Wasting time on the Internet course and a new planet found.

Parv Gupta By Parv Gupta, 3rd Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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University of Pennsylvania offers ‘wasting time on internet’ course and new planet discovered 2,300 light years from Earth.

Wasting time on Internet course

University of Pennsylvania is offering a new course on ‘wasting time on the Internet’ which requires students to stare at a screen for hours and only interact via chat rooms and social media.

The Department of English will be offering this course apart from others in their curriculum. It will begin in Spring 2015 semester.

The course description on the university’s website reads:

"We spend our lives in front of screens, mostly wasting time: checking social media, watching cat videos, chatting, and shopping. What if these activities — clicking, SMSing, status-updating, and random surfing — were used as raw material for creating compelling and emotional works of literature? Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only Facebook? Could we write a great novella by plundering our Twitter feed? Could we reframe the internet as the greatest poem ever written? Using our laptops and a wifi connection as our only materials, this class will focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature. Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. To bolster our practice, we'll explore the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting through critical texts about affect theory, ASMR, situationism and everyday life by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly Erving Goffman, Betty Friedan, Raymond Williams, John Cage, Georges Perec, Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefevbre, Trin Minh-ha, Stuart Hall, Sianne Ngai, Siegfried Kracauer and others. Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory".


Now this is something really weird. We all know, a lot of us waste our time on the Internet doing useless things. This course will prove a good source of research and provide valuable information.

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Planet 2,300 light years from Earth

Astronomers have discovered a new low-mass, low-density planet located 2,300 light years away from Earth with an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium.

The planet is name PH3c and it was hard to detect it because of other planets gravitational fields and inconsistent orbiting time around the sun.

"PH3c's orbital period changed by 10.5 hours in just 10 orbits, on Earth, these effects are very small, only on the scale of one second or so," said Joseph Schmitt, a Yale University graduate student and first author of the paper.

PH3c(middle planet) is placed between two other planets known as PH3d(the outer planet)which is larger and heavier than Saturn and the other one is PH3b(inner planet) which is small and may have a rocky composition as Earth.

"The outer planet's orbital period also changes slightly, by about 10 minutes. You need to see both planets changing orbital periods in order to find out the masses of the planets. One planet doesn't give enough information," said Schmitt. There's also a quirky aspect of the planetary trio, Schmitt added. The outer planet's year is 1.91 times longer than the middle planet's year, and the middle planet's year is 1.91 times longer than the inner planet's year.

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