Photographers from our Your Shot community captured colorful auroras around the globe. Telescopes on the ground and in orbit beamed back stunning images of distant galaxies. Pictures taken from the International Space Station made our home planet look like abstract art. And across the solar system, robotic explorers showed us just how dynamic—and familiar—alien terrains and atmospheres can appear.
See all of the amazing pics here: National Geographic
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA/ESA HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
Flying over the frigid northern reaches of Mars, the orbiting Mars Express satellite captured images of the 50-mile wide Korolev crater filled with ice.
Korolev is an especially alluring sight, not just because it's a well-preserved impact crater but because it's loaded with ice over a mile deep year round.
Launched 15 years ago by the European Space Agency (ESA), Mars Express often focuses on glaciers and ice in the Martian polar regions.
The Korolev crater's ice is resistant to melting during the warmer summer seasons because the massive plain of ice creates a "cold trap," ESA explains. When air travels above the crater, it cools and sinks over the ice, building a sort of cool "shield" over the ice.
Read more here: Mashable
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A trove well-preserved dinosaur footprints has been uncovered on a beach in southern England. Dating back to the Cretaceous Period, the prints still show traces of skin, scales, and claws.
Paleontologists from the University of Cambridge have uncovered 85 dinosaur footprints from at least seven different species on a beach in East Sussex near Hastings, England. It’s now considered “the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date,” according to a statement.
The prints range in size from around a three-quarters of an inch (2 cm) to nearly 24 inches (60 cm) across. The researchers, led by Anthony Shillito, a PhD student in Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences, were able to identify some of the dinosaurs responsible for the prints, including an Iguanodon, an Ankylosaurus, a species of stegosaurus, and some unidentified sauropods (long necked, four-legged herbivores). The level of detail in some of these prints is truly remarkable.
Read more here: Gizmodo
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Good sound quality is a key feature of our HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker Edition and the HAL Command Console products.We have auditioned options ranging from dual 2" speakers all the way up to single 4" coaxial speakers. We found the sweet spot: coaxial 3.5" speakers. These are similar to the speakers used in high-quality car stereo systems.The speakers are big enough to provide good bass, with dedicated tweeters for sweet, clear sound. The compact depth of the speaker has the additional bonus of not making the speaker enclosure (and therefore the HAL replica itself) unreasonably deep. The chosen configuration places the speaker for optimal sound projection through the HAL panel's speaker grille area.
Photos show various speakers being auditioned:
HAL CAD drawings featuring the speaker:
As you can see from above, our Product Development Team has been hard at work making HAL the best he can be. We are working on other upgrades as well that we will let you know about shortly. Please know that even though we are making HAL even better than promised, this will not be reflected in the price. Any additional costs will be taken on by us.
Since we have been making these kinds of upgrades, we are unfortunately not going to make the original shipping date we were hoping for. Both the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker and the HAL 9000 with Command Console will be delayed a couple of months. Once we have a firm date we will let you know immediately. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the delay. We are just trying to be sure you get the best HAL possible.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Master Replicas Group. As always, thanks for your continued support.
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The bid to create a "global digital museum" has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently "hidden" in museum drawers.
Museums including London's Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved.
They have set out ambitious plans to digitise millions of specimens.
Digitally recording the 40 million fossils at the Smithsonian will take an estimated 50 years.
But five years into the project, the team says it is "bringing dark data into the light" for crucial research.
Read more here: BBCNews
The skull of Triceratops has been CT-scanned. Photo Credit: Smithsonian
Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossil fragment from a new species of ornithopod dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately 100 million years ago (Cretaceous period).
The new Australian dinosaur, named Weewarrasaurus pobeni, was about the size of a large dog.
The ancient creature was an ornithopod dinosaur, part of a group of small plant-eating species that moved around on two legs and that were particularly abundant on the Cretaceous floodplains of eastern Australia.
A fragment of the jawbone of Weewarrasaurus pobeni was found deep in an underground mine at the Wee Warra locality close to the Grawin/Glengarry opal fields, approximately 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Lightning Ridge, central-northern New South Wales.
The fossil was analyzed by a team of paleontologists from the Australian Opal Centre and the Universities of New England and Queensland.
“Like all fossils from the Lightning Ridge opal mines, the lower jaw of Weewarrasaurus pobeni is preserved in opal,” said University of New England’s Dr. Phil Bell and co-authors.
“Lightning Ridge is the only place in the world where dinosaur bones routinely turn to opal.”
Read more here: Sci-News
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NASA has released several stunning new images of Mars captured by the InSight lander's robotic arm as it snapped a photos of its new workspace.The government space agency shared the photos to Twitter and on its website, as it gets ready to explore the Elysium Planitia, the plain where the lander touched down on Nov. 26."Raise your hand if you’re in this new photo from #Mars!" NASA wrote in one tweet. "These two tiny chips contain the names of more than 2.4 million people who signed up to fly with me. We’re ON MARS, you guys. You’re all honorary Martians!"
Read more here: FOXNEWS