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  • Reliance on jailhouse informant dooms Chandra Levy case

    07/29/2016 9:44:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2016 9:14 PM EDT | Matthew Barakat
    Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Jurors believed Morales, and prosecutors obtained a conviction against Guandique at his 2010 trial despite lacking a confession, witnesses or DNA evidence. They obtained a conviction even though everyone knew that police had initially suspected another man, former California congressman Gary Condit. But for the last five years, while Guandique was imprisoned on what was to have been...
  • Hearing on New Trial in Chandra Levy Case

    11/12/2014 11:36:44 AM PST · by Yaelle · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/12/14 | Jessica Gresko
    ... Lawyers for Ingmar Guandique and the government were scheduled Wednesday to begin three days of hearings. Guandique's lawyers say he was convicted on the basis of false or misleading testimony given by a one time cell mate and prosecutors knew or should have known the testimony was false and investigated the man further. ...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- No X-rays from SN 2014J

    08/16/2014 4:53:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Last January, telescopes in observatories around planet Earth were eagerly used to watch the rise of SN 2014J, a bright supernova in nearby galaxy M82. Still, the most important observations may have been from orbit where the Chandra X-ray Observatory saw nothing. Identified as a Type Ia supernova, the explosion of SN2014J was thought to be triggered by the buildup of mass on a white dwarf star steadily accreting material from a companion star. That model predicts X-rays would be generated when the supernova blastwave struck the material left surrounding the white dwarf. But no X-rays were seen from...
  • NASA finds mysterious signal that baffles astronomers

    06/26/2014 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | 06-25-2014 | Staff
    NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory has found a mysterious X-ray signal that astronomers are speculating could signal the presence of dark matter some 240 million light years away from Earth. A leading theory, NASA reports, is that the X-rays are a result of decaying "sterile neutrinos," which are particles that could potentially produce dark matter. Astronomers believe dark matter accounts for 85 percent of all matter in the universe, but dark matter does not emit or absorb light as does the "normal" matter in planets, stars, and galaxies, so its detection is much more difficult. NASA notes that normal matter may...
  • Ohio Conservatives Thwart New Kasich Medicaid Maneuver

    06/06/2014 9:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | June 06, 2014 | Jason Hart
    Conservatives in the Ohio House this week blocked a move widely viewed as an attempt by Governor John Kasich to set aside money he could later spend on Medicaid expansion without legislative approval. The version of House Bill 483 (HB 483) passed by the Ohio Senate included a last-minute change to move as much as $300 million in surplus state revenue to the state Medicaid Reserve Fund. Legislators feared this was an effort by the Kasich Administration to circumvent the General Assembly for spending on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion when an existing appropriation expires in mid-2015. ... Kasich, a Republican,...
  • Cloud Over Chandra Levy Murder Witness Raises Doubts

    10/10/2013 6:18:15 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 45 replies
    SacBee ^ | 10/09/13 | Michael Doyle
    The November 2010 testimony of Morales helped convict Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing Levy in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Levy’s death occurred shortly before she was to return to her family’s Modesto, Calif., home, and her disappearance drew national attention following speculation and then revelations that she had been having an affair with then-Rep. Gary Condit. A former cellmate of Guandique, Morales testified that the younger inmate had confessed to him that he had killed Levy. Guandique was sentenced to 60 years following his conviction in 2010 on first-degree murder charges Guandique’s defense attorneys,...
  • Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying

    01/27/2013 9:39:22 AM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/27/13 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON -- A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman. The meetings, held sporadically behind closed doors at the courthouse over the last several weeks, raise questions about what comes next in a criminal case that appeared resolved by the 2010 conviction of Ingmar Guandique. The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is now serving a 60-year prison sentence in Levy's death,...
  • Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape

    08/02/2002 4:41:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 60 replies · 970+ views
    ScienceDaily Magazine ^ | Thursday, August 01, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Reprinted from ScienceDaily Magazine ...Source:             NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center Date Posted:    Thursday, August 01, 2002Web Address: Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered part of an intergalactic web of hot gas and dark matter that contains most of the material in the universe. The hot gas, which appears to lie like a fog in channels carved by rivers of gravity, has been hidden from view since the time galaxies formed. "The Chandra observations, together with ultraviolet observations, are a major advance in our understanding of how the universe evolved over the last 10 billion...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 21st Century M101

    07/13/2012 4:12:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | July 13, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: One of the last entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog, big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed with Lord Rosse's large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown. In contrast, this mulitwavelength view of the large island universe is a composite of images recorded by space-based telescopes in the 21st century. Color coded From X-rays to infrared wavelengths (high to low energies), the image data was...
  • Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

    06/04/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | June 04, 2012 | Provided by Chandra X-ray Center
    Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that the black hole collided and merged with another black hole and received a powerful recoil kick from gravitational wave radiation. "It's hard to believe that a supermassive black hole weighing millions of times the mass of the sun could be moved at all, let alone kicked out of a galaxy at enormous speed," said Francesca Civano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who led...
  • Chandra finds nearest pair of supermassive black holes

    09/01/2011 1:20:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 08-31-2011 | Provided by Chandra X-ray Center
    Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover the first pair of supermassive black holes in a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way. At a distance of 160 million light years, it is also the nearest known pair of supermassive black holes. The black holes are located near the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 3393. Separated by only 490 light years, the black holes are likely the remnant of a merger of two galaxies of unequal mass a billion or more years ago. "If this galaxy wasn't so close we'd have no chance of separating the two...
  • Video: Chandra Captures the First Direct Evidence of Superfluids at the Heart of Neutron Stars

    02/27/2011 5:08:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 24, 2011 | Clay Dillow
    Superfluids are strange states of matter, typically forming at very low and very high temperatures, exhibiting gonzo properties like a seemingly gravity-defying tendency to climb up the walls of containers and friction-free superconductivity. That is, they are perfect conductors that don't lose energy during transmission. And the fact that they appear to exist at the center of neutron stars tells scientists a lot about nuclear interactions in high-density matter and the life-cycles of neutron stars. The pressure within neutron stars is so intense that in the stars' cores, charged particles merge, resulting in a star mostly consisting of neutrons (hence...
  • Dark matter mystery deepens in cosmic 'train wreck'

    08/18/2007 1:37:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 50 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Analyst Magazine ^ | 8/07 | Megan Watzke
    Astronomers have discovered a chaotic scene unlike any witnessed before in a cosmic "train wrecK" between giant galaxy clusters. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior. Astronomers have discovered a chaotic scene unlike any witnessed before in a cosmic “train wreck” between giant galaxy clusters. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior. "These results challenge our...
  • New Type of Matter Discovered! (Strange Stars? Odd features hint at novel matter)

    04/26/2002 5:29:05 PM PDT · by vannrox · 6 replies · 462+ views
    Science News ^ | Week of April 20, 2002; Vol. 161, No. 16 | Peter Weiss
    Strange Stars? Odd features hint at novel matter Peter Weiss Exotic forms of matter never observed before in the wild may have turned up in the remnants of two collapsed stars, according to new findings publicized last week by NASA. At an April 10 briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., researchers argued that observations by the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory indicate that the astronomical object dubbed RXJ1856.5-3754 may lack the neutrons, protons, and electrons of ordinary matter. Another object, 3C58, may contain odd forms of matter surrounded by neutrons. Since its discovery in 1996, astronomers had thought that RXJ1856...
  • Man [Illegal MS-13 member] gets 60 years in prison in Chandra Levy slaying

    02/11/2011 10:00:27 AM PST · by pollwatcher · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON – The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. In November, a jury convicted Ingmar Guandique of first-degree murder in Levy's 2001 disappearance and death, despite a lack of witnesses and no DNA evidence linking him to the crime. Levy's mother, Susan Levy, asked Guandique directly if he had been responsible for her daughter's death. He shook his head. "Mr. Guandique, you are lower than a cockroach," Susan Levy told Guandique, before closing her statement with: "F... you." Guandique, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, told the...
  • Jury finds Ingmar Guandique guilty of murder of Chandra Levy [Condit is still a dirtbag]

    11/22/2010 10:12:30 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 47 replies
    Fox news Alert (Live) ^ | 22 NOV 10 | dcbryan1
    DEVELOPING: A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, reports. Ingmar Guandique is charged with murder in Levy's death nearly a decade ago. Levy disappeared in 2001. Her case drew attention when she was romantically linked to then-Congressman Gary Condit. The California Democrat was initially a suspect but police no longer think he was involved. Prosecutors say Levy's death fits a pattern of attacks by Guandique in 2001 in Washington's Rock Creek Park. That's where her remains were found. Defense lawyers say the Salvadoran immigrant has become a...
  • Scientists witness the apparent birth of a black hole

    11/16/2010 10:49:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 16, 2010; 9:31 AM | Marc Kaufman
    For the first time, scientists believe they have witnessed the birth of a black hole. This Story Scientists witness the apparent birth of a black hole Animation: Supernova producing a black hole Interactive map of nearby black hole The evidence began arriving 30 years ago from a star 50 million light-years away that had imploded, setting into motion events that created a region where gravity is so great that nothing can escape, even light. The initial 1979 observation of the exploding star was made by an amateur astronomer from Western Maryland, but the profession's top scientists have studied it intently...
  • NASA: Exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood

    11/12/2010 7:38:04 PM PST · by Flavius · 61 replies · 1+ views
    nasa ^ | 11/11/10 | nasa
    - NASA Announces Televised Chandra News Conference - NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 8-12-03

    08/11/2003 11:41:47 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 194+ views
    NASA ^ | 8-12-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 August 12 X-Rays from Stephan's Quintet Credit: X-ray: G.Trinchieri (INAF-Brera) et al., CXC, NASAOptical: Palomar Digital Sky Survey Explanation: Stephan's Quintet is a picturesque but clearly troubled grouping of galaxies about 300 million light-years away toward the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Spanning over 200,000 light-years at that distance, this composite false-color image illustrates the powerful nature of this multiple galaxy collision, showing x-ray data from the Chandra Observatory...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 02-03-04

    02/02/2004 9:28:40 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 340+ views
    NASA ^ | 02-03-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 February 3 X-Rays From Antennae Galaxies Credit: G. Fabbiano (CfA) et al., CXC, SAO, NASA Explanation: A bevy of black holes and neutron stars shine as bright, point-like sources against bubbles of million degree gas in this false-color x-ray image from the orbiting Chandra Observatory. The striking picture spans about 80 thousand light-years across the central regions of two galaxies, NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, locked in...
  • Black Holes Devour Matter Like Piranhas

    07/25/2007 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 14 replies · 723+ views ^ | 24 July 2007 | Ker Than
    Like gluttonous piranhas, supermassive black holes in young galaxy clusters gorge on bountiful gas until little fuel is left, and then they fade away, a new study suggests.Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers tallied the number of rapidly growing supermassive black holes, called active galactic nuclei, or AGN, in two populations of galaxy clusters. One group consisted of young-looking clusters located very far from Earth, and the other consisted of an older group located closer to us. The results of the survey, detailed in the July 20 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, showed that the more distant, younger clusters...
  • NASA Announces Televised Chandra News Conference

    11/10/2010 6:23:26 PM PST · by The Comedian · 66 replies
    NASA ^ | Nov. 10, 2010 | Trent Perrotto
    MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-157 NASA Announces Televised Chandra News Conference WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood. The news conference will originate from NASA Headquarters' television studio, 300 E St. SW in Washington and carried live on NASA TV. Media representatives may attend the conference, join by phone or ask questions from participating NASA locations. To RSVP or obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Trent Perrotto at: by...
  • Jury in place for Chandra Levy murder trial in DC (concern over bias against MS-13 gang members?)

    10/22/2010 3:03:14 PM PDT · by tellw · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10-22-10 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON—After a week of jury selection, a panel of 12 women and four men has been chosen to serve on the Chandra Levy murder trial. The panel includes four alternates. Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is charged with the attempted sexual assault and murder of Levy back in 2001. The Washington intern's disappearance made headlines when she was romantically linked to then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Condit was once a suspect but police no longer believe he had anything to do with Levy's death. While the defense had worried pretrial publicity would contaminate the jury pool, it turned...
  • Levy asks to attend trial

    09/05/2010 12:01:49 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 22 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 4, 2010 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — The mother of murdered intern Chandra Levy is asking a judge's permission to attend the trial of the accused killer. In a new legal filing, Modesto resident Susan Levy states she wants the opportunity to be in the courtroom "for the entire trial," set to start Oct. 4. She requires permission to watch because she could also be called to testify. "I'm a mother," Susan Levy explained in a telephone interview Friday. "As hard as it's going to be, it's something a mother has to do."
  • Media Still Can’t Bring Themselves to Call Chandra Levy Suspect an Illegal Immigrant

    05/17/2010 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 665+ views
    news busters ^ | 5/17/10 | Rusty Weiss
    You would think that in the midst of the liberal media's fight to rip Arizona's Immigration Law, that the phrase ‘illegal immigrant' would be fairly easy to use in an appropriate manner. Yet that is seemingly only the case when the phrase is used to cast common-sense immigration enforcement as discriminatory. But when it comes to a story that could shed light on why enforcement is a necessity for the safety and security of a nation and its people, then the phrase - no matter how accurate - is quickly forgotten.
  • H2356-309: X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter (Chandra finds WHIM)

    05/11/2010 7:25:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 608+ views
    Scientists have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to detect a vast reservoir of gas lying along a wall-shaped structure of galaxies about 400 million light years from Earth. In this artist's impression, a close-up view of the so-called Sculptor Wall is depicted. Spiral and elliptical galaxies are shown in the wall along with the newly detected intergalactic gas, part of the so-called Warm Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM), shown in blue. This discovery is the strongest evidence yet that the "missing matter" in the nearby Universe is located in an enormous web of hot, diffuse gas. The X-ray...
  • Two held with fake papers [Kochi Airport, India]

    01/22/2010 5:19:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 29 replies · 1,382+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST | Manju V
    "Two held with fake papers" Manju V , TNN, 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST SNIPPET: "MUMBAI: Hours before Indian intelligence agencies put all flights operating from India on a high alert against possible hijack attempts, two Sri Lankan nationals — one flying to New York and the other to London — were arrested by immigration officials at the Kochi airport on Thursday for carrying forged Indian passports and travel documents." The two Sri Lankan nationals were being assisted by two employees of a private multinational ground-handling company. SNIPPET: "One of the employees fled the scene when the passengers were caught."...
  • MS-13 gang threatens witness in Chandra Levy case

    11/02/2009 5:58:20 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 61 replies · 3,039+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | November 1, 2009 | Dave Gison
    On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor told a judge in D.C Superior Court that accused murderer and gang member Ingmar Guandique, 28, along with members of the MS-13 gang threatened to kill a witness and his family, if he testifies at Guandique’s January trial.A Salvadoran national in this country illegally, Guandique was arrested last April for the murder of missing intern Chandra Levy, who disappeared in 2001. Her skeletal remains were discovered a year later in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.At the time of his arrest for the Levy murder, he was already in prison for the assault of two...
  • "Hand of God" Photographed by NASA's Chandra

    04/17/2009 5:25:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies · 4,757+ views
  • Atlanta College Students to Reopen Chandra Levy Investigation

    01/01/2008 1:08:40 PM PST · by RooRoobird20 · 64 replies · 274+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 1, 2007
    A group of criminal justice students at a small Atlanta college are preparing to launch their own investigation into the 2001 disappearance and slaying of Modesto resident Chandra Levy in Washington, D.C. Since 2005, students at Bauder College have sifted through old evidence and case files from unsolved crimes as part of the school's Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, according to institute director Sheryl McCollum. This year, Levy's homicide and the disappearance three years ago of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba are on their agenda.
  • Taste my death ray, 3C321! (Astronomy)

    12/17/2007 5:52:56 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 108+ views
    Bad Astronomy Blog ^ | 12/17/07 | Phil Plait
    Black holes are weird. Well, duh, right? But they do something that surprises most people: besides hoovering down almost everything nearby, they can also eject material as well. And by eject, I mean send it out screaming at nearly the speed of light and heated to a bazillion degrees. Picture from Chandra of the active galaxy pair 3C321 The image above is from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and it’s all about this scary scenario. Let’s take a walk down the gravity well, shall we? Basically, as matter swirls down into the maw of the hole, it forms a flattened disk...
  • Still No Answer [5 years since Chandra Levy's body was found]

    05/26/2007 5:48:10 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 73 replies · 2,584+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/22/07 | Mike Weiss
    Although he is no longer an FBI agent, Brad Garrett still visits the steep, wooded hillside in a Washington, D.C., park where the skeletal remains of Chandra Levy, a federal intern from Modesto, were found five years ago this week, a year after she disappeared. No one has been charged in the killing of the 24-year-old, whose disappearance generated enormous publicity after authorities revealed that she had been having a relationship with her married hometown congressman, Gary Condit. Condit was defeated in 2002 by his former aide, Dennis Cardoza. Read more at
  • New X-ray Image Shows Jupiter's Powerful Sky Lights (auroras bigger than our entire planet)

    04/01/2007 9:43:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 493+ views on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/07 |
    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has captured the largest data set yet of Jupiter's colorful lights called aurora, yielding a pretty picture that could help solve some mysteries about the phenomenon. The phenomenon is similar to the Northern Lights seen on Earth, thought on a much larger scale. "Jupiter has auroras bigger than our entire planet," said Randy Gladstone of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. In a NASA statement today, Gladstone called the purple rings in a new colorized image "Northern Lights on steroids. They're hundreds of times more energetic than auroras on Earth." Unlike Earth's auroras, Jupiter's...
  • Black Hole Boldly Goes Where No Black Hole Has Gone Before (VCC128)

    01/07/2007 11:30:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Astronomers have found a black hole where few thought they could ever exist, inside a globular star cluster. The finding has broad implications for the dynamics of stars clusters and also for the existence of a still-speculative new class of black holes called 'intermediate-mass' black holes. The discovery is reported in the current issue of Nature. Tom Maccarone of the University of Southampton in England leads an international team on the finding, made primarily with the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite. Globular clusters are dense bundles of thousands to millions of old stars, and many scientists have doubted that black...
  • NASA Finds Direct Proof of Dark Matter

    08/21/2006 6:13:30 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 93 replies · 2,468+ views
    NASA News ^ | 21 Aug 2006 | Erica Hupp
    Dark matter and normal matter have been wrenched apart by the tremendous collision of two large clusters of galaxies. The discovery, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, gives direct evidence for the existence of dark matter. "This is the most energetic cosmic event, besides the Big Bang, which we know about," said team member Maxim Markevitch of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. These observations provide the strongest evidence yet that most of the matter in the universe is dark. Despite considerable evidence for dark matter, some scientists have proposed alternative theories for gravity where it...
  • NASA Announces Dark Matter Discovery

    08/15/2006 9:45:42 AM PDT · by zeugma · 94 replies · 2,261+ views
    NASA ^ | Aug. 14, 2006 | Megan Watzke
    NASA Announces Dark Matter DiscoveryAstronomers who used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 21, to announce how dark and normal matter have been forced apart in an extraordinarily energetic collision. Reporters must call Megan Watzke at the Chandra Press Office at: 617- 496-7998 or e-mail: for participation information. Shortly before the start of the briefing, images and graphics about the research will be posted at: participants: - Maxim Markevitch, astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass. - Doug Clowe, postdoctoral fellow, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. - Sean Carroll,...
  • Scientists: Black Holes Energy-Efficient

    04/24/2006 4:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 464+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/24/06 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON - With gasoline hitting $3 per gallon, scientists have just found the most energy-efficient engines in the universe — black holes, those whirling super-dense centers of galaxies that suck in nearly everything. The jets of energy spurting out of older ultra-efficient black holes also seem to be playing a crucial role as zoning cops in large galaxies, preventing too many stars from sprouting. That explains why there aren't as many burgeoning galaxies chock full of stars as previously expected, said scientists citing results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory that were released Monday. For the first time, scientists measured both...
  • Big stars are born near Milky Way's black hole

    10/13/2005 2:56:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 508+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/13/05 | Deborah Zabarenko - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of massive stars, destined for a short but brilliant life, were born less than a light-year away from the Milky Way's central black hole, one of the most hostile environments in our galaxy, astronomers reported on Thursday. On Earth, this might be a bit like setting up a maternity ward on the side of an active volcano. But researchers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and other instruments believe there is a safe zone around black holes, a big dust ring where stars can form. Black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy, are...
  • Disappearence of Netaji Subhash Chandra bose:Truth behind his disappearence

    10/07/2005 4:17:17 AM PDT · by whitepeacoack · 12 replies · 4,985+ views
    The real fact It's amazing how Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose continues to be in news 60 years after his disputed death. In a way, this has been in defiance of successive Indian governments who would rather the people sidelined him as they did. A recent BBC online poll put named Bose the third greatest-ever leader in South Asia after Jinnha and Gandhi. Strikingly, as per the same poll, the stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and the inimitable Atal Bihari Vajpayee don't even blip on the radar anymore. The coming months will see Subhas making a comeback of a sort....
  • Tom McClintock Endorses Arnold??? [Spoof Site]

    09/28/2003 11:27:45 PM PDT · by Tempest · 91 replies · 361+ views
    Tom McClintock for Senate ^ | Sept. 28, 2003 | Tom McClintock
    What about the recall race? After serious contemplation, it is clear that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the strongest candidate for governor. All Republicans should unite behind his candidacy to end the Gray Davis-Cruz Bustamante regime.
  • Solar Outbursts Protected Early Earth, Study Suggests

    05/11/2005 10:13:35 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 16 replies · 730+ views
    Scientific American ^ | May 11, 2005 | Scientific American
    The early sun produced powerful x-ray emissions that may have helped to ensure the survival of our planet, scientists say. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that violent x-ray flares, which reached temperatures of 100 million kelvins, may have rocked the surrounding disk from which planets formed and prevented Earth from rapidly spiraling into the sun and being destroyed. An international team of astronomers focused Chandra on the Orion Nebula for 13 days, resulting in one of the instrument's deepest observations yet. Located 1,500 light-years from Earth, the Orion Nebula provides a way for scientists to study how our...
  • Experts: Flares May Have Helped Planets

    05/10/2005 8:46:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 214+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/05 | Alicia Chang - AP
    LOS ANGELES - Solar flares are infamous for wreaking havoc on electrical power lines and communication signals. But a team of astronomers says bursts emitted by the sun in its youth may have helped planets form. Looking through NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the astronomers focused on a cluster of young stars in the Orion Nebula, 1,500 light years from Earth. Studying 30 sun-like stars over two weeks, they found the young stars erupted in flares more powerful than those produced by the sun. The observation could explain how Earth survived during its formative years, astronomers said. Half the stars in...
  • Rep. John Conyers: patriot or something else?

    02/17/2003 1:58:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 485+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | 18 Feb. 2003 | Addison Ross
    On January 18 Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, told a placard-waving anti-war crowd: "The greatest patriots of this country are here today...The president said it'd be a cold day in Washington before this country turns against this war, but it is a cold day in Washington and here we are." Apart from Conyers nasty insinuation people who disagree with his leftwing views about war against the genocidal Saddam are not patriotic, what can we deduce from his presence? Well, for one, Rep. does not like America and prefers the company of totalitarians to that of genuine democrats. And how...
  • Dark Matter Halo Puzzles Astronomers

    10/26/2004 11:15:11 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 36 replies · 1,381+ views
    Universe Today, ^ | Oct 26, 2004
    Dark Matter Halo Puzzles Astronomers Summary - (Oct 26, 2004) Astronomers using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory have discovered a huge halo of dark matter around an isolated elliptical galaxy; an object that shouldn't have such a halo, according to optical observations. The galaxy, NGC 4555, is unusual that it's a large elliptical galaxy which isn't part of a larger cluster of galaxies. It's surrounded by a cloud of gas, twice the size of the galaxy itself, that's been heated to 10-million-degrees Celsius. This gas could only get that hot if it was being constrained by a halo of dark matter...
  • Joe Scarborough is Making Kerry's Case

    09/07/2004 7:06:26 PM PDT · by faithincowboys · 151 replies · 3,268+ views
    Joe S is engaging in fear mongering regarding the deficit. He just said that W took a record surplus (no mention that the surplus was an illusion brought on by the bubble economy) and turned it into record deficits. He is unmistakably trying to drive done W's support with his base. Now he has Buchanan on making the anti-Republican case too. Scarborough is such a nut. One minute he praises reagan (who had larger deficits than Bush does) and then he lights into Bush. This is insane. He is an incoherent jerk.
  • Chandra & Cassiopeia A in the most detailed image ever made

    08/24/2004 10:23:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,901+ views
    Yahoo News Photos ^ | 8/24/04 | Reuters/NASA
    This image shows Cassiopeia A in the most detailed image ever made of the remains of an exploded star. The colors represent different ranges of X-rays with red, green, and blue representing, low, medium, and higher X-ray energies of the supernova remnant. The one million second image shows a bright outer ring (green) ten light years in diameter that marks the location of a shock wave generated by the supernova explosion. A large jet-like structure that protrudes beyond the shock wave can be seen in the upper left. Chandra was launched July 23, 1999, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. The...
  • Chandra opens new line of investigation on dark energy [Cosmology]

    05/21/2004 3:37:55 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 25 replies · 372+ views
    NASA ^ | 18 May 2004 | Staff (news release)
    Dark energy. Does it exist, and what are its properties? Using galaxy-cluster images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have applied a powerful, new method for detecting and probing dark energy. The results offer intriguing clues about the nature of dark energy and the fate of the Universe. The Marshall Center manages the Chandra program. Astronomers have detected and probed dark energy by applying a powerful, new method that uses images of galaxy clusters made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The results trace the transition of the expansion of the Universe from a decelerating to an accelerating phase several billion...
  • Scientists Confirm Universe is Expanding at Increasing Rate

    05/18/2004 9:43:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 888+ views
    VOA ^ | May 18, 2004 | David McAlary
    For the second time in three months, scientists confirm that the universe is expanding at an ever faster rate thanks to a mysterious repulsive force called "dark energy" that counters gravity. The findings this time come from observations of the orbiting U.S. Chandra x-ray telescope. The latest batch of findings would probably have made renowned German physicist Albert Einstein exuberant were he still alive. He died in 1955 believing he had made a serious error in devising a concept he called the cosmological constant. He had created the notion in 1917 to explain why the universe did not collapse from...
  • Condit Sues Over Chandra Levy Articles

    12/19/2003 8:10:19 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 285+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-20-2003 | Jill Barton
    Condit Sues Over Chandra Levy Articles Saturday December 20, 2003 2:46 AM By JILL BARTON Associated Press Writer WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Former Rep. Gary Condit sued The National Enquirer and other tabloids for $209 million on Friday, alleging they falsely connected him with the 2001 murder of federal intern Chandra Levy. The California Democrat alleges that the Enquirer, Globe and Star Magazine tabloids, along with parent company American Media Inc., maliciously published defamatory statements that Condit ``was involved in deviant and perverted sexual conduct, which directly or indirectly led to the kidnapping and/or murder of Ms. Levy,''...
  • Astronomers detect sound waves from black hole

    09/09/2003 8:38:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies · 561+ views
    Yaho! News ^ | 9/9/03 | AFP - Washington,DC
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - For the first time ever, astronomers have detected sound waves coming from a massive black hole in space -- and believe the discovery may help resolve a major mystery, the US space agency said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the Chandra X-ray Observatory had monitored for 53 hours noise coming from the central region of the Perseus galaxy cluster. The pitch of the sound waves, equivalent to a B-flat -- 57 octaves lower than a middle-C and at a frequency far deeper than the limits of human hearing -- is the deepest note ever detected...