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The Galaxy Insight –“In Each of Us Lies a Message, Its Beginnings Lost in the Mists of Time”

The Galaxy Insight --"“At One Time, We Thought the Way Life Came Together Was Almost Completely Random"

 

“At one time,” writes science-fiction author Dennis E. Taylor in We Are Legion (We Are Bob), “we thought that the way life came together was almost completely random, only needing an energy gradient to get going. But as we’ve moved into the information age, we’ve come to realize that life is more about information than energy. Fire has most of the characteristics of life. It eats, it grows, it reproduces. But fire retains no information. It doesn’t learn; it doesn’t adapt. The five millionth fire started by lightning will behave just like the first. But the five hundredth bacterial division will not be like the first one, especially if there is environmental pressure. That’s DNA. And RNA. That’s life.”

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“Quantum Sapiens” –Measuring Quantum Effects at the Human Scale

"Quantum Sapiens" --Measuring Quantum Fluctuations at the Human Sc

 

Now for the first time, a team led by researchers at the MIT LIGO Laboratory has measured the effects of quantum fluctuations on objects at the human scale, collapsing the boundary between the random uncertainty of the quantum world, where particles spring into and out of existence, and the orderly certainty of the classical world, where we humans live, see, and measure.

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The Galaxy Insight –“Our Role is Not to Worship a God, But to Create One”

The Galaxy Insight

 

“Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth, which is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe there shines a star.

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A Behemoth –“That Brings an End to Time and Space and the Laws of Physics”

Black Hole Clouds

 

A gargantuan black hole, known as J2157, 34 billion times the mass of our sun mass, and about 8,000 times bigger than the black hole in the center of the Milky Way, gorges on nearly the equivalent of one sun every day, according to Dr. Christopher Onken at The Australian National University (ANU) about a monster of the early universe that brings an end to time and space and the laws of physics. If the Milky Way’s black hole wanted to grow to that size, “it would have to swallow two thirds of all the stars in our Galaxy,” he added.

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Signals of the Phantom Universe –“Detected in Absolute Stillness of Our Solar System’s Center of Gravity”

Signals from the Phantom Universe --"Detected in the Absolute Stillness of Our Solar System's Center of Gravity"

 

“Using the pulsars we observe across the Milky Way galaxy, we are trying to be like a spider sitting in stillness in the middle of her web,” says Vanderbilt’s Stephen Taylor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and former astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) about the location of absolute stillness in our solar system, the center of gravity with which to measure the gravitational waves that signal the existence of the invisible paradoxes we call black holes, which have no memory, and contain the earliest memories of the universe.

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The Galaxy Insight –“The Universe is in Some Deep Sense Tied to Homo Sapiens”

The Galaxy Insight

 

“Today I think we are beginning to suspect that man is not a tiny cog that doesn’t really make much difference to the running of the huge machine, but rather that there is a much more intimate tie between man and the universe than we heretofore suspected. The physical world is in some deep sense tied to the human being. Being homo sapiens, we live on an island –the universe–surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. But, of all obstacles to a thoroughly penetrating account of existence, none looms up more dismayingly than ‘time.’

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“Darkness Shrouds the Planet” –Impact Winter Closes Case on End of Dinosaur Reign

"Darkness Shrouds the Planet" --Impact Winter Closes Case on End of Dinosaur Reign

 

The asteroid was so large that, even at the moment of impact, the top of it might have still towered more than a mile above the cruising altitude of a 747. “In its nearly instantaneous descent, it compressed the air below it so violently that it briefly became several times hotter than the surface of the sun,” is how mass-extinction authority, Peter Brannen describes the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years ago which struck the Earth off the coast of Mexico at the end of the Cretaceous, creating an epic impact winter and a momentous, transitional day for the history of life on Earth.

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“Vanished” –Mystery of a Massive Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

"Vanished" --The Mystery of a Massive Mystery Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

 

Did an unstable ‘luminous blue variable’ star some 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy collapse into a black hole without producing a supernova. Or, did it become become partially obscured by dust, like the detection of the infamous Tabby’s “alien megastructure star” discovered in 2016 by a group of astronomers at Penn State University that went viral as “the most mysterious star in the universe.”

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