Bright galaxy sheds light on early Universe Astronomers said on Wednesday they had snared light from a bright, ancient galaxy with a super-massive black hole at its core, a finding that would help explain aspects of the young Universe. The phenomenon is called a quasar, which are very bright but very distant galaxies with a mighty black hole at their heart. Until now, the most distant quasar ever seen sent light 870 million years after the Big Bang, which is believed to have occurred nearly 13.7 billion years ago. This record has now been beaten by European astronomers, who after a five-year probe found a quasar whose light was emitted just 770 million years after the cosmic birth. ULAS J1120+0641 has a "redshift" -- a signature of red light that is a telltale of distance -- of 8.6, meaning that the light took 12.9 billion years to reach us. "This quasar is a vital probe of the early Universe," said team leader Stephen Warren of the astrophysics group at Imperial College London.
Metaphysics Colleges, Metaphysical University, Spiritual Enlightenment The Singularity is Sexy: The Loveliest Robot and Cyborg Art [NSFW] Would be nice to have a few sexy dudes in this gallery. If anybody can find me some, please post some here! Seconded. I couldn't find guy pictures that were cute and fun rather than broody, but I would love to see people's suggestions. Ahh, I was starting to think that erotic images of cyborg males were rare in general. SExpand Not really cute and fun as CJA might want, but here's some cyborg beefcake, courtesy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution! I added a few more. Part of the problem, for me, is knowing what keywords to search on. Actually we considered including that one originally. It's from the CGI trailer, but there's the original concept piece for it by Jim Murray. It's hard to find indeed! Oh cool. I love Kiriko Moth... she's a friend of mine. Coming right up. *gets out the silver paint and digital camera Yay! Well, I searched for Sezy Robot guy and found this Nobody can say that's not one sexy robot.
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Most Distant Quasar Found A team of European astronomers has used ESO's Very Large Telescope and a host of other telescopes to discover and study the most distant quasar found to date. This brilliant beacon, powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun, is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe. The results will appear in the 30 June 2011 issue of the journal Nature. "This quasar is a vital probe of the early Universe. Quasars are very bright, distant galaxies that are believed to be powered by supermassive black holes at their centres. The quasar that has just been found, named ULAS J1120+0641 , is seen as it was only 770 million years after the Big Bang (redshift 7.1, ). Although more distant objects have been confirmed (such as a gamma-ray burst at redshift 8.2, eso0917, and a galaxy at redshift 8.6, eso1041), the newly discovered quasar is hundreds of times brighter than these.  UKIRT is the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.
Leidinggevende Indiase astronoom vreest dat Apocalyps 2012 toch waar is Leidinggevende Indiase astronoom vreest dat Apocalyps 2012 toch waar is De Indiase astronoom professor K. Sundara Raman, hoofdwetenschapper aan de Kodaikanal Zonnesterrewacht in zuidelijk India, vreest dat de op het veronderstelde einde van de Mayakalender gebaseerde doemdenkprofetiën over het einde van de wereld op 21 december 2012 misschien toch waar zouden kunnen zijn. De zonne-expert heeft namelijk berekend dat er uitgerekend op die datum extreem abnormale zonnestormen zullen optreden, die verwoestende gevolgen zouden kunnen hebben voor onze planeet. Hoewel professor Raman net als veel andere sceptische wetenschappers de Maya-profetieën als een mythe beschouwt, komt de gevierde astronoom nu toch tot de opmerkelijke conclusie dat de Aarde op 21 december 2012 inderdaad zoiets als een apocalyptische gebeurtenis te wachten staat. Volgens John G. 'Na drie dagen is er geen enkele communicatie meer mogelijk, omdat de hele telecommunicatie infrastructuur is uitgevallen. Xander Zie ook:
Kim Jong-il is dead. Here's his monster movie. As bad as it was under Japanese rule I imagine it was much worse under Kim. Maybe under his father Il Sung during the war... but the majority of Kim Il Jong's problems were cumulative. Such as food shortages, starvation of free information etc. When the Japanese were there, there were public mutilations of the locals - they fitted in to part of their world-view at the time that the Chinese and Koreans were 'lesser' races Which is stupid considering Japanese are most likely descended from Koreans who went to the island for whatever reason. I think a lot of the East Asian races would like to feel that their race is unique in the sense that they don't share similar genetics with each other.
Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil A brilliant young man, he was appointed professor at the University of Basel aged 24 having not even finished his degree. His evanescent philosophical life ended 20 years later when he went insane and died shortly afterwards. Nietzsche's argued that the Christian system of faith and worship was not only incorrect, but harmful to society because it allowed the weak to rule the strong - it suppressed the will to power which was the driving force of human character. Nietzsche wanted people to throw of the shackles of our misguided Christian morality and become supermen - free and titanic. However, without God he felt that the future of man might spiral into a society of nihilism, devoid of any meaning; his aim was for man to realise the lack of divine purpose and create his own values. The core of Nietzsche's work, including Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-92), Beyond Good and Evil (1886), The Birth of Tragedy (1872) was to find a meaning and morality in the absence of God.
Hilary Mantel · Royal Bodies · LRB 21 February 2013 Last summer at the festival in Hay-on-Wye, I was asked to name a famous person and choose a book to give them. I hate the leaden repetitiveness of these little quizzes: who would be the guests at your ideal dinner party, what book has changed your life, which fictional character do you most resemble? I had to come up with an answer, however, so I chose Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and I chose to give her a book published in 2006, by the cultural historian Caroline Weber; it’s called Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution. It’s not that I think we’re heading for a revolution. It’s rather that I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore. Marie Antoinette was a woman eaten alive by her frocks. Antoinette as a royal consort was a gliding, smiling disaster, much like Diana in another time and another country.