Archive for the 'Science' Category

“Incredible” Deep-Sea Discoveries Announced

• December, 2008

“Incredible” Deep-Sea Discoveries Announced By LiveScience Staff posted: 09 November 2008 01:06 pm ET An astounding batch of new deep-sea discoveries, from strange shark behavior to gigantic bacteria, was announced today by an international group of 2,000 scientists from 82 nations. An astounding batch of new deep-sea discoveries, from strange shark behavior to gigantic bacteria, was announced today by an international group of 2,000 scientists from 82 nations.

Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet

• December, 2008

Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet Ray Villard Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life. The Jupiter-sized planet, called HD 189733b, is too hot for life. But the Hubble observations are a proof-of-concept demonstration that the basic chemistry for life can be measured on planets orbiting other stars. Organic compounds also can be a

New dark energy findings suggest Einstein’s theory is dead-on

• December, 2008

New dark energy findings suggest Einstein’s theory is dead-on Trendwatch By Rick C. Hodgin Tuesday, December 16, 2008 18:11 Washington (DC) – NASA held a phone-in press conference today wherein three astrophysicists reported the latest findings on dark energy. They have now “clearly seen” the effects of dark energy on the most massive collapsed objects in the universe. This new evidence has aligned scientists behind the central belief that 1) dark energy exists, 2) that it explains why we are seeing the universe expanding and

Hawking Predicts Discovery of Alien Life

• December, 2008

Hawking Predicts Discovery of Alien Life: But Asks, Will It be Carbon Based? December 15, 2008 On the 50th anniversary of NASA, Stephen Hawking, Newton’s heir as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, answered the question, “Are we alone?” His answer was short and simple; probably not! Hawking presented three options. One, being that there is no life out there, and two – somewhat pessimistically, but subsequently, a little too realistic – being that when intelligent life gets smart enough to

Truman Show Syndrome delusion: Sufferers convinced they are on reality TV

• December, 2008

Truman Show Syndrome delusion: Sufferers convinced they are on reality TV By Tom Leonard in New York 25 Nov 2008 Psychiatric experts say they have identified a new 21st century form of delusion whose sufferers are convinced their lives are being played out as a reality television show. The self-exposure, instant fame culture peddled by reality shows, social networking internet sites such as Facebook and – above all – the home video-sharing website YouTube has provided a “perfect storm” for vulnerable people, encouraging them to

Colossal squid’s big eye revealed

• December, 2008

Colossal squid’s big eye revealed By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website The huge eye of the world’s largest squid has been revealed by scientists dissecting a rare, intact half-tonne specimen in New Zealand. About 27cm (11in) across, researchers believe the colossal squid’s eye is the biggest animal eye ever found. The 10m-long (34ft) specimen has also turned out to be female, surprising the scientific team. Very little is known about colossal squid; only about 10 have ever been caught and brought to shore.