You've likely heard of snow lines here on Earth. They're the places on mountains above which there is an eternal blanket of the white stuff. But newly forming stars have a snow line too. It's the line where water vapor gets far enough from the heat of the star to form ice crystals around dust particles, and we usually can't see it, even with our most powerful telescopes. Thanks to one particular stellar outburst however, the line was pushed about 13 times farther out than usual, allowing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to pick it up... Continue Reading Restless star pushes water snow line into view
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While most cooks would be dismayed if their bread burned while it was baking, researchers from China's Harbin Institute of Technology have been busy torching their loaves to create a material known as carbon foam. The lightweight material serves as a thermal insulator, electromagnetic shield and electrical conductor, and it costs, well, just about as much as a loaf of bread... Continue Reading Could planes be insulated with super-burned bread?
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One of the ever-more limited places Google's Street View cars have yet to visit is the Faroe Islands. Aggrieved that her home country, which she says is "the most beautiful place on earth" is missing out, Durita Dahl Andreassen strapped a 360-degree camera to a sheep and created Sheep View 360... Continue Reading In the Faroe Islands, Street View has become Sheep View
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