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[INTEL] 16 ways technology is mapping the universe

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Saw this on intel's FB page, thought it was awesome so I figured i would share.
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Each year, we gain a slightly better understanding of the nature of the universe and our place in it.

FOR MOST OF US, the mapping technology we use on a daily basis is limited to dash-mounted GPS units.

No disrespect — I mean, just 10 years ago we were dependent on hard-copy road atlases to get where we were going; cutting-edge meant route-finding in Mapquest and then printing off the pages.

But as you read this, hundreds of teams of scientists are working with vastly more complex technologies to map everything from the far reaches of the universe to the most infinitesimally small particles within it. Just a few weeks ago, astronomers using the still-under-construction ALMA observatory (pictured above) made a major discovery about the nearby Fomalhaut system — basically, that it probably contains a bunch of Earth-sized planets.

What follows is a listing of similarly momentous discoveries about the makeup and layout of our universe, and descriptions of the latest technologies in astronomy, particle physics, and marine science that have made them possible.

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Truly amazing!..Thx for sharing.
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Dark matter = light bent around planets where highly advanced societies live = planet cloak tongue.gif

OT: Very interesting read. Thank you. smile.gif
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Dark matter = light bent around planets where highly advanced societies live = planet cloak tongue.gif
OT: Very interesting read. Thank you. smile.gif

haha awesome, i agree
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it's called gravitational lensing
the gravity is so strong it can bend light... imagine what it would do to u
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"With different phases of construction underway in 17 countries, the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for completion in 2018. Its design features 18 gold-coated hexagonal mirrors, which will focus light from super-distant target sources and capture high-res visible and infrared images. In theory, this means it will be able to see the most distant objects in the universe, such as the first stars and galaxies to form following the Big Bang." thumb.gif can't wait!!!
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"With different phases of construction underway in 17 countries, the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for completion in 2018. Its design features 18 gold-coated hexagonal mirrors, which will focus light from super-distant target sources and capture high-res visible and infrared images. In theory, this means it will be able to see the most distant objects in the universe, such as the first stars and galaxies to form following the Big Bang." thumb.gif can't wait!!!

And to think, behind that is nothingness....
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And to think, behind that is nothingness....

Nothingness? Nothing in itself is something, as i'm pretty sure these scientists are trying to find out wink.gif
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Excellent read. Thank you so much OP smile.gif

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