If you're like The Hound, you tend to worry about things like the following: Scientists have discovered a huge space death ray. That's right, straight out of "Star Wars", perhaps on the level of the Death Star which carried Darth Vader to his various tasks.
Using three orbiting space telescopes, astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole that is blasting a nearby galaxy --- 20,000 light years away --- with an
intense beam of highly charged radiation. If there were any life forms
in the smaller galaxy, they're gone now, and the galaxy itself could
be pounded into the formation of new stars.
The good news is none of this will affect Earth because the two galaxies are more
than 1.4 billion light years away from our own Milky Way. However, the Death Ray could come closer, some scientists postulate, in about a billion years.
Mark your 2008 calendars accordingly.