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Mysterious MilkyWay Warp Finally Explained? 215

* * Beatles-Beatles writes to tell us Space.com is reporting that scientists think that a collision between mysterious 'dark matter' and two of the Milky Way's nearby neighbors may be causing our galaxy to warp 'like a vinyl record left out in the hot Sun.' From the article: 'The warp is most clearly visible in a thin disk of hydrogen gas that extends across the entire 200,000-light-year diameter of the Milky Way. Viewed sideways, one half of the hydrogen disk appears to stick up above our galaxy's plane of stars and gas, while the other half dips below the plane for a bit and then rises upward again farther away from the galaxy's center.'"
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Mysterious MilkyWay Warp Finally Explained?

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  • missing info (Score:2, Insightful)

    by amazon10x ( 737466 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @12:46AM (#14433354)
    The article fails to say (or perhaps I missed it?) how severe the warp is nor how fast the warping is happening currently. Furthermore, it doesn't say when this warping was first recorded.
  • by MrPerfekt ( 414248 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @12:59AM (#14433409) Homepage Journal
    Here, here. I second and third and fourth this.

    Taco doesn't read the site and SM abuses the crap out of the system.

    Digg is looking better all the time.
  • by zerocool^ ( 112121 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @01:06AM (#14433432) Homepage Journal

    Digg is looking better all the time.

    Now, hold on... I'm not suggesting that we jump ship.

    All I'm asking for is Journalistic integrity.

    I know digg exists. I deliberately come back to slashdot. The reason? I'm not here for the articles. I'm here for the discussion. I can get the information anywhere. I am at slashdot because I want to know what others think. There are some very smart and very connected people on Slashdot, and I value their opinion. I also find out about alternatives or other theories or random_x piece of software I didn't know existed from the comments. I consider it a great day when I see someone say "Well, if you like X, you'll love Y". That to me is slashdot's strength. And I try to contribute positively where I can.

    All I am asking for is for the Admins to have a little integrity. Whatever happened to honesty? Whatever happened to shaking a man's hand, looking him in the eye, and telling the truth? I'm that kind of guy... so are many of my fellow Slashdot readers. And I have an almost irrational belief in the fundamental "goodness" of mankind.

    If I had to nail down the problems of Slashdot these days, it's very simple:

    1.) They don't hold their admins to the same level of integrity to which their readers hold themselves.
    2.) They irrationally refuse to believe people like me exist; they refuse to believe that the strength of Slashdot is in the content provided by the readers.

    But, one at a time. Let's get 1 working first, and then I think 2 will fall into place.

  • by Wind_Walker ( 83965 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @01:18AM (#14433477) Homepage Journal
    No, we never will get a straight answer out of the Admins. Why? Because they no longer answer to us. They answer to their Corporate Overlords (tm).

    I gave up on Slashdot providing reliable information a long time ago. Now I come to skim the headlines and check out the trolls.

  • Re:related article (Score:3, Insightful)

    by eclectic4 ( 665330 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @01:27AM (#14433522)
    "vidence pointing towards a massive black hole at the center of the LMC. (The Milky Way's closest neighbor)"

    Um, evidence is pointing towards that being the case in most if not all Galaxies, even our own Milky Way [cnn.com]. That article alone was over 5 years old.
  • Slashcode (Score:3, Insightful)

    by quokkapox ( 847798 ) <quokkapox@gmail.com> on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @01:57AM (#14433643)
    I just realized that the software that supposedly runs this site is supposedly open source. Have any of you old farts (or younger ones) reviewed the code? How is bitchslapping implemented? How is moderator access revocation implemented?
  • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @02:04AM (#14433658) Journal
    I'd rather have TrollKore and the GNAA back in full force than sloppy editing.

    ASCII art & subtle comment trolls were far more amusing than bad /. articles and editors who don't correct the submitter's spelling.

    Only solution is to complain to Slashdot's advertisers.

    Tell 'em something like
    "your advert appeared above this [poorly spelled, factually incorrect, un/misinformed, badly researched, any of the above] story. While you may have little to do with the content of the site, it does reflect on your company and its products. Please ask OSDN to consider aiming for a higher standard of editing."
    I know it's like going over your boss' head and complaining. But ScuttleMonkey & Co. don't really seem to care.
  • by pomo monster ( 873962 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @02:33AM (#14433719)
    The minute Digg gets a threaded comment system remotely as usable as this one, it's goodbye Slashdot.
  • Re:At it again... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by barakn ( 641218 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @04:09AM (#14433980)
    Go to your preferences page (this link [slashdot.org] may or may not work) and turn off ScuttleMonkey. And then stop bitching.
  • by Mr. Flibble ( 12943 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2006 @05:31AM (#14434262) Homepage
    The minute Digg gets a threaded comment system remotely as usable as this one, it's goodbye Slashdot.

    Agreed. And check out my UID. I am a long time slashdot user - and it has been my homepage ever since I registered.

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