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Titan

  1. Astronomers Say There May Be Waves On Titan’s Seas, But Don’t Plan To Go Surfing “Just Yet”

    But, like, if you did, it would be gnarly.

    At yesterday's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference scientist Jason Barnes made an incredible announcement: NASA's Cassini Spacecraft has detected unusual glints of light that may indicate waves on Saturn's largest moon Titan. Saturn: go for the rings, stay for Titan's hydrocarbon boogie boarding.

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  2. Blizzard Scraps Development Team On ‘Titan’ MMO

    I don't know if it's possible for an unannounced project to become more unannounced, but if it is, that just happened.

    Blizzard's upcoming MMO project -- known only by its codename 'Titan' -- has been the subject of plenty of speculation and anticipation. Gamers may want to tamp down their anticipation, though, as it looks like we have one more hard fact to go on about the project today, and it's not an encouraging one. According to VentureBeat, Blizzard has scrapped the all-star, 100-person-strong development team that developing the game, reassigning more than 70 staff members to other projects while the remaining staff reboots 'Titan' from scratch.

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  3. Titan Ready: Department of Energy Debuts World’s Newest Most Powerful Supercomputer

    Though it only usurped the title of world's fastest supercomputer this summer, IBM's Sequoia might have already met its match. The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory today powered up their latest and greatest supercomputer: Titan. If the name alone doesn't do it for you, perhaps the fact that Titan is ten times more powerful than its immediate predecessor will. The supercomputer's set to provide its massive computing ability to issues like climate change, but it can probably also play a mean game of Solitaire.

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  4. Weird Vortex Over Titan’s South Pole Means That Winter is Coming

    Since the Cassini spacecraft arrived in Saturn space back in 2004, it's sent back a steady stream of science and astounding imagery from this amazing system. Perhaps the most tantalizing have been data on Saturn's largest moon Titan, which sports an atmosphere and a strange environment of water ice and methane. Now, the formation of an enormous cloud over the moon's south pole suggest that things might be changing.

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  5. New Evidence Points to Hidden Ocean Beneath the Surface of Saturn’s Moon Titan

    Saturn's moon Titan just keeps getting more and more interesting. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how NASA scientists discovered large methane lakes along the moon's equator -- exactly where our understanding of the moon says that they should not be. Now, new analysis of data from the Cassini probe suggests that there's even more going on below the moon's surface: A global ocean of liquid water.

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  6. NASA Scientists Spot Mysterious Equatorial Oases on Saturn’s Moon Titan

    Saturn's moon Titan has been of particular interest to scientists because of the tantalizing hints that the moon could possibly support life. A new study by NASA presented scientists with a new mystery on Titan: A series of methane lakes recently discovered around the equator, where no lakes were thought to be possible. How they got there seems to indicate that this distant moon may be far more complex than originally thought.

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  7. NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Delivers More Striking Pictures From Saturn

    NASA spacecraft Cassini has been chilling out in the area around Saturn just taking some pictures of the sights, and they are beautiful. It's been focused primarily on Titan and Dione, but given the quality of the shots, it seems like that's the right choice. More pretty pictures after the break.

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  8. Blizzard’s Rumored 5-Year Plan Leak Looking Less Rumor-y Now That People Are Resigning

    On November 29th, a great secret was revealed... or at least, it certainly looked like it. It seemed as Blizzard China had allowed the internet to get a hold of a list of all of Blizzard Entertainment's proposed product releases for the next five years, and which yearly quarter they were expected to be released in. This included heretofore unknown projects like the fourth and fifth expansions to World of Warcraft, three different additions to StarCraft II, two expansions for the unreleased Diablo III, the World of Warcraft movie, and a project going by the name Titan that is likely a codename for Blizzard's long-secret second MMO. Well, that weeks old leak is starting to receive some legitimate, if indirect, confirmation in the form of the resignation (or firing, depending on who you ask) of the general manager of Blizzard China.

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  9. The Primordial “Soup” May Have Been Gas

    A new experiment that simulates the atmosphere of Titan has demonstrated that amino acids and nucleotide bases could be formed in the interactions between ultraviolet rays (like those from the sun) and methane and nitrogen (which make up Titan's atmosphere). Amino acids and nucleotides are the necessary proto-molecules that you need to get DNA and RNA. There are a number of likely ways in which the basic elements of live arose on Earth, like being formed by hydrothermal vents in the ocean, aquifers, lakes, or even brought here by comets. Scientists believe that modern Titan is in a state much like an ancient Earth, and so to say that these compounds are possible on Titan is to say that they may have occurred on Earth, too.

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  10. Saturn’s Moon Titan is Slushy All the Way Down

    A new look at Saturn's satellite reveals that beneath its icy crust and lakes of liquid methane is a slushy mixture of ice and rock. This new data is suggested by readings of Titan's gravity field made by very precise measurements of its effect on the movements of NASA's Cassini Orbiter. Scientists say this means that Titan "never got hot enough to separate out into a core, mantle, and crust." We only have one question. Blue-Raspberry?

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