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Gravitational waves detected by an international team consisting of 100 scientists from 15 different countries. If you want to know the whole story behind the Virgo and LIGO networks, this release from CNRS is good and informative. As I work on global funding of our global challenges, I see this is a good example of such joint global funding resulting in great discovery benefiting all of us!
http://www2.cnrs.fr/en/2701.htm
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Prof Michelle Ryan, who is in Australia to deliver a lecture, says women become wearied by fighting against the barriers they face and their ambition drops
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Always relevant to post the Helix Nebula!
 
Helix Nebula 

The Helix Nebula is an example of a planetary nebula, or 'planetary' formed at the end of a star's evolution. Gases from the star in the surrounding space appear, from our vantage point, as if we are looking down a helix structure. The remnant central stellar core, known as a planetary nebula nucleus or PNN, is destined to become a white dwarf star. The observed glow of the central star is so energetic that it causes the previously expelled gases to brightly fluoresce.
The Helix Nebula in the constellation of Aquarius lies about 700 light-years away, spanning about 0.8 parsecs (2.5 light-years). Recent images by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Helix Nebula are a composite of newly released images from the ACS instrument and the wide-angle images from the Mosaic Camera on the WIYN 0.9-metre telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
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The spikes top and bottom reflect the star's magnetic pole's orientation when the star let go..
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Awesome supernova - the most powerful ever recorded! 😊
 
ASTROPHYSICS – A report of the most powerful supernova explosion in recorded human history has published today in the journal Science. The study, led by astronomer Subo Dong at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University, notes that at its peak intensity, the explosion shone with 570 billion times the brightness of the Sun.

Called ASASSN-15lh, the record-breaking blast is thought to be an outstanding example of a "superluminous supernova," a recently discovered, supremely rare variety of explosion unleashed by certain stars when they die. Scientists are frankly at a loss, though, regarding what sorts of stars and stellar scenarios might be responsible for these extreme supernovae.

"It is my belief that, as for many new discoveries in science, sometimes it is best to say 'we do not know' when we do not actually know, and it may take years if not decades to unravel the mystery," said Dong in exclusive comments to The Kavli Foundation.

Fortunately, ASASSN-15lh might offer key clues to the sources of superluminous supernovae. It is amongst the closest superluminous supernovae ever beheld, at around 3.8 billion light years away, and has been subject to extensive observations.

ASASSN-15lh was first glimpsed in June 2015 by tiny, twin telescopes with 14-centimeter diameter lenses in Cerro Tololo, Chile conducting the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN), an international collaboration headquartered at The Ohio State University. (Hence ASASSN-15lh's somewhat menacing moniker.)

Dong and colleagues immediately put out word about the sighting of ASASSN-15lh in order for as much data as possible to be gathered. Multiple, far larger ground-based telescopes across the globe, as well as NASA's Swift satellite, have since taken part in an intense observing campaign that continues to this day.

Read more about the best theories for superluminous supernovae in a KIAA press release: http://ow.ly/X4JpJ
Records are made to be broken, as the expression goes, but rarely are records left so thoroughly in the dust. Stunned astronomers have witnessed a cosmic explosion about 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova—events which already rank amongst the mightiest outbursts in the universe—and ...
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Citrus fruits are important especially during the winter season for us living on the dark side of the planet - up North - like as high north as you can live basically. Down in Israel they are producing and managing their citrus trees these days. Interesting to learn how they do that, I think. 

http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2016/01/top-grafting-of-citrus-trees.html
Photographer: Menashe Davidson Summary Author: Menashe Davidson Grafting involves uniting two living tissues by biological bonding. In trees, it's the joining of the scion (the aerial, fruit-bearing part) onto the rootstock (root system). Top-grafting practices are generally used to modify...
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ESA has made a selection of images from 2015 for us to enjoy.

http://www.esa.int/Highlights/Year_in_images
Our year through the lens: a selection of our favourite images for 2015
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On and off snow and rain gives "interesting" hiking and driving conditions.... :-)
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Mars sand dunes looks great. Amazing that we can take these high resolution images of another planet!
 
Imaged by ESA’s #Mars Express on 15 July 2015, these images show a region, known as Noctis Labyrinthus – the “labyrinth of the night” – lies on the western edge of Valles Marineris, the grand canyon of the Solar System.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Martian_labyrinth
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Diamonds in the sky! Lovely new image from Hubble! 

https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1601/
Single stars are often overlooked in favour of their larger cosmic cousins — but when they join forces, they create truly breathtaking scenes to rival even the most glowing of nebulae or swirling of galaxies. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the star cluster Trumpler 14. One of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way, this cluster houses some of the most luminous stars in our entire galaxy.
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Even though it is - 20 degrees Celsius here in Norway right now, the general trend is that the planet is getting warmer. 2015 was the warmest on record according to NASA and NOAA. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/21/science/earth/2015-hottest-year-global-warming.html?
The bulk of the record-setting heat, NASA and NOAA say, is from long-term planetary warming caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Lovely artistic representation of the Earth at night.
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This is a science based artistic image representing the entire observable Universe as seen from the Solar System. It is scaled so that each step away from the center of the image represents a distance 10x farther than the previous step ("logarithmic scale"). The artist Pablo C Budassi, based his work on data from NASA. Read more about it here: http://futurism.com/links/universe-looks-like-one-image/
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