Aug. 18, 2017

65: Counting Down to the Great American Solar Eclipse

65: Counting Down to the Great American Solar Eclipse

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* Counting Down to the Great American Solar Eclipse The United States is now in final countdown mode for the August 21st total eclipse of the Sun which will see the Moon block out the solar disk along a 113 kilometre wide path of totality stretching from the North West Pacific coast of Oregon to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. The spectacle actually begins in the North Pacific Ocean -- south of the Aleutian Islands before reaching the continental United States at Lincoln Beach Oregon at 9:06 in the morning Pacific daylight time with totality occurring at 10:19. 

*Precursors of life discovered on Titan Scientists have discovered molecules that could form precursors for life on Saturn’s giant moon Titan. Researcher’s detected significant quantities of vinyl cyanide which can naturally coalesce into microscopic spheres resembling cell membranes. Subscribe to the Space Nuts podcast at Apple Podcasts Or any good podcatcher app. 

*Another Dragon flies to the Space Station A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has blasted into orbit carrying the Dragon CRS-12 capsule to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 launched under brilliant blue skies from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre at the Cape Canaveral Air Force base in Florida. 

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The world’s largest solar thermal power station to be built in South Australia. 

How the age at which boys are first exposed to pornography influences sexist attitudes in later life. 

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People with higher cognitive abilities more likely to apply social stereotypes.

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