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Casio's next G-Watch uses Soundhound to discover new music Casio’s team of smart-ish G-Shock watches is getting a new member next month that’s fixated on finding new music. The romantically-named GBA-400 retains the same smartphone-friendly features that we’ve already seen, but this time you’ll be able to…

Making a parody will soon become legal in the UK When it comes to the right to take the mickey out of famous songs, movies or books, the UK has always cast envious eyes toward the US. That’s because a Brit couldn’t parody something unless they’d been given direct permission from the creator or paid…

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying For months, CIA Director John Brennan had stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

C. difficile vaccine proves safe, 100 percent effective in animal models An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately 30,000 Americans annually.

A mathematical theory proposed by Alan Turing in 1952 can explain the formation of fingers Researchers have shown that BMP and WNT proteins are the so-called ‘Turing molecules’ for creating embryonic fingers. Findings explain why polydactyly — the development of extra fingers or toes — is relatively common in humans, affecting up to one in 500 births, and confirms a fundamental theory first proposed by the founding father of computer science, Alan Turing, back in 1952.

'Rewired' mice show signs of longer lives with fewer age-related illnesses While developing a new cancer drug, researchers discovered that mice lacking a specific protein live longer lives with fewer age-related illnesses. The mice, which lack the TRAP-1 protein, demonstrated less age related tissue degeneration, obesity, and spontaneous tumor formation when compared to normal mice. Their findings could change how scientists view the metabolic networks within cells.

Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds Scientists have revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs evolved into agile flying birds: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, for over 50 million years.  

'Fracking' in the dark: Biological fallout of shale-gas production still largely unknown In the United States, natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry’s effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Scientist underlines threat of inevitable 'solar super-storms' In this month’s issue of Physics World, Ashley Dale from the University of Bristol warns of the “catastrophic” and “long-lasting” impacts of “solar super-storms” and the dangers we face if the threat continues to go unnoticed.

Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.

One day drones will cast the skies and we'll need this guy to fix it

One day drones will cast the skies and we'll need this guy to fix it

If a couple of years ago everything was about zombies, now it’s drones. Drones delivering pizza, drones filming fireworks, and even drones taking selfies. And of course drones spying you. And killing people. This ad shows a drone hunter taking care of those flying bastards.

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Snowden faces uncertain future as Russian visa expires

The American fugitive Edward Snowden’s visa to remain in Russia today.

These baseball trick shots using drifting cars are pretty nuts

These baseball trick shots using drifting cars are pretty nuts

If you mute the obnoxious soundtrack, this video of some guys doing some trick baseball shots in the desert is pretty cool. The one of the baseball going through the car in motion is the best.

This is how it was filmed:

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This Is Probably The Weirdest Binary Star System Ever Discovered

This Is Probably The Weirdest Binary Star System Ever Discovered

There’s some strange things floating around in our galaxy, but this has to be one of the weirdest. A double star system with misaligned protoplanetary disks around 450 light-years from Earth has been discovered, potentially explaining why some exoplanet orbits can be wildly eccentric.

Using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, astronomers have gotten a detailed look into the binary star system HK Tauri.

The majority of stars form with a stellar buddy in tow, creating binary star systems, so that’s not the weird thing. On viewing the protoplanetary disks surrounding each star of the HK Tauri system, astronomers found, counter-intuitively, that their disks are out of alignment by 60 degrees. That’s the weird thing.

Normally, when you have two stars evolved from the same proto-stellar nebula, any planet forming material that settles gravitationally into a protoplanetary disk around each star should fall into alignment. HK Tauri completely bucks this expectation.

"ALMA has now given us the best view yet of a binary star system sporting protoplanetary discs — and we find that the discs are mutually misaligned!" said astronomer Eric Jensen, of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, in an ESO press release.

HK Tauri B is the dimmer of the binary pair, but its protoplanetary disk has been relatively easy to observe through infrared and optical wavelengths as the disk can be seen edge-on from our perspective — a dark band of dusty material can therefore be seen passing in front of the star. HK Tauri A’s protoplanetary disk, however, is not so easy to see as the disk is face-on from our perspective — any reflected light from the disk is therefore swamped by the blinding light from the star.

With the help of ALMA, millimeter wavelengths of light being emitted directly from the disk could be resolved, revealing just how wonky the star system has become.

This Is Probably The Weirdest Binary Star System Ever Discovered

At less than 5 million years old, these stars are a real head-scratcher. They orbit each other at a distance of only 36 billion miles (or 388 AU — approximately 13 times the distance that Neptune orbits the sun), so through gravitational interactions in the system, the protoplanetary disks should be ‘leveling off’.

"This clear misalignment has given us a remarkable look at a young binary star system," said Rachel Akeson of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, in Pasadena, Calif. "Although there have been earlier observations indicating that this type of misaligned system existed, the new ALMA observations of HK Tauri show much more clearly what is really going on in one of these systems."

Now astronomers need to find more of these young star systems to see if misaligned protoplanetary disks are common, or if HK Tauri is an oddity. Though this discovery will force some tweaks to planetary formation models, it may help explan some of the crazy orbits of exoplanets that keep getting discovered.

As protoplanetary disks are the genesis of planetary formation, as planets emerge in stable orbits around their stars, any planets around misaligned binary stars could be gravitationally jostled, knocking them away from the orbital plane. As exoplanet-hunting projects like NASA’s Kepler space telescope have shown, many exoplanets have wildly eccentric orbits that are hard to explain. But if they formed in a star system like HK Tauri, perhaps their origin has been uncovered. Still, many questions remain.

"Although understanding this mechanism is a big step forward, it can’t explain all of the weird orbits of extrasolar planets — there just aren’t enough binary companions for this to be the whole answer," said Jensen. "So that’s an interesting puzzle still to solve, too!"

Source: ESO

This article originally appeared at Discovery News and is republished here with permission.


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