NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken this incredible picture of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located near the center of our galaxy. The cluster, located some 25,000 light years away, is too faint to be seen with the naked eye, but Hubble has captured more than 250,000 individual stars there. Globular clusters are believed to have emerged when the galaxy was quite young, and the stars that make up Messier 9 are calculated to be around twice as old as our sun.
… our cultural expectations of radio — funneled through different technological listening devices — are changing. It may be broadcast over traditional airwaves, but it’s webby. It feels interactive and interrogative rather than narrowly investigative. Abumrad and Krulwich aren’t coming from on high, but right there with the listener adventuring through the story.
These guys, and their whole team, have changed the way I and others strive to tell science stories. The sky’s the limit, and I can’t wait to explore what’s coming.
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Reporters Without Border’s “Don’t turn a blind eye to censorship” campaign targeting tourists is really great for many reasons. One being that it takes such an unequivocal stance against censorship and human rights abuses in certain regimes. It’s kind of refreshing to see that from a relatively big organisation. Another is that most people probably wouldn’t think to air their grievances by means. There is, of course, the argument that tourism is often a really big part of the local economy and could damage people’s livelihoods, but it’s a good way to make tourists think twice about the reality of what’s happening in the (beautiful and culturally rich) countries they are visiting. My question is whether Reporters Without Borders do anything to target Western nations? Hate to single out the US, but censorship, surveillance and human rights abuses (think Bradley Manning, among others) are becoming issues too. Of course, it’s not really comparable to the situation in Vietnam, say, where a blogger or journalist can be thrown into prison for 20 years just for reporting on the goings-on in the country, but it’s still worth highlighting.
An oddly subversive ad for a fastfood chain. Nando’s had to pull it in the end because its staff in Zimbabwe were receiving death threats, as you can read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16000522