Carnival of Space Noir

This Thursday’s carnival of space raised the bar on writing a Space Carnival post. I bow down before the whim of imagination that is this week Space Carnival over on Sorting out Science. Go read. Have fun.

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Random and Unsundry things

Random and Unsundry things

To give you an idea of my day, I originally (thanks to not paying enough attention to spell check), named this post “Random and Incendiary Things.” I have absolutely no ideas how Phil and Fraser so gracefully balance writing, family, interviews, online activities, and their inboxes. I am in awe of their rapid fire writing! My inbox longs for someone as a responsible as them to take over its care! Thing 1) I just finished participating in an episode of Skeptics Guide to the Universe! It was a blast. Expect to hear Fraser and I in the next episode. (You’ll love the fact or Fiction) Thing 2) It looks like I’ll be attending, along with Rebecca, the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference in Houston, TX in March. We’ll be there live...

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Resonating Worlds

Resonating Worlds

I want to start by saying the following story is drawn from a pre-print, and the planet I’m about to talk about has not yet been directly detected. This is just a really neat little paper that offers a new way to look at things. In a new pre-print over on arXive, astronomers Ignasi Ribas (ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Spain), Andreu Font-Ribera (ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Spain), and Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (IAP, France) announce they have found what may be the smallest planet yet discovered – a 5 Earth mass world – orbiting a cool red dwarf star. They found this potential new planet through its invisible tug-a-war on an already known gas giant. Here’s how the game is played. Some astronomer (or 2 or 12) adopts a star and observers it over and over and over with a...

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Building a wall free Digital Tomorrow

Building a wall free Digital Tomorrow

I live a strange life. There is no way around it. My husband works for an office in San Jose, I have contracts to do work with a university in Sonoma, I teach for universities in Arizona, Australia, and Illinois, and I also do a bit of contract work for an association in D.C. (and somehow I don’t exceed 40 hours a week on paper…). Meanwhile, we live in Illinois. This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for this fabulous thing called the Internet. Across its high-wires and by-wires we shoot our lives across the world, meeting for lunch across the desk from one another, with a video camera bringing our friends’ multi-continental faces face-to-face. This is an alternate reality that doesn’t belong to all of us. As I find myself...

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Carnival of Space

This weeks friendly neighborhood carnival is planting its tents over at Colony Worlds. Check it out and come back tomorrow, when hopefully I’ll be do a comments roll questions roundup (including info on buying Astronomy Cast pins).

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