Top Science Stories Of The Week

Posted: Apr 9 2016, 2:57pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 9 2016, 3:00pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Top Science Stories of the Week
Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

World’s Powerful X-ray Laser Gets Major Upgrade

The most powerful and brightest X-ray laser ever is getting a major upgrade. An additional X-ray laser beam is going to be attached with the already existing one which will dramatically increase the power and capacity of the device and will enable researchers to view the unprecedented details of natural processes at atomic level and on ultrafast timescale. 

The upgrade project will cost $1 billion and will turn the device 10,000 times brighter than the existing one and 8,000 times faster at a rate of million pulses per second.

Supermassive Black Hole Found in an Unlikely Place

Astronomers have found a gigantic supermassive black hole that is about 17 times more massive than our Sun and is located inside galaxy NGC 1600.

The surprising thing about the black hole is that it is residing a sparse area of universe unlike other supermassive black holes that are mostly found in the cores of very large galaxies in the regions cluttered with other giant galaxies. The newfound black hole is lying in a rather lonely place and looks like a skyscraper lurking in small town. Finding a supermassive black hole in an unexpected location indications that can reside anywhere in universe and they could be more common than originally thought.

Supernovae Showered the Earth with Radioactive Debris Millions of Years Ago 

Researchers claim that a series of massive supernovae explosions have showered radioactive debris on Earth few million years ago. They have found radioactive iron-60 in the samples taken from Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans which points to a period between 3.2 and 1.7 million years ago. What that means is that these remnants may have come from more recent events in the cosmos.

Although Earth would have been exposed to increased cosmic rays but the radiation was probably not strong enough to cause massive changes or trigger mass extinctions on Earth.

This is how Planet Nine Looks Like if it had Existed 

Astronomers speculate that there is a large icy planet lurking on the edge of our solar system and this putative planet in called Planet Nine.

Recently, a team of Swiss researchers have attempted to find out what the planet looked like if it really existed. Based on all the available data surrounding the hypothetical planet, researchers assume that the plane is about 10 times more massive than the Earth and has a present-day radius equal to 3.7 Earth radii. It is extremely cold and maintains a temperature of minus 226 degrees Celsius.

Scientists Create Metal Foam that Literally Turns Bullets into Dust

Scientists have created a novel material that can turn bullets into dust on contact. The new composite metal foam is super strong yet light weight than traditional metal and has implications for a variety of fields from military to space exploration to transporting nuclear waste.

A video has also been released that shows how armor made out of metal foam demolishes a bullet fired from a rifle and literary turns it into dust particles. 

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