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Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year, Kepler-421b

July 22, 2014

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Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year, circling its star once every 704 days. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 […]

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Is the Universe a Bubble? – Physicists Work on the Multiverse Hypothesis

July 21, 2014

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In several new studies and a short video, researchers from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics detail their work on the multiverse hypothesis. Perimeter Associate Faculty member Matthew Johnson and his colleagues are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis, which to some sounds like a fanciful tale, firmly into the realm of testable science. Never […]

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Scientists Experimentally Recreate Conditions That Exist Deep Inside Giant Planets

July 18, 2014

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Using the largest laser in the world, scientists were able to experimentally recreate the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets for the first time. Lawrence Livermore scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such as Jupiter, Uranus and many of the planets recently discovered outside […]

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ATLAS Collaboration Detects Process Even Rarer Than Higgs Particle

July 17, 2014

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A new published study from the ATLAS Collaboration reports the first evidence of a process that can be used to test the mechanism by which the recently discovered Higgs particle imparts mass to other fundamental particles. Scientists running the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful “atom smasher,” […]

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Scientists Demonstrate a Photonic Router for the First Time

July 15, 2014

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Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have taken another step forward toward building quantum computers, demonstrating a photonic router for the first time. Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This […]

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Physicists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time

July 14, 2014

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A team of scientists has tackled the first step in quantum error correction, successfully identifying errors as they happen in real time. Scientists at Yale University have demonstrated the ability to track real quantum errors as they occur, a major step in the development of reliable quantum computers. They report their results in the journal […]

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Astronomers View Stardust Being Made in Real Time

July 11, 2014

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Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers view stardust being made in real time and reveal how stardust forms around a supernova. A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic dust factories […]

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Astronomers Use Gyrochronology to Reveal the Ages of 22 Sun-Like Stars

July 10, 2014

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Using a new technique for measuring the age of a star using its spin, astronomers reveal the gyrochronological ages of 22 Sun-like stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Defining what makes a star “Sun-like” is as difficult as defining what makes a planet “Earth-like.” A solar twin should have a temperature, mass, and spectral type similar to […]

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Friction from Tides Could Help Distant Earths Survive

July 9, 2014

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In a newly published study, NASA scientists use computer models to show that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets. As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1433

July 7, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 1433, which is located roughly 32 million light-years from Earth. This view, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433. At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a […]

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Chandra Reveals a New Composite Image of NGC 4258

July 3, 2014

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This new composite image of NGC 4258 shows X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue, radio data from the NSF’s Karl Jansky Very Large Array in purple, optical data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in yellow and blue, and infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in red. A galaxy about 23 million light […]

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The Reinterpretation of Cold Dark Matter as a Bose-Einstein Condensate

July 2, 2014

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Newly published research signifies the reinterpretation of cold dark matter, opening up the possibility that it could be regarded as a very cold quantum fluid governing the formation of the structure of the Universe. Tom Broadhurst, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU’s Department of Theoretical Physics, has participated alongside scientists of the National Taiwan University […]

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