Some young stars in the Milky Way are blinged out all the way down to the nanoscale, sporting clouds of tiny diamonds so hot they actually glow.Astronomers have discovered that a faint and until now unexplained microwave light coming from several protoplanetary disks in our galaxy is caused by massive swarms of microscopic diamonds in space. The disks are basically swarms of dust and debris surrounding a star so young that planets are just beginning to form around it. It turns out that some adolescent star systems like to spend a significant amount of their carbon on that sparkling "ice," which announces their existence to the rest of the galaxy a little ostentatiously."In a Sherlock Holmes-like method of eliminating all other causes, we can confidently say the best candidate capable of producing this microwave glow is the presence of nanodiamonds around these newly formed stars," said Jane Greaves, an astronomer at Cardiff University in Wales, in a release. Greaves is … [Read more...] about There really are diamonds in the sky, way out by young stars
Not a cloud in the sky
This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Beth Brunton’s magenta umbrella shields her from the weather on an April afternoon in Seattle. It’s a curious sight, because today is the first day in months without a drop of rain. It’s 75 degrees, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. “It gets their attention,” she says about her umbrella, as a diverse array of bare-armed people wearing sunglasses pass by on the brick-red campus of Seattle Central College. Brunton stops a young black woman. “Have you signed to put clean energy on the ballot?” Brunton asks. The woman stops to listen to the pitch, then shakes her head: No, she can’t sign, because she’s not registered to vote. A lot of people Brunton approaches aren’t—too young, no home address, just a tourist passing through. One man had a felony conviction and hadn’t yet registered to vote again. Brunton … [Read more...] about Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?
Since the dawn of time, the human race has seen mystery and intrigue around every corner. Mysterious events have been put down to the supernatural, the paranormal and even the extra-terrestrial.One things for sure, there have been a lot of unexplained mysteries over the centuries and with modern technology giving people greater access to photography and previously unexplored parts of the galaxy, there are bound to be plenty more cropping up.We've tracked down some of the most famous alien and monster photographs ever taken to show just how weird and wonderful the world can be.The Loch Ness Monster (565 AD)Nessie is the fabled creature that famously inhabits Loch Ness in Scotland. This monster might well be the oldest of the unexplained mysteries on our list as the earliest reports of sightings date back to 565 AD.Since that time, plenty of people have claimed to see the monster of the Loch but there have also been many false sightings, hoaxes and misidentifications that have included … [Read more...] about 29 of the most famous alien and monster photographs ever taken
posted on 02 Jul 2013, 18:16 0 2. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4938; Member since: 04 Mar 2010) Microsoft Cloud Drive. Simple, wouldn't have infringed, and it has cloud in the name rather than something associated with clouds (sky). posted on 02 Jul 2013, 18:33 0 3. smallworld (Posts: 510; Member since: 13 Jul 2012) "Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU" posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:06 2 4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6794; Member since: 29 Mar 2012) Last check UK is not in EU. posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:54 2 10. smallworld (Posts: 510; Member since: 13 Jul 2012) It is. posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:24 0 7. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012) Well, you're right to a point, but the UK kept its currency and remains about as "apart from" as anyone could act. While it has representation in the EU, there does not appear to be much interest in expanding its role. posted on 03 Jul 2013, 03:51 2 20. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 122; … [Read more...] about Comments for : Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU
British judge Sarah Asplin ruled that evidence “revealed confusion amongst real people” regarding Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, causing people to call BSkyB’s helpline to get assistance with the product. As a result, Mrs. Asplin ruled that Microsoft did infringe on the “Sky” trademark. Now, the judge must decide if Microsoft will be punished with a fine or by requiring a change in the name of the service. Microsoft tried to argue that the work “sky” was descriptive that it relates to clouds and thus cloud storage.BSkyB sued Microsoft in the UK and EU asserting that people were confused between the news service Sky, and SkyDrive. While the tech minded among us cannot imagine that people could confuse the two, it seems some folks are indeed getting confused. Documents from the case recorded a number of incidents of people contacting Sky when they needed assistance with SkyDrive. Users were also apparently confused by Hotmail’s … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU