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Forget Britain’s nuclear force – THIS is what Russia is really afraid of

Instead Russia is wary of Britain’s submarines and frigates patrolling the nation’s coastline and believes the UK’s armed forces have the “edge” over Moscow.  Senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and head of its Centre for European Security, Dr Mark Galeotti, said: “What bothers them is not our massive new aircraft carrier, which one naval officer said would make a great ‘missile magnet’ in time of war.  “Rather, the concern is about smaller, lighter forces. Submarines that can contest the northern waters.  “Frigates able to both protect…

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Gamma ray bursts are ‘messages sent from ALIENS’

The phenomena were thought by scientists to be an event which occurs when a massive star dies and implodes to form a new black hole. However, some astronomers have different theories, and believe the intense explosions could be a result of alien activity. The deep space eruptions only last for a matter of milliseconds, meaning that to transfer information would require an astonishing amount of energy. But John A. Ball, an astronomer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believes the gamma ray bursts are powerful enough to carry enough…

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‘ALIEN’ signal solved? Discovery could ‘BREAK THE GATES of discovery’ in the universe

Since 2007, telescopes have continuously picked up a strange, sporadic signal which originates from three billion lightyears away. The strange and rare signals are what as known as ‘fast radio bursts’ or FRBs but scientists are still unsure what causes them. However, what they do know is that they can emit as much energy in a second than the sun does in 10,000 years. They are exceptionally difficult to study as they can last as little as a millisecond and there is no way to predict when they are coming.…

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‘Supermassive’ black hole lets out ‘TWO BURPS’ in space binge that moves like ’shockwaves’

The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes detected the burp 800million light-years away. Julie Comerford, from the University of Colorado, said: “Black holes are voracious eaters, but it turns out they don’t have very good table manners. “There are a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.” Ms Comerford announced the discovery at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. The expert added that “black holes are voracious…

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Astronomers just caught a massive black hole ‘burping’ out hot gas not once, but twice

We’ve all felt the pressure that builds up in our stomach after a can of carbonated cola or a particularly filling meal, and no matter how polite of a person you are, you no doubt let a nice healthy burp fly every now and then. As it turns out, black holes have a similar habit, and astronomers have just captured photo evidence of one of the universe’s most destructive entities burping not once, but twice in quick succession. Scientists using some of mankind’s most powerful space observation tools — the…

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Black hole spin cranks-up radio volume

Statistical analysis of supermassive black holes suggests that the spin of the black hole may play a role in the generation of powerful high-speed jets blasting radio waves. By analyzing nearly 8000 quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, research team found that the oxygen emissions are 1.5 times stronger in radio loud quasars than in radio quiet quasars. This implies that spin is an important factor in the generation of jets.

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ISRO launches PSLV return to flight mission with 31 satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully returned to flight Thursday night. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:59 p.m. Eastern and placed into orbit a Cartosat 2 imaging satellite and 30 secondary payloads. Among the secondary payloads were four Dove cubesats for Planet, four Lemur-2 cubesats for Spire, a prototype broadband smallsat for Telesat and the first synthetic aperture radar smallsat for Finnish company Iceye. The launch was the first for the PSLV since an August mission that failed when the rocket’s payload fairing did…

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Scientists are baffled by EXTRATERRESTRIAL radio signals coming from deep space

Researchers are perplexed by repeating bursts of radio waves that currently originate from the same location. The fast radio bursts (FRBs) come from a dense stellar core near an extraordinarily powerful magnetic field like one near a massive black hole, according to a study. Study co-lead author Jason Hessels, an astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam, said: “It is the only known repeating fast radio burst source.” FRBs last just milliseconds and can give off more energy in a fraction of a second than the sun does in weeks. They…

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