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Friday, August 23, 2013

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Space and Science News

The Answer to Whether Alien Life Exists May Be Hiding Inside Our Bodies

The answer to whether alien life exists may be hiding inside our own body!
According to a new theory, human genetic code is embedded with a "designer label" that may be an indelible stamp of a master extraterrestrial civilisation that preceded us by many millions or billions of years.
Picture source: topnews
Researchers Vladimir I shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, hypothesise that an intelligent signal embedded in our genetic code would be a mathematical and semantic message that cannot be accounted for by Darwinian evolution.  Read More

Our Sun's Classification

Like most scientists, astronomers like to categorize the Universe around them, and stars are no exception. Here’s how astronomers classify stars into different groups; let’s learn a bit about star classification.
Stars are classified based on the spectral characteristic of the light it’s giving off. As you probably know, the light we see with our eyes is actually a mixture of colors. You can break them up into their different parts just like you can use a prism to break sunlight into all the colors of a rainbow. The rainbow that we see is actually the spectrum produced by the Sun, and it’s different for different stars depending on their temperature. A cooler star will have a spectrum that has more red in it, while a hotter star will be shifted up towards the blue end of the spectrum.

What Causes that Great After Rain Smell

After a rainstorm, especially a rain storm that breaks a long dry spell, the world smells different. What causes that strange, clean, earthy smell?

Some of the smell, especially the parts that people identify as "clean," probably come from ozone. Oxygen atoms usually travels in pairs. Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms linked together. It's naturally created in the upper atmosphere, where the energy from ultraviolet light splits oxygen pairs in two. Each of the newly-single oxygen atoms is then taken up by oxygen pairs to form an ozone threesome. The same process can happen around waterfalls and after lightning strikes.
Ozone is sometimes used to kill off odors, especially smoky and moldy odors. The clean scent after a rainfall is partially caused by ozone cleaning away some of the scents we take for granted. Ozone also has a scent all its own. Some say it's like geraniums, but others compare it to a light bleach scent. Few sniff it for more than a moment because it does terrible damage to the lungs, splitting open cells and causing them to leak enzymes. A little ozone after the rain, however, does little damage for all the pleasure it brings.

The other main scent of a rainstorm is a sort of rich earthy smell, like freshly turned-over dirt. Actually, it's exactly like freshly turned-over dirt.
In pretty much any soil on Earth you'll find actinomycetes. These are bacteria that tend to grow in rich, wet dirt. They're beneficial both to the dirt and to us. Scientists have isolated antibiotics from dirt, and found that they're produced by these actinomycetes. When the soil dries out, the bacteria put out spores that can survive in the dry dirt. And then when it rains, the rain dampens the soil and kicks up the spores, so the scent is the of the bacteria in the air and dirt, going to work again.

From Io9

The Imaginarium
Make the ordinary, extraordinary

Why would you not intentionally go to your yoga class?

A cake for Mr. Adam

Creative soda company and packaging

Another speedier captured and ticketed

His first day in First Grade

I wonder what the code is?

A Home Wall Sculpture

From the top of the Eiffel Tower


Picture makes up the ceiling in a smoking room

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