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User Input: Something Like Science

As I’ve pointed out previously, I am something of a fan of the SETI project. I’m also a fan of the people behind it. It seems to be run almost entirely as a project off the side of someone’s desk. It appears, to all the world, like a project that a bunch of […]

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User Input: Era vs. Era

Come on, how can you not love these?

There’s been a bit of backstage discussion amongst the various Toasters contributors in the last week or so. Much of it has revolved around wondering if we’ve had enough or too much or too little material from any one particular era. Now, when we originally […]

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User Input: That Is Because You Are Crazy

Techie sent me this photo the other day. Apparently he had to order a replacement SuperDrive from Apple recently. This is the box in which it resides. It is quite a “fabulous” piece of technology, you see. Fab. You. Lissssssss.

Whenever you’re dealing with a complex piece of machinery on a regular basis, […]

Airborne Awesomosity, Startup

Startup: The Telescope With Spectacles

Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, these fantastic, undulating shapes lie within the stellar nursery known as M17, the Omega Nebula, some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. The lumpy features in the dense cold gas and dust are illuminated by stars off the upper left of the image and may themselves represent sites of future star formation. Colors in the fog of surrounding hotter material indicate M17's chemical make up. The predominately green glow corresponds to abundant hydrogen, with trace sulfur and oxygen atoms contributing red and blue hues. The picture spans about 3 light-years and was released to celebrate the thirteenth year of the Hubble Space Telescope's cosmic voyage of exploration.

The Omega Nebula, also known as the stellar nursery M17

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most advanced tools at our disposal for viewing the most distant reaches of our galaxy and beyond. The images it has returned to Earth of distant constellations, stars and nebulae have been some of the most breathtaking photographs we could even imagine. It has proven time and time again that it is a versatile device, capable of expanding the limits of our knowledge of the universe.

It is also broken.

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