IceCube Neutrino Observatory provides new insights into origin of cosmic rays

In 1912, Austrian physicist Victor Hess was using balloons to measure radiation levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. His innovative and meticulous work required him to travel with the balloon up to altitudes of 5.3 km, monitoring the measuring equipment and checking data. The danger of traveling to such heights paid off for Hess. Unexpectedly, he…

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Gamma ray flash was star swallowed whole by black hole

Yikes! What a way to go. One wonders if there were any planets around that star and if they may have contained life. We’ll never know. Black hole eats star, producing bright gamma-ray flash By Robert Sanders, Media Relations UC Berkeley  | June 16, 2011 BERKELEY — A bright flash of gamma rays observed March…