Futurology ~ new galaxy class, more mystery signals, planet farts, Chilean UFO, next food, Tsunami size, Moore’s Law and Intel, coal vs solar


The Chilean government has released 2014 footage of a 'UFO'
The Chilean government has released 2014 footage of a ‘UFO’

A new class of galaxy — Astronomers at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have identified a new class of ring galaxy. Named PGC 1000714, it features an elliptical core with not one, but two outer rings. It’s the only known galaxy of its kind in the known universe.
~ So far. 

Astronomers detect mysterious radio signals coming from outside our galaxy — Powerful radio signals have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space,  generating as much energy as the sun does in a whole day.
The most likely hypothesis so far for these outer-galactic FRB is that they’re coming from an exotic object such as a young neutron star, that’s rotating with enough power to regularly emit the extremely bright pulses.
~ Dang. I was hoping for some new beats. 

Black Hole farts out planet-sized gas balls — At the centre of our galaxy sits Sagittarius A, a supermassive black hole around four million times the mass of the Sun. If an unlucky star ventures too close, the black hole’s gravity tears it to shreds. But rather than leaving the gassy star corpse to die, Sagittarius A might ball up the entrails into masses bigger than planet Neptune, and fart 95% of them out of the galaxy at 20 million miles per hour
~ Crikey! (And please note that was Gizmodo’s nomenclature, not mine.) 

Chile’s unexplained UFO footage — The report from an alleged UFO sighting by the Chilean military over two years ago has just been declassified, leaving experts completely stumped. The Chilean government agency which investigates UFOs, the CEFAA, reports that a naval helicopter was carrying out a routine daylight coastal patrol in November 2014 when the camera operator noticed an unidentified flying object ahead, flying horizontally and at a steady speed similar to that of the helicopter. The mysterious object could be seen with the naked eye but couldn’t be detected with the helicopter’s radar, ground radar stations or air traffic controllers.
~ Well, it looks like it was burning fuel (main picture, above) and could do with a tune-up.

The next foods — A person born in the year 1000 AD definitely wouldn’t comprehend a Dorito, and if you showed them a Twinkie … But our food is bound to get a lot weirder.
Scientific research doesn’t just bring us more convenient and cheaper food options, but the hope of overcoming sustainability issues, too. The meat industry plays a huge role in climate change— around 10% of America’s total greenhouse gas emissions came from the agriculture sector in 2014, with almost a third of that climate-warming carbon attributed to methane from cattle. So many are fretting about how to feed the 9 billion people who will be inhabiting the planet in 2050.
~ Hanging out for that 3D-printed biscuit made of insect flour, are you?

How big can tsunamis actually get? Tsunamis are very probably the scariest natural disaster out there because they ravage everything in their path. But learning about how big they can actually get makes tsunamis even scarier. The tsunami disasters we know, like the 2011 Japan tsunami, are classified as just ‘regular’ tsunamis. There’s a whole other category of mega tsunamis that dwarf regular tsunamis in height. Back in 1958, a tsunami in Alaska generated waves as tall as 525 metres (1722 feet), which is considerably higher than the Empire State Building. (The new One World Trade Center is 541 metres (1776 feet) tall, and that’s the tallest building in New York City…)
~ I firmly believe that any tsunami over 3cms is already too big. 

Moore’s Law’s next step — Sometime in 2017, Intel will ship the first processors built using the company’s new, 10-nanometer chip-manufacturing technology. Intel says transistors produced in this way will be cheaper than those that came before, continuing the decades-long trend at the heart of Moore’s Law – and contradicting widespread talk that transistor-production costs have already sunk as low as they will go.
~ This revs the chip industry more than it’s managed to jump over the last few years. 

In 1917, they thought coal would not be used for power in 2017 — The November 12, 1917 edition of the Lincoln Evening Journal in Nebraska which ran under the headline Looking Ahead. The piece was reprinted from the Chicago News and ridiculed the idea of worrying about whether people of the future would have enough coal. They needed coal now, and there’s absolutely no way that people of the year 2017 would still be using coal as energy. But But in 2015, roughly 67% of America’s energy needs were still met by fossil fuels.
~ Well, it’s not all bad news: solar could be the cheapest energy source in less than a decade

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