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The first photos of water on Pluto are puzzling scientists in 2 ways

Planetary scientists have suspected for months the presence of water on Pluto in the form of towering ice mountains (shown below) — some of which rival Earth's Rocky Mountains in height.<p>But it wasn't until recently that they had solid proof, and the discovery is raising intriguing questions about …

'Queen of Ivory' arrested in Tanzania

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Chinese woman nicknamed the "Queen of Ivory" has been arrested in Tanzania and charged with smuggling at least 706 elephant tusks that authorities say are worth about $2.5 million.<p>Yang Feng Glan, 66, is thought to be the most notorious ivory trafficker arrested in East Africa in the last …

Global markets braced as polling closes in Greece referendum

Around the world bankers and investors prepare to discuss implications of the outcome, which remains uncertain as the first results are awaited<p>Polling stations across Greece have closed after a momentous referendum for the euro and a crucial one for global financial markets.<p>Around the world, …

Globalization

'This country's bankrupt': supporters keep Donald Trump in business

In New Hampshire, where mogul rides high in the polls, controversial comments on Mexico and immigration come second to his mastery of the art of the deal<p>Donald Trump is a loudmouth who has never spent a day in public office. And that is why his supporters want him to be president.<p>Related: Donald …

Steve Scalise says attending white supremacist conference was a 'mistake'

The House Republicans’ embattled majority whip, Steve Scalise, said Tuesday that he regrets his “mistake” in attending a white supremacist conference, as new questions emerged about his insistence that he was unaware of the group’s extreme views.<p>The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee …

Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter?

A signal picked up by Dutch and Swiss scientists is thought to be the first phsical evidence of Dark Matter<p>It was first theorised more than 70 years ago, but after decades of searching, scientists believe they have seen the first sign of elusive Dark Matter.<p>Researchers have picked up unexpected …

APOD: Moondog Night (2014 Dec 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Ratcliffe http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141211.html Explanation: In this night scene from the early hours of November 14, light from a last quarter Moon illuminates clouds above the mountaintop domes of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Bright Jupiter is just left of the overexposed lunar disk with a streak of camera lens flare immediately to the right, but that's no fireball meteor exploding near the center of the picture. Instead, from the roadside perspective a stunningly bright moondog or paraselene stands directly over Kitt Peaks's WIYN telescope. Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae (plural) are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk they are more often faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low. About 10 minutes after the photograph even this bright moondog had faded from the night. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141211 #APOD

Rosetta discovers water on comet 67p like nothing on Earth

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected water coming off comet 67P, the rubber duck-shaped lump of ice and dust that it placed the Philae robotic lander on last month.<p>The presence of water is not a surprise, but what has wrong-footed researchers is the makeup of the water, which is nothing like that …

APOD: The Reddening of M71 (2014 Dec 10) Image Credit & Copyright: Bob Franke http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141210.html Explanation: Now known to be a globular star cluster at the tender age of 10 billion years, M71 is a mere 13,000 light-years away within the narrow boundaries of the faint constellation Sagitta. Close to the plane of the Milky Way galaxy in planet Earth's sky, its 10,000 or so member stars are gathered into a region about 27 light-years across near the center of this color composite view. In fact, the line-of-sight to M71 passes along the galactic plane through much intervening diffuse interstellar dust. The dust dims starlight and scatters blue light more efficiently, masking the brightness of M71's stars and shifting true star colors toward the red. How much are the star colors shifted? Slide your cursor over the image (or follow this link) to use an estimate of the dust reddening or galactic extinction to correct the star colors in M71. Corrections to the brightness and colors of M71 member stars are needed to measure the cluster's distance and age using a Color-Magnitude diagram. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1412/m71FrankeNoExt.jpg http://bf-astro.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141210 #APOD

Life on Earth could have started with comet impact, scientists prove

Scientists have shown that molecules found in comets can break down into the building blocks of our DNA when under great heat and pressure<p>Scientists have long believed that comets may have seeded Earth with the building blocks of life.<p>They theorised that around four billion years ago our planet was …

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years<p>A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.<p>Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, …

Obama fills in for Stephen Colbert

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Barack Obama may be the President of the United States, but for a few minutes on Monday, he was also Stephen Colbert, outgoing host of "The Colbert Report."<p>Obama sat down for an interview with Colbert in Washington -- his third appearance on the show -- and surprised the host by …

APOD: Stars and Dust Pillars in NGC 7822 from WISE (2014 Dec 01) Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing & Copyright : Francesco Antonucci http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141201.html Explanation: Hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust seem to crowd into NGC 7822. At the edge of a giant molecular cloud toward the northern constellation Cepheus, this glowing star forming region lies about 3,000 light-years away. Within the nebula, bright edges and complex dust sculptures dominate this detailed skyscape taken in infrared light by NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite. The atomic emission by the cluster's gas is powered by energetic radiation from the hot stars, whose powerful winds and light also sculpt and erode the denser pillar shapes. Stars could still be forming inside the pillars by gravitational collapse, but as the pillars are eroded away, any forming stars will ultimately be cut off from their reservoir of star stuff. This field spans around 40 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 7822. http://www.nasa.gov/WISE http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/Missions/wise.html http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/wise/ http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141201 #APOD

APOD: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash (2014 Dec 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Bjørnar G. Hansen http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141207.html Explanation: Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13. This 30 second long exposure records their shimmering glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene. A study in contrasts, it also captures the sudden flash of a fireball meteor from the excellent Geminid meteor shower in 2009 December. Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, the trail points back toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view. Both aurora and meteors occur in Earth's upper atmosphere at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, but aurora caused by energetic charged particles from the magnetosphere, while meteors are trails of cosmic dust. Toward the end of this week the 2014 Geminids meteor shower will peak, although they will compete with the din of last quarter moonlight. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141207 #APOD

APOD: The Flame Nebula in Visible and Infrared (2014 Dec 09) Image Credit & Copyright: Optical (RGB+Ha): Aldo Mottino & Ezequiel Bellocchio (Argentina); Infrared: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141209.html Explanation: What lights up the Flame Nebula? Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies a nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, on the left, like a billowing fire. But fire, the rapid acquisition of oxygen, is not what makes this Flame glow. Rather the bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion visible just to the right of the nebula, shines energetic light into the Flame that knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. The above false-color picture of the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) was taken is a composite of both visible and infrared light, the later energy band being where a young star cluster becomes visible. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141209 #APOD

Astronaut: Mars Can Wait; Let's Make Camp On The Moon

NASA successfully tested the Orion spacecraft that could eventually take humans to Mars, but the Canadian Bowie-covering astronaut sensation Chris Hadfield says we should re-visit the Moon before setting foot on the red planet.<p>“That is a great vehicle,” Hadfield complimented Orion at a Guardian …

Associated Press News

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Space

Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016.<p>A member of Romney's inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key …

Government

Saturday's Runoff Will Decide If Sen. Landrieu Still Represents Louisiana

Democrat Mary Landrieu is in the last day of a bitter campaign to try to keep her Senate seat. Voters will choose between Landrieu, who has served three terms, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>In this country, we know who will control the United States Senate next …

Bridgegate panel co-chair: 'We are not done'

The legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal was unable to determine whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the lane closures ahead of time, but the panel will continue to push for more answers, the co-chairman of the panel told CNN.<p>New Jersey State …

Missing In Action: Hagel Skips His Replacement’s Announcement

Army Sergeant Chuck Hagel knew how to toss a hand grenade when he served in Vietnam in 1968. Friday he made clear he still knows how to do it, …

The White House

Republican Congressman Says House Might Censure President Obama

"We're gonna try everything in our power — we're gonna go forwards, really, on all fronts, whether it be a vote to defund, whether it be a lawsuit, might even get into censureship."<p>Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said Thursday that censuring President Obama over his immigration executive orders is an …

The President Concedes

"Obviously, the Republicans had a good night," Obama said. Now what can he get done with the GOP?<p>For well over an hour on Wednesday, President Obama refused to give a roomful of reporters the quote they wanted most: A self-flagellating soundbite, succinctly describing his view on the drubbing …

Lawmakers tell Obama ‘we must go after ISIS’ after new video surfaces

Congressional lawmakers urged the Obama administration to crank up the offensive against the Islamic State after another video surfaced purporting to show the graphic execution of an American journalist.<p>Two weeks after American James Foley was beheaded by his Islamic State captors, a video emerged …

Ukraine's President Says That Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of invading Ukraine as troop …