“The Black Hole Paradox” –New Theory Says Soon After Big Bang, Black Holes Lit Up the Universe




Soon after the Big Bang, the universe went completely dark. The intense, seminal event that created the cosmos churned up so much hot, thick gas that light was completely trapped. Much later—perhaps as many as one billion years after the Big Bang—the universe expanded, became more transparent, and eventually filled up with galaxies, planets, stars, and other objects that give off visible light. That's the universe we know today.


Hell & High Water: “Houston Was Warned” –The Inside Story of the Impact of Hurricane Harvey




“Houston’s perfect storm is coming — and it’s not a matter of if but when,” journalists wrote, a year and a half ago. “Why isn’t Texas ready?”


“Beyond Biology” –MIT’s Max Tegmark on Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” (VIDEO)




Despite the most powerful technologies we have today, all life forms we know of remain fundamentally limited by their biological hardware. None can live for a million years, memorize all of Wikipedia, understand all known science or enjoy spaceflight without a spacecraft. None can transform our largely lifeless cosmos into a diverse biosphere that will flourish for billions or trillions of years, enabling our universe to finally fulfill its potential and wake up fully. All this requires life to undergo a final upgrade, to Life 3.0, which can design not only its software but also its hardware. In other words, Life 3.0 is the master of its own destiny, finally fully free from its evolutionary shackles.


The James Webb –Most Powerful Known Telescope in the Universe Threatened by Harvey’s Rising Floodwaters (VIDEO)


Isolated in a giant thermal vacuum chamber, NASA’s $8.6 billion next-generation observatory is riding out the worst of Hurricane Harvey, sitting inside a massive, sealed cryogenic chamber at the Johnson Space Center, home of the nation’s astronaut corps and the control center for the International Space Station, JSC is the heart of NASA’s human spaceflight program, a sprawling NASA facility in southeast Houston surrounded by rising floodwaters that some estimates put at 20 trillion gallons.


Galaxy Clusters of the Cosmos –“May Unlock the Secrets of Dark Matter and Dark Energy”




It's a cosmic irony: the biggest things in the universe can also be the hardest to find. A single galaxy cluster can be as massive as a quadrillion suns, yet faraway clusters are so faint that they are practically invisible to all but the biggest Earth-bound telescopes. Distant clusters hold pieces of the story of how the web-like structure of the universe first emerged and could help illuminate the true nature of dark energy and dark matter.



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