Category: science

Rare galaxy at ‘dawn of time’

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at a shockingly high rate. The blob-shaped galaxy, called GN-108036, is the brightest galaxy found to date at such great distances.

Amazing comet pictures from space

via Lovejoy Dazzles Holiday Sky-Watchers

Telomeres: lifespan indicators

"They found that the telomere length in an early stage of life, at 25 days after hatching, was a good predictor of lifespan …"

Problem-solving, Einsteinian-style

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Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It)

Einstein is quoted as having said that…

The utility of mathematics

An interesting paper on why and how "pure" mathematics diverged from the natural sciences, and what it means.

Bayes rules

A once-neglected statistical technique may help to explain how the mind works.

How to read mathematics

"What are the common mistakes people make in trying to read mathematics? How can these mistakes be corrected?"

13 things that don’t make sense

A mind-spinning article from the New Scientist.

Googling the Moon

The best of Hubble

All the very best images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Well worth it.

Hubble Confirms New Moons of Pluto

"…observations with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of two new moons around the distant planet Pluto."

Unintelligent Design

"A monstrous discovery suggests that viruses, long regarded as lowly evolutionary latecomers, may have been the precursors of all life on Earth."

Hubble spots complex carbon compounds, possibly organic, on Pluto’s surface

The Hubble Space Telescope has sniffed out evidence of complex carbon molecules, the building blocks of life in this corner of the cosmos, lying on the frozen surface of Pluto.

NASA finds ‘merging tsunami’ doubled Japan destruction

A one in a million observation from radar satellites confirm a long-suspected hypothesis that tsunamis can merge together to form monster waves.

Surfer breaks world record riding 90 foot wave

Garrett McNamara Sets Record: Surfer Rides 90 Foot Wave Or does he? Is this wave a world record?

‘Invisible’ stars & amazingly bright pulsar

NASA Telescope’s Big Haul: ‘Invisible’ Stars & Amazingly Bright Pulsar

Telescopes solve 2,000-year-old stellar mystery

Why there is that huge ring in the sky.  

Old American theory is ‘speared’

An ancient bone with a projectile point lodged within it appears to up-end – once and for all – a long-held idea of how the Americas were first populated.

Global warming confirmed by independent study

The Earth’s surface really is getting warmer, a new analysis by a US scientific group set up in the wake of the “Climategate” affair has concluded.

Researchers detail how a distant black hole devoured a star

NASA’s Swift satellite first alerted astronomers to intense and unusual high-energy flares from the new source in the constellation Draco… Astronomers soon realized the source, known as Swift J1644+57, was the result of a truly extraordinary event — the awakening of a distant galaxy’s dormant black hole as it shredded and consumed a star. The …

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