Feb. 14, 2018

12: New galaxy survey measuring the expanding universe

12: New galaxy survey measuring the expanding universe

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*New galaxy survey measuring the expanding universe Astronomers are undertaking the most detailed survey ever attempting to measure the current expansion rate of the universe. The study – known as the Taipan galaxy survey – will help scientists better determine the age and ultimate fate of the cosmos based on current and past expansion rates and those predicted for the future. 

*Falcon Heavy blasts into history on a car trek beyond Mars SpaceX has opened a new chapter in commercial deep space travel with the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket on its maiden flight. Video URL at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSwFU6tY1c 

*One of the Milky Way’s first stars discovered Astronomers have found one of the most primitive stars in the Milky Way galaxy. *Earth survives two near misses Planet Earth has just survived two near misses by near Earth asteroids. The two space rocks were discovered just a week before their close encounters with our planet. 

*The Science Report 

Why living or working near noisy roads may be harming your heart. A new study warns that E-cigarettes cause DNA-damage in the heart, lungs, and bladder. Meanwhile a separate study has found that E-cigarette flavors are toxic to white blood cells. New DNA study of Blue whales in Australian waters. Having a partner or close friend who thinks like you do isn’t a coincidence. Alex on tech looks at next year’s introduction of the 5G telecommunications network. 

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