• Scientists release most accurate simulation of the universe to date

    Scientists release most accurate simulation of the universe to date0

    The Bolshoi supercomputer simulation, is the most accurate and detailed large cosmological simulation run to date (“bolshoi” is the Russian word for “great” or “grand”), giving physicists and astronomers a powerful new tool for understanding such cosmic mysteries as galaxy formation, dark matter, and dark energy. The simulation traces the evolution of the large-scale structure

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  • Pee power: Urine-loving bug churns out space fuel0

    Scientists at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands reported that they had gained insights into a remarkable bacterium that can live without oxygen and transforms ammonium, the ingredient of urine, into hydrazine, a rocket fuel. The so-called anammox, which stands for anaerobic ammonium oxidation, germs caused a sensation when they were first identified in

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  • Interview Physicist Sam Braun: “To interact with a black hole is almost impossible”

    Interview Physicist Sam Braun: “To interact with a black hole is almost impossible”0

    The concept of black holes in space has been around since the late 1700’s. It was only later in 1939 that the black hole was theoretically discovered by J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hartland Snyder, who were making use of calculations from Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In 1970 the first physical black hole, Cygnus

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  • September 2011 – Me and Morgan Freeman

    September 2011 – Me and Morgan Freeman0

    It seemed like such a good idea at the time. We had already picked this month’s theme ‘The Great Escape,’ wanting to do something with hard sciences for a change. Then there it was on Sciencedaily.com: ‘Escaping Gravity’s Clutches: Information Could Escape from Black Holes After All, Study Suggests’. It was perfect. Controversial, new, mysterious.

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  • Books – Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    Books – Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void0

    As interesting as spaceflight might be, many people are just as fascinated by the side-effects of it. How do you endure living in a tiny space for months, where there’s no privacy, and more importantly, no gravity? “Packing for Mars” answers these questions. However, the book is not just about the gory details. Roach also

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  • Books – The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    Books – The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos0

    According to recent discoveries done by physicists and astronomers, our universe might not be the only one out there. Certain evidence gives rise to the idea that it is part of something bigger: the multiverse. In “The Hidden Reality”, theoretical physicist Brian Greene discusses all of the current hot topics in cosmology: from the quantum

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