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“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” – Carl Sagan

So I’m watching COSMOS by buying each episode individually as they come out on VUDU. I like the idea of paying for this. I like the idea of supporting each and every episode. Making sure that my money goes towards it in the most direct way possible. As I went to watch the second episode last night I noticed something irritating in the shows description paragraph on the episode menu screen, which I assume was written by some lackey at FOX. It said, essentially, that the episode was about how life “possibly” came to be on earth. “Possibly”, it said. Read more

Quakelife: The Big One Just Got Bigger

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Not today, but tomorrow?

I love and fear earthquakes. The idea that the world itself is shifting beneath me inspires awe. But there’s always a touch of panic in the first second of rumbling, when the length and intensity of the quake is still an unknown. How bad is this going to get? Is this the Big One? Am I about to die in my bed from a collapsing ceiling?

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Potential Dark Matter Discovery Massive in Every Sense Of the Word

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So yeah, Higgs Boson. That happened. Someone’s getting the Nobel. No question about it. If you don’t know why Higgs Boson is exciting and game changing for physics, Gizmodo hipped me to this video, watch it if you like to learn.

Cool, all good? Because something else happened on Wednesday. Nature magazine published that Jörg Dietrich, an astronomer at the University of Munich Observatory, and his team, have quite possibly observed the large-scale structure filament intersections in which galaxy clusters occur.

In English: Dark Matter. We, the species, have very, very possibly (assuming this new observation isn’t some instrumental artifact) observed one of the hidden tendrils that extend everywhere. The substrate of the Universe. The thread of creation.

Such tendrils of Dark Matter have theoretically been invisible because they lack density. But the team in Germany believe they have found a single tendril 18 megaparsecs long that sews two galaxies together, and that’s located 2.7 billion light-years away from Earth.

Two galaxie clusters, Abell 223 and Abell 222 seem to be sewn together with unimaginably long, dark, filament not visible to the human eye.

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This mapplet shows the thermal damage caused by a nuclear explosion.

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Search for a place, pick a suitable weapon and press “Nuke It!

Try it here!

FBI Charges Blind Phone Phreak With Intimidating a Verizon Security Official

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Matthew Weigman, a blind hacker who has been under investigation since he was 15 years-old has been arrested just two months after his 18th birthday.

The article (linked below) is fascinating. However, even more interesting are the two recorded phone calls you can listen to on the sidebar. One is of Weigman making an inter-company call to a Verizon phone operator and posing as a fellow phone employee to fish for data. The other is of Weigman making a 2005 “swatting” call that sent police to the Colorado home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener whose daughter refused phone sex with Weigman.

Fascinating stuff.

Click here for the article.

Up until now Weigman, who was taking in by FBI already once in December of 2007 (while still a minor) has, up until now, been known only as “Li’l Hacker” by the press. As of turning 18, he’s no longer protected by juvenile civility laws.

Here’s the article from last December.