Thomas Verloop

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Why it’s so hard for astronomers to discuss the possibility of alien life

The internet went crazy this week over a strange star observed by NASA's Kepler spacecraft<p>The internet has been abuzz this week over the possibility of intelligent alien life somewhere in our galaxy. This time, an article published by <i>The Atlantic</i> set off the storm. The story details how NASA's …

Winners of Nikon's 2015 Small World Contest Reveal the Microscopic Beauty of Our World

The winners and honourably-mentioned images were recently announced for Nikon's 2015 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Submissions were collected from professionals and amateurs alike; the contest is open to anyone with a passion for microscopy and photography. With a rich pool of …

New South Wales

Here's everything we know about Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens

Rather than doubling down on mobile, Microsoft has decided to look into the future — and the result is HoloLens.<p>The headset, which has been at least three years in the making and is rumoured to be released sometime in early 2017, is all part of the new "One Windows" strategy that sees Microsoft …

Augmented Reality

Is this region empty of stars?

Meet the Coalsack Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas in space – birthplace for new stars. In millions of years, the Coalsack’s stars will light up and …

Astronomy

Intel reportedly partnering with Apple to provide chips for the next-gen iPhone

According to a report out of VentureBeat, Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone. Specifically, Intel hopes to supply its 7360 LTE modem chip to Apple for the device, and if all goes well, even take part in the manufacturing.<p>The iPhone 6s and …

Nextgen

Has Nasa's Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?

Scientists say a swarm of objects around a star look like 'something you would expect an alien civilisation to build'<p>A star with unusual behaviour spotted by the Kepler Telescope could be explained by alien activity, scientists have said.<p>KIC 8462852, a star 1,500 light years away from earth, has …

Telescopes

Warming Oceans May Be Spewing Methane Off West Coast

Is it hot in here? Or is that just the methane?<p>We know that warming ocean temperatures pose a serious threat to coral reefs and Antarctic ice shelves, but now it looks like rising temperatures are already releasing large amounts of methane into the ocean.<p>Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, 25 times …