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Oxygen discovered on Rosetta comet, stunning scientists

By on October 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Oxygen discovered on Rosetta comet, stunning scientists

Scientists have for the first time detected oxygen on a comet, a finding that could upend theories about how the solar system was formed.

Reporting their findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday, an international team said that they detected “a lot” of molecular oxygen in the cloud of gas, or coma, surrounding the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

While molecular oxygen has been found in Jupiter and Saturn, it’s never been found on a comet. The neutral gas comas of most comets are composed largely of water, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

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Comet Lovejoy Alcohol

Scientists discover that comet Lovejoy is releasing alcohol and sugar into outer space

By on October 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Scientists discover that comet Lovejoy is releasing alcohol and sugar into outer space

If you’re looking to get some booze on the cheap, you might want to consider visiting comet Lovejoy. A team of scientists recently discovered that the comet, as it traverses through the galaxy, is emitting ethyl alcohol, the very same kind that can be found in alcoholic beverages.

“We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,” said Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, lead author of the team who recently published the findings in Science Advances.

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Rosetta Philae Comet Pictures

Scientists landed a probe on a comet this week – here are the first amazing pictures

By on November 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

Scientists landed a probe on a comet this week – here are the first amazing pictures

In case you missed it, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft successfully landed a probe onto the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this week, marking the first time we’ve ever successfully put a manmade device onto a comet. Wired has snagged several images taken by both the Rosetta and the probe of the comet’s surface and they give us an amazing first-hand look at the what it’s like to be on a giant rock that’s hurtling through space. More →

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T-Mobile Comet launches November 3rd for $9.99 on contract

By on November 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM.

T-Mobile Comet launches November 3rd for $9.99 on contract

T-Mobile announced Monday that it will release the T-Mobile Comet on November 3rd. Manufactured by Huawei, the T-Mobile Comet will be the least expensive Android phone in T-Mobile’s lineup when it launches later this week. The Comet will be available for just $9.99 with a 2-year postpaid contract, or “less than $200” off contract. As a sub-$200 prepaid phone running Android 2.2, the Comet is a terrific option, featuring a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display, HSPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, microSDHC support and more. While we can’t confirm exactly how far below $200 T-Mobile will price the Comet, we can confirm that Costco will be selling the Comet for $149.99 when it becomes available. Hit the break for T-Mobile’s press release. More →

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Motorola DROID 2 Global launches soon in black and white; T-Mobile Comet to cost $149.99

By on October 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM.

Motorola DROID 2 Global launches soon in black and white; T-Mobile Comet to cost $149.99

A fresh new Verizon Wireless rebate sheet emerged yesterday and brought with it some confusion. On the sheet, the upcoming Motorola DROID 2 Global had two associated SKUs. Since two separate versions of the unreleased DROID Pro were recently discovered — one with a camera and one without — it was assumed that these SKUs represented a standard DROID 2 Global and a second version sans-camera. But you know what they say about assumptions. So your pals here at BGR did some digging and we found our answer where all answers are ultimately found: Costco.

The screen shot seen above, delivered from an anonymous source, shows two versions of the Motorola DROID 2 Global within the Costco inventory system. The difference between them, as it turns out, is the color. Fans of white phones will be happy to learn that the DROID 2 Global will be released in both black and white when it finally does launch next month. Both versions will be $199.99 on contract. And while we still have no firm release date for these 1.2GHz beasts, hopefully the white DROID 2 Global doesn’t get delayed endlessly like the white iPhone 4.

Also of interest, the T-Mobile Comet — a mid-range Android phone rumored to be launching on November 3rd — will cost $149.99 when it finally sees the light of day.

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T-Mobile accessories guide shows Windows Phone 7 and others coming in November?

By on September 16, 2010 at 7:33 AM.

T-Mobile accessories guide shows Windows Phone 7 and others coming in November?

It looks like TMoNews has gotten there mitts on — what appears to be anyway — an accessories guide for U.S. carrier T-Mobile. What sets this list apart from others is that it details the availability of accessories for several unreleased, and even a few unknown, handsets. First and foremost, the sheet lists several cases for the HTC HD7 — a Windows Phone 7 device — as November 1. Want more? How about accessories for the LG Optimus T for November 1, Dell Claire for November 15, BlackBerry Bold 9780 for November 15, and Motorola Begonia for November 1. A phone simply referred to as the “Comet” is also listed with the date of November 1; no manufacturer is listed.

We have a pretty good idea of what the HD7, Optiums T, and Bold 9780 will look like. The Begonia, Comet, and Claire, however, are all new discoveries.

It is important to keep in mind that these are not handset launch dates, but rather dates that accessories will be available; TMoNews doesn’t specify whether that availability is to stores or warehouses or what. Regardless, if accessories are being made, the handsets have to be put into the wild soon. Anything on this laundry list enticing? More →

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