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This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

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“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Photo: GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ 1927-2014  “Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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guardian:

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia. Full story

Pictured: Gabriel García Márquez at his house in Mexico City, 2010. Photograph: Miguel Tovar/AP

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'Snowdrop & other tales' by the Brothers Grimm; illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Published 1920 by E.P. Dutton & Company, New York.

See the complete book here.

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Read Hundreds of Free Sci-Fi Stories from Asimov, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Dick, Clarke & More

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recommendedreading:


"When you’re twins in a town like ours you become a kind of institution. Carter and I, at eight, modeled for the local department store, and a billboard of us in matching corduroy jackets had hung outside the public library until we were well into middle school."


From “Mascots” by Ted Thompson, recommended by Maggie Shipstead.


Read it for free tomorrow at Recommended Reading.



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theworkshopblog:

And hot on the heels of this week’s episode, here’s LA Review of Book’s review of Short Century:

Gerrard takes the reader from discussions of war, journalism, and their agencies into a metaphysical, almost Nabokovian intrigue… In the same way that drone warfare has shifted opinions about “right” and “wrong” warfare, Short Century produces a taboo that is essential to our understanding of history and humanity.

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I take a break this week and scottcheshire (@scottcheshire) joins Kaitlyn Greenidge (@kkgreenidge) in convo w/ David Burr Gerrard (@DBGerrard)!

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David Burr Gerrard, author of “Short Century”, joins us to talk about politics in fiction, the phenomenon of “sorry not sorry” and sex as a historic act on this week’s episode of The Workshop!

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Internet, I need everything you’ve got on El Santo RIGHT NOW

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In Mexico there are two very different worlds of Lucha Libre. There are the elaborate shows that take place in massive arenas in the country’s largest urban areas. Although they don’t look that much like a WWE show, they are of the same scale. 

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s Mexican street wrestling. There is a high demand for wrestling events in the country, but a large percentage of the impoverished population is unable to afford the cost of a ticket to a professional show. That’s created a secondary market for traveling backyard events, where wrestlers on Mexico City’s underground circuit for the crowds.

Come on, youtube, don’t fail me now…

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ironychan:

redcaplf:

… Clockodiles? Is that pun very bad?

CLOCKODILES.

somewhere captain hook is shitting himself

This is gonna “tick” some people off

I miss Neo Louisiana

lols4lyfe:

twinpersonalitys:

ironychan:

redcaplf:

… Clockodiles? Is that pun very bad?

CLOCKODILES.

somewhere captain hook is shitting himself

This is gonna “tick” some people off

I miss Neo Louisiana

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