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Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:43pm
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
Categories: Astronomy

That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:03pm
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star
Categories: Astronomy

Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:31pm
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas
Categories: Astronomy

Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:30am
A quasar from the early universe could help us understand how the biggest black holes form and when the universe had its last major transformation
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NASA fires Voyager 1’s engines for the first time in 37 years

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 7:00am
By firing a set of thrusters that have been gathering dust for more than 3 decades, NASA has extended the lifetime of the Voyager 1 mission by a few years
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Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:42am
Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth
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The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:00pm
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it
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Planets near dangerous stars could shield alien life under smog

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:51pm
Red and white dwarfs make nasty neighbours due to spurts of deadly radiation, but alien life could still form on planets nearby if shielded by smog or oceans
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Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 1:02pm
Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks
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Science Fiction: slavery stereotypes, and a new M. John Harrison

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:20pm
From challenging stereotypes about slavery to the necessity of finding any kind of exit from a mundane life, escape dominates new sci-fi
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Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:00am
Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core
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Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:00am
Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride
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Weird tiny galaxies found hiding in Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:30pm
We just found 72 new galaxies in one of the most studied areas of the sky. We can’t see their stars, but they were revealed by the glow of hydrogen gas
Categories: Astronomy

The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 7:00pm
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it
Categories: Astronomy

No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:02am
History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis
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Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 7:15am
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission
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How a fiery matter-antimatter union may lead to limitless energy

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 6:00am
A weird, self-destructive blend of opposite stuffs briefly reigned at the birth of the universe. Recreating it could crack the nut of nuclear fusion
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Giant climate camera will watch how our planet changes

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:00am
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite will take pictures of Earth to measure the temperatures of the sea and atmosphere and to watch how ice and water move
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Mysterious gamma rays in Crab nebula traced to pulsar winds

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:38pm
Ultra-bright flashes in the Crab nebula have baffled astronomers, but they could result from winds created by a pulsar at the heart of the gas cloud
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We’ve found a bunch of dwarf galaxies we thought didn’t exist

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:57am
The missing dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way have been found. Their existence means dark matter could be made of particles that are warmer than we expected
Categories: Astronomy