Thursday, 16 July 2015

New Horizons Exits Safe Mode, Operating Flawlessly for Upcoming Pluto Encounter

Despite some hair-raising and unplanned 4th of July fireworks of sorts in deep space which caused NASA’s Pluto

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4 stories: The secret lives of animals

In this podcast, we take a look at the much-maligned earwig, the koala's cooling techniques, the tragedy of the Tenius Adronicus, and one insect's painful sexual rituals. 

Read more about the stories mentioned:

How I learned to love the evil-looking earwig

The koala's secret to staying cool: Hugging

Presenting Tenuis Andronicus: A parasite and moose tragedy, in six acts

Inside nature's most painfully bizarre sexual ritual

Listen to more of The Week's podcasts:

4 stories: Secrets of Hollywood

4 stories: The curious origins of our most familiar and beloved things

4 stories: On love and family in the modern world

 
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We’ve revealed a galaxy far, far away….

Scientists have revealed a galaxy five billion light-years away, using a new hi-tech telescope in remote Western Australia.

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Kujira Carbon Steel Knives Mimic the Form of Whales

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Designed by blacksmith Toru Yamashita in Japan’s Kochi-prefecture, these high carbon steel knives are designed in the form of five different whales, the blades forming the baleen mouth of each species. The Kujira blades were originally made for children as a tool for sharpening pencils or cutting paper, but have since been marketed abroad as a general purpose utility or chef knife. At about $50 each the knives aren’t cheap, but it appears the whale shape is strangely perfect for small hands and with the right care they would probably last a lifetime. Some of the models are available through Hand-Eye Supply, but it looks like a few are sold by Yoshihiro Cutlery on Amazon. (via Core77, Attics of my Life)

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A black hole under the gravitational lens

Turbulent processes take place close to supermassive black holes, which lurk in the centres of nearly all galaxies.

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