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The Cats Eye Nebula in Optical and Xray

To some it looks like a cat’s eye. To others, perhaps like a giant cosmic conch shell. It is actually one of brightest and most highly detailed planetary nebula known, composed of gas expelled in the brief yet glorious phase near the end of life of a Sun-like star. This nebula’s dying central star may have produced the outer circular concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. The formation of the beautiful, complex-yet-symmetric inner structures, however, is not well understood. The featured image is a composite of a digitally sharpened Hubble Space Telescope image with X-ray light captured by the orbiting Chandra Observatory. The exquisite floating space statue spans over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat’s Eye, humanity may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution … in about 5 billion years. via NASA https://go.nasa.gov/2URMn6i
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Downtown Davenport, Iowa Floods After Temporary Levees Fail

Downtown Davenport, Iowa flooded after HESCO barriers in the region failed sometime around 3:30 p.m. local time as the Mississippi River rose to nearly 22 feet, with no injuries reported but authorities and volunteers having to rescue some people by boat, the Quad-City Times reported on Tuesday.

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5 Things We’d Like to See From The Orville Season 3 (Also: Hey Fox, Please Renew The Orville!)

There’s a lot going on in pop culture at the moment, but somehow we’re still thinking about The Orville’s thrilling season two finale. Our immediate concern is that Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series has yet to be renewed by Fox, but here’s hoping that’s coming soon, and we can turn our attention to the other things on…

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Apple Q2 2019 Earnings Show iPhone Business Stalling, But Services Expanding at Rapid Pace

Everyone has a theory: Maybe it’s that iPhones are too expensive. Maybe it’s that Apple’s quality control seems weaker, or that they’ve alienated consumers by removing consumer-friendly features like the headphone jack. Maybe it’s that iPhones keep getting more and more expensive at a time when consumers have realized…

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I Must Grudgingly Admit That Laundry Folding Boards Are Pretty Useful

If you’ve only seen one of these laundry folding boards only once, it was probably in a scene from The Big Bang Theory. That alone was enough to keep me away for years. But now I must admit…I like it.

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Avengers: Endgame’s Women Deserved More

Avengers: Endgame was a riot of flashy fights and fan service, with enough humor thrown in to sometimes feel like a great comedy. It was silly and nonsensical, but above all it was entertaining, and when it needed to hit the emotional, dramatic beats it usually nailed them. Yet there was a point in the film where I…

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Picture of the day for May 1, 2019

Wikipedia picture of the day on May 1, 2019: The Two-tailed pasha (Charaxes jasius jasius) in Sithonia, Greece. This butterfly is the only charaxes species you can find in Europe. The First of May is a public holiday in Greece and this month sees the emergence of the two-tailed pasha. http://bit.ly/2J5tc6N