Nerd News Roundup


Not much in the way of Entertainment news today.

Agents of SHIELD

I hate typing periods for SHIELD, so I’m not going to do it.

Anyway, good news if you’re actually watching the show and you’re a fan (like me.) It’s been picked up for a full order of 22 episodes this season.

I wouldn’t call it the greatest thing on TV, but it is a decent to good show with potential which puts it in the 95th percentile of TV shows.

Astronomy

Scientists have found a planet drifting about out there free from any star.

Eighty light-years from Earth, there’s a world that’s just six times more massive than Jupiter, floating all alone without a sun to keep it warm, astronomers reported Wednesday.

Such free-floaters have been reported before, but in the past, it hasn’t always been clear whether these were orphaned planets or failed stars. This time, the scientists say they’re sure it’s a planet.

“We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this,” team leader Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said in a news release. “It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone. I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”

Scott Carpenter, the second man in orbit, passed away yesterday following a recent stroke. He was 88.

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