Slowly the great mysteries of the universe give way to humanity’s awesome powers of science!
The Mystery of How Black Holes Collide and Merge Is Beginning to Unravel
Colliding black holes create space-time ripples that can be seen by the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Credit: SXS/LIGO
Last year, scientists announced that they had finally observed gravitational waves, the elusive and long sought-after ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first posited by Albert Einstein. The waves came from a catastrophic event — the collision of two black holes located about 1.3 billion light years away from Earth — and the released energy undulated across the universe, much like ripples in a pond.
The detection by the upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO), along with two subsequent gravitational wave discoveries, confirmed a major prediction of Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and heralded a new era in physics, allowing scientists to study the universe in a new way by using gravity instead of light.
But a fundamental question remains unanswered: How and why do black holes collide and merge?
Been waiting for cool flying boards like in Back To The Future and a million other stories? Wait no longer!
Hoverboard Daredevil Speeds Over Atlantic Ocean
The hoverboard flight was just under 7 minutes long and flew about 164 feet (50 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: Breitling
In a stunt straight out of a science-fiction film, a real-life, jet-powered hoverboard cruised over the Atlantic Ocean.
Franky Zapata, a hoverboard, took to the skies in a promotional video for the watch company Breitling. The Swiss watchmaker announced its partnership with the Flyboard Air project in December with an incredible video that shows Zapata flying on his hoverboard, reported The Telegraph. Zapata flew about 164 feet (50 meters) over the Atlantic Ocean for almost 7 minutes, The Telegraph said.
Breitling used the video to announce that it will be the main sponsor of Flyboard Air, with the partnership marking “a new chapter in conquering the
The great battle between whales and the sun continues beneath our very eyes.
Are Solar Storms Causing Mysterious Sea Animal Beachings?
By Kacey Deamer, Staff Writer |
Veterinarians assist during the necropsy of a humpback whale
calf that was stranded on Baranof Island, Alaska.
Credit: Alicia Jensen/NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC via NASA
Why do otherwise healthy sea creatures end up stranded along coastal areas around the world? NASA scientists are searching for the answer.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises — known collectively as cetaceans — partially use magnetic-field sensing to navigate. According to NASA scientists, one explanation for these mysterious strandings could be that the animals’ internal compasses become confused during severe solar storms, which affect Earth’s magnetic fields, and so they lose their way. To investigate this marine mystery, NASA has launched a study that will determine whether there is a link between solar storms and animal beachings.
Cetaceans become stranded around the world in groups as small as three or as large as several hundred per event. According to Katie Moore, a collaborator on the NASA study and director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Animal Rescue Program, the global phenomenon occurs most often in New Zealand, Australia and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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Fowl Play? Nope, Giant Chicken in Viral Video Is Real
By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer |
Video footage of what appeared to be an exceptionally large chicken went viral on Twitter yesterday (March 19), gathering tens of thousands of retweets and likes. It prompted exclamations of disbelief and awe, as viewers watched the massive bird navigate down the steps from its coop and strut around an outdoor enclosure.
Shared by @LifesBook_Ceo at 3:23 a.m. local time, the tweet showcasing the chicken did not include any identifying information about either the chicken or its location, but several commenters on Twitter suggested that the bird was likely a Brahma chicken, a large type of domestic fowl known for its size and spectacular plumage — particularly the feathers in the broad fan of its tail and those adorning its legs and toes.
Though it’s unclear from the video exactly how big the chicken is, it does appear to have much longer legs and a stockier body than the average barnyard hen, and the splay of feathers around the chicken’s feet make them seem almost like massive paws as it paces the pen.
Or, at least, the Owner of Amazon drives one, so watchout world! Here comes Robotech/Power Rangers/Escaflowne, and a million other beloved and frightening (Evangelion) futures:
Watch Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Control a Giant Mech Robo
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos got to live out every 6-year-old’s fantasy when he got behind the controls of a giant “mech” robot.
The Verge reports that Bezos tried out the 13-foot-tall (4 meters) robot yesterday (March 19) at his company’s private Machine Learning, Home Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration (MARS) conference. Video of the bot, developed by Hankook Mirae Technology in South Korea, first surfaced in December in promotional clips. Live Science was skeptical of the robot’s existence and functionality at the time.
But the new video reveals that the robot does, indeed, exist. However, it’s far from clear how much the mech (a term for piloted, humanoid robots) can really do. Bezos flails the arms around using controls in the robot’s torso cockpit, but the robot does not take any steps and is tethered to the ceiling, presumably for safety reasons.
Perfect to inspire writers for out upcoming Jupiter anthology!
Jupiter as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on April 3, 2017, just four days before the planet comes into “opposition” (forms a straight line with Earth and the sun). Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC)
Close-Approaching Jupiter Dazzles
in New Hubble Photo
Jupiter’s gorgeous bands and raging storms are on full display in a jaw-dropping new photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble snapped the photo on Monday (April 3), just four days before Jupiter comes into “opposition” — that is, forms a straight line with Earth and the sun, with Earth in the middle.
Opposition also coincides with Jupiter’s closest approach to our planet; on Friday (April 7), the gas giant will be just 415 million miles (670 million kilometers) from Earth. (However, Jupiter will actually come a smidge closer to Earth on Saturday, April 8.)
3D-Printed Cheese Is Gooey, Melty and Probably Delicious
By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer |
Any way you slice it, cheese is considered by many to be a favorite food, whether cut into cubes as a snack, grated over pasta, layered in a sandwich or melted as a topping for pizza.
This beloved dairy treat can transform easily from a solid to a gooey liquid and back to a solid again. So it should come as no surprise that cheese is also a candidate for experiments with food and 3D printers. These projects involve squeezing a gel, paste or semiliquid material through a nozzle to shape it into a solid — and edible — object.
In a recent study, scientists 3D-printed cheese and conducted a series of tests evaluating its texture, resilience and “meltability,” to see how this cheese from the future would stack up — on a structural level — against regular processed cheese.