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Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre
High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet’s magnetic field create a dynamic and harsh environment that holds many mysteries — and can affect spacecraft travelling around Earth. NASA’s Van Allen Probes act as space detectives, to help study the complex particle interactions that occur in these rings, known as the Van Allen radiation belts. Recently, the spacecraft were in just the right place, at just the right time, to catch an event caused by the fallout of a geomagnetic storm as it happened. They spotted a sudden rise in particles zooming in from the far side of the planet, improving our understanding of how particles travel in near-Earth space.

The two twin Van Allen Probe spacecraft orbit one behind the other, investigating clues in a way a single spacecraft never could. On one typical day, as the first instrument travelled around Earth, it spotted nothing unusual, but the second, following just an hour later, observed an increase in oxygen particles speeding around Earth’s day side — the side nearest the sun. Where did these particles come from? How had they become so energized?

Scientists scoured the clues to figure out what was happening. With the help of computer models, they deduced that the particles had originated on the night side of Earth before being energized and accelerated through interactions with Earth’s magnetic field. As the particles journeyed around Earth, the lighter hydrogen particles were lost in collisions with the atmosphere, leaving an oxygen-rich plasma.

The unique double observations of the Van Allen Probes help untangle the complex workings of Earth’s magnetic environment. Such information has provided the very first view of these harsh belts from the inside — and it helps us better protect satellites and astronauts travelling through the region.

Journal Reference:
M. H. Denton, G. D. Reeves, M. F. Thomsen, M. G. Henderson, R. H. W. Friedel, B. Larsen, R. M. Skoug, H. O. Funsten, H. E. Spence, C. A. Kletzing. The complex nature of storm-time ion dynamics: Transport and local acceleration. Geophysical Research Letters, 2016; 43 (19): 10,059
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL070878

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I almost went: "Yay" But then I got to the part stating that Intel isn't going to sell these to consumers, but to OEM's exclusively.

Still, I suppose it's just a matter of time before it eventually hits the market for self builds in some form or other, as well.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-optane-memory-acceleration-modules-to-go-on-sale-april-24/

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How to throw off a Terminator fresh on your trail.

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Jumping a little ahead of Caturday.. ;)

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Dawn of the Rebellion artwork!

Little is known about this cancelled video game project.
it was scrapped much like 1313 and the much desired third sequel in the Battlefront series following Disney's takeover of Star Wars.
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Ooooohh... :)
The path to paradise begins in hell.

New Alien: Covenant poster by 20th Century Fox!
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