A NASA spacecraft has captured an amazing video of solar twisters blowing across the surface of the sun.
The tornado-like eruptions of super-hot plasma were spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is constantly recording high-definition videos of the sun.
The sun tornado video shows swirling fountains of plasma creeping across the surface of the sun during a 30-hour period between Feb. 7 and 8. But unlike tornadoes on Earth, which are wind-driven phenomena, the sun’s plasma tornadoes are shaped by the powerful magnetic field of our star.
"An active region rotating into view provides a bright backdrop to the gyrating streams of plasma," SDO mission scientists explained in a video description. "The particles are being pulled this way and that by competing magnetic forces. They are tracking along strands of magnetic field lines."
Last August, NASA’s HiRISE orbiter spotted strange streaks on the Martian surface that most likely were the result of flowing water on the planet’s surface. Now, eight months later, scientists still haven’t come up with any better explanations.
That’s important because of the old scientific maxim that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” The existence of water flowing on Mars is just about as extraordinary a claim as one could make about the Red Planet - only proof of life on Mars would be a significantly bigger deal. And while we probably can’t consider this 100% confirmed until we get a lander down on the planet to check out just what’s causing the streaks in these craters, we can still examine all other competing explanations to see if any of those work better.
So far, salty brines and liquid water really do seem like the best way to account for what the researchers have dubbed recurring slope lineae, or RSL. As Scientific Americanreports, they have discovered these RSL now on about two dozen different slopes, and so far nobody has been able to come up with a plausible explanation for all these slopes that doesn’t somehow involve the presence of liquid water. As University of Arizona researcher Alfred McEwen puts it, “No one has come up with alternative models that they believe. Nor have we.”
The recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference also offered some strong supporting evidence for the liquid nature of the RSL, courtesy of Oregon State researcher Joe Levy.Scientific American explains:
Using satellite observations of Antarctic water tracks, Levy and a colleague found that they could estimate the soil’s permeability from orbit by measuring how the tracks propagated downhill. And that estimate agreed reasonably well with the actual soil properties, which Levy and his colleagues have measured in field studies. Applying the same calculations to Mars, he concluded that the RSL could be explained by brines if the slopes had the permeability of sand or silt. That matches the kind of soil expected to prevail at the sandy RSL sites. In other words, whatever is moving down the Martian slopes behaves as liquid would in that environment.
It’s not definitive proof just yet - but it’s pretty much the next best thing.
The ‘drill, baby, drill’ approach to energy won’t ease your pain at the pump according to an analysis by the Associated Press. In an article running in papers across the country, AP puts it simply: “…more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show.”
The AP’s findings are not surprising. Gasoline prices are subject to the global oil market that U.S. producers cannot control. Changes in the price at the pump do not follow U.S. oil supply trends. Read more.
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their high school principal told me I couldn’t teach poetry with profanity so I asked my students, “Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.” in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas then straightened out like an SS infantry “Okay. Please put your hands down. Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.” blank stares mixed with curious ignorance a quivering hand out of the crowd half-way raised, like a lone survivor struggling to stand up in Kigali “Luz, are you sure about that?” “No.” “That’s what I thought.”
they won’t let you hear the truth at school if that person says “fuck” can’t even talk about “fuck” even though a third of your senior class is pregnant.
I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school how to use a condom that will save her life and that of the orphan she will be forced to give to the foster care system— “Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”
“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.” while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home and you want me to censor my language
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers call themselves “World History” and don’t mention King Leopold or diamond mines call themselves “Politics in the Modern World” and don’t mention Apartheid
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
you wonder why children hide in adult bodies lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses learn to fetishize the size of their asses and simultaneously hate their lips my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper from East Harlem still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley? schools were built in the shadows of ghosts filtered through incest and grinding teeth molded under veils of extravagant ritual
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”
“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”
they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B, now they just kill mothers with silent poison stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them
Ridwan’s father hung himself in the box because he thought his son was ashamed of him
Maureen’s mother gave her skin lightening cream the day before she started the 6th grade
she carves straight lines into her beautiful brown thighs so she can remember what it feels like to heal
“Science is not perfect. It’s often misused; it’s only a tool, but it’s the best tool we have. Self-correcting, ever-changing, applicable to everything; with this tool, we vanquish the impossible.”—Carl Sagan (via quotesman)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS • Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.
She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.