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Current solar systems, stars formed from mass left by ancient stars At first glance, it looks uncannily like an image of the human brain. But in fact, this is the death of one of the first stars in our Universe. Researchers say the death throes of these early stars were unique as they exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no black hole behind, but instead spewing out chemical elements into space that eventually formed our Universe. Read more
Posted: September 29, 2014, 3:32 pm
Scientists say an extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions. Forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center don't yet know when Wednesday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could be as early as Thursday morning to a few days. Prediction Center director Tom Berger said scientists will have a better idea after they get more satellite data. The flare is considered extreme on forecasters' scale, but just barely. Flares like this cause geomagnetic storms which can knock some power grids offline temporarily. They also can damage satellites and disrupt radio transmissions. But they expand the colorful northern lights.
Posted: September 10, 2014, 3:21 pm
Health officials around the world are scrambling to contain the Ebola virus with many, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, now preparing for its eventual escape out of West Africa. According to CDC director Tom Frieden, the ‘window of opportunity’ for stopping the spread of Ebola is closing rapidly. In July, as the virus surged across west African borders, Frieden downplayed (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-outbreak-not-cards-u-s-cdc-director-says-n169836) its potential to reach U.S. shores. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” claimed Frieden in a preemptive effort to prevent panic. “That is not in the cards.” The cards, apparently, have been reshuffled, as Frieden now joins a growing chorus of concerned officials around the world. “This is not just a problem for West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa,” Frieden said last week (http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-africa-ebola-cdc-frieden-20140902-story.html). “It’s a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond.” In the United States, hospitals are quietly preparing (http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/u-s-hospitals-prep-for-ebola-outbreak-cases-may-exceed-100000-by-december-the-numbers-are-really-scary_09012014) Ebola infection wards and procedures for what many believe is the inevitable arrival of the virus on U.S. shores. Mathematical models performed by numerous researchers suggest that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people globally (http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/u-s-hospitals-prep-for-ebola-outbreak-cases-may-exceed-100000-by-december-the-numbers-are-really-scary_09012014) could contract the virus by December of this year.FULL ARTICLE
Posted: September 9, 2014, 2:54 pm
.Is Stephen Hawking offering only a theoretical doomsday scenario for the Higgs Boson?Stephen Hawking seems to have turned into the man with the sandwich board that says: The end is nigh. Not only has he warned us that aliens might destroy us, but he's also been worrying that artificial intelligence might do the same.Now he's perceiving a threat that might not merely put an end to Earth, but to the whole Universe.
Posted: September 7, 2014, 11:11 pm
You are going to die. All of us will, eventually. It's inevitable. With that in mind, have you thought about how you'd like to see it happen? If you're anything like me, you've spent the past couple of weeks thinking about that very thing. Maybe you're still thinking about it. Maybe you hope it happens right fucking now. Who knows? Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images Yes, please! Except not yes, please (start reading captions if you don't know what I'm referring to here), because what you see above is an image of a nuclear blast, and as I discussed in this column the last time I was hoping the world would open up and swallow me whole, a nuclear blast is absurdly survivable (http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-apocalyptic-scenarios-youd-probably-survive/). If I'm being completely honest, this strikes me as the most pronounced and recognizable failing of nuclear technology. Scary? Sure. Scary enough? Nope. At least, it's not scary enough if death is what you fear, because there's a good chance that, instead of killing you, it's just going to make everything terrible around you. You probably have enough nuclear weapons capable of doing that in your life right now. If shit is really going to go down, you want it to go down. We sort of talk about that on this week's Unpopular Opinion podcast in that one of the guests once went through an exorcism ..... which is something you might want to look into if you expect to be dead soon. Get right with who you need to get right with, you know? Otherwise, it doesn't have much to do with what's happening here. Listen to it anyway. Now, here's how I hope I die someday.
Posted: September 7, 2014, 12:50 am




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