At 4 *billion* light years across, this quote-unquote “object” throws astronomical assumptions that go back to Einstein into doubt.
Those dots may not look like much, but they represent the 73 quasars that in all make up the largest object ever discovered in our observable universe. At its longest, the quasar group (known technically as U1.27 but more colloquially as Huge-LQG for “large quasar group”) runs about 4 *billion* light years, [...]
December 12, 2012
After 50 years in the Rock n’ Roll business, the Rolling Stones, the Heavy Weight Champions of Rock n’ Roll, have released a new greatest hits package that includes a hard-hitting, anti-establishment single titled, “Doom and Gloom.”
Just in time for the so-called apocalypse, “Doom and Gloom” proves once again that these guys can still deliver by sticking to their roots.
The music video depicts the destruction of the American [...]
CERN scientists have smashed together different types of particles together in an attempt to recreate the ‘plasma soup’ that made up the universe for the briefest of millisecond after the Big Bang.
The Large Hadron Collider, buried beneath Geneva, closes down for two years next February, following its almost-confirmed discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, so scientists are looking for a last few revelations from the universe between now and then.
Dramatic simulation could shed new light on the way the universe was formed
Researchers hope to expand the simulation to become the largest in history
Astrophysicists have created the most realistic computer simulation of the universe’s evolution to date, tracking activity from the Big Bang to now — a time span of around 14 billion years — in high resolution.
And astonishingly, they have condensed it down to just 78 seconds.
The video was [...]
UPDATE, 1:41 PM: It’s a Silver for London. The 2012 London Olympics are now the second most watched event in American TV history. The London Games have had a total audience of 210.5 million over the first 14 days. That audience across NBCUniversal’s networks of NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and Bravo beats the 1996 Atlanta Olympics’ 209 million viewership but is still behind the 215 million who saw the 2008 [...]
Astronomers have spotted the earliest known spiral galaxy, dating to just three billion years after the Big Bang.
Theories of galaxy formation held that the Universe was still too chaotic a place to allow such a perfectly formed or “grand-design” spiral to form.
It should take far longer for gravity to bring matter into thin, neat discs.
But a team reporting in Nature says the galaxy BX442 got the gravitational “kick” it needed to [...]
Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln describes the nature of the Higgs boson. Several large experimental groups are hot on the trail of this elusive subatomic particle which is thought to explain the origins of particle mass
1#The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – The Big Bang Experiment
It is a question that has vexed mankind for centuries: Are we alone in the universe?
And according to a survey, it still tops the list of mysteries we are most desperate to see solved.
In second place was a curiosity for when a cure for cancer will be found, followed by whether it will ever be proven that God exists.
Scroll down for the answers…
ET: The question of whether we are alone [...]
Japanese astronomers claim to have found the oldest galaxy in the universe using telescopes at the Hawaii observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, The Guardian reports.
The scientists estimate that the galaxy, called SXDF-NB1006-2, is 12.91 billion light years away from Earth (a light year is the distance that light travels in one year, which is about 6 trillion miles).
Can we be certain that it’s really the oldest galaxy?
Not completely. Other astronomers have made similar claims [...]
Should both Gold & Silver Bulls & Bears take a long winter sleep?
When we look at Silver prices from 1985 to today (Green line in the chart below) and compare the evolution to the one from 1967 to 1974 (black line in the chart below), we can see a very similar pattern. If price would continue to track this pattern, it could mean that silver has just entered a 20 years lasting winter [...]
Machine will process more than an ‘exabyte’ of data every day – more than the entire internet, and enough to fill 15 million 64GB iPods every day
More powerful than a million of today’s fastest PCs
Attached to huge radio telescope built to ‘see back’ to dawn of universe 13 billion years ago
Machine will output 100 times more information than Large Hadron Collider
IBM is designing a computer which will digest twice as [...]
Did you catch the OpEd in the New York Times this morning? If not here it is…
Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs
What most people are focusing on are these passages:
“I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.”
“Execute on the firm’s “axes,” which is Goldman-speak for persuading your clients to invest in the stocks or other products that we are [...]
By Howard Gold
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — For most economists, the main question is whether we will have a new recession. For Gary Shilling, the only question is how big.
Unlike many gloom and doomsters, Shilling is a genial sort who likes cracking jokes and keeps bees as a hobby. But when it comes to economics he’s dead serious: He’s been consistently gloomier than the economic fraternity and consistently [...]
The IMF is losing confidence the current program for Greece can succeed, reports Der Spiegel, citing an internal agency memo which concludes the country needs either speedier fiscal reform, or a bigger haircut on its debt, or another bailout.
Greece remains a basket case, riddled by life time employment guarantees, guilds, unions, a vast government footprint, tax evasion, systemic corrution and a spineless political system unwilling and unable to reverse decisions which defined and [...]
It seems likely that once again, Italy will be the center of the universe for the coming week (and perhaps longer).
The good news is that the transfer of power is happening as expected. Silvio Berlusconi has resigned, paving the way for technocrat Mario Monti to take power.
There’s some hope that the ECB — seeing this as a positive political development — will now intervene, and suppress Italian yields, but the [...]
Eyewitnesses have been giving their accounts of the chaos following the explosion by government buildings in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
“I see that some windows of the VG [a popular Norwegian tabloid newspaper] building and the government headquarters have been broken,” Ingunn Andersen, a journalist with Norwegian public radio NRK, said from the scene.
“Some people covered with blood are lying in the street. There [...]
A funny thing happened in Euro spreads today. While the bonds of all PIIGS countries surged higher in price (and plunged in yield) upon the announcement of the second Big Bang bailout, the reaction in core Eurozone credit was hardly as exuberant, and in fact spreads of the two core European countries pushed wider by the end of the day, and over the last [...]
By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
“After a series of competitive blunders and missteps in the last decade, the bookstore chain is under siege, cutting staff, shuttering stores, shaking up top management and flirting with bankruptcy. The company reported a net loss of $74.4 million for the quarter that ended Oct. 30 and has reported financial losses every quarter for the last three years. [...]
As municipal bankruptcies are likely about to take the country by storm, it is really the synthetic market that should be occupying investors’ attentions.
From Santhosh Bandreddi at Bank of America
The Muni CDS Market
Municipal bond spreads have been under pressure since the advent of the European sovereign crisis because of the similar negative credit headlines around the fiscal woes of muni issuers. Investors use muni CDS (MCDS) and [...]