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The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times

When Rey met Luke. Disney

The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times

The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times When Rey met Luke. Disney Rebecca Harrison, University of Glasgow Warning: Spoiler alert The Star Wars universe is no stranger to political allegories. Many viewers have pointed out the parallels between the […]

Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes

Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90. NASA

Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes

Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90. NASA Jake Clark, University of Southern Queensland Two new exoplanets have been discovered thanks to NASA’s collaboration with Google’s artificial intelligence (AI). One […]

Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

The OmegaCAM imager on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and re-emit the light of hot young stars within the nebula. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

Stellar Nursery Blooms into View The OmegaCAM camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and […]

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. Credits: NASA/Wendy Stenzel

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. […]

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

An artist’s rendition depicts a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN […]

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA Thomas Kitching, UCL There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent collision of two […]

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in 2018. Credit: NASA

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is currently 29.6 million miles (47.6 million kilometers) from Earth and is executing a program designed to […]

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Handout)

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Handout) Christopher Wiebe, University of Winnipeg As Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theatres and […]

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018 An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA Imogen Whittam, University of the Western Cape One of the world’s largest collaborative science projects is about to […]

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Carole Mundell, University of Bath Encountering a black hole would be a frightening prospect for our planet. We know that these cosmic monsters ferociously […]