Fingerprints Detected of Very First Stars –“Opens a New Window on Dawn of the Universe” (VIDEO)



Now, after 12 years of experimental effort, a team of scientists, led by ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration astronomer Judd Bowman, has detected the fingerprints of the earliest stars in the universe. Using radio signals, the detection provides the first evidence for the oldest ancestors in our cosmic family tree, born by a mere 180 million years after the universe began.


Today’s “Planet Earth Report” –Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘Why I’m Writing Captain America, and Why it Scares the Hell Out of Me’ (WATCH Video)

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Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. Writers don’t write comics so much as they draw them with words. Everything has to be shown, a fact I knew going into the work, but could not truly know until I had actually done it. For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America.


Infecting Our Solar System? –“SpaceX Red Tesla May Be the Largest Load of Earthly Bacteria to Ever Enter Space”




"The load of bacteria on the Tesla could be considered a biothreat, or a backup copy of life on Earth," she said Alina Alexeenko, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue, who works in a lab that specializes in freeze-drying bacteria and biologics. The freeze-drying technology is used for long-term preservation of live virus vaccines, bacteria and biopharmaceuticals – a process similar to what live organisms experience in space.


EcoNews–“Wind and Solar Could Meet Most but Not All Electricity Needs”


Wind and solar power could generate most but not all electricity in the United States, according to an analysis of 36 years of weather data by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira, and three Carnegie-affiliated energy experts: Matthew Shaner, Steven Davis (of University of California Irvine), and Nathan Lewis (of Caltech).


Outbursts from Supermassive Black Hole at Milky Way Center Forming Super Earths


A team of astrophysicists and planetary scientists has predicted that Neptune-like planets located near the center of the Milky Way galaxy have been transformed into rocky planets by outbursts generated by the nearby supermassive black hole.



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