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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: [] [] /. LinkedIn []

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Thursday April 07, 2005
04:38 PM

Science News

[ #24060 ]

As usual, heavy on the astronomy.

Reborn Star Surprises Astronomers
«"Sakurai's object went through the first phases of [the white-dwarf re-ignition] sequence in just a few years -- 100 times faster than we expected [--] So we had to revise our models."»
- Science Magazine [Apr.8 issue not online yet], via
Ref: Sakurai's Object[Google]
Albert Ziljstra homepage, Papers

First Stars seen in distant Galaxies
«UK and US astronomers have used the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope to detect light coming from the first stars to form in some of the most distant galaxies yet seen. Speaking on Wednesday 6 April at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Birmingham, Dr. Andrew Bunker (University of Exeter) will discuss new evidence that the formation of the first galaxies may have got underway earlier than previously thought. This observational work using infrared images from Spitzer Space Telescope is essential, since theoretical predictions for the history of star formation in the early Universe are highly uncertain. The team, led by Bunker and graduate student Laurence Eyles (University of Exeter), used Hubble Space Telescope data to identify remote galaxies that were suitable for further study. They then analysed archived images taken at infrared wavelengths with NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.»
- Royal Astronomical Society , and Author homepage via When the lights came on in the Universe [Yahoo! AFP] , when the stars first Twinkled [AuBC], First galaxies arrived early, and overweight [Reg UK]

UPDATE -- Links to RAS NAM Proceedings at

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