Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

The Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter maps the vertical distribution of temperatures, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere as the orbiter flies a near-polar orbit. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

From ScienceDaily.com

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Supermassive Blackholes Spawned by Galactic Merger

Filed Under New Theory:

Lurking at the centre of nearly every galaxy and gobbling up stars in their vicinity, supermassive black holes are a truly menacing feature of the universe. Now, an international team of astronomers claims to have solved the mystery of how legions of these galactic monsters were born during the early history of the universe.

Link: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/43595

A Number of Related Stories Are on the Linked Page:

    * Supermassive black hole struggles to swallow Milky Way
    * Stars born into Milky Way's violent centre
    * Milky Way in line for aggressive three-way merger
    * Massive young stars defy tidal forces
    * Supermassive black hole binary might lurk in nearby galaxy
    * Supermassive black holes reveal a surprising clue


Friday, August 27, 2010

NASA spacecraft spots multiplanet solar system

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, hunting for distant worlds by measuring the slight dimming of starlight as planets pass in front of their parent suns, has found its first multiplanet solar system, researchers announced Thursday.

The Kepler-9 system includes two Saturn-class worlds orbiting in gravitational lockstep close to their star and a possible third planet just a bit larger than Earth that whirls through a hellish "year" in just 1.8 days.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DSoM Post Jupiter Hit for Third Time in 13 Months

Jupiter Hit for Third Time 
in 13 Months


From NewScientist:

At the time of the 1994 comet strike, astronomers thought that impacts on Jupiter might occur only once in several centuries. But the recent amateur observations suggest that estimate is wrong.

The sudden abundance of such observations is probably thanks to a technique for making very sharp still images by combining the clearest frames from a video recording, says Glenn Orton of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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The New LOGO

Saturday, August 21, 2010

MC2 DSoM Post Fault Lines Here and There

Fault Lines Here and There

California Overdue for 'the Big One,' 
Geologists Say


The Moon Is Shrinking


Cameron Diaz Tops Malware Bait List

Don't Go There!

Cameron Diaz is the most dangerous celebrity on the Web, antivirus company McAfee said Thursday.

Search strings using Diaz's name have a one-in-ten chance of coming up with a site infected with or spreading malware, said Dave Marcus, McAfee's director of security research and communication. 

Search for "Cameron Diaz and screensavers," and the risk doubles, Marcus added.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS348278274520100820


Facebook Places Could Spark 
New Privacy Fire

With its new location-based Places feature, Facebook may have just lit the match that will ignite another round of privacy controversy.


Help File: Facebook 'Places' Privacy Settings


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DSOM Post Bright Flashes and Heaps of Ashes:

Bright Flashes and Heaps of Ashes:

A New X-ray Laser Source

How The SLAC Can Do Some Work

SLAC: Stanford Linear ACcelerator.

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SLAC Diagram

Image and very detailed explanation
about Accelerators and Nobel Laureates

You need some Real Math Skills for this kind of research.
Calculus, of course IS a Must.
But even The Python Programming Language which is Open Source, 
has been used to good effect.


 The Bleeding Edge and Colliders:

An Excellent Book on this Topic is: 

Anil Ananthaswamy's 

"The Edge of Physics".

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Edge-Physics-Journey-Extremes-Universe/dp/0618884688



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DSOM: If you think you Understand Physics, You're Wrong.

 The Center of the Sun may be Dark Matter


Supermassive Black Holes:
Hinting at the Nature of Dark Matter?


Old Matterings...

How Fast Does Matter Fall?

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2006) —

Black Holes Light Up

Astronomers Spot Black Holes Using NASA's 
Chandra X-Ray Observatory

September 1, 2006 —


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