Take a Look at some of these amazing discoveries…we are certainly living in an amazing time!-A.M.

extra extra newspaperStarbirth Surprisingly Energetic: ALMA observations give new insights into protostars
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – While observing a newborn star, astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope discovered twin jets of matter blasting out into space at record-breaking speed. These surprisingly forceful molecular “winds” could help refine our understanding of how stars impact their cloudy nurseries and shape their emerging stellar systems. During their formative years … more

Comet ISON to fly by Mars
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the icy visitor from the outer solar system will skim the sun’s outer atmosphere and, if it survives, could emerge as one of the brightest comets in years. First, though, it has to fly by Mars. “Comet ISON is paying a visit to the Red Planet,” says astronomer Carey L … more

NASA Spacecraft Capture an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon which can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimenta … more

Lab-made complexes are “sun sponges”
St. Louis MO (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – In diagrams it looks like a confection of self-curling ribbon with bits of bling hung off the ribbon here and there. In fact it is a carefully designed ring of proteins with attached pigments that self-assembles into a structure that soaks up sunlight. The scientists who made it call it a testbed, or platform for rapid prototyping of light-harvesting antennas-structures found in plants and … more

Using x-ray vision to detect unseen gold
Canberra, Australai (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – Powerful x-rays can now be used to rapidly and accurately detect gold in ore samples, thanks to a fancy new technique our scientists have developed. We’re pretty excited about this, because it means mining companies will be able to recover small traces of gold that would otherwise be discarded. Given that a gold processing plant may only recover between 65 and 85 per cent of gold present i … more

Spacecraft meant to survey a billion stars arrives at launch complex
Paris (UPI) Aug 23, 2013 – A spacecraft designed for a five-year mission to map precisely the stars of the Milky Way has arrived in French Guiana for launch this year, officials said. The European Space Agency’s billion-star surveyor spacecraft dubbed Gaia left France Thursday aboard a Russian Antonov transport plane and arrived in French Guiana early Friday. “This is a very exciting day for the Gaia missi … more

New tests for determining health and environmental effects of nanomaterials
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 26, 2013 – A group of international experts from government, industry and academia have concluded that alternative testing strategies (ATSs) that don’t rely on animals will be needed to cope with the wave of new nanomaterials emerging from the boom in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Their consensus statement from a workshop on the topic appears in the journal ACS Nano. Andre Nel and colleagues … more