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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

Finding a new form factor for personal computing is harder than Microsoft thought. Reports suggest Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld device due to incomplete software. So the mythical computer looks like the victim of another Redmond reorg. In March, the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) was …

Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

The Andromeda galaxy is actually roughly the same size as the Milky Way, and may not engulf our galaxy when it is expected to collide in about four billion years time, according to new research. In other words, no, Andromeda is not the vastly larger sprawling galaxy we all thought it was. A paper published earlier this week …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Feb 2018

Supermassive black holes scoff just one star per year, say space weight watchers

Supermassive black holes in merger galaxies snack on one star every year, according to a paper published on Thursday. The Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or M31, sits next door to the Milky Way only about 2.5 million light years away. It’s a giant spiral galaxy teeming with stars and astroboffins have spotted a pair …
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International team takes down virus-spewing Andromeda botnet

Police and private companies have taken down a massive botnet used to move malware onto compromised PCs. The Andromeda botnet, also known as Gamarue, is thought to have spanned over two million PCs and distributed over 80 types of malware onto infected PCs. It was shut down on November 29 in a combined operation by Europol, …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2017
Andromeda: "Google Android" bot taking off with Chrome power backpack. Image mashup of two SHutterstock stock images.

‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

If you were to design a client operating system with the goal of being used by two billion people, what would it look like? We might soon find out what Alphabet’s looks like. Today’s announcement’s from Alphabet’s Google is expected to reveal "Andromeda", the merged Android/Chrome OS. Executives have been hyping today’s event …

Astronomers find first neutron star in Andromeda galaxy

Neutron stars have been found in our own galaxy for decades, but now scientists have spotted the first in our galactic neighbor Andromeda. A neutron star is the remnant of a once-bright star that has since gone supernova and spins rapidly. If an extremely dense remnant encounters another star it sucks off its material, …
Iain Thomson, 1 Apr 2016
Hubble image with dark matter mass overlay

Dark matter-hunting boffins spot EXCITING signal in X-ray spectrum

Vid Boffins believe they may finally have detected the first sign of dark matter, after picking up an unusual photon emission signal in X-rays coming from space. Scientists from the EPFL lab of particle physics and cosmology (LPPC) and Leiden University are expected to publish their findings next week in Physical Review Letters. …
Team Register, 13 Dec 2014
Andromeda at 12 and 22 microns. Pic: NASA

Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

Updated Sky watchers are rapidly turning their instruments in the direction of Andromeda, after NASA's Swift spacecraft spotted what looks like a deadly gamma-ray burst spotted at 9:21 PM UMT, May 27. That's got astrophysicists excited, because Andromeda is our nearest galactic neighbour, which means the data collection from the event …

Google exposes its Andromeda software-defined networking

Google is exposing the beating heart of its distributed infrastructure to developers of its cloud services. The company announced on Wednesday that developers using the us-central1-b and europe-west1-a zones of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service will now be running their apps directly on top of Andromeda, …
Jack Clark, 3 Apr 2014
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HUBBLE turns TIME MACHINE: Sees GLINT in the Milk(yway)man's EYE

Pic Images from the Hubble space telescope suggest for the first time how our galaxy, the Milky Way, developed. And its scientists have put together a photo of how the night sky could have looked 11 billion years ago if humans and Earth had been around. Hubble's formation of galaxies over time Galaxies get better looking with …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2013

Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

New, nifty pictures have been released by astro-boffins which reveal further glories of "the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty". Without further ado: That's a proper long-distance princess snap A bit blurry maybe, but this kind of pic often is We're indebted …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2013
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Andromeda home to micro-quasar

The National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory has spotted an X-ray source in Andromeda, 2.5 million light-years distant, that it’s tagged as a “micro-quasar” and says is the first discovered beyond the Milky Way. The object, XMMU J004243.6+412519 (love the naming convention), is a black hole with an …
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Swollen SUPER-GIGANTO PLANET sighted in Andromeda

A gigantic super-planet has been snapped by astroboffins orbiting the massive star Kappa Andromedae. Artist's impression of Kappa And b The super-Jupiter dwarfs any of the planets found in the Solar System, with a mass at least 13 times that of Jupiter and an orbit that is larger than Neptune's. Its host star - Kappa …
Hubble photo showing gravitational lensing warping the appearance of the galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847

Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

Observations from the Hubble telescope have shown that the Milky Way is on a high-speed collision course with the nearby Andromeda galaxy and the two will merge into a new elliptical system. Andromeda, also called M31, is about the same mass as the Earth's Milky Way and similar in form. Although it's 2.5 million light years …
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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ESA releases splendid new space-'scope pic of Andromeda

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an impressive composite snap of the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way – an infrared and X-ray mélange showing Andromeda in all its glory: ESA's composite image of Andromeda The Herschel space telescope captured the infrared component of the image (shown in red/orange), while …
Lester Haines, 6 Jan 2011

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