Skygazers around planet Earth enjoyed the close encounter of planets and Moon in July 15′s predawn skies. And while many saw bright +Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, Europeans also had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the +Moon as it slid through the night. Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are +Callisto, +Ganymede, Jupiter, +Io and +Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth’s Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller.
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Motala, age 50, lost his foot after stepping on a land mine. Thanks to the dedicated workers at the world’s only elephant hospital located in Lampang, Thailand, and he received a new prosthetic leg.
When this poisonous monarch comes out to hunt, the whole forest steers clear. Until a rat snake blunders into its path… and gets swallowed alive!
Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.
A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating Einstein’s law of relativity. We contacted White at NASA and asked him to explain how this real life warp drive could actually work.