Computer Chronicles – Release of Windows 98

A look back in history at the release of Windows 98 and the growth of Linux.

Courtesy of an old episode of The Computer Chronicles.

Merging Galaxies

Merging Galaxies

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Merging NGC 2623
Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, +European Space Agency, ESA, +NASA; Processing – Martin Pugh
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NGC 2623 is really two galaxies that are becoming one. Seen to be in the final stages of a titanic galaxy merger, the pair lies some 300 million light-years distant toward the constellation Cancer. The violent encounter between two galaxies that may have been similar to the Milky Way has produced widespread star formation near a luminous core and along eye-catching tidal tails. Filled with dust, gas, and young blue star clusters, the opposing tidal tails extend well over 50,000 light-years from the merged nucleus. Likely triggered by the merger, accretion by a supermassive black hole drives activity within the nuclear region. The star formation and its active galactic nucleus make NGC 2623 bright across the spectrum. This sharp cosmic snapshot of NGC 2623 (aka Arp 243) is based on Hubble Legacy Archive image data that also reveals even more distant background galaxies scattered through the field of view.

In album October 2012 (1 photo)

2012 October 19

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5 Mind-Blowing Water Tornado (Waterspout) Videos

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5 Mind-Blowing Water Tornadoes (Waterspouts) Captured On Video
Now that you’ve seen a few breathtaking fire tornadoes, it’s time we bring you five mind-blowing waterspouts captured on video. This term refers to “an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud.” Continue reading for the videos and more information.

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TPP is a Horrible No-Good Very-Bad Treaty

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a SOPA/ACTA type treaty the U.S. is trying to push on other countries with all the of the penalties and NONE of the protections that U.S. Citizens currently have. It will criminalize Fair Use, circumvention of copy-protection even for legal use, extend copyright for 70 years AFTER the author has died, and confiscate people’s domain names for suspicion of violations.

PLEASE inform yourself about it and spread the word.

What’s Wrong With TPP – EFF.ORG