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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the current state govt has insulted all 3 entities – Maa-Mati-Manush – during its reign.Twitter/BJPStepping up the ante against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Didi is scared and frustrated”. Addressing a public rally in Mamata Banerjee’s home turf, PM Modi accused Banerjee of supporting anti-nationals. Modi said Banerjee is backing people who want two prime ministers in the country – one for Jammu and Kashmir and one for the rest of the nation. “Can you imagine this? Didi, your companions are openly claiming that India should have two Prime Ministers,” Modi said.”Didi is backing anti-national people. You trusted her too much but she betrayed your trust,” PM Modi told the crowd in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar on Sunday, April 7. PM Modi slammed Banerjee for forging an opposition alliance with the likes of National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah, who recently advocated a separate premier for Jammu and Kashmir.”The people of the nation and Bengal should know that a son of this soil sacrificed his life for one leader, one nation, and one sign. His name is Shamya Prasad Mukherjee. Didi (Banerjee), you are sitting with them? Is it not an insult to the soil of Bengal, to the country’s sacrifice and to the brave martyrs?” he asked.Accusing the Trinamool Congress supremo of joining hands with those who want the nation to be divided into many pieces, Modi said the Bengal Chief Minister does not care if their decisions create chaos and unrest in the country.”In a bid to oppose Modi, Didi is being friends with such people. She does not care if there is chaos and unrest in the country,” he said.”Friends, you have relied a lot on Didi but she has demolished your faith. The nexus of aunt and nephew has rouged this great land with goons, infiltrators, human and animal traffickers and extortionists. Didi and his companions have put breaks on people’s hopes and aspirations,” Modi alleged.Taking a swipe at the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress slogan of “Maa-Mati-Manush” (Mother-Motherland-People), Modi claimed that the current state government has insulted all three entities during its reign.”The truth behind the Maa-Mati-Manush government is something else. For the sake of her vote bank politics, Didi has joined hands with those who raise slogans to break India into many pieces.”By letting infiltrators in, she has also betrayed the land of Bengal and by advocating a rule of hooliganism in the state, she has destroyed all hopes of the people of West Bengal,” he added.
Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s President Thursday, with Australia’s Prime Minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine’s leader urging Russia to withdraw.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a sharp critic of Russia since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in July over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, said Russia must honor a little-respected cease-fire agreement signed in September.Asked by a journalist if Australia was taking sides in a European war, Abbott replied: “The side we take is the side of freedom.”
Excessive internet use is likely to contribute to the development of school burnout, which may, in turn, increase digital addiction in adolescents, new research reveals.Burnout is a condition of exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation as a result of prolonged stress or frustration. The findings showed that as a result of school burnout, adolescents’ excessive internet use could ultimately lead them to depression.Exposure to digital addiction is most likely to happen if the adolescent loses interest in school and feels cynicism towards school, the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, depressive symptoms and school burnout in late adolescence were found to be more common among girls than boys. Boys suffer more from excessive internet use than girls.The most critical stage for tackling the problem of digital addiction and school burnout is age 13-15.Promoting more activity in school, building up students’ motivation to learn can prevent school burnout as well as support adolescents’ mental health and avert excessive internet use, the researchers suggested in the paper published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study — Mind the Gap —is a longitudinal research project funded by the Academy of Finland, explored the reciprocal associations between excessive Internet use, school engagement, school burnout and depression among adolescents. The former group of early adolescents consisted of lower-school 6th graders born in 2000. The late adolescents were first-year upper secondary school students born in 1997.
3 min read April 23, 2014 Here’s how it will all work, direct from a statement jointly released today by Garzik’s company and Deep Space Industries:Bitcoin transactions become official once a group of them are encoded – or “solved” by independent computing efforts — into a block and added to the blockchain, a record of every bitcoin transfer ever made. BitSats broadcasting the most recently solved blocks will provide a cross-check to verify that the blocks available on the terrestrial network haven’t been spoofed, as well as providing the latest blocks to locations off the terrestrial grid.Raining Bitcoin’s block chain down on Earth might sound farfetched, but it’s more serious than snapping a pic of a pic of Dogecoin, a spin off digital currency that started as a joke, aboard the International Space Station, like astronaut Rick Mastracchio recently did.Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon? NASA Takes a Step in That DirectionIf you’re inspired to put your bitcoins behind the donations-supported effort to create and fly the BitSat system — and into space in a roundabout way — you can pitch in via this donation address. Bitcoin payment processor BitPay is handling all contributions, which, if humblebrag tweets from donors are any indication, are already trickling in.How many BTC do you want to bet the Winklevii boys will donate, if they haven’t already? The twin Bitcoin-boosting tech entrepreneurs footed their tickets to space aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic in bitcoins and you can, too…. if you just happen to have $250,000 to spare. Make that 511.4 BTC (according to current Bitcoin prices at press time).Related: 3 Celebs Jumping on the Bitcoin Bandwagon (and One Who Says She’s an ‘Idiot’ for Missing It) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Have no fear, Bitcoiners. Should Bitcoin’s block chain public ledger ever get Goxed here on Earth, a backup in space — yes, in outer space! — could come to the rescue. Seriously.Futurist, Bitcoin pioneer and huge fan of the final frontier Jeff Garzik said nearly two years ago that he wanted to blast satellites into orbit to beam the bitcoin block chain down to our planet from the great beyond.He wasn’t kidding, and he’s just taken a very real, not so small step in the direction of his space dreams. Related: These Angel Investors Want to Make Bitcoin ‘Sexy’ for Average PeopleGarzik’s spaceflight startup Dunvegan Space Systems announced today that it has penned a “preliminary design contract” with Deep Space Industries to build an orbital node system for the BitSat project.The nonprofit initiative, which Garzik is drumming up donations to help fund, aims to create a “constellation of tiny BitSats [satellites] continuously broadcasting the latest bitcoin block from orbit…. “ You know, just in case of “disruptions or outages to the terrestrial bitcoin P2P mesh network.”.@gregoryagnes Yes! BitSat donations requested to 1M9MyyPsAak7zRjW4D96pTxDaAEpDDZLR7 Donate 1.0 BTC or more, for special sponsorship lvl.— Jeff Garzik (@jgarzik) April 23, 2014 Register Now »
Goat yoga actually exists – and it is glorious Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share ALBANY, OR — We’ve all heard of Downward Dog – but Downward Goat?A free-spirited woman in Albany, Oregon has come up with a revolutionary – and adorable – new way to practice traditional yoga – with a goat.Yes, you read correctly.Lainey Morse’s goat yoga classes have become so popular, says CNN, that there’s currently a 1,200-person waiting list – and it’s growing each day. Morse teaches classes at her Oregon farm – No Regrets – where eight of her goats have open access to yogis. Participants are encouraged to snuggle, pet and generally ‘be one’ with the animals, some even going so far as to let the goats walk all over them.According to Morse, people are coming from states away, all for the chance to lift their spirits.“It may sound silly, but goat yoga is really helping people,” she told CNN. “People come in that have anxiety, depression, they’re recovering from cancer or illness. It’s not curing diseases, but it’s helping people cope with whatever they’re going through.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAnd for people who just love animals, plain and simple, goat yoga has just been added to their bucket lists. Where do we sign up? Tags: LOL, Wellness Travel Posted by Wednesday, January 18, 2017