Category: Science & Technology

Mega Asteroid To Buzz Earth On Wednesday
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Fox News

Here’s one less thing to worry about. A giant asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, but the folks at NASA say there is no chance it could hit us. The space rock the size of the Rock of Gibraltar, per AFP, or six NFL football fields, per CNN, will make a harmless fly-by on Wednesday. “Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size,” NASA says in a statement. After looping around the sun, the 2,000-foot-wide space chunk named 2014-JO25 will buzz Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles, or a reassuring five times the distance to the moon. It will then keep going past Jupiter. Smaller space rocks swirl around …

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What Does A Black Hole Really Look Like?
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Scientific American Blog Network

Last week, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) may have captured the first ever images of the edge of a black hole. As eager astronomers await the arrival of the pictures (which sadly will take a few months, as the hard drives containing them are stuck in Antarctica until the harsh winter gives way to safer flying conditions), the rest of us are left to wonder: what, exactly, should we expect to see? What does a black hole look like, really? Many of us have seen the standard artist’s representation of a black hole: a giant floating disk with roiling, glowing outer rings and an abruptly dark center from which we’re assured nothing, not even light, can escape. Such images are compelling, but they …

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NASA Photos Capture A Strange New Crack In A Massive Greenland Glacier And We’Re All Probably Doomed
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Maria Gallucci,Mashable

A mysterious crack has been spreading across a giant Greenland glacier, and it’s raising concerns that part of the floating ice shelf could splinter off into the ocean. That’s bad. Scientists with the NASA field campaign Operation IceBridge recently captured the first photographs of the growing rift while flying over Petermann Glacier, a structure that connects the Greenland ice sheet to the Arctic Ocean…

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‘Badass’ National Park Flooded With Fan Mail After Fighting Trump On Twitter
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Nicole Gallucci,Mashable

In the days immediately following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, when the world was in need of a climate change defender, a few National Park Service Twitter accounts epically rose to the challenge. The rebellious Badlands National Park Twitter account went rogue in January, fighting the president’s climate change denial by sharing environmental facts…

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Scientists Just Found A Strange And Worrying Crack In One Of Greenland’S Biggest Glaciers
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Washington Post

Scientists examining satellite images of one of Greenland’s largest glaciers believe they have found an unexpected new crack in its floating ice shelf that could contribute to a dramatic break in coming years. The Petermann Glacier, located in the high Arctic at 80 degrees North latitude, is one of the most important outlets by which the Greenland ice sheet extends and flows into the sea. In 2010 and 2012, it lost extremely large pieces, each several times the size of Manhattan, from its ice shelf, which floats on top of the waters of a fjord whose depth exceeds that of the Grand Canyon. These changes captured the world’s attention — and greatly shrank this floating shelf that stabilizes the…

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No, Dark Energy Isn’t An Illusion
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Forbes

In 1998, two teams of scientists announced a shocking discovery: the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. Distant galaxies weren’t just receding from us, but their recession speed was increasing over time. Over the next few years, precision measurements of three independent quantities — distant galaxies containing type Ia supernovae, the fluctuation pattern in the cosmic microwave background, and large-scale correlations between galaxies at a variety of distances — all supported and confirmed this picture. The case is so strong that no one reasonably doubts the evidence, but many teams have made alternative cases for the explanation, claiming that dark energy itself could be an illusion. …

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Pink Moon 2017 To Rise In April 2017 Night Sky And Find Out Why It’s ‘Pink’
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Léa Surugue,International Business Times

Stargazers will have the opportunity to watch April’s full Pink Moon rise in the night sky, in the early morning of 11 April 2017. Unlike what its name suggests, the Moon will not suddenly turn a shade of bright pink. The term ‘pink moon’ is actually a reference to ancient Native American tradition of giving colourful, poetic names to the full moons…

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Jupiter At Opposition: Friday Night Is The Best Time To View The Gas Giant
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Brian Resnick – Vox
The gas giant is like a mini solar system inside our own. On Friday night, Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will directly align with the Earth and the sun — the best opportunity to go outside and observe this massive gaseous world and its moon you’ll have this year. This event is called an “opposition,” simply because Jupiter will be directly opposite the sun in orbit…

The Most Gruesome Ways To Die, According To Scientists
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New York Post

Scientists have worked out what would happen to a human body when exposed to a series of grisly scenarios. These include throwing yourself out of the International Space Station, digging a hole through the Earth and jumping through it, as well as sticking your hand in a particle accelerator. Paul Doherty, a senior scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, and his friend Cody Cassidy have painstakingly spent years calculating the effect certain gruesome scenarios could have on your body. Doherty took questions from the public during a Reddit Q&A yesterday evening, revealing some of the most terrifying scenarios he’s come across. We’ve rounded up some of the worst ways to die, so look away now …