1. spaceplasma:

    Planets of Our Solar System

    Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”

    Planet facts: space-facts.com

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  2. Neil Diamond’s Spine-Tingling New Music Video for “Nothing But a Heartache”

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    Like what you see? Pre-order the legendary singer-songwriter’s new album, Melody Road, and get early access to tickets to his fall tour!

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  4. gettyimagesarchive:

    Happy 88th Birthday to blues legend B.B. King!

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    Young blues singer B.B. King a local DJ at WDIA poses for a portrait circa 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

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  5. ucsciencetoday:

    A woodpecker drives its head into a piece of wood at deceleration forces of up to 1,200 times the force of gravity with each blow (and it’s estimated they do this about 12,000 times in a day). And yet, they don’t get brain damage. For materials scientists like Joanna McKittrick @ucsd, who work on bio-inspired materials, this is intriguing stuff …

    The skull is a very nice, impact-resistant shell, so we are looking at their skulls - and their tongues also play a role into this, too. Amazingly enough, their tongues can wrap around their skulls …. if you like nature and you are curious about animals, almost everything you see, you’d say, why that, what is that function and can we duplicate that in the lab?

     
  6. nubbsgalore:

    these star trail composite images, created by stacking several photos on top of each other, were taken by justin ng from the heavily light polluted city of singapore.

    notes justin, “many people don’t believe such incredible star images can be taken here,” but “my main objective is to show you it’s possible to shoot star trails in a light polluted city.”

    he adds, "i hope everyone can do their part to stop light pollution so we can preserve our dark sky for future generations."  (see also: light pollution posts)

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  7. theeconomist:

    What drives grade inflation at Ivy League colleges?

     
     
  8. redtheabsurdnerd:

    Just one of my favorite character’s best lines! God do I love Mr. Burns!

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  9. scienceyoucanlove:

    Originally, the word “nebula” referred to almost any extended astronomical object (other than planets and comets). The etymological root of “nebula” means “cloud”. As is usual in astronomy, the old terminology survives in modern usage in sometimes confusing ways. We sometimes use the word “nebula” to refer to galaxies, various types of star clusters and various kinds of interstellar dust/gas clouds. More strictly speaking, the word “nebula” should be reserved for gas and dust clouds and not for groups of stars.

    By order in which they appear from top to bottom, left to right, here are the main types and some provided examples for visual reference:

    Planetary Nebulae: Sh2-188

    Planetary nebulae are shells of gas thrown out by some stars near the end of their lives. Our Sun will probably evolve a planetary nebula in about 5 billion years. They have nothing at all to do with planets; the terminology was invented because they often look a little like planets in small telescopes. A typical planetary nebula is less than one light-year across.

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  10. nprmusic:

    Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.

    Photo: David Corio/Redferns

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