Space Station Moon Dash
The right place at the right time… that’s all it took (along with some great camera skills!) for a NASA photographer at Johnson Space Center in Houston to capture some fantastic photos of the International Space Station (ISS) passing across the face of the moon!
The image above, made from a series of photos captured on Jan. 4, shows the ISS making its trip across the sky. This time its voyage took it directly across a waxing gibbous moon.
The ISS is currently about 248 nautical miles above the Earth, traveling at a staggering 17,000 mph (28,163 km/hr). At that speed it circles the globe 16 times a day. When it passes overhead it can be the brightest manmade object in the sky, often outshining commercial aircraft and even planets!
You can find out when the ISS will be over your location here.
E, endireitando-se Jesus, e não vendo ninguém mais do que a mulher, disse-lhe: Mulher, onde estão aqueles teus acusadores? Ninguém te condenou?
E ela disse: Ninguém, Senhor. E disse-lhe Jesus: Nem eu também te condeno; vai-te, e não peques mais.
Earth, oh Earth.. =/
Case Western Reserve University biochemist Erik Andrulis has just published a paper about a discovery that goes way beyond the RNA he usually researches. He claims he’s discovered the secret to life itself - and it all has to do with energy-spirit things he calls gyres. His 105-page paper is called “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life,” and you candownload the whole thing for free from the peer-reviewed journal Life. The problem is that even sympathetic readers found the paper incomprehensible and (worse for scientists) untestable.
Read more about this here:
The Science of Why Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Makes Everyone Cry
Tension, resolution, and the ever important “buildy-ness” (which is a term I invented but is accurate), these are the characteristics behind the most extreme emotional reactions to songs:
Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an “appoggiatura.”
An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound. “This generates tension in the listener,” said Martin Guhn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia who co-wrote a 2007 study on the subject. “When the notes return to the anticipated melody, the tension resolves, and it feels good.”
Chills often descend on listeners at these moments of resolution. When several appoggiaturas occur next to each other in a melody, it generates a cycle of tension and release. This provokes an even stronger reaction, and that is when the tears start to flow.
There’s just about the most detailed scientific analysis of a Grammy-winning song ever at the link.