Colorful photo of cosmos available
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured our cosmos at its most colorful. A new NASA panorama looking deep and far into the universe for the first time includes ultraviolet light, which is normally not visible to the human eye. It shows up in the photo as bright baby blue with spinning galaxies, which are about 5 billion to 10 billion years old, not too old or young in cosmic terms. The photo, at hubblesite.org, is a composite of about 800 pictures taken by Hubble and shows about 10,000 galaxies. Astronomer Zolt Levay said by adding ultraviolet and infrared to the pictures, people can see the universe in the broad spectrum of color "and then some."
Saudis revise toll from deadly virus
Saudi Arabia, which is grappling to contain the spread of a frequently deadly respiratory virus, announced Tuesday that a review of the illness led authorities to sharply revise upward the number of confirmed infections and deaths from the disease. A report by the official Saudi Press Agency said authorities have registered a total of 688 confirmed infections and 282 deaths as a result of the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, or MERS, since it was first identified in 2012. The Saudi Health Ministry's most recent tally of infections had listed 575 cases and 190 deaths, meaning that over 100 cases had gone unreported.
Ex-officer guilty in killing of elk
A former police officer in Boulder, Colo., was convicted Tuesday of killing a bull elk that had become a treasured companion in an upscale neighborhood and whose death sparked marches, prayer vigils and at least one tribute song. A jury found Sam Carter guilty of nine charges. He could face up to six years in prison after shooting the animal known as "Big Boy" last year as it grazed beneath a crabapple tree, the Daily Camera reported.