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Stephen Hawking Seriously Ill in Cambridge University Hospital

April 20th, 2009

Usenet Newsgroups are currently abuzz with the news that mathematician/cosmologist/theoretician Stephen Hawking who filled Sir Isaac Newton’s shoes at Cambridge University for several years is seriously ill in Cambridge. He has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks and is now undergoing tests at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the outskirts of Cambridge.

Wheelchair-bound Hawking is perhaps most famous for ‘A Brief History of Time‘ which explored the origins of the universe in layman’s terms, is considered a modern classic. It was followed in 2001 by another book, “The Universe In A Nutshell“, television documentary appearances and even cameos in popular television shows like “The Simpsons” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Professor Hawking was awarded a CBE in 1982, became a Companion of Honour in 1989 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Hawking has Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS), which is usually fatal after three years. Hawking has survived for more than 40 years since his diagnosis. Hawking, 67, has achieved international fame despite being wheelchair-bound because of motor neurone disease and having to communicate through a voice synthesiser. He has received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) as well as a string of honorary degrees.

His distinctive appearance and artificial speech have made him instantly recognisable world-wide, and he has never shirked the media spotlight.

Hawking has always insisted he is determined not to let his physical condition get in the way of his work. He has worked at Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for more than 30 years and since 1979 has been the University’s Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

 

Newsgroup Spotlight: Astronomy Newsgroups

March 4th, 2009

The fascination to unravel the mystery of the sky has been set alongside human history since the dawn of time. The technology and progress that has been made since is accredited to the collaborative effort of many, building upon each other.

Through discussion and sharing their findings we continue to discover new aspects of our expanding universe.

Usenet hosts a variety of newsgroups that cater to the discussion of astronomy. Designated groups ranging from amateur astronomy newsgroups to astronomical research are covered on Usenet.

Other newsgroups, such as the Hubble Telescope newsgroup that was in recent news of being in peril due to the debris from a destroyed satellite as well as Planetary and Planetarium newsgroups cover other aspects of astronomy as they cover a variety of glimpses inside our galaxy and universe.

By way of these discussions and discoveries by communities like these we can continue to anticipate new discoveries to be made.

Below are some other newsgroups related to Astronomy you may be interested in with a Newsdemon.com Usenet account:

Flexible Image Transport System (sci.astro.fits)

Miscellaneous (sci.astro)

alt.astronomy

alt.astronomy.art-deco

alt.astronomy.nightbat

alt.astronomy.solar

a.b.astronomy

cix.gif.astronomy

cn.bbs.sci.astronomy

fido.belg.astronomy.029

fido7.spb.astronomy

fido7.su.astronomy

free.uk.science.astronomy

gac.physics.astronomy

msn.forums.astronomy.astro.files

msn.forums.astronomy.astrobbs

msn.forums.astronomy.ccd.files

msn.forums.astronomy.clubs.newhampshire

msn.forums.astronomy.galileo.files

msn.forums.astronomy.guestbook

msn.forums.astronomy.photos.files

msn.forums.astronomy.scopes

msn.forums.astronomy.space.files

msn.forums.astronomy.spacebbs

msn.forums.astronomy.suggestbox

nctu.club.astronomy

relcom.fido.su.astronomy

sci.astronomy

sci.astronomy.amateur

sdnet.astronomy

tw.bbs.sci.astronomy

uk.sci.astronomy