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Telescope captures dramatic birth of star

This is one baby picture you won’t want to miss. The ALMA telescope in Chile has captured a close-up of the glowing material spewing from a newborn star.

The stunning images show material streaming from the baby star at incredible speed, glowing as it plows into the surrounding gas and dust. Astronomers say these illuminated jets are spewing out faster than ever measured before and are more energetic than previously thought.

The glowing mass is called a Herbig-Haro object, named after U.S. and Mexican astronomers. This one is 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Vela.

ALMA actually consists of an array of 66 antennas and is relatively new. It’s located in one of the driest places on Earth, the Atacama desert.

– Associated Press

Financial stress hits both the brain, wallet

A new study suggests that being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain.

Scientists gave IQ tests to shoppers in New Jersey and cash-strapped farmers in India. They found that people worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points.

The scientists say financial stress monopolizes thinking, making other calculations slower and more difficult, sort of like the effects of going without sleep for a night. IQ scores improved by 25 percent when the test subjects’ wallets fattened.

This money-and-brain crunch applies to about 100 million Americans who face financial squeezes, say the team of economists and psychologists who wrote the study published in the journal Science.

– Associated Press