Jayanne English, University of Manitoba/NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS NASA astronomers have discovered a pulsar zipping though space like a hyperspeed cosmic cannonball, travelling at 2.5 million miles per hour — five times faster than your average pulsar.At that speed, it’s travelling at a startling 694 miles per second. If you could somehow build a cannon capable of firing this pulsar from the starboard side of your pirate ship in the Atlantic Ocean, it would speed around the Earth and hit your port side 35 seconds later. Arrrr!Pirate ships aside, a pulsar is the rapidly rotating, dense star left behind in the wake of a massive supernova explosion. Astronomers believe that the explosion can send the pulsar hurtling through space like a cannonball. This one, named PSR J0002+6216, was discovered using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which originally launched to space in 2008, and a suite of Earth-based radio telescopes known as the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.PSR J0002+6216 — or “J0002″ — is not like most of those other, standard, boring, pulsars we’ve seen before. No, J0002, is like the Sonic the Hedgehog version of a pulsar — faster than 99 percent of those we’ve measured in the past. Thanks to Fermi, which launched in 2008, there is a decade of data with which to analyze J0002, meaning the research team could provide an accurate measurement of its movements.”The longer the data set, the more powerful the pulsar timing technique is,” said Matthew Kerr, a researcher with the US Naval Research Laboratory. “Fermi’s lovely 10-year data set is essentially what made this measurement possible.” Tags Share your voice 13 Photos Sci-Tech 0 NASA J0002 currently lies about 6,500 light-years away in a constellation known as Cassiopeia, and 53 light-years away from the remnants of a huge stellar explosion known as CTB 1. That explosion took place around 10,000 years ago and resulted in a rapidly expanding bubble of gas that engulfed the pulsar.But around 5,000 years ago, the incredibly fast pulsar would have burst though the ghostly gas cloud, and continued speeding away, resulting in the fabulous image at the top of this article showing a streaky, fiery yellow tail. That tail looks small in the image, but it extends 13 light-years behind the speeding cosmic cannonball.The tail also allows astronomers to trace the origin of the pulsar, giving them a better chance to understand how it formed and how it was ejected from the supernova explosion.”Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.The pulsar was first discovered in 2017 as part of a citizen-science project known as Einstein@Home. That project uses the processing power of idling computers to search Fermi’s mountain of data for hints of a pulsar and, to date, has enabled the discovery of 23.The work will be published in an upcoming edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Post a comment
The US-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed top cleric in an air strike in May on a Syrian town near the Iraqi border.“Coalition forces killed Turki Binali, the self-proclaimed ‘Grand Mufti’ or chief cleric of ISIS in an air strike 31 May in Mayadeen, Syria,” the coalition said in a statement, using an acronym for the jihadist group.Rumours of Binali’s death had circulated after the strike, but there was no official confirmation until the statement.It described Binali as “a close confidant” of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he “had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world.”A 2016 US Treasury Department counter-terrorism designation identified Binali as a citizen of Bahrain born in the country in 1984.He was also listed under UN sanctions, which described him as having been chosen as IS’s “chief religious advisor” in 2014.He served as head of IS’s religious compliance police, a recruiter of foreign fighters and on a team of advisors to Baghdadi, according to the UN listing.He was killed in a strike that came days after another US-led coalition air raid on Mayadeen that reportedly killed the founder of IS’s notorious Amaq propaganda agency.The 29 May strike killed Rayan Mashaal, also known as Baraa Kadek, according to local Syrian activists, though the coalition has not yet confirmed that.The IS deaths come as the group is under major pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.Its fighters are surrounded in the Old City of Iraq’s Mosul, and under attack in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa from a US-backed alliance that has also seized four neighbourhoods of the city.Russia said on Friday it was seeking to verify whether Baghdadi was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night raid in Syria last month.More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests before spiralling into a war that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:59 Listen X – / 9While the oil and gas industry is in recovery from a two-year slump, which has had a negative impact on Houston especially, the chemical industry has been experiencing a boom.In the last few years, many chemical companies built new facilities or expanded existing ones here on the Gulf Coast.In March, the BASF plant in Beaumont celebrated its $270 million expansion to produce the herbicide dicamba.“Our expansion project literally employed hundreds of additional people here in Beaumont,” site director Debbie Dallie said during the opening ceremony.A week later, Brazilian chemical company Braskem opened its new UTEC plant in La Porte.UTEC is made from polyethylene and mostly used in industrial applications. “It gives us the opportunity to add our seventh asset here in the United States,” Chris Gee, UTEC business leader, said. “And our first polyethylene plant in the United States.”These projects are part of more than $50 billion worth of chemical plant construction in the Houston region since 2013.“That’s the equivalent of maybe, in terms of capital equivalent, maybe 200 downtown office buildings,” said Bill Gilmer, director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.He said the construction boom began when the price of natural gas collapsed in 2013 thanks to hydraulic fracturing.In the United States, natural gas is used to make plastic. In most other parts of the world, they use oil – which at the time was still at about $100 per barrel. “So the rest of the world is trying to make plastics with feedstocks that cost $100 per barrel,” Gilmer said, “while here in Houston, because we use natural gas liquids, we were making the same plastics with a feedstock that cost $15-20 per barrel. Enormous advantage.”Then in late 2014, the price of oil tanked, which spelled big trouble for the Houston economy. So the petrochemical boom couldn’t have come at a more convenient time. “Just as we’re losing tens of thousands of jobs on the west side of Houston, we’re hiring tens of thousands of construction workers on the east side.”But that east side boom is about to be over.Gilmer said projects will wind down rapidly after this year – from almost $23 billion worth of projects completed to just under $5 billion next year. “They’re built and they leave behind relatively few permanent jobs,” he said. “These big plants are what’s called continuous process engineering, which means you turn them on and let them run for six months, and there will be a crew of maybe 40 or 50 people.”Texas-wide, the American Chemistry Council projects the industry will create 195,000 jobs by 2023. “Now some of those are going to be construction jobs,” the ACC’s Anne Kolton said. She said tens of thousands of Texas jobs will be permanent. “It’s going to be new, lasting, high-paying manufacturing jobs in the Gulf Coast and hopefully in other areas of the country as well.”Gilmer said after this year there will still be new plants and expansions, but at a much lower level – regardless of how low the price of natural gas is. “I think we’re going to have all the plastic and synthetic rubber that we need for the next 30 or 40 years.”He said it would have been nice for Houston to be fully recovered from the oil downturn before the chemical boom winds down. Share
Share 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Flickr/Kumar AppaiahDemocrats head into the next state legislative session with more influence than they’ve had in a decade, thanks to this week’s mid-term election. They picked up 12 seats in the Texas House of Representatives and two in the Senate.Last session, the Republican-led Senate passed a raft of conservative bills that were ultimately killed in the Republican-led lower chamber, run by Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate. House conservatives hoped Straus’s retirement would make it easier to name one of their own to the speakership. Sherri Greenberg, a former Democratic state representative, says Tuesday’s vote makes that less likely.“It could make a difference in having, for instance, a Republican who’s more of a moderate as speaker and to get some Democrats in the coalition to win the speaker’s race,” says Greenberg, now a professor at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had hoped to revive a number of the bills that died in 2017, such as the one relating to school vouchers. The increase in Democratic senators will make it more difficult to move legislation they oppose.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 42-year-old man whose body was found in Mankad area of Bud Bud in East Burdwan on Wednesday morning.According to police, the face of the victim was disfigured. Police suspect that someone might have hit him on his face with a heavy substance. The investigating officers recovered vermilion, some garlands and threads from the place where his body was spotted. Police suspect black magic might have been performed in the area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim has been identified as Raju Hasda (42), a resident of Kuchidanga village in Budbud. The locals found the body on Wednesday morning and informed the matter to the police. They rushed to the spot and recovered the body. There were serious injuries on his face and head.The nature of his injuries suggest the victim was hit by a heavy substance like a chunk of concrete. The exact cause of his death is yet to be ascertained by police.After interrogating the neighbours of the victim, police came to know Hasda used to practice black magic along with a friend of him. The locals also told police that the victim was found consuming liquor with his friend on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have detained a person for interrogation.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that more than one person might have been involved in the crime.The body has been sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on the death of the victim.Police are investigating if there was any other angle into the incident. They are not ruling of a triangular love relationship which might have led to the murder.The investigating officers also collected samples from the place where the victim’s body was found. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.Some of the villagers are also being interrogated in this connection.
Categories: News 07Jan Rep. Price maintains perfect voting record State Rep. Amanda Price maintained a perfect voting record during the entire 2013-2014 legislative session, according to an official tally.The House took 1,345 roll call votes and Rep. Price, R-Park Township, did not miss a single vote. Price has maintained a perfect voting record during her entire four-year tenure in the House of Representatives.“The efficacy of our state government is dependent on the voting process and it is essential to ensure the thoughts and concerns of the 89th House District are represented on every issue affecting Michigan,” Price said. “My utmost priority is to listen and carry on the voices of my constituents at every opportunity to make sure they are heard.”Last session, the state Legislature approved measures to continue to increase Michigan’s economic growth and outlook. Additionally, legislation sponsored by Price was approved to strengthen the penalties against the use of pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine to protect the safety and well-being of Ottawa County residents, as well as protect the rights of breast-feeding mothers.“While there is still much progress to be made, I am confident in the steps we have taken toward a brighter Michigan future,” Price said. “I look forward to continuing to listen to and represent the people of Ottawa County.”###
Entone CEO, Steve McKaySet top box maker and internet TV technology provider, Amino, has agreed to buy cloud TV firm Entone for a total price of US$73 million (€67 million).UK-based Amino said the deal marked the consolidation of a direct competitor and that the agreement will increase its global footprint and scale, with US-based Entone claiming 150-plus global customers.Amino is a provider of digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, OTT and in-home multimedia distribution, while Entone is a provider of broadcast hybrid TV and connected home solutions.The takeover will see Amino buy the entire issued share capital of Entone for an initial cash consideration of $65.0 million, and a deferred consideration of US$8 million – to be paid in two instalments a year and two years after the deal closes.“The proposed acquisition of Entone has the potential to transform our business and broaden our capabilities and market reach globally across IPTV, hybrid broadcast and a range of connected home solutions,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva.He claimed that the deal also aligns closely with Amino’s recent acquisition of Finland-based cloud TV platform provider, Booxmedia, which was agreed for €7.9 million in May.“We anticipate a number of synergies between the two companies and expect the proposed acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of combined operations,” said McGarva.Entone CEO Steve McKay added that Amino and Entone’s solutions are “highly complementary” and that together the firms will create a “significant new presence in the pay TV market.”“We share a very similar vision as to how our industry is changing and the kinds of solutions that are required to address both existing and new customers,” said McKay.The news came as Amino reported first half revenue, for the six months ended May 31, of £17.9 million – up 9% year-on-year. Gross profit was up 23% over the same period to £9.1 million.The Entone deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.
POLICE are warning of the dangers of youths on railway tracks in Co Derry.A police spokesperson said: “We have received reports of youths throwing stones from the rail way tracks at Dhu Varren train stop.“Several cars have been damaged as a result. “Not only is this a criminal offence but anyone on the train line is putting themselves in tremendous danger.“A train can’t swerve to avoid you and anyone on the tracks is putting themselves and the lives of other rail users at severe risk without thinking of the consequences of their actions.”POLICE WARNING OVER YOUTHS THROWING STONES ON RAILWAY TRACKS was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet DHU VARRENlimavadyPOLICE WARNING OVER YOUTHS THROWING STONES ON RAILWAY TRACKS