The Shape Of The Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

Milky Way Magnetic Field

According to the European Space Agency, this Planck spacecraft-captured image reveals the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field. And, we might add, it looks oddly reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

Our Aunt Flo: How “Homo floresiensis” Fits In The Human Story

Homo Floresiensis Hunter

Source: The Guardian

Way out in the South Pacific, near no place in particular, lies the tiny island of Flores. It has about as much land area as the Willamette Valley and has been covered with tropical rainforest for as long as anybody can tell. Insofar as the place is known at all, it’s mainly as a jumping-off point for tourists who want to visit the island of Komodo and watch big lizards eat goats.

In 2003, a discovery was made in a cave on Flores that sent a shockwave through the field of human origins. There, the remains of a previously unknown species of human were discovered that, on examination, proved to be unlike anything researchers had ever come across. What’s more, this clearly non-sapiens hominid was recent enough to have shared the island with the ancestors of the people who live there now.

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What Would Happen If You Approached A Black Hole?

There are few things more mysterious than black holes. For some scientists, black holes represent a continuous source of wonder and frustration as they struggle to understand just exactly what makes them tick. For most everyone else, they represent an unknown, incredibly powerful entity which is so strong that not even light can escape its grasp. And yet, everyone always wonders the same thing – “What would happen to me in a black hole”?

Black Hole Vacuum

Contrary to popular belief, black holes don’t suck up everything around them like a giant vacuum cleaner
Source: NASA

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