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Electrified sand could explain Titan’s odd backward-facing dunes

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:00am
Saturn’s largest moon is similar to Earth in many ways – but its dunes face the wrong direction. It could be because static electricity has greater clout there
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Stray supermassive black hole flung away by gravitational waves

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:57pm
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a one-billion solar mass black hole fleeing its galaxy, showing supermassive black holes can probably merge
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Enigmatic plumes from Saturn’s moon caused by cosmic collision

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:43pm
Saturn’s icy moon spews water and heat into space, but only from its south pole. A new model suggests that’s because it suffered a hit-and-run long ago
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Win a pair of signed books by Lawrence M. Krauss

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:29am
Enter our competition and expand your knowledge of the universe with two books that ask why we're here - and where we're going
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Oddball star could be home to long-sought superheavy elements

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:49am
One of the most chemically strange stars we know could chart a path to the so-called "island of stability", where massive yet relatively stable atoms exist
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A little less ET, a little more astrophysics, if you please

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:00pm
The role of science is to rule out the boring and tedious before we embrace the extraordinary, like alien signals or "megastructures", says Geraint Lewis
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The many-tentacled galaxy that could drive a physics revolution

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:08pm
Weirdo galaxy NGC 4258 has extra tentacles protruding from its middle, which make it surprisingly useful for testing theories of the universe evolved
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Mysterious water-like streaks on Mars might be sand flows instead

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00pm
We thought the dark lines that appear on Martian slopes each summer were flowing salt water, but tumbling dust might be to blame
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How the sun abducted dwarf planets from an alien solar system

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:50am
The weird orbits of some bodies in the outer solar system reveal they are booty from an interstellar smash and grab raid, says astronomer Simon Portegies Zwart
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Gentle breeze may help Venus’s atmosphere spin like crazy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:00pm
The atmosphere of Venus rotates much faster than the planet itself. A newly detected wind could be spreading the energy needed to power it
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Cosmological ruler could help us get the measure of dark energy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:08am
Measuring how the distance between galaxies changes is key to working out how dark energy drives the universe’s accelerating expansion – now a new ruler may help
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Asteroid clay is a better space radiation shield than aluminium

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm
Cosmic radiation poses one of the biggest health risks for astronauts on long space missions, but clay extracted from space rocks could protect them
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Dark matter took its time to wrap around early galaxies

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:00pm
Large spiral galaxies today rotate more quickly than they should, but was it always that way? New maps of ancient galaxies suggest a dark secret
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TRAPPIST-1 worlds are close enough for life to hop between them

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:40pm
Some think life came to Earth from Mars on a meteorite. If this sort of thing can happen, it’s 1000 times more likely on TRAPPIST-1’s three habitable worlds
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The night: When lights go out, the sky comes alive

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 6:25am
The sky has stars and galaxies galore to offer, if you can just get away from those city lights, says Valerie Jamieson
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Could fast radio bursts really be powering alien space ships?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 1:42pm
Two researchers have suggested that mysterious bursts of energy could propel alien spaceships around the universe – if such alien travellers happen to exist
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SpaceX follows Jules Verne – with one exception

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 5:00am
Jules Verne predicted many technical features of the Apollo moon missions – did he’s get the politics of SpaceX’s moonshot right too?
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NASA’s new budget is big on other worlds but ignores our own

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:42pm
The NASA Transition and Authorization Act instructs the space agency to send humans to Mars, robots to Europa and look for life - but not to study Earth
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Discovery of tiny moon completes the set for worlds past Neptune

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:34am
The third-largest dwarf planet has a small satellite, meaning every object bigger than 1000 kilometres across in the outer solar system has a moon of its own
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Moon billionaires: how Elon Musk is taking us back to the future

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:00pm
Space tourists will offset the costs of SpaceX R&D. And they herald a return to when rich benefactors not governments funded art, exploration and science
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