Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.
Waking from a deep sleep, 11,000m above the Pacific Ocean, and seeing the below image on the screen in front of you.
It took me the best part of one terror filled second to remember I’d selected 2001: A Space Odyssey as my in-flight movie.
This stunning, and quite frankly trippy, object is W49B, a supernova remnant 26,000 light years away from Earth. The formation is a mere thousand years old, which in relative terms is like the snap of a finger. It may just be the birth place of a newborn black hole, the youngest ever detected in the galaxy.
Scientists created the image using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue and green), radio data from the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (pink), and infrared data from Caltech’s Palomar Observatory (yellow).
The supernova is highly distorted, with material “near the poles of the doomed rotating star was ejected at a much higher speed than material emanating from its equator.” Usually, supernova explosions are symmetrical, which left scientists a bit puzzled. All evidence of this strange behavior suggests that unlike most supernova remnants which become neutron starts, this is beginning to form a black hole.
How do researchers track asteroids? And how often have asteroids collided with Earth? (Hint: far more than the number of impact craters on our planet would suggest.)
For more on the odds and potential hazards of asteroid impacts, and the process of tracking the orbits of near-Earth asteroids, check out this video.
Image: Paul Chodas
New TOP GEAR w DAMIAN LEWIS - Mon Feb 4 BBC AMERICA
This is a 16 second reminder that you should watch the BBC America premiere of Top Gear, Monday Feb 4 at 9/8c. You can either read the entirety of this text — which will take you roughly 16 seconds — or you can watch Homeland’s Damian Lewis — this season’s first Star In A Reasonably Priced Car — say the same thing to you in the video above.
If we were you we’d opt for the video if only because it has more exciting edits than this text. The most exciting thing we can do here, perhaps, is leave off the end of this