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Most Amazing GIFs That Teach You Math Concepts

Dave Whyte is a PhD candidate who is currently studying the physics of foam. He is also an amazing animator.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD) 9/2/14 — N49

N49 in X-Ray   (Credit: X-ray: (NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.); Optical: NASA/STScI/UIUC/Y.H.Chu & R.Williams et al) Meet N49 (also known as LMC N49, or DEM L 190); a nebular region belonging to one of the satellite galaxies of the Milky Way.  Taken using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, this almost-malevolent-looking figure has taken on haunting appearance, but perhaps, in similar circumstances, we too would be worse for the wear.

Secret U.S. Space Plane Passes 600 Days in Orbit

Image Credit: USAF The United States Air Force has a secret “X-37B space plane” that is currently doing things in low earth orbit.

Space Whiskey Returning to Earth Soon

Right now, something very precious to us is orbiting high over head. No, it’s not a GPS or a communications satellite, it’s whiskey.

Is There An Absolute Time In The Universe?

Check your watch. What time is it? But wait, you’ve actually been moving and accelerating, and according to Einstein, everything’s relative.

Earth is Encased In a Huge Bubble of Dead Star Guts

Our neighborhood (Image Credit: NASA, CNN, Newsource) As scientists have demonstrated, our solar system seems to be a pretty special place.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/01/14 — Peculiarities In Orion

Image Credit: S. Schnee, et al.; B. Saxton, B. Kent (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Acknowledgements: NASA’s SkyView Facility & The Goddard Space Flight Center.

“Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows”

Image Credit: Reid Wiseman This incredible picture was taken by Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station.

Why Does Your Voice Sound Different on a Recording

Everybody has experienced the dread of hearing their own voice on a recording. Why is this? Greg Foot explains, and then breaks the unfortunate reality to us.

Galatic Collisions: Milky Way Has 4 Billion Years of Life Left

  What this galactic collision might look like from Earth. Image credit: NASA, ESA Z. Levay and R. Van der Marel (STScl), and A.

Astronomers find Evidence of An Impact Outside Our Solar System

Image Credit: NASA There’s a saying about life, “only two things are for sure: death and taxes.” Out there in the cosmos, there is a lot of uncertainty, but we can conclude the following things: stars live, they die, and if they have planets, those planets will be faced with destruction at some point along their evolutionary timeline.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 8/31/14 — The Center of the Lagoon Nebula

Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA – Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt TheLagoon nebula,which can be found about 5,000 light years from Earth, toward the constellation of Sagittarius, is one of the most memorable nebulae in this galaxy..

If Time Were 2D…

Question: There are lots of articles written about trying to imagine a 4th dimension of space, but what would it be like to live in a universe with a 2nd dimension of time?

3 Bat-shit Insane Apocalyptic Scenarios (and why they won’t occur):

The End of the World As We Know It? I would wager that a majority of you are like us (here at FQTQ)… we typically find the comments section exponentially more entertaining than the actual content of most articles (and also more depressing and insane).  This fact is especially prevalent when dealing with “doomsdayers.” AKA: The people that seriously believed just last year, that a mythical, invisible planet was making its way to the inner solar system, where it would eventually collide with Earth, killing every0ne (as the Mayans systematically rise from the dead to say, “we told you so”) Regardless of the battiness, many are still enjoyable, which got us to thinking about some of the more bizarre apocalyptic scenarios we’ve heard.

Curcumin Blocks Metastasis of Colon Cancer Thanks to Novel Mechanism

Image via WHO Novel research led by the UA Steele Children’s Research Center has identified one of the mechanisms by which curcumin, a bioactive molecule derived from the spice turmeric, can prevent cancer cell metastasis in colon cancer.

Scientists Find Vaccine That Completely Blocks HIV Infection in Monkeys

Image of an HIV cell. Via WHO (World Health Organization) The battle against HIV and AIDS continues. The virus that causes these conditions has wreaked havoc on millions of lives.

Random Musing: Why Do We Roll Around When We Sleep?

Image Credit: clemenswinkler (Learn about glow-in-the-dark pigment) I don’t know about you, but when I sleep, the position I fall asleep in is seldom the position I wake up in.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 8/30/14 — Chasma Boreale

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU This is Chasma Boreale on Mars, a flat-floored valley (when seen from above) that is approximately 350 miles long, cuttingly deeply into the Red Planet’s northern polar icecap.

PHOTOS: Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur Volcano Erupts In Spectacular Display

Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea on Aug. 29, 2014. (OLIVER BLUETT/AFP/Getty Images) There are few phenomenon on Earth as terrifying, devastating, and interesting as volcanic eruptions.

Space History: In the Event of a Apollo 11 Moon Disaster

Image displaying the opening words of Richard Nixon’s speech “In Event of a Moon Disaster,” which would be given if Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin died, or would die, on the Moon.