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2007-07-11 12:35:00

A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The planet, called HD 189733b, swelters as it zips closely around its star every two days or so. Astronomers had predicted that planets of this class, termed "hot Jupiters," would contain water vapor in their atmospheres. Yet finding solid evidence for this has been slippery. These latest data are the most convincing yet that hot Jupiters are...

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2007-04-12 16:33:04

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil. The view is quite different from what you might see if you look out to the west shortly after dusk. Right now, the famous family of stars is "stepping out" in the evening skies with a very bright and dazzling Venus. During the period from around April 10 to 13, the Pleiades...

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2007-01-09 15:20:00

The three iconic space pillars photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 might have met their demise, according to new evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. A new, striking image from Spitzer shows the intact dust towers next to a giant cloud of hot dust thought to have been scorched by the blast of a star that exploded, or went supernova. Astronomers speculate that the supernova's shock wave could have already reached the dusty towers, causing them to topple about 6,000...

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2006-12-18 15:40:00

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study originated from clumps of the very first objects of the Universe. The recent data indicate this patchy light is splattered across the entire sky and comes from clusters of bright, monstrous objects more than 13 billion light-years away. "We are pushing our telescopes to the limit and are tantalizingly close to getting a clear picture of the very first collections of objects,"...

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2006-10-26 16:50:00

Astronomers using NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that an exploded star, named Cassiopeia A, blew up in a somewhat orderly fashion, retaining much of its original onion-like layering. "Spitzer has essentially found key missing pieces of the Cassiopeia A puzzle," said Jessica Ennis of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, lead author of a paper to appear in the Nov. 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. "We've found new bits of the 'onion' layers that had not...

2006-05-23 14:29:28

NEW YORK (Reuters) - First American Corp. unit First American Title Insurance Co. of New York said on Tuesday it agreed to pay a $2 million fine and change its business practices to resolve state regulatory issues about title insurance in New York. First American, which acknowledged no wrongdoing in the settlement -- announced by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer earlier -- said it agreed to reduce its title insurance rates by about 15 percent for property purchases up to $1...

2006-05-08 15:57:43

By Ed Leefeldt NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Monday ratcheted up his war against the nation's largest tax preparer, charging that H&R Block Inc. management had threatened to fire employees who didn't push overpriced individual retirement accounts. H&R Block had no immediate response. Spitzer filed his initial complaint on March 15 in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, claiming H&R Block had steered about 500,000 customers into...

2006-05-08 12:56:02

By Ed Leefeldt NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Monday ratcheted up his war against the nation's largest tax preparer, charging that H&R Block Inc. management had threatened to fire employees who didn't push overpriced individual retirement accounts. H&R Block had no immediate response. Spitzer filed his initial complaint on March 15 in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, claiming H&R Block had steered about 500,00 customers into...

2006-04-25 09:26:07

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and state Banking Superintendent Diana Taylor on Tuesday said they will announce "the dismantling of a massive mortgage fraud ring" later on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Spitzer declined comment because it involves criminal indictments of individuals. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT in lower Manhattan.

2006-03-29 16:28:06

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has asked a federal appeals court to overturn an October ruling that blocked him from investigating whether big banks are discriminating against minorities seeking mortgages. The appeal, filed with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Monday, challenges the claim by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that state regulators have no jurisdiction over national banks. Spitzer also appealed a...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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