motherjones:

Full, horrifying, utterly unsurprising context here.

motherjones:

Full, horrifying, utterly unsurprising context here.

unknownskywalker:

Ancient Galaxy Collision Created Enormous Stellar Swirls

New simulations suggest that enormous swirls of stars surrounding a distant galaxy formed when two equal-sized galaxies collided. The galaxy, named NGC 5907, is located 50 million light-years away in the constellation Draco.

Its loops and currents, containing stars, gas and dust, are 150,000 light-years across. Researchers studying these swirls previously thought they were formed when a relatively small galaxy hit a larger one, getting torn apart in the process.

But in the new study, a massive computer simulation shows that it would have been impossible for a very small galaxy to produce the observed streams. More likely, two roughly equal-sized galaxies crashed into each other 8 or 9 billion years ago. The simulation also showed that the galaxies must have been very gas-rich in order to produce the swirls surrounding NGC 5907.

Most large spiral galaxies are thought to have formed from similar processes. Over the history of the universe, smaller galaxies have collided with one another and merged, producing ever-larger galaxies. Our own Milky Way galaxy is headed on a crash course with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy in 4.5 billion years.

Above: (1) Visible light image of NGC 5907. (2) Simulation of the collisions that produced NGC 5907 (1 Gyr = 1 billion years).

(via inothernews)

What an inhuman motherfucker!!

If Chris Christie is going to veto the New Jersey Legislature’s bill approving marriage equality in the state, he should issue that veto not behind the walls of his office in Trenton, but in a room full of the very men, women and children whose happiness and love for one another he is going to unilaterally dismiss and diminish with a rubber fucking stamp. Since this fuck is all about holding himself accountable, this should be of no problem to him.

Bam.

motherjones:

Nuclear Truckers: Warheads on 18 Wheels
Big rigs with bombs are secretly cruising the interstate near you. But how safe are they from terrorists or accidents? To find out, we sent Adam Weinstein to investigate…and haul ass after one on a long stretch of South Carolina lowcountry highway. YEEHAW.
(Plus, later today, we’ll share the list of headlines for this story that we rejected. They’re oh so good. And bad.)

Creepy!!!!

motherjones:

Nuclear Truckers: Warheads on 18 Wheels

Big rigs with bombs are secretly cruising the interstate near you. But how safe are they from terrorists or accidents? To find out, we sent Adam Weinstein to investigate…and haul ass after one on a long stretch of South Carolina lowcountry highway. YEEHAW.

(Plus, later today, we’ll share the list of headlines for this story that we rejected. They’re oh so good. And bad.)

Creepy!!!!

inothernews:

Things I Saw Yesterday That Made Me Wonder If The Driver Was Serious Or Not, Vol. 1, With A Cameo By My Finger.

Oh god. Reactionary much?

inothernews:

Things I Saw Yesterday That Made Me Wonder If The Driver Was Serious Or Not, Vol. 1, With A Cameo By My Finger.

Oh god. Reactionary much?

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

motherjones:

Game of Thrones Valentines.
(Which I put here instead of on my personal Tumblr by mistake. Sorry. Here’s my review of “A Dance With Dragons,” the latest book in the series, to make it up to you. —Nick Baumann)

motherjones:

Game of Thrones Valentines.

(Which I put here instead of on my personal Tumblr by mistake. Sorry. Here’s my review of “A Dance With Dragons,” the latest book in the series, to make it up to you. —Nick Baumann)