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It's Not Too Soon to Plan a Trip to View the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

November 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Consider this fair warning for a planetary event that hasn't happened in almost 100 years. Now is the time to get planning to make sure you don't miss the big total solar eclipse, even if it isn't due for another three years.

The moon is tracking to pass between Earth and the Sun in 2017, blocking the direct rays of the largest star. This event, occurring August 21 2017, will be the first time since 1918 that an eclipse will pass across the United States, from coast to coast. This means that the lower 48 will have opportunities to see a significant portion of the eclipse.

Something even slightly similar hasn't occurred since 1979, when the Pacific Northwest got a view, and in 1991, when Hawaii was treated to a total solar eclipse.

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'Space Race' is One Reality Show You'll Want to Watch

October 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we like to follow the goings on of Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic project, and now we’ll be able to do from the comfort of our couch. Virgin Galactic is teaming up with the mastermind behind shows like Survivor and The Voice—Mark Burnett—to launch a reality show to give away a ride into space.

Details are limited at this point, but we’d imagine that things would follow the basic premise of pretty much all reality shows. Unique personalities, wacky competitions, and plenty of drama should lead to a show worthy of a spot on our DVR. We do know that the show will be called "Space Race," and the big winner will get a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo.

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'Mythbusters' is Hitting the Road with a 'Behind The Myths' Tour

October 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

This fall Mythbusters fans will have a chance to see myths get busted or confirmed in person when the show's co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman hit the road for the Behind The Myths Tour.

The tour will visit more than 30 cities across the country where the Mythbusters team will conduct on-stage experiments with the audience. According the show's website, “fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.”

Check out the tour dates below:

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Bubbles Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink at the Champagne Pool of Wai-O-Tapu

September 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one thing that New Zealand has to offer, it's stuff you just won’t see anywhere else. With the country’s location along the Ring of Fire there’s a clear sense in the scenery that the place is constantly moving and shaking. One particular example where you can see it all—in full tourist convenience—is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Situated on the North Island kind of between Taupo and Rotorua sits just one of the area’s many hotspots for under the ground activity. The place promises the opportunity to check out one of the most extensive geothermal systems in the country, and after checking it out ourselves we have to agree.

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The Best Places for Viewing Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tonight, between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. local time, those in areas away from light pollution and heavy cloud cover will be able to observe some 60-100 meteors streaking across the sky as the annual Perseid Meteor Shower hits its peak. According to NASA, you'll want to look straight up and budget for the extra time it'll take for your eyes to adjust.

Wondering where is the best place to view the celestial event? Here's a few ideas from our recent travels:

· On an airplane!: Just as the Northern Lights are visible from airplanes in flight, so too are meteor showers. After all, in a major jet aircraft you fly above the clouds and, at night, the crew typically turns off the cabin lights. Even @BritishAirways is encouraging travelers tonight to keep their windowshades up—talk about in-flight entertainment!

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Disney's Newest Tech Seeks to Control the Air Around You

July 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to controlling the world of theme parks it’s pretty clear that Disney is on top of things. Beyond that their engineers—we mean imagineers—do a pretty good job at making the impossible seem possible. Their latest trip into the Disney laboratory seems to have gone pretty well, as Mickey and friends might soon be able to control the air.

Engadget has the full scoop, but basically Disney has figured out a way to bring live feedback to the air around you. The magic is contained within something known as AIREAL, as the system can send out punches of air to here and there. The goal is to bring touchy feely feedback to all three dimensions of space and your surroundings.

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Visiting the Birthplace of Modern Medicine on the Greek Island of Kos

Where: Kos, Greece
July 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We gave you five reasons why you should suck it up and go on a Greek Islands cruise, and now allow us to add a sixth: You can actually visit the birthplace of modern medicine, where Hippocrates performed his infamous research at the Askleipion on Kos.

Today, there is a bit of doubt about whether Hippocrates actually wrote the medical pledge that is referred to as the Hippocratic Oath. In fact, there’s a lot of skepticism surrounding the sixty or so medical writings that have survived and bear his name. But regardless of whether the documents were written by he or one of his students, it is certain that he was the lead medical researcher of the 5th century B.C., and that his life’s work had a great effect on the practice of medicine, both then and now.

One of the first things you'll notice upon your arrival is that, while Hippocrates might have been the first to discover that diseases were natural and not caused by the Gods, he truly believed that morale was a huge part of the recovery and healing process. Why? Well, just look at the photos above and below, taken from the top of the ruins. You'd feel better, too, if all hospitals had that kind of scenery!

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Popocatepetl, Popocatepetl Go Away and Spread Your Ash Another Day

Where: Mexico
July 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh heck—here we go with another big ash problem. This time it’s some volcanic activity down in Mexico that’s creating the problems, as Popocatepetl is the one messing up the atmosphere this time. This sucker is kind of half way between spots like Mexico City and Puebla, so if you have flights in or out of the area just be aware.

The delays and cancellations were all over the place last week, as carriers like Delta, United, American Airlines, and US Airways all had to mess with their schedules to accommodate the stuff up in the skies. At one point there were around 40 flights cancelled on just one day, so Popocatepetl is certainly less than friendly.

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Yet Another Moronic Study on Cell Phones and Airplanes

May 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we went over this nonsense we included the line "yes of course this is idiotic," before stepping back and promising to watch our language because "this is a family blog." But now those same moronic 2011 anecdotes are being recycled as proof that cell phones and tablets can interfere with the navigation systems of gigantic airliners? And now Bloomberg is declaring that "more than a decade of pilot reports and scientific studies" imply that it's true? Fuck. That.

Listen. If you believe that something you bought off the shelf at an Apple Store has the ability to interfere with a Boeing 747... well, we're not going to do the stand-up comedian thing where we tell you to kill yourself. But at a minimum, as a public service, consider chemical castration. "A decade of pilot reports and scientific studies"? Holy. Shit.

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Alaska Volcano Erupts; Are Ash Cloud Flight Delays on the Way?

May 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed it, over the weekend there was explosion over in Cleveland—but don’t worry—it wasn’t that Cleveland.

Apparently it’s time again for the annual volcanic eruption, and that means potential disruption to air travel. This time the ash and smoke is doing its thing up in Alaska, as the Cleveland volcano is getting a little cranky.

In case you want to know where to look for the troublemaker on the map, this volcano is roughly 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, stuck on Chuginadak Island within the Aleutian chain of islands.

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Virgin Galactic Zooms through 'Cold Flow' Test to Inch Closer to Space

April 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

We haven’t heard that much from Virgin Galactic recently, but that doesn’t mean the space ship team hasn’t been hard at work behind the scenes. They’re still doing their very best to ensure that space tourism becomes a reality sooner than later. That’s definitely good, since from what it sounds like, the space flight carrier already has more than a few customers on the books and ready to go.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two just finished its latest round of testing, and thankfully things all went according to plan. The latest aerial endeavor was known as a "cold flow” test. They haven't lit the rocket engines on this sucker just yet, but it means they've completed pretty much everything else—so that means they’re ready for the next step. The ship’s contrail was even visible for the first time, so now we know how awesome the thing will look like when it blasts away from earth.

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Find Your Way to The Smithsonian's New Navigation Exhibition

April 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re tying to figure out how the world moved around prior to Google Maps, then now’s a good time head down to the museums of the Smithsonian. The Air and Space Museum is holding a new exhibit all about getting from here to there—and back again—so set your GPS to Gallery 213 on the second floor of the east wing.

The exhibit–Time and Navigation–aims to transport visitors back hundreds of years, for a sneak a peek into the tools of the trade from the past. Clocks, compasses, and other navigation devices will be on display, basically anything which deals with keeping accurate time. In total there’s around 144 different objects on display, and they’ve got things broken down into five sections: Navigation for Everyone; Navigating at Sea; Navigating in the Air; Navigating in Space; and Inventing Satellite Navigation. No word on if they have a special place to discuss the bummer that is Apple Maps.

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