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Scientists reveal new ring around SaturnOctober 7, 2009, 10:01 pm

Scientists have discovered a new ring round the planetSaturn. It is different from before in that it is so much further away from the planet than the other rings. It is also much larger and spaced out than the other rings. A number of Saturns moons orbit in this band such as Phoebe and Iapetus. It was the fact that Iapetus was darker on one side than the other that lead scientists to discover the ring. The inner part of the ring is eight million kilometers from the planet and extends an additional three million kilometers further out. The picture is a NASA artist impression of the ring.



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LHC Shutdown due to helium leakSeptember 20, 2009, 1:17 pm

The CERN (Centre for European Nuclear Research) experimental Large Hadron Collider was forced to shutdown for maintenance due to a helium gas leak. The leak will need to be fixed and tested which completion is not expected to be done before spring in the next year. Part of the reason for the shutdown is the compulsory winter break that CERN does every year. This is music to the ears of opponents of the system as it gives them more time to organise more challenges to the system. The opponents believe it could have the potential of blowing up the planet by creating mini black holes. LHC Supporters point out that should a black be created, it wouldn`t last long and not last long. Every day mini black holes are created as particles from space smash into the upper atmosphere.

The LHC is a European wide collaboration of scientists who aim to discover if the Higgs-Bison particle that has been theorised exists. The core of the experiment is a tunnel benneth the Swiss/French border where particles are raced round until they smash into one another.



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World of Warcraft Expansion Details ReleasedAugust 21, 2009, 7:21 pm

At the Blizzcon conference, the new expansion for World of Warcraft was revealed. Its name is Catacylsm. The new supreme enemy is allegedly Deathwing, a dragon that has risen from underground, a plot sounding similar to Guild Wars announced the day before. Zones have been changed, none more so than the Barrens in Kalimdor, split by a lava river. Aszhara on the north east side of Kalimdor has been changed, partly because no one goes there anymore. Two news races Worgen (Alliance) and Goblin (Horde) join the fight against their enemies. The Horde have a new leader as Thrall is deposed and the new leader is more warlike than his predcessor. Unfinished dungeons Uldum and Grim Batol of the original game have been updated. Flying across the classic lands are now possible so everywhere is accessible including Mount Hyjal. The level cap has been raised to 85 not as been expected 90.



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Guild Wars 2 Details ReleasedAugust 20, 2009, 8:29 pm

Just hours before Blizzard Entertainment announces the release of its next expansion pack for its premier game, NCSoft releases details on Guild Wars 2. The game is set in the same continent as the original but 250 years have since passed. A dragon called Zhaitan and legion of the undead have rised from their watery kingdom and have declared war on the five races of the planet. The races are Humans, Charr, Asura, Sylvari and the Norn. You are able to play any of these races as you fight the enemy. Unlike the previous versions of the game, you`ll have a more persistent world like that of Warcraft. The beginning of the video with its cardboardy animation is poor but later on it does show you some inplay graphics and are of the quality that you expect from the game.



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James Camerons Avatar Trailer ReleasedAugust 20, 2009, 9:54 pm

After a long wait, the trailer for James Cameron`s Avatar has been released. The film tells the story of a human plot to colonise the planet Pandora. However the planet is inhospitable to humans so they must merge their bodies with the Na`vi, the indigenous inhabitents of the planet. The Na`vi don`t want the humans there so they fight back.



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Britains MOD Release UFO FilesAugust 18, 2009, 7:28 pm

The British Government has released more UFO files that include details relating to the rendlesham forest incident in Suffolk, 1980. The Rendlesham Forest was an alleged UFO incident near R.A.F. Woodbridge using by the U.S.A.F. Another incident involves UFO sightings in Belgium where fighter planes were scrambled to intercept the UFOS. It covers communications sent by NATO command sent to the British Government reporting on the incidents. These files cover the period 1981-1996 and contain over 4000 pages.

In 1996, there were 609 incidents which the fact that Independence Day Movie and The X-Files were broadcast on television and in the cinema which would suggest a link. 609 incidents is more than the previous years incidents added together. Other incidents include where an orange airship advertising the Ford Mondeo was mistaken for a flying ship. A lot of reports were received by investigators about these incidents and a lot of them bore similarities to old science fiction films. The files can be downloaded from National Archives for a small price. The files aren`t clearly labelled so you won`t know which files contain Rendlesham incident.



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Fortieth Anniversary of the Lunar LandingsJuly 16, 2009, 5:59 pm

Forty years ago, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Since then another ten astronauts have landed on the moon. The last man to walk on the moon was Eugene Cernan in December 1972. The computers that took the men to the moon have a fraction of the computing power that todays machines have but we`ve not gone further.

The moon landings were seen as having a political rather than scientific reason, beating the Russians. The Russians had already sent the first satiellite, dog, man and woman into space. The only thing left was to land on the moon. Interest has been reignited recently on getting to the moon and further but it won`t be in the next couple of years that we get back there. First plan is to get to the moon and build a base there. From there, we`ll tackle the longer journey to Mars. America is looking for partners on the project because of the sheer scale of the task ahead,



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Planet discovered in another GalaxyJune 10, 2009, 11:02 pm

Not content with just searching for Exoplanets in our universe, some scientists decided to look for planets in Messier 31, aka Andromedagalaxy. The planet is an incredible 2.5 Million Light Years away. It was discovered using microlensing, using an object closer to Earth as a magnifying glass. The planet is believed to be able six times larger than Jupiter and Jupiter is our largest planet.



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Earth in possible collision course with objectJune 10, 2009, 9:21 pm

Just when you thought that it was only meteors/ asteroids/ comets to worry about, along comes a report that Earth could collide with a different object all together. The object in question is Mars but it won`t happen for millions or billions of years so you`re safe. The prediction came from Professor Laskar of the Observatory of Paris, France. Other collisions are also possible, Venus and Mercury smashing into one another. Mars and Jupiter are another which would have an even bigger impact. Mars would go flying off into space rather than smashing into pieces. More info could be read at the BBC which includes a video clip to watch.



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New Doctor Who's Assistant RevealedMay 30, 2009, 10:27 am

The BBC has announced who will play the part of the new Doctors assistant. Her name is Karen Gillan, a 21 year old Scottish actress. Karen`s character will be Amy Pond. She had appeared in the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who as a soothsayer but you would`ve had to know who to be looking at to spot her. She was heavily disguised. Its not the first time that a minor character went onto play a major role in the series. Colin Baker played a guard in one episode of the series then later came back to appear as the sixth doctor.



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