Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gliese 832c: Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Discovered 16 Light-Years Away

The newly discovered exoplanet, labeled Gliese 832c, has an orbital period of 35.68 days, a mass 5.4 times that of Earth's and receives about the same average energy as Earth does from the Sun.

Gliese 832c might have Earth-like temperatures, albeit with large seasonal shifts, given a similar terrestrial atmosphere.

"If the planet has a similar atmosphere to Earth it may be possible for life to survive, although seasonal shifts would be extreme," Prof Tinney said.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Today I Learned...

 SCOTUS Justice Thomas, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, has not asked a single question at oral arguments in more than eight years.

Why is this?


Cardboard - Virtual reality on your smartphone

We want everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way. That's the goal of the Cardboard project.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dr. David Brat, Randolph-Macon College

"God and Advanced Mammon – Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?" By David Brat for Interpretation, April 2011

I wonder if this is available online.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Swim With Manatees

People from all around the world come to snorkel with manatees in Crystal River. For just $45.00, all gear is included, mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit. You will embark on one of our covered, U. S. Coast Guard inspected boats for the most amazing in water experience; to swim with the manatees. Our in water guides, all U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains, will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge to the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.

Manatee Snorkeling Adverture!When you arrive to our tour center, coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, and pastries are available for you complimentary. We will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming with the manatees, and insure that you receive the proper information how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the Florida Manatees. We then fit you for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. We have wetsuits of all sizes from toddler (2 years old and up) to adult 5X. Our swim with the manatee tours are conducted daily year round. Please call or book online to reserve your seats today. We do accept walk-ins upon availability but reservations are highly suggested to insure availability.