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Scientists Detect Huge Number Of Unexplained Signals From Alien Galaxies

telescopeGETTYTelescopes in Australia have picked up a huge number of unexplained signals coming from deep in space. According to researchers, the number of ‘fast radio bursts’ – bright flashes of radio waves from outer space that are picked up on Earth – have nearly doubled. The recent signals are the closest and brightest of the

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Telescopes in Australia have picked up a huge number of unexplained signals coming from deep in space.

According to researchers, the number of ‘fast radio bursts’ – bright flashes of radio waves from outer space that are picked up on Earth – have nearly doubled.

The recent signals are the closest and brightest of the radio bursts that have ever been seen.

Fast radio bursts are blasts of incredible energy, equivalent to the amount released by the sun in 80 years, that last for just a few milliseconds, before disappearing, and come from an unknown source.

Dr Ryan Shannon, from Swinburne University of Technology and the OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence, and lead author of the study said, as per the Independent:

We’ve found 20 fast radio bursts in a year, almost doubling the number detected worldwide since they were discovered in 2007.

Using the new technology of the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), we’ve also proved that fast radio bursts are coming from the other side of the Universe rather than from our own galactic neighbourhood.

Some people have suggested the radio bursts are from extra terrestrial intelligence, while scientists from Harvard University suggested they could be from transmitters used to push objects or ships across the universe.

Others have suggested they could be generated by black holes or stars colliding with one another.

The new examples of the radio flashes, however, provide scientists with more opportunities to study the phenomena.

Dr Shannon added:

Each time this happens, the different wavelengths that make up a burst are slowed by different amounts.

Eventually, the burst reaches Earth with its spread of wavelengths arriving at the telescope at slightly different times, like swimmers at a finish line.

Timing the arrival of the different wavelengths tells us how much material the burst has travelled through on its journey.

And because we’ve shown that fast radio bursts come from far away, we can use them to detect all the missing matter located in the space between galaxies – which is a really exciting discovery.

The number of new radio flashes detected is thanks to new technology being used on the telescopes, allowing them to have a bigger field of vision across the sky.

Co-author of the study, Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart, from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), said that the bursts travel for billions of years, occasionally passing through clouds of gas, before reaching Earth.

Scientists are hoping to use the new equipment to pinpoint the source of the flashes more precisely. If they are able to do so, and if they are able to attribute them to one galaxy in particular, scientists will be able to understand more about their origin and why they are created.

The flashes should also be able to allow scientists to understand more about the early universe, as the blasts would have occurred a long time ago, before their signal reached Earth.

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People Keep Asking NASA To Save Tony Stark From Space

TONY STARK WEBThe Avengers: Endgame trailer was finally released last week much to fans’ delight. While not giving much away, Marvel did tease us with glimpses of what we can expect from the fourth Avengers film which will bring to an end Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Teasing us with shots of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye

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The Avengers: Endgame trailer was finally released last week much to fans’ delight.

While not giving much away, Marvel did tease us with glimpses of what we can expect from the fourth Avengers film which will bring to an end Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Teasing us with shots of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye as Ronin and the return of Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man, it was the opening scene of the trailer that left us with the most questions.

You can check out the trailer here:

Opening on a shot of Tony Stark’s Iron Man helmet lying on the floor of a spaceship, the hero turns it on to record a message for his fiancee Pepper Potts who is back on Earth.

Tired, lost and looking defeated, Tony tells Pepper:

Dear Miss Potts, if you find this recording don’t feel bad about this, part of the journey is the end. Just for the record being adrift in space with zero promise of rescue is more fun than it sounds.

Food and water ran out four days ago, oxygen will run out tomorrow morning and I mean it, when I drift off I will dream about you, it’s always you.

After he has said goodbye Tony turns the helmet off leaving us all wondering if he will die while lost in space.

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The emotional scene has clearly left fans devastated, many of whom are now hilariously turning to NASA for help.

People have been tweeting the space agency asking them to send a team out to space to rescue Tony in order to get him back home to Pepper and the rest of the Avengers.

One user urgently tweeted:

NASA SAVE TONY STARK. HIS OXYGEN WILL RUN OUT TOMORROW DO SOMETHING.

Jerry also asked NASA to do something but in a slightly more threatening way:

NASA stop other things… Just go for Tony Stark and rescue him…

Or you will pay for it…

Go go go…..

Just go there you damn folks

Sidd shared a photo of Stark with NASA on Twitter hoping that will help:

NASA. Hey guys…

On behalf of all the survivors I request you to pls find Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, resident of 10-8-80 Malibu Point, 90265, Malibu, CA. He is stuck somewhere in space without food and water with oxygen about to run out anytime now. Here’s his picture.

Galal cleverly also reminded NASA to be aware of Thanos in his tweet:

I hope you search the space for Tony Stark, nicknamed Iron Man, and bring him back to Earth for the Avengers

But beware of Thanos.

Amos also asked NASA to save Tony calling him ‘the only hope’ in the fight against Thanos:

NASA. Please look for Mr Tony Stark on space. He is wondering on a ship alone. Please save him NASA. Thank you very much. He is the only hope in order to finish thanos once and for all.

We really do hope Tony somehow finds a way home. If the trailer really did reveal his ultimate fate, I will need to bring a big box of tissues with me to the cinema!

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas worldwide on April 26, 2019.

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NASA Has Recorded Sound Of Wind On Mars

NASA SOUNDS WEBWe just found out that Uranus isn’t the only place that has wind as NASA just recorded the sounds of the wind on Mars. Last week the space agency’s InSight rover landed on the surface of the red planet after travelling a distance of more than 300 million miles over the past seven months. The

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We just found out that Uranus isn’t the only place that has wind as NASA just recorded the sounds of the wind on Mars.

Last week the space agency’s InSight rover landed on the surface of the red planet after travelling a distance of more than 300 million miles over the past seven months.

The spacecraft will stay on the planet until November 24, 2020 conducting research into what lies beneath the surface of Mars listening out for what NASA has dubbed ‘Marsquakes’.

During its research the rover discovered something unexpected this week as it recorded the sounds of the wind on the red planet which is soothing rather than howling.

The first ever sounds recorded on the planet, you can listen to the winds blowing across the rover and moving over the craft’s solar panels.

Plug in your headphones, sit back and relax as you listen to the sounds below:

Remarkably the rover does not have a microphone meaning the sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor and a seismometer which are designed to measure the Marsquakes.

Picking up vibrations in the air from the winds which were blowing between 10 and 15 miles per hour from northwest to southeast, the equipment recorded the sound waves giving us the result above.

In a press release NASA explained how it all works writing:

Two very sensitive sensors on the spacecraft detected these wind vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer sitting on the lander’s deck, awaiting deployment by InSight’s robotic arm.

The two instruments recorded the wind noise in different ways. The air pressure sensor, part of the Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem (APSS), which will collect meteorological data, recorded these air vibrations directly.

The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft’s solar panels, which are each seven feet (2.2 meters) in diameter and stick out from the sides of the lander like a giant pair of ears.

For NASA the recording was an unexpected pleasant surprise.

Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, praised the discovery saying:

Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat. But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves.

An even clearer recording of sound from Mars though will arrive in the future as in 2020 NASA’s Mars rover is scheduled to land and that craft has two microphones on board.

I am sure that will also be exciting!

When NASA’s InSight rover landed on the planet it began to take images of Mars.

One of the first photos it sent back to Earth showed a region of the planet known as Elysium Planitia.

Sharing the snap on Twitter, NASA wrote:

Wish you were here! NASA InSight sent home its first photo after Mars Landing.

InSight’s view is a flat, smooth expanse called Elysium Planitia, but its workspace is below the surface, where it will study Mars’ deep interior.

The image sent back to Earth via two mini satellites known as Marco-A and B does not really show much, as it’s partially obscured by a dust cover thanks to debris kicked up during the landing.

Soon this dust cover will disappear though allowing the rover to send back much clearer images but for now we can see the horizon of Mars in the distance.

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Flat Earther Offers $100K To Anyone Who Can Prove The Earth Is Round, Instantly Regrets It

Flat earth 2Let’s talk about the Earth for a second. Or, more specifically, the possibility of the Earth being flat. Sounds ludicrous, right? Well, there are some people who believe the theory, with more and more people buying into it. There’s even a Flat Earth Society whose numbers continue to grow every day. And now one Flat

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Let’s talk about the Earth for a second. Or, more specifically, the possibility of the Earth being flat. Sounds ludicrous, right?

Well, there are some people who believe the theory, with more and more people buying into it. There’s even a Flat Earth Society whose numbers continue to grow every day.

And now one Flat Earther has challenged people to map out a journey in order to prove that the Earth is in fact round, promising the winner $100,000.

YouTube user Flat Out Hero posted the video to his page last month, stating:

Check it out. Here’s the challenge: Using flight charts, y’know, the only navigational maps that pilots can use to navigate, the only ones that can actually get them to where they’re going. Yeah, flight charts.

He then goes on to describe the challenge in detail, which involves travelling from point A to point B, before making a 90 degree angle turn. This is then repeated until you reach point C, and again to return back to point A.

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Lost yet? Yep, me too to be honest. Science never was my strong point. To summarise though, he is basically offering anyone who can map out the specified journey a lot of money.

He then says to the camera:

Map that out, using the only navigational maps that we know. We can’t use a globe to navigate, but we know that we can use flight charts to navigate. So, map that flight round. If you can do it, $100,000 to the winner.

Now, offer anyone that amount of money and you’re putting yourself in a tricky situation: 1) Because people will do just about anything for $100,000, and 2) I refer you back to point 1.

So Wolfie6020 rose to the occasion and decided to prove the Flat Earther wrong, completing the challenge quite easily.

You can watch his video below:

The video – captioned ‘This Flat Earther owes me $100,000 – I completed his challenge – pay up buddy’ – shows the unknown man mapping out the journey on a flight chart which pilots reportedly use to navigate.

He does it successfully, in just over two minutes in fact, and shows viewers the result on screen while addressing the Flat Earther.

He states:

So there is the challenge, correctly mapped out, on a flight chart that pilots use to navigate… Correctly mapped out with the 90 degree turns, 190, 270, 360, and each leg being the same distance… So $100,000 dollars, thank you very much.

So Mr Flat Out Hero, your challenge has been answered. The requirements, as you stated them, have been satisfied. It is now your turn to honour your challenge and pay me the $100,000 dollars.

The man goes on to tell us what he is planning to do with his prize money, stating he plans to give half of it to a children’s hospital, and use the other half as prize money.

He then goes on to say:

So let’s see if you’re a man of your word and will honour your challenge.

Erm, I’m sorry to break it to you Wolfie6020 but I can almost guarantee that you will not be seeing that money in the foreseeable future. Make that, never.

A guy can dream though, and kudos for smashing the ‘challenge’ out of the park.

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