Help scan the realm beyond Neptune for brown dwarfs and planet nine!

Help scan the realm beyond Neptune for brown dwarfs and planet nine! Yes, you can join the search for icy worlds, brown dwarfs and other yet to be discovered objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, using a technique that’s not all that different from the method that led to Pluto’s discovery some 87 years ago. Anyone can join the online hunt here: Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

 

Gravitational Waves Discovered from Colliding Black Holes

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A team of physicists announced that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light years away. Albert Einstein first predicted gravitational waves in 1916 based on his general theory of relativity, and scientists began seeking these ripples in spacetime in the 1960s but none succeeded in measuring their effects on Earth until now. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. This is one of the major breakthroughs in physics that we all hoped to prove. It opens the doors to many more theories and lays a solid foundation to help further our knowledge of our Universe

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic events on Earth?

earth's orbit in milky wayThe galactic disk is the region of the Milky Way Galaxy where our solar system resides. It is crowded with stars and clouds of gas and dust and also a concentration of elusive dark matter — small subatomic particles that can be detected only by their gravitational effects.

Previous studies have shown that Earth rotates around the disk-shaped galaxy once every 250 million years. But Earth’s path around the galaxy is wavy, with the Sun and planets weaving through the crowded disk approximately every 30 million years. Analyzing the pattern of Earth’s passes through the galactic disk, these disk passages seem to correlate with times of comet impacts and mass extinctions of life. The famous comet strike 66 million years ago that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs is just one example.

What causes this correlation between Earth’s passes through the galactic disk and the impacts and extinctions that seem to follow?

While traveling through the disk, the dark matter concentrated there disturbs the pathways of comets typically orbiting far from Earth in the outer solar system. This means that comets that would normally travel at great distances from Earth instead take unusual paths, causing some of them to collide with the planet.

But even more remarkably, with each dip through the disk, the dark matter can apparently accumulate within Earth’s core. Eventually, the dark matter particles annihilate each other, producing considerable heat. The heat created by the annihilation of dark matter in Earth’s core could trigger events such as volcanic eruptions, mountain building, magnetic field reversals, and changes in sea level, which also show peaks every 30 million years. Astrophysical phenomena derived from Earth’s winding path through the galactic disk and the consequent accumulation of dark matter in the planet’s interior can result in dramatic changes in Earth’s geological and biological activity.

 

Google picks Charlotte as next possible Google Fiber location

charlotte_googleWe’re excited to start discussions with Charlotte to bring Google Fiber there. Share this graphic to let your neighbors know the news. Learn more and sign up for updates: http://goo.gl/AqL6me

Understanding Gravity and the Speed of Light

Thanks to Einstein’s General theory of relativity we know that gravity is an indirect result of mass and not a direct result. The Earth is not pulling us down because it has gravity, it’s “pulling” all mass towards it because it’s large mass is causing a distortion of the geometry of space and time. The “fabric” of space is becoming bent because mass and space can not coexist at the same point and the fabric of space is becoming displaced by the mass of the object in this case our planet Earth. The more mass an object has the more distortion it causes. This distortion is why all mass including zero mass photons (light) falls towards the Earth; the Earth is causing a curved path in space which allows objects to fall towards it. An extreme example of this is a black hole. The geometry of space and time is distorted so much that it begins to fold over it’s self causing all mass including light from escaping it’s distortion of space time after it crosses it’s event horizon (the point of no return). – Rick Viegas

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The Large Hadron Collider concludes first 3 year run and will continue in 2015

LargeHadronCollider

The LHC is the worlds largest and highest energy particle accelerator. It was built by CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) and used by physicists to study the smallest known sub atomic particles which are the fundamental building blocks of all things. The 17 mile long particle accelerator is located near Geneva, Switzerland. It has helped test different theories of particle physics, high-energy physics, supersymmetric theories, and most importantly prove the existence of the Higgs boson! It will undergo maintenance and upgrades for the next two years and resume proton to proton collisions in 2015. -Rick Viegas

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New Telescope in Chile Unveils Stunning First Images

A gorgeous photo of a star-forming region of space called the Carina Nebula marks the inauguration of a new telescope — the largest instrument in the world devoted to surveying the sky in visible light. It’s called the VLT Survey Telescope (VST). The VST is a 2.6-meter telescope with a 268-megapixel camera, called OmegaCAM, at its core. The visible-light telescope is designed to map the sky both quickly and with precise image quality.

 

 

Felix Baumgartner sets high altitude skydiving and Supersonic free fall record!


Felix Baumgartner is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres (127,953 ft; 24 mi), reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph), or Mach 1.24. He sets the record for the highest and fastest speed record for a human free fall. First person in history to free fall at supersonic speed.

Why humans shouldn’t live in space!

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We have all seen footage of astronauts floating freely in space, performing twists and turns that seem to defy gravity. As a result of these portrayals, many people believe that there is zero gravity in space. However, this statement could not be further from the truth. Gravity exists everywhere in the universe and is the most important force affecting all matter in space. In fact, without gravity, all matter would fly apart and everything would cease to exist.

Gravity is the attractive force between two objects at a fixed distance r. The strength of gravity is proportional to the mass of the two objects and inversely related the distance between them. A larger massed object has a greater gravitational force than a smaller massed object does which explains the difference between the gravitational field of the Earth and Moon. The force of gravity between two objects decreases rapidly at a rate of 1/r2. Thus, the gravitational force of two equal masses 1 meter apart is 100 times stronger than if the masses were 10 meters apart. Using the two parameters, mass and distance, we can understand how gravity operates in the universe and causes objects to appear as though they are experiencing zero gravity in space.

The Force is strong with this one…

Robert Scoble Rages Over Google Events Spam

7 Billion People on Earth!

In 2011 you will be 1 in 7 billion people on earth.

10 Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

Kevin Rose, Digg’s founder, spoke at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand and covered 10 amazing tips for entrepreneurs. They were truly insightful and obviously came straight from the heart and soul of someone who worked a day job and built his dream after hours. This is our take of what he had to say. » Read the rest of this entry «

Obama: $8.3 billion to build first nuclear plant in 3 Decades

US to Build 1st Nuclear Plant Since the 70s
Obama just gave a speech on clean energy after touring a clean jobs training facility in Lanham, MD. In the speech, he made the announcement that his administration has approved an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to build the first nuclear power plant in the US in three decades. » Read the rest of this entry «

Moscot Eyewear and Eyecare since 1915

MOSCOT Eyewear and Eyecare Since 1915 has been a New York City institution for nearly 100 years. moscot.com

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