Black Hole secrets: The S-Stars

Deep in the heart of the Milky Way resides a black hole. However, that is not the mysterious object which scientists Fabio Antonini, of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, and David Merritt, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, have been endeavoring to explain. The objects of their attention are the orbits of massive young […]

The secrets of cicada’s sound

Of all the bugs that achieve the mantle of summer pest, cicadas are perhaps the most curious. They don’t sting, they don’t bite, they don’t buzz around your head, they taste good in chocolate, but as the drowning din of the 17-year brood this summer will remind: we would love them less if they emerged […]

This is what the Windows 8.1 Start Button looks like in Metro UI

Microsoft has finally confirmed that a Start button would be included in Windows 8.1, while also revealing that the new feature would be always visible on the desktop.

New passing asteroid has its own moon!

As reported, an asteroid dubbed 1998 QE2 is to pass by our planet this May 31.

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Picture of the Day: Is this a monkey..?

Picture of the Day: Guess what this is

Photograph courtesy Bryan William Jones, University of Utah

‘Junk’ DNA mystery solved

One person’s trash may be another person’s treasure, but sometimes, trash is just trash. So-called junk DNA, the vast majority of the genome that doesn’t code for proteins, really isn’t needed for a healthy organism, according to new research. “At least for a plant, junk DNA really is just junk — it’s not required,” said […]

Absense of light reveals exoplanet atmospheres

Exoplanets are uncanny. Some seem to have walked directly out of the best science-fiction movies. For example, we’ve discovered a planet consisting purely of water (GJ 1214b) and one with two suns (Kepler 16b). Some planets nearly scrape their host stars once every orbit, while others exist in darkness without a host star at all. The […]

Picture of the Day: Fairy Circles

Credit: Image courtesy of N. Juergens Fairy circles are circular patches of perennial grasses with a barren center that emerge in the deserts along the southwest coast of Africa. Dotting the Namibian deserts, these rings can persist for decades and occur in regular patterns.

Antarctic observatory finds first extraterrestrial, high-energy Neutrinos

The massive IceCube neutrino detector, buried in the Antarctic, has detected a total of 28 neutrinos that could have extraterrestrial origin. Scientists are excited about the discovery, as it could be a first step towards a completely new way of doing astronomy.

Picture of the Day: Colliding binary star winds

An artist’s rendering of a colliding wind binary.     A colliding-wind binary is a binary star system in which the two members are massive stars that emit powerful, radiatively-driven stellar winds. The location where these two winds collide produces a strong shock front that can cause radio, X-ray and possibly synchrotron radiation emission. Wind […]

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Picture of the Day: Orion

  Humans have been gazing at Orion for millennia, but they’ve never seen it as beautiful as this. Granted, we can’t actually see it like the photo above would suggest, as the fiery glow is only visible to telescopes tuned to submillimeter radio frequencies.

Earth and Moon’s water from same source

Water on the Moon came from the same source as our water on Earth, a new study suggests.   The discovery reported in the journal Science, implies some of Earth’s water was transferred to the Moon when it formed.   The Moon is thought to have formed by a collision between Earth and a Mars-sized […]

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