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Submission + - 650m Astroid Will Fly Past Earth On 19 April (phys.org)

William Robinson writes: A relatively large, 650m, near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. The asteroid will approach Earth from the direction of the sun and will become visible in the night sky after April 19. It is predicted to brighten to about magnitude 11, when it could be visible in small optical telescopes for one or two nights. For comparison, Chelyabinsk meteor was 20m.

Comment Re:documentary (Score 1) 300

I watched a documentary about a guy who was slacking off at work (not showing up for work actually) and when the performance consultants interviewed him he actually got promoted to manager while they laid off a few of his friends or peers! Some other stuff happened in the documentary but I am pretty sure that was the relevant part.

Was it Office Space? You forgot to tell, how he and his friends take revenge on the printer.

Submission + - 1.6 Billion Old Plant Fossil Found In India (phys.org)

William Robinson writes: Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History have found fossils of 1.6 billion year old probable red algae. The scientists found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae in uniquely well-preserved sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot in central India. One type is thread-like, the other one consists of fleshy colonies. The scientists were able to see distinct inner cell structures and so-called cell fountains, the bundles of packed and splaying filaments that form the body of the fleshy forms and are characteristic of red algae. The Indian fossils, 400 million years older and by far the oldest plant-like fossils ever found, suggest that the early branches of the tree of life need to be recalibrated. The finding could push the beginning of complex life 400 million earlier than thought, scientists believe.

Submission + - Signal from Andromeda. Probable evidence of Dark matter. (spacefellowship.com)

William Robinson writes: NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious stuff known as dark matter. The gamma-ray signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. The latest Fermi data shows the gamma rays in Andromeda are confined to the galaxy’s center instead of spread throughout. To explain this unusual distribution, scientists are proposing that the emission may come from several undetermined sources. One of them could be dark matter and another possible source for this emission could be a rich concentration of pulsars in Andromeda’s center. Scientists are excited that Fermi has detected a similar gamma-ray signature in both Andromeda and the Milky Way, scientists can use this information to solve mysteries within both galaxies.

Submission + - India launches 104 satellites at one go (reuters.com)

William Robinson writes: India's ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting what its space agency says is a world record of launching the most satellites at one go. ISRO used its workhorse, PSLV, for this launch. The vehicle carried India's Cartosat-2 series and 103 nano satellites. Out of 103 nano satellites, 2 were from India, 96 were from the United States and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The global space industry is US$ 300 billion and ISRO's low prices attracted international customers to launch 75 satellites last year from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh,

Comment Re:Whoopty Doo (Score 1) 843

It scares crap out of me to witness idiots as Presidents, who know some truth about terrorism and still funding them. Watch this video and then google how much taxpayers money we are giving Pakistan to fund this against our own citizens. Trump may be speaking a lot out of his head, but some issues raised by him made me think.

Comment Re:World Police? (Score 2) 131

We have picked up thousands of terrorists from Pakistan, and placed them in Guantanamo bay. What is your point?

A terrorist does not care who is being killed. I would love to see entire world coming together against them as a single unit, and detain them/punish them under some new international law (making sure nationality, original place of crime etc do not become obstacles.). Otherwise we will be spending time debating norms and they will emerge as winner.

Comment Re:The Self Reward Syndrome (Score 2) 210

My personal experience is, activities in the morning are more effective for weight loss. I used to walk ~4km in the evening for more than a year, but did not result in weight loss. But when switched to morning walk, I could see results in couple of months.

Probably it has something to do with glucose/sugar levels, which is lowest in the morning. Probably, the apps do not consider some such facts.

Submission + - SPAM: Scientists Uncover What Happens After A Black Hole Eats A Star

William Robinson writes: Using "light echoes" technique, researchers at NASA and University of Science and Technology of China have tried to understand what happens to a star after it is swallowed by a black hole. The "light echo" relies on time difference between flares from black holes eating stars, which contains high-energy radiation including ultraviolet and X-ray light, and infrared radiation from surviving dust around black hole. The surviving dust is heated by a flare and gives off infrared radiation, which gives clues about tidal disruption flares and the nature of the dust itself. A video presentation of the same.
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