http://floatingdownrivers.tumblr.com/post/98858947780/guess-whose-back-back-again-plutos-back-tell ^ post source

ive been inspired so lets do this *cracks knuckles*

two moons go ‘round the outside, ‘round the outside, ‘round the outside

Guess who’s back, back again
Pluto’s back, tell a friend
Guess who’s back,
guess who’s back,
guess who’s back,
guess who’s back
guess who’s back
Guess who’s back… 

I’ve created a petition, Cause nobody wants to see Uranus no more they want Pluto Its chopped Nitrogen. Well if you want Pluto this is what ill give ya a lil bit of Carbon monoxide With some Methane mixed in With a lil bit of ice and rock, That’ll jumpstart My heart quicker than frostbite at the starting line. while im rocking the solar system and aint cooperating (hey!) you waited this long now stop debating ‘cause I’m back,I’m on the rag and ovulatingI know that you got a job Ms. Sunny  but your husband’s  global warming problem is complicating So the  N A S A  won’t let me be or let me be me so let me see they tried to shut me down on  our solar system but it feels so empty without me, Come on and  dip  and go on and swim  fuck that get ready because this shits about to get heavy, I just settled all my lawsuits Fuck you MARS. 

Now this looks like a job for me so everybody just follow me
'Cause we need a little controversy,
'Cause it feels so empty without me Little helium kids feeling rebellious embarrassed, their parents still listen to Bill Nye, they start feeling like prisoners, helpless, 'til someone comes along on a mission and yells “VIVA LA PLUTO FUCK YOU”. 

and that concludes the new lyrics for Eminem ‘ without me ’ 2003.

my microbiology prof just set a water bottle full of methane on fire while sitting on top of his desk pretending it was a canoe

I love this class

This Week in Science - May 6 - 12, 2013:

  • ESO & Oxford theories here.
  • Medical device inspiration here.
  • Pear-shaped nucleus here.
  • Meat-eating plant in Japan here.
  • Trophy molecule here.
  • Ancient DNA here.
  • Injectable eye robots here.
  • Antarctica deep-sea fish here.
  • Methane-based ecosystem here.
  • Troubling carbon dioxide levels here.
  • Metamaterial here.
  • Winged hybrid vehicle here.

Last week, Professor Anthony Ingraffea published a strong op-ed in The New York Times, in which he noted that “unless [natural gas] leaks can be kept below 2 percent, gas lacks any climate advantage over coal.”

Now, a new study confirms those concerns, finding that, on average, 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking. 

Details here: Natural Gas: 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking, study finds

Pale Blue Blobs Invade, Freeze, Then Vanish

"It’s a lake, yes. But it’s also a bomb. Those pale blue blobs, stacked like floating pancakes down at the bottom of this photograph? They’re astonishingly beautiful, yes, but they can be dangerous.

They are gas bubbles, little hiccups of methane that look magical when they’re trapped in winter ice, but come the spring, those bubbles will loosen, get free, and like an armada of deep-water flying saucers, they will make their way to the surface. When the ice breaks they will pop and fizz into the air — and disappear.

Except they don’t really disappear. Once they hit air, methane bubbles make trouble. How much trouble depends on how many bubbles get released all over the planet. In this one lake, there are thousands, tens of thousands of them, as you can see. But in the oceans, they are bigger — much bigger.”

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Stunning Bubbles Frozen Under Lake Abraham

by Natasha Geiling

These frozen bubbles under Alberta’s Lake Abraham might look like winter jewels, but you wouldn’t want to be too close to one if it popped: the bubbles are actually frozen pockets of methane, a highly flammable gas. Most of the time, methane escaping from the surface of water is relatively harmless—but if you happen to be lighting a match at the time one of these bubbles explodes, watch out.

See more images and read more about the frozen bubbles at Smithsonian.com.

Methane Lakes Raise Hopes of Life on Titan

In the dark, chilly tropics of Saturn’s moon Titan, the Cassini probe has spotted what appears to be a lake of liquid methane, fueling speculation that caverns below might harbor life.

Titan has a rocky, icy surface coated by a thick atmosphere of nitrogen and methane. It’s a geologically-young moon, but below its dense atmosphere the surface is dotted by mountains and several possible cryovolcanoes, which are thought to erupt methane rather than magma.

It’s the only extraterrestrial object to have even shown clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid — in Titan’s case, methane — but these lakes of hydrocarbon have previously only been spotted in the planet’s polar regions. In 2009, exo-meteorologists saw evidence of weather on Titan, and since then the moon has been found to have a methane cycle rather like the water cycle on Earth — where methane evaporates and then rains down as a liquid elsewhere.

Where Have All the Glaciers Gone?

   Erroneous claims concerning melting Himalayan glaciers made in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 report have embarrassed the IPCC and prompted apologies from chairman Rajendra Pachauri. The chief message of the report is that global warming is taking place – and despite the careless errors contained in one paragraph, the rest of the report is sound.

   For certain politically motivated climate change ‘skeptics’ it would make sense to throw out all of the IPCC’s science because of the mistakes on the glaciers contained – and now admitted to – in the report. Those whose priorities lie in industrial development based on fossil fuels in China and India may also jump on the error as a means to their own ends. But let’s not throw out the baby with the glacier water – so to speak. This is about science, not politics. After all it was the scientific process of peer-review that caught the error, not some skeptical journalist who hates ‘warmers’. And besides, it is good news that the Himalayan glaciers are predicted to supply water for another 300 years or so. Is anyone celebrating that?

I get the feeling everyone is hoping the estimated 20 years left for the Himalayan glaciers is truly an error.

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Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.

…Scientists estimate that there are hundreds of millions of tonnes of methane gas locked away beneath the Arctic permafrost, which extends from the mainland into the seabed of the relatively shallow sea of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. One of the greatest fears is that with the disappearance of the Arctic sea-ice in summer, and rapidly rising temperatures across the entire region, which are already melting the Siberian permafrost, the trapped methane could be suddenly released into the atmosphere leading to rapid and severe climate change.  >continue<

update: Is this new climate feedback?

Cassini Gets New Views of Titan’s Land of Lakes

With the sun now shining down over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, a little luck with the weather, and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that reside near Titan’s north pole. The images reveal new clues about how the lakes formed and about Titan’s Earth-like “hydrologic” cycle, which involves hydrocarbons rather than water.

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