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]
- Why Internet Jerks Aren’t Going to Win, And You Can Help
Depression Quest designer Zoe Quinn joined me on stage at PAX East 2014 to talk about the Internet, and how we can make things just a tiny bit better. Here’s the full video from that panel, and if you want to listen to an audio version, that’s available here. As someone that struggles with attending PAX, given its history, I try my damndest to do good while I’m there. This panel is part of that.
I just finished the audio version and I really implore anyone who has ever encountered abuse online (which should be 99.9% of you) to take 50 minutes and give this a watch and/or listen. It’s sad that a lot of it may come across as common sense, but the fact that so much of Internet culture has perpetuated the exact opposite of good advice (e.g., “don’t feed the trolls”) just shows how much this is needed.
I really appreciate both Zoe’s and Patrick’s unique situations and the advice they give and I hope more people decide not to let the jerks win.
Whachow character doodle dump
1. Dave ( Look at that spikey hair, it could pop a balloon!)
2. Frobman ( at first I was really concerned about the shades, but they’ve grown on me, I like to use the thickness of the glare to simulate expression!)
3. Cheru & Tico ( got to say I love the little eyelashes under the eyes, and cheru’s hair design has got to be the longest I’ve drawn in a while! Also dat burd~)
4. Tombstone ( His name is the living tombstone… He’s drawn as a living tombstone, hahaha what else is there to say?)
5. Psyguy ( similar to Gabby I also have a pre-existing character that has similar design qualities. Psy’s fun to draw, though sometimes I forget his chin scruff.)
6. Martin/ Kuriboh ( LK is the hardest to draw, I constantly forget what he looks like and his facial hair is a challenge XD, but he’s still fun to draw none the less!)
aaaaaaa so cool! friggin sharktopus
FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?