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Image 1 - Do Black Holes Help Stars Form?
2012-02-03 08:27:06

The center of just about every galaxy is thought to host a black hole, some with masses of thousands of millions of Suns and consequently strong gravitational pulls that disrupt material around them. They had been thought to hinder the birth of stars, but now an international team of astronomers studying the nearby galaxy Centaurus A has found quite the opposite: a black hole that seems to be helping stars to form. The team, led by Dr Stanislav Shabala of the University of Tasmania, Dr Mark...

Image 1 - Antarctic Expedition Checks CryoSat Data
2011-12-10 04:41:07

Next week marks 100 years since Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. As a team of scientists brave the Antarctic to validate data from ESA´s CryoSat mission, it´s hard to imagine what these first intrepid explorers would have thought of today´s advances in polar science. The remote and vast expanse of the Antarctic is arguably the most hostile environment on Earth — infamously claiming the lives of Captain Robert Scott and his party all those years ago in their fated...

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2011-04-18 11:35:00

The growth of the banded morwong, a long-lived southeast Australian and New Zealand inshore species, is negatively affected by the warming of our oceans, a study published in Nature Climate Change found. Scientists have been monitoring temperatures at Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania since 1944. They found that the surface water temperature in the Tasman Sea has been rising by nearly 2°C over the past sixty years. The study found that the rapid jump in sea surface temperature...

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2011-04-04 07:04:53

Marine scientists from five research agencies have pooled their skills and resources to compile a directory of life on Australia's continental shelf. They examined the shelf seascape during a three-year program of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Marine Biodiversity Hub. Hub director, Professor Nic Bax of CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, says the program developed and applied a consistent, national approach to biodiversity mapping. "The program compiled existing...

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2008-07-15 07:25:00

According to researchers at the University of Tasmania in Australia, Tasmanian devils have started breeding at a younger age to beat an epidemic cancer that cuts their lives short. "We could be seeing evolution occurring before our eyes," says zoologist Menna Jones, a researcher at the university. Tasmanian devils, which are native to the island of Tasmania, weigh 20 to 30 pounds and were named by early European settlers because of their fierce screech and bad-tempers. Since 1996, the...

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2005-06-13 23:25:00

A multifaceted research effort by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and their international colleagues from the University of Tasmania and the Australian Antarctic Division, has resulted in several important new findings about Antarctica and the changing dynamics of its ice structure. Scientists have been investigating the mechanisms by which Antarctic icebergs detach from the main continental ice sheet because of the importance of...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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