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# universe - Tuesday 19 January, 2016

From The Daily Edge 15 times the universe conspired to produce something mildly interesting Glitch

15 times the universe conspired to produce something mildly interesting

A beautiful glitch in the matrix.

# universe - Friday 10 April, 2015

Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future

With CERN membership, Ireland’s brightest minds would be able to work on some of the most advanced projects in the world.

# universe - Thursday 27 February, 2014

# universe - Saturday 25 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge Is this the most bizarre cover ever to grace a newspaper magazine? Planet Hillary

Is this the most bizarre cover ever to grace a newspaper magazine?

This weekend’s New York Times magazine cover is pretty spectacular.

# universe - Friday 17 January, 2014

Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?

Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.

# universe - Sunday 12 January, 2014

Column: Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust

It’s been said that we are all made of ‘starstuff’. It’s an awe-inspirining statement, but how accurate is it? Conor Farrell explains.

# universe - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge The Big Bang Theory explained in five minutes Neverending Story

The Big Bang Theory explained in five minutes

No, not the US sitcom.

# universe - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Billion-year-old water discovered in Canada could give clues to early life on Earth

Life-giving chemicals have been discovered in isolated water believed to be 1.5 billion years old, raising hopes of scientists finding surviving microscopic organisms from a prehistoric age.

# universe - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Column: Chris Hadfield is inspiring a new generation of astronauts

With photos shared on social media and down-to-earth video interviews, Commander Chris Hadfield is surely inspiring many young people to become astronauts and to work in other areas of the space industry, writes Colm Quinn.

# universe - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally

It’s good to be curious about a world outside our own, because being inquisitive in the past has gotten us where we are today, writes Conor Farrell.

# universe - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

PIC: The most jewel-like image of the universe we've ever seen

# universe - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Blue moon to be visible tomorrow night

This month the universe has decided to throw in a second full moon for the price of one.

# universe - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Life on Mars: how close are we to living in space?

Mankind’s fascination with space has long sparked fantasies of living away from Earth, but is this any closer to becoming a reality?

# universe - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

NASA prepares to launch mission to hunt down black holes

High energy X-ray vision will be used in new orbiting telescope to “open a whole new window on the universe”.

# universe - Thursday 3 May, 2012

European Space Agency sets sights on Jupiter

New mission will focus on the gas giant’s three large icy moons.

# universe - Sunday 8 January, 2012

Stephen Hawking turns 70: Here’s 7 of his best quotes Stephen Hawking This post contains videos

Stephen Hawking turns 70: Here’s 7 of his best quotes

The hugely influential physicist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was just 21, turns 70 today. We take a look at some of the scientist, lecturer and author’s best quotes.

# universe - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Nobel Prize for physics awarded for focus on universe expansion

Three US scientists whose work changed views on the universe’s continual expansion have been awarded the prestigious prize.

# universe - Thursday 26 May, 2011

From The Daily Edge Cosmic explosion oldest, most distant event in the universe Cosmic Explosion

Cosmic explosion oldest, most distant event in the universe

Astronomers have found a massive explosion that they believe occurred just 620 million years after the Big Bang.

# universe - Thursday 2 September, 2010

God did not create the universe: Hawking

A new book by Stephen Hawking revises his view on god, human knowledge, and the secrets of existence.

# universe - Friday 20 August, 2010

US SCIENTISTS HAVE announced that the moon is shrinking, after spotting wrinkles on the surface of the satellite.

Meanwhile, scientists say the universe is going to continue expanding until it becomes a cold, dead wasteland.

Contraction marks were spotted by scientists examining photographs of the lunar surface taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

The moon was formed “in a chaotic environment of intense bombardment by asteroids and meteors”, according t0NASA.

The moon then cooled down as it aged, but scientists believe it has shrank during this process, especially during its early years. But, it could still be shrinking today.

Here’s a video of NASA’s footage.

This NASA image shows:

[A] fault cut across and deformed several small diameter (~40-m diameter) impact craters (arrows) on the flanks of Mandel’shtam crater (6.5°N, 161°E). The fault carried near-surface crustal materials up and over the craters, burying parts of their floors and rims.

About half of the rim and floor of a 20 m-in-diameter crater shown in the box has been lost. Since small craters only have a limited lifetime before they are destroyed by newer impacts, their deformation by the fault shows the fault to be relatively young.

Separately, NASA scientists are saying that the fate of the universe has been revealed by light travelling from distant stars. And it doesn’t look good.

The team calculated that the distribution of dark energy (a force that speeds up the universe’s expansion) in the universe will cause it to continually expand until it becomes a cold, dead wasteland.

How cold? Temperatures will approach ‘absolute zero’ – the temperature at which all atomic motion stops.