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On July 28, levels of high-energy cosmic ray particles originating from outside our solar system increased by 5 percent

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft managed to catch the fastest rate of changes on the edge of the solar system. 
The Voyager 1 is a NASA space probe that was launched in 1977 to study the outer solar system. It is now in the heliosheath, which is which is the outermost layer of the heliosphere. This area is very turbulent, and acts as the outer layer of the bubble of charged particles that surrounds the sun. 
The Voyager 1 has been studying this bubble of charged particles, and in doing so, caught the fastest rate of change in two of three signs of changes expected to occur at this particular area. The three signs of changes are the rate in which levels of high-energy cosmic ray particles increase, the rate in which lower-energy particles decrease, and the direction of the magnetic field. 
On July 28, levels of high-energy cosmic ray particles originating from outside our solar system increased by 5 percent. In the last half of that same day, lower-energy particles originating from inside our solar system decreased by half. Three days later, all levels returned to normal. This was the fastest rate of change observed so far. 
As far as the direction of the magnetic field goes, the data needs to be analyzed to determine if this occurred or not. These results should be available next month. 
This is all crucial information as Voyager 1 attempts to cross into interstellar space. NASA expects this to occur, but it does not know when. When this does happen, Voyager 1 will be the first manmade spacecraft to exit the solar system and dive into interstellar space. 
According to NASA scientists, the levels of lower-energy particles will drop to zero before Voyager 1 crosses into interstellar space. 
"These are thrilling times for the Voyager team as we try to understand the quickening pace of changes as Voyager 1 approaches the edge of interstellar space," said Edward Stone. Voyager 1 project scientist from the California Institute of Technology. "We are certainly in a new region at the edge of the solar system where things are changing rapidly. But we are not yet able to say that Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space."


Source: Science Daily

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RE: Chills!
By dgingerich on 8/8/2012 11:14:49 AM , Rating: 4
As NDT said, we just don't have the science and space ambition anymore. Too many people are just content to sit on our butts these days.

If I had the chance to contribute to the scientific community (I had it once, I was acing Physics and Math classes, but my stupid English teachers kept getting in my way) I would work hard and have the ambition to drive it further. I think there are a lot of people out there that would. People who would be in a scientific or engineering career, if their school had let them. There's too much emphasis on writing academic papers with no scientific or educational value, getting things like formatting 100% correct (I had one teacher knock off 40% on a paper because I had forgotten to italicize one word, she said it was no longer a valid reference because of that, took off 5% for the non-italicized word, took off 25% for not having a reference, then too another 10% off for noting a reference in the paper that "was not there", complete BS) instead of actually educating. I'm certain there are many more people than just me completely driven out of a college education just because of power hungry "teachers" who have no business teaching.

I had a 3.3 GPA, even with getting a D in English Comp 1 in my first year. I had a 3.0 after my second year, and failing English Comp 1 twice more with similar teachers. I had no issues getting As in Calc 1-3, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanics 1 & 2, Atomic Nuclear and Condensed Matter 1 & 2, Discrete Math, Even US History, yet I couldn't pass a stinking basic English class? I go back to school 20 years later, only to find the same thing. As in Database Design, Project Management, Basic Computer Security, and a dozen others, with a B in Psychology, only to fail at English Comp 1 and "Principles of Leadership" taught by the same English teacher. I spent 40-50 hours every week, even with working 45 hours a week, doing those stupid papers, only to have that witch mark me down repeatedly for complete BS reasons.

If our English teachers weren't getting in the way all the time, we'd probably have more scientists and engineers, and probably have more "scientific ambition". Heck, we'd probably have faster than light travel conquered by now.

RE: Chills!
By HrilL on 8/8/2012 12:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you should have filed a grade complaint with your department head. I've had to do it before. Had a philosophy professor tell us "You're in college now so you can have your own study habits and take your own notes." Well then at the end of the semester he wanted 100 pages of notes. I had about 40 so he dropped my grade 20% from an A to C. He actually turned out to be the department head so I took it up with the assistant dean and got it raised to a B, though I still think I should have got an A since I got an A on every test and paper.

RE: Chills!
By dgingerich on 8/8/2012 12:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
The English departments, at any of my 5 schools, (University of Northern Colorado in 1991, Metro State College of Denver in 1993, Oklahoma Christian University in 1996, Colorado Technical University in 2009, and finally Colorado State University, Global Campus in 2011, however, I only took one semester at Metro and no English classes, and didn't have issues with Speech class at OCU or CTU, so it was really just the 2 state schools where I had this issue) would never even let me meet to discuss the issue. I guess they just didn't like my written letter requests.

I just decided (as I had back in 1997) that I'm just giving up on college in general. Mensa rated me with a 170 IQ back in 1999, and my career is going well with self study and acing cert exams for various system admin skills (VCP, MCITP-EA&VA, MCSE, Network+, Security+, A+) so college really isn't needed. I make more money than the average college grad my age. It just gnaws at me that I never was able to finish it. I keep getting the feeling I'm supposed to be doing something more significant than just a server admin.

RE: Chills!
By kattanna on 8/8/2012 1:30:06 PM , Rating: 2
didn't have issues with Speech class

My niece had a speech class last semester..100% online

think about that for a second..sad

me personally..english has been a rocky subject. the first time I tried english 101 one of the first projects we did I followed the teachers instructions to the letter, and failed it because she actually wanted it in another format. When i pointed out her instructions her response was.. well.. i meant the other way. LOL I dropped the class because with a more then full time job, the math and chemistry class was more then enough as it was.

the second time I tried it, I was pointing out spelling and grammar mistakes that the teacher had made herself. ended dropping the class because once again work got in the way and I wasnt dropping biology which I had a strong A in. I'll get past it eventually..LOL got more chemistry and astronomy this semester. one thing I have noticed though about the english classes is how astonishingly bad is the grammar of these new kids in college. Me.. i was born when we were landing men on the moon.

I keep getting the feeling I'm supposed to be doing something more significant than just a server admin

if you are helping the porn to flow.. then there is NO higher calling


RE: Chills!
By MrBlastman on 8/8/2012 1:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
When i pointed out her instructions her response was.. well.. i meant the other way.

That's just women being women. They say stuff all the time that is the opposite of what they really mean.

They get all pissed off too when us men don't figure it out. Other times, we actually do the opposite and they get mad because they meant what they really said.

It is a wonder that all men over forty aren't completely bald. That, or carrying around giant cudgels to smash things.

It is perplexing. Machines are typically predictable--they work in a calculated, mechanical way and generate an obvious end result. Humans are nothing more than electro-chemical machines, yet, for some strange reason, the female variant has managed to defy science completely by incorporating a true random-number generator in their brains.

It is inconceivable yet, as I see it, true. Perhaps there is some sort of multi-dimensional quantum rift buried somewhere in their brains that men have yet to find. It is in there--it has to be!

RE: Chills!
By JediJeb on 8/8/2012 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe women are the key to quantum computing, where a bit can be on, off or anything in between.

RE: Chills!
By MrBlastman on 8/8/2012 2:27:14 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! We should behead them instantly and place them all on spindles and begin computing... Oh hell, I don't want to even know what goes on in there.

If we do that, it could be like opening a Lemarchand box...

Eureka! I've figured it out!

Pinhead. Yes, Pinhead, he is the source of all mankinds lusts and woes! It isn't sand trapped in there at times, no, NO!

It is Pinhead, bristles and all, raking his crown across their grant vestibules!

Or is it? Who is up to the challenge? I'm not.

Of course, the Lament Configuration might have already been realized. Was Man ever meant to figure this out to begin with? Is it already too late... I better go hide.

RE: Chills!
By MrBlastman on 8/8/2012 2:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
grant = grand. :-| (Maybe my typo saved us all?)

RE: Chills!
By Spuke on 8/8/2012 7:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
That's just women being women. They say stuff all the time that is the opposite of what they really mean.
Women only act that like that when they're with someone they don't really want to be with OR when we (men) let them act like that. I don't put up with that stuff and I'm no Billy Bad Ass either. If a woman wants me to understand something, she'll have to say it in plain English or I'll just act like a total dumb ass until she does. It's FAR easier to frustrate the living piss out of them until they spit it out in anger than to try and guess what they really want. Sorry, but I just don't play those games.

RE: Chills!
By JediJeb on 8/8/2012 2:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
English Grammar I always did well in, simply because grammar has a structure similar to mathematics or computer programming. Composition and Literature classes, that's a whole different story.

My friend went to the University of Louisville Speed School, there he made it through his Masters of Science in Chemistry in just over four years, where it took me four years for a BS in Chemistry in a state school. That program does not require more than basic scientific writing and grammar courses and none of the other nonsense electives most schools require now to try to make students "more balanced" for society. If anyone is looking for a strictly scientific career or education I would suggest giving them a look.

RE: Chills!
By dgingerich on 8/8/2012 3:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
That's cool. If I ever have to take another comp class, it will be too soon. Having an option of a school without that sounds great. Thanks for the info.

RE: Chills!
By really on 8/8/2012 7:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to say this after such a wonderful melt but I can see why your English teachers marked you down. Your reply was actually a little difficult to read due to fragmented sentences and awkward punctuation. You make the same mistake many people do and throw comas out all willy nilly. In many cases comas aren't needed and shouldn't be use.

“It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it." ~~Sophocles

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