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black hole growth
2014-08-12 07:56:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Several processes typically limit how quickly black holes can grow, so how did those located at the ends of the universe come to have masses equal to several billion suns? Researchers from the Wiezmann Institute of Science and Yale University have proposed a potential solution in the latest edition of the journal Science. These enormous black holes, the study authors noted in a statement, consume large quantities of interstellar...

Siberia Yamal Peninsula
2014-07-30 04:49:12

Joshua Garrett for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just how deep does this rabbit hole go? Further than initially expected. Earlier this month, a massive hole was found at the “end of the world,” more accurately known as Yamal Peninsula. Scientists and researchers were not quite sure what to make of it at the time. Was it a meteor strike? A collapsed pingo? Aliens? Results were inconclusive. Now, to add more to this strange mystery, two new holes have been reported, one found by...

Halleys Comet Meteor Shower
2014-05-05 11:12:27

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As comets hurtle into the inner part of the solar system, the Sun’s radiation causes two tails to emerge. The first is primarily gas, vaporized by the heat of our star’s intense, warming rays. But while this glowing streak is what provides the visual imagery we normally associate with comets, it quickly fades as the comets moves across the solar system. In contrast, the second tail is formed by the pressure of the solar...

Tilted orbits
2014-04-16 04:31:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts have long believed that life could not exist on planets with a fluctuating tilt in their orbits, new research appearing in the April issue of the journal Astrobiology suggests that such obliquity variations could actually increase the planetary habitability in those worlds. According to Weber State University physics professor John Armstrong, University of Washington astronomer Rory Barnes and their colleagues, these...

Astronomers Say Cosmic Barometer May Reveal Universe's Violent Past
2014-04-02 04:45:41

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By studying the composition and other unique properties of sedimentary rock layers, geologists are able to trace the history of our Planet. They can identify periods of ice age, global climate shift, and even magnetic polarity shifts. In short, it is a clever way that researchers can use to reveal the major events in the history of our world. Now, astronomers from Imperial College London have taken this concept to a cosmic...

Radio Telescope Arrays Can Be Used To Locate Cosmic Heating From The Earliest Black Holes
2014-02-06 05:05:02

[ Watch the Video: Black Holes Heated Gas Later Than Believed ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In what is being described as a landmark discovery about the origins of the universe, Tel Aviv University researchers report in the journal Nature that black holes, formed from the first-ever stars, heated the gas throughout space much later than previously believed. In addition, study authors Professor Rennan Barkana of TAU's School of Physics and Astronomy, Dr....

No Planetary Influence On Solar Activity
2013-09-05 14:37:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research in Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is correcting errors in one statistical study published in the same journal last yea,r regarding the isotopic records of solar activity. Last year, astronomers wrote in the journal claiming that there is evidence of planetary influence on solar activity. However, the latest study refutes that claim, saying that they found no evidence of any planetary effect on the Sun. The Sun...

Twin Star Insights Into Sun's Future
2013-08-28 13:47:51

[ Watch the Video: The Life Cycle of a Sun-Like Star ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have identified what they are calling the Sun's oldest twin, HIP 102152, sitting 250 light-years away from us. A team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) found that HIP 102152 is older but otherwise nearly identical to our Sun, giving astronomers a chance to see how our local star will look as it ages. Our Sun is...

2013-06-27 23:42:52

The article published by Financesonline.com shares with its readers the latest milestones in space exploration - the availability of commercial space travels to delight modern space tourists and the costs of these out-of-this-world adventures. New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2013 The article "Space Tourism: How Much Should You Save For A Space Trip?" published recently by FinancesOnline.com enjoins readers to celebrate the fact that the cosmos is not the infinite void and...

2013-06-21 23:22:20

Louis Del Monte’s webisode merges historical references, new developments and scientific theories that argues life on other planets is probable. Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) June 21, 2013 Even though finding life on other planets in our galaxy eludes our technology today, physicists like Louis A. Del Monte find it a near mathematical certainty that life exists on other planets in the galaxy. In his newest two-part webisode, “Are There Other Earth-Like Planets?”, author, physicist...


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Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

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  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
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The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).
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