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Bad Astronomy

  1. #FollowFriday: Phil Plait (@badastronomer)

    Bad astronomer, but excellent Twitter account.

    It's Friday and Twitter is still a thing, so we're going to tell you who to follow. This week we'd like to point you towards science lover Phil Plait (@badastronomer) for some fun science times.

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  2. Actually, Zodiac Signs Always Change and We’ve Always Known This

    My friend called me last night and while we were discussing (what else?) Minecraft, she interjected with excitement, informing me about some crazy thing where everyone's Zodiac signs are now different. I'm not a Taurus anymore, apparently I'm an Aries. I don't care about astrology so much, but thought it was kind of weird that I now have to tell people who do care something different. It's kind of like when you write dates after the New Year and keep messing up the year for a couple of months: Weird, but whatever, you get over it. I did, however, have fun for five minutes thinking, "I AM NOW ARIES, GOD OF WAR." This new astrological sign reassignment took the Internet by storm and everyone thought this was some crazy new thing. It's not, if you were wondering. Humans have apparently known about this all along. Allow us to explain.

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  3. New Satellite Picture of the Gulf Oil Disaster: It’s Even Worse Now

    Way back in April, we posted some then-alarming satellite photos of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, we wrote that it was geting worse, and fast; we had no idea what was in store, though. This latest picture from the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite paints a much grimmer picture of the devastation wrought by the oil in the two months since it started leaking. Meanwhile, in a week jammed with political posturing, BP has had little to say about actual progress in containing the spill. (Bad Astronomy via TDW)

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  4. A Living Planet: Avalanches on Mars

    We usually think of the other planets in our solar system as relatively peaceful, unchanging. It's sort of a "tree falls in the forest" situation. If there's no life, how active can they really be? The storm on Jupiter is a swirling maelstrom, sure, but it's a swirling maelstrom that's been around for over two hundred years.

    And yet... spring is approaching the northern hemisphere of Mars, thawing the carbon dioxide ice that's built up along cliff faces. And when you get thawing ice on cliff faces, you also get...

    Avalanches.

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