You’ve heard of the supermoon. Get ready for the opposite–a mini Moon

Posted in 2015, astronomy with tags , , on March 4, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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This image created by Alan Dyer of Silver City, New Mexico

The full Moon of March 5th will be as much as 50,000 km farther away than other full Moons of the year, making it smaller and dimmer than usual. 

The apparent size of the Full Moon changes throughout the year because the Moon’s orbit is not a circle, it is an ellipse, with one side (apogee) 50,000 km farther from Earth than the other side (perigee): diagram. When the Moon is on the apogee side, it looks smaller and dimmer in proportion to its increased distance.

Can you tell the difference? Some people say “yes,” others “no.” There are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters. Without a reference, it can be challenging to distinguish an apogee Moon from a perigee Moon. Decide for yourself. Go outside after sunset on March 5th, look east, and enjoy the mini-moonlight.

http://www.spaceweather.com/spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=109403&PHPSESSID=t7f2pah09gculo4vu085baqlg1

Filmmaker Chris Field captures the beautiful but deadly world of carnivorous plants in his “bio-lapse,” Carnivora Gardinum

Posted in 2015 with tags , , on March 3, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

Eerie Time-Lapse of Bug-Eating Plants
Filmmaker Chris Field captures the beautiful but deadly world of carnivorous plants in his “bio-lapse,” Carnivora

Gardinum. The project took over a year to complete, with 107 days of continuous shooting on two cameras.

See more from Chris Field.
http://biolapse.com/

Go behind the scenes with Field as he demonstrates his process.
https://vimeo.com/112595590

Check out the Chronos Project.
http://thechronosproject.com/

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of the National Geographic Society.

Humans have long used the behavior of rats to personify the worst qualities in their fellow man but Rats recognize kindness, repay favors !

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , on March 2, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Humans have long used the behavior of rats to personify the worst qualities in their fellow man. When it comes to acts of kindness, however, it turns out the much maligned creature is willing to repay favors to its fellow rodents.

The study, published this week in the journal Biology Letters, was set up to observe an ever elusive concept in the animal kingdom – the principle of direct reciprocity.

According to Michael Taborsky, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland who helped carry out the experiment, the practice is in fact so rare that this is the first time it has ever been scientifically observed in non-humans.

Along with his Swiss colleague Vassilissa Dolivo, the team brought together 20 female wild-type Norwegian rats. During the experiment, the team used pieces of banana as attractive awards, and pieces of carrots as less attractive rewards.

The rats were able to deliver one of these morsels to another rat in an enclosure by pulling a stick. After some time, the rat on the receiving end would begin to differentiate between the quality of its helper based on the type of food it received.

More on

http://rt.com/news/236503-rats-remember-kindness-favors/

 

 

Space Weather: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Feb. 28th 2015

Posted in 2015, astronomy with tags , , on March 1, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Auroras
Taken by Mika-Pekka Markkanen
on February 28, 2015 @ Iceland

A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Feb. 28th, causing compass needles to swerve and sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. Mika-Pekka Markkanen was exploring a cave in Iceland when the G1-class geomagnetic storm peaked. He looked out and took this picture

“Simply wow!” says Markkanen. “It was a spectacular display. I got so manywonderful shots from different locations during one night that its bit overwhelming!”

The storm has subsided, but only temporarily. Earth is still inside the solar wind stream, so more auroras are in the offing. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on March 1-2. Aurora alerts: text, voice

http://www.spaceweather.com/

X-Rays of Buddhist Statue Reveal Mummified Monk

Posted in 2015, spirituality with tags , , on February 27, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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It’s not surprising that Southeast Asia is home to countless ancient Buddha statues, but when one of those statues contains a mummified monk, that is certainly a surprise.

A mummified monk is exactly what researchers at the Netherland’s Meander Medical Center found when they placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner. Researchers believe the statue contains the body of a Buddhist master named Liuquan, who may have practiced the tradition of “self-mummification” to reach his final resting place.

One of a Kind

Researchers weren’t completely surprised by what the scans revealed. They knew there was a mummified body within the statue, but they didn’t know much else about it.

Buddha statues containing mummified monks are quite rare and this was the first time this particular statue was released beyond the borders of China. The statue had been displayed in a mummy exhibit last year at the Drents Museum in Netherlands, which yielded the perfect opportunity to examine it in more detail.

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Scientists and medical staff performed the CT scan that revealed Liuquan’s mediating body in full detail. They also used an endoscope to examine the abdominal cavity of the mummy inside, and they discovered that the organs had been removed and replaced with paper scraps that were printed with ancient Chinese characters. It isn’t clear what specifically was written on those paper scraps.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/02/23/x-rays-buddhist-statue-mummified-monk/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DSC_News_150226_Final&utm_content=#74686

NASA – The Dawn Probe captured Two bright spots marked on the dwarf planet Ceres

Posted in 2015, astronomy with tags , , on February 26, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The Dawn probe NASA has immortalized a curious mystery. When it was approaching the dwarf planet Ceres, February 19, Dawn was able to photograph two points scintillating, reports the website Piercepioneer.

While located about 46,000 km of the planet, the probe launched in 2007 has made ever more accurate and detailed images of the dwarf planet discovered in the early 19th century.

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NASA Officials Continue To Speculate Over Ceres Bright Spots

http://www.piercepioneer.com/nasa-officials-continue-speculate-ceres-bright-spots/38266

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Dog Walks Alone 20 blocks To Owner in Hospital in Iowa

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , on February 26, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame
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