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Heavy Bombardment of the Moon

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Heavy Bombardment of the Moon This NASA video is called the “Evolution of the Moon”, but we think that “heavy, brutal, merciless bombardment” will be better way to describe the epic cataclysmic events that shaped our Moon in the distant past. Link Today’s pictures & links: The Edge of the World Beachy Head cliff, [...]

Barbie throughout Art History

In the Western tradition, it has always been about Barbie. Venus? Actually Barbie. Mona Lisa? It was Barbie. The model for the Statue of Liberty? Barbie. So French artist Jocelyne Grivaud created many Barbie images as great artists should have composed them. Content warning: nudes. Link (Google Translate) -via Flavorwire

Monday Night Sky Show

If the day after Christmas strikes you as a letdown, make a note to yourself now to get outside on Monday evening. NASA tells us there’s going to be a conjunction of heavenly bodies. The action begins shortly before sunset. Around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm local time, just as the sky is assuming its evening [...]

Ancient Astronomers

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe. Astronomy wasn’t invented a couple of hundred years ago. The study of stars is almost as old as humanity itself. (Image credit: Wikipedia member Prof saxx) The oldest and most famous cave paintings (16,000 to 20,000 years old) are in Lascaux, France. [...]

Alternate Alternative Fuel for Robots of the Future

In what seems like the perfect solution to everything (or an episode of What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!), a pair of prototypes hint at a future in which robots eat bugs for fuel. Forget charging batteries or docking in your very own R2D2 — these autonomous, self-feeding droids could easily run along happily without us. [...]

Ozone layer discovered on Venus

A very thin ozone layer has been discovered around the planet Venus by the Venus Express spacecraft. It is only the third known ozone layer ever found…

The Planet with Two Suns

Astronomers studying exoplanets have found one with a very odd system. It orbits two stars! There have been planets discovered that orbit one of two binary stars, or that orbit a star and a burned-out star, but this one actually orbits around two real stars. The planet is named Kepler-16, meaning it was discovered by [...]

Art with Cats

How do you improve artwork of the Old Masters? Add cats! Check out some examples at Benjamin Grelle’s Tumblr blog: Link – via Buzzfeed Now, isn’t Botticelli’s Birth of Venus much better with a fat cat? Previously on Neatorama: Top [...]

What Do They Call Earthquakes on Other Planets?

I completely missed out on Tuesday’s earthquake. I was riding public transportation in Philadelphia and uncontrollable shaking is to be expected. But all this talk about earthquakes made us wonder—what do they call seismic activity on other planets? Are there jupiterquakes? Uranusquakes? It turns out, there are not. First of all, not all planets are as [...]

The Bear-o-dactyl of Urbino

Titian’s Venus of Urbino is a fine painting, but it’s lacking something. Two things, really: bears and pterodactyls. Sam Spratt has now remedied that problem. Thank you, Mr. Spratt. Link -via Geekosystem