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Harsh realities of the pink ribbon

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The cataclysmic flare that punched so far out of the Galaxy, its impact was felt 200,000 light years away

A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way just 3.5 million years ago, sending a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both poles of the Galaxy and out into deep space.  That’s the finding arising from research conducted by a team of scientists led by Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) and soon to be published in The Astrophysical Journal.  The phenomenon, known as a Seyfert flare, created two enormous ‘ionisation cones’ that sliced through the Milky Way – beginning with a relatively small diameter close to the black hole, and expanding vastly as they exited the Galaxy.  So powerful was the flare that it impacted on the Magellanic Stream – a long trail of gas extending from nearby dwarf galaxies called the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The Magellanic Stream lies at an average 200,000 light years from the Milky Way.

An artist’s impression of the massive bursts of ionising radiation exploding from the centre of the Milky Way and impacting the Magellanic Stream.
Credit: James Josephides/ASTRO 3D


 

The explosion was too huge, says the Australian-US research team, to have been triggered by anything other than nuclear activity associated with the black hole, known as Sagittarius A, or Sgr A*, which is about 4.2 million times more massive than the Sun.

Using data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope, the researchers calculated that the massive explosion took place little more than three million years ago.  In Galactic terms, that is astonishingly recent.   On Earth at that point, the asteroid that triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs was already 63 million years in the past, and humanity’s ancient ancestors, the Australopithecines, were afoot in Africa.  The blast, the researchers estimate, lasted for perhaps 300,000 years – an extremely short period in galactic terms.

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A schematic diagram modelling the ionising radiation field over the South Galactic Hemisphere of the Milky Way, disrupted by the Seyfert flare event.
Credit: Bland-Hawthorne, et al/ASTRO 3D

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Snapshot of Australians living with disability

The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) most recent reports puts the spotlight on the experiences of nearly 1 in 5 Australians living with a disability and the experiences and needs in education, health, social support and employment.

 

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‘Project Sunrise’ Qantas Research Flights: New York / London direct to Australia

October marks the start of the next phase in planning for Project Sunrise, three ultra long-haul test flights that will be conducting on-board research to understand the needs and effects this kind of travel will have on passengers and crew.   It will represent the world’s first flight by a commercial airline direct from New York to Sydney and only the second time a commercial airline has flown direct from London to Sydney.  The gathering of intelligence from the  series of flights over the next three months are critical steps toward Qantas’s vision to  operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.

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How do humans maintain their economic value in a world where artificial intelligence (AI) becomes smarter and more efficient in business?

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more sophisticated and human-like with each passing day, it’s never been more important for universities globally to develop critical thinking, empathy and ethics – vital skills for tomorrow’s jobs.

The rise of AI is vastly different from past developments. Traditionally, a human was still required to break down complex processes into their designated parts before determining what could be automated. AI is independent, self-sustaining, and can learn from its actions with very little human interaction.

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Sweat testing the All Blacks

Gatorade has been putting the All Blacks through their paces with sweat tests ahead of their Tokyo campaign.  One of its main agendas is to educate athletes on the fuel they put in their bodies to achieve optimal performance and win from within.

In 2016, the world’s number one sports drink started a five-year partnership with one of the world’s most successful rugby teams to become the official hydration partner of the All Blacks, helping the boys to perform at their peak.   The partnership also provides access to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), the research and development arm of Gatorade.

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Top 10 corporate meeting destinations in Asia

Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider released its list of top meeting destinations in Asia.  The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Unique Request for Proposals Received
  • Total Room Nights Received
  • Awarded Request for Proposals
  • Awarded Room Nights
  • Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
  • Number of Profile Views

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