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Jul 17
thefullmetalcosplayer:

I love science. This is a metal coil outside in 90+ degree heat and its covered in thick rock hard ice with no sign of melting thanks to the liquid nitrogen running through the pipe! #science #chemistry #liquidnitrogen

thefullmetalcosplayer:

I love science. This is a metal coil outside in 90+ degree heat and its covered in thick rock hard ice with no sign of melting thanks to the liquid nitrogen running through the pipe! #science #chemistry #liquidnitrogen

(via centralscience)


estufar:

An actual headline from The New York Times in 1919 

estufar:

An actual headline from The New York Times in 1919 

(via shoukichikun)


Jul 16
ucresearch:

An invisible force at the center of our galaxy
Scientists have theorized that our Milky Way galaxy has a super massive black hole at the center of it, but how did this idea come about?  How do astronomers measure something that has actually never been seen in our telescopes?
Above is an animation of star movements in our galaxy over the past 16 years.  They all orbit around a point that emits no light in our galaxy.  We can measure the mass of these stars and calculate that their orbits require an object with the mass of 4 million Suns.  So far this points to a super massive black hole in our galaxy.
Read more about how galaxies obtain these supermassive objects →

ucresearch:

An invisible force at the center of our galaxy


Scientists have theorized that our Milky Way galaxy has a super massive black hole at the center of it, but how did this idea come about?  How do astronomers measure something that has actually never been seen in our telescopes?

Above is an animation of star movements in our galaxy over the past 16 years.  They all orbit around a point that emits no light in our galaxy.  We can measure the mass of these stars and calculate that their orbits require an object with the mass of 4 million Suns.  So far this points to a super massive black hole in our galaxy.

Read more about how galaxies obtain these supermassive objects →

(via scientificsatellite)


ageofdestruction:

everywhere: Moon and Earth, photographed by Apollo 17, 15th December 1972.
10 frames, covering about 4 minutes of real time.
Image credit: NASA/JSC/ASU. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

ageofdestruction:

everywhere: Moon and Earth, photographed by Apollo 17, 15th December 1972.

10 frames, covering about 4 minutes of real time.

Image credit: NASA/JSC/ASU. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

(via thedemon-hauntedworld)


xysciences:

Crystallization of Sodium Acetate.

xysciences:

Crystallization of Sodium Acetate.

(via garbagedragon)


Jul 15

heythereuniverse:

Clouds Detected on Alien Planet —New Hubble Discovery | TheDailyGalaxy

Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time.

[Read more]
Source photo 1: [Tyrogthekreeper]

(via thedemon-hauntedworld)


thedemon-hauntedworld:

Jupiter close up credit: NASA

thedemon-hauntedworld:

Jupiter close up
credit: NASA

(via thedemon-hauntedworld)


humanoidhistory:

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer photographed by Phillipe Halsman, 1958.
(Magnum)

humanoidhistory:

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer photographed by Phillipe Halsman, 1958.

(Magnum)


Jul 14

biologylair:

Incredible scanning electron micrograph of an exposed axon terminal, loaded with synaptic vesicles (orange and blue). 
Image Credit: Tina Carvalho

biologylair:

Incredible scanning electron micrograph of an exposed axon terminal, loaded with synaptic vesicles (orange and blue). 

Image Credit: Tina Carvalho