Brightest galaxy by far — Using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have catalogued 20 previously undetected galaxies that are so bright they belong to an entirely new class of objects, including one that releases 10,000 times more energy than the Milky Way — even though it’s smaller.
These hyperluminous infrared galaxies shine as bright as 10 trillion Suns. But as a new paper published in the May 22 issue of The Astrophysical Journal now shows, there are galaxies even brighter than HyLIRGs.
~ Rayban gears up for new Spacefarer model …
Mars’ moons formed like ours did — Astronomers have long believed Mars snatched its two moons Phobos and Deimos from the asteroid belt. That would explain why the objects look like asteroids: dark, crater-pocked, and potato-shaped. But computer simulations by two independent teams of astronomers indicate that Mars’s moons formed much like ours did: after a giant space rock smashed into the planet and sprayed debris into orbit.
NASA’s lightweight satellite solution — Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable by using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.
~ The GoPro Drones of space.
Wacky Russian smartphone with a dual LED/E-Ink screens — The general consensus about YotaPhone, the wacky Russian smartphone with a dual LED and E-Ink screen, was simple: I’m not sure how useful it is, but I want to try that. Now the company is funding a North American run for the phone on IndieGoGo, and damn, people sure are excited about it. The company was offering a $US75 discount to anyone who backed in the first 48 hours to be sold in the US and Canada.
Large Hadron made history again — on 14th May, CERN scientists made history by using the most powerful particle accelerator in the world to hurl beams of protons together at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV (tera-electronvolts) — a full 5 TeV higher than the previous standard.
Entering a Van Gogh — Animator Mackenzie Cauley turned Vincent van Gogh’s work into a 3D so you can tour the cafe and explore the dizzyingly vivid world that Van Gogh lived in. It’s awesome. Discover more about Cauley’s work here.
~ Cant make up my mind about this one.
Homemade propane canon — A bloke connected a self-igniting propane torch to some tubes and then coloured the flame so it pops off green when it blasts. It looks like an alien’s weapon!
~ That’s one way of getting stray dogs out of your garden.
Oldest stone tools predate humans … Archeologists working in Kenya have discovered the world’s oldest stone tools. At 3.3 million years, they’re 700,000 years older than what were previously the most ancient stone tools ever discovered.
In fact, they’re even older than humans.
~ Which all changes the accepted narrative of our brain evolution.