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First Exoplanet To Be Seen In Color Is Blue 139

ananyo writes "A navy-blue world orbiting a faraway star is the first exoplanet to have its colour measured. Discovered in 2005, HD 189733 b is one of the best-studied planets outside the Solar System, orbiting a star about 19 parsecs away in the Vulpecula, or Fox, constellation. Previous efforts to observe the planet focused on the infrared light it emits — invisible to the human eye. Astronomers have now used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the planet and its host star. Hubble's optical resolution is not high enough to actually 'see' the planet as a dot of light separate from its star, so instead, the telescope receives light from both objects that mix into a single point source. To isolate the light contribution of the planet, the researchers waited for the planet to move behind the star during its orbit, so that its light would be blocked, and looked for changes in light colour. During the eclipse, the amount of observed blue light decreased, whereas other colours remained unaffected. This indicated that the light reflected by the planet's atmosphere, blocked by the star in the eclipse, is blue."

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 186

I think the pedo laws are completely out of hand, but the idea that severe penalties will cause molesters to kill their victims is bogus. The kind of person who murders is already sociopathic enough that any amount of penalty is going to be enough to justify murdering their victim. Even if there was absolutely no legal penalty they would still have to worry about parents going vigilante on them.

Comment Re:Terrible news... (Score 1) 658

Yes! Thank you for the illustration - you think I am "defending" some cause beyond simple accuracy in basic facts. You had soooo many chances to just leave it at that, but you can't see the world that way, you kept trying to redefine my position into something you could wrap your simple brain around. Your dogged illogic is exactly what made start to wonder what makes you tick. I thank you for doing that, you've really helped me to better understand individuals like yourself.

Your love of hierarchy doesn't give you the mental freedom to see the world in any other terms than defenders/members of your hierarchy and enemies of your hierarchy. Obviously an innately illogical perspective to anyone who doesn't love hierarchy but perfectly logical to anyone who stuck in the mode of believing hierarchy makes the world go around.

Submission + - Chatbot hunts for pedophiles (

cylonlover writes: For a number of years now, police forces around the world have enlisted officers to pose as kids in online chat rooms, in an attempt to draw out pedophiles and track them down. Researchers at Spain’s University of Deusto are now hoping to free those cops up for other duties, and to catch more offenders, via a chatbot that they’ve created. Its name is Negobot, and it plays the part of a 14 year-old girl.

Submission + - Billionaire-Backed vs. Black Girls Code

theodp writes: 'We will contribute $100,000 to [five] organizations,' explained Microsoft as it announced its AzureDevs Competition, 'who teach programming and provide technical resources to those who might not otherwise get the chance.' The current leader in voting that will determine who gets the top prize of $50,000 is Black Girls Code. But moving up the ranks into second place is, the sometimes dual-missioned organization advised by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith that launched a few months ago to great fanfare with a slick viral promotional video featuring supporters Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. has put out a call for votes to their 140,000 Facebook fans, and 17,000 Twitter followers to help them lay claim to Microsoft's $50,000 first prize. Hey, everyone roots for the billionaire-backed underdog, right?

Comment Re:When you ride at night, (Score 1) 413

I never wanted submission, only to be able to ride my bike, legally, and according to the rules of the road without fear of becoming hamburger because someone couldn't be bothered to see what is right in front of them.

And a car horn would not work to make them see when needed, only after I am already in trouble ( or do I blow it continually? )

Comment Somebody got it in for the Russian government? (Score 1) 323

Interesting article on Space News
that points out that the Proton launch failures have a mysterious correlation to whether the customer is private or government (with government launches being the unlucky ones).

Comment Re:When you ride at night, (Score 1) 413

It should be. It seems to have to do with the cognitive process some drivers go through,at a guess.
I would ride where a bike is supposed to be, would light up like a Christmas tree at night, and cars would *still* not see me.
I had one guy make a right hand turn directly in front of me. Visually, in terms of photons bouncing off me, I could not have been more visible.
The guy just drove right past me, then directly across my path. There was nothing preventing him seeing me, yet, still he didn't.
( and there are other incidents like this that inform my opinion on this... )

Some ( many? ) treat the responsibility seriously and are looking for "things I can hurt/damage" and "things that can hurt/damage me".
Others have a different take on things ( at least as experienced by me ), and are only looking at "things that can hurt/damage me"

Comment Re:Terrible news... (Score 1) 658

I find it illuminating that for you, conflictual debate leads quickly to questions of mental stability.

No, its not conflictual debate, its illogic. Repeated insistence on illogic. That makes me wonder what the cause is. Its interesting that you focused on mental stability when that wasn't really my best guess.

I was thinking love of hierarchy was probably your real issue, you aren't the first person to be so insistently illogical. My working theory is that hierarchy is a replacement for empathy. That hierarchy is a heuristic for understanding the circumstances of each person - so long as they are in their place then their experience in life is defined by their position in the hierarchy.

It's only when people don't fit into the hierarchy that you have to engage other parts of your brain to understand their perspective. Having used hierarchy as a crutch for so long the part of your brain that processes empathy is underdeveloped. So you end up having a very hard time figuring out if their actions are appropriate or not. The default state, for most humans, seems to be that if you can't understand it, then it is bad. That's a very primal reaction which would explain your illogic.

Maybe that also explains your excessive focus on typos and your inability to realize that the reference to a rorschach test was not literal. Understanding a metaphor requires a certain level of abstract thinking, which hierarchy does not encourage either. I bet you have problems with metaphors quite frequently, am I right?

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