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ISS astronauts capture Sarychev eruption

by Eric on June 26, 2009

I’ve animated the photos shot by the astronauts on board the ISS as they passed over the Sarychev Peak volcanic eruption. Even from 150 miles up, the photos reveal interesting volcanic eruption features.

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Headlining Friday night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner, comedian John Hodgman suggested the possibility that Barack Obama is “the nation’s first nerd president of the modern era.”

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It’s on – WHO calls H1N1 pandemic

by Eric on June 11, 2009

Dr. Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization issued a statement today raising the world pandemic alert level to 6 making the 2009 H1N1 “swine” flu an official pandemic.

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Residents of Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville were gently bothered by a 3.0 earthquake that struck Wednesday afternoon at 3:34pm PDT. The quake struck the Hayward Fault, which by itself is a rather common occurrence, but in a an unusual turn of events, this particular quake was followed by a series of 7 smaller aftershocks, the […]

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STS 125

Space Shuttle Atlantis was successfully launched from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 2:01pm EDT.

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John Oliver, John Ellis

Recently, The Daily Show sent John Oliver to CERN to find out more about why Dr. John Ellis wants to use the LCH to destroy the world.

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1st IAA Planetary Defense Conference opens

by Eric on April 27, 2009

While the rest of us worry about the coming swine flu pandemic, engineers and astronomers are meeting in Granada, Spain to discuss the prospects for defending the Earth from Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).

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President Obama addresses NAS

In a speech to the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama committed the country to expanded science research, especially in the areas of energy independence and health care, and improvements to math and science education.

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During today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on cap-and-trade legislation, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) apparently thought he could stump Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu with a question on the origins of Alaska’s petroleum reserves.

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Newest Exoplanet Is the Lightest One Yet

by Eric on April 21, 2009

Gliese 581 Artist Conception

Rack up another exoplanet find for Michel Mayor of the University of Geneva. At today’s session of the JENAM conference at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, Mayor announced that yet another planet has been found orbiting that exoplanet superstar Gliese 581.

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