WorldWide Telescope

You should go on an interactive tour of Mars courtesy of Microsoft and NASA.

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The Mojoceratops

This newly discovered dinosaur, roughly the size of a hippopotamus must have had some swagger…or the guy who named it was kid of buzzed.

“The now officially-named Mojoceratops was discovered and named by paleontologist Nicholas Longrich, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University. Longrich had wanted a moniker that matched the outlandish head of the beast, and he came up with it over a few beers one night with fellow paleontologists.

“It was just a joke, but then everyone stopped and looked at each other and said, Wait that actually sounds cool,'” Longrich said. “I tried to come up with serious names after that, but Mojoceratops just sort of stuck.””

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a single equatorial megacontinent and two massive circumpolar oceans

According to Witold Fraczek, that’s what the earth would be like if it stopped rotating. We think it’s just fun to use words like that.

a better explanation at Popsci

The Gravity of the World

From Popular Science:

Using only two months of data, the GOCE gravity-tracking satellite has built the first-ever full map of Earth’s gravitational field.The map, called a geoid, reflects the bumps and valleys of Earth’s gravitational effects. The map shows what the Earth would look like if it was covered in an ocean dictated by gravity

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