Most extreme science and technology stories of 2008December 29th, 2008 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 29 (ANI): New Scientist has made a list of the most extreme news stories that it presented in the year 2008.
So, the most extreme new stories in the field of science and technology in 2008 are: -
Roundest and shortest: In July, an international team of craftsmen unveiled an unusual pair of balls believed to be the roundest objects in the world. The silicon balls are designed to each contain a near-identical number of silicon atoms, and become a new way to define the kilogram.
The shortest ever pulse of light, just 80 attoseconds (billionths of a billionth of a second) long, was created in June 2008. Thats short enough to act like a kind of superfast flashgun to study the movement of electrons around large atoms.
Hottest and fastest planet: Scientists discovered a planet called WASP-12b, which is 1.5 times as massive as Jupiter, and is estimated to have a temperature of 2250 degree Celsius about half as hot as the surface of the Sun making it the hottest planet yet discovered, as well as the planet with the fastest orbit.
The earliest nuclear family: Archaeologists unearthed an adult couple and their two children, buried together 4600 years ago in Eulau, Germany. The two kids have her mitochondrial DNA, and his Y chromosome thats a nuclear family, said molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp of Washington State University.
Oldest and biggest organism: Estimates indicate that a spruce tree in Norway is 9,555 years old, thus becoming the oldest living organism in the world, smashing the record set in 2002 by The Old Man, an ancient bristlecone pine in the white mountains of California.
Biggest black hole in the Universe: With a mass of 18 billion Suns, a newly discovered black hole has been designated the title of the biggest black hole in the Universe. It is six times as massive as the previous record holder, according to Mauri Valtonen of the Tuorla Observatory in Finland.
Tiniest and dimmest black hole: Not to be outdone by the Europeans, NASA discovered its own extreme black hole in April. With a mass just 3.8 times that of the Sun, the black hole in a binary system called XTE J1650-500 is the tiniest and dimmest on record.
Dimmest bulbs in the Milky Way: In December, US astronomers discovered the dimmest stars in the Milky Way. The failed stars each shine with a million times less power than the Sun, making them half as bright as the previous record holder. (ANI)
- Scientists discover hottest ever planet - Jan 28, 2011
- Black hole big enough to swallow solar system - Jan 16, 2011
- Hubble discovers hyperfast star hailing from Milky Way's core - Jul 23, 2010
- Runaway planets are universe's fastest objects - Mar 23, 2012
- Scientists say that Supermassive black hole will 'eat' gas cloud - Dec 15, 2011
- Radio telescopes to try taking first photo of black hole - Jan 16, 2012
- 50 new planets found - Sep 13, 2011
- Scientists explain obscene growth of black holes - Mar 25, 2012
- Milky Way's smallest black holes 'don't exist' - Nov 22, 2010
- Black holes gobble up stars to grow bigger - Apr 03, 2012
- Astronomers find supermassive black holes - Sep 01, 2011
- Astronomers stumble on massive black holes - Dec 07, 2011
- Radio waves from black hole detected - Jul 11, 2012
- Latest microscopy reveals inner working of viruses - Jan 13, 2012
- Astronomers: Alien planet from outside Milky Way found - Nov 19, 2010
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