Note that they mean the outside of the windows...on the Space Station.
It seems that the organisms are terrestrial marine plankton. though how they got up there is unclear. My initial guess would be cross contamination from 0-G plankton experiments, but the C-Net article suggests air currents or the possibility that the plankton originated from Florida where much of the station was launched from (though that would mean the plankton had survived a rather long time).
Of course all of this is dancing around the fact that there is living greenery on the outside of the space station and we all KNOW what that means.
Were the plankton actually *actively* alive on the exterior windows (implying that somehow they had a liquid medium to operate in), or were they only dormant and able to be reconstituted? Were they trapped in some sort of interstice where water remained liquid, or were they vacuum-dried?
Posted by: EccentricOrbit at Sun Aug 2 14:11:51 2015 (GtPd7)
"Have You Ever Seen The Blue Sky?"
This is a disturbing hour and a half that went viral and gained two hundred million views in less than a week before being banned by the Chinese Government.
It even attracted praise from the newly-installed environment minister, Chen Jining, for its contribution to the national debate on public health â€“ but that was before it was abruptly scrubbed from the internet on Friday, ordered offline by the Communist Party's central propaganda department.
The segment that begins around 1:00 is disturbing in an entirely different way..as it highlights just how precarious the Chinese industrial economy actually is.
One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes reacts to a report about lava loving hammerheads.
"Can we get LASERS for them?"
In order to study the volcano, Phillipsâ€™ team used robots and cameras. While the volcano was not erupting, the images are blurred by orange plumes and bubbles. Carolyn Barnwell, writing for National Geographic, said that in the video "carbon dioxide and methane gas bubblesâ€ can be seen rising from seafloor vents, and that the color of the water was "due to reduced iron and sulfur.â€
Phillips and his team were shocked to find both hammerhead and silky sharks, in addition to stingrays and smaller fish, swimming around inside the volcano
Presumably, the sharks leave when the caldera fills with lava so this is not actually a Sci-Fi channel movie made real. OTOH it is hoped that this might lead to an eruption prediction system.
Of course, if the sharks preternatural predictive ability amounts to "Hmmm...getting a bit hot here...Let's leave." Then the potential implications are less exciting.
Preliminary images and instrument readings show that Pluto is much larger than scientists had expectedâ€”about two-thirds the size of Earthâ€™s moon. By the most recent measurements, Pluto is about 1,472 miles in diameter, making it easily the biggest planetary object beyond the orbit of Neptune.
The data also includes the first fairly clear pictures of the planetoid. It does look like the atmosphere might indeed share some commonality with that of Titan (Tholin rain). It's really cool that they're getting pictures like this 6 days out (quite an accomplishment given how little light there is out there). Of course, the probe will be out of contact during the flyby and we won't know if the mission is a success for a couple of days.
As to the pattern-spotting, it's unclear if the formation in what appears to be the southeastern quadrant* is a cloud or a surface feature. The Telegraph says it looks like a valentine, but here at Brickmuppet Blog we also can make out an anglerfish or perhaps, Hem Dazon.
*Compared to most other planets, Pluto is a bit off kilter anyway and, in any event, New Horizons is coming at it from an odd angle so it's probably not really the southeast.
Oh, it sounds like a fun time for all now. But mark my words: someone in the Federal government will forget to secure their servers, and the AI program from a drone will leak out onto the Internet and into the fighting robots. And then... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emdzsz_XvfA
Posted by: Siergen at Mon Jul 6 17:06:33 2015 (doGQX)
In other words, it's all fun and games until someone loses an AI?
Has anyone proposed any reasons for this "new and improved" feature? I can't think of any...
Posted by: Siergen at Fri Jul 3 10:21:33 2015 (o4lGr)
It makes it easier to share your home wifi with friends. Remember, we're probably not a representative sample of users. Theoretically, though I coubt in practice, it would make stronger wifi passwords more acceptable, as you wouldn't have to walk everyone through entering a cryptographically secure password when they come over
Posted by: ReallyBored at Fri Jul 3 10:41:38 2015 (ulGxe)
It makes it easier for your friends to share your home wifi with their friends. And easier for a temp to share your office wifi with anyone they've ever exchanged email or shared cat pictures with. And it's enabled by default in Windows Phone.
And the only sure way to "opt out" is to make your wireless network incompatible with printers, Kindles, etc.
I strongly suspect that if I asked some of my friends who are still with the borg, they'd be able to name the VP whose pet project it was. And that everyone who pointed out the legal and other problems was "encouraged" to overlook them. The "make the world change their networks" opt-out has that sweeping arrogance that just screams Microsoft VP.
It flew under the radar with Windows Phone, because not that many people actually buy them. I suspect the number of network managers who've actually seen a Windows Phone in the wild is quite small. :-)
Posted by: J Greely at Sat Jul 4 12:16:01 2015 (ZlYZd)