Daily Galaxy favorite Walter Wagner has finally been thrown out of court! For those of you who don't subscribe to Nutjob Monthly, Mr Wagner has been filing lawsuits to prevent the activation of the Large Hadron Collider - mainly based on the assumption that his time working in a hospital with nuclear medicine and a Hawaiian botanical garden gives him a better understanding of particle physics than almost every scientist on the planet. It turns out this wasn't a great assumption.
Monday saw European scientists gather together in Brussels to announce what they are labeling the ‘Magnificent Seven’; seven projects that will answer some of the biggest questions in astroparticle physics. What is dark matter? What is the origin of cosmic rays? What is the role of violent cosmic processes?
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and McGill University in Montreal used geochemical methods to obtain an age of 4.28 billion years for samples of the rock discovered along the northeast coast of Hudson Bay, Canada, making it 250 million years more ancient than any previously discovered rocks. The Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt is an expanse of bedrock exposed on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in northern Quebec and was first recognized in 2001 as a potential site of very old rocks.
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Saudi Arabia is pretty well off, what with owning about a quarter of all the petroleum on the planet. They have a budget surplus of over forty-eight billion dollars while many Americans don't know that words other than "deficit" can go after "budget". However, many on the Web 2.0 are keen to say that information is the new currency - so Saudi is just going to buy the ability to make some. They can afford it.