Science & Technology
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 08:44 CDT
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there.
The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That's an expanse of nearly 10 billion trillion kilometres of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday.
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 02:37 CDT
The soil on Mars may contain microbial life, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.
The search for life on Mars appeared to hit a dead end in 1976 when Viking landers touched down on the red planet and failed to detect biological activity.
RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:15 CDT
WASHINGTON - The stories seem strange but riveting. A heart attack victim recalls floating in the air, watching paramedics revive him. A surgical patient remembers hovering, watching the doctors operate. Such widely reported out-of-body experiences have long been the territory of theology, philosophy and scary movies. Now scientists have turned their attention to the topic.
Comment: The experiment seems stranger then an "out-of-body experience".
Thu, 23 Aug 2007 21:26 CDT
The story of Seahenge has turned full circle, as the ancient timbers are returned to Norfolk. But as experts prepare them to go on display at King's Lynn Museum, CHRIS BISHOP finds an enigma that remains unsolved.
Nearly 10 years after its controversial excavation, the mystery remains. While the upturned oak tree and its ring of timbers have taught us a few things we didn't know about our ancestors, we still don't know why they built it.
Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:13 CDT
Popular mapping service Google Earth will launch a new feature called Sky, a "virtual telescope" that the search engine hopes will turn millions of Internet users into stargazers.
Google, which created Google Earth to give Internet users an astronaut's view that can zoom to street level, said the service would be a playground for learning about space.
"Never before has a roadmap of the entire sky been made so readily available," said Dr. Carol Christian of the Space Telescope Science Institute, who co-led the institute's Sky team.
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:59 CDT
WASHINGTON -- People across the western United States will have the best opportunity early Aug. 28 to witness the longest lunar eclipse in seven years.
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 23:54 CDT
High-speed ruptures travelling along straight fault lines could explain why some earthquakes are more destructive than others, according to an Oxford University scientist. In this week's Science, Professor Shamita Das suggests that ruptures in the Earth's surface moving at 6km per second could make future earthquakes along California's San Andreas fault much more destructive than current models predict.
|A box canyon on the San Andreas fault: High speed ruptures travelling along the straight section of the fault could see Santa Barbara and Los Angeles worst hit in future earthquakes.
Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:59 CDT
A miracle material for the 21st century could protect your home against bomb blasts, mop up oil spillages and even help man to fly to Mars.
Aerogel, one of the world's lightest solids, can withstand a direct blast of 1kg of dynamite and protect against heat from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C.
Scientists are working to discover new applications for the substance, ranging from the next generation of tennis rackets to super-insulated space suits for a manned mission to Mars.
Mon, 20 Aug 2007 21:52 CDT
Egyptian archaeologists have found what they said could be the oldest human footprint in history in the country's western desert, the Arab country's antiquities' chief said on Monday.
|Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stands near the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, June 17 2007. Egyptian archaeologists have found what they said could be the oldest human footprint in history in the country's western desert, the Arab country's antiquities' chief said on Monday.
A footprint - in the mud - in the egyptian desert? For years Hawass has been denying the possibilities of water marks on the sides of the sphinx. Will this convince him to review the evidence
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Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:22 CDT
PARIS -- European Space Agency scientists have proved sounds generated deep inside the sun cause the Earth to shake and vibrate.