science: January 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Astronomers have revealed what is said to be the most detailed map of the universe ever created - stitched together from seven million images.

The resulting image - which is made from more than a trillion pixels - is so big it would take 500,000 HD televisions to be fully displayed.

While the picture has been released toady by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III, it was originally started in 1998 using a 138-megapixel imaging detector.

Since then astronomers have been scanning the sky to help identify and describe nearly half a billion stars and galaxies.

275x250.jpgArchaeologists say they have discovered the world's oldest winery… inside an Armenian cave.

The 6,000-year-old distillery was uncovered near the Iranian border and included a wine press, a clay vat, withered grape vines and a cup.

Boffins say it was only in such a good condition because the ceiling of the cave had collapsed preserving the find under a layer of rock.

It's said to prove the manufacturing of wine is at least 1,000 years older than previously identified, though no actual wine was found.

Experts added the complete wine production facility would have only been used to produce drinks for ceremonial purposes, rather than a daily tipple. Which seems a waste.

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