A hole in space… no really, an actual hole! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

12 05 2010

Space is black. I mean, duh, right? But really, it’s black because it’s almost entirely empty, so even with stars scattered around, there’s nothing to light up.hst_ngc1999But some parts of space are bright: clouds of gas can be lit up by nearby stars, making them glow

via A hole in space… no really, an actual hole! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.





Massive Camera Sharpens Our View of the Universe : Big Pic Gallery : Discovery News

12 12 2009

December 11, 2009 — A brand new telescope called the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy VISTA has started observing the cosmos with astonishing results. Located at the ESO’s Paranal Observatory, Chile, VISTA has become the world’s largest telescope dedicated to mapping the southern hemisphere’s sky in visible and infrared wavelengths.

via Massive Camera Sharpens Our View of the Universe : Big Pic Gallery : Discovery News.





APOD: 2009 November 13 – Young Stars in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

14 11 2009

APOD: 2009 November 13 – Young Stars in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud.





A Black Hole Engine That Could Power Spaceships – black holes – io9

14 11 2009

Artificially generated black holes could provide us with the power to make inter-solar travel a possibility. New research shows how strapping a black hole to your starship might just give you the juice to get to Alpha Centauri.

via A Black Hole Engine That Could Power Spaceships – black holes – io9.





Flickr Photo Download: Space: The Final Junkyard – Infrastructure

25 10 2009

Space: The Final Junkyard





14-Year-Old African Turns Garbage Into Wind Power – Asylum.com

14 10 2009

Every now and then we come across a heartwarming story that also makes us feel like indulgent, do-nothing slackers. William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi a country that most of us geographically challenged Americans probably know as ‘that place where Madonna’s adopted kid is from’.

via 14-Year-Old African Turns Garbage Into Wind Power – Asylum.com.





Scientists identify brain cell which keeps us awake, raising hopes of a cure for jet lag | Mail Online

12 10 2009

A pill that cures jet lag is a step closer today, after scientists discovered how signals from the brain control our biological clocks.

via Scientists identify brain cell which keeps us awake, raising hopes of a cure for jet lag | Mail Online.