Chilean astronomers discover previously hidden Milky Way feature — Using the VISTA telescope, astronomers in Chile have discovered a previously undetected band of young stars hidden away behind thick clouds of dust in the central bulge of the Milky Way. The astronomers found 655 candidate variable stars of a type called Cepheids. These stars are unique in that they expand and contract at regular intervals. Their brightness can change dramatically in just a few days or months.
~ This implies there’s a previously unconfirmed, continuous supply of newly formed stars in the central region of the Milky Way.
Alien Megastructure might be ‘just’ a distorted star — The Kepler Space Telescope recently picked up unprecedented flickering behavior from a distant star, leading to speculation that—among other things—it might be an alien megastructure. Now, some astronomers are saying it might just be caused by a rapidly spinning and irregularly shaped star. Star KIC 8462852 — recently dubbed Tabby’s Star — is emitting a transit signature that defies explanation.
~ So, is Charlie Sheen an Alien Megastructure?
Primordial oxygen leaking from Rosetta’s comet — Comet 67P is full of surprises, from complex organic molecules to miniature space weather systems. Now, in an astronomical first, scientists have discovered molecular oxygen in the space rock’s tenuous atmosphere. And it may be a relic from the birth of the Solar System – Rosetta’s comet may be bleeding oxygen that’s as old as the Sun. An actual time capsule, spewing astro-paleontological history right onto our instruments.
~Well, that’s as old as the sun.
Newly-discovered Geoglyphs are so big, NASA is helping study them from space — Turgai, Kazakhstan might not look like much besides wide, sweeping plains. But over the past few years, archaeologists have revealed more than 200 massive earthworks so large that you’d never notice them from the ground. And no one knows their purpose yet.
~ Can’t see them on the ground, can only see them from high up…
Herpes drug fights cancer — US regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate and destroy melanoma.
~ Can you pass it on through kissing, though?
Some ghosts may just be sub-bass sound waves — Some ghost sightings might actually be the result of sound waves that vibrate just below our range of hearing, dubbed the ‘fear frequency.’
~ Some of these ghosts drive down my street sometimes.
Eye-popping treasures from a recently discovered Greek tomb — An American husband-and-wife team working in Greece uncovered the 3500-year-old remains of a prominent ancient warrior who was buried alongside an assortment of riches. It’s being called the most important discovery made in continental Greece in over 65 years. News of the discovery was kept under wraps until yesterday when the announcement was made by the Greek authorities.
~ He was strong, robust and well-fed – and then the debt collectors arrived.