2015’s Biggest Science Story

What do you think is the biggest science story of the year? 2015 isn’t over yet, but I think it’s safe to say that we have a very good candidate already.

My choice is New Horizons at the Pluto system. Pluto was expected to be a certain way, somewhat like Triton, but it turned out to be completely unique. It was unexpected. It’s likely to still be active, since there’s a huge area covered by ices, there are tall mountains, and the colouration is providing a lot of questions. One of the more recent pictures showed the atmosphere over a horizon that was lit by the sun, and the surface shows mountains. This is that image:

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There are still many months of images to download from New Horizons, so we’ll get to see many more surprises over the next year or so.

So, what’s your choice for biggest science news of 2015?

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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 23

The last group of photos were rather plain, I thought. However, this next group has some interesting ones. Lots of sky photos. I hope you enjoy them.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos.

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Old car at the Shonan Hotel of Raphael

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The Shonan Hotel of Raphael

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Stone wall/foundation

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Fujisawa sunset

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Beautiful weather

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Yokohama sunset

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Giant beer can!

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Family Street!

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Fujisawa city centre view from the 7th floor

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Public art, Shonandai Culture Centre

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

Thanks for voting! Let me know why you chose the pictures you voted for in the comments below.