Big Bang: News in ScienceAugust 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
Tags: gizmodo, i09, nasa
“It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.”
Per i09, this galaxy is super weird, and you can read why right here.
NASA and Wired both tell us that the U.S. drought is so bad you can see it from space. In fact it’s so bad that an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi river has been closed off and on since August 11. Wired has the full story complete with NASA images that you can view here.
Ion crystal quantum computer may be on the horizon. And it has the potential to beat the computational capacity of any machine by 10 to the 80th power. That’s a heck of a computer. In case you don’t have a grasp of the significance of this (or just don’t know what 10 to the 80th is), Huff Post Science is happy to explain it to you.
Finally, in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction catgory, scientists have discovered a lost world under Antarctica, according to Gizmodo.
Entire colonies of unknown yeti crabs, anemones, predatory sea stars with seven arms and pale octopus were found, piling on top of the (hydrothermal) vents, creeping on top of each other, at nearly 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) under the surface of the Southern Ocean.
To find out how these creatures get their energy from the hydrothermal vents (very interesting), and exactly how hot these vents can get, you can read the entire article here.