October 4th, 2007

Star HD 113766

Second Earth in the Making

Astronomers have spotted evidence of a second Earth being built around a distant star 424 light-years away.



Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have spotted a huge belt of warm dust swirling around a young star called HD 113766 that is just slightly larger than our sun. The dust belt, which scientists suspect is clumping together to form planets, is located in the middle of the star system's terrestrial habitable zone where temperatures are moderate enough to sustain liquid water.

 

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Shifty Eyes

Super Human Vision

 

Without jittery eye motion, our most powerful sense is blunted.

 

For a century, neuroscientists have been trying to solve a seemingly simple mystery: Why do we see as well as we do? Our eyes are not that structurally different from those of other animals, yet we are almost unmatched in our ability to detect fine details, like the ridges on the side of a dime.

 

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Seven World Wonders

The Ancient World




Although most people know that a list exists of the Seven World Wonders, only few can name them. The list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was originally compiled around the second century BC. The first reference to the idea is found in the History of Herodotus as long ago as the 5th century BC.

 

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Quote of the Day

"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity."

 

Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio

 

Lasting Images

The Beatles



In the summer of 1969, the group released one of their most unified album,
Abbey Road. Despite the group's progress, it turned out to be their final album.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)