Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Big Get Bigger

Bayer finally reached a deal with Monsanto, wrapping up a massive consolidation of the seed and pesticide market:

This isn't in the best interest of farmers, but is in the best interest of monopolists.  On the lighter side, for my money, Bloomberg wins the headline championship:

Heroin, Nazis, and Agent Orange: Inside the $66 Billion Merger of the Year

Monday, September 12, 2016

NASA Photo of the Day

September 6:

The Whirlpool Galaxy and Beyond
Image Credit & Copyright: Álvaro Ibáñez Pérez
Explanation: Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici. Though M51 looks faint and fuzzy to the human eye, the above long-exposure, deep-field image taken earlier this year shows much of the faint complexity that actually surrounds the smaller galaxy. Thousands of the faint dots in background of the featured image are actually galaxies far across the universe.