Archive for 2010/06/22

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft hunting for Earth-like planets around other stars has found 706 candidates for potential alien worlds while gazing at more than 156,000 stars packed into a single patch of the sky.

If all 706 of these objects pass the stringent follow-up tests to determine if they are actually planets, and not false alarms, they could nearly triple the current number of known extrasolar planets. They were announced as part of a huge release of data from the mission’s first 43 days by NASA’s Kepler science team this week.

The Kepler space observatory monitors stars for subtle changes in their brightness, which could indicate the presence of alien planets passing in front of them as seen from Earth. Astronomers will use the newly-released data from Kepler to determine if orbiting planets are responsible for the variation in brightness of several hundred stars.

It’s obvious we aren’t alone in the universe. Tom Cruise has been trying to tell us for years.

This is the message I would send out into the cosmos…

I would also ask if they could take Lady Gaga back because she is seriously starting to freak us out down here.

Edith Shain, a former nurse whose impromptu V-J day kiss with American sailor George Mendonça was captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt’s in his iconic photograph “V–J day in Times Square,” passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

On Aug. 14, 1945, more than 750,000 people gathered in New York City’s Times Square, to celebrate the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II. Among the excited crowd was Edith Shain, a nursing school student, along with her roommate who had taken the subway to Times Square when they heard the war was over. “This sailor just grabbed me and kissed me,” she said. “Any female closes her eyes when she’s about to kiss so I never saw the guy, and then I walked away. I was kind of embarrassed. I didn’t say anything about it to anyone.” What Shain didn’t realize, until a week later, was that her “indiscretion” was caught on film and whilst browsing a copy of LIFE magazine she saw herself in what would become one of the great photographs of the 20th Century.


Dan Telfer thoroughly rips apart every dinosaur you’ve ever loved. Imagine this was your high school teacher. Legend.