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NASA discovered a man-made barrier around Earth that might protect us from space storms

  • Using machines that study electrons and ions in space, NASA recently discovered a man-made barrier around Earth.
  • It could be a force field: The barriers might protect planet Earth from “extreme space weather” such as coronal mass ejections, according to Newsweek, though further study is necessary to prove that theory.
  • Coronal mass ejections are gigantic gas bubbles with magnetic fields that are spit out by the solar corona — the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere — usually after solar flares.
  • They’re potentially dangerous because they can cause geomagnetic storms on Earth. Read more (5/18/17)

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The Internet [Wally West x Reader]

@pinkwitch21 requested: “May i request wally w/ an alien s/o, and him teaching them human customs, please and thank you.″

A/N: THIS SUCKS IM SO SORRY THIS EVEN WHAT YOU ASKED FOR BUT IDK HOW TO WRITE WALLY

Pairing: Wally West x Reader

Warnings: This is badly written 

Word Count: 670

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You stared with wide eyes at all the humans roaming around the streets of the large city you were in. You were shocked by how many there were, you hoped they were kind people. The humans you met when you first crashed onto this peculiar planet wasn’t very kind.

Your eyes lightened up when you saw some items displayed behind the glass. They seemed to be clothing, similar to the ones you were wearing, but they were unlike anything on your planet. On your planet, you wore uniforms made of a material only found on your planet, but the clothing on this planet seemed to be made of different materials. It felt new and strange, but quite nice.

“Do you want one?” you heard your guide ask. You turned to look at the boy behind you before shaking your head. You didn’t want to trouble the kind humans that were helping you, especially the boy who was showing you the customs of the planet.

“I’m fine.” you spoke, the words feeling foreign from your tongue. You had quickly adapted and learned their language in merely a week but speaking this new language still felt a little strange. “I don’t want to trouble you.”

“Nonsense.” the boy, Wally West, waved his hand to dismiss your worry. “I’m supposed to be looking after you.”

You frowned. “Doesn’t that mean… keeping me from harm?”

“Of a sort, but I also have to keep you happy, and if buying clothes make you happy…. Well, what the hell?” Wally explained, smiling kindly.

“What the… hell?” you repeated slowly, “what expression is that?”

“Er…. nevermind.”

The two of you continued exploring the city, and as you moved past countless people you thought about your situation.

You had crash landed onto this foreign planet called Earth while escaping from space hunters of some kind, and you thought the planet was uninhabited but apparently it wasn’t. You were immediately captured by strange people and taken captive, before a group of heroes rescued you. Now, one of them was teaching you the customs of the planet.

You thought Wally West was an intriguing human. He told you that he had super powers, the power of speed which you found absolutely fascinating. Apparently that was abnormal, as normal human moved slowly, but there were those who were extra special and had powers.

Eventually, Wally grew hungry so you two stopped at a diner. Apparently, he had quite the appetite, so he ordered practically everything on the menu while you chose nothing, for all the food seemed foreign to you.

“Why aren’t you eating?” he asked you with his mouth full, making you giggle slightly.

“What is edible here?” you questioned, staring at all the food in front of you. They smelt quite nice. Wally grinned and pushed a plate in front of you with an assortment of different circular food stacked on top of each other.

“It’s called a burger.” said Wally, “try it! It’s good.”

You nodded and picked up the top piece, taking a bite out of it. “It tastes… plain.”

“Not like that!” Wally cried, “oh my god, it’s like a crime to eat a burger like that.”

“Huh?”

“You eat it all together.” Wally instructed, picking up his ‘burger’, with all the pieces at once, and taking a bite out of it. “See?”

You nodded and put all the pieces together between your fingers before taking a huge bite of the food. As soon as you tasted the flavors, you wanted to melt right there. You swallowed it and said, “it’s delicious!”

“You know, you’re supposed to be teaching her how to behave like a human, not feeding her.” you turned and saw the man whom you knew as ‘Barry’.

“Hey, she’s got the human thing down already!” Wally protested.

“Really?” Barry turned to you. “[F/N], what is the Internet?”

“The…. Internet?” you frowned. “I am unfamiliar with that word. What is it?”

“… out of all the things you didn’t tell her about, it’s the Internet.”

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Space Station flies over the Aurora Borealis

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Night on earth II

Set 1: South Africa | Caucasus and the Caspian Sea 

Set 2: Korea, Japan, China | Asia ~ Indochina Peninsula

Set 3: Persian Gulf | The European part of Russia

Set 4: North America ~ Mexico | East China and Taiwan

Set 5: The United Kingdom and the North Sea | Italy and Greece

And you? Where are you?

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4 astronauts describe their view of Earth from the International Space Station, combined with clips of the view.

The Making of a Heroine

As anyone with even a passing familiarity with it will be aware, the critics have not been kind to Jupiter Ascending - it has a damning 23% ‘rotten’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, for the most part, haven’t taken to it either, with the film getting a weak B- Cinema Score (this in a world where movie-goers gave Transformers: Dark of the Moon an A rating). While many aspects of the film have been attacked, its heroine has come under particularly intense criticism. These are just some of the reasons people have used to justify their dislike of the character:

1. She’s a damsel in distress! 

Me: I’d like to see how you’d cope in her shoes. What’s the shame in needing help to get out of dire situations?

2. She’s stupid!

Me: She’s as 'stupid’ as anyone would be upon being thrown into a world where they know none of the rules and have no idea who to trust.

3. She doesn’t react upon being told about a crazy new world!

Me: Did you miss the wonder on her face when her and Caine were floating up from the tower in Chicago? When Stinger was explaining the true nature of the universe? I saw plenty of awe and wonder in her face and responses when she wasn’t distracted by trying to stay alive.

4. She asks too many questions!

Me: She doesn't ask half as many questions as I would, actually. That aside, how on Earth is she meant to learn (or stop being stupid, as you would put it) if she doesn't ask any questions?

5. She just went off sky skating while billions of lives are at risk on planets awaiting harvest! How callous can you get?

Me: She has just saved planet Earth from an evil space tyrant, and you want her to immediately go out and bring down the dominant power structure in the universe? That’s like saying that Luke, Han and Leia are despicable people at the end of Star Wars because they’re wasting time on an awards ceremony while the Empire’s still up and running.

These criticisms rile me intensely, and I think most of them can be put down to expectations - as a society, we value typically male traits such as physical strength, fighting skills and stoicism. The positive traits that Jupiter demonstrates - kindness, resilience and a strong moral core - are hardly valued. In film, these character traits are pretty much considered antiquated, the preserve of Disney princesses and children’s films. There are constant calls for movies to be darker and more bloody (think of the nerd rage that erupts whenever a comic-book adaptation is rated PG-13 rather than the coveted hard R rating, which we all know is synonymous with quality), and Jupiter Ascending doesn’t really pander to any of those instincts - its heroine only fights when she has to, and she never shoots to kill. 

While Jupiter Ascending has often been described as wish fulfilment and certainly contains elements of that (shirtless Channing Tatum, anyone?), I’d argue that another reason why it’s been summarily rejected is that it doesn’t make you want to be Jupiter. Throughout the film, Jupiter is exploited, manipulated and even violently attacked; her experiences are deeply traumatic, and it’s difficult to imagine anyone actively wanting to go through what she did. The film does make it possible to empathise with Jupiter - she’s likable, bright and endearingly awkward - but, because the progress she makes in the film is of such a personal and limited nature (essentially, she transitions from being unhappy and disaffected to feeling content and excited about the possibilities that the future holds), it fails to provide the power trip modern audiences seem to crave. While the “there’s no place like home” message was heart-warming and relatable for audiences back in 1939, it simply no longer cuts the mustard. 

Personally, I find most of the 'empowering’ female characters you see in modern high-concept movies anything but (with the female title characters in Alice In Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman feeling particularly hollow to me). Such characters are empowered by having fantastical and entirely imaginary powers grafted onto them; their power, however grandly it may manifest itself, often feels shallow and pandering.

Jupiter Jones is increasingly reminding me of Sarah Williams, the lead character in Labyrinth. Both characters are frequently derided as the worst things in their respective movies, and they are often deemed unlikable and generally unimpressive as heroines. Like Jupiter, Sarah doesn’t possess any special powers or kick-ass fighting skills; she’s just a normal girl, alienated and resentful towards her thoroughly unwanted half-brother. While she doesn’t say as much, Sarah pretty much hates her life; however, she makes a mistake and has to go on a fantastical journey to put it right, learning to become more content with herself and her situation in the process. Ultimately, Sarah doesn’t defeat the Goblin King by showing her physical prowess or using her magic powers (she has neither); she defeats him by saying “you have no power over me” and possessing the self-belief to mean it.  Again, this is a small-scale evolution and it won’t really register unless you’re invested in the film and already feeling sympathetic towards Sarah as a character.

This kind of heroine appeals to me strongly, primarily because heroines like Jupiter and Sarah feel real and genuine to me in a way that characters like Alice and Snow White* simply don’t. Jupiter and Sarah are deeply flawed and prone to mistakes, but they are generally well intentioned and they both try their best to do the right thing; you can take the lessons that they learn and apply them in a real-world context.

While I find Jupiter and Sarah sympathetic and admirable, the simple truth is that they achieve things and demonstrate virtues that we simply don’t value highly enough as a society. They’re both heroines, but they’re not the right kind of heroines as far as modern audiences are concerned. And that, in my opinion at least, is a real shame.

What do you think? Do you feel there’s truth in this or take a different view?

*I had originally name-checked Ellen Ripley and Maleficent here, but reader comments made me realise that they really weren’t good examples for the point I’m trying to get across. And for the record, while I still don’t like Maleficent I love Ellen Ripley and the first two Alien movies (I think I only name checked her because I was having traumatic flash-backs to Alien: Resurrection).

Earth and Milky Way from Space : Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station. To celebrate humanity’s 15th anniversary off planet Earth, consider this snapshot from space of our galaxy and our home world posing together beyond the orbital outpost. The Milky Way stretches below the curve of Earth’s limb in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy’s central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space. via NASA

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Completely amazing, awesome, awe-inspiring symphony of time-lapse videos taken from the International Space Station. If you’re visiting this page you just need to watch this.

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Astronaut Tim Peake has joined the #SpaceVine crew from the International Space Station, although he has yet to figure out the hashtag. Here’s a recent shot of the Aurora Borealis

Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station. To celebrate humanity’s 15th anniversary off planet Earth, consider this snapshot from space of our galaxy and our home world posing together beyond the orbital outpost. The Milky Way stretches below the curve of Earth’s limb in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy’s central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space.

Image Credit: NASA, Scott Kelly

Sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean

This breath-taking photo was taken by one of the crew members aboard the International Space Station between 4 and 5 am local time. The outpost was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.

The ISS orbits the Earth at speeds of more than 28,000 Km/hr (17,000 miles/hr) and as a result sunsets last only a few seconds for the beholder- in consolation however, the astronauts can witness up to 16 sunrise or sunsets a day!

-Jean

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Because I’m too depressed to leave my home today, here’s some lovely planet Earth :)

Van Gogh from Space - July 13th, 2005

In the style of Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Night,” massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants.

Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7

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