Friday, November 21, 2014


Could Orphan Black Hole Confirm Einstein's General Theory of Relativity?

Scientists believe a mysteriously bright object in a galaxy 90 million light-years away could be a rogue black hole evicted during the merger of two galaxies.
- The Christian Science Monitor

Odd Alignment of Black Holes Suggests Order in the Universe

After studying a series of quasars at distances of billions of light-years apart, astronomers have discovered that the supermassive black holes at the center of each quasar are in perfect alignment with each other.
- Tech Times

Barley Crop Allowed Prehistoric Humans to Survive Tibet's High Altitude

Archaeologists have discovered that humans and plants may have developed unprecedented adaptations to cope with altitude. They've discovered animal teeth, bones and plant remains on the "roof of the world," the Tibetan Plateau, suggesting that, from 3,600 years ago, farming was taking place year-round at unprecedented altitudes. In fact, 53 archaeological sites spanning 800 miles reveal exactly how widespread these practices were at the time.
- Science World Report


Scientists Find Two New Subatomic Particles Predicted By the Standard Model

CERN researchers have announced the discovery of two new particles that have only been predictions up until now. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) may be switched off for now, but the discoveries go on as scientists continue to analyse the reams of material produced by smashing particle beams against each other.
- Forbes

Artificial Intelligence and "Scientific" Insanity

Worried about killer computers? So is billionaire technology guru Elon Musk. In August, Musk—the mind behind Tesla Motors, the CEO of SpaceX, and co-founder of PayPal—said that artificial intelligence, popularly known as AI, is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” In October, Musk warned an MIT audience that AI’s rapid rise could be mankind’s most pressing “existential threat.”
- Real Clear Politics

Watch a Black Hole Get Evicted From a Galaxy

A dramatic study—and an equally dramatic video simulation—reveal a cataclysmic cosmic event


Volcanic Eruptions May Have Triggered Episodic Water Flow on Ancient Mars

Scientists from Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Brown University suggest that water flow and warm temperatures on early Mars were likely related to periodic volcanism that spewed tons of greenhouse-inducing sulfur dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere.

Are Farm Crops Key Players in Changes to Seasonal Carbon Cycle?

Fifty years of rising crop yields has helped feed a hungry world. It also appears to have left its mark in more-intense seasonal swings in CO2 that land-based ecosystems take up, then return to the atmosphere.
- The Christian Science Monitor


Mesmerizing NASA Video Shows How Carbon Pollution Spreads Across the Planet

In a striking new video, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centershows exactly how carbon pollution travels across the planet over the course of a year, moving away from the largest polluters and across the atmosphere. This computer model also shows how carbon dioxide levels can fluctuate throughout the year, and how its path is affected by things like wind, weather, and geography. 
- New Republic

Dark Matter Could Be Seen in GPS Time Glitches

GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter.
- New Scientist

'Being Poor Is not the Same Everywhere'

Young people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods who perceive their poor communities in a positive light report better health and well-being than those with worse perceptions of where they live.
- Medical Xpress


Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Teach Computers Magic Tricks

Researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks which can be delivered by a magician.
- ScienceDaily

Magnetic Field of Meteorite Provides Clues of Solar System Formation

By analyzing a meteorite that crash-landed in India eight decades ago, researchers have discovered the first experimental evidence suggesting that our solar system’s protoplanetary disk was shaped by an intense magnetic field which propelled massive amounts of gas into the sun over the course of just a few million years.
- RedOrbit

Tiny Fish Provides Giant Insight Into How Organisms Adapt to Changing Environment

Researchers have identified genes and regulatory patterns that allow some organisms to alter their body form in response to environmental change. Understanding how an organism adopts a new function to thrive in a changing environment has implications for molecular evolution and many areas of science including climate change and medicine, especially in regeneration and wound healing.
- Phys.Org