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  1. Spinning Earth Graphic Shows That Our Planet’s Gravity Isn’t Uniform

    Do George Clooney and Sandra Bullock know about this?

    The Potsdam Gravity Potato (real thing) isn't actually what the Earth would look like without water, but it's a great reminder that our seemingly solid and uniform planet is actually a strange and alien place in its own way.

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  2. Have Aliens Watched Mr. Belvedere Yet? Will They Ever?

    Or, more importantly, the original Wonder Woman TV show??

    "Interstellar STIs," is a quote from this video you should watch.

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  3. But What If the Earth WAS Flat?

    Don't tell Christopher Nolan about this.

    Vsauce's newest episode has some great stuff for your brain to munch on. What would life on a flat disk Earth be like?

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  4. Your Scientific Chart Porn For The Day: A Spiralling Geological Timeline Of Earth’s 4.5 Billion Years

    Wibbly wobbly timey wimey!

    Time is an illusion. Lunch time, doubly so. The timeline of our planet's 4.5 billion year geological history? Well you can just forget about making sense of that yourself, good sirs. What you need is a giant, elaborately detailed chart for that sort of thing.

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  5. The Earth And Moon Have Totally Been Lying About Their Age, Are Actually 60 Million Years Older Than We Thought

    Even older if you're a Young Earth creationist.

    So you know that planet that crashed into Earth billions of years ago and formed the Moon? Geochemists who've been studying this phenomenon think that the impact occurred much earlier than we thought -- which means that the Earth and Moon are also older than we'd calculated.

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  6. What Would Saturn Look Like If It Passed Into Earth’s Orbit? (Answer: Pretty Dang Awesome)

    "S'up, Earth? Uranus and Neptune say hello."

    Imagine that gravitational forces were completely irrelevant and Saturn just decided to pop by for a visit en route to the Sun. I don't know; maybe it wanted to go on a playdate with the Moon or something. I heard they're pretty tight. Anyway, this video is pretty mathematically accurate to what that encounter would look like.

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  7. Kate Mulgrew To Narrate A Film About How The Sun Revolves Around The Earth Because Everything Sucks

    Set phasers to sadness.

    It's a sad day for fans of Star Trek Voyager : Captain Kathryn Janeway herself is lending her voice to a "documentary" about how the Sun revolves around the Earth and how NASA is leading a conspiracy to keep the truth away from us. Oh, boy.

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  8. Science Has Found the Oldest Pieces of the Earth

    Guys, these things are seriously older than dirt.

    Unless you believe Jesus rode around on dinosaurs, the Earth is pretty darn old. It's hard to learn about the Earth's formation now that pretty much everything here has undergone massive changes since then, which is why scientists are so excited to have found the oldest surviving fragment of the Earth ever in the form of a tiny zircon crystal.

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  9. The Curiosity Rover Snapped Its First Picture of Earth and Safely Crossed Into the Dingo Gap

    A dingo did not eat our rover.

    The Curiosity rover is a long way from home, boys and girls, and this shot of what the Earth looks like from where it is on Mars is a reminder of just how far that is. Across the cold, empty reaches of space, the rover has taken a picture of the home of all seven billion humans, and it looks like just a tiny speck.

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  10. Good News, Everyone! The Sun Won’t Actually Die As Soon As We Thought

    The bad news is that death, however slow its approach, continues to be inescapable.

    We know you were all worried about the possibility of our  sun becoming too hot and eventually drying up all the Earth's oceans with its fiery wrath. Well, it's okay! You can all relax now. It's probably going to happen a few billion years later than we thought it would, so we have plenty of time to destroy the planet ourselves first.

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  11. Here’s What The Earth And Moon Look Like As Seen By Juno Spacecraft [Video]

    Just try not to get spacesick.

    When the Juno spacecraft passed the Earth and Moon on the way to Jupiter, there were a bunch of cameras snapping pictures of our pale blue dot from space. Today NASA released video from the Advanced Stellar Compass (ASC), a low-light camera used as a navigation tool, that shows the Earth getting bigger and bigger as Juno zooms by.

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  12. Watch NASA’s Live Stream of Upcoming 2014 Missions Right Here

    NASA's having a live event for you to learn more about how they'll learn more about the Earth.

    Get all the space you can handle directly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today in a two-hour, live streaming event to discuss three upcoming Earth observation missions. The event runs from 1PM to 3PM EDT and will bring you information about the missions straight from the mouths of the engineers and scientists who work on them.

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  13. Yes, It’s Possible the Earth Could Survive the Death of the Sun — Not Likely — but Possible

    It's amazing what you learn by reading more than a headline.

    On Wednesday we shared the latest video by AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube channel we love, that asked the question, "Can we survive the Sun's death?" It's an interesting video that concludes that it actually is possible, but the reaction by many Twitter users has been dismissive. We'll explain further, since they clearly didn't watch the video.

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  14. AsapSCIENCE Explains What it Would Take To Survive the Sun’s Death in New Video

    NBD. Just have to figure out how to move our entire planet.

    The Sun is going to die. We have a billion years before that starts to happen, so how about we start planning for it now. In this video by AsapSCIENCE they explain what it would take for not only humanity, but the planet itself to survive the death of the Sun. They also introduced us to the Juno Mission, but more on that tomorrow.

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  15. Are You in NASA’s Composite of Earthlings Waving to Saturn?

    Please tell me one of these pictures is of Waldo.

    On July 19th the Cassini spacecraft pointed itself at the Earth to snap a picture, and NASA encouraged everyone to smile, wave, and snap a photo of their own. Folks submitted more than 1,400 images from around the world. To says thanks, NASA made this lovely composite from the images. Can you find yourself?

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  16. First Image of Saturn from Cassini Probe Is Available For Viewing, You Can’t Even See Any Of Us In It

    That's OK. I'm pretty sure I was sneezing when they took this one anyway.

    Remember how we told you to all stand outside your houses and wave at the sky between 5:27 and 5:42 EDT (2:27 to 2:42 PDT) on Friday afternoon, because NASA’s Cassini probe would be snapping a picture of Saturn in which Earth would be visible? Yeah, you probably didn't have to actually do that, because all we can see are little white dots, which is how we look in the photograph above. It's still a pretty cool picture, but we can't help thinking maybe you should have waved harder. Y'know. For science.

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  17. Earth Now The Farthest From The Sun It Will Be All Year: Still Hot as Hell

    Is there anyway we could get even further from the Sun? Like, just for a couple of days, I mean.

    You guys without air conditioning want to hear something funny? At 11am EDT today, the Earth reached the point in its orbit where it was farthest from the sun in space. Yeah, you read that right -- farther from the Sun. As in, not near it. So you can stop making jokes about how it feels like the Sun is sitting in your living room, because it isn't. It is doing the opposite of that, and it's still too damn hot. There's nothing funny about that.

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  18. Don’t Panic: Earth’s Atmosphere is Escaping [Video]

    Okay, so, don't freak out or anything, but Earth's atmosphere is escaping. Ridiculously slowly, I should say, and there's no concern that it'll happen at any point soon. We're talking billions of years before it's gone. MinuteEarth breaks it all down in this handy video, but it's pretty much a problem of our hydrogen and helium trying to get the heck out of here whenever they can.

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  19. Hello, World: Folks Behind MinutePhysics Launch MinuteEarth [Video]

    You might recall that we here at Geekosystem enjoy the videos made by the good people at MinutePhysics. We certainly post them often enough. They're both amusing and informative, and that's pretty much the best thing the Internet at large can produce. Now we'll have even more amusing and informative videos to post! See, they've just launched MinuteEarth, which promises to cover science and stories about our planet. Their first video talks about the planet in a general sense, and how we've spread across it, but future episodes promise to be even better.

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  20. Today in Geek History: Copernicus Was Born

    Some days you celebrate just because something happened on that day, and some days just because a person who did an amazing thing was born. Case in point: On this day in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born, and he later posited that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the Solar System. But what else did he say?

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