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Lamborghini’s $493,069 Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce sells out in just 3 months

The term “hot commodity” doesn’t even begin to describe the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. Just three months after it was revealed at …

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North Korea's Kim dynasty: the making of a personality cult

On former leader Kim Jong-il’s birthday, Christopher Richardson examines the way epic accounts of heroic feats formed a foundation for the totalitarian state<p>In 1994, as it descended into famine, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) spent millions of dollars raising a ziggurat on top of …

North Korea

APOD: M106: A Spiral Galaxy with a Strange Center (2015 Feb 16) Image Credit: NASA, ESO, NAOJ, Giovanni Paglioli; Assembling and processing: R. Colombari and R. Gendler Explanation: What's happening at the center of spiral galaxy M106? A swirling disk of stars and gas, M106's appearance is dominated by blue spiral arms and red dust lanes near the nucleus, as shown in the featured image. The core of M106 glows brightly in radio waves and X-rays where twin jets have been found running the length of the galaxy. An unusual central glow makes M106 one of the closest examples of the Seyfert class of galaxies, where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black hole. M106, also designated NGC 4258, is a relatively close 23.5 million light years away, spans 60 thousand light years across, and can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici). Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited | Science | The Guardian

Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in places, with what looked like ice floes in others.<p>This sparked the possibility that beneath that icy crust could be an ocean. …


APOD: Yellow Balls in W33 (2015 Jan 31) Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Explanation: Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope are mapped into visible colors red, green, and blue in this striking image. The cosmic cloud of gas and dust is W33, a massive starforming complex some 13,000 light-years distant, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. So what are all those yellow balls? Citizen scientists of the web-based Milky Way Project found the features they called yellow balls as they scanned many Spitzer images and persistently asked that question of researchers. Now there is an answer. The yellow balls in Spitzer images are identified as an early stage of massive star formation. They appear yellow because they are overlapping regions of red and green, the assigned colors that correspond to dust and organic molecules known as PAHs at Spitzer wavelengths. Yellow balls represent the stage before newborn massive stars clear out cavities in their surrounding gas and dust and appear as green-rimmed bubbles with red centers in the Spitzer image. Of course, the astronomical crowdsourcing success story is only part of the Zooniverse. The Spitzer image spans 0.5 degrees or about 100 light-years at the estimated distance of W33. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

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