Violent Galactic Clash May Solve Cosmic Mystery
astroengine writes "The mother of all cosmic collisions has been spotted between two galaxies containing a total of 400 billion stars, igniting the birth of 2,000 new stars per year! This incredible event was first spotted by the recently-retired Herschel infrared space observatory (abstract), a mission managed by the European Space Agency. This violent discovery isn't just awesome to look at, it could also help explain how massive, red elliptical galaxies evolved in the early universe."
Merger of ancient galaxies could explain the origin of today’s giants
Collision more than 10 billion light-years away produced 2,000 new stars yearly.
Photo Albums Are Stupid. Moju Labs Is Building What Comes Next.
With years of digital exhaust now behind us - over 240 billion photos on Facebook, 8 billion on Flickr, and not to mention the 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every month - we're now transitioning to a time when we're in need of smarter tools for organizing and accessing our personal data archives. Only a few companies so far have dared to step into this space because of the technical challenges it presents. One which shows some promise is the stealthy Moju Labs, a new consumer "big data" startup, which is soon preparing to launch.
Made For The World. Built And Designed In China.
For years, the iPhone has carried a small etching on the back that says ‘Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.’ It’s fueled the stereotype that China is the world’s factory, but hasn’t had a flexible enough education system to produce R&D talent that can also design world-class products for a global audience. But that’s a stereotype that isn’t exactly true anymore. A small group of companies — both small, bootstrapped app startups and multi-billion dollar giants like Tencent — are showing that they can design apps or higher-end hardware with international appeal. Tencent, one of the country’s gargantuan Internet powers with a market cap of $72 billion dollars, often likes to point out the international reach of its messaging app Weixin or WeChat. That app has blossomed to more than 190 million monthly active users over the past year and with about 40 million of registered users outside of China. “I’m very glad to see the internationalization of Tencent,” ...
Asia: Gold Mine Discovered in Northwest China
The mine is believed to have gold reserves of at least 53 tons, worth about $3.2 billion, according to the state news agency.