Earth’s Cries as Heard from Space

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A White Male Figure in the Sky is Shedding Tears for The Planet?

Scientists knew that Earth is crying since the 1970s, but they’ve just recently been able to listen to it.

The “cry” is actually a series of chirp and whistles created by solar wind particles colliding with the Earth’s magnetic field high above the planet, and is called the Auroral Kilometric Radiation (AKR):

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Scientists Surprised to Find Earth’s Biosphere Booming

Scientists Surprised to Find Earth’s Biosphere Booming

Scientists Surprised to Find Earth’s Biosphere Booming

The SeaWiFS instrument aboard the Seastar satellite has been collecting ocean data
since 1997. By monitoring the color of reflected light via satellite,
scientists can determine how successfully plant life is photosynthesizing.

An article from the Financial Post says that recent studies of biosphere imaging from the NASA SEAWIFS satellite indicate that the Earth’s biomass is booming: ‘The results surprised Steven Running of the University of Montana and Ramakrishna Nemani of NASA, scientists involved in analyzing the NASA satellite data. They found that over a period of almost two decades, the Earth as a whole became more bountiful by a whopping 6.2%. About 25% of the Earth’s vegetated landmass — almost 110 million square kilometers — enjoyed significant increases and only 7% showed significant declines. When the satellite data zooms in, it finds that each square meter of land, on average, now produces almost 500 grams of greenery per year.’

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Super Flare Captured by NASA

 Super Flare Captured by NASA

Much like a male peacock spreading his feathers, some stars have
to show a little flare to gain the attention of stars of the opposite sex

On April 25, 2008, NASA’s Swift satellite picked up a record-setting flare from a star known as EV Lacertae. This flare was thousands of times more powerful than the greatest observed solar flare. But because EV Lacertae is much farther from Earth than the sun, the flare did not appear as bright as a solar flare. Still, it was the brightest flare ever seen from a star other than the sun.

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Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

 Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

If an elevator stretching from Earth into space could ever be built, it could slash the cost of space travel. But a controversial new study suggests that building and maintaining one would be an even bigger challenge than previously thought, because it would need to include built-in thrusters to stabilize itself against dangerous vibrations.

Photos and video after the jump.

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All The Water And Air On Earth Gathered Into Spheres And Compared To The Earth

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Dan Phiffer found this image on a message board, and by his calculations, he says it’s accurate.

Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc.
Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density. Shown on the same scale as the Earth.

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Iraqi TV Debate: Is the Earth Flat?

When it was announced that a war was coming, Iraq went through a major brain drain as  the best and the brightest chose to leave the country.  They will only return when it’s safe to come home.  As a result, these are the type of people making decisions in their country.

I don’t believe many countries would have given airtime to this argument, but its fascinating to see how they twist the facts to fit their understanding of the world.

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