"Cosmic Mashup Near the Beginning of Time!" --14 Spectacular Primordial Galaxies Observed in Colossal Collision

 

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"The fact that this is happening so early in the history of the universe poses a formidable challenge to our present-day understanding of the way structures form in the universe," said Scott Chapman, an astrophysicist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

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Unlocking Secrets of the Milky Way --Gaia's One-Billion Star Map Redefining Astronomy: “No One Knows What We’ll Find"


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“No one in the world knows what we’ll find,” says cosmologist David Hogg of New York University. "The observations collected by Gaia are redefining the foundations of astronomy," adds Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science.

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Today's "Planet Earth Report" --MIT's Technology Review Sees Three Ways Bitcoin Could Be Brought Down, Co-opted, or Made Irrelevant


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Bitcoin’s early adopters have held fast to the dream of a single world currency that is private, free for all to use, and under the control of the masses. But the seven billion people not yet using Bitcoin might not care about any of that. With networks, convenience wins, and convenience is based on size. It’s the reason you’re on Facebook rather than some other social-media site—because everyone else is. If cryptocurrencies are to be widely used, it will be the habits of the masses, not the wishes of Bitcoin’s early adopters, that determine what becomes of founder Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision.

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Biology or Geology? --"Scientists Soon to Find Out Why Methane, a Possible Signature of life, is Being Released on Mars" (WATCH Video)

 

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“We didn’t expect methane to be on Mars, and it shouldn’t be variable unless there is an active source and a vigorous sink,” says Bethany Ehlmann, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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"Unveiled" --Secret Law of Galaxy Clusters

 
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"The law is so simple that we can use it to calibrate cluster mass-observable relations, which are a key ingredient for studying the cosmological laws of the Universe. Our research draws us closer to explaining the evolutionary history of clusters and the Universe," said Yutaka Fujita at Osaka University.

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From the Farside --"Supermassive Black Holes May Harbor Advanced Civilizations"

 

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"We hypothesize that the advanced civilizations may live safely inside the supermassive black holes in the galactic nuclei being invisible from the outside," said Russian cosmologist Vyacheslav Vyacheslav Dokuchaev at Moscow's Institute for Nuclear Research and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Today's Top Science Headline --"There is No Past or Future" (WATCH Video)

 
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The smooth “flow” of time is an illusion, that “The events of the world do not form an orderly queue like the English, they crowd around chaotically like the Italians,” says Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist who wants to make the uninitiated grasp the excitement of his field. The concept of time, he says, “has lost layers one after another, piece by piece”. We are left with “an empty windswept landscape almost devoid of all trace of temporality … a world stripped to its essence, glittering with an arid and troubling beauty”.

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Totally Different DNA Structure Identified --"It's DNA, But Not as We Know It"

 
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"When most of us think of DNA, we think of the double helix," says Associate Professor Daniel Christ (Head, Antibody Therapeutics Lab, Garvan) who co-led the research. "This new research reminds us that totally different DNA structures exist - and could well be important for our cells."

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