Girls are more adept at making computer games than their male counterparts, a University of Sussex study has found
Sales of the century-old parlour game are through the roof thanks to the release of the movie ‘Ouija’. It’s easy to forget that the Ouija board, a dev… —> Read More Here
The lava lake is forming at the top of Nyamuragira volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. —> Read More Here
Illustration of MESSENGER in orbit around Mercury (NASA/JPL/APL)
Don’t take these spectacular Mercury images (below the jump) for granted. Three weeks ago, NASA’s orbiting Mercury spacecraft did an engine fire to boost its altitude above the hothouse planet. Another one is scheduled for January.
But all this will do is delay the end of the long-running mission — the first one to orbit Mercury — until early 2015, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory wrote in an update. These maneuvers “extend orbital operations and delay the probe’s inevitable impact onto Mercury’s surface until early next spring,” the organization said in a statement.
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Gamma ray bursts seen spewing from a black hole at the centre of galaxy IC 310 (illustrated) in the Perseus constellation have led astronomers to make new predictions about the behaviour of black holes. —> Read More Here
Philae could come back from the brink in MARCH: Rosetta engineers to revive the probe as comet 67P hurtles near the sun
The Darmstadt-based team made the commets in a recent Reddit ‘ask me anything’ session. Stephan Ulamec, manager of the Philae lander, said he was ‘very optimistic’ that it would soon wake up. —> Read More Here
How 12 early humans ended up deep inside a South African cave is a mystery. Getting them out of it certainly wasn’t easy (full text available to subscribers)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 28 (UPI) — New research proves that supermassive black holes can help astronomers more accurately measure vast distances of space. —> Read More Here
Image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151, aka “The Eye of Sauron”. Credit: NASA/Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma/Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope/NSF/NRAO/VLA
Determining the distance of galaxies from our Solar System is a tricky business. Knowing just how far other galaxies are in relation to our own is not only key to understanding the size of the universe, but its age as well. In the past, this process relied on finding stars in other galaxies whose absolute light output was measurable. By gauging the brightness of these stars, scientists have been able to survey certain galaxies that lie 300 million light years from us.
However, a new and more accurate method has been developed, thanks to a team of scientists led by Dr. Sebastian Hoenig from the University of Southampton. Similar to what land surveyors use here on Earth, they measured the physical and angular (or apparent) size of a standard ruler in the galaxy to calibrate distance measurements.
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A multinational group of genetic researchers has sequenced the genome of a maritime centipede called Strigamia maritima, enabling them to reconstruct many features of the genetic make-up of the ancestral arthropod that lived about 500 million years ago. Arthropods are the most species-rich group of animals on our planet. There are four classes of arthropods [...] —> Read More Here