Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

STUNNING shot!!! Wow. Would like to see a reduced crop much bigger of the HUGE one though. smile

Still incredible. Nice how the flying Probes are taking much more sofisticated shots nowadays.

NGC 7841: The Smoke Nebula in Frustriaus

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1311/GS_20131023_Smoke_8422_950.jpg

Damn been way too long I haven't been on NASA's pict of the day page. Amazing stuff really.

Here it is:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Now tell me WHY are the craters on the Dark side of the Moon bigger???

No idea??? Well here's the answer. big_smile

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/0 … 39478.html

http://foreveruntiltheend.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/tumblr_lhthnhuWr81qzfye6o1_1280.jpg

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^
Interesting.  I knew why there were more craters on the far side, but I didn't know the near side had larger craters.

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^^
Near??? Isn't it the opposite??? Farther??? Enlighten me...

Last edited by kXnPunk (2013-11-10 09:46:05)

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

astro 1 is a great course astronomy  is the oldest science. take asrto 1 and it will teach not what we know but how much we dont, like no other class

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^^
I sure wish I could take one of these courses. And it looks great the way you describe it. Guess I'll search for it in Cyberspace. Thanks for the idea though. Astronomy just RULES ALL sciences. And thing is that all other ones need it. Physics rule the world so that is on what Astronomy is moslty based. smile

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

http://mashable.com/2013/11/12/nasa-cas … urn-mosaic

http://rack.3.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEzLzExLzEyL2VlL0Nhc3NpbmlBbm5vLjVlMzA3LmpwZwpwCXRodW1iCTEyMDB4OTYwMD4/67e2919a/ed1/Cassini-Annotated.jpg

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

PunkAZoid wrote:

I sure wish I could take one of these courses.

You may enjoy this-
MIT has a bunch of course material online for free now. 
And here's the section for astrophysics.

Search around, you demonic boffin, you may find something you like.  big_smile

Here's Astro 1.

Unfortunately, it does not include everything from the class, but it should give you an idea.

Last edited by azathoth (2013-11-13 09:34:20)

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

The only thing I can say is this. WEEEEEEE!!!
Thanks a lot monkey man boy you friend dude knight. smile

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

@Punk, those smoke nebulae are awesome!

"Researchers Discover How Neural Circuits Zero in on the Specific Information Needed For Decisions": http://neurosciencenews.com/neuroscienc … ortex-577/

The article focuses on a specific, localized region of neurons in the prefrontal cortex. The article and the main site are both pretty interesting! I'm currently intensely interested in the brain. If anyone stumbles on any cool articles on this topic, please share!

Last edited by The Creature (2013-11-14 00:43:33)

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Watch out, they're about to collide!

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii597/creaturekillswell/CompositeAstroImage_zps803bcd08.jpg

This is a composite picture feature astro-data from both Hubble (see the green, blue and red) and Chandra X (see the purple) telescopes. Approx. 450 million light-years away. The cosmic dance continues...

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Woah man, BADASS 2 new posts. Thanks. And I very interested in the brain too, still trying to make it be able to do an enormous variety of things and thoughts at the same time. Lot of work before I get any results though. lol

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

My alma mater finds weird shit!
New type of black hole quasar.

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

For the 2 who read this thread ( lol )-
From Beyond the Wormhole, did you know that George LaMaitre, a Jesuit priest, cam up with "the hypothesis of the primeval atom," which became "The Big Bang Theory?"

Boom, you have been sciencefied (to misquote the Lonster.  Usually his "booms" involves diapers and such. lol ).

Last edited by azathoth (2013-11-14 10:37:31)

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Not to mention explosive diarrhea. hmm

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^^
Now that is a scary thought!!! lol

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Black Cloud Barnard 68, AMAZING!!!

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0604/barnard68_vlt_big.jpg

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Mars before... Damn it was cool.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/1 … 75767.html

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Saw a bright planet/star last night.  According to this site, it was Mercury or Spica.

And the Leonids start tomorrow night.  Check the site out, some other cool stuff is coming up later in November!

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^^
Very cool and thanks for the linkage.

But yes, there's a lot of great stuff in autumn, my favorite of them all, the MAGNIFICIENT Orion is up and I enjoy watching it with my Telescope. Not that I see it like Hubble does but still cool to be able to check my spendid favorite Galaxy or Nebula if you prefer, I personaly do. big_smile

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

Mars was green billions of years ago? Cool. Wonder if there was life? Animals? Intelligence?

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^^^
That's exactly what I'm wondering. I guess so, if vegetation is on, there MUST be some cells that built up animals and the like. If so then intelligence is in too. Yeah animals are more instinctual but still intelligent...

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

azathoth wrote:

For the 2 who read this thread ( lol )-
From Beyond the Wormhole, did you know that George LaMaitre, a Jesuit priest, cam up with "the hypothesis of the primeval atom," which became "The Big Bang Theory?"

Boom, you have been sciencefied (to misquote the Lonster.  Usually his "booms" involves diapers and such. lol ).

I knew the Big Bang Theory was first theorized by a Jesuit priest, but did not commit his name to memory. I shall throw this George LaMaitre into the history telescope (aka, "The Googler"). Azzy, you should let us in on some more of your science knowledge from time to time (when you're not busy with packing up your house obviously)! I want to know...


Playing Video Games Can Boost Brain Volume: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/playing … ain-volume

I'm not a gamer, but these studies make me want to play.
Take games....expand your brain.

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

It was used to be believed that once you hit a certain age, the brain stopped growing.  You had a certain number of brain cells, and if you killed some off (drinking, head trauma, etc.) they didn't grow back.  More recent research, like your article, has shown that brain cells can grow back.  Since video games stress your hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills, it makes sense that you'll grow new neurons to "bulk up" those cognitive areas.  Sort of like lifting weights strengthens muscles, intense mental activity can at least cause new synaptic connections.

And I don't have any special knowledge, I just read a lot of different stuff.  It just that most people really don't care much about the fluidity of neutronic matter.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/Neutron_star_cross_section.jpg

Re: The Science-y Stuff Thread

^ Along with Azzy, the Super-Intelligent Monkey of Our Age, I champion the validity, fluidity and vorticity of neutronic matter! big_smile tongue
And yes, vorticity!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorticity

Azz has got me in excited-to-learn-rant-mode. So I'm just going to throw up whatever comes to my demented mind here:

The neuro-plasticity of our brains is incredibly fascinating! It makes me ponder the extent and variety of different activities that one could partake in in order to see this expanding (or, I'm sure, contracting) property of the brain in action. Playing video games, lifting weights (I'm sure this kind of exercise must have an effect on the brain as well and not just the body) are two examples of activities which can increase brain volume....how about continually watching films/television? Does the content of the program as well as the physical act of watching/listening what goes on onscreen both of equal importance on the expanding/contracting brain (if, that is, film does have such an affect)? Or how about listening to different genres of music, or an assortment of recorded noises, or smoking cigarettes, playing the piano, writing books, studying a certain subject in extreme depth, painting pictures, etc.? I suppose that each of these physical or mental activities correlate to different cognitive centers of the brain. If we were to map out the brain and do before and after comparisons of a test subject's brain volume, we might get a better idea of which parts of the brain are stimulated/expanded and are thus responsible for the variety of skills and abilities we are "gifted" with. This kind of experiment (such as the one done with the video games) could also give us clues as the extent of which our brain matter can fluctuate.

Another rant coming...I'm becoming more and more convinced that the key to finding the answer to subjective reality is by studying the processes and functions of our nervous systems. Nothing else. What made me think of this, is the observation that if a person consumes a psychoactive/hallucinogenic chemical, they will often find that their entire perception of reality can be warped, curved, meddled with....this can be done just by introducing a single molecule into the body! This spells out fairly clearly (to me anyway) that conscious awareness of reality is nothing but the result of the bio-chemical process of our brains and bodies. Change/introduce a molecule to the brain/body, and you can change the subjective consciousness that composes human (and other animal) life.

I know I really shouldn't speculate so much with my lack of education in neuroscience, but dammit I like to rant! tongue But I will go inform myself on these topics further...

Edit - Now this is interesting..."The Neurology of Near-Death Experiences": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hap … xperiences

Last edited by The Creature (2013-11-17 21:28:07)