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Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday.<p>The star, known as US 708, is traveling at about 746 miles (1,200 km) per …

Nanobomb Creates Massive Explosion On Tiny Scale

Buckminsterfullerene buckyballs become buckybombs<p>What the world needs most are more things that explode in more ways. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as one with Brazil’s Federal University of São Paulo, sought the answer to a simple …

Marines Are Testing Adorable Robot Guard Balls

The few, the proud, the spherical<p>From the sea it emerges, a rolling orb-like object. One large black tire body with two side domes peeking out, GuardBot looks like a two-sided eyeball, straight out of an alien invasion movie. While the Marine Corps tests it as a possible amphibious scout, …

When We Weren't Looking, A Star Passed Within 0.8 Lightyears Of Earth

Close encounters of the stellar kind<p>70,000 years ago, earth was a pretty bleak place. <i>Homo erectus</i> had just gone extinct, and we were all in mourning. But while we were distracted by things like the near-extinction of our own species, some fantastic stuff was going on in the furthest reaches of our …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

APOD: The Galactic Core in Infrared (2015 Jan 18) Credit: Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150118.html Explanation: What's happening at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy? To help find out, the orbiting Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have combined their efforts to survey the region in unprecedented detail in infrared light. Infrared light is particularly useful for probing the Milky Way's center because visible light is more greatly obscured by dust. The above image encompasses over 2,000 images from the Hubble Space Telescope's NICMOS taken in 2008. The image spans 300 by 115 light years with such high resolution that structures only 20 times the size of our own Solar System are discernable. Clouds of glowing gas and dark dust as well as three large star clusters are visible. Magnetic fields may be channeling plasma along the upper left near the Arches Cluster, while energetic stellar winds are carving pillars near the Quintuplet Cluster on the lower left. The massive Central Cluster of stars surrounding Sagittarius A* is visible on the lower right. Why several central, bright, massive stars appear to be unassociated with these star clusters is not yet understood. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.spacetelescope.org/ http://www.astro.umass.edu/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150118 #APOD

Throw Wine In 3-D Re-Creation Of Ancient Greek Drinking Game

Move over, quarters, kottabos is in the house, thanks to additive manufacturing<p>For the most part, people love a good drinking game. We've taught robots beer pong and we'll even watch celebrities play them on TV. So it really shouldn't be a surprise that our ancestors partied as hard as we …

Cinematic Sunrise have six “new songs recorded from 2012,” says Craig Owens - News - Alternative Press

Craig Owens recently responded to a fan on Twitter with a surprising update on unreleased Cinematic Sunrise material, saying there are about six new …

Hackers say Xbox/Playstation attacks are over, target Tor

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Christmas Day gamers ran into problems connecting their Xbox or Playstation to the internet thanks to a denial of service …

Michele Bachmann Knows How To Have A Good Conversation With God

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) doesn't want a lot for Christmas.<p>A few weeks after revealing her Iran bombing wish to President Barack Obama, it looks like that wish isn't panning out.<p>As Bachmann's time in Congress winds down, during this, the holiest of seasons, we remember some of her greatest …