Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter (@minutephysics)
Do not miss this spectacular real time animation of Earth’s winds. A brilliant work from @cambecc (Cameron Beccario, a Software Engineer settled down in Tokyo). Click at the “earth" label in the lower left corner to access to a few special features (I’ve particularly liked playing with the different map projections). Absolutely cool!
H/T The Reference Frame.
The World Outside My Window - Time Lapse of Earth from the ISS.
Better served at 1080p, lights off and high volume.
Editor: David Peterson
This colorful view from NASA’s Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole known as “the hexagon”. This movie, made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters, and the first movie to show a complete view from the north pole down to about 70 degrees north latitude.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University
Stunning! Scientists reveal the surprising genetic identity of early human remains from roughly 400,000 years ago in Spain (Atapuerca). New tests on human bones hidden in a Spanish cave for some 400,000 years set a new record for the oldest human DNA sequence ever decoded—and may scramble the scientific picture of our early relatives. The bones were first thought to belong to European Neanderthals, but analysis showed they are genetically closer to the Siberian Denisovans.
More info in nature: Hominin DNA baffles experts.
Paper: A mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos -Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12788-