Aliens ruled out for why Tabby’s star flickers

The first observations of Tabby’s star flickering in real time have put the last nails in the “it’s-an-alien-megastructure” coffin. The star’s most recent winks show that the dimming is from small dust particles surrounding it, a team of more than 200 scientists and amateur astronomers reports in a paper posted at arXiv.org January 3. The oddball star, … Continue reading Aliens ruled out for why Tabby’s star flickers

How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

The Okarian rover was in trouble. The yellow Humvee was making slow progress across a frigid, otherworldly landscape when planetary scientist Pascal Lee felt the rover tilt backward. Out the windshield, Lee, director of NASA’s Haughton Mars Project, saw only sky. The rear treads had broken through a crack in the sea ice and were … Continue reading How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

Wilder vs Ortiz: Deontay Wilder to defend WBC title against Luis Ortiz on March 3, in New York

Deontay Wilder's world title defence against Luis Ortiz has been confirmed for New York on March 3. Anthony Joshua's heavyweight rival will top the bill at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, making the seventh defence of the coveted WBC title he won back in January 2015.The 'Bronze Bomber' was due to take on Ortiz in November, … Continue reading Wilder vs Ortiz: Deontay Wilder to defend WBC title against Luis Ortiz on March 3, in New York

Notorious Regency Hotel murder trial of Patrick Hutch begins

The trial has begun of one of the most notorious gang-related incidents of recent times. The shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin almost two years ago during which one man died and two were injured was a "resourced, carefully planned, targeted, murderous attack", the Special Criminal Court has heard on Thursday. Patrick Hutch has … Continue reading Notorious Regency Hotel murder trial of Patrick Hutch begins

Arrest after police shoot man dead responding to hoax ‘swatting’ call

Police have reportedly made an arrest after a hoax emergency call led to an unarmed man being shot dead in a so-called "swatting" incident. Los Angeles Police detained 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, according to NBC News, after officers more than 1,300 miles away in Kansas fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch. The arrest comes after police said … Continue reading Arrest after police shoot man dead responding to hoax ‘swatting’ call