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12-02-2015, 08:24 AM
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Happy Darwin Day science aficionados!

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12-02-2015, 08:30 AM
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Oh, a meteor exploded over New Zealand the other day lighting up the sky of the entire North Island (it happened just as it was getting dark which made it more amazing).
I didn't see it personally because I don't go outside, government satellites and all that, but the video's are pretty cool.

It was about a meter or two in length when it exploded.

Shit like this never happens to us, Russia is the one that always seems to get the exciting shit.

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12-02-2015, 09:54 AM
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That's pretty cool, Muffy! Smile

Driving in the middle of the night, I've seen quite a few meteors burn up ...the fireball and trail is really amazing. Camping out in the middle of nowhere, far from city lights would be a great opportunity to see stuff like that. I bet it happens in NZ more than you think. Shy

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12-02-2015, 11:40 AM
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(12-02-2015 08:24 AM)Pie Wrote:  Happy Darwin Day science aficionados!

My biological anthropology professor usually hangs up the following picture and hands out cupcakes in honor of the occasion.

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12-02-2015, 09:21 PM
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(12-02-2015 09:54 AM)kim Wrote:  That's pretty cool, Muffy! Smile

Driving in the middle of the night, I've seen quite a few meteors burn up ...the fireball and trail is really amazing. Camping out in the middle of nowhere, far from city lights would be a great opportunity to see stuff like that. I bet it happens in NZ more than you think. Shy

Maybe, I don't see it though.
I'v seen a shooting star once in my life. I was laying in bed at my parents house looking out the window at the stars (they live in the country) and I saw a meteor scream across the sky, tail and all, and than it just disappeared. Assumingly it burned up.

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12-02-2015, 09:38 PM
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(12-02-2015 08:30 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  Oh, a meteor exploded over New Zealand the other day lighting up the sky of the entire North Island (it happened just as it was getting dark which made it more amazing).
I didn't see it personally because I don't go outside, government satellites and all that, but the video's are pretty cool.

It was about a meter or two in length when it exploded.

Shit like this never happens to us, Russia is the one that always seems to get the exciting shit.

You don't go outside ?
Like EVER ? Gasp

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15-02-2015, 06:30 PM
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I just learned of "bubble rings" and how cetaceans (whales and dolphins) produce these as a form of intelligent play. The following video shows a dolphin creating several smaller bubbles from a larger one. The complex way in which he/she manipulates them reminds me of a human child manipulating their toy. Here is a paper on the phenomenon.

http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/facult...P.2000.pdf



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17-02-2015, 04:54 PM
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Manganese Nodules on the bottom of the sea

http://www.livescience.com/49820-mangane...pid=559125

"Scientists think the nodules grow very slowly, padding themselves by less than an inch (1 centimeter) in a million years. The largest nodules found by the R/V Sonne scientists could be as old as 10 million years, Devey said. Because the spheres are so old, they could provide a record of past climate change, he added.”

If they’ve been there that long I don’t get how thet haven’t been covered by “marine snow”?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_snow

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28-02-2015, 01:32 AM
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Fun facts about the Universe. The bit about seeing galaxies moving faster than he speed of light hurt my brain.




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01-03-2015, 09:52 AM
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This is umm, different : (bright spots on a dwarf planet near you)
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015...rm=nprnews
I suppose it's volcanic ?

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