For the past ten months rebels in Mali have imposed strict Islamic law on the country; no wearing coloured clothing, no playing music, no socializing… if you’re seen with a member of the opposite sex you get thrashed to within an inch of your life.
A local bank in Timbuktu was taken over by militants and adorned with the Jihadis symbol: a Koran, a cutlass and an AK-47.
At least Pirates didn’t have the nerve to claim they’re in any way moral righteous.
It’s only thanks to the efforts of the French that this whole dreadful thing might start to turning around, so yeah… cheers Islam.
A team lead by Roger Clowes at Lancashire University have just found the largest ‘object’ in the Universe. Well it’s a sort of object. It’s a cluster of 73 Quasars (young roiling Galactic centres) about 9 billion light years away from Earth.
The juicy part is that it’s too big.. way too big.. 4 billion light-years across.. bare in mind one light year is about 5.9 trillion miles. This asks uncomfortable questions about Einstein’s Cosmological Principle; which says that the universe should, by and large, be evenly distributed.
A 4 billion light-year spanning object isn’t exactly playing fair.
The Barreled Spiral Galaxy (NGC6872)- recently heralded the largest Spiral Galaxy on record!
Tip-to-tip it spans 522,000 light-years.. that’s more than five times the size of our Milky Way.. please please check out the the full screen NASA image
The LUX Dark-Matter experiment will start collecting data this February.
It’s this big monster titanium can containing liquid xenon and surrounded by photon multiplier tubes (pictured here) which are sensitive enough to register a single photon of light.
The Can has been lowered 4850 feet below ground into an old Goldmine to protect it from surface radiation. Incidentally this is the same location used for the original ‘ghostly’ neutrino Homestake experiment way back in the 1960’s!
The idea is to search for these hypothetical weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). If a WIMP collides with a xenon atom a photon or two of light will be generated.. which’ll mean we’re onto summit. This is basically the only really credible theory left for understanding Dark-Matter.. unless of course it’s magic.. or god did it..
The Universe is made up of 30% Dark-Matter and 70% Dark-Energy.. we’re like less than 1%.. this stuff is kinda important..
It’s just hit me that the Rabbit Hotel down my road has nothing to do with long-eared mammalian companionship and has everything to do with, you know.. goings on.
I’m all in a fluster.
With his insouciantly dashing stance, close-fitting suit and flashing red back-light the STOP man looks remarkably like ol’ Beelzebub.
The enthusiasm of GO, however, reminds me of someone who’s found Jesus…
Depending on the context the Japanese word ‘Boushi’ can mean anything from a hat worn by a masked dancer/ looking at something side-on/ a dead child.
It’s like John Cleese edits these online translators.
The amount of energy in the Universe is a different thing entirely from the amount of available energy in the Universe.
Have you ever had the misfortune to spill some of your Chamomile Herbal Tea over a kitchen surface and found yourself with only a single tissue? It’s like that. Sort of.
Pretty soon the tissue gets fairly saturated and, instead of removing the offending Tea, you find that you’re just spreading it around in a rather pitiful manner.
This is one of the fundamental consequences of the Entropy Law of Thermodynamics… eventually there wont be any energy to DO anything useful with, everything will simply just ‘settle down’ into inertia.
That’s an incredibly chilling thought so I thought I’d end this post on a rather most positive note by posting a photo from seaslugforum.net