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Researchers make surprising discovery in one of the universe’s oldest stars

Researchers make surprising discovery in one of the universe’s oldest stars

It’s one of the oldest known stars in the universe and it’s been hiding a surprise, according to new research. The primitive star is known as J0815+4729. It’s 5,000 light-years away from us in the Lynx constellation. And when astronomers used the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawaii to study it, they were…MORE

Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, another first in space

Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, another first in space

The first batch of cookies in space have been baked in a zero-gravity oven, but the astronaut bakers didn’t even get to try them. Instead, three of the five cookies returned to Earth on one of SpaceX’s Dragon capsules on January 8 and were moved to cold storage in Houston. But in a nice bonus,…MORE

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Although NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission ended in 2018, astronomers are still finding surprises in the data provided by the space telescope. One of those surprises included the unexpected finding of a white dwarf star that’s draining the life from its brown dwarf companion, according to a new study. Ryan Ridden-Harper, a postdoctoral fellow at the…MORE

Radioactive dinosaur skull helped researchers make new discovery

Radioactive dinosaur skull helped researchers make new discovery

Allosaurus was a fierce predator at the top of the dinosaur food chain millions of years before Tyrannosaurus rex claimed its “king of the dinosaurs” title and researchers have now discovered the earliest known species of Allosaurus. The new species, Allosaurus jimmadsen, has been revealed at the Natural History Museum of Utah, home to the…MORE

Scientists discovered four new species of sharks that walk

Scientists discovered four new species of sharks that walk

So — some sharks walk. Just not the scary ones. While great whites haunt the deep, walking sharks are content to scuttle in the shallows. They’ve been walking, or something close to it, for at least 9 million years. They’re evolutionary superstars, too: Walking sharks could be the most recently evolved shark on Earth. That’s…MORE

Curiosity rover overcomes temporary freeze after ‘attitude adjustment’

Curiosity rover overcomes temporary freeze after ‘attitude adjustment’

Like any intrepid explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover has to do safety checks before moving around on the Martian surface. Those who maintain communication with the rover on Earth keep an eye on those safety checks, like a parent getting messages from their traveling child. Last week, the rover didn’t seem to understand where it was,…MORE

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…