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Submission + - What is Consuming Hydrogen and Acetylene on Titan? (spacefellowship.com)

Matt_dk writes: Two new papers based on data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft scrutinize the complex chemical activity on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. While non-biological chemistry offers one possible explanation, some scientists believe these chemical signatures bolster the argument for a primitive, exotic form of life or precursor to life on Titan’s surface. According to one theory put forth by astrobiologists, the signatures fulfill two important conditions necessary for a hypothesized “methane-based life.”

Submission + - Barlow: Internet has broken political the system (thehill.com)

MexiCali59 writes: The deluge of information available on the Web has made the country ungovernable, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow.

"The political system is broken partly because of Internet," Barlow said. "It's made it impossible to govern anything the size of the nation-state. We're going back to the city-state. The nation-state is ungovernably information-rich."

Speaking at Personal Democracy Forum in New York on Thursday, Barlow said there is too much going on at every level in Washington, D.C., for the government to effectively handle everything on its plate. Instead, he advocated citizens organizing around the issues most important to them.

Barlow also said that President Barack Obama's election, driven largely by small donations, has fundamentally changed American politics. He said a similar bottom-up structure is needed for governing as well.

"It's not the second coming, everything won't get better overnight, but that made it possible to see a future where it wasn’t simply a matter of money to define who won these things," Barlow said. "The government could finally start belonging to people eventually."

Submission + - Another impact on Jupiter, this time on video. (iceinspace.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: In an incredible coincidence, just as Hubblesite released a press release overnight saying that the July 19, 2009 impact at Jupiter (discovered by Anthony Wesley) was likely an asteroid, Wesley, together with Chris Go from the Phillipines spotted another impact. This time, there is video of the event, with low resolution in blue from Chris, and higher resolution at 60 fps in red from Wesley. There is currently no indication of an impact scar, which indicates the object may have exploded higher in Jupiter's atmosphere.

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