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Most Distant Source Of High-Energy Gamma Rays Comes From Distant Blazar
2013-04-19 04:57:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Of all the active galactic nuclei, blazars are the brightest and emit very high-energy gamma rays. A team led by physicists from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), has made new observations of the blazar known as PKS 1424+240 that reveal it is the most distant known source of very high-energy gamma rays. The emission spectrum of PKS 1424+240 now appears highly unusual in the light of new data. Data from the Hubble Space...

Where Do Cosmic Rays Come From?
2013-03-01 05:33:26

[ Listen to the Webcast ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As we search the heavens, one of the striking observations is that we are constantly bombarded by a stream of extremely high energy charged particles, traveling at nearly the speed of light. Known as Cosmic Rays — composed mostly (90%) of protons with the rest mostly heavy nuclei and a small number of electrons — these particles appear to come from all directions. But where do...

Fermi's Motion Creates A Celestial Spirograph
2013-02-28 12:15:33

NASA [ Watch The Video ] NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. Its wide-eyed Large Area Telescope (LAT) sweeps across the entire sky every three hours, capturing the highest-energy form of light -- gamma rays -- from sources across the universe. These range from supermassive black holes billions of light-years away to intriguing objects in our own galaxy, such as X-ray...

Supernova Gives Scientists Clues Into Origins Of Cosmic Rays
2013-02-14 13:19:29

[ Watch the Video: Fermi Proves Supernova Remnants Produce Cosmic Rays ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A thousand-year-old supernova has given the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) ample opportunity to gain some clues about the origins of cosmic rays. The new observations, reported in the journal Science today, suggest the presence of fast-moving particles in the supernova remnant. Over a thousand years ago, in 1006 AD, a new star was...

Fermi Telescope Turns to Dark Matter Search
2013-01-21 10:58:25

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For much of the last century, scientists have been searching for a mysterious substance thought to make up about 85 percent of the total mass of the Universe. Without it, galactic rotation curves, galaxy interactions and the very structure of the Universe are inconsistent with our knowledge of physics. Yet, this so-called dark matter remains elusive. One reason researchers have had such a difficult time finding and...

Spacetime More Like A Smooth Whiskey Than A Foamy Brew
2013-01-11 04:58:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research led by Michigan Technological University, spacetime might be less like a foamy beer and more like a smooth Einsteinian whiskey. Robert Nemiroff and his team studied the tracings of three photons of differing wavelengths to reach this heady conclusion. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope recorded these tracings in 2009. About 7 billion light years from Earth, a gamma ray outburst threw the photons from...

Origin Of Gamma Ray Flare Far Away From Their Galaxy’s Black Hole
2013-01-08 13:18:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The source of a gamma ray flare that shot past Earth throughout much of 2011 has been discovered, and contrary to popular theory, they did not occur close to their galaxy´s central black hole, NASA officials announced on Monday. Using data collected by both the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), astronomers at the U.S. space agency have discovered that the...

Top Science Stories of 2012
2012-12-27 07:16:59

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every December the online world is replete with Top 10 lists, reminding us of the year´s best sports plays, TV moments, and blockbuster movies. These articles have become so popular, in fact, that many outlets publish their Best of the Year pieces months before the end of the year. Which is awfully presumptive. Most troubling, though, is that many of these types of articles lack any real content — nothing...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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