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Ross 128b: Analyzing a Planet by the Light of its Star
What we know about Ross 128b is that it orbits 20 times closer to its star than the Earth orbits the Sun, but receives only 1.38 times more irradiation than the Earth, with an equilibrium temperature estimated anywhere between -60 degrees Celsius and 20°C, the host star being small and relatively cool. But bear in mind that what we get from radial velocity is a minimum mass, because we don’t know at what angle this system presents itself in our sky. Now a team led by Diogo Souto (Observatório Nacional, Brazil) is attempting to deduce more about the planet’s composition using an unusual method: Analyzing the composition of the host star.
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2 days ago by paulgreer
Reclaiming RSS – Aral Balkan
For those of you born into the siloed world of the centralised web, RSS is an ancient technology from Web 1.0 (“the naïve Web?”). Like most things back then, it does what it says on the tin: it enables you to easily syndicate the content of your site. People interested in following your posts subscribe to your feed and receive updates using their RSS readers. There is no Twitter or Facebook in the middle to algorithmically censor … ahem … “curate” your posts.
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16 days ago by paulgreer
Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism.
Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about 40 per cent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your 40 per cent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too. And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.
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16 days ago by paulgreer
TESS: The View into the Galactic Plane
I want to be sure to get the first image from TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, into Centauri Dreams, given the importance of the mission and the high hopes riding on it as the next step in exoplanet exploration. Now we move from the Kepler statistical survey methodology to a look at bright, nearby stars, and plenty of them. TESS will cover an area of sky far larger than the amount of sky we see in this image, which looks out along the plane of the galaxy from a perspective that matches southern skies on Earth.
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7 weeks ago by paulgreer
atmospheric photos captured from hot air balloons and airplanes
from the basket of a hot air balloon, zoe wetherall photographs intimate, yet out of context scenes with no horizon lines or reference points. from the seat of a commercial airline, ashok sinha somehow captures landscapes with more colors than we thought existed in nature. both artists will feature their aerial photography at front room gallery’s upcoming exhibition, STRATA.
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
Optimism #animation #poetry
When Kelli Anderson and Maria Popova collaborate, magic happens. How beautiful is this stop motion illustrating a poem by Jane Hirshfeld?
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
Nuke 11.2 New Features | CG Daily News
[ #Nuke ] At FMX 2018Juan Salazar from Froundy shares us about what’s coming up for Nuke 11.2. Check it out!    More about Nuke
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
The Moat Map – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
A subtext to last week’s article, Tech’s Two Philosophies, was the idea that there is a difference between Aggregators and Platforms; this was the key section:
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
Myriad Editions to Publish Olivier Kugler’s Graphic Journalism Depicting the Plight of Syrian Refugees in ‘Escaping Wars and Waves’ in July
Olivier Kugler’s series of brilliant drawings of refugees from Syria establishes this award-winning artist as one of the most important graphic reporters of our day.
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
Watch Hayao Miyazaki's Eulogy For Isao Takahata
On Tuesday, Studio Ghibli held a memorial service at the Ghibli Museum for director and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, who passed away last month at the age of 82.
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8 weeks ago by paulgreer
Inside the Process and Workbooks of Photographer Nigel Shafran | AnOther
London, 1994, from Work Books 1984 – 2018Courtesy of Nigel Shafran
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9 weeks ago by paulgreer
How The Stand-Out Character in 'Avengers: Infinity War' Was Made By Two Separate Studios
These days, Marvel movies are so big and so complex, that it’s not unusual for more than a dozen visual effects vendors to be contributors to the final film. It’s also not unusual for multiple vendors to even share the delivery of the same character. This happened with Rocket Racoon (four vfx vendors) on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Hulk (two vendors) in Thor: Ragnarok.
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9 weeks ago by paulgreer

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