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la silla observatory

from exoplanets, space exploration posted in technology by pete_nice

Located 600 km (373 miles) north of Santiago, in the superlatively arid Atacama Desert, is La Silla Observatory.

Spanish for The Saddle, La Silla is so-named for the geological contours of its mountaintop perch. The European Space Agency (ESO) owns and operates the multiple telescopes at the location, and they've been responsible for making numerous discoveries.

Among the recent discoveries is the TRAPPIST-1 system, located 39.6 light-years away in the Aquarius constellation. Named for the telescope located at La Silla that originally revealed it, the TRAPPIST-1 system contains 7 rocky exoplanets, with at least 3 of those in the "habitable zone" (containing liquid water).

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mount washington

from clock of the long now, jeff bezos posted in technology by pete_nice

"I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years."- Danny Hill, The Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation purchased the 180 acres of Mt. Washington in Eastern Nevada, just off of Great Basin National Park, in 1999. The group's intention is to complete a large scale project that encourages long-term thinking.

A prototype of the project is currently being constructed in a mountain on Jeff Bezo's Corn Ranch in West Texas.

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ivy hill cemetery

from space exploration, rocket science posted in technology by pete_nice

Famed German/American scientist and rocket-man Werner von Braun is buried at the Ivy Hill Cemetery.

He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65 on June 16, 1977.

"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death."- Werner von Braun

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argonne national laboratory

from energy, battery, energy storage posted in technology by pete_nice

Initially created to carry out the work of Enrico Fermi on nuclear reactors as part of the Manhattan Project, Argonne National Laboratory (named for the surrounding woods at the time) became the first national laboratory on July 1, 1946.

Much of the early work at the lab produced breakthroughs in nuclear technology. Since then, the lab has expanded to include a number of areas including energy storage and renewable energy, environmental sustainability, supercomputing, and national security.

Several key components of battery storage technology in hybrid and electric cars have been made at Argonne (source: The Powerhouse by Steve Levine).

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craigslist headquarters

from internet posted in technology by pete_nice

With nearly 20 billion pages views per month, craiglist.org is the 10th most popular website in the US, and 37th most popular worldwide. With only 28 employees, the craiglist empire is headquartered at this location.

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