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'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

Science
The space interloper 'Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion years. That is the conclusion of new Belfast research that has examined in detail the light bouncing off the cigar-shaped asteroid from outside our Solar System. "At some point or another it's been in a collision," says Dr Wes Fraser from Queen's University. His team's latest study is featured in Sunday's Sky At Night episode on the BBC and published in Nature Astronomy. It is yet another intriguing finding about this strange object that has fascinated scientists since its discovery back in October. 'Oumuamua comes from a different star system. Its path across the sky confirms it does not originate in our solar neighbourhood. Initially, it was thought the object could be a comet, but i...
Cassini hints at young age for Saturn's rings

Cassini hints at young age for Saturn's rings

Science
The spectacular rings of Saturn may be relatively young, perhaps just 100 million years or so old.This is the early interpretation of data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft on its final orbits of the giant world. If confirmed, it means we are looking at Saturn at a very special time in the age of the Solar System. Cassini is scheduled to make only two more close-in passes before driving itself to destruction in Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. The probe is being disposed of in this way because it will soon run out of fuel. That would render it uncontrollable, and mission managers at the US space agency Nasa do not want it crashing into - and contaminating - moons that could conceivably host microbial lifeforms. The approaching end means scientists and engineers are now taking risks wi...
‘I'd like to go back’ – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Premier League return at tax court hearing

‘I'd like to go back’ – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Premier League return at tax court hearing

Sports
Former Man United star says life was more straightforward in EnglandSaturday, August 5, 2017Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he would like to return to England after revealing his frustration over an investigation into his tax returns.The 32-year-old former Manchester United man was speaking during a court hearing over claims of tax evasion.Ronaldo has denied charges of evading tax and hiding details of his income from the Spanish tax authorities.Prosecutors allege he evaded 14.7million euros (£13.1million) in tax in a dispute over his image rights.Ronaldo, who earlier this week appeared at magistrates court in a Madrid suburb to answer the charges, has reiterated his innocent plea. And he claimed life was more straightforward in Manchester, suggesting the furore over pay
Putin hints he may be Russian president for life

Putin hints he may be Russian president for life

World
July 22 (UPI) -- In an interview with teenage schoolchildren, Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted he may remain president for life.Putin, who is widely expected to win another six-year term after elections in March, was asked by one of the children what he would do after his time in office is over."But I haven't decided yet if I will leave the presidency," Putin said, earning a loud round of applause from the friendly audience. The session was broadcast live on Russian television across the country and the questions appeared to have been screened in advance.The appearance before a group of young people who attend a school for gifted students Putin opened in Sochi, came a month after youth-fueled protests in Moscow over corruption at the Kremlin.Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said...