Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theory

Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theoryA neutron star with a mighty magnetic field has thrown down the gauntlet to theories about stellar evolution and the birth of black holes, astronomers reported on Wednesday.

The "magnetar" lies in a cluster of stars known as Westerlund 1, located 16,000 light years away in the constellation of Ara, the Altar.

Westerlund 1, discovered in 1961 by a Swedish astronomer, is a favoured observation site in stellar physics.

Aboriginal anger over bypass 'false hope'

Aboriginal anger over bypass Tasmania's aboriginal community is accusing the State Government of giving it false hope about alternative routes for the controversial Brighton bypass.

Late last month the Government released an engineer's report detailing eight alternative routes for the bypass.

The Indigenous community has said it was willing to compromise and accept the alternatives, in order to protect Aboriginal artefacts on the Jordan River levee site dating back 42,000 years.

But the Government released a statement yesterday saying alternatives were not practical and would have a significant impact on railway operations.

The Aboriginal Centre's Michael Mansell is outraged.

A treaty with a Native American message

A treaty with a Native American messageThere are many things we might have learned from the Native Americans in those early days of our invasion of their territory if we had listened. There was, for instance, a treaty jointly signed by the Lenni Lenape (or Delaware Indians as the white man called them) and the Iroquois.

"The 'woman' shall not go to war but endeavor to keep peace with all..."

"The 'man" shall then hear and obey the 'woman.'"

At that time the Delaware Indians were designated the 'woman' tribe.

The curious peace treaty is recorded by an early resident in Pennsylvania, Bishop George Henry Loskiel who lived from 1740 to 1814.

Bypassing Resistance, Brazil Prepares to Build a Dam

 Bypassing Resistance, Brazil Prepares to Build a DamFor Raimunda Gomes da Silva, the impending construction of a huge hydroelectric dam here in the Amazon is painful déjà vu.
About 25 years ago, the building of another dam more than 200 miles east of here flooded her property, driving a plague of poisonous snakes, insects and jaguars onto her land, she said, before submerging it completely.

Step back in history Fort Battleford a place of refuge for panicked settlers

Step back in history   Fort Battleford a place of refuge for panicked settlersThe squad of North West Mounted Police (NWMP) sat nervously around their campfire, while an edgy, rifle-carrying civilian sentry peered over the stockade walls and a fretting quartermaster anxiously calculated if they would be able to survive a long siege.

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