Doesn’t sound as good as “Landslide in Baltimore” but it’s more correct. Recent rains caused extra pressure on a retaining wall next to railroad tracks. The wall begins to give way slowly, by around 1:10 the fun starts.
And here’s a link to some cool pictures…
Aerial photos of the Baltimore landslide scene
Awesome! I forget who told me this in class (thank you Ramneet) but I am thrilled. I missed the second episode, but was able to watch it in HD on hulu. Here is the link for all three episodes so far….
Cosmos on Hulu
Wow, and before you tell me the images are grainy, remember, this is from a probe we humans put around Saturn! Saturn’s northern and southern lights glow in red on the bottom and purple on top in visible light, according to Cassini photos.
Saturn’s Auroras Glow in 360-Degree Views from NASA Spacecraft (Photos, Video)
Okay, this makes me mad.
Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth, Survey Finds
This year marks 45 years since we put a human on the Moon, and 54 years since the first human orbited the Earth. How is this possible? In all my years of teaching, I have NEVER met a kid who thought the Sun went around the Earth, not one. Frankly, I doubt I’ve met many adults who thought that either (and like most folks, I’ve met some really dumb people). Anyone who doesn’t understand how the Earth orbits probably can’t blame it on our educational system. Certainly not in a state like Ohio where it has been taught since long before I was born. This is ignorance by choice.
The original press release is here…
Survey: Americans struggle with science; respect scientists
Mars rover Curiosity snapped this photo of Earth (and the Moon) high in the Martian sky. You can see it much clearer in the larger size (click on the link). Humans can be amazing sometimes.
PIA17936: Bright ‘Evening Star’ Seen from Mars is Earth
The BBC has created this infographic to illustrate some predictions on the far future. All the way to 100 trillion years from now. Not sure I buy a lot of it though.
Timeline of the far future
Mass movement strikes! Amazingly, no one was hurt.
Boulder smashes through Italian farm
Image: Associated Press
This visualization from NASA, shows yearly deviation in average temperature from a mid-twentieth century baseline. It shows 1950 to 2013.
One of the oddest, most interesting characters in amateur science. He revolutionized home astronomy and taught thousands of people how to make powerful home telescopes, he died on January 15th at 98.
John Dobson dies at 98; former monk developed easy-to-make telescope
Image: Associated Press
First, Space.com’s picks for the top 11 skywatching events of the upcoming year…
11 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2014
Second, universe Today’s exhaustive month-by-month guide to upcoming astronomical events…
101 Astronomical Events for 2014
Finally, a cool image to get you thinking from Phil Platt. What would a lunar eclipse look like from the moon?
What does a lunar eclipse look like from the Moon?
Thanks to Kai for the last one.
Well it looks like we’ll be seeing some truly cold weather as school starts back up. It’s summer in Antarctica right now, but it’s a good time to reflect on how cold it can get on our planet (remember, being in the Southern Hemisphere, their winter is during our summer). Few scientists can take wintering on the Antarctic continent. The population of the whole continent drops to only a few hundred over the winter and they must pass a rigorous screening process before they are allowed to do so. The video below shows what “Condition 1” weather is like. No travel outside quarters is permitted during these conditions.
Makes you feel warmer already, doesn’t it?
“The “Super Ball Bot”, under development at NASA Ames, is a robotic exoskeleton designed to land on the surface of Titan without a parachute or airbag.”
Since we have discussed this in Dynamic Earth, I came across this story and immediately thought, “Cave diving is crazy dangerous.”
Father and Son Die in Christmas Day Cave Dive
China has accomplished the first soft landing on the moon since 1976! They are only the third country to do so.
China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon
Update: The “Jade Rabbit” rover is sending back it’s first pictures…
China Moon Landing: ‘Jade Rabbit’ Rover Basks in Lunar Bay of Rainbows
Iran says they have launched a monkey into space, controversy ensues…
Iran brings monkey back safely from space
Getting closer and closer to finding remains of life of the Red Planet.
Mars Curiosity rover finds life-supporting chemicals
This has been expected for awhile based on computer models. Now we have evidence…
Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US Summers