Malt whiskey experiment aboard the ISS

If you’re a fan of scotch or other malt whiskey beverages, the latest experiment headed to the ISS might grab your attention. An experiment in the chemistry of whiskey maturation is being conducted on the ISS. A liquor company with headquarters on the island of Islay in Scotland called Ardbeg Distillery announced this week that…

Large meteor spotted over UK

Police forces across the UK have been inundated with calls after what is believed to be a meteor was spotted in the sky. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/nightsky/9121664/Large-meteor-spotted-over-UK.html  

Einstein pwns CERN physicists from the grave

I wonder when it comes to physics geeks if their dream in life is to prove one of Einstein’s theories as correct or incorrect. A group of physicists at a CERN lab near Geneva announced to the world last September that they had recorded particles that move faster than the speed of light. That discovery…

Amazing photo of Carina Nebula taken by giant telescope

This cloud of glowing gas and dust includes several of the brightest and heaviest stars known to astronomers. Scientists made the image using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, combining hundreds of smaller images to make this giant one, like a mosaic. The nebula is about 7500 light years away from Earth, deep in…

Planet-hunting Kepler hits EXOPLANET JACKPOT

NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has identified a slew of new subjects, adding 26 planets in 11 systems to its inventory. “Prior to the Kepler mission, we knew of perhaps 500 exoplanets across the whole sky,” said Kepler program scientist Doug Hudgins in a statement announcing the discovery. “Now, in just two years staring at a…