Rachel Skinner

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Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

Frog-Eating Bats Use Ripples in the Water to Hunt Tungara Frogs

Frog-eating bats (also known as the fringe-lipped bat) monitor sound as well as ripples in the water to hunt frogs. Male Tungara frogs make calls …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

Researchers Strapped Cameras on the Backs of Alligators to Study Their Feeding Habits

Crittercam Reveals Novel Insights into American Alligator Behavior http://t.co/sTVQjUB5qe pic.twitter.com/3HYQzPF73d<p>- PLOS ONE (@PLOSONE) January 15, …

Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.<p>Canada reported its first case …

APOD: From the Northern to the Southern Cross (2014 Jan 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Nicholas Buer http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140127.html Explanation: There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy; the right place, in this case, is dark Laguna Cejar in Salar de Atacama of Northern Chile; and the right time was in early October, just after sunset. Many sky wonders were captured then, including the bright Moon, inside the Milky Way arch; Venus, just above the Moon; Saturn and Mercury, just below the Moon; the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds satellite galaxies, on the far left; red airglow near the horizon on the image left; and the lights of small towns at several locations across the horizon. One might guess that composing this 30-image panorama would have been a serene experience, but for that one would have required earplugs to ignore the continued brays of wild donkeys. http://www.nicholasbuer.com/ http://facebook.com/nicholasbuerphotography Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140127 #APOD

10 Things in Nature That Are Not the Color You'd Expect

Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.<p>Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.

Nature

China’s polluted air is changing the weather, says study

Pollutant particles from China’s factories, industrial plants, and power plants affect cloud formations and weather systems worldwide, a new study …

I Always Thought of Shrimp as Seafood, but After Seeing This Video...I Think I Have a New Favorite Animal

Nature has a way of wowing you. Its beauty smacks you on the head like a 200-pound mallet. Its hues are so gentle and so complete that no human …

Foundation Plans To Open A "Fat Farm" For Elephants In California

Many zoo elephants have too much junk in the trunk.<p>African elephants are the world's largest land animals. But some of them are too large. A recent study, for example, found that about 75 percent of elephants in American zoos are overweight.<p>Plans are in the works to open a "fat farm" for overweight …

Saturn's north pole surrounded by hexagonal jet-stream – Nasa video

The Cassini – Huygens spacecraft recorded these high-resolution images of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole. The images were taken from 403,000 miles using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centred at 750 nanometers. …

New evidence for jet from Milky Way’s black hole

The evidence comes in the form of high-energy particles blasting out of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.<p>NASA says the best …

Black Holes

High School Students Launch Satellite Into Space

A satellite designed by Virginia high school students blasted off into space Tuesday aboard a Minotaur I rocket launched from the state’s Eastern …

Infant galaxies merging near cosmic dawn

“Exceedingly rare triple system, seen when universe was 800 million years old, provides insights into the earliest stages of galaxy formation.” – …

Ancient clam killed by scientists was even older than previously thought

Back in 2006, scientists removed an ocean quahog, or deep sea clam, from the seas, and discovered it was a whopping 400 years old — eventually it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, the scientists also put it in the freezer, as is standard practice, killing it — they …

Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

November’s often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – aka the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.<p>The …

Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple …

Universe

Virus killing dolphins, and now whales, along U.S. east coast

The disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3.<p>A virus described …

Leeches’ blood meals could give more clues on saola, world’s rarest mammal

The saola, a species so rare it has been called the Asian unicorn, has been photographed for the first time in 15 years.<p>A camera trap set up by World …

Signaling shows carbon dioxide isn't just waste - Futurity

Carbon dioxide isn't just a metabolic waste product—it's a biological signaling molecule, too, according to new research.

Beautiful Science: What Your Body Looks Like Under a Microscope (+Photos)

Imagine you have shrunk to a microscopic size and you are standing on a molecule inside a human body.<p>The molecule is as big as a planet under your …

Imaging

What are these sea slugs doing?

It’s “the first-known instance of ‘cephalo-traumatic secretion transfer’,” we are told in the abstract. This sounds like a head fuck.<p>I jump to the introduction.<p>“Traumatic mating often serves to inject prostate fluids or other gland secretions with putative allohormonal functions into the …

Heavy atoms help give black hole jets their power

Jets of a black hole known as 4U1630-47 contains heavy particles, such as iron and nickel. It helps explain why black hole jets pack such a …

Black Holes

5 Extinct Animals That May Still Exist

1. Thylacine<p>Reported extinct around 1936.<p>Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, means “the dog-headed pouched one” in Greek. Thylacines were …

Extinct Megalodon, the largest shark ever, may have grown too big

LOS ANGELES — Megalodon, the most massive shark ever to prowl the oceans, may have gotten so big that it was prone to extinction.<p>For some mysterious reason, though the biggest and smallest members of the species were the same length, many of the giant sea monsters got longer over a 14-million-year …

Zoology