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  • 'Big Bang Theory' Spinoff 'Young Sheldon' Offers Scientific Explanation for Why God Exists

    10/14/2018 8:00:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/13/2018 | By Jeannie Law
    (Screenshot: CBS.com)Mary holds her song while in prayer, during season 2, Episode 3 of "Young Sheldon," aisr date Oct 4, 2018.A new episode of CBS' "Young Sheldon" offers a scientific explanation for why belief in a creator is logical.The spinoff of the hit series "The Big Bang Theory" aired last Thursday in an episode titled, "A Crisis of Faith and Octopus Aliens."WARNING: SPOILERS AHEADPromotional photo for CBS comedy series "Young Sheldon"The show began with a family visit to their home church. During the service, nine-year-old Sheldon interrupts the pastor to ask if Jesus came to save the octopus aliens in...
  • Mysterious gold cones 'hats of ancient wizards'

    10/13/2018 11:15:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | St Patrrick's Day, 2002 | Tony Paterson in Berlin
    The wizards of early Europe wore hats of gold intricately embellished with astrological symbols that helped them to predict the movement of the sun and stars... ...Wilfried Menghin, the director of the Berlin Museum... carrying out detailed research on a 3,000-year-old 30in high Bronze Age cone of beaten gold that was discovered in Switzerland in 1995... ...discovered that the 1,739 sun and half-moon symbols decorating the Berlin cone's surface make up a scientific code which corresponds almost exactly to the "Metonic cycle" discovered by the Greek astronomer Meton in 432bc - about 500 years after the cone was made --...
  • Same-sex mice have babies

    10/12/2018 6:19:58 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th October 2018 | James Gallagher
    Baby mice have been made with two mums and no dad, say researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It took a substantial feat of genetic engineering to break the rules of reproduction. The scientists said the "bimaternal" (two mammas) animals were healthy and went on to have pups of their own. But there was bad news on the all-male front. Mice with double-dads were attempted, but died within days of being born. Why even try?The researchers were trying to answer fundamental questions about why we have sex. Mammals, including us, can make babies only through sexual reproduction - aka...
  • Massive glowing 'rogue' planet spotted 'drifting' in space

    08/08/2018 5:10:46 AM PDT · by windowdude · 39 replies
    A massive glowing "rogue" planetary-mass object has been discovered, surprising scientists with not only its size, but also the fact it's not orbiting a star. The object, named SIMP J01365663+0933473, has a magnetic field more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter’s and is nearly 13 times the size of the gas giant. At its size, it's right between the size of a planet and a failed star, so scientists will need to study it further to determine exactly what it is. “This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or ‘failed star,’ and is...
  • Bizarre Rogue 'Planet' with Incredible Auroras Puzzles Scientists

    08/06/2018 2:53:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.space.com ^ | August 6, 2018 12:30pm ET | By Meghan Bartels
    A rogue, planet-size object 20 light-years away from Earth has stunned astronomers with its incredibly powerful magnetic field. The scientists found that the object's magnetic field is more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter's, which, in turn, is between 16 and 54 times stronger than Earth's, according to NASA. How the object, which scientists call SIMP J01365663+0933473, can maintain a magnetic field so strong, as well as generate spectacular auroras, is still unclear. "This particular object is exciting because studying its magnetic dynamo mechanisms can give us new insights on how the same type of mechanisms can operate in extrasolar...
  • Astronomers discover a free-range planet with incredible magnetism

    08/05/2018 9:48:03 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 24 replies
    Astronomy.com ^ | 08/03/18 | Jake Parks
    A bizarre rogue planet without a star is roaming the Milky Way just 20 light-years from the Sun. And according to a recently published study in The Astrophysical Journal, this strange, nomadic world has an incredibly powerful magnetic field that is some 4 million times stronger than Earth’s. Furthermore, it generates spectacular auroras that would put our own northern lights to shame. The new observations, made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), not only are the first radio observations of a planetary-mass object beyond our solar system, but also mark the first time...
  • VLA detects possible extrasolar planetary-mass magnetic powerhouse

    08/05/2018 7:32:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | August 3, 2018
    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have made the first radio-telescope detection of a planetary-mass object beyond our Solar System. The object, about a dozen times more massive than Jupiter, is a surprisingly strong magnetic powerhouse and a "rogue," traveling through space unaccompanied by any parent star. "This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or 'failed star,' and is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets," said Melodie Kao, who led this study while a graduate...
  • Dwarf Planet Ceres' Bizarre Bright Spots Shine in Stunning Up-Close View

    07/17/2018 2:04:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 17, 2018 02:49pm ET | Mike Wall,
    "The new images of Occator Crater and the surrounding areas have exceeded expectations, revealing beautiful, alien landscapes," Dawn principal investigator Carol Raymond, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement yesterday (July 16).  The $467 million Dawn mission launched in September 2007 with a bold goal: to orbit and study the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. Both objects are considered leftovers from the solar system's planet-formation period (hence the mission's name).  Dawn reached Vesta in July 2011 and eyed the object up close for more than a year, finally leaving...
  • No Need for Planet Nine? Small Objects' Gravity Could Explain Weird Orbits

    06/05/2018 12:03:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nola Taylor Redd,
    The Kuiper Belt, the region immediately beyond Neptune, harbors TNOs of many sizes. The largest is Pluto, which was discovered more than 60 years before any of the others. Some TNOs are "detached objects," which orbit so far from the sun that they're not appreciably affected by the gravity of Neptune or any other known planet. Perhaps the most famous of these is Sedna, which takes 11,400 years to make a single orbit and never comes closer to the sun than 20 times farther out than Pluto. In 2016, astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown announced that a distant undiscovered...
  • Second-Closest Earth-Like Planet Discovered

    11/15/2017 7:07:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | 11/15/2017 | By Jay Bennett
    About 11 light-years away, Ross 128 b is closer to the solar system than any known exoplanet save Proxima b. First there was Proxima b, the Earth-sized planet orbiting the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri. Then came the seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a star 39 light-years away, three of which are in the habitable zone. Now we welcome a new tantalizing exoplanet to the group, the second closest we know of, also Earth-sized and temperate, orbiting a calm red dwarf star: Ross 128 b. Ross 128 is an old, inactive red dwarf star that sits 11 light-years away....
  • Nearby planet is 'excellent' target in search for life

    11/15/2017 7:01:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Paul Rincon
    Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System. The properties of this newly discovered planet - called Ross 128 b - make it a prime target in the search for life elsewhere in the cosmos. At just 11 light-years away, it's the second closest exoplanet of its kind to Earth. But the closest one, known as Proxima b, looks to be less hospitable for life. Found in 2016, it orbits the star Proxima Centauri, which is known to be a rather active "red dwarf" star. This means that powerful eruptions of charged particles periodically...
  • How Big is the Biggest Possible Planet?

    08/05/2017 4:01:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    Discover ^ | 4 Aug, 2017 | Corey S. Powell
    Last week, a team of astronomers reported the first potential discovery of an exomoon–a satellite orbiting a planet around another star. Part of what is so striking about the report is the scale of this possible planet-moon system. In this case, the “moon” appears to be about the size of Neptune; the planet it orbits is some 10 times the mass of Jupiter, or about 3,000 times the mass of Earth! The system pushes at the limits of how we normally categorize objects in space and invites questions about where we stand in the scale of things. What is the...
  • Proposed Planet Definition Means Solar System Has 110 Planets

    02/23/2017 7:06:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | February 27, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    The International Astronomical Union currently defines a planet as: "a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." A newly suggested definition takes a different approach:
  • How You Can Help Discover a New Planet From Your Couch

    02/14/2017 5:49:48 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    comettv.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | KIERAN DICKSON
    The hunt for potentially habitable planets outside of our solar system is one of the most exciting frontiers of science, and you can become a part of it without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. This week, MIT and Carnegie Science Institute released a huge dataset containing close to 61,000 measurements of over 1600 stars. These measurements contain data that could potentially identify thousands of new exoplanets, many of which might be Earth-like in their nature. Unfortunately, the MIT and Carnegie Institute team simply doesn’t have the capacity to trawl through all of this information,...
  • PLUTO IS STILL LEGALLY A PLANET (WHENEVER IT PASSES OVER NEW MEXICO)

    02/03/2017 3:52:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Nerdist ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2017 | DERRICK ROSSIGNOL
    August 24, 2006 was a dark day for Pluto enthusiasts. It was on that day that the International Astronomical Union established three conditions a celestial body must meet in order to be considered a planet. A planet must orbit around the sun, it must be massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, and it must have “cleared the neighborhood” around its orbit, which means, simply put, that it must have a certain amount of gravitational pull. Pluto does not meet the third condition, so once those rules were put in place, Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet,” 75...
  • Scientists connect 3 actual human brains (then make them play Tetris)

    10/10/2018 8:37:14 AM PDT · by plain talk · 39 replies
    CNET ^ | October 7, 2018 | Mark Serrels
    Neuroscientists behind the project called it "BrainNet", a "multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving". In layman's terms, researchers from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University figured out a way to connect three brains (still attached to their human hosts!) and have the owners of said brains make collective choices together without speaking. And they tested it by playing Tetris. Because of course they did. The team used "electroencephalograms" (EEGs) to record electric impulses from two human brains and "transcranial magnetic stimulation" (TMS) to deliver information to a third brain. The end result: an interface that...
  • ESA’s Gaia Satellite Spots High-Velocity Stars Flying between Galaxies

    10/09/2018 12:07:14 PM PDT · by ETL · 7 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    “Of the seven million Gaia stars with full 3D velocity measurements, we found twenty that could be traveling fast enough to eventually escape from the Milky Way,” said team member Dr. Elena Maria Rossi, an astronomer at Leiden Observatory.“Rather than flying away from the Galactic center, most of the high velocity stars we spotted seem to be racing towards it,” added team leader Dr. Tommaso Marchetti, also from Leiden Observatory.“These could be stars from another galaxy, zooming right through the Milky Way.”It is possible that these intergalactic interlopers come from the Large Magellanic Cloud, a relatively small galaxy orbiting the...
  • 50-Foot-Tall Ice Spikes Cover Europa, New Study Suggests

    10/09/2018 9:45:30 AM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Oct 9, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    On Earth, the sublimation of massive ice deposits at equatorial latitudes under cold and dry conditions in the absence of any liquid melt leads to the formation of spiked and bladed textures eroded into the surface of the ice.Known as penitentes, these sublimation-sculpted blades grow to between 3 to 16 feet (1-5 m) tall, but they are restricted to high-altitude tropical and subtropical conditions, such as in the Andes.Europa, however, has the perfect conditions necessary for penitentes to form more uniformly — its surface is dominated by ice.It has the thermal conditions needed for ice to sublime without melting; and...
  • Jupiter's Moon Ganymede Generates Incredible Magnetic Waves

    08/07/2018 10:12:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 08/06/2018
    NASA’s Galileo spacecraft surprised scientists when it revealed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede generated its own magnetic field. But new research shows Ganymede also creates incredibly powerful waves that rocket particles to enormous energies. Scientists revealed these huge electromagnetic waves while studying old data from Galileo, which orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. The observations show another wild way that a moon can interact with the magnetic field of its planet. Jupiter’s radius is around 11 times that of Earth, but it is perhaps 20,000 times more magnetic. This generates an intense radiation environment around the planet. Typically, these waves around...
  • APOD: Lunations (09/12/18)

    09/28/2018 9:56:51 AM PDT · by zeugma · 4 replies
    Astronomy Picture of the Day ^ | 9/12/18 | NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio;
    Our Moon's appearance changes nightly. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the half illuminated by the Sun first becomes increasingly visible, then decreasingly visible. The featured video animates images taken by NASA's Moon-orbiting Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show all 12 lunations that appear this year, 2018. A single lunation describes one full cycle of our Moon, including all of its phases. A full lunation takes about 29.5 days, just under a month (moon-th). As each lunation progresses, sunlight reflects from the Moon at different angles, and so illuminates different features differently. During all of this, of course, the Moon always...