In addition to Ursa’s fare, Helsingin Sanomat publishes two astronomy-centered blogs: Kuubongari contains pictures of the moon (and stories how the pictures were taken) whereas Kohti Tähtiä is more scattershot in its topic choices.
Sadly, hesari puts the blogs behind its paywall (trivially circumvented, but annoying nonetheless), but at least the lunar pictures can be seen for free.
Ursa, the organization of finnish astronomical societies, has kicked off five topical blogs neatly collected on one page.
Of the five the cosmology-centered one is the least interesting, but the other four do a good job on their areas, of which the exoplants/astrobiology one certainly keeps on pushing my buttons the most.
Unsurprisingly, the asteroid named Wikipedia is very well described in the encyclopedia.
Golden Spike aims to return mankind to the Moon on a non-governmental basis.
Sounds interesting, and considering the hardships NASA has been enduring for the last quarter century or so, probably the way any united states citizens are going to touch lunar soil any time soon.
The aims are lofty indeed, and the company roster packed with experience, money and brains.
I’ll keep my eyes on this. Most likely not for the chance to dance on Mare Serenitatis, but for the chance to see somebody do it. And pave the way even further from Terra’s gravity well.
An Arxiv paper on Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific takes on the abode of Cthulhu.
The mathematics alone are a cause for low-level SAN loss.
The weekly blog attempts to provide answers to burning questions such as “what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?”
The results aren’t pretty, but the answer is a joy to read, nonetheless.
Wired Opinion is now open, a new blog of more or less controversial ideas. The roster of writers looks interesting.
Even if the Alan Rickman reference is a bit old, the presence of a “D. Rumsfeld” ought to have had warning bells ringing.
MITx ups the ante on open education.
The very first photograph of a fourth order rainbow.
Seen and photographed a few doubled rainbows, but never gone beyond two.
In a completely random turn of events, an astrology software company sues the maintainers of timezone database.
Space Farm 7, cornfields supporting continuation of space exploration.
Center for PostNatural History documents the organisms that have been altered through processes such as selective breeding or genetic engineering.
Free-floating planets, billions thereof, either all alone in the universe or further away from their suns than previously thought feasible.
The new weather blog in Hesari has started out well – thus far the most interesting entry concerned itself with the most impressive cloud types the Earth can offer.
I was pretty sure MIT’s Cornucopia project is nothing but a well-executed prank (after all, the university is famous for them).
Even though the digital chocolatier looks nothing but a cool model whipped up just for yesterday, the long publication history of the project proves that it is a genuine kickstart of automated gastronomy.
Spacehack – a collection of ways for amateurs to participate in space exploration.
Factlets about pi: the value pi has been computed to more than a trillion digits, but only 39 of them are needed to estimate any circle in the known universe to a precision within the circumference of a hydrogen atom.