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Through The Wormhole Reviewed
2012-11-09 21:44:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Morgan Freeman has a way of narrating films that keeps you engaged, whether it is his own movie or a documentary. In the latest available season of Through the Wormhole, Freeman delivers his iconic voice in a fashion that no one else could do. In season 3 of Through the Wormhole, Morgan covers deep questions of whether there could be a superior race, to controversial questions like "Did we invent God?" Science would not be...

Solar System Shaped By Stellar Shockwaves
2012-09-28 08:20:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Shockwaves emitted by our young sun in its early days would have caused the planets in our solar system to form, according to research presented at the European Planetary Science Congress. Astronomers modeled the movements of particles in fluids and gases in the gas cloud from which our Sun accreted. Their work suggests that during its early days, the Sun emitted a series of shockwaves that rippled out into the remaining material....

Alien Life May Be Found Within 40 Years Claims Royal Astronomer To The Queen
2012-09-07 10:07:07

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding alien life beyond our solar system would be the most profound discovery in all of humanity, and a royal astronomer for the Queen of England believes it could happen within the next 40 years. Former Royal Society president, Lord Martin Rees, speaking at the launch of Professor Stephen Hawking´s new series ℠Grand Design,´ said evidence of whether alien life exists elsewhere in the universe could be answered...

Probes To Study Van Allen Radiation Belts
2012-08-20 04:36:03

Video: The Radiation Belt Storm Probe Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA will be launching its Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida this Friday, August 24. The launch was delayed by 24 hours overnight Sunday due to an anomalous engine condition that was identified during testing of another Atlas vehicle at the Factory in Decatur, Ala. According to NASA's website, "the delay will allow additional time for engineers...

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2012-08-15 22:06:34

Watch the Video: Recreating a Slice of the Universe Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have found a way to accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over billions of years. For the first time, scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and their colleagues at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have made it possible to build a universe from scratch that brims with galaxies like we...

Crowd Funding Needed For Space Exploration, Education
2012-08-10 14:22:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers and scientists have gotten together to create applications that both make space education fun, and help create income to fund research and development projects. Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo) is a company made up of astronomers, planetary scientists, former space-program executives, and educators. The company has announced plans to launch a series of projects to help...

X-ray Signal Detected During Black Hole's Destruction Of Passing Star
2012-08-03 15:48:00

[Watch Video] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have identified an X-ray signal that followed an observation made last year of a quiescent black hole in a distant galaxy. The black hole discovered by the team last year was seen erupting after shredding and consuming a passing star. Astronomers then witnessed days following the observation a distinctive X-ray signal that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole. This...

Vaporizing Super-Earth Helps Characterize Exoplanet Attributes
2012-08-03 14:45:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists collaborated recently to produce simulations of Earth-like planets being vaporized in order to help astronomers have a better grasp of what to look for in the atmosphere of candidate super-Earths. Super-Earths are rocky exoplanets that are more massive than Earth, but less massive than Neptune. Most of those that have been found so far orbit very close to their stars. Scientists writing in The Astrophysical Journal show...

Augmented Reality The Topic Of Creepy, New Video
2012-07-30 05:13:42

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Based on the amount of announcements, patent filings and prototypes, it´s easy to assume that some of the world´s largest companies have seen the future, and the future is AR, or Augmented Reality. It´s a very cool technology, placing a computer between yourself and the real world to display images or provide extra information. For example, iOS app “Star Walk” works with the iPhone´s camera and GPS...

New research using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression. Credi
2012-07-26 21:17:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The brightest stars in the universe apparently do not like to live alone, according to a new study using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Nearly three-quarters of the brightest, high mass stars are found to have a close companion star, which is far more than previous thought. Most of these pairs of stars are also experiencing disruptive interactions, like mass transfer from one star to the other. Another third of them are expected...


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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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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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