Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics describe a further step in understanding the flow of matter towards objects of very high concentration of mass. These compact objects are known as "black holes", with gravitation so dominant that all matter and radiation fall into them if close enough.
In the early universe, many galaxies exhibit extremely bright sources at their nuclei, so-called quasars. It is thought that the luminosity of the quasars is produced by super massive black holes in the centers of galaxies. The masses of these black holes are tightly correlated with the velocity dispersion of the stars in the central bulge of their host galaxies, which suggests a common formation mechanism...
Australian astronomers from the Anglo-Australian Observatory, The Australian National University, CSIRO and the University of New South Wales, together with their UK colleagues, today announced that they have found the 'missing link' that directly relates modern galaxies like our own Milky Way to the Hot Big Bang that created our Universe 14 thousand million years ago.
Not much perhaps but dipping a paw into another food group for a moment promotes good mental health and, in this case, good health in general. This is all about a novel distributed computing project by Stanford University that could help lead to cures for Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, and Parkinson's disease. We are posting it in the hope that people familiar with SETI@HOME might consider it as an alternative way to be of service...
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