Black bear crashes birthday party, eats cupcakes


GlennMerillAndBrokenSkylightPhotoCourtesyofJuneauEmpireGlenn Merrill and his wife, who live on an Alaskan mountainside, were expecting guests for their son’s 1st birthday party to arrive any minute on Saturday when they heard a cracking of a skylight, not a knocking at the door.

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,”  Merrill tells the Juneau Empire. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like three feet away from me” in the middle of the living room. Continue reading


X-ray signal tantalizes astronomers


A giant collection of galaxies immersed in hot gas about 250 million light years from Earth.In the Perseus Cluster, a mysterious signal. The cluster contains thousands of galaxies immersed in an enormous cloud of superheated gas.

ET is not on the phone. But nonetheless scientists are excited about a “mysterious” X-ray signal found when a team sifted through old data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton.

Astronomers think it might be evidence of sterile neutrinos — dark matter, that stuff that makes up about  85% of the Universe, but does not emit or absorb light.

“We know that the dark matter explanation is a long shot, but the pay-off would be huge if we’re right,” says Esra Bulbul of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,  who led the study. “So we’re going to keep testing this interpretation and see where it takes us.”

A paper explaining the research is published in the Astrophysical Journal.

You  can read more here.


Daughter’s globe-trotting tribute goes viral


parisPhotoByJinnaYang“I took a lifesize cutout of my dad around the world to celebrate his life & bring peace to my family,” Jinna Yang posts on Instagram.

Her dad, Jay Kwon Yang, was only 52 when he died of cancer in Virginia in 2012.

After her parents split up when Jinna was 7, she writes on her blog, it was her mom who moved out. Her dad worked 12-hour days, six days a week in the family dry cleaners while raising her and her younger brother.

By the time her dad receives his diagnosis, his dreams are unfulfilled. “He’s never been to Europe or Africa. California. Florida,” Jinna says. “He never got to travel because he sacrificed his life for our family.” Continue reading