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The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. When the mountain blasting and the mirror polishing are all done, we will have the clearest and most detailed views of outer space ever.

This boom has long been in the works for years, as billion-dollar telescopes don’t just fund and plan themselves.Now, these telescopes are starting to break ground. “If it all plays out as expected and budgeted,” writes Dennis Overbye in the New York Times, “astronomers of the 2020s will be swimming in petabytes of data streaming from space and the ground.” Let’s take a closer took at what these billion-dollar telescopes can do for astronomy in the decades to come.

Read all about these 5 amazing telescopes at Gizmodo

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"Amapola" is a popular song, written by Spanish composer Joseph LaCalle. The music of this song was used in the film Once Upon a Time in America, whose soundtrack was written by Ennio Morricone.

Ten calma, desacelera el ritmo de tu corazón silenciando tu mente.
Afirma tu paso con la visión del futuro.
Encuentra la calma de las montañas.
Rompe la tensión de tus nervios y músculos
con la dulce música de los arroyos que viven en tu memoria.
Vive intensamente la paz del sueño.
Aprende a tomar vacaciones de un minuto,
al detenerte a mirar una flor, al conversar con un amigo,
al contemplar un amanecer o al leer algunas líneas de un buen libro.
Recuerda cada día la fábula de la liebre y la tortuga, para que sepas que vivir más intenso no quiere decir vivir más rápido y que la vida es más que aumentar la velocidad.
Voltea hacia las ramas del roble que florece y comprende que creció grande y fuerte porque creció despacio y bien.
Ten calma, desacelera el paso y echa tus raíces en la buena tierra de lo que realmente vale, para así crecer hacia las estrellas.



- Hellen Keller

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What is Graham’s Number? (feat Ron Graham)

Graham’s number explained by none other than the man who first imagined this unimaginably big number, Ron Graham.  Make sure to also watch the companion video How Big is Graham’s Number?

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First-of-its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres
When a research team set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic.
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/16/plastic-five-ocean-gyres/

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First-of-its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres

When a research team set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic.

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/16/plastic-five-ocean-gyres/

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Alpsee, Germany
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Mathematics is the only good metaphysics.

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Type of Spirals: A spiral is a curve in the plane or in the space, which runs around a centre in a special way.
Different spirals follow. Most of them are produced by formulas:The radius r(t) and the angle t are proportional for the simplest spiral, the spiral of Archimedes. Therefore the equation is:
(3) Polar equation: r(t) = at [a is constant].
From this follows
(2) Parameter form:  x(t) = at cos(t), y(t) = at sin(t),
(1) Central equation:  x²+y² = a²[arc tan (y/x)]².

You can make a  spiral by two motions of a point: There is a uniform motion in a fixed direction and a motion in a circle with constant speed. Both motions start at the same point. 
(1) The uniform motion on the left moves a point to the right. - There are nine snapshots.
(2) The motion with a constant angular velocity moves the point on a spiral at the same time. - There is a point every 8th turn.
(3) A spiral as a curve comes, if you draw the point at every turn(Image).

Figure 1: (1) Archimedean spiral - (2) Equiangular Spiral (Logarithmic Spiral, Bernoulli’s Spiral).
Figure 2 : (1) Clothoide (Cornu Spiral) - (2) Golden spiral (Fibonacci number).

More Spirals: If you replace the term r(t)=at of the Archimedean spiral by other terms, you get a number of new spirals. There are six spirals, which you can describe with the functions f(x)=x^a [a=2,1/2,-1/2,-1] and  f(x)=exp(x), f(x)=ln(x). You distinguish two groups depending on how the parameter t grows from 0.

Figure 4:  If the absolute modulus of a function r(t) is increasing, the spirals run from inside to outside and go above all limits. The spiral 1 is called parabolic spiral or Fermat’s spiral.
Figure 5: If the absolute modulus of a function r(t) is decreasing, the spirals run from outside to inside. They generally run to the centre, but they don’t reach it. There is a pole.  Spiral 2 is called the Lituus (crooked staff).

Figure 7: Spirals Made of Line Segments.

Source:  Spirals by Jürgen Köller.

See more on Wikipedia:  SpiralArchimedean spiralCornu spiralFermat’s spiralHyperbolic spiralLituus, Logarithmic spiral
Fibonacci spiral, Golden spiral, Rhumb line, Ulam spiral
Hermann Heights Monument, Hermannsdenkmal.

Image: I shared at Spirals by Jürgen Köller - Ferns by Margaret Oomen & Ferns by Rocky.

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Chemistry meets astronomy in today’s post, with a graphical guide to the atmospheres of our Solar System.Read more about them here (there’s also a link to download the graphic, or to purchase it as a large poster): http://wp.me/p4aPLT-nV

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Chemistry meets astronomy in today’s post, with a graphical guide to the atmospheres of our Solar System.

Read more about them here (there’s also a link to download the graphic, or to purchase it as a large poster): http://wp.me/p4aPLT-nV

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A galvanic cell in action.

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A galvanic cell in action.

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Interesting reading in The New York Times about Gravity: Still Exerting a Hold on Science.

scienceisbeauty:

Interesting reading in The New York Times about Gravity: Still Exerting a Hold on Science.

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