What you’re seeing is not an ornate structure built by an advanced alien civilization. It’s not even a sub-microscopic image of some bug’s private parts. It’s a MandelBulb.
NASA revealed recently my favorite picture in recent memory……a wonderful snapshot of the earth being partly eclipsed by the moon from a million miles away.
Astronomers have found the first aurora outside our solar system on a brown dwarf. This makes these confusing objects, which have both planetary and stellar characteristics, more planet-like than ever before. A Brown dwarf is a very ambiguous thing. They are substellar objects that are too big to be planets but are relatively small and
No, this is not an image of aliens with some weird bio-luminescent bacterial infestation.
These are juvenile squid (Longfin Inshore) that have been stained to reveal certain biological structures. The red stain reveals the musculature of the mantle (which looks like an unusual hat). The green stain shows the cilia that cover the body at this stage of development.
Two undergraduate astronomy students have found the densest galaxies ever found in what are being called UCDs or Ultra-Compact Dwarf galaxies.
Michael Sandoval and Richard Vo from San José University were looking through databases of archived galaxies when they came across two galactic gems that were hiding in plain site.
The theory that the Universe can end disastrously in a “Big Rip” has received some preliminary theoretical support.
The Big Rip scenario in which the universe, including every tiny piece of it, rips itself apart in the distant future has been bandied about for quite a while now ever since the ever-increasing expansion of the universe was discovered in 1990s. This expansion was likely due to some weird sort of negative pressure or anti-gravitational energy which is now-famously referred to as Dark Energy. As End-Of-The-Universe theories go, this one was certainly at the extra-terrifying end of the spectrum. I did feel better though when I read consistent scientific assurances that this horrific end-game was highly unlikely.
Now, some scientists are not so sure again.
The last minute of June this year, Tuesday June 30th, will be an odd one. It will consist of 61 seconds due to the occasional insertion of what’s called a leap second.
I’m seeing a lot of websites that try to explain why we use leap seconds. This is often described as necessary because the earth is slowing down. A slower rotation of the earth means a longer day which means we have to add time, right?
A modern examination of an exquisitely preserved ichthyosaur unveils enlarged areas of its brain revealing it to be a potentially adept hunter.
Ichthyosaurs may sound like they were dinosaurs but they were in fact marine reptiles, just like their cousins the plesiosaurs and the now famous mosasaurs (from Jurassic World). They had scaly skin and big eyes like most dinos but they were fully adapted for life in water (except for the water breathing part).