An Alien Image of Earth –“More Potato-Shaped than Spherical”

Since 2009 the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) has been mapping the Earth’s gravitational field. More potato-shaped than spherical, the latest images shows just how different gravity can be at different points on our planet.

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“Epic” –Monster SpaceX Rocket Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire and Team of Artists on First Trip Around the Moon

 

SpaceX said Monday night that it would send Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire entrepreneur and online fashion tycoon from Japan, on a trip around the moon in 2023 aboard the company’s monster Big Falcon Rocket. Maezawa won’t be flying alone: joining him will be six to eight artists, chosen from a pool of painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, and architects from around the world.

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The Huge, Terrifying Idea That Explodes the Big Bang

 

“It probably bothered the first human beings who realized that the world was not just their local valley,” said Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor in Physics at Stanford University. “It probably terrified them a little bit, but by now we’re used to the world getting bigger and bigger. The String Theory Landscape just says it’s way bigger than we thought.”

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“The New Earth?” — Gaia Theory Revised for Evolution of Human Species and Technology –‘Adds a New Level of “Self-Awareness’

 

For around half a century, the ‘Gaia’ hypothesis has provided a unique way of understanding how life has persisted on Earth, championing the idea that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings evolved together as a single, self-regulating system that has kept the planet habitable for life – despite threats such as a brightening Sun, volcanoes and meteorite strikes.

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“Where are They Hiding?” –NASA’s Former Chief Scientist Says Alien Life Could Be ‘Nowhere and No-When & Two Other Theories’

 

Humanity may be as few as 10 years away from discovering evidence of extraterrestrial life. Once we do, it will only deepen the mystery of where alien intelligence might be hiding. In the seventh episode of Crazy/Genius, the new podcast from The Atlantic on tech, science, and culture, puts the question to several experts, including Ellen Stofan, the former chief scientist of NASA and current director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; Adam Frank, a writer and astrophysicist at the University of Rochester; Anders Sandberg, a scientist and futurist at the University of Oxford; and Tim Urban, the science essayist at Wait But Why.

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New “Galaxy” Comments Platform –Be a Star!

 

Our new Disqus global comments and community system launched on our WordPress publishing platform this week. Join in, and post your thoughts and comments. We will also be introducing a new editorial feature: Galaxy Comments. We’ll select  the best of our community’s comments on space, science, and the search for life on any given day and feature them within our main editorial well.

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