Gavin Shaw

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Scientists Find Life Buried Under An Antarctic Lake

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have announced that they’ve confirmed the presence of life in samples of mud from the bottom of a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The team’s findings have been published in the journal <i>Diversity</i>.<p>The research team conducted their work at Lake Hodgson, on the …

The Message Voyager 1 Carries for Alien Civilizations

The "Golden Record" aboard the interstellar spacecraft is a time capsule of humanity, sent from 1977 to the distant future.<p>The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was president. Rod Stewart topped the <i>Billboard</i> chart with "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)." The economy was recovering from recession. …

Is Great Britain really a 'small island'?

<b>A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as "a small island to which no-one pays any attention". PM David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a "prouder history, with a bigger heart, with a greater resilience". But he conceded that the UK was a "small group</b> …

Font designer could sue over 'go home' vans

<b>A French designer is considering suing the UK government, claiming it used his work without payment on vans telling illegal immigrants to "go home".</b><p>Fabien Delage said he was in touch with the Home Office over the use of his font on the mobile billboards.<p>The Home Office said it was trying to contact …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

Laura Mersini-Houghton: How to Find a Multiverse

David Cameron tweet links to parody Duncan Smith account

<b>David Cameron has mistakenly included a link to a parody Iain Duncan Smith Twitter account in a tweet hailing the launch of the benefits cap.</b><p>The prime minister, who has 366,000 followers, said "@IDS_MP and I are determined to make work pay and help the UK compete on the #GlobalRace".<p>Clicking …

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

In among a raft of new infrastructure spending announced by the UK government in the wake of last week's spending review, it was revealed that the …

'Space Penguin' PHOTO: Hubble Captures Arp 142 Galactic Collision In The Constellation Hydra

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Space Penguin!<p>Alright, it's not exactly "Star Wars." But this image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, does show a dramatic clash of galaxies. Scientists believe that the head of the bird (in the upper portion of the photograph) is the result of …

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APOD: Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur (2013 Jun 04) Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130604.html Explanation: Few astronomical sights excite the imagination like the nearby stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. The Nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud. Many of the filamentary structures visible in the above image are actually shock waves - fronts where fast moving material encounters slow moving gas. The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. The above image shows the nebula in three colors specifically emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas. The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, which includes the Horsehead Nebula, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years. http://www.atlasastronomia.com/astrofotografia/cesar/cesar.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130604 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0604

If a medical cure looks too good to be true, it probably is

If you want to know whether science works, look around you. Your mobile phone, your TV, your computer –they would have seemed like miracles only 50 …

London: the world’s second-largest megacity

Despite its global economic role and international population demographics, London has always batted below its weight in terms of size. The 9 million …

HIV inner shell structure revealed

<b>Researchers have for the first time unravelled the complex structure of the inner protein shell of HIV.</b><p>The US team, reporting in Nature, also worked out exactly how all the components of the shell or 'capsid' fit together at the atomic level.<p>Until now the exact structure had proved elusive because …

Quantum Entanglement Experiment Reconfirms Physics Phenomenon Einstein Called 'Spooky'

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer<p>Published: 04/22/2013 07:49 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The weird way entangled particles stay connected even when separated by large distances — a phenomenon Albert Einstein called "spooky" — has been confirmed once again, this time with a key loophole in the …

That's no space station! Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a moon, radar shows

When astronomers analyzed radar readings to create their first maps of 1998 QE2, the big asteroid that's due to sail past Earth on Friday, they were surprised to find that it has a moon twice as big as an ocean liner.<p>1998 QE2 itself is way bigger: The latest readings from NASA's Deep Space Network …

Do Black Holes Create New Universes? Q&A With Physicist Lee Smolin

The universe may have been borne inside a black hole, and the black holes in our own cosmos might be birthing new universes of their own, if one …

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