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  • Two giant black holes might crash into each other in 21 years

    05/28/2015 6:23:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 57 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 5/23/15 | Ryan Whitwam
    In the center of most galaxies (ours included) there is a supermassive black hole that holds everything together. However, one galaxy 10.5 billion light years away looks like it might have two black holes, and just like in Highlander, there can be only one. Scientists believe the pair are going to crash into each other in just 21 years. This could provide an unprecedented opportunity to observe the mind-boggling physics of such an event. The galaxy in question doesn’t have a snazzy name — it’s known only as PSO J334.2028+01.4075. It’s what is known as a quasar, or an “active...
  • Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

    04/26/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 4/24/15 | K.C. Cole
    Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. By: K.C. ColeApril 24, 2015 Comments (19) One hundred years after Albert Einstein developed his general theory of relativity, physicists are still stuck with perhaps the biggest incompatibility problem in the universe. The smoothly warped space-time landscape that Einstein described is like a painting by Salvador Dalí — seamless, unbroken, geometric. But the quantum particles that occupy this space are more like...
  • Scientists Have Finally Made It To The Bottom Of One Of The Mysterious Siberian Holes

    11/15/2014 5:18:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov 13 2014 | Peter Farquhar
    Scientists have finally descended into one of the three enormous holes that mysteriously opened up in Siberia several months ago. The holes, on Russia’s Yamal Pensinsula, captured attention after one was first spotted by an aircraft pilot in July, who took this pic: The world went mad. Suspected causes ranged from meteorites to underground explosions to extra-terrestrial. Now a team from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration has climbed down to the bottom of the largest hole, about 16m, to stand on a frozen lake which itself is about another 10.5m deep. The team had to brave winter temperatures of...
  • Watch this rabbit in action!

    06/01/2014 2:27:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Facebook ^ | 6-1-14 | unknown
    Watch this rabbit in action!
  • No One Knows Why Deep, Dangerous Holes Are Appearing In This Sand Dune

    04/29/2014 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Sarah Zhang
    One summer day last July, a six-year-old boy was walking across a dune when he disappeared, falling into a deep, narrow hole in the sand. This and two other holes that have since appeared at Indiana's Mount Baldy are unlike anything scientists have seen before—it could be an entirely new geological phenomenon. After being buried for three horrifying hours in the eleven-foot-deep hole, the boy was fortunately rescued. But the incident left an impression on geologist Erin Argyilan, who happened to be doing research at Mount Baldy that day and heard his parents' terrified screams. "I couldn't help in the...
  • Black Holes Feed On Quantum Foam, Says Cosmologist

    09/12/2013 6:29:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    Nobody knows how the universe’s biggest black holes grow so large. Now one astrophysicist says it’s because they feed on the quantum foam that makes up the fabric of spacetime One of the more fascinating astrophysical discoveries in recent years is that almost all galaxies hide supermassive black holes at their cores. Indeed, astronomers believe that galaxies and black holes have a kind of symbiotic relationship so that one cannot form or grow without the other. The evidence comes from observations of galaxies both near and far—almost all contain huge black holes. But that raises an interesting question. We see...
  • Spin rate of black holes pinned down

    08/08/2013 1:35:04 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Nature ^ | 8/6/13 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
    Black holes can be described by just two fundamental characteristics: mass and spin. Astronomers have been able to measure the objects’ mass for decades, by looking for gravitational effects on the orbits of nearby stars. But measuring spin, which records the angular momentum of the matter that falls into the holes, has proved troublesome, particularly for the supermassive black holes that lie at the centres of galaxies. No light emanates from the black holes’ spinning event horizons, so astronomers instead look for proxies that emit X-rays, such as the swirling disks of matter that feed into some holes. Such indirect...
  • New Species of Galaxy Discovered Glowing from Light of Monster Black Holes

    12/11/2012 8:09:58 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 12/5/12
    A new galaxy class has been identified using observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Gemini South telescope, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Nicknamed “green bean galaxies” because of their unusual appearance, these galaxies glow in the intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes and are amongst the rarest objects in the Universe. Many galaxies have a giant black hole at their center that causes the gas around it to glow. However, in the case of green bean galaxies, the entire galaxy is glowing, not just the centre. These new observations reveal the largest and brightest...
  • How Black Holes Shape the Galaxies, Stars and Planets around Them

    07/26/2012 7:17:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7/17/12 | Caleb Scharf
    The matter-eating beast at the center of the Milky Way may actually account for Earth's existence and habitabilityAdapted from Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos, by Caleb ScharfOur existence in this place, this microscopic corner of the cosmos, is fleeting. with utter disregard for our wants and needs, nature plays out its grand acts on scales of space and time that are truly hard to grasp. Perhaps all that we can look to for real solace is our endless capacity to ask questions and seek answers about the place we find ourselves...
  • YOUTUBE: 8 Amazing Holes (you will love the last one)

    04/05/2012 9:40:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-2012
    YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS
  • Gas thieves drilling holes into tanks of parked vehicles

    03/01/2011 11:36:11 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 87 replies
    wbtv.com ^ | Mar 01, 2011 11:27 AM EST | Jeff Rivenbark
    Thieves are bypassing the gas cap and are drilling into the gas tank of cars. (Source: Josh Tolbert) FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - Police are looking for thieves who are stealing gasoline by drilling holes into gas tanks of parked vehicles. The York County Sheriff's Office says there have been five incidents reported in the Baxter Village and Bailiwyck areas of Fort Mill.
  • German village sells holes in road

    03/03/2010 6:38:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 353+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/10 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) – A cash-strapped village in eastern Germany has put its many potholes up for sale in a novel effort to finance the repair of its crumbling roads, the mayor said on Wednesday. People can buy a hole in Niederzimmern near Leipzig for 50 euros (68 dollars). In return the authorities will repair it -- and put a personal message on top, Christoph Schmidt-Rose told local radio station MDR. "It's about using a funny idea to find people prepared to help us sort out our roads" who can then "sort of feel like they own the hole in the...
  • Earth's Five Amazing Holes! (humor)

    03/01/2010 4:10:37 PM PST · by trapman · 15 replies · 1,065+ views
    The Bovine Scatologist ^ | 03/01/2010 | Tbot
    These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying! The sheer scale of these holes are a reminder of just how tiny we are!
  • As flu hits, holes in W.H. health team

    04/27/2009 8:06:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 474+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/27/09 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    The Obama administration declared a “public health emergency” Sunday to confront the swine flu — but is heading into its first medical outbreak without a secretary of Health and Human Services or appointees in any of the department’s 19 key posts. President Barack Obama has not yet chosen a surgeon general or the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His choice to run the Food and Drug Administration awaits confirmation
  • Bomb blows hole in Lenin Statue (vandals give Lenin a second hole)

    04/01/2009 6:29:52 AM PDT · by propertius · 71 replies · 3,022+ views
    BBC ^ | 1st April | BBC
    One of Russia's most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear. The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin's coat. No-one was hurt in the attack, the motive for which was unknown. The statue, outside the Finland Station, marks the Bolshevik leader's return from exile in April 1917. "Today at 0430 [0030 GMT] there was an explosion at the Lenin monument at the Finland Station in the city centre," a spokesman for...
  • Black Holes May Harbour Their Own Universes

    10/31/2007 2:48:35 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 64+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-31-2007 | Mason Inman
    Black holes may harbour their own universes 15:16 31 October 2007 NewScientist.com news service Mason Inman Black holes may contain whole universes inside them, according to a theory called loop quantum gravity (Illustration: XMM-Newton/ESA/NASA) When matter gets swallowed by a black hole, it could fall into another universe contained inside the black hole, or get trapped inside a wormhole-like connection to a second black hole, a new study suggests. What's inside a black hole is one of the biggest mysteries in physics. The theory that predicted black holes in the first place – general relativity – says that all the...
  • IBM Bores Tiny Holes in Computer Chips

    05/03/2007 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 849+ views
    Iwon News ^ | May 3, 2007 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) - Computer chips, it seems, work better if they're more like Swiss cheese than American cheese. Chips with minuscule holes in them can run faster or use less energy, IBM Corp. said in announcing Thursday a novel way to create them - potentially one of the most significant advances in chip manufacturing in years. To create these tiny holes, the computer company has harnessed a plastic-like material that spontaneously forms into a sieve-like structure. The holes have a width of 20 nanometers, or billionths of a meter, placing the method in the much-vaunted field of nanotechnology. "To...
  • What if Black Holes Didn't Exist?

    07/23/2006 1:05:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 39 replies · 1,615+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 7/21/06 | Richard Morgan
    How an alternate theory of the universe exposes the 'war of words' that underlies modern cosmology. Theoretical physicists have recently been frustrated by a bold hypothesis concerning black holes—specifically, that they don't exist. In March, at the 22nd Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif., George Chapline, an applied physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, gave a talk based on ideas he's been incubating for several years. His goal: to amend astrophysics by applying theories of dark energy and condensed matter physics. His work reinvents black holes as so-called "dark energy stars," which are what is left over when...
  • New security glitch found in Diebold system - Officials say machines have 'dangerous' holes

    05/10/2006 9:37:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 970+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/10/06 | Ian Hoffman
    Elections officials in several states are scrambling to understand and limit the risk from a "dangerous" security hole found in Diebold Election Systems Inc.'s ATM-like touch-screen voting machines. The hole is considered more worrisome than most security problems discovered on modern voting machines, such as weak encryption, easily pickable locks and use of the same, weak password nationwide. Armed with a little basic knowledge of Diebold voting systems and a standard component available at any computer store, someone with a minute or two of access to a Diebold touch screen could load virtually any software into the machine and disable...
  • Media Safe-Havens and the Clinton News Network.

    02/16/2006 10:31:23 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 136+ views
    Vanity ^ | 16 Feb 2006 | .cnI redruM
    That Dastardly Dick Cheney has done it again! Not only does he have powerful friends at the Evil Empire of Shadow known as Haliburton. Not only did he shoot a family friend, while relaxing on a bird hunt. He had the utter audacity to give an exclusive interview to Fox News instead of the paragons of virtue at CNN. It didn’t necessarily have to be CNN he went to. The offense wouldn’t rise to the impeachment level if he had gone on “Hardball” with Chris Mathews. But to go on “The F-word Network”, there must be an Intifada! Yeah, if...
  • Sea swamps Venice, storm holes ship

    12/03/2005 10:12:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 795+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/05 | AFP
    ROME (AFP) - A steep rise in sea levels swamped part of the historic lagooon city of Venice amid storms and heavy rains that have beaten down on Italy over the past 24 hours. On the other side of the peninsula, at La Spezia, a storm slammed a bulk carrier against a jetty, holing it and dumping thousands of litres of fuel into the harbor, the Italian news agency ANSA said. Venice was hit by a common seasonal phenomenon as winds and tides backed up the Adriatic waters, causing levels in the lagoon to rise. According to the city's flood...
  • Ancient Hill's Holes To Be Filled (Silbury)

    11/29/2005 3:09:00 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 657+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-29-2005
    Ancient hill's holes to be filled Silbury Hill dates back to the Neolithic period Plans to stabilise the ancient Silbury Hill mound in Wiltshire have been unveiled by English Heritage. The man-made monument, believed to date to the Neolithic period, developed a hole at the top five years ago after the collapse of infilling in a shaft. There are proposals to remove an inadequate backfill from this and other cavities and replace it with chalk. English Heritage said it would preserve the long-term stability of the hill while minimising further damage. Surveys have confirmed that the overall structure is stable,...
  • Cooper Fills Brown Hole

    11/03/2005 9:37:39 AM PST · by jas3 · 68 replies · 1,737+ views
    various ^ | 11/3/2005 | jas3
    (From NYT) CNN ousted its longtime prime-time anchor, Aaron Brown, today in favor of Anderson Cooper, who has received extensive media attention in the wake of his widely publicized coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Jonathan Klein, the president of CNN/U.S., said today that he and Mr. Brown had mutually agreed that Mr. Brown would leave the cable news network because the new CNN lineup left "no options" for a program that would include Mr. Brown. "It is, unfortunately, a zero-sum game," Mr. Klein said. ...... (From New York Blade) There is nothing more ridiculous than a public figure refusing to reveal...
  • Hurricane Peels Holes in Superdome Roof

    08/29/2005 7:23:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 2,581+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/05 | Mary Foster - AP
    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina ripped away part of the roof on the Louisiana Superdome as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside Monday. Strips of metal were peeled away, creating two holes that were visible from the floor of the huge arena. Water dripped in and people were moved away from about five sections of seats directly below. Others watched as sheets of metal flapped visibly and noisily. From the floor, more than 19 stories below the dome, the openings appeared to be 6 feet long. "The superdome is not in any dangerous situation," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. General Manager...
  • The 'Disappeared Lake' of Russia Found 100m Underground (evil American plot was uncovered?!)

    06/16/2005 8:44:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 6,207+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/17/05 | Chung Byong-sun
    http://www.chosun.com/international/news/200506/200506170015.html/begin my tanslationThe 'Disappeared Lake' of Russia Found 100m UndergroundChung Byong-sun 06/17/05  In a bizarre twist of nature, a lake disappeared overnight in Russia. A lake turned into a mud pit overnight in Nizhni Novogorod, 250km to the east of Moscow. The picture shows the shore of what used to be lake, and its bottom. (Moscow) The mystery surrounding a lake which disappeared one night in Russia last May has been finally solved. On May 19th, a lake holding one million cubic meter of water disappeared without a trace in the village of Bolotnikovo in Nizhni Novgorod, 250km to the east...
  • Lighting a Hollywood Candle: The Films of Philip Anschutz

    05/06/2005 7:58:44 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 32 replies · 1,973+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | May 5, 2005 | Charles Colson
    If you happened to stumble across a devout Christian in Hollywood, you’d likely assume he was one of two things: He must be Mel Gibson, or he must be lost. But, in fact, you just might have run into a Christian businessman named Philip Anschutz. Philip has just spent $150 million to film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first of the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis. Anschutz is showing us what we’d find at the box office if Hollywood gave Americans the kind of films we really want to see. When he first considered bankrolling films,...
  • Exotic black holes spawn new universal law

    03/23/2005 4:43:32 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 1,115+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/23/05 | Jenny Hogan
    Black holes may define the perfect fluid, suggests a study of black holes that only exist in a theoretical 10-dimensional space. The finding may have spawned a new universal law in physics, which puts constraints on the way fluids behave in the real world. Dam Thanh Son from the University of Washington, US, and his colleagues used string theory to model a 10-dimensional black hole as a liquid. String theory tries to explain fundamental properties of the universe by predicting that seven more spatial dimensions exist on top of the known three. While the concept is currently unproven as a...
  • String Theory, at 20, Explains It All (Are There 10 Dimensions Of Space and Time?)

    12/10/2004 7:09:09 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 47 replies · 2,179+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7 December 2004 | By DENNIS OVERBYE
    ASPEN, Colo. - They all laughed 20 years ago. It was then that a physicist named John Schwarz jumped up on the stage during a cabaret at the physics center here and began babbling about having discovered a theory that could explain everything. By prearrangement men in white suits swooped in and carried away Dr. Schwarz, then a little-known researcher at the California Institute of Technology. Only a few of the laughing audience members knew that Dr. Schwarz was not entirely joking. He and his collaborator, Dr. Michael Green, now at Cambridge University, had just finished a calculation that would...
  • City's going to pot: Convention prep skips holes in Boston neighborhoods

    07/18/2004 9:26:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 412+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/18/04 | Elisabeth J. Beardsley
    City's going to pot: Convention prep skips holes in neighborhoods By Elisabeth J. Beardsley Sunday, July 18, 2004 The pothole plague has been lifted like a miracle from the areas around the Democratic National Convention site, but outlying neighborhoods are complaining that Boston's DNC beautification is passing them by. With indignation growing over the haves and have-nots of a sudden spurt of street repairs, more than 1,200 Boston residents have signed petitions in the last two months, demanding the release of pent-up roadwork money. The petitions have been flying off their stack on the front counter at Jamaica Plain's Classic...
  • NASA: Astronauts Won't Have Patches for Holes Bigger Than 4 Inches When Flights Resume

    06/18/2004 4:24:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | June 18, 2004
    NASA: Astronauts Won't Have Patches for Holes Bigger Than 4 Inches When Flights Resume Marcia Dunn/Associated Press Jun 18, 2004 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - When space shuttle flights resume, the astronauts will have putty and other filler to repair cracks and small gashes in the wings, but they will not be able to patch a hole as big as the one that doomed Columbia, NASA said Friday. Michael Kostelnik, deputy associate administrator, said it is taking longer than expected to come up with a technique for wrapping a crater as big as the one gouged in Columbia's wing by...
  • Interior Department Throws Out BIBLE VERSE PLAQUES AT GRAND CANYON

    07/19/2003 4:49:35 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 13 replies · 272+ views
    Traditional Values Coalition ^ | 7/19/03 | Traditional Values Coalition
    Interior Department Throws Out Bible Verse Plaques At Grand Canyon Date: Saturday, July 19 @ 16:04:21 CDT Topic: Religious Freedom Summary: The National Park Service has decided that plaques quoting the Psalms on the rim of the Grand Canyon violate the alleged separation of church and state. It has removed them. The National Park Service has recently decided to remove plaques containing quotes from the Psalms because park officials think these violate the separation of church and state. The plaques have been at the park for more than 30 years. The park officials, however, are not changing the names of...
  • Black Holes Guilty of All Catastrophes on Earth

    04/03/2003 6:13:38 AM PST · by bedolido · 10 replies · 268+ views
    pravda ^ | 04/03/03 | pravda
    Warning to military men: Do not down UFOs, your grand-grandchildren might be in them Scientists often say that the things in the past discovered by science were just meager bits that interpreted the world in a wrong way. Those scientists who try to step aside from dogmas ask this humble question: ?Maybe you are right, but is there any other explanation?¦ Shells of horror When British scientists started their tests of creating black holes in their labs in January of 2001, no one was surprised. Everyone thought that it was simply another lie. A black hole is formed after a...
  • Keepin' it real..Real secure -LONG READ-!!!!!

    10/03/2002 9:34:46 PM PDT · by Michael Barnes · 11 replies · 1,851+ views
    SANS ^ | Check the link | Some Gov Kooks
    The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities (Updated) ~ The Experts’ ConsensusVersion 2.6 October 1, 2002 Copyright © 2001-2002, The SANS Institute www.fbi.gov             www.nipc.gov             www.sans.org ----------------- Jump To Index of Top 20 Threats ----------------- Introduction The majority of the successful attacks on operating systems come from only a few software vulnerabilities. This can be attributed to the fact that attackers are opportunistic, take the easiest and most convenient route, and exploit the best-known flaws with the most effective and widely available attack tools. They count on organizations not fixing the problems, and they often attack indiscriminately, scanning...