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(Fox News)   Eight modern astronomy mysteries scientists cannot explain. I'm not saying it's aliens, but. . . it's aliens   (foxnews.com) divider line 67
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2012-06-02 02:09:25 PM
Fox News covering Science news never ceases to make me laugh.
Even if it's just copy pasta.

"Five things the liberal media doesn't want you to know about dark energy"

"Black Holes: Started on Obama's watch?"
 
2012-06-02 03:18:58 PM
Astrologers still can't explain Stonehenge, so this list fails.

www.peterpracownik.com
 
2012-06-02 03:22:04 PM
How that black hole was formed in your mom?
 
2012-06-02 03:34:16 PM
NIBIRU!!!

/I kid
//Not really
 
2012-06-02 03:37:46 PM

phenn: NIBIRU!!!

/I kid
//Not really


Zetas right AGAIN!!!!!

\obscure?
 
2012-06-02 03:39:45 PM
There are times when writing needs to be able to add a "F*CKING" here and there to add to the seriousness of something.

"the cosmos began as an incredibly hot, dense point"

Seems so... underwhelming.
 
2012-06-02 03:40:38 PM
I'm surprised one of the mysteries wasn't which star exploded to bring us the Star of Bethlehem.
 
2012-06-02 03:41:35 PM

GypsyJoker: \obscure?


The lizard people and reverse vampires frown on your shenanigans.
 
2012-06-02 03:44:30 PM
I cannot bring myself to open a Fox News link for science news.
 
2012-06-02 03:46:45 PM

FastJeff: There are times when writing needs to be able to add a "F*CKING" here and there to add to the seriousness of something.

"the cosmos began as an incredibly hot, dense point"

Seems so... underwhelming.


So, like a Cracked.com article?
 
2012-06-02 03:48:58 PM
Supernovae are industrial accidents.

/Miss you A.C.C.
 
2012-06-02 03:48:58 PM

INeedAName: I cannot bring myself to open a Fox News link for science news.


They had Science do a nice dish of copypasta. No Fox employees actually came in contact with the information.
 
2012-06-02 04:03:26 PM
9) Why Ke$ha is a star.
 
2012-06-02 04:06:40 PM

basemetal: How that black hole was formed in your mom?


i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-02 04:09:46 PM
As a result, most of the universe's matter turned into the light-transmitting ionized plasma that it remains today.

Jesus, if that line doesn't give you a second of COOOOOOOOOL, I don't know what will. We can see stars trillions and trillions of miles away due to ionized plasma.
 
2012-06-02 04:10:03 PM
It's actually a pretty interesting article that seems to have come via space.com from sciencemag

http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/astro2012/index.xhtml

But you can't view that link without a subscription.

So all in all, I guess I found the article an interesting read, even if it was on a fox news page.

Same article at MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47637714/ns/technology_and_science-space/ # .T8pyv5JjHsE

And at HuffPo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/modern-astronomy-mysteries-s c ience-slideshow_n_1561452.html

And at space.com

http://www.space.com/15942-modern-astronomy-mysteries-baffling-scient i sts.html
 
2012-06-02 04:11:41 PM
List fails without the tides. They come in, they go out. You can't explain that.
 
2012-06-02 04:23:44 PM
God did it.
Problems solved.
 
2012-06-02 04:27:35 PM

HighZoolander: List fails without the tides. They come in, they go out. You can't explain that.


came here for this.
 
2012-06-02 04:33:37 PM
1) What is dark energy?
2) How hot is dark matter?
3) Where are the missing baryons?
4) How do stars explode?
5) What re-ionized the universe?
6) What's the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?
7) Why is the solar system so bizarre?
8) Why is the sun's corona so hot?

Funny I just finished watching a Nova episode on the sun. They think the corona is heated by trillions of massive plasma jets on the surface of the sun. farking amazing video.


/dont get me started on dark matter and energy. Some of the latest research is not finding any ACTUAL evidence of dark matter. So either the theory is wrong or the data which the theory is predicting is wrong. Shocking! The newest, most accurate data brings the theory into question.
 
2012-06-02 04:41:57 PM
God is a whimsical being.
 
2012-06-02 04:53:40 PM

namatad: Shocking! The newest, most accurate data brings the theory into question.


SCIENCE!
 
2012-06-02 04:56:29 PM
So why aren't we observing Dyson Spheres and Ringworlds and shiat?
 
2012-06-02 04:59:56 PM
Nothing quite like a science article that displays a fundamental lack of comprehension in its headline. Hasn't Explained /= Can't Explain. If you haven't looked in your neighbor's fridge, you can't say what's in there, but it doesn't mean it's the farking Ark of the Covenant, filled with ineffable mysteries.


1) What is dark energy?

A hypothetical placeholder for something. Frankly, I don't find this one that interesting, myself, until there's a useful consumer product related to it.


2) How hot is dark matter?

Kinda hot.


3) Where are the missing baryons?

Missing. Probably this question is more about the question than about the baryons.


4) How do stars explode?

KA-BLAMMMM!


5) What re-ionized the universe?

It would be weirder if it had ended up non-ionized.


6) What's the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?

Blue-shift, maybe.


7) Why is the solar system so bizarre?

It's not. It's just a question of perspective.


8) Why is the sun's corona so hot?

There are several possible explanations, including magnetic compression, and probably we'd know by now if we'd spent more money on investigating this, but probably the money would have been better spent elsewhere. Although not necessarily where we did spend it.
 
2012-06-02 05:09:52 PM
I found some dark matter in my toilet a few min ago
 
2012-06-02 05:34:59 PM
RandomAxe

6) What's the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?

Blue-shift, maybe.


FTFA:
Cosmic rays are charged subatomic particles - predominantly protons, electrons and charged nuclei of basic elements - that flow into our solar system from deep in outer space. As cosmic rays flow into the solar system from elsewhere in the galaxy, their paths are bent by the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth.

Blueshift affects EM radiation, not particles. Electrons have wavelike properties, but once you get up to protons and above the wave-particle duality diminishes and you're dealing strictly with chunks and not waves.

/I hope that's true, because otherwise I'll look like an idiot
//I bolded your maybe to emphasise that I'm not calling you an idiot
 
2012-06-02 05:54:16 PM

Bondith: RandomAxe

6) What's the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?

Blue-shift, maybe.

FTFA:
Cosmic rays are charged subatomic particles - predominantly protons, electrons and charged nuclei of basic elements - that flow into our solar system from deep in outer space. As cosmic rays flow into the solar system from elsewhere in the galaxy, their paths are bent by the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth.

Blueshift affects EM radiation, not particles. Electrons have wavelike properties, but once you get up to protons and above the wave-particle duality diminishes and you're dealing strictly with chunks and not waves.

/I hope that's true, because otherwise I'll look like an idiot
//I bolded your maybe to emphasise that I'm not calling you an idiot


Maybe I'm wrong, as this isn't my field, but wouldn't blueshift only shorten the wavelength, not increase the amplitude?
 
2012-06-02 06:25:22 PM
If it makes up only 5%, and something else is 95%, why do we call it "regular matter"?
 
2012-06-02 06:26:31 PM
9. Why would I trust science reporting from Fox News even if it is a useless fluff piece?
 
2012-06-02 06:31:50 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Astrologers still can't explain Stonehenge, so this list fails.

[www.peterpracownik.com image 400x293]


If astrologers ever explained what they did they'd be out of a business.

I hope you were trying for a troll, otherwise you are too dumb to look upon the Geek tab.
 
2012-06-02 06:33:34 PM
OK, I was being too glib. My bad.

I could BS something else, but I'm really tired.
 
2012-06-02 06:40:25 PM

SharkTrager: If it makes up only 5%, and something else is 95%, why do we call it "regular matter"?


Because we're baryonic matter chauvinists
 
2012-06-02 06:45:31 PM

Baryogenesis: SharkTrager: If it makes up only 5%, and something else is 95%, why do we call it "regular matter"?

Because we're baryonic matter chauvinists


I can't support this racism.
 
2012-06-02 07:07:19 PM
RandomAxe
OK, I was being too glib. My bad.

No worries, it's Fark, not a thesis defense. You comment actually inspired me to read a little closer and look some stuff up, so it wasn't all bad.
 
2012-06-02 07:24:33 PM

INeedAName: I cannot bring myself to open a Fox News link for science news.


I find I have the same issues with other networks when it comes to news...well all networks really. Mainly because they rarely cover anything that really matters.
 
2012-06-02 07:40:49 PM

theorellior: GypsyJoker: \obscure?

The lizard people and reverse vampires frown on your shenanigans.


Sorry, Ms. Leider.

Have you drowned your pets lately?
 
2012-06-02 07:51:16 PM
8 things learned in astronomy classes where conservatives haven't shut down that department.
 
2012-06-02 07:58:12 PM

Harry_Seldon: God is a whimsical being.


Well, He doesn't play dice with the universe. But sometimes He plays three card monte with us.
 
2012-06-02 07:59:43 PM
WOW signal is way more weird
 
2012-06-02 08:04:28 PM

wildcardjack: Because People in power are Stupid: Astrologers still can't explain Stonehenge, so this list fails.

[www.peterpracownik.com image 400x293]

If astrologers ever explained what they did they'd be out of a business.

I hope you were trying for a troll, otherwise you are too dumb to look upon the Geek tab.


I don't think you understand astrology, probably a Leo.
 
2012-06-02 08:12:00 PM

namatad: They think the corona is heated by trillions of massive plasma jets


How about "when energy is expended, it moves to a place of less energy, thus the corona"

mah mah mah
mah Corona.
 
2012-06-02 09:03:19 PM
It's funny because science actually has some super interesting theories and ideas to answer all those questions that don't involve invoking 'We don't know, so the god our sheep herding ancestors dreamed up 3,000 years ago must have done it'.
 
2012-06-02 09:12:50 PM

AliceBToklasLives: 9) Why Ke$ha is a star.


She's not really. She was moderately successfull like 2 years ago, but they don't play any of her songs in my area any more. Maybe once a week I'll hear one, but I think it's more approaching once a month.

And seriously, anything can be a star now adays, just buy the songs and autotune. It's usually more about having a good producer who gives the stuff a solid direction than the actual dancing monkey. Which is also why pop singers are usually pretty but nothing else.
 
2012-06-02 09:18:06 PM

RandomAxe: Nothing quite like a science article that displays a fundamental lack of comprehension in its headline. Hasn't Explained /= Can't Explain. If you haven't looked in your neighbor's fridge, you can't say what's in there, but it doesn't mean it's the farking Ark of the Covenant, filled with ineffable mysteries.


1) What is dark energy?

A hypothetical placeholder for something. Frankly, I don't find this one that interesting, myself, until there's a useful consumer product related to it.


2) How hot is dark matter?

Kinda hot.


3) Where are the missing baryons?

Missing. Probably this question is more about the question than about the baryons.


4) How do stars explode?

KA-BLAMMMM!


5) What re-ionized the universe?

It would be weirder if it had ended up non-ionized.


6) What's the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?

Blue-shift, maybe.


7) Why is the solar system so bizarre?

It's not. It's just a question of perspective.


8) Why is the sun's corona so hot?

There are several possible explanations, including magnetic compression, and probably we'd know by now if we'd spent more money on investigating this, but probably the money would have been better spent elsewhere. Although not necessarily where we did spend it.


But it could be.

As for dark e, I think the creation of space itself is a good enough explaination for dark energy.

Space is expanding + higher velocity at greater distances due to more space between the objects to expand = faster expansion of the universe over time, exponentially.
 
2012-06-02 09:26:16 PM

INeedAName: I cannot bring myself to open a Fox News link for science news.


In literal fact, no one can. There's no real science news there even if you did open it.
 
2012-06-02 09:28:38 PM
I think Fox news just discovered cracked.com and will now steal from them after toning down the articles. sad.
 
2012-06-02 09:29:24 PM
I would like Faux News to explain how two animals for each of the 10+ million species of land animals currently on Earth managed to fit onto a single boat during a worldwide flood. Difficulty: No evolution between then and now.
 
2012-06-02 09:34:12 PM

Corporate Self: 9. Why would I trust science reporting from Fox News even if it is a useless fluff piece?


Next on Fox News: Did the dinosaurs go extinct because they canceled their Space Shuttle program? We'll tell you the tragic tail of Obamasaurus Rex and how he brought about the fall of the United States of Pangaea, after the weather.
 
2012-06-02 09:34:19 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-02 11:50:14 PM
There's many more than those.

Unexplained force acting on space probes.

Mysterious radio signal

Strange gamma ray objects in deep space

And those are just the ones that come to mind at the moment. We're always finding things that don't jive with how we expect things to be.
 
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