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04/19/2007


Funny or Die’s ‘Creationist Cosmos’ Explains How God Created Everything – Except the Gays: VIDEO

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"Satan put these fossils on Earth to trick you."

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 9.27.01 AMTo pacify those creationists complaining about the lack of screentime in Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new series Cosmos, the folks over at Funny or Die have put together ‘Creationist Cosmos’ – a show for those who prefer a little more Jesus and a little less science in their space education.

It turns out most questions about life and our universe have a simple answer – “God did it.” In fact, the only thing God didn’t have a hand in creating was the gays. "They chose that for themselves."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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Astronomers Find 'Earth Twin' in Nearby Star System

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NASA scientists announced today the discovery of a planet that is the most like our own than any they havediscovered, the NYT reports:

The planet, known as Kepler 186f, named after NASA’s Kepler planet-finding misison, which found it, has a diameter of 8,700 miles, 10 percent wider than Earth, and its orbit lies within the “Goldilocks zone” of its star, Kepler 186 — not too hot, not too cold, where temperatures could allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life.

“It’s Earth size,” said Elisa V. Quintana of the SETI Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. “It’s in the habitable zone. So we now know these planets do exist.”

Business Insider adds:

Scientists don't yet know the mass or composition of Kepler-186f, but think it could have a rocky surface based on planets of similar size — like Earth.

"There's a very excellent chance that it does have a rocky surface like the Earth," co-author Stephen Kane, of San Francisco State University, said in a statement.

The discovery was also published in the journal Science.

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NASA Explains Tonight’s ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse: VIDEO

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To help prepare you for tonight’s ‘total lunar eclipse, the folks over at NASA have prepared a handy video to fill you in on the science behind the ‘blood moon.’

I think the eclipse probably something to do with vampires, but Texas pastor and televangelist John Hagee is claiming it’s a sign of the End Times. No word yet if he’s blaming it on the gays like he did with Hurricane Katrina though...

Check out the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

FYI: The eclipse begins around 12:53 am ET and will reach totality around 3am ET

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Scientists Get First Historic ‘Glimpse’ Of The Big Bang

BicepScientists today announced they have found evidence of strong “gravitational waves” that emerged in the aftermath of the Big Bang that could provide clues into the birth of the universe. Though the research presented requires further verification, many are optimistic that the results put forth today are accurate. The New Scientist reports: 

"No experiment should be taken too seriously until there's more than one that can vouch for it," says Alan Guth at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "But it does seem to me that this is a very reliable group and what they've seen is very definitive.

Marc Kamionkowski at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is even more effusive. "This is the greatest discovery of the century," he says. "If it sticks, which I think it will, it's Nobel-prize material.”

The signal at the heart of the new research was detected by a special telescope set-up in the South Pole known as Bicep (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) that, as The Guardian points out, “scans the sky at microwave frequencies, where it picks up the fossil energy from the big bang.” 

EinsteinThe discovery is also significant in that if gravitational waves are found to exist it would prove “the last untested prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity”:

"[Gravitational waves] are minuscule ripples in the fabric of the universe that carry energy across space, somewhat similar to waves crossing an ocean.

For decades, cosmologists have thought that the signature of primordial gravitational waves could be imprinted on this radiation. "It's been called the Holy Grail of cosmology," says Peiris, "It would be a real major, major, major discovery.” […]

According to theory, the primordial gravitational waves will tell us about the first, infinitessimal moment of the universe's history. Cosmologists believe that 10-34 seconds after the big bang (a decimal point followed by 33 zeros and a one) the universe was driven to expand hugely.

Known as inflation, the theory was dreamed up to explain why the universe is so remarkably uniform from place to place. But it has always lacked some credibility because no one can find a convincing physical explanation for why it happened."

Check out the full results from the scientists’ findings HERE. Warning: strong scientific language and graphic charts.


Oklahoma City FOX Affiliate 'Accidentally' Cuts Human Evolution from 'Cosmos' Broadcast: VIDEO

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An Oklahoma City FOX affiliate cut 15 seconds from the broadcast of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday night when an 'operator error' (according to its explanation on Twitter) interrupted it with a local news promotion.

The 15 seconds that were cut were the only part of the series that mentions human evolution:

"Three and a half million years ago our ancestors, yours and mine, left these traces. We stood up, and parted ways from them. Once we stood on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now we were free to look up, and wonder."

Watch the broadcast, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via crooks and liars)

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Asteroid Break-Up Captured On Film For The First Time: VIDEO

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope captured pictures of the P/2013 R3 asteroid breaking up into 10 pieces between October last year and mid-January, The Guardian reports. Though “fragile comet nuclei have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, nothing resembling this type of breakup has been observed before in the asteroid belt.”

The largest four pieces among the group are approximately 200 yards in radius.

“[The astronomers] said it was unlikely that the asteroid is breaking up because of a collision with another, because that would have caused an "instantaneous and violent" break up.

They said that the break up is also unlikely to have been caused by interior ices warming and vapourising because it is too cold – being nearly 300 million miles from the sun.

Professor Jewitt, who led the astronomical forensics investigation into the asteroid, said that it could have disintegrated due to a "subtle effect of sunlight".

He said that this can cause the rate of rotation to increase slightly, which causes the asteroid's component pieces to gently pull apart due to "centrifugal force".

This type of disruption has been discussed by experts for several years but has never been reliably observed.

The disparate parts of the once unified asteroid have since released a joint statement saying they are never, ever getting back together.

Watch the asteroid break-up for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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