NASA To Reveal New Findings On 'The Search For Life Beyond Earth'
As interesting as the possibility of Jovian life forms is, it can become a bit tedious.
Yeah, fair enough, chat about it down the pub on the wrong side of a few too many pints, and have a laugh with it. But that's about as far as we can go with it. It's when researchers give genuine facts about aliens that pissheads in the boozer become insufferable because they've read some words.
The Daily Mail have reported that NASA are supplying those people with that ammunition, as they have called a press conference to 'discuss new results about ocean worlds.'
The agency say the findings have come from the Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope.
The details will be revealed at 2pm ET (7pm GMT) on Thursday. NASA said: "These new discoveries will help inform future ocean world exploration - including NASA's upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s - and the broader search for life beyond Earth."
A number of experts will attend the event at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington, where the findings will be discussed.
Not long back physicists said that they have 'substantial evidence' that our universe is an illusion. A slightly darker theory than us not being alone.
The group of theoretical physicists, from the University of Southampton, have been working with colleagues in Canada and Italy, studying irregularities in the 'afterglow' of the Big Bang, according to the Daily Mail.
They claim that the universe is nothing more than a hologram, an idea first proposed in the 90s. The theory hasn't really been put to the test since then, but current findings suggest it could be true.
"Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field," Professor Kostas Skenderis, of mathematical sciences at the University of Southampton, told the MailOnline. "The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card.
"However, this time, the entire universe is encoded."
Without outright saying he's going to 'dumb it down' for folks like me and you who are still baffled by gravity, he dumbed it down. If you imagine you're in a cinema, looking like a bit of a goof in those 3D glasses watching something like Avatar, it's like that, only when you reach out you can feel the things in front of you. And, of course, you don't look like a fool.
To come to this conclusion the team looked at irregularities in the white noise left over from the 'Big Bang'.
The findings were published in Physical Review Letters with researchers from the University of Southampton, University of Waterloo, Perimeter Institute, INFN, Lecce and the University of Salento contributing.
In short, the principle suggests that gravity in the universe comes from thin, vibrating strings, which occur in a flatter surfaces which contains all the information needed to create a three-dimensional hologram - in this case, the universe.
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