Latest Michael Liu Stories

2011-03-23 10:00:00

Observations with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, along with two other telescopes, have shown that there is a new candidate for the coldest known star: a brown dwarf in a double system with about the same temperature as a freshly made cup of tea "” hot in human terms, but extraordinarily cold for the surface of a star. This object is cool enough to begin crossing the blurred line dividing small cold stars from big hot planets. Brown dwarfs are essentially...

2009-07-16 08:00:00

SEATTLE and DUBLIN, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PopCap Games, the leading developer and publisher of casual games, today announced the winners of the first-ever Peggle((TM)) Art Contest, which began in March as part of Peggle Fever. The three-month long contest drew hundreds of submissions from throughout the U.S. and Great Britain, from feverish fans ranging in age from 13 to 51. The grand prize winners, Michael and Stephanie Liu, a brother and sister team (ages 13 and 11, respectively) from...

2008-06-02 15:41:07

Astronomers have used ultrasharp images obtained with the Keck Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope to determine for the first time the masses of the coldest class of "failed stars," a.k.a. brown dwarfs. With masses as light as 3 percent the mass of the sun, these are the lowest mass free-floating objects ever weighed outside the solar system. The observations are a major step in testing the theoretical predictions of objects that cannot generate their own internal energy, both brown dwarfs...

2005-12-02 06:39:43

By Tiffany Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Seismic activity in Taipei has increased since the world's tallest building, Taipei 101, was built, raising questions over whether the Taiwan capital has become more vulnerable to earthquakes, a geologist said on Friday. Lin Cheng-horng, a geologist at the Institute of Earth Sciences at Taiwan's most prestigious think tank, the Academia Sinica, said seismic activity historically had been low in the Taipei basin, home to about 7 million people. But...

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