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2011-08-27 05:18:42

  A team of scientists has discovered a supernova closer to Earth than any of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe the supernova they caught, which is about 21 million light years away from Earth, is just within hours of its explosion. Scientists around the world are scrambling to observe it with as many telescopes as possible, including the Hubble Space Telescope.  Andy Howell, adjunct professor of physics at University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) and...

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2011-07-02 06:56:32

"Zombie" stars that explode like bombs as they die, only to revive by sucking matter out of other stars. According to an astrophysicist at UC Santa Barbara, this isn't the plot for the latest 3D blockbuster movie. Instead, it's something that happens every day in the universe "“"“ something that can be used to measure dark energy. This special category of stars, known as Type Ia supernovae, help to probe the mystery of dark energy, which scientists believe is related to the...

2010-05-21 06:45:00

STAFFORD, England, May 21/PRNewswire/ -- In the recent BBC3 programme, "Blood, Sweat & Luxuries: Gold and E-Waste" on 11 May 2010 and viewable here: http://bbc.co.uk/i/sch78/?t=38m46s IT equipment from several high profile UK public sector organisations was alleged to have made its way to site in Ghana as e-waste in Africa, where young children were seen scavenging for recoverable electronic components to sell for scrap value. This alleged illegal transportation of IT waste from the UK...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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