Dec. 6, 2017

94: Infant stars discovered near supermassive black hole

94: Infant stars discovered near supermassive black hole

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*Infant stars discovered near supermassive black hole Astronomers have discovered 11 newly formed infant protostars where they shouldn’t exist – right next to the monstrous supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The findings have shocked scientists as regions around black holes are wracked by powerful gravitational tidal forces and bathed in intense ultraviolet and X-ray radiation -- generating extremely harsh conditions which shouldn’t favour star formation. 

*Rosetta gives a recipe for making a comet. Scientists have developed the recipe for making a comet. The findings based on data from the Rosetta spacecraft provides the first quantitative analysis of the chemical elements that make up the cometary dust of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. 

*Buccaneer in stable orbit Mission managers at the University of New South Wales say the Buccaneer satellite has attained stable orbit and is operating nominally. Buccaneer was deployed aboard the joint NASA-NOAA JPSS-1 weather satellite mission which flew from Space Launch Complex 2W at the Vandenberg Airforce base in California last month. 

*Russian Rocket launch failure after wrong co-ordinates programmed Russia’s second launch from its shiny new Vostochny cosmodrome in country’s far east has ended in a multi-million-dollar disaster losing the mission’s 19 satellites. Early indications point to the wrong settings being programmed into the Soyuz Fregat upper stage booster causing the mission to crash and burn. 

*The latest on North Korea’s new Hwasong-15 Intercontinental ballistic missile Pyongyang’s new images showing its new Hwason-15 missile far more than just an improvement in design over the Hwasong-14 flown in July. The new missile gives North Korea an effective range of over 13,000 kilometres -- enough to hit most of the continental United States east coast, as well as Europe and Australia. 

*The Science Report The link between the amount of time between pregnancies and Autism Spectrum Disorder in children. A new way of turning Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants into potential fuels. Claims of a new cure for baldness. Elon Musk wins his bet to build the world’s biggest battery in under a hundred days. Bad news for bigfoot fans. 

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