Futurology ~ Universe annihilation, Solar System map, Io’s activity, Venus life, Civil War cannonballs, new Aussie dinosaur


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Universe could annihilate itself at the speed of light — The universe could spawn a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.
This excellent and highly entertaining new video produced by YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell tackles a speculative natural disaster of epic proportions: the collapse of the universe through vacuum decay.
~ Sorry about the cheery start to this column! Maybe Electrolux could send a tech over ….

Most details Solar System map — The HI4PI map was produced using data from the Max-Planck radio telescope in Germany, and the CSIRO radio telescope in Australia. The stunning image was compiled from more than a million individual observations, and approximately 10 billion individual data points.
~ It will help us – I mean, some – understand how the galaxy works. 

Io’s very active volcanoes — Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically-active body in our solar system, and a recent observational campaign offers a little more insight into the a terrifying hellscape that awaits any unfortunate space probes we send there.
~ ‘Hellscape’ does rather put me off visiting. But hey, what a great name for Samsung’s next smartphone!

Venus may once have been the most habitable — Venus is often referred to as Earth’s evil twin, but conditions on the planet were not always so hellish, according to research that suggests it may have been the first place in the solar system to have become habitable. The study, due to be presented this week at the at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Pasadena, concludes that at a time when primitive bacteria were emerging on Earth, Venus may have had a balmy climate and vast oceans up to 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) deep.
~ And there’s that ‘hell’ epithet again. 

Civil War cannonballs unearthed by hurricane — On Sunday, explosives experts were dispatched to Folly Island, South Carolina, after a resident found what appeared to be at least a dozen Civil War cannonballs uncovered by Hurricane Matthew.
~ The island was a staging area for Union troops. 

Australia discovers new dinosaur — Savannasaurus was a gigantic long-necked dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period some 100 million years ago. Its discovery sheds new light on sauropod evolution as well as how these impressive beasts managed to conquer the globe.
~ It’s always amazed me people think they know what the skin looked like from some bones, or even impressions of bones. They could have been polka-dotted for all we know. 

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