer had him by the balls. Not anymore. #family  (at Corral de Tierra)

My father holding forth on the law and idiot attorneys. A year ago cancer had him by the balls. Not anymore. #family (at Corral de Tierra)

18
Apr
Putin’s People, from Spiegel Online, Picture This. Credit: Reuters.

Caption: Waiting for a bus? Getting a bit of fresh air? Nope. This group is doing some serious protesting, manning a barricade erected in front of the seized reginal government building in Donetsk. Counterparts in the eastern Ukraine cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk likewise occupied government buildings. Protesters in Donetsk also declared the creation of a separatist republic and said a referendum was being planned for May allowing residents to vote on whether they wanted to remain part of Ukraine or not. “An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation … under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country,” Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told a cabinet meeting in Kiev. “We will not allow this.”

Putin’s People, from Spiegel Online, Picture This. Credit: Reuters.

Caption: Waiting for a bus? Getting a bit of fresh air? Nope. This group is doing some serious protesting, manning a barricade erected in front of the seized reginal government building in Donetsk. Counterparts in the eastern Ukraine cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk likewise occupied government buildings. Protesters in Donetsk also declared the creation of a separatist republic and said a referendum was being planned for May allowing residents to vote on whether they wanted to remain part of Ukraine or not. “An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation … under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country,” Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told a cabinet meeting in Kiev. “We will not allow this.”

18
Apr
The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

Saturn may have a baby moon forming, named Peggy.

Story at NPR.

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

Saturn may have a baby moon forming, named Peggy.

Story at NPR.

18
Apr
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
— (via we-are-star-stuff)

(Source: wallflower-musings, via we-are-star-stuff)

18
Apr
sagansense:

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.

Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.

Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci…

Life, man.
Life, everywhere.

sagansense:

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.

image

Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.

image

Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.

imageNow what? Read the whole story over at PopSci

Life, man.

Life, everywhere.

(via thescienceofreality)

17
Apr