Rare Peacock Stars Could Potentially Detonate Deadly Gamma Rays In The Milky Way [Video]

KEY POINTS

  • Gamma-ray bursts are one of the most energetic occurrences in the universe
  • Apep’s two stars are 10 to 15 times more massive and 100,000 times brighter than the Sun
  • The two stars also orbit each other about every 125 years

Apep, one of the Wolf-Rayets binary star systems dubbed as the “exotic peacocks of the stellar world” discovered in 2018, was found to have the capacity to detonate long gamma ray bursts that are potentially deadly. If it detonates, the explosion could be something never seen in the Milky Way before, according to scientists.

“As well as exhibiting all the usual extreme behavior of Wolf-Rayets, Apep’s main star looks to be rapidly rotating. This means it could have all the ingredients to detonate a long gamma-ray burst when it goes supernova,” Peter Tuthill, study lead and professor from the University of Sydney, said in a press release. 

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The DeanBeat: What’s at stake in Apple’s potentially apocalyptic IDFA changes

The Identifier for Advertisers, also known as IDFA, seems like an unlikely candidate for causing an apocalypse in mobile games, advertising, and the iPhone ecosystem. But the obscure tracking technology, which anonymously profiles a user, seems like Death riding in on a pale horse.

Starting in June, Apple caused a stir by saying it was effectively getting rid of the IDFA, making it harder for advertisers to target consumers with ads. Apple’s plan was to enhance privacy, but it caused a great stir among the likes of Facebook, mobile marketers, and their customers such as game developers. Apple did this without widespread consultation with the app and game industry.

By getting rid of the IDFA, Apple could make its platform more attractive to those who value privacy, consistent with the latest privacy-marketing ads for its iPhones and iPad. But the uproar from Apple’s partners forced Apple to delay its move

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NASA satellite’s dazzling panorama hides 74 exoplanets (and potentially hundreds more)

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This panorama of the northern sky is composed of 208 images taken by TESS in the second year of its mission.


NASA/MIT/TESS and Ethan Kruse (USRA)

A series of 208 images captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) over one year reveal a dazzling sea of stars and 74 exoplanets in the northern sky, the space agency said in a release Monday. TESS has now imaged around 75% of the sky over two years. The planet-hunter wrapped up its second year of science operations in July. 

Astronomers are looking through another 1,200 exoplanet candidates to confirm whether new worlds exist there. More than half of those candidates are in the northern sky, NASA says.

TESS pinpoints planets by monitoring several stars simultaneously over large chunks of the sky and keeping watch for any

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New Commercial Distribution Agreement Potentially Valued at over $7.0 Million

CAESAREA, Israel, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IceCure Medical Ltd. (TASE: ICCM), developer of the next generation cryoablation technology that destroys tumors by freezing without the need for surgery, today announced that it has expanded its strategic partnership with Terumo Corporation (Tokyo: 4543) (TRUMY: OTC US), a leading Japanese medical devices company with a global footprint. The expanded partnership reflects the ongoing success of the initial agreement, which was signed in September 2019, and included distribution rights in Japan and Singapore. The new multi-million dollar agreement, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, will grant Terumo exclusive rights to distribute IceCure’s products in Thailand for six years, with an option to extend the agreement for an additional six years.

Under the terms of a Letter of Intent (LOI), in exchange for granting exclusive distribution rights and knowledge-sharing for ProSense™ and

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These systems could potentially overcome computational hurdles faced by current digital technologies — ScienceDaily

In the September issue of the journal Nature, scientists from Texas A&M University, Hewlett Packard Labs and Stanford University have described a new nanodevice that acts almost identically to a brain cell. Furthermore, they have shown that these synthetic brain cells can be joined together to form intricate networks that can then solve problems in a brain-like manner.

“This is the first study where we have been able to emulate a neuron with just a single nanoscale device, which would otherwise need hundreds of transistors,” said Dr. R. Stanley Williams, senior author on the study and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We have also been able to successfully use networks of our artificial neurons to solve toy versions of a real-world problem that is computationally intense even for the most sophisticated digital technologies.”

In particular, the researchers have demonstrated proof of concept that their brain-inspired system

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Experts Predict Where ‘Murder Hornets’ May Potentially Spread

KEY POINTS

  • Asian giant hornets were spotted in the U.S. for the first time in late 2019
  • Experts predicted where the species could spread if they’re left unchecked
  • Parts of the U.S. and other countries were found to be susceptible to an invasion

A team of scientists has predicted where the Asian giant hornet could possibly spread, highlighting the importance of the efforts to keep the species in check.

There were reports earlier this year about Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia), nicknamed “murder hornets”, being spotted in the country for the first time in Washington, causing panic among people.

Now, a team of researchers predicted where the species could actually spread in the U.S. and globally given the right conditions, and if left unchecked.

For the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team examined records of the species’ native habitat in Japan, Taiwan and

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Amazon appeals product liability ruling to CA Supreme Court, citing ‘potentially vast blast radius’

Amazon argues that it shouldn’t be held liable for defects in products sold by others on its third-party marketplace, even when it holds and ships them from fulfilment centers such as this one. (GeekWire File Photo)

Amazon is asking the California Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling in a landmark product liability case, seeking to avoid a precedent that would leave the tech giant open to legal claims over defective products sold by third parties through its online marketplace.

The company’s petition for review, filed Tuesday, argues that the appeals court took an “unprecedented leap” when it found that Amazon was not shielded from liability for a replacement laptop battery that allegedly exploded several months after purchase, causing severe injuries to the plaintiff in the suit, Angela Bolger.

“This Court has never extended strict liability to an entity that provides a forum or service used by others to

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