"The headlines are reporting on a recent paper submitted to arXiv, which has not, as of this writing, emerged from peer-review, although it builds on the author’s earlier work which has. The paper’s primary author, Laura Mersini-Houghton, a theoretical physicist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, claims her work proves that black holes cannot form in the first place. "I'm still not over the shock," she said in a written statement issued by the university. "We've been studying this problem for more than 50 years and this solution gives us a lot to think about.""
""There are now, depending on how confirmed you want a planet to be, up to over 1,000 confirmed planets," Stanford's Bruce Macintosh told an audience at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. That's in part because of the ease of the transit method of exoplanet detection, which watches for changes in light as the planets pass between their host star and us. "With a sufficient camera, you can do this with a tiny telescope," Macintosh said, pointing to the HATNet system of 11cm telescopes."
"New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the Moon more than four billion years ago were vaporized into a mist of iron. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, suggest that the iron mist thrown up by these high velocity impacts was fast enough to escape the Moon’s gravity, but stayed gravitationally stuck on the more massive Earth. And these results may help explain why the chemistry of the Earth and the Moon differ."
"At one point in the low pass, the Sun was directly behind Rosetta, so its shadow was cast on the surface. The spacecraft itself is a boxy shape roughly two meters on a side, but has solar panels that extend 16 meters across, which is why the shadow is rectangular. It’s fuzzy because the Sun isn’t a point source—if you were on the comet looking up at Rosetta, it would only be blocking part of the Sun, so the shadow isn’t as deep where the Sun isn’t completely blocked. The same thing happens with eclipses here on Earth."
"In the wake of Leonard Nimoy's death, a number of Canadians have taken to the practice ofconverting the portrait of Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier on the Canadian $5 bill into the iconic image of Mr. Spock. According to the Bank of Canada, defacing bills is not illegal — but it's not without consequences."
"Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.
"Germany-based Bonsch, who goes by Xenomurphy online, actually started the build back in 2012, planning to finish it in time to celebrate the show's 50 year anniversary in 2013. But building such an impressive model took its toll, and just over 3 years later, he's finally finished it. I'd say it's about time, but that's pretty relative when it comes to all things Time Lord."
"Everyone's favorite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is—in a word—complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography."
"The picture comes from the European Southern Observatory's ultra-powerful and very aptly-named Very Large Telescope. It took over 27 hours for the telescope's MUSE instrument to snap the photo. But it was time well-spent — according to ESO they can now see at least 2o objects that were previously unseen even by Hubble's exceptionally powerful eye, plus get a better idea of how some previously-known galaxies are situated."
"But instead of just constructing more concrete buildings or towering skyscrapers to accommodate a ballooning workforce, Google wants to "create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas," David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate, said in a blog post."
"Fresh from the Superfish scandal that saw some of its PCs subjected to horrible pre-loaded software that compromised user security, Lenovo is trying to win brownie points by vowing to “significantly reduce” its preloaded software, commonly known as “bloatware.”"
"Cook's automotive revelation came during an interview with the Telegraph in London, where the Apple chief stopped en route back to Cupertino. He had been in Germany and Israel, inaugurating the company's new research and development center in Herzliya."