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Polls / Mets vs. Royals
« on: October 26, 2015, 10:16:17 PM »
Share your thoughts as to why, if you're so inclined.

Polls / Utley
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:51:58 AM »

College / Micic leaves Northwestern
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:59:33 PM »
Where's he going?

Polls / This Sizzler commercial...
« on: April 18, 2015, 03:28:56 AM »
Do not make any alternative decisions about this commercial because there are none.

College / Look at all the stalling calls in these matches...
« on: March 14, 2015, 08:27:38 PM »
Memorable Iowa vs Iowa State matches

College / Ignorant refs
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:59:11 PM »
It's time we had a national conversation about stalling. Are these refs just ignorant or are they trying to make a point? What's going on here?

College / Gilman in the huddle
« on: February 01, 2015, 04:56:30 PM »
What do you think? I think he's approaching official Hawkeye Hammer status.

Mixed Martial Arts / UFC
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:59:46 AM »
WWE UFC is getting stupid with the staged crap and call outs in the cage. I also feel like they make great efforts to create contenders in emerging MMA markets.

College / PSU recruiting Red?
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:38:33 PM »

Off-Topic / Exponential growth in technology
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:56:07 PM »
Let's discuss the implications of exponential technological growth.

Information, education, transportation and travel, bioinformatics, biology, marketing, human interaction and social media, personal and business computing, artificial intelligence, singularity, religion, money and finance, work, economics, quality of life, health and wellness, life expectancy, disease and medicine, physics, space exploration, climate change, poverty, 3D printing, national identity, government, war, consciousness, social awareness, rights and law, privacy and basically every other part of the human experience can and will be profoundly affected by the exponential growth in technology.

IMO we're facing a mind-bending paradigm shift in what it means to be human.

Here's a video to get the discussion started:

Off-Topic / Hubble's snapshot of Andromeda Galaxy.
« on: January 18, 2015, 08:55:35 AM »

Take a Tour of Hubble’s Mind Blowing High Definition Snapshot of the Andromeda Galaxy

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Recently, NASA and ESA released the most detailed image yet of Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light years away. Andromeda—which is expected to collide and merge with our own Milky Way galaxy in about four billion years—is estimated to contain a trillion stars. By comparison, our galaxy contains about 300 billion stars.

But numbers that big are a bit meaningless. Sometimes it takes an image like this one to really hammer the point home. You can zoom in and out with their interactive tool—but we suggest you check out the below video tour instead.

If this doesn’t blow your mind, nothing will.

Millions and millions of suns scattered like grains of sand, each one a system of dust and maybe planets like our own. And as the video scans into the galactic center—the sheer number of stars overwhelms the darkness. A fabric of light.

The image, taken by the Hubble telescope, uses 1.5 billion pixels to reveal about 100 million stars—a ten thousandth of the stars in the whole galaxy. It shows the startling scale of just our local neighborhood in the universe, and may be one of the most awe-inspiring images produced from the almost 25 years of service by the space telescope.

Of course, Hubble's iconic Deep Field series is in the running too (perhaps number one all time).

The Hubble Deep Field reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny patch of featureless sky.
The Hubble Deep Field reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny patch of featureless sky.
While the Andromeda image gives us an idea of galactic scale, the Deep Field images gave us a sense of the scale of the universe. The Deep Field revealed thousands of galaxies in a tiny, completely dark sliver of sky about 1/30th the circumference of the Moon.

It’s estimated there are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe. So, hundreds of billions of stars in a galaxy—and a hundred billion galaxies. It’s a humbling perspective as significant as Copernicus putting the Sun at the center of the solar system or Carl Sagan's pale blue dot.

The next generation James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled for launch in 2018 and is expected to give us an even better view of deep space. A side-by-side comparison of the two primary mirrors shows that the collecting area of the James Webb telescope is over five times bigger than that of Hubble.

A portion of the James Webb telescope takes shape.
The first six of 18 segments in the James Webb space telescope's primary mirror take shape.
The James Webb will primarily collect images in the infrared instead of the visible spectrum. This will allow us to see the earliest stars and galaxies, whose light is red-shifted as it travels over enormous distances to reach us. What’s more, infrared light can more easily penetrate the clouds of gas and dust it inevitably must travel through.

As we await the James Webb telescope, it's unclear how much longer Hubble will remain functional. NASA has no more plans to send humans to the telescope, even if it needs servicing (the last manned mission was in 2009). Even if NASA will develop robots capable of running an unmanned servicing mission in the near future, the cost might still make it prohibitive.

Nonetheless, Hubble has given us more than enough to chew on. Though it may not have the immediate urgency of Elon Musk’s call to Mars—scaling our universe is an important function of these technological wonders orbiting overhead.

Article written with contributions from Jason Dorrier.

Image Credit: NASA and ESA (Andromeda Galaxy, Hubble Ultra Deep Field, James Webb Space Telescope)

College / Student U favorites - 2015
« on: January 14, 2015, 06:16:08 PM »
Purdue v Wisconsin aka "The Dual Game That Play Built"

A game is about to start

It looks like a stalemate throughout the game

Beautiful play by Lubeck! He get's the trap as well!

Lubeck really playing well so far

The Purdue player is trying to stuff him down.

Both of the experienced players competing against each other.

Purdue is just playing a very tough Wisconsin team tonight

Off-Topic / Kid in vegetative state - actually aware for 12 years!
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:17:35 PM »
WHAT!? This is crazy.

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