See the astonishing real-life space photos that inspired ‘Cosmos’

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun with Earth to Scale

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.

By Valentina Palladino

NASA tweeted that it created a new album on its Flickr account with a few never before seen images of celestial bodies, in conjunction with Sunday’s premiere of Cosmos. Mixed with some old photos, the entire album of 43 images shows how the parts of our universe we don’t see can be amazing, scary, and beautiful all at once. Some of the photos depict phenomena seen the 13-episode series that remakes and pays tribute to Carl Sagan’s 1980 program. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the show, taking on a part Captain Kirk, part travelogue guide role as he leads viewers on an exploration through our galaxy. The popular astrophysicist is a big supporter of NASA and funding space research, so it’s not surprising that NASA would support and complement Cosmos with exclusive photos — and they’re simply too stunning not to share.

Photos and captions courtesy of NASA/CSC/SAO



16 Examples That Show The United States Has Become A Seriously Messed Up Country

(Michael Snyder) In recent years, it has been quite common to hear our politicians and top media personalities talk about the need for America to use military force to impose “our values” on the rest of the world.  But what “values” could they possibly be talking about?  The truth is that we don’t have any “values” worth sharing with anyone at this point.  America has become a festering cesspool of garbage and filth, and it is getting worse with each passing day.

As a nation, we need to humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked deeds and rediscover the values that once made this country great.  But instead, we seem to have developed a thirst for evil that can never be satisfied.  The entire nation seems to be slowly going insane, and not that many people are even alarmed by this.  I hope that you will share this article with others, because the American people desperately need a giant wake up call.  The following are 16 examples that show that the United States has become a seriously messed up country…

#1 The American flag is starting to be banned in schools all over the nation, and federal courts are backing them up on this

Last week in Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist., the 9th Circuit ruled that a public school can actually ban the American flag. Making matters worse, the decision allows the school to ban the American flag and still allow students to display flags of other countries.

#2 Speaking of our courts, many of them appear to have literally gone insane.  Just check out what the highest court in Massachusetts recently ruled

Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.

The State Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday dismissed charges against Michael Robertson of Andover, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police.

Officers had set up a sting on the Green Line after getting reports that Robertson was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female rider’s skirts and dresses.

#3 Parents are starting to lose the natural affection that they should have for their children.  For example, a pregnant mother that already had three children recently tried to kill them all by driving her minivan into the ocean

“The two in the back seat was crying, with their arms out saying ‘Our mommy’s trying to kill us, please help,’” said Tesseneer.

A bystander’s video of the rescue shows a rescuer carrying two children away from the sinking van when the children tell them there was another child inside.

“The kids are like, ‘No there’s a baby. There’s a baby,’” Tesseneer said. “She (the mother) wouldn’t say a word. She didn’t tell us nothing about a baby.”

The men are seen on video frantically trying to get to the small child through the hatchback and the driver’s side door.

#4 In the old days, some people would cruelly abandon their pets in the woods, but now this is actually happening to children

A Florida couple was arrested for allegedly abandoning their three young children in the woods, authorities said.

Michael and Sarah Butcher, both 30, were first arrested Friday after illegally parking their red truck in a private RV park in Punta Gorda.

Cops later found crystal meth in their car’s glove compartment, along with a syringe and a burnt spoon, according to the arrest report.

After the pair was taken to jail –- where they repeatedly claimed to be brother and sister –- the police received a call that three children were found walking in the woods, “very dirty, hungry, and cold,” according to a police report.

#5 Teenagers in America just continue to become even more cruel.  Perhaps we should rethink the way that we are raising our children…

Four teenagers are accused of carving a swastika into the forehead of a 16-year-old boy.

The Oregonian reports that Jenna Montgomery, 15, Jess Taylor, 17, Blue Kalmbach, 15, and a 14-year-old boy attacked the boy in a shed, shooting him with a BB gun and hitting him with a crow bar, on top of carving a swastika into his forehead.

#6 The FDA is actually considering making it legal for doctors and scientists to create “three parent babies” in the United States…

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A Tweet too far: Saudi Arabian jailed over Twitter call ‘to protest’

A Saudi court sentenced one of its citizens to eight years imprisonment on a handful of charges, including inciting protests and mocking the monarch on Twitter.

The offender, whose identity has not been released, had been  charged with inciting families of those arrested for  security reasons to protest by publishing Tweets and videos on  YouTube,” justice ministry spokesman, Fahd al-Bakran, was  quoted by official news agency, SPA, as saying on Sunday.

In addition to the jail sentence, the court banned the defendant  from travelling for eight years and posting on social media.  Last month, Riyadh passed new counter-terrorism legislation that  makes it an act of terrorism for any person to disturb public  order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king.

A terrorist is defined as individuals who “insult the  reputation of the state or its position… inflict damage upon one  of its public utilities or its natural resources,” or those  who attempt to force “governmental authority to carry out or  prevent it from carrying out an action, or to threaten to carry  out acts that lead to the named purposes, or incite [these  acts].”

The legislation allows the security forces to arrest and detain  suspects for up to six months with the possibility of extending  incarceration for another six months. Suspects can be held  incommunicado for 90 days, without the presence of their  lawyer, during the initial questioning.

Saudi Arabia is the country with the highest percentage of active  Twitter users among its online population, according to  GlobalWebIndex.

Amnesty International has spoken out against the regime’s  oppressive practices, releasing a report titled “Saudi Arabia:  Unfulfilled Promises” last October.

The report slammed the country for failing to implement any of  the main recommendations they accepted under a previous review by  the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which took place in 2009.

Saudi Arabia remains one of the top five executioners in the  world. The death penalty is still applied to a wide range of  non-lethal crimes such as adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug  smuggling, kidnapping, rape, “witchcraft,” and  “sorcery.” Since 2009, appeals by the growing human  rights movement in the country have been met with harsh measures  such as arbitrary arrests, detention without charge or trial,  unfair trials, and travel bans, Amnesty stated.


Secrets of Apple’s ‘spaceship HQ’ revealed: Cars will be banished, roads replaced with running tracks and glass walls will slide open

Apple preview

.Apple founder Steve Jobs originally submitted the application for the Cupertino headquarters back in 2011
.The campus will be a mile in circumference, feature glass walls and solar panels and cover 175 acres
.In an interview with Architectural Record, Sir Norman Foster gave an insight into how the ‘spaceship’ will be built
.He said cars will be ‘banished and buried’ in an underground car park and tarmac will be replaced with greenery
.Glass walls the height of the building will slide open, and cafes and restaurants will help break up the vast scale
.More than 1,000 bikes will be kept on site to help staff make their way around the circular campus
.Apple plans to build it in Cupertino in California and it will be surrounded by a man-made forest of 7,000 trees
.The ‘organic’ nature of the site was inspired by Steve Jobs and his memories of California as he was growing up
.It is expected that the building will be completed by 2016 at the earliest

ByVictoria Woollaston

Concept images of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters only reveal one part of a story which began in 2011 when co-founder Steve Jobs laid down plans for a futuristic new campus.

During an interview with Architectural Record, chief architect Sir Norman Foster gave an additional insight into how Apple’s ‘spaceship’ will be built – as well as the inspiration behind its circular and ‘organic’ design.

This includes cars being ‘banished and buried’ in underground car parks, tarmac being replaced by greenery and windows that stretch the full height of the four-storey main building that slide open.

He also revealed that there will be room for  1,000 bikes and the tricks he is using to make the giant campus seem  compact.

‘It’s interesting how it evolved,’ explained  Foster. ‘First of all, there was a smaller site. Then, as the project developed,  and the Hewlett-Packard site became available, the scale of the project changed.  The reference point for Steve [Jobs] was always the large space on the Stanford  campus – the Main Quad – which Steve knew intimately. He would reminisce about  the time when he was young, and California was still the fruit bowl of the  United States. It was still orchards.’

With this in mind, Foster said he wanted to  add a series of ‘organic segments’ to the Cupertino building – nicknamed the  Apple spaceship because of its vast circular shape that covers 175-acre and  features a man-made forest of more than 7,000 trees…

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Gravity becomes a reality: Watch the terrifying moment an ‘astronaut’ spins out of the ISS (…but don’t worry, there’s no one inside the suit)

.The ‘astronaut’ was a defunct spacesuit dubbed SuitSat-1 launched in 2006
.The suit contained three batteries, a radio transmitter and internal sensors
.It broadcast transmissions in six languages to amateur radio operators around the world before burning up in Earth’s atmosphere

ByEllie Zolfagharifard

As the International Space Station spins around the Earth, a door unexpectedly opens and a figure in a Russian spacesuit is thrown out.

It looks like something from the film ‘Gravity’, but the chilling scene happened in real life less than a decade ago.

Back in 2006, Nasa astronauts launched one of their ‘colleagues’ from the International Space Station to orbit Earth for seven months before burning up in the atmosphere.

Fortunately, their colleague was an out-dated empty spacesuit dubbed SuitSat-1 redesigned to be one of the most bizarre satellites ever launched.

The makeshift satellite was thrown from the space station by crew members Bill McArthur and Valery Tulare as they began a six-hour spacewalk.

The idea was put forward by the  Russians who thought they could turn old spacesuits into useful satellites,  according to Sam Wilkinson writing in Sploid

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More than 80 per cent of British people can’t speak properly: Most commonly mispronounced words include espresso and prescription (and women are the worst)

Tongue tied: A study of the most difficult words to pronounce was commissioned by London railway station St Pancras International, which is itself frequently mispronounced as 'Pancreas'

.Place names are particularly confusing with ‘Ely’ often mispronounced
.Study commissioned by railway terminal St Pancras International, which is often pronounced as ‘Pancreas’
.20% of women struggle with common words such as espresso
.One in six speakers do not pronounce London’s Greenwich district properly

ByLucy Crossley

More than three-quarters of British people  struggle with common words and place names, with espresso and prescription among  the most difficult to pronounce, according to researchers.

A new study has revealed that 82 per cent of us regularly trip on our words, with  women getting most tongue-tied with every day terminology.

And place names can be particularly  confusing, according to the study  commissioned by London railway station St Pancras International, which is itself  frequently mispronounced by 33 per cent of people as like the gland  ‘Pancreas’.

The Cambridgeshire city of ‘Ely’ is  the most  commonly mispronounced word, with more than half of Brits (59  per cent) getting  it wrong.

And one in six (16 per cent) speakers do not  pronounce the south-east London district of ‘Greenwich’ correctly.

The study discovered nearly half of us can’t  pronounce ‘sherbet’ (40 per cent), while 34 per cent stumble over ‘et  cetera’.

Nearly a quarter of women (20 per cent) find  common words such as prescription’ and ‘espresso’ difficult to say, and 24 per  cent of people get tongue-tied saying ‘often’.

Researchers who have compiled a list of the words we find hardest to pronounce say  the Italian starter ‘bruschetta’ has 25  per cent of people regularly stumped.

The study found a quarter of British people  (23 per cent) feel so worried about getting words like these wrong they even ask  someone else to say them.

One in six embarrassed speakers (17 per cent)  confess to stopping the conversation and apologising for getting mixed  up.

However, it seems men are less self conscious  with 35 per cent of males saying they do not care if they mispronounce  something…

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The Fat Drug


IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.

But what if that meat is us? Recently, a group of medical investigators have begun to wonder whether antibiotics might cause the same growth promotion in humans. New evidence shows that America’s obesity epidemic may be connected to our high consumption of these drugs. But before we get to those findings, it’s helpful to start at the beginning, in 1948, when the wonder drugs were new — and big was beautiful.

That year, a biochemist named Thomas H. Jukes marveled at a pinch of golden powder in a vial. It was a new antibiotic named Aureomycin, and Mr. Jukes and his colleagues at Lederle Laboratories suspected that it would become a blockbuster, lifesaving drug. But they hoped to find other ways to profit from the powder as well. At the time, Lederle scientists had been searching for a food additive for farm animals, and Mr. Jukes believed that Aureomycin could be it. After raising chicks on Aureomycin-laced food and on ordinary mash, he found that the antibiotics did boost the chicks’ growth; some of them grew to weigh twice as much as the ones in the control group.

Mr. Jukes wanted more Aureomycin, but his bosses cut him off because the drug was in such high demand to treat human illnesses. So he hit on a novel solution. He picked through the laboratory’s dump to recover the slurry left over after the manufacture of the drug. He and his colleagues used those leftovers to carry on their experiments, now on pigs, sheep and cows. All of the animals gained weight. Trash, it turned out, could be transformed into meat…