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New View on Pulsars

July 27th, 2006 by admin

Artist impression of a pulsar’s magnetosphere. Image credit: W.Becker/MPIClick to enlarge
Pulsars are the rapidly spinning corpses of massive stars. And although they were discovered nearly 40 years ago, they still hold many mysteries. One such mystery: why do pulsars have million-degree hotspots around their poles? New data from ESA’s XMM-Newton X-Ray observatory have cast doubt on the theory that charged particles are colliding with the pulsar’s surface at its poles. XMM-Newton failed to see the X-ray emissions in several old pulsars that should have been very bright if particles were continuously colliding.

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Astrophoto: Centaurus A by Johannes Schedler

July 27th, 2006 by admin

Astrophoto: Centaurus A Image by Johannes SchedlerClick to enlarge
Natural disasters are, unfortunately, something that we must contend with. For example, a flash flood can plunge towns into unexpected chaos, a hurricane strike can suddenly devastate an entire region and science has found evidence of an ancient asteroid impact that curtailed the rein of the dinosaurs by affecting climate across our planet. But these kind of events occur on an even greater scale – natural circumstances can lead to catastrophes that engulf whole galaxies such as seen in this picture.

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iDirect platform for Mexican pharmacy chain

July 27th, 2006 by

iDirect Technologies, a company of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., has been selected by Elara Networks, a satellite network service provider in Latin America, to provide the technology platform to Farmacias Similares, a privately held pharmacy chain based in Mexico.

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Boeing Company (Network and Space Systems) results Q2 2006

July 27th, 2006 by

The Boeing Company reported financial results for the second quarter 2006, which include earlier announced charges totalling US$1 billion. Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said the charges “overshadowed solid fundamentals” during the quarter.

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Chang’e on track for 2007 launch, official

July 27th, 2006 by

China’s first lunar satellite, Chang’e, has entered its final assembly and testing stage, officials said. They expect the launch to take place as scheduled in 2007.

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News in brief

July 27th, 2006 by

Japan: Launch of M-V launch vehicle No. 7 / India: Replacement for INSAT-4C

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