The Periodic Table of All of the Exoplanets Found So Far

 

tileted-table‘Exoplanets are hot right now. In the popularity sense. Thermally, they’re also cold and medium. But every since the first one was discovered nearly 26 years ago — or 9,457 days as of this writing — we’ve been fascinated by them. Some people are intrigued by the potential any of them may hold for migration from earth should it become inhabitable. Some wonder if other life on our level could be there. And then there’s their most undeniable value: science. If you’ve been having trouble keeping track of what we’ve found so far, the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo has just published their Periodic Table of Exoplanets, which they’ll presumably keep up to date as more of them are found…’

via Big Think

Trump and the Risks of Digital Hate

trumptirade-878271104‘Trump’s retweets of a British anti-Muslim hate group sound alarms for those who study the propaganda behind some of history’s greatest tragedies…

To be clear and compliant with Godwin’s law no one is comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler. “That would be absurd,” says Smith. His concern is that the president and the general public have not learned history’s lessons about the impact this type of fear-mongering can have. That’s especially true today in the age of Facebook and Twitter-driven echo chambers, in which any headline, photo, or video can be slyly captioned or edited to distort its original meaning to comply with a group’s existing bias. The long past of propaganda blended with the communication channels of the present and future form a toxic mix…’

via WIRED