Jupiter-like planet rains rubies and sapphires — A Jupiter-like planet located 1000 light-years from Earth is exhibiting some rather strange meteorological behavior. The clouds on this planet appear to be made from corundum — the same mineral that produces rubies and sapphires.
~ I predict a glut on the market once we reach that one.
Dwarf planet Ceres has a dark secret — If you thought those bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres were cool, that was only the half of it. Ceres is also covered in dark spots, craters that — because of their position — never see the light of day. Now, astronomers have discovered that at least one and perhaps many of these shadowy regions are filled with water ice.
~ Well, there goes that secret.
Japan sends its new space junk-fighting technology to the ISS — What floats 400 kms (249 miles) high in the sky, stretches over 700 metres (2300 feet) and took over 10 years to develop? Japan launched a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Station, carrying a space junk collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.
~ The by-catch could be interesting.
Futuristic predictions that came true in 2016 — Another year has passed, which means we’re another step closer to the tomorrow of our dreams. Here are the most futuristic developments of 2016 from Gizmodo.
~ I still think a jet pack could lead to embarrassing bottom burns.
Quantum gravity research could unearth the true nature of time — Theoretical physicists striving to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity into an all-encompassing theory of quantum gravity face what’s called the ‘problem of time.’
~ I thought the true nature of time was that there’s loads of it, but there always seems to never be enough.
Disturbing visualisations of carbon dioxide and earth — Scientists at NASA have created a stunning high-resolution 3D visualization showing the complex ebbs and flows of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere over the course of an entire year. It’s a unique perspective that’s sure to change the way you think about this problematic greenhouse gas.
~ The new video, thanks to its 3D view, is eye opening.
World energy hits a turning point with solar that’s cheaper than wind — A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity.
~ Hoorah! Take that, power companies!
I’m out of here — That’s right, I’m taking a pre-Christmas break to a wonderful New Zealand beach with no internet. That means no updates till Friday 23rd December, sorry, and MagBytes will be delayed a week, so will appear between Christmas and New Years! But that’s my only holiday this southern summer.
Thank you for following Mac NZ, and drive safely, eat well and be nice!All the best for 2017.