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27-03-2012, 01:59 PM (This post was last modified: 27-03-2012 02:25 PM by germanyt.)
What do you think of this article?
Not so much of the content but just in general. Is this a good article in the journalism sense? Does it appear to be accurate, bias, well written? Any thoughts on it are appreciated.

Quote:'Runaway planets' hurled from galaxies at 30 million mph

Now that’s a wild ride!

Astronomers have discovered that the incredible gravitational strength of supermassive black holes can tear planets away from their star systems and hurl them through space at incredible speeds -- as fast as 30 million mph.

They noted that this is "a few percent" of the speed of light, a theoretical constant of 186,000 miles per second or about 670 million mph.

Called hypervelocity planets, the speedy worlds vastly outrace runaway stars that scientists found flying out of our galaxy seven years ago at the tortoise-like pace of just 1.5 million miles per hour.

"These warp-speed planets would be some of the fastest objects in our Galaxy. If you lived on one of them, you'd be in for a wild ride from the center of the galaxy to the Universe at large," said astrophysicist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

For this study, the researchers simulated a double-star system that wanders too close to the supermassive black hole at the galactic center. They had already known that the black hole’s gravitational forces could rip the stars apart -- sending one away at high speed while the other is captured into orbit around the black hole.

But what would happen if each star had a planet or two orbiting nearby?

The researchers found that the star ejected outward could carry its planets along for the ride. The second star, as it's captured by the black hole, could have its planets torn away and flung into the icy blackness of interstellar space at tremendous speeds.

A typical hypervelocity planet would slingshot outward at 7 to 10 million miles per hour. However, a small fraction of them could gain much higher speeds under ideal conditions.

"Other than subatomic particles, I don't know of anything leaving our galaxy as fast as these runaway planets," added lead author Idan Ginsburg of Dartmouth College.

Current instruments can't detect a lone hypervelocity planet since they are dim, distant, and very rare. However, astronomers could spot a planet orbiting a hypervelocity star by watching for the star to dim slightly when the planet crosses its face in a transit.

For a hypervelocity star to carry a planet with it, that planet would have to be in a tight orbit. Therefore, the chances of seeing a transit would be relatively high, around 50 percent.

"With one-in-two odds of seeing a transit, if a hypervelocity star had a planet, it makes a lot of sense to watch for them," said Ginsburg.

Eventually, such worlds will escape the Milky Way and travel through the intergalactic void.

"Travel agencies advertising journeys on hypervelocity planets might appeal to particularly adventurous individuals," added Loeb.

How about this one?

Quote:Gingrich Campaign Faces Tight Budget

Annapolis, Md. -- Intent on taking his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer, Newt Gingrich indicated to reporters Tuesday that his staff is reorganizing to adjust to tough financial realities but said he has enough money to stay in the race.

"The money is very tight obviously, that's why we're trying to raise more money," Gingrich said when a reporter brought up the campaign's latest fundraising method of asking supporters to donate 50 dollars to take a photo with the candidate, part of their latest push to solicit more small donor contributions.

Directly questioned about whether he would be asking staffers to take pay cuts, Gingrich said the campaign is "working through what it is going to take" to get to Tampa and told reporters to expect more guidance from his communications staff "in the next day or two."

Gingrich downplayed the significance of canceling his previously scheduled 2-day trip to North Carolina this week, which is being replaced by events in DC.

"We had an opportunity to do a couple things in Washington tomorrow and the Washington primary's next Tuesday, and so that's why we stayed in Washington," he said. Gingrich joins his wife Callista in Wisconsin at the end of the week, where she has been embarking on her first solo campaign tour.

Print outlets took their embeds off the Gingrich campaign bus after the Louisiana primary, leaving just a handful of network embeds to continue traveling with the candidate, who has relied heavily on earned media to stay in the public spotlight.

Gingrich said he wasn't bothered by their departure "much as I like them personally" because he has continued to receive large audiences, like the crowd of hundreds in Delaware who turned out to see him Monday night. He also gestured to the gaggle of reporters at the media avail outside the Maryland state capitol -- over 20 outlets were present -- suggesting the campaign still had some wind in its sails.

"Clearly we're going to have to go on a fairly tight budget to get from here to Tampa, but I think we can do it," he said. "And I think we will do it and it's going to take a lot of work on our part but we have a lot of supporters who want us to do that."

Anyone? Noone have a problem with an article? No grammar or spelling critiques? No obvious misinformation? Nothing?

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03-04-2012, 03:43 PM
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URLESON, Texas – Tornadoes
tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes,
tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers
strewn along highways and parking lots.

The National Weather Service reported at
least two separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes south of
Dallas and Fort Worth. Several other developing twisters were reported
as a band of violent storms moved north through the metropolitan area.
Officials had no immediate information about injuries.

Footage from highway video cameras showed a
large, dark funnel cloud moving on the ground not far from a major
interstate early Tuesday afternoon. Crumpled orange tractor trailers
were later visible in a Dallas County parking lot, as well as flattened
trailers along the sides of highways and access roads.

In one Dallas County neighborhood, local
television footage showed homes without roofs while other buildings were
flattened. Plywood was strewn on the grass and on top of buildings.
Residents could be seen walking down the street with firefighters and
peering into homes, looking at the damage after the storm passed.

The storm pushed cars into fences and
toppled trees over. Branches and limbs were scattered across lawns and
in the streets. A tow-behind RV was torn apart and crumpled in a
driveway where part of a roof of the home was torn off.

"Obviously, we're going to have a lot of
assessments to make when this is done," Dallas County spokeswoman Maria
Arita told The Associated Press.

Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey
said an apparent twister also touched down and caused damage within the
city's southern limits, though the extent was not immediately known.

The weather service said "considerable damage" was reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas.

A spokeswoman for the Lancaster school
district spokeswoman said officials did not immediately know of any
damage to schools. Leslie Johnston, spokeswoman for Arlington
Independent School District, in between Dallas and Forth Worth, said all
schools there had students take sheltering and several schools reported
power outages.

No problems with this one either?

Surprising. They are all Fox News articles.

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03-04-2012, 03:53 PM
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03-04-2012, 04:27 PM
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(03-04-2012 03:53 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  ZOMG CONSIDER THE SOURCE, MORON!

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