Wednesday, September 26, 2012
discoverynews:

Not a Dwarf: Is Pluto a Binary Planet?

Last week the infamous “un-planet” Pluto grabbed science headlines with the report of yet anther moon whirling around it.
The Hubble Space Telescope discovery brings the tally of icy moons orbiting Pluto to five.
Or is it really four?

Ray Villard with more on Pluto

discoverynews:

Not a Dwarf: Is Pluto a Binary Planet?

Last week the infamous “un-planet” Pluto grabbed science headlines with the report of yet anther moon whirling around it.

The Hubble Space Telescope discovery brings the tally of icy moons orbiting Pluto to five.

Or is it really four?

Ray Villard with more on Pluto

Sunday, September 23, 2012
discoverynews:

Though we won’t be able to go visit the baby panda until after the new year, you might catch a glimpse on the panda cam!
Chinese tradition says to wait 100 days before naming the baby, so keep an eye out for the naming contest in a few months.
Baby Giant Panda Born at D.C. Zoo
Mei Xiang, the mom panda, “is cradling her cub closely, and she looks so tired,” the zoo’s chief veterinarian said in a statement.
Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, the Gamete Biologist who artificially inseminated Mei Xiang told the press, “(Pandas) have a really short breeding season, but we have good techniques now that help us determine when they are ovulating. We were not hopeful because of problems with Mei Xiang in the last few years, but nature is fantastic.”

When asked how he felt about succeeding where the male panda failed, Dr. Comizzoli said, “It’s really satisfying, actually,” which generated a round of laughs.

very exciting!

discoverynews:

Though we won’t be able to go visit the baby panda until after the new year, you might catch a glimpse on the panda cam!

Chinese tradition says to wait 100 days before naming the baby, so keep an eye out for the naming contest in a few months.

Baby Giant Panda Born at D.C. Zoo

Mei Xiang, the mom panda, “is cradling her cub closely, and she looks so tired,” the zoo’s chief veterinarian said in a statement.
Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, the Gamete Biologist who artificially inseminated Mei Xiang told the press, “(Pandas) have a really short breeding season, but we have good techniques now that help us determine when they are ovulating. We were not hopeful because of problems with Mei Xiang in the last few years, but nature is fantastic.”

When asked how he felt about succeeding where the male panda failed, Dr. Comizzoli said, “It’s really satisfying, actually,” which generated a round of laughs.

very exciting!

Friday, June 8, 2012
discoverynews:

Behold the Golden Age of Ice Cream
Yes, we just might be living in the golden age of our favorite frozen treat. As evidence, here are a few spoonfuls that prove the future of ice cream is anything but vanilla.
In this month’s issue of Food Technology, senior editor Don E. Pszczola covers a lot of ground in his article “The ‘Not So Rocky Road of Ice Cream.”
First off are our tastes — they’re changing, particularly toward the sweet and salty side of the bowl. Does the flavor “salted caramel chocolate pretzel” make your mouth water like it does mine? At last year’s Ice Cream Technology Conference of the International Dairy Foods Association, that flavor was selected as the most innovative prototype flavor of the year.
And hold on to your spoon — chocolate-covered potato chips and popcorn are also flavors in the making.
Other atypical flavors are being lapped up, too. Avocado, ginger, beet and vanilla drizzled with olive oil and sea salt may sound gross, but have a bite first before you judge. And in England? Mustard-flavored ice cream. I’ll understand if you pass on that one.
keep reading

discoverynews:

Behold the Golden Age of Ice Cream

Yes, we just might be living in the golden age of our favorite frozen treat. As evidence, here are a few spoonfuls that prove the future of ice cream is anything but vanilla.

In this month’s issue of Food Technology, senior editor Don E. Pszczola covers a lot of ground in his article “The ‘Not So Rocky Road of Ice Cream.”

First off are our tastes — they’re changing, particularly toward the sweet and salty side of the bowl. Does the flavor “salted caramel chocolate pretzel” make your mouth water like it does mine? At last year’s Ice Cream Technology Conference of the International Dairy Foods Association, that flavor was selected as the most innovative prototype flavor of the year.

And hold on to your spoon — chocolate-covered potato chips and popcorn are also flavors in the making.

Other atypical flavors are being lapped up, too. Avocado, ginger, beet and vanilla drizzled with olive oil and sea salt may sound gross, but have a bite first before you judge. And in England? Mustard-flavored ice cream. I’ll understand if you pass on that one.

keep reading

Sunday, May 13, 2012
discoverynews:

A Swirl of Clouds South of Greenland
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of long lines of clouds, known as “streets”, wrapping around the southern tip of Greenland on March 6, 2012.
Cloud streets are created by cylinders of air rotating parallel to the surface, forming clouds where the air rises and clear zones where the air falls back downwards. As the air cylinders move from above the sea ice in Baffin Bay out over the warmer southern water, clouds form along the rising air channels.
Aqua is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, precipitation, soil moisture, sea and land ice, and snow cover.
Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

discoverynews:

A Swirl of Clouds South of Greenland

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of long lines of clouds, known as “streets”, wrapping around the southern tip of Greenland on March 6, 2012.

Cloud streets are created by cylinders of air rotating parallel to the surface, forming clouds where the air rises and clear zones where the air falls back downwards. As the air cylinders move from above the sea ice in Baffin Bay out over the warmer southern water, clouds form along the rising air channels.

Aqua is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, precipitation, soil moisture, sea and land ice, and snow cover.

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
discoverynews:

New Stone Age People Discovered
A newly found Stone Age people featured darker skin, an unusual mix of primitive and modern features and had a strong taste for venison.
Fossils of the so-called “Red Deer Cave People” were unearthed in southwest China and may represent a new species of human.
The fossils from two caves, date to just 14,500 to 11,500 years ago. Until now, no hominid remains younger than 100,000 years old have been found in mainland East Asia resembling any other species than our own.
keep reading

discoverynews:

New Stone Age People Discovered

A newly found Stone Age people featured darker skin, an unusual mix of primitive and modern features and had a strong taste for venison.

Fossils of the so-called “Red Deer Cave People” were unearthed in southwest China and may represent a new species of human.

The fossils from two caves, date to just 14,500 to 11,500 years ago. Until now, no hominid remains younger than 100,000 years old have been found in mainland East Asia resembling any other species than our own.

keep reading

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

thedailywhat:

Postage Paid Protest of the Day: YouTuber ransackedroom — a San Francisco-based “poet, editor, and marketer” — has come up with a rather ingenious way ordinary people can support the Occupy Wall Street movement without ever leaving their homes.

It involves taking the business reply mail envelope that comes with most unsolicited credit card offers, and sending it back to the banks with a message inside that ransacked hopes will help open “a dialogue.” 

He says: 

This isn’t really about running up the postage bill on the big banks, although that’s a nice side effect. The real effect of this is to force banks to react to us.

If they start getting hundreds and thousands of weird responses to their credit card applications, well they’re going to have to have meetings. They going to have to develop new procedures and every hour banks spend reacting to us is an hour banks don’t spend lobbying Congress on how to screw us.  It’s an hour banks don’t spend foreclosing on our houses.

So I think that that’s progress.

YouTube Comment of Note: “This supports the United States Postal Service also, maybe keeping several thousand postal workers out of the unemployment line. Good idea.”

[thanks mike!]

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
newwavefeminism:

motherjones:

More #occupywallstreet wisdom. Via Evan O’Brien.

on the backs of slave labor and stolen land.

newwavefeminism:

motherjones:

More #occupywallstreet wisdom. Via Evan O’Brien.

on the backs of slave labor and stolen land.