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  • Graphene in zero G promises success in space
    on Dec 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Experiments testing graphene for two different space-related applications have shown extremely promising results. […]

  • Better way to weigh millions of solitary stars
    on Dec 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems. […]

  • Six-decade-old space mystery solved with...
    on Dec 14, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students. The satellite is called a CubeSat. […]

  • Artificial intelligence, NASA data used to...
    on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    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. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. […]

  • Dawn of a galactic collision
    on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    A riot of color and light dances through this peculiarly shaped galaxy, NGC 5256. Its smoke-like plumes are flung out in all directions and the bright core illuminates the chaotic regions of gas and dust swirling through the galaxy's center. Its odd structure is due to the fact that this is not one […]

  • Doing without dark energy
    on Dec 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Three mathematicians have a different explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does without theories of 'dark energy.' Einstein's original equations for General Relativity actually predict cosmic acceleration due to an 'instability,' they argue in a new paper. […]

  • Spanning disciplines in the search for life...
    on Dec 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Following a gold rush of exoplanet discovery, the next step in the search for life is determining which of the known exoplanets are proper candidates for life -- and for this, a cross-disciplinary approach is essential. […]

  • Mars mission sheds light on habitability of...
    on Dec 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Insights from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission about the loss of the Red Planet's atmosphere can help scientists understand the habitability of rocky planets orbiting other stars. […]

  • Giant storms cause palpitations in Saturn's...
    on Dec 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini mission. […]

  • Does eclipse equal night in plant life?
    on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    As the Aug. 21 eclipse approached, researchers prepared to understand plants' response to light and temperature. The varied results have left the researchers with interesting questions. […]

  • Stellar nursery blooms into view
    on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    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 re-emit the light of hot young stars within the […]

  • Bright areas on Ceres suggest geologic activity
    on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective […]

  • Hubble's celestial snow globe
    on Dec 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. The stars are residents of the globular star cluster Messier 79 (also known as M79 or NGC 1904), located 41,000 light-years from […]

  • Electrical and chemical coupling between Saturn...
    on Dec 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    A Langmuir probe, flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. They discovered that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings. […]

  • Life's building blocks observed in spacelike...
    on Dec 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new […]