Thursday, 24th April 2014

World

US: Like so many interesting discoveries, this one happened largely by accident. An astronomer has discovered an 'upside-down planet' that reveals new method for studying binary star systems. A binary star system is where two stars are so close that their gravitational interaction causes them to orbit about a common centre of mass. Working with astronomer Eric Agol, Ethan Kruse, a doctoral student at University of Washington has confirmed the first "self-lensing" binary star system. "I found what essentially looked like an upside-down planet. What you normally expect is this dip in brightness...
The nuclear icebreaker Vaygach (RIA Novosti)
RUSSIA: A united system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines will be created in the Arctic to defend Russia's interests in the region, President Vladimir Putin said. He urged the government to provide full state funding for the socio-economic development of the Russian Arctic through 2017-20. Putin said that a separate state agency should be created to implement Russian policy in the Arctic and to improve the quality of governance and decision-making in this area. "We do not need a bulky bureaucratic body, but a flexible operational structure, which will help better...