A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.

It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288. 

Glitch art goes interstellar.

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In an unlikely corner of our solar system, scientists have discovered evidence of what they believe is a subterranean ocean. The water means a tiny moon orbiting Saturn could be one of the few places in the solar system with the right ingredients for life.

The moon Enceladus is only 300 miles wide—it would fit between New York City and Charlottesville, Va. It’s a mini-world with a bright, icy, frigid surface, and it is just one of an astounding 62 moons orbiting the ringed planet. But it is not just a static, boring ice ball. Fractures on the moon’s surface—evocatively named “tiger stripes”—emit jets of frozen water that help form one of the bands in Saturn’s rings.

Ocean as Large as Lake Superior Found on Enceladus, a Tiny Moon Orbiting Saturn

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Whoever utters “Kafkaesque” has neither fathomed nor intuited nor felt the impress of Kafka’s devisings. If there is one imperative that ought to accompany any biographical or critical approach, it is that Kafka is not to be mistaken for the Kafkaesque.

Cynthia Ozick in defense of Kafka.

Lighten up with Kafka for kids – definitely not Kafkaesque. 

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“We are moving toward a situation where people such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have so much money it would hardly matter to them to write a check for more than both Obama and Romney spent in the last presidential election,” Sanders said. “They could write out a check for $2 billion, and it would be insignificant – a fraction of their increase in wealth over a one-year period.”

The Koch brothers, who fund a variety of conservative political operations, saw their wealth increase from $68 billion to $80 billion in just one year, Sanders said.

He said the loosening of restrictions on campaign spending favored by conservatives had imperiled representative government.

“I do not believe democracy is about a handful of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson, being in a position in which they can spend as much money as they want on any political race in this country,” Sanders said. “It is very hard for me to imagine how anybody could defend that as being democracy. It is not. It is oligarchy.”

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Well, the average person is constantly being bombarded by propaganda crafted by the elites. Why do poor people with missing teeth and high blood pressure get foaming at the mouth mad at the thought of “socialized” medicine? Why do working class people have such negative views of unions? Why do they think bombing random countries is about protecting America’s freedom? Because they’re told to feel and think that way every single day.


The oligarchs and elites control the airwaves. They craft the narratives. That is why we need campaign finance reform to keep big money out. That is why we need to crush all voter suppression. And most of all, we need to elect principled politicians and get rid of the misanthropes on the Right.

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Think of Bus Rapid Transit as mass transportation done cyberpunk. Can’t afford shiny new high-speed rail technology? Carve out a dedicated lane, roll out a ticketing app, and watch the bus beat the traffic. It’s a high-tech idea executed with low-tech parts, at lower cost. If a bullet train is the $1,500 Google Glass, BRT is the $300 DIY version. It’s the best kind of city hack. So it’s too bad a pair of billionaires just helped shut down one of the most promising BRT startups in the nation.

This Affordable, Efficient Mass Transit Technology Is Now Illegal in Tennessee.

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Read or listen to the whole story (from Christopher Joyce).

Image Credits:

  • Top two archive photos courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies
  • Middle two: Jason Thompson for NPR
  • Last two: Maggie Starbard/NPR
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