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‘Birthplace of stars’ Lobster Nebula revealed in infrared telescope in Chile

The new infrared view of the nebula is radically different from those seen with optical telescopes Far from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius lies the Lobster Nebula. Here, countless hot young suns are forged and glow blue, white and orange through a thin veil of interstellar dust. Great arms…

Scientists looking beyond Earth in search for ‘rare earths’ elements

The quest for rare earths vital to some of modern life’s most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told Wednesday. Yttrium, Lanthanum and the other 15 minerals which make up the group of elements known as rare earths…

Deadly new virus that has already killed six can infect twice as fast as SARS: study

Study: Deadly new virus can infect twice as fast as SARS (via NJ.com) A foreign tourist is seen at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, on Feb. 19, 2013. The Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health will screen in-bound passengers for any signs of an infection by a new coronavirus…

Smog causes surge in heart deaths: study

Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates — the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities — causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks, a study published on Wednesday said. Research published in the European Heart Journal pointed the finger at so-called PM2.5 pollution,…

‘Happy Feet Jr.’ found stranded 1,250 miles from home in New Zealand

A penguin dubbed Happy Feet junior has been found stranded 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from home in New Zealand, reviving memories of another wayward penguin that washed up in 2011. The latest wandering stray was discovered close to death on the coast south of Wellington over the weekend and taken…

Sea Shepherd environmental activists say Japanese whalers ‘rammed’ their ships

Environmental campaigners from the militant Sea Shepherd group said on Wednesday a Japanese whaling ship had “rammed” its vessels in a skirmish in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown said the Japanese factory boat the Nisshin Maru had deliberately collided with boats crewed by anti-whaling campaigners, the Steve…

Massive 300 million-year-old asteroid impact zone discovered in Australian outback

Scientists have discovered a massive 200-kilometre (124-mile) impact zone in the Australian outback they believe was caused by an asteroid which smashed into Earth more than 300 million years ago. Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, said the asteroid measuring 10 to 20 kilometres in diameter…

Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don’t say

Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don't say Legend has it that Nicolaus Copernicus and the church were at odds over his development of the heliocentric theory, a principle that disputed the widely held belief that Earth was the center of the universe. Unlike Galileo and other controversial…

‘Extremely Large Telescope’ will be able to find oxygen on other planets

New telescopes will be able to see whether the atmospheres of other, extremely distant planets contain oxygen. According to New Scientist magazine, the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), slated for completion on Cerro Armazones, a Chilean mountaintop within the next decade, will be able to divine whether the gases necessary to support life…

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Google homepage today depicts seven metal planets rotating around a painted sun – an homage to the pioneering Renaissance-era astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. So who was Copernicus, exactly? Well, for one, he was the man who first…

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