New Star Is Bright as Ten Million Suns
"The heaviest and brightest star known to exist—with a mass some 300 times as big as our own Sun—has been discovered by British astronomers." The Independent reports.
"The heaviest and brightest star known to exist—with a mass some 300 times as big as our own Sun—has been discovered by British astronomers." The Independent reports. "Its existence defies current views on the maximum size of stellar objects," says astronomers who discovered the massive star. "It is the biggest of a number of extremely rare 'super heavyweight' stars that form in clusters so dense and bright that until now it has been impossible to distinguish between many of the individual objects. R136a1," as the star is called, "is so bright that it would outshine the Sun by as much as the Sun outshines the Moon—a luminosity close to 10 million times greater than our own star."
Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.
- Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
- After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
- A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
- The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
- Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.
- Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
- Alcohol's effects on the brain range from temporarily limiting mental activity to sustained brain damage, depending on levels consumed and frequency of use.
- Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
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