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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2010 April 27
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The Bloop: A Mysterious Sound from the Deep Ocean
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Explanation: What created this strange sound in Earth's Pacific Ocean? Pictured above is a visual representation of a loud and unusual sound, dubbed a Bloop, captured by deep sea microphones in 1997. In the above graph, time is shown on the horizontal axis, deep pitch is shown on the vertical axis, and brightness designates loudness. Although Bloops are some of the loudest sounds of any type ever recorded in Earth's oceans, their origin remains unknown. The Bloop sound was placed as occurring several times off the southern coast of South America and was audible 5,000 kilometers away. Although the sound has similarities to those vocalized by living organisms, not even a blue whale is large enough to croon this loud. The sounds point to the intriguing hypothesis that even larger life forms lurk in the unexplored darkness of Earth's deep oceans. A less imagination-inspiring possibility, however, is that the sounds resulted from some sort of iceberg calving. No further Bloops have been heard since 1997, although other loud and unexplained sounds have been recorded.

 
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M1: The Crab Nebula from Hubble
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Explanation: This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The above image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.

 
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A look at Solar Wind (Planetary Scale)
 
 
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Greenland IceBridge Mission Update
 
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Yeah APOD rocks. i've been checking that website every day for years.
 
Mahshadin, did you catch the Hawking's Universe show on Discovery? It was really awesome! I think they're going to make it into a series.
 
If you didn't catch it, it is different than the History Channel's "The Universe" series, which I bought the Blu-Rays.
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Yeah there are some very kewl pics in the archives of APOD
 
I dont watch much TV anymore, to much to do, and I spend a lot more time on Internet these days.
 
That sounds Interesting, I am gonna have to look for it on Blue Ray DVD. I just finally upgraded to BlueRay.
 
Still have a functioning Laser Disc in the entertainment center LOLLOL remember those?
 
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What do you think of Blueray, do you notice a huge diff? I just got one and have not really checked out the diff yet.
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The difference between DVD and BluRay is literally night and day.

It's literally the difference between old 8mm film and a DVD. My television is a Sony Bravia and when I pop in a Blu Ray it is like I'm looking into a window where people are acting. The television is just as important as the Blu Ray player.

A real functioning laserdisc!?! Oh man! Dragon's Lair and Space Ace anyone?

The Universe from the History Channel is really cool. You should look it up. The new Stephen Hawking one on the Discovery Channel delved into more of the theoretical deals like Wormholes, time dilation and who or how both might or might not work.
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Please give the best pairing of tv and blue-ray...
 
 
I tried to educate myself... have no idea what 'burn in' is.
 
I went to this site.   (viewing from a distance of 12 to 15 feet )
 
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Turboguy Turboguy wrote:

The difference between DVD and BluRay is literally night and day.

It's literally the difference between old 8mm film and a DVD. My television is a Sony Bravia and when I pop in a Blu Ray it is like I'm looking into a window where people are acting. The television is just as important as the Blu Ray player.
 
Well I am going to have to unbox the thing and give it a try, have been putting it off due to the monstrousity of the task of dismatling my entertainment center to get another piece in there, might have to ditch the laser disc LOLLOL
 
I have a pretty high end Plazma, that should suffice

A real functioning laserdisc!?! Oh man! Dragon's Lair and Space Ace anyone?

The Universe from the History Channel is really cool. You should look it up. The new Stephen Hawking one on the Discovery Channel delved into more of the theoretical deals like Wormholes, time dilation and who or how both might or might not work.
 
Ya sounds interesting, I am going to have to figure out these channels, I am sure I have it, the bloody thing goes to like 350 or somthing, switched a couple months ago to Dish Network from basic cable. Just have to figure out how to remember the damn channels now!!~!!
 
Used to be I only had to rember about 5

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Your Plasma television has the HDMI input right? The six way cable is good and will get you to right around 1080i, which upon viewing my first time was jaw dropping, but if you want a truly amazing experience go with the HDMI and watch it in 1080p. I think that if you're already got a high end plasma that gets to 1080p or even 1080i, you should be good to go. I don't think you'll have to dismantle everything though, if you've got HDMI's you could feasably pull it out, the blu ray player, and watch a movie, then put it away. The HDMI inputs are usually near the sides of the set for just this reason.

I'm pretty sure that Dish network is already putting out a 1080p signal too and both the Discovery Channel and the History Channel are broadcast in HD. The next Stephen Hawking show is going to be on, on Sunday at eight PM Eastern time. It's called, "Into the Universe" With Stephen Hawking. I heard that each episode took him three or four days to write all the script as his ALS is really making it tough for this giant of a man to talk.

I can only imagine how incredible it'd be if he could talk, just to have a conversation with him. Though I'm sure I'm a neanderthal in comparison, if I could glean just a sliver of his genius it would be a dream come true.

I too remember when there was only five channels. Though I think you're about five or six years older than I (My estimate) I remember BEING the remote control for my dad. "Hey kid, change it to channel 5." then the channel selector went, "Clunk, clunk, clunk!" This was on our ENORMOUS 19 inch t.v.!

Mary I've tried to go with Sony products for my entertainment system. I use a Bravia 46" with a Playstation3 and a 5.1 home theater system. When I turn on the TV, the sound system automatically turns on too.
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Hey TG
My problem is not the wiring (Computer Tech Part Time), it is the mamoth entertainment center which has to be partially broken down so I can move it enough to get new items in the cabinets (Its like a whole wall full--Solid Hardwood). The plazma is not new but has 1080i quality picture using hdmi (atleast that what it says). After reading your comparison I have decided to make it this Saturdays morning project. Do like the Plazma though, very nice picture, and a huge upgrade from what I had before that (Tube).
 
Love Sony video stuff, but my wallet does not. When I bought the Plazma (Samsung) the sony equiv. LCD would have been almost 2 grand more (Other Priorities). The plazma will have to do until it breaks down. I do enjoy running my laptop on the plazma as well, especially with the Astronomy stuff, and planet earth.
 
Ill give you another clue, I grew up with Party Line (Phone). Smile
 
The New Dishnetwork is nice just to damn many channels to remember (0-400), and I really like the whole pause and play feature along with recording. I remember fighting with my VCR to get that rediculous timer to actually work (Missed a critical Packer Viking game once after messing up that timer.
 
Boy things have sure changed in the last 30 years
 
 
 
 
 
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Aphids Evolved Special, Surprising Talents

These insect pests pioneered new frontiers in genetics

 

 

April 29, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, aphids are not just sap-sucking, plant-destroying enemies of agriculture. In fact, these pests are genetic pioneers that evolved two unique traits, according to a study that appears in the April 30 issue of the journal Science.

 

First, aphids are, so far, the only animal known to produce essential pigments known as carotenoids. The aphid's pigment-producing ability is unique to the animal kingdom. Other animals, including humans, that need carotenoids cannot produce these essentials themselves; instead, they must obtain carotenoids from food.

 
Why are carotenoids needed by many plants and animals? Because they provide vital support to varied functions, ranging from promoting immunity to reducing cell damage and providing color to fruits and vegetables. For example, carotenoids give tomatoes their red color and flamingoes their pink color. Carotenoids also determine whether aphids are red or green--a color distinction that influences their vulnerabiilty to predators and other threats.
 
 
As for the second unique trait, aphids probably acquired their carotenoid-producing ability through a rare, and perhaps unique, process: millions of years ago, aphids apparently "snatched" carotenoid-producing genes from a carotenoid-producing member of the fungi kingdom, and then snapped those snatched genes into their own genetic code.
 
 
Gene transfer between organisms is not itself a rare phenomenon. However, the fungi-to-aphid gene transfer is the only known gene transfer between members of the fungi kingdom and animal kingdom--which are so evolutionarily distant from one another that it was long thought that never the twain would genetically meet.
 
 
But by busting through kingdom barriers, aphids gained something akin to a "genetic magic wand" that empowered them to produce their own carotenoids. They were thereby freed of the need to scavenge for carotenoid-yielding foods. The result: one less chore on the aphid's "to do" list, and a new self-sufficiency for these insects.
 
 
No one knows what compelled genes to jump from fungi to aphids. But "the transferred fungi genes may have originated from a closely associated fungus, such as one of the fungi that causes diseases in aphids," says Nancy Moran of the University of Arizona, the lead author of the Science paper. "Because the carotenoid-producing genes were the only fungus-related genes that we found in the aphid genes, we think that the fungi-to-aphid transfer was an extremely rare event."

"This is a very big discovery," says Matt Kane of the National Science Foundation. "By recognizing the horizontal transfer of nutritionally important carotenoid genes, Nancy Moran and her colleagues are the first to discover that gene transfer can occur between very distantly related groups of higher, multi-cellular organisms such as fungi and insects."

The foundation for the discovery of the fungi-to-aphid gene transfer was laid when a research team that included Moran constructed the first map of the entire genetic code of aphids. Then, when follow-up studies of the aphid's genetic map were conducted by a different research led by Moran, the presence of carotenoid-producing genes was discovered.

Because a few cases of bacterium-to-animal gene transfer are known and because aphids have close associations with bacterial symbionts, bacteria were initially considered a more likely suspect for genetic swapping with aphids than were the more genetically complex fungi. But after identifying signature similarities between the sequences and arrangements of the aphid and fungi carotenoid-producing genes, Moran's team was able to eliminate bacteria, as well as laboratory contamination, as potential sources for the aphids' carotenoid-producing genes.

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Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

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Situation: Wednesday 28 April

Workers finished fabricating the containment chamber portion of the collection dome that will be deployed to the sea floor to collect oil as it escapes from the well.  Work will now begin on the piping system that brings the oil to the surface for collection; this method has never been tried at this depth before.  The first rig to be used for drilling a relief or cut-off well is on site and should begin drilling approximately ½ a mile from the well head on Friday.  The relief well will not be complete for several months.  Responders are still figuring out new ways to use Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to try to trigger the blowout preventer (BOP), a series of valves that sits at the well head.   These efforts will continue concurrent with the collection dome and relief well(s).  Good weather today allowed for both skimming operations and aggressive aerial application of dispersants - over 50,000 gallons of dispersant have been applied to the surface oil in the last two days.  Patches of surface oil were captured with fire-retardant boom and ignited (in situ burn).

Current NOAA efforts are focused on: gathering more information about the spill, planning for open water and shoreline remediation, and readying for environmental assessment and response. Natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) activities are now underway. 

  • Winds are forecast to become strong (20+ kts) and blow from the southeast starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend, which will continue to push surface oil towards shore
  • NOAA oil-spill trajectory analyses indicate that oil continues to move towards shore.
  • 100,000’ of oil-containment booms (or floating barriers) have been deployed as a precaution to protect sensitive areas in the Louisiana area.
  • The effects of oil on sensitive habitats and shorelines in four states (LA, MS, AL, and FL) are being evaluated should oil from the incident make landfall in appreciable quantities
  • NOAA’s Assessment and Restoration Division is evaluating concerns about potential injuries of oil and dispersants to fishes, human use of fisheries, marine mammals, turtles, and sensitive resources
  • Baseline aerial surveys to assess marine life were conducted today with personnel from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), these will continue as needed

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/topic_subtopic_entry.php?RECORD_KEY(entry_subtopic_topic)=entry_id,subtopic_id,topic_id&entry_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=809&subtopic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=2&topic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=1

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A massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico continued spreading on April 29, 2010, moving perilously close to shore, according to news reports. The U.S. Coast Guard attempted controlled burns on some of the oil to prevent its spread, but had to halt the process due to high winds. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration constructed a dome-and-pipe system to contain the spread of oil at the sea floor.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a natural-color image of the oil slick just off the Louisiana coast. The top image shows a wide-area view, and the bottom image shows a close-up view of the oil slick (outlined in white in the top image). The oil slick appears as dull gray interlocking comma shapes, one opaque and the other nearly transparent. The northwestern tip of the oil slick almost touches the Mississippi Delta. Sunglint—the mirror-like reflection of the Sun off the water—enchances the oil slick’s visibility.

The oil slick resulted from an explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010, on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Two days after the explosion, the rig sank to the ocean floor, and a pipe connected to the well on the sea floor broke. Oil began leaking from the pipe, The New York Times reported. The following week, the U.S. Coast Guard discovered a new leak, and also found that five times as much oil was pouring from the well as initially assumed, according to Reuters.

Various methods of containing oil spills have been developed, including controlled burns, domes over the oil spill, and the use of remotely operated vehicles to manipulate equipment on the sea floor. The depth of this oil well—5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the ocean surface—has complicated all proposed mitigation efforts. To protect wildlife along the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, authorities were monitoring possible impacts of oil residue, and considering using cannons to scare birds away from affected areas and using shrimper boats to skim oil.

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I wouldn't call 100 years of graph empiracal evidence of long term warming.
 
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Yes, I understand your view
 
But its all we have, and its pretty darn accurate as well as gives us a pretty clear picture of which way things are going.
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One-Third of All Honeybees Died Last Winter, and That's Not Even The Worst News

Colony Collapse Disorder is still alive and well ... even if U.S. bees are not, according to the fourth annual depressing survey of honeybees.

April 30, 2010 at 9:51AM by Kim Flottum

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From the most comprehensive survey taken to date, due in large part to beekeepers who read Bee Culture’s CATCH THE BUZZ news service, (archives) and other industry media, the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the USDA have completed their fourth annual census of winter honey bee colony losses. What they found was troubling, to say the least. But if you carefully read the numbers, they are even more troubling.

Just over 4,200 beekeepers completed the survey, ranging from backyard beekeepers with a handful of colonies, to a host of commercial operations with thousands of colonies each. All told, the beekeepers that responded own just over 22% of all the colonies in the U.S. That comes to 551,000 colonies, a fair sized sample, and certainly more representative than previous years.

If you consider how many colonies the respondents lost as a percent of how many colonies there in the U.S., it is estimated that 33% of all the colonies in the U.S. died last winter. A third of all the bees in the U.S. died last winter. One Third!

But that’s not the worst part. Of those who answered the survey, they lost (are you ready?) over 40% of their colonies... Over 40%. When you look at the average losses of respondents from the previous three years, this represents fully a 23% increase in the average number lost. Recall, averages mean that some beekeepers lost far more than 40%, and some lost less than 40%. Some that I know, with thousands of colonies, lost 60%, 70% and a few over 90% of their bees.

The first question, of course, especially for this contribution, is was Colony Collapse Disorder a part of this massacre? And yes, according to evaluations by the respondents, it was... but these responses are not backed by hard scientific data but rather good beekeeper opinion. This can be argued with, but the trend is telling, and after these many years I’ve found it to be fairly reliable. Nevertheless, only 28% of operations reported that at least some of their dead colonies were found dead without dead bees, one of the critical symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder. However this group lost a total of 44% of their colonies, as compared to the total loss of 25% experienced by beekeepers who did not report losses indicative of Colony Collapse Disorder. 44 vs. 25.

One critical Colony Collapse Disorder factor is that this survey does not include colonies that perish during other times of the year... from any causes. And, as we know, Colony Collapse Disorder raises its ugly head often in the fall, before winter losses are considered. So those aren’t in this survey, unfortunately.

But bees die from lots of causes, and last year’s mostly really lousy weather contributed to last year’s really lousy production of food for bees... nectar and pollen. Poor weather means poor growing season means poor crops means not much food means unhealthy bees means bees susceptible to attacks from other nasties.

Now here’s a dilemma. If Mother Nature does not provide enough to eat for bees in an area, what’s a beekeeper to do? On one hand, a beekeeper can feed the bees sugar or corn syrup. But if he does, he is criticized for feeding an unnatural diet to these all natural creatures. But if he doesn’t, they die. You can make any choice you want based on any philosophy you have, but I won’t stand by and let my bees die if I can help it. I doubt any farmer would intentionally let his livestock perish if saving them somehow was possible.

But it’s difficult and expensive to feed bees. And if it costs too much, takes too much time, the weather doesn’t cooperate... a beekeeper sometimes simply can’t get them all fed. So some die of starvation. Of the bees that died last winter... over 60% died because of foul weather and poor food resources. Mother Nature took her toll, that’s for sure.

Interestingly, only 5% of the beekeepers who responded to this survey felt that colony losses were attributable to Colony Collapse Disorder. What the release from the AIA doesn’t include is... what number of colonies are owned by this small, but perhaps significant number of beekeepers? Right now, we don’t know, but it will come out in the wash when the final numbers are reviewed and published.

For now, know that a third of all the bees in the U.S. died last winter... and they have to be replaced. Let’s hope Mother Nature is a better Mother this season.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/bees/colony-collapse-disorder-census-0430

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Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

 
 
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As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations. More

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Situation: Friday 30 April

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco spoke with fishermen in Venice, Louisiana today as the Deepwater Horizon incident grows.

Also visiting the spill were Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Deputy Secretary of Interior David Hayes and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Carol Browner. The Department of Defense authorized mobilization of the Louisiana National Guard to help protect critical habitats from contamination and assist local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil.

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Oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico at an estimated to 5000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day from three leaks in damaged piping on the sea floor from the Deepwater Horizon incident recently declared a Spill of National Significance (SONS).  NOAA is assisting the Unified Command in evaluating a new technique to apply dispersants to oil at the source - 5000’ below the surface, if successful this could keep plumes and sheens from forming.  Work also continues on a piping system designed to take oil from a collection dome at the sea floor to tankers on the surface; this technique has never been tried at 5000’.  Drilling of a relief or cut-off well is still planned - one drilling rig is on site and one should arrive this weekend, but the process will not be complete for several months. Aircraft have applied over 139,000 gallons of dispersant and will continue as conditions allow. 

 
 
With shore impacts looming, more than 217,000 feet of boom have been assigned to contain the spill, with an additional 305,760 feet available.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the closure of both recreational and commercial fishing in areas of likely impact and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals closed molluscan shellfish (oyster) harvesting areas in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard.
 
 

NOAA efforts have included: modeling the trajectory and extent of the oil, getting pre-impact samples surveys and baseline measurements, planning for open water and shoreline remediation, supporting the Unified Command as it analyzes new techniques for handling the spill and starting Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA).

  • National Weather Service forecasts persistent southeast winds through the weekend which will push surface oil towards shore and hamper surface recovery efforts until a forecast shift on Monday

 

  • The Coast Guard is using forecasts and graphics of oil movement prepared by NOAA’s Emergency Response Division (ERD) and Marine Charting Division to keep mariners out of oil areas by depicting them on electronic charts

 

  • Baseline aerial surveys to assess marine life continued today with personnel from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), more flights are planned this weekend  

  • NOAA’s Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) coordinated with natural resource trustees from five states and with Responsible Party representatives on seven resource assessment workgroups (birds, mammals and turtles, fish, shoreline habitats, water column injury, data management, and human use)

 

  • NOAA and the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Hospitals gathered oysters and water and sediment samples in four commercial harvest areas

 

  • An ARD natural resource economist arrives on scene tomorrow to lead a team that will evaluate spill related losses of human-use activities

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