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News From The Universe
January 17, 2009, 9:02 am
Filed under: astronomy, ecology, environment, interesting, Miscellaneous, news, physics, random, science, space, technology

“Renegade” Stars Tearing Across Universe, Hubble Shows – National Geographic 1/7/09

Like the wakes of cosmic speedboats, oddly shaped bow shocks reveal single stars careening through the cosmos at more than 112,000 miles (180,250 kilometers) an hour.

Monster Black Holes Spawned Early Galaxies – National Geographic 1/7/09

“Warm Plasma Cloak” Discovered Enveloping Earth – National Geographic 1/6/09

Milky Way ‘bigger than thought’ – BBC 1/6/09

The Milky Way has 50% more mass and is travelling 120,000km per hour faster than previously thought, according to researchers.

Getting into space by broomstick – BBC 1/5/09

The proposed space elevator project could be powered by a simple new approach, demonstrated using a broomstick.

Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star – Telegraph, UK 12/28/08

While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

A “Second Earth” has been found 20 light years away. Do you think there is life over there? – SodaHead via WRH 1/6/09

Scientists have discovered a warm and rocky “second Earth” circling a star, a find they believe dramatically boosts the prospects that we are not alone.

The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth’s nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.

Space is just a little bit closer – BBC 12/21/08

The upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere are much lower than expected, a US Air Force satellite has found.

Magnetic-Shield Cracks Found; Big Solar Storms Expected – National Geographic 12/16/08

Some of the worst solar storms Earth has seen in decades are predicted to hit in 2012. Newfound breaches in the planet’s magnetic field will make matters worse, experts say.

New Evidence of Meteor Bombardment – NYTimes 1/1/09

Researchers say that an abrupt cooling of the Earth about 12,900 years ago may have been caused by one or more meteors that slammed into North America.

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