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Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 11:59 AM EDT
No, I'm not into aliens on Earth etc. What I am into is "objective" reporting, and as you will read below there is some of that in this report....I think there is an element of truth in that our world is made up of some "alien bacterial life", but how it survives on the back of a meteorite that burns up in the Earth's atmosphere is not clear...if anyone knows the answer to that question drop me a line...enjoy!
Algae-like structures found inside fragments of a meteorite which struck Sri Lanka last year prove that life exists elsewhere in the Universe, a new study claims.
A paper by an international team of scientists, their second on the subject, makes the extraordinary claim that electron microscope images of the rocks have revealed tiny fossilised life forms from outer space.
Thursday, March 7th 2013, 6:54 AM EST
Russian researchers have found previously-unknown bacteria in waters of the unique sub-glacial Lake Vostok, isolated by 4km-thick layer of ice for around the past 20 million years. Now it could offer an incredible insight into our planet’s past.
The finding from the water sample taken in May 2012 showed that the bacteria do not belong to any of the existing classes of bacteria. Before the latest discovery, science knew only one species of bacteria that can live under these conditions.
“The last analysis was completed a week ago - there will be another, but the results are unlikely to change anything. After exclusion of all known contaminants - extraneous organisms - bacterial DNA was detected, which does not coincide with any of the known species in the world,” RIA Novosti quotes Sergey Bulat of the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Russia.
All water samples will be brought to St. Petersburg in May on board the research ship Academic Fyodorov, which is currently working in the Antarctic.
Saturday, February 23rd 2013, 9:48 AM EST
A meteoroid fell to Earth on February 15, streaking some 20 to 30 kilometers above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia at 9:20am local time. Initially traveling at about 20 kilometers per second, its explosive deceleration after impact with the lower atmosphere created a flash brighter than the Sun.
This picture of the brilliant bolide (and others of its persistent trail) was captured by photographer Marat Ametvaleev, surprised during his morning sunrise session creating panoramic images of the nearby frosty landscape. An estimated 500 kilotons of energy was released by the explosion of the 17 meter wide space rock with a mass of 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Actually expected to occur on average once every 100 years, the magnitude of the Chelyabinsk event is the largest known since the Tunguska impact in 1908.
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Monday, January 21st 2013, 5:42 PM EST
Martian rocks unearthed by a meteorite may contain the strongest evidence yet that there could be life on Mars.
The evidence comes from the McLaughlin crater, created by a meteorite which smashed into the surface of Mars. VoR looks into the chances of extraterrestrial life on Mars.
The study is an attempt to answer one of humanity's age old questions: what is out there? VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Dr Joseph Michalski, a planetary geologist at London's Natural History Museum, who is one of the co-authors.
Click source for MUST LISTEN interview with Dr Joseph Michalski a planetary geologist at London's Natural History Museum about "life on Mars"
Also read: 'Strongest evidence yet to there being life on Mars'
- The Telegraph
Sunday, January 6th 2013, 1:14 PM EST
Does this image taken by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager show a "Martian flower?"
NASA has released a series of new photos taken by its Curiosity rover that appear to show a “flower” on the surface of Mars. NBCNews.com’s photo blog reports that the photos were taken as part of an effort to capture 360-degree images during Curiosity’s trek through Mars’ Yellowknife Bay.
New Jersey-based journalist and photographer Ken Kramer has assembled the Curiosity photographs, adding color to give a realistic view of what the rover is seeing on the planet’s surface.
But what has really caught people’s attention is a raw image from NASA’s photo feed that one reader on Above Top Secret has called a “Martian flower.” On the posting, the commenter going by the name “Arken,” writes: “The Albedo (or Reflectivity of Sun Light) of this object is very high, and its translucent appearance, the irregular conformation (like pistils) and the 'texture' of its wider areas is smooth, and seem that it is ground attached. This is the SECOND TRANSLUCENT ANOMALY detected by Curiosity in Gale Crater.”
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Sunday, December 30th 2012, 2:40 PM EST
CLICK this link for articles about this years Transit of Venus.
1 – Venus transits the sun
As the planets careen around the sun, there is occasionally a fortuitous alignment. In June of 2012 the planet Venus transited the sun, which means it passed in front of Sol from Earth’s perspective. As the planet began its transit, the NASA/JAXA Hinode spacecraft was on hand to take some pictures. This amazing image [featured at the top] shows the sphere of Venus passing into the sun’s corona, silhouetted by the boiling backdrop of glowing plasma.
Enjoy it — Venus won’t transit the sun again until 2117!
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Friday, December 28th 2012, 6:37 PM EST
As the supposed end of the world passed, Nasa engineers took a photo of the sun – and were stunned to find it appeared to be winking at them.
The image, which actually reveals sunspots caused by intense magnetic activity, was taken on December 22, just a few minutes after the Mayan doomsday prophecy proved to be wrong.
Taken by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, it has echoes of the famous image from the 1902 French film A Trip To The Moon, which is regarded as the first science fiction movie.
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Thursday, December 20th 2012, 11:53 AM EST
#Astonishing image was created from 477 photographs stitched together #Created by filmmaker David Breashears and nonprofit organisation #GlacierWorks to highlight the effect of climate change on the area #Team also produced stunning 'then and now' pictures to show the effect climate change on the area since 1921 #Working with Microsoft on even more detailed version
It is an astonishing image that shows the beauty and majesty of the Himalaya region. A climber and filmmaker has created the stunning mosaic of images to show the effect of climate change on the the area surrounding Mount Everest. The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest.
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Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 7:11 AM EST
Underwater photographer captures astonishing moment thousands of fish swirled into a deep sea tornado - by Nina Golgowski - Daily Mail
An underwater photographer has captured what can only be described as an undersea tornado of swirling fish seen mesmerizing divers off Mexico's coast.
Thousands of fish banded together to produce the churning mass of eyes, mouths and fins on the bottom of the Sea of Cortez’s Cabo Pulmo National Park in what photographer and scientist Octavio Aburto calls a natural though extremely rare phenomenon...click Daily Mail link for more [inc.VIDEO]
Friday, November 30th 2012, 6:41 AM EST
Shown in red are areas of Mercury's north polar region that are in shadow in all images acquired by MESSENGER to date. Image coverage, and mapping of shadows, is incomplete near the pole. The polar deposits imaged by Earth-based radar are in yellow (from Image 2.1), and the background image is the mosaic of MESSENGER images from Image 2.2. This comparison indicates that all of the polar deposits imaged by Earth-based radar are located in areas of persistent shadow as documented by MESSENGER images. Updated from N. L. Chabot et al., Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, doi: 10.1029/2012JE004172 (2012). Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo Observatory
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New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.
Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion: the first measurements of excess hydrogen at Mercury's north pole with MESSENGER's Neutron Spectrometer, the first measurements of the reflectance of Mercury's polar deposits at near-infrared wavelengths with the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), and the first detailed models of the surface and near-surface temperatures of Mercury's north polar regions that utilize the actual topography of Mercury's surface measured by the MLA.
Given its proximity to the Sun, Mercury would seem to be an unlikely place to find ice. But the tilt of Mercury's rotational axis is almost zero - less than one degree - so there are pockets at the planet's poles that never see sunlight. Scientists suggested decades ago that there might be water ice and other frozen volatiles trapped at Mercury's poles.
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