Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates
sci-universe:

This image was taken by Messenger spacecraft around 183 million kilometers (114 million miles) away from Earth. Our home planet and Moon seem so close that they look somewhat like a binary star.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. 2011. Full description here.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
utcjonesobservatory:

Galactic Dust Clouds
Galactic Cirrus billows and obscures the background Universe in this direction. NGC 7497 is seen through partly cloudy skies. These galactic clouds of dust are sculpted by the winds of nearby stars. They are relatively close to us (only hundreds of light years away) and there are few stars in the foreground to hinder of view of them. The color of the clouds is odd due to the fact they are illuminated mostly by diffuse galactic star light.
Image: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona [high-resolution]
Caption: Adam Block
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
diamidinophenylindolee:

Primary cells isolated from embryonic rat striatum and allowed to differentiate into neurons.
Credit: Keck Lab, University of Wisconsin.
distant-traveller:


MAVEN spacecraft launches to Mars







NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1:28 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The trip to Mars takes 10 months, and MAVEN will go into orbit around Mars in September 2014.

Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Iceberg B-31 separating from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier on November 13th, 2013  This iceberg is 700 square kilometers, 50% larger than previous icebergs in this area.  Scientists are studying Pine Island Glacier closely because there is evidence that warmer seawater below the shelf will cause the glacier to thin and move more rapidly into the sea.
Tropical Cyclone 3A over Somalia on November 11th, 2013.  The storm left more than 100 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes and thousands of livestock.  Tropical cyclones in this region are rare, Cyclone 3A is the fifth such storm since 1966, although it is the second in 2 consecutive years.
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