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Unknown Force Kicks Stars Out of Milky Way. Really.

If you could see it from the outside, the Milky Way would look like a majestic spiral of stars and glowing gas, rotating on its axis once every 200 …

Physics

APOD: The Tadpoles of IC 410 (2013 Jan 09) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140109.html Explanation: This telescopic close-up shows off the otherwise faint emission nebula IC 410 in striking false-colors. It also features two remarkable inhabitants of the cosmic pond of gas and dust below and right of center, the tadpoles of IC 410. The picture is a composite of images taken through narrow band filters. The narrow band image data traces atoms in the nebula, with emission from sulfur atoms in red, hydrogen atoms in green, and oxygen in blue. Partly obscured by foreground dust, the nebula itself surrounds NGC 1893, a young galactic cluster of stars that energizes the glowing gas. Composed of denser cooler gas and dust the tadpoles are around 10 light-years long, potentially sites of ongoing star formation. Sculpted by wind and radiation from the cluster stars, their tails trail away from the cluster's central region. IC 410 lies some 12,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Auriga. http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130109 #APOD

Al-Nusra siege of Yarmouk camp blocks aid to thousands of Syrians

The Damascus camp, whose residents were dying of starvation until a deal between the government and rebel groups to open an aid corridor, is now cut off again<p>Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels in Syria have taken control of Yarmouk camp, ceasing the flow of aid to tens of thousands of civilians who are …

Middle East

Global Precipitation Satellite Launched on This Week @NASA

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Mars One Narrows List Of Wannabe Martians For 2025 Colony

A private company hoping to populate Mars has narrowed its applicant pool by 99.5 percent. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the remaining 1,058 applicants.<p>The number of Earthlings looking at a potential one-way ticket to Mars has just shrunk by 99.5 percent.<p>People started applying for a voyage to …

Benghazi, Explained

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An investigation just released from <i>The New York Times</i>' David Kirkpatrick paints the best picture yet …

Assad Blamed For Beirut Car Bomb Assassination Of Lebanese Politician

After the brutal assassination of a top Lebanese politician and former ambassador to the U.S., allies are blaming Hezbollah and its Syrian regime …

Egypt: student dies as police open fire on protesters

One student killed and dozens injured as security forces crack down on supporters of Muslim Brotherhood<p>One student has been killed and dozens injured after police in Cairo opened fire on students protesting against the military government.<p>Buildings at Al-Azhar University, the world's most important …

Zombie Ants: Crowdfunding Website Launched for Research

Zombie ants are intriguing to scientists. The zombie part happens when a fungus takes control of an ant’s brain, in order to reproduce, eventually …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

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Military tech in 2014: Lasers, drones, and cyberops

The Pentagon has plenty of high-tech advances on tap for the coming year. Think drones, of course, but also laser weapons, cyberwarfare, and the ageless B-52.<p>Sometime in 2014, the US Navy expects to have a laser weapon aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf.<p>It won't at all, however, tip the balance of …

Military