SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 56 - Rumors of habitable planet persist

Aug 19, 2016, 12:47 PM

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Hi, Stuart here with the Show Notes for Series 19 Episode 56:

*Rumours of a habitable zone planet detected around our nearest neighbouring star system There are growing rumours claiming the detection of a terrestrial Earth like planet within the habitable zone of our nearest neighbouring star system Proxima Centauri. A report in Germany’s respected Der Spiegel news magazine claims the discovery was made by astronomers with the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla telescope in Chile.

*Scientists use a simulated black hole to demonstrate Hawking radiation A scientist using a simulated black hole may just have demonstrated existence of Hawking radiation – the hypothesis claiming black holes evaporate over time. The research could open a window linking Albert Einstein’s General Relativity Theory with Quantum Mechanics – finally pointing the way to quantum gravity.

*Physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature Earlier this year on SpaceTime we reported the possible detection of a previously unknown fifth fundamental force in nature The key is a potential new sub-atomic particle called the protophobic X boson which has about thirty times the mass of an electron.

*JCSAT16 launched on SpaceX rocket. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched a new telecommunications satellite into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force base in Florida. The 70 metre tall rocket lit up partly cloudy night skies as it blasted off Space Launch complex 40.

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