December 18th, 2007

High-Energy Particles

AncientCity's Secrets
At its most glamorous, the life of an experimental high-energy physicist consists of smashing obscure subatomic particles with futuristic-sounding names into each other to uncover truths about the universe—using science's biggest, most expensive toys in exciting locations such as Switzerland or Illinois.

But it takes a decade or two to plan and build multibillion-dollar atom smashers. While waiting, what's a thrill-seeking physicist to do? How about using some of the perfectly good, and completely free, subatomic particles that rain down on Earth from space every day to peek inside something really big and mysterious, like, say, a Mayan pyramid?
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The Next Cycle

Sun's Next Cycle of Fury May Have Begun
The sun's next cycle of increased activity might have begun last week, according to a NASA scientist.

Solar activity waxes and wanes on an 11-year cycle. During the peak, the last of which occurred in 2001 and 2002, sunspots are common and solar storms frequent. The storms, which pummel Earth with charged particles, can knock out satellites and occasionally disrupt radio and even power transmissions on the planet.
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Extraterrestrial Civilizations

How Advanced Could They Possibly Be?
Today, every few weeks brings news of a new Jupiter-sized extra-solar planet being discovered, the latest being about 15 light years away orbiting around the star Gliese 876. But the best is yet to come.

The most spectacular of these findings was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, which captured breathtaking photos of a planet 450 light years away being sling-shot into space by a double-star system. Early in the next decade, scientists will launch a new kind of telescope, the interferometry space telescope, which uses the interference of light beams to enhance the resolving power of telescopes.
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My Book

Hey Everyone
I’m proud to announce that I have successfully completed the first two chapters of my book and currently working on chapter 3. I don’t want to reveal anything yet because I don’t like competition but I’ll keep you updated.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)
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Image of the Day

Ancient Handprints

Ancient Mayans created negative handprints on the walls of what we now call
HandprintCave in western Belize by taking pigment and blowing it on the walls around their hands.

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