One of the biggest discoveries made by the Cassini spacecraft is that Titan—the mammoth moon of Saturn—has lakes of liquid methane and ethane on its surface. Radar maps of the surface of Titan confirmed that the north pole is dotted with them, and combined cover far more of the surface…
On April 23, NASA’s Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.
A French scientist has revealed a major new discovery about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, shedding new light on his techniques.
Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine.
DALLAS (AP) ” A suburban Dallas school has reversed course and will let students read seven books removed from an approved list amid some parents’ concerns about sex scenes and references to abortion, abuse and rape. Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dawson Orr apologized for the disruption in a statement Sunday. The goal is to provide all students with excellent reading material that meets the same instructional objections, the superintendent said.
"All the titles that were temporarily suspended will be restored to the approved reading list," he said.
Orr decided earlier this month to suspend the books that came under question by hundreds of parents, raising concerns about what their children were reading. He acted in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict but his decision had the opposite effect, he said.
(resigned sideways look) Ya think?
…So this is nice news. However: this has no affect on the situation that particularly interests me. Which means that I’m still… BANNED IN TEXAS!
Highland Park is the old money part of Dallas, with all that implies, so the knowledge they were being laughed at as one of the backwards parts of the state was enough to convince them to mend their ways, or, at least, look as if they were trying.
And then [Vimes] realized why he was thinking like this.
It was because he wanted there to be conspirators.
It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.
You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.
It was so much easier to blame it on Them.
It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them.
We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.
|—||Terry Pratchett, Jingo (via captainofalltheships)|
Phantom Lady by Mike Grell
All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
For anybody who needs this today <3
What is the universe made of? We only know a tiny fraction — 4 percent — of the answer. From our little corner of the cosmic map, how do we know what else is out there? Luckily, we have space messengers (otherwise known as cosmic rays) that bring us data from parts of the cosmos far beyond our reach. Veronica Bindi explains how cosmic rays transmit information about our universe from the great beyond.
That number, 4 percent, never ceases to amaze me. That all of the visible, touchable, seeable matter that makes up all of everything is less than one-twentieth of the whole pie!
Luckily, not knowing is half the battle! At least when it comes to scientific curiosity.