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  • Long queues at Singapore hawker stalls awarded with Michelin stars

    08/21/2016 4:19:53 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    straitstimes. ^ | Jul 22, 2016,
    SINGAPORE - Less than 12 hours after his stall was awarded one star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide, Mr Chan Hon Meng, 51, was back at work whipping up his signature soya sauce chicken dish for customers at Chinatown Complex. A queue of 10 people had formed at his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle outlet even before it opened on Friday (July 22) morning. As of 10.30am, there were 21 people in the queue. Following his award, Mr Chan is considering introducing new dishes and opening another outlet. He told The Straits Times he has no...
  • Kepler detects nearly 1,300 more planets orbiting distant stars

    05/14/2016 9:10:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies ^ | 5/11/16 | David Perlman
    Astronomers monitoring the Kepler space telescope have detected nearly 1,300 planets flying in orbit around distant stars, a cosmic search that began nearly 10 years ago inside a rusty old telescope dome at the Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose. From the size and orbits of the new-found ďexoplanets,Ē the astronomers said at least 550 could be rocky planets much like Earth, and at least nine are orbiting at just the right distance from their stars to lie inside their ďhabitable zonesĒ where temperatures would be just right for liquid water, the one ingredient essential for life to...
  • Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

    05/10/2016 6:51:59 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 94 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10 May 16 | Telegraph Reporters
    (Title was shortened. Add: "of the night sky from his bedroom ") A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth. William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of constellations and maps of known Mayan cities. And then he made a startling realisation: the two appeared to be linked. ďI was really surprised and excited when I realised that the most brilliant stars of the constellations matched...
  • What Is The Most Astounding Fact About The Universe?

    04/11/2016 6:26:44 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 68 replies
    Forbes/Science ^ | 8 Apr, 2016 | Ethan Siegel
    Back in 2008, Time Magazine interviewed Neil de Grasse Tyson, and asked him, ¬ďWhat is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?¬Ē His answer was indeed a very good, true, and astounding fact about the Universe: that all the complex atoms that make up everything we know owe their origins to ancient, exploded stars, dating back billions of years. It¬ís a great fact, and it¬ís definitely on the short list of the most remarkable things we¬íve learned about the Universe. But if I were to choose the single most astounding fact about the Universe, I¬íd...
  • Rare Jewel: Earth-like Planets May Be Very Rare

    02/29/2016 7:33:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rare Jewel: Earth-like Planets May Be Very Rare Msgr. Charles Pope ‚ÄĘ February 28, 2016 ‚ÄĘ I have written a good bit over the years about what is known as the ¬ďRare Earth¬Ē Hypothesis. A recent blog on ponders how high the odds are against the existence of another Earth-like planet. More on that in a moment. But first let¬ís review some of the basics of the Rare Earth Hypothesis.While most people, including most scientists, believe that there may be billions of inhabitable planets out there a capable of sustaining complex life, the Rare Earth Hypothesis suggests that...
  • The Ghosts of Auschwitz in the Middle Eas

    02/05/2015 6:44:50 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 11 replies
    Daniel Greenfield's Blog, SULTAN KNISH ^ | February 5, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield's article: The Ghosts of Auschwitz in the Middle East Posted: 04 Feb 2015 08:35 AM PST In exile in Argentina, the worldís most wanted man was writing a defense of the indefensible. He rejected ďso-called Western cultureĒ whose bible ďexpressly established that everything sacred came from the Jews.Ē Instead he looked to the ďlarge circle of friends, many millions of peopleĒ whose good opinion of his crimes he wanted. These millions of people were not in Germany. They werenít even in Argentina. His fellow Nazis had abandoned him after deciding that the murder of millions of Jews was...
  • Hottest, heaviest touching double star

    10/21/2015 3:19:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies ^ | 10/21/15
    Hottest, heaviest touching double star Astronomers say the two stars might be heading for catastrophe. They will likely either merge to create a single giant star or form a double black hole. This artistís impression shows VFTS 352 ó hottest and most massive double star system known to date where the two components are in contact and sharing material. Image via ESOWe know that many stars in our galaxy are in double or multiple systems, but here are two stars so close they touch. An international team of astronomers said this week (October 21, 2015) that this system Ė known...
  • Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? Probably Not. But Still Cool.

    10/15/2015 8:55:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Phil Plait
    The paper doesnít mention aliens, and it doesnít even imply aliens. Not directly, at least. But the astronomers found a star so odd, with behavior so difficult to explain, that itís clear something weird is happening there. And some of the astronomers who did the work are now looking into the idea that what theyíve found might (might!) be due to aliens. But donít let this idea run away with you. The scientists involved are being very skeptical and approaching this the right way. The star is called KIC 8462852, and itís one of more than a hundred thousand stars...
  • The Gospel In The Stars

    08/13/2015 8:32:29 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/24/2014 | Mr. and Mrs. Barry Setterfield
    This is a beautiful study of the Gospel revealed in the Stars. First, Astronomer Barry Setterfield's wife presents a glorious Bible study, then Barry presents the stars that have told humankind the Gospel story ever since creation. There are a few interesting corrections offered to poor translation of scripture passages. The differences are strikingly important and have gone unchallenged for generations. So there really is more being re-revealed in Scriptures in our last days epoch!
  • Lena Dunham Politicizes Motherís Day with Pro Abortion Message

    05/14/2015 2:42:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11 May 2015 | Kipp Jones
    While celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Khloe Kardashian, Gisele Bundchen, and Reese Witherspoon spent Motherís Day paying tribute to the special women in their lives, Lena Dunham observed the holiday by asking others to join her in protecting abortion rights on social media. The star and creator of the HBO series Girls has been a vocal proponent for abortion throughout her career, and as the aforementioned stars were paying homage to the ladies who gave them life Sunday, Dunham was reminding her two million Twitter followers she believes life should be given strictly by choice. She tweeted:
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Vega is North

    05/08/2015 4:16:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | May 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In only about 12,000 years Vega will be the North Star, the closest bright star to our fair planet's North Celestial Pole. By then, when you fix your camera to a tripod long exposures of the night sky will show the concentric arcs of star trails centered on a point near Vega as Earth rotates on its axis. Of course, presently the bright star conveniently near the North Celestial Pole is Polaris, but that will change as the Earth's axis of rotation precesses, like the wobble of a spinning top with a precession period of about 26,000 years. If...
  • Planck telescope puts new datestamp on first stars

    02/05/2015 1:55:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/5/15 | BBC
    Scientists working on Europe's Planck satellite say the first stars in the Universe lit up later than was previously thought. The team has made the most precise map of the "oldest light" in the cosmos. Earlier observations of this radiation had suggested that the first generation of stars burst into life about 420 million years after the Big Bang. The new Planck data now indicates they fired up around 560 million years after the Universe got going. "This difference of 140 million years might not seem that significant in the context of the 13.8-billion-year history of the cosmos, but proportionately...
  • Stars Passing Close to the Sun

    01/02/2015 11:41:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 1/2/15 | Paul Gilster
    Stars Passing Close to the Sunby Paul Gilster on January 2, 2015 Every time I mention stellar distances Iím forced to remind myself that the cosmos is anything but static. Barnardís Star, for instance, is roughly six light years away, a red dwarf that was the target of the original Daedalus starship designers back in the 1970s. But that distance is changing. If we were a species with a longer lifetime, we could wait about eight thousand years, at which time Barnardís Star would close to less than four light years. No star shows a larger proper motion relative to...
  • Dallas Stars video board pokes fun at North Korea's Kim Jong Un

    12/23/2014 7:09:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chris Peters
    The Dallas Stars video board is known for its clever barbs at the opposing teams and using current events to their comedic advantage. Well, if you hadn't heard, North Korea has been in the news lately. After hacking efforts that effectively shut down the release of Sony-produced film The Interview was traced back to North Korea by the FBI, the country has experienced widespread internet outages. So, naturally, this gave the Stars' entertainment team an ample opportunity to stir up a little national fervor in the proud American city of Dallas, Texas.
  • Lost in Space: Half of All Stars Are Rogues Between Galaxies

    11/07/2014 1:26:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Charles Q. Choi
    A star mystery solved? These newfound stars could help solve the so-called "photon underproduction crisis," which suggests that an extraordinary amount of ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe. The intergalactic stars could also help address what is known as the "missing baryon problem." Baryons are a class of subatomic particles that includes the protons and neutrons that make up the hearts of atoms inside normal matter. Theories of the formation and evolution of the universe predict there should be far more baryons than scientists currently see. The baryons that astronomers have accounted for in the local cosmic...
  • When Will Betelgeuse Explode? (Constellation Orion)

    09/11/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | September 8, 2014 | Phil Plait
    If thereís one star in the sky people know about, itís Betelgeuse.* Marking the right shoulder of the hunter Orionóremember, heís facing us, so itís on our leftóthis orange-red star is one of the brightest in the night sky. Itís been studied for as long as weíve had telescopes, yet for all our advanced technology and knowhow, details about it are maddeningly vague. We donít even have a good determination of how far away it is! Still, thereís a lot we do know: Itís a red supergiant, a star that started out life already a lot bigger, more massive, and...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Stars And Stripes Increased

    01/13/2014 4:28:36 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 2 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 13, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1794, President George Washington signed a measure making the first changes to the American flag, by ordering the stars and stripes to be increased by two each, to symbolize the admissions of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. The 15-star, 15-stripe flag would remain the standard for the United States for 23 years, until the admission of five more states would bring the next changes to the flag, reverting the number of stripes to a permanent 13 but increasing the stars for each state admitted thereafter.
  • Faster Than the Speed of Light?

    11/29/2013 7:58:18 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Danny Hakim
    HOUSTON ó Beyond the security gate at the Johnson Space Centerís 1960s-era campus here, inside a two-story glass and concrete building with winding corridors, there is a floating laboratory. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion engineer at NASA, beckoned toward a table full of equipment there on a recent afternoon: a laser, a camera, some small mirrors, a ring made of ceramic capacitors and a few other objects. He and other NASA engineers have been designing and redesigning these instruments, with the goal of using them to slightly warp the trajectory of a photon, changing the distance it...
  • Peak night for the Perseid meteor shower on August 11-12

    08/11/2013 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 4 replies
    Look for the 2013 Perseid meteor shower to be at its prolific best from late late August 11 until dawn August 12! Great times to watch: after midnight and before dawn on August 11, 12 or 13. We give the nod to Monday, August 12 Ė in the hours between midnight and dawn. But any of these mornings should be fine for watching this yearís Perseid shower. At dusk and early evening on August 11, the waxing crescent moon shines between the planet Venus and the star Spica. The planet Saturn is found above Spica. The Perseids are a summertime...
  • Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

    08/06/2013 11:25:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 6th August 2013 | Brid-Aine Parnell,
    Low-mass Jupiter-like exoplanet challenges planetary formation theory Astronomers have detected a low-mass giant planet that challenges existing theories about how bigger worlds are formed.Artist's impression ... the Jupiter-like low-mass exoplanet GJ 504b The Jupiter-sized world, dubbed GJ 504b, was found much further out in its star's orbit than a planet its size should have been, if you go by existing planet-formation theory.GJ 504b weighs in at around four times Jupiter's mass, and is the lowest mass exoplanet* to be imaged orbiting a Sun-like star using direct imaging techniques.Given its similarity to Jupiter's size, NASA boffins were surprised to find that...
  • God Made Lights In The Firmamanet...Genesis 1 pt 5

    And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to...
  • Science & the Virgin of Guadalupe [Catholic Caucus]

    12/12/2011 4:21:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicArtwork ^ | not given | Audra Fernando Garcia
    Science & the Virgin of Guadalupe Read what science has discovered about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe Download a high-resolution image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe here 1. Ophthalmic studies made on the eyes of Mary detected that when the eye is exposed to light, the retina contracts, and when the light is withdrawn, it returns to a dilated state, just as happens with a living eye. 2. The temperature of Juan Diegoís tilma, made of a material that comes from fibers of the maguey cactus, maintains a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees, the same as that...
  • Mysterious Energy Bursts May Be Death Knell of Gigantic Stars

    04/17/2013 2:21:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies ^ | 4/16/13 | Tanya Lewis
    An artistís impression of the stars creating gamma-ray bursts. The background blue star is the progenitor of a standard long duration gamma-ray burst. A new type of powerful, long-lasting explosion deep in space may be the death knell of gigantic stars, scientists say. Star explosions (called supernovas) can give off high-powered flashes of radiation known as gamma-ray bursts. These bursts usually fall into two categories: ones that last less than two seconds, and ones that last for several minutes. But this new type of explosion can create a gamma-ray burst that goes on for much longer ó up to several...
  • Creationist stakes $10,000 on contest between Bible and evolution

    03/27/2013 11:15:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 201 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 25, 2013 | Amanda Holpuch
    A California creationist is offering a $10,000 challenge to anyone who can prove in front of a judge that science contradicts the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis. Dr Joseph Mastropaolo, who says he has set up the contest, the Literal Genesis Trial ...
  • Several Nights Only- All Seven Planets Visible in One Night

    12/20/2012 8:30:00 AM PST · by virgil283 · 52 replies
    "For those of you with even a small refractor telescope, the next few nights present a once in a blue moon opportunity to spot all seven planets in the same evening. Five of them are visible without even binoculars, while the other two will require you to reference the charts below. While Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will "move" faster in the sky, Uranus and Neptune will stay relatively fixed in their positions in Pisces and Aquarius for some time. The closest five planets all yield some features through a small amateur telescope, the largest, Saturn and Jupiter, even...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 47 Tuc Near the Small Magellanic Cloud

    12/05/2012 9:44:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | December 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with around 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye near the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the constellation of the Toucan. Of course, the SMC is some 210,000 light-years distant, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and not physically close to 47 Tuc. Stars on the outskirts of the...
  • Blue Stars Confirm Recent Creation

    09/01/2012 7:28:34 PM PDT · by lasereye · 102 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | September 2012 | Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
    Orion is one of the most well-known and easily recognized constellations of the winter sky. The three bright blue stars in Orionís belt seem to draw our attention instantly.1 Such stars are a strong confirmation of the biblical timescale. Most stars generate energy by the process of nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in the stellar core. This is a very efficient power source. Theoretically, a star like the sun has enough hydrogen in its core to keep it burning for ten billion years. But thatís not the case with blue stars. Blue stars are always more massive than the...
  • Star Politics: Who leans left, and who leans right

    08/25/2012 8:40:12 AM PDT · by AndyTheBear · 15 replies
    Celebrities who lean to one side ... or the other. Read more:
  • Undead galaxy cluster spews 700 zombie baby stars A YEAR

    08/16/2012 10:08:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 16th August 2012 11:19 GMT | Brid-Aine Parnell
    Astroboffins have spotted a galaxy cluster that's breaking all the cosmic rules, including coming back to life to spawn stars at an enormous rate. The Phoenix cluster is spewing out the celestial bodies at the highest rate ever observed for the middle of a galaxy cluster; it's the most powerful producer of X-rays of any known cluster; it's one of the most massive of its kind; and the rate of hot gas cooling in the central regions is the largest ever observed. According to the scientists, the cluster is "experiencing a massive starburst" that's forming the equivalent of 740 Suns...
  • Galaxy Cluster Stuns ScientistsóSupermassive and Spewing Out Stars

    08/15/2012 11:05:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Andrew Fazekas
    It seemed too good to be true: a superbright newfound galaxy cluster possibly more massive than any other known, forging fresh stars nearly a thousand times faster than normal.
  • Just an ordinary, daily word, yet a word that mystically reaches for the stars

    05/10/2012 3:16:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 9, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every now and then a word just catches your ear, and several times in a day it jumps out at you and you‚Äôre tempted to say: ‚ÄúThere it is again!‚ÄĚYesterday it was the word ‚Äúconsider‚ÄĚ, an ordinary, daily word. Or is it? Why did it strike me so? With my knowledge of Latin, it occurred to me that ‚Äúconsider‚ÄĚ has something to do with the stars, for the Latin word sidera means ‚Äústars‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúheavenly bodies.‚ÄĚ How interesting, I have use the word for the better part of 50 years and that had never crossed my mind. But as sometimes...
  • Free-floating planets in the Milky Way outnumber stars by factors of thousands

    05/10/2012 10:10:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 103 replies
    Springer ^ | 5/10/12
    Researchers say life-bearing planets may exist in vast numbers in the space between stars in the Milky WayA few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. So argues an international team of scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, UK. Their findings are published online in the Springer journal Astrophysics and Space Science. The scientists have proposed that these life-bearing planets originated in the early Universe within a few million years of the Big Bang, and that...
  • Four white dwarf stars caught in the act of consuming 'earth-like' exoplanets

    05/03/2012 11:12:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | May 03, 2012 | Provided by Royal Astronomical Society
    University of Warwick astrophysicists have pinpointed four white dwarf stars surrounded by dust from shattered planetary bodies which once bore striking similarities to the composition of the Earth. The scientists publish their results in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. White dwarfs are the final stage of life of stars like our Sun, the residual cores of material left behind after their available fuel for nuclear reactions has been exhausted. Using the Hubble Space Telescope to carry out the biggest survey to date of the chemical composition of the atmospheres of white dwarf stars,...
  • The Lost Siblings of the Sun

    03/12/2012 3:32:13 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Sky and Telescope ^ | 3/10/2009 | Alan MacRobert
    Most stars are born in clusters rather than singly, and thereís plenty of evidence that the Sun was too. For one thing, the material of the infant solar system (as preserved in the earliest meteorites) was enriched by fresh supernova debris from at least one very young, massive star (having 15 to 25 solar masses) that exploded less than 5 light-years away, no more than 2 million years after the Sun's formation. Today no such massive star exists within 300 light-years of the Sun. Clearly, the early solar system had stars close around it. But that was 4.57 billion years...
  • Diet of a dying star

    03/06/2012 1:06:23 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | 2/11/2012 | Nadia Drake
    Scientists are beginning to sort out the stellar ingredients that produce a type 1a supernova, a type of cosmic explosion that has been used to measure the universeís accelerating expansion. Two teams of researchers presented new data about these supernovas at the American Astronomical Society meeting on January 11. One team confirmed a long-held suspicion about the kind of star that explodes, and the second provided new evidence for what feeds that star until it bursts. ďThis is a confirmation of a decades-old belief, namely that a type 1a supernova comes from the explosion of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf,Ē said...
  • Reggie Love Stars in Obama Campaign Web Ad for African-Americans

    03/05/2012 7:48:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    abc ^ | 3/5/2012 | Devin Dwyer
    Former White House aide and Duke Blue Devils forward Reggie Love stars in a new Obama campaign video aimed at courting the presidentís African-American supporters. ďSince 2006, Iíve spent a lot of time with our president,Ē says Love, who left the administration last year to attend business school. ďI got to work in the West Wing, I traveled to 33 countries, Iíve done everything from tracking down newspapers, figuring out what he wants to eat, who heís going to eat with, and played endless amounts of basketball games.Ē ďThe president has always had our back,Ē he adds, encouraging viewers to...
  • Chaz Bono blasts 'disrespectful' Dancing with the Stars judges for bullying him over his weight

    10/26/2011 7:28:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 27th October 2011 | Amelia Proud
    Chaz Bono braved controversy to be the first transgender contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but he revealed in an interview today that it was jibes over his weight that troubled him the most. But it wasn't from ignorant, faceless haters that the 42-year-old faced these attacks, but rather from the show's judges, whom Bono has blasted as 'disrespectful.' The only child of Cher, 65 , and the late Sonny Bono, told Good Morning America: 'I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn't appreciate it.' -snip- 'I took so much away from this. This was...
  • Modano, U.S. icon, hangs up his skates as a Star

    09/23/2011 1:35:54 PM PDT · by airborne · 19 replies
    NHL website ^ | 9/23/11 | Steve Hunt
    DALLAS -- After 21 seasons in the NHL, Mike Modano made it official Friday, announcing his retirement as a player. It was fitting that his farewell press conference was in Dallas -- since that's where he spent the bulk of his playing career. During his more than two decades as a player, he was an eight-time NHL All-Star who finished as the career leader among American-born with 561 goals and 1,374 points. He was a major contributor to the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup championship, and he served as Dallas' captain from 2003-06. Modano, the first pick of the 1988 Entry...
  • Look Skywatcher! See 'Tatooine' with binoculars

    09/18/2011 8:39:21 PM PDT · by Windflier · 26 replies ^ | September 16, 2011 | Mike Wall
    The alien planet with two suns, as in the "Star Wars" films, will be visible Scientists have spotted a real-life Tatooine ó a world with two suns, like Luke Skywalker's home planet in the "Star Wars" films ó and you should be able to see this alien star system, too, using a good pair of binoculars. Astronomers announced the discovery of the alien planet, called Kepler-16b, Thursday. The Saturn-mass planet orbits a pair of stars known as Kepler-16A and Kepler-16B. Someone on Kepler-16b would see two suns hanging near each other in the sky, just as Luke did on Tatooine.
  • Neutrons Become Cubes Inside Neutron Stars

    08/11/2011 2:05:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Intense pressure can force neutrons into cubes rather than spheres, say physicistsInside atomic nuclei, protons and neutrons fill space with a packing density of 0.74, meaning that only 26 percent of the volume of the nucleus in is empty. That's pretty efficient packing. Neutrons achieve a similar density inside neutron stars, where the force holding neutrons together is the only thing that prevents gravity from crushing the star into a black hole. Today, Felipe Llanes-Estrada at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and Gaspar Moreno Navarro at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain, say neutrons can do even better. These...
  • Evolved stars locked in fatalistic dance

    07/14/2011 6:00:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 7/13/11
    White dwarfs are the burned-out cores of stars like our Sun. Astronomers have discovered a pair of white dwarfs spiraling into one another at breakneck speeds. Today, these white dwarfs are so near they make a complete orbit in just 13 minutes, but they are gradually slipping closer together. About 900,000 years from now - a blink of an eye in astronomical time - they will merge and possibly explode as a supernova. By watching the stars converge, scientists will test both Einstein's theory of general relativity and the origin of some peculiar supernovae.The two white dwarfs are circling...
  • DOD Announces Iraq, Afghanistan Campaign Stars

    06/30/2011 3:00:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 Ė Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today. The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan. Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, marking the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. combat operations in Iraq and a new focus on advising, assisting and training Iraqi security forces. The Consolidation III campaign...
  • ĎBlue Stragglersí in the Galactic Bulge (a sign of ETI, as in SETI?)

    05/30/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/30/11 | Paul Gilster
    ‚ÄėBlue Stragglers‚Äô in the Galactic Bulge by Paul Gilster on May 30, 2011 I¬ím fascinated by how much the exoplanet hunt is telling us about celestial objects other than planets. The other day we looked at some of the stellar spinoffs from the Kepler mission, including the unusual pulsations of the star HD 187091, now known to be not one star but two. But the examples run well beyond Kepler. Back in 2006, a survey called the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS) used Hubble data to study 180,000 stars in the galaxy¬ís central bulge, the object being...
  • Alien Earths ó 2 billion of them are out there

    03/22/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 57 replies
    MSNBC/ ^ | 03/22/2011 | Charles Q. Choi
    That's scientists' latest estimate for our galaxy alone, based on Kepler data Roughly one out of every 37 to one out of every 70 sunlike stars in the sky might harbor an alien Earth, a new study reveals. These findings hint that billions of Earthlike planets might exist in our galaxy, researchers added. These new calculations are based on data from the Kepler space telescope, which in February wowed the globe by revealing more than 1,200 possible alien worlds, including 68 potentially Earth-size planets. The spacecraft does so by looking for the dimming that occurs when a world transits or...
  • 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...
  • Scientists investigate the possibility of wormholes between stars

    02/26/2011 7:53:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/25/11 | Lisa Zyga
    ( -- Wormholes are one of the stranger objects that arise in general relativity. Although no experimental evidence for wormholes exists, scientists predict that they would appear to serve as shortcuts between one point of spacetime and another. Scientists usually imagine wormholes connecting regions of empty space, but now a new study suggests that wormholes might exist between distant stars. Instead of being empty tunnels, these wormholes would contain a perfect fluid that flows back and forth between the two stars, possibly giving them a detectable signature. The scientists, Vladimir Dzhunushaliev at the Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan and coauthors,...
  • Bolivia raises hackles with ID

    04/10/2008 11:49:55 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 50+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-10-08 | Martin Arostegui
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia ó The appearance of a Star of David on new national identity cards has alarmed opponents of President Evo Morales, who recall how the symbol was used to brand Jews in Nazi Germany. Tiny six-pointed stars within a tight circle are printed on the back side of some, but not all, recently issued picture IDs in the Santa Cruz region. The mark was present on three cards seen by The Washington Times. "It raises suspicions that the government is identifying individuals or segments of the population along racial, religious or ideological lines" said Carlos Klinsky, a member...
  • Keeping it All in Persepective...

    02/12/2011 3:19:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 12, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Take a moment and consider your place†in the bigger scheme of things~ And while that's indeed illuminating (sorry).... †it's†a† big universe with plenty of other stars out there: Jupiter only one pixel on that scale. But this†behemoth†Arcturus†-25x the Sun's size and 110x as bright-is just 5th largest here...our own sun down to a single pixel: The monster above -Anteres- is the 15th brightest star in the sky, and is over 1000 light-years away. Feeling your place yet? Now try to wrap your mind around this: the photo below was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and ultra-deep-field infrared shot of...
  • Small Snack for Milky Way: Astrophysicists Find New Remnants of Neighboring Galaxy in Our Own

    02/03/2011 7:24:52 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2-3-2011 | Staff
    An international team of astronomers led by Mary Williams from the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) has discovered a new stream of stars in our Milky Way: the "Aquarius Stream," named after the constellation of Aquarius. The stream of stars is a remnant of a smaller galaxy in our cosmic neighbourhood, which has been pulled apart by the gravitational pull of the Milky Way about 700 million years ago. The discovery is a result of the measurement of the velocities of 250,000 stars with the RAVE Survey based at the Australian Astronomical Observatory's UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, NSW,...
  • Best Art in the Universe

    12/18/2010 7:14:46 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | December 15 2010 | Ben Muessig
    Best Art in the Universe? Hubble Space Telescope's Amazing Pics From 2010 (Dec. 15) -- You might think that taking highly detailed photographs of the darkest corners of the universe would be a purely scientific job. Turns out, there's an art to it. For the past 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the planet and wowing earthlings with breathtaking images of outer space, from jaw-dropping pictures of clusters of newborn stars to fantastic photos of colliding galaxies. But it's not just Hubble's cutting-edge optics that are responsible for these stunning photographs. Behind each image is the hard...