The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (5/18)

Spitzer-star-space1prw A New Clue to Explain Existence

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, as well as a possible explanation for our own existence. Sifting data from collisions of protons and antiprotons at Fermilab’s Tevatron, which until last winter was the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the team, known as the DZero collaboration, found that the fireballs produced pairs of the particles known as muons, which are sort of fat electrons, slightly more often than they produced pairs of anti-muons. So the miniature universe inside the accelerator went from being neutral to being about 1 percent more matter than antimatter. “This result may provide an important input for explaining the matter dominance in our universe,” Guennadi Borissov, a co-leader of the study from Lancaster University, in England. 

Youtube_logo (1) YouTube's 2 Billion Viewership Exceeds Big Three TV Networks Primetime

YouTube’s viewership now exceeds that of all three networks combined during their “primetime” evening time slot, with over two billion views per day, Google announced on Sunday. Granted, YouTube’s numbers come from worldwide views, while ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast their primetime channels within the United States. But this is a significant milestone nonetheless, and hints at an eventual tipping point when the internet could become the world’s dominant video delivery system. Google also trumpeted some other key stats: people upload over a day’s worth of video to YouTube every minute; the average user spends only 15 minutes per day on the site, which YouTube would like to increase in part by renting full-length films; and YouTube has broadcasts live sports to over 200 countries.

Hamleeet World’s Largest Social Network: The Open Web

On its Web site, Facebook says it’s “giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” But the online world outside of Facebook is already a very open and connected place, thank you very much. Densely interlinked Web pages, blogs, news articles and Tweets are all visible to anyone and everyone. Instead of contributing to this interconnected, open Web world, the growing popularity of Facebook is draining it of attention, energy and posts that are in public view.


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