A new study on how clouds affect temperatures on alien planets
has expanded the number of exoplanets, or planets outside our solar
system, which are believed to be capable of supporting life,
according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal
Cloud Behavior Indicates 60 Billion Planets In Milky Way...
Researchers believe they may have located the
rumored-yet-unconfirmed city of la Ciudad Blanca, the “White City”
thought to have been described by Hernan Cortez to King Charles V
in 1526. Cortez and others thought the fabled city to be a huge
metropolis filled with riches but it was never found—until...
About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists
with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application
process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday, May 7.
Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the
vanguard of a permanent colony, with more...
Well, here’s one for the guy or girl who has everything.
AMHERST, N.H. – A New Hampshire auction house is offering an EKG
of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat taken at the moment he first set foot
on the moon.
Amherst-based RR Auction will take bids on the
electrocardiogram, which registered a normal heartbeat, and...
I knew that! heh
Scientists have subjected Albert Einsteins famous theory of
gravity to its toughest real-world test so far—and it has
The theory, which was published nearly a century ago, had
already passed every test it was subjected to. But scientists have
been trying to pin down precisely at what point...
Europe’s Herschel space telescope has imaged one of the most popular subjects in the sky – the Horsehead Nebula – and its environs.
The distinctively shaped molecular gas cloud is sited some 1,300 light-years from Earth in the Constellation Orion. (more…)
Well, I am considering moving….
Aspiring astronauts and wannabe reality TV stars, take note: A nonprofit that aims to send the first human colonists to Mars by 2023 will start taking applications in July of this year.
An eye on the sky. Neat image at link.
The Thirty Meter Telescope has been under development for more
than a decade, but the sheer amount of land needed on Hawaii’s
Mauna Kea for its namesake main mirror has proved problematic:
locals have formally challenged the multi-university effort over
concerns that it...
Damn and I was so counting on a real Riehl world one day.
There may not be an alien planet named Heinlein any time soon if
the International Astronomical Union (IAU) gets its way. The
astronomy group issued a reminder April 12 that it is the only body
authorized to give exoplanets...
Cool. Photos at link below:
Photos captured from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may
provide new clues about a Soviet spacecraft that mysteriously
vanished 40 years ago. In a press release published Thursday, NASA
credited a group of amateur Russian space enthusiasts with
discovering what could be remnants of the...
Graphics at link:
The visible brain has arrived — the consistency of Jell-O, as transparent and colorful as a child’s model, but vastly more useful.
Physicists announced on Wednesday that they have discovered the
most convincing evidence yet of the existence of dark matter – the
particles that are thought to make up a quarter of the universe but
whose presence has never been confirmed.
Members of an international team gathered at Nasa in Washington
For the first time, doctors are reporting that they have
cured a child of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The landmark finding will help scientists better understand
the nature of HIV, doctors say, and could potentially help
countless HIV-positive babies in developing countries.
“I’m sort of holding my breath that this child’s...
A ring of radiation previously unknown to science fleetingly
surrounded Earth last year before being virtually annihilated by a
powerful interplanetary shock wave, scientists say.
NASA’s twin Van Allen space probes, which are studying the
Earth’s radiation belts, made the cosmic find. The surprising
discovery — a new, albeit temporary, radiation belt...
So much for science fiction.
The wired brain implants allowed sensory and motor signals to be sent from one rat to another, creating the first ever brain-to-brain interface.
The scientists then tested whether the rat receiving the signal could correctly interpret the information.
via BBC News.
A study published in The Lancet on Thursday reveals that a
common genetic thread links five well-known psychiatric diseases:
autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder,
major depressive disorder and schizophrenia.
The study was conducted by an international research
collaboration, looking at the genomes of more than 60,000 patients
of European ancestry. Scientists...
A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of
years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and
It all depends on some precise numbers related to the Higgs that
researchers are currently trying to pin down.
A “Higgs-like” particle was first seen at the...
A state of magnetism predicted in 1987 has been observed for the
first time at MIT, with researchers saying that it might one day
find applications in storage and communications technologies.
The “one day” is still quite some way off, however, with the
researchers only at the very beginning of observing the...
The damned thing laid around long
enough doing nothing. Nice to know someone put it to good
use! – via Yahoo!
The doorstop on Donna and George
Lewis’ porch traveled a long way to get there.
The 33-pound rock, something of a family heirloom, was found in
a cow pasture near Tazewell, Tenn., in the...
I thought they meant the candy bar when I clicked on it.
You can click the link below to read the rest. It’s not that
long, but interesting.
These two galaxies have been slowly merging for eons, and the
process is now almost over — indeed, the galaxies now share a