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Scientists Estimate the Magnetic Moment of Exoplanet HD 209458b

November 21, 2014

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Scientists Estimate the Magnetic Field of an Exoplanet

A team of scientists has developed a new method that allows them to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanets. Using this method they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b. In the two decades which passed since the discovery of the first planet outside the Solar […]

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VLT Reveals Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-Years

November 19, 2014


Mysterious Alignment of Quasars

Using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered alignments between supermassive black hole axes separated by billions of light-years. New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the […]

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New NASA Animation Follows Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

November 18, 2014


Asteroid Bennu

This new six minute animated video (below) details NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, Asteroid Bennu, and the formation of our solar system. Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early solar […]

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Scientists Synthesize an Entirely New Form of Silicon

November 17, 2014


Scientists Synthesize a New Form of Silicon

Using a novel high-pressure precursor process, scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science have synthesized an entirely new form of silicon. Washington, D.C. — Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth’s crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices—carbon is to biology as silicon is […]

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NASA Telescopes Reveal That Sagittarius A* May Be Producing Neutrinos

November 14, 2014


Telescopes Reveal That a Black Hole May Be a Neutrino Factory

Using three NASA satellites, astronomers have revealed the first evidence that the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole (Sagittarius A*) may be producing neutrinos. The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be producing mysterious particles called neutrinos. If confirmed, this would be the first time that scientists have traced neutrinos back […]

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New Theory Suggests Quantum Effects Caused by Interacting Parallel Worlds

November 13, 2014


Quantum Weirdness Caused by Interacting Parallel Worlds

A new theory of quantum mechanics presumes not only that parallel worlds exist, but also that their mutual interaction is what gives rise to all quantum effects observed in nature. The theory, first published by Professor Bill Poirier four years ago, has recently attracted attention from the foundational physics community, leading to an invited Commentary […]

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Young Star Systems May Reveal How Our Own Solar System Came To Be

November 11, 2014


Astronomers Find an Early Version of The Milk Way

Astronomers from the University of Arizona have discovered two dust belts surrounded by a large dust halo around young star HD 95086, providing researchers with a look back at what our solar system may have resembled in its infancy. Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that […]

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Astronomers Dissect the Remains of Supernova 1987A

November 10, 2014


Astronomers Dissect the Aftermath of SN1987A

Using radio telescopes in Australia and Chile, astronomers were able to see inside the remains of a supernova 1987A and distinguish radiation being emitted by the supernova’s expanding shock wave from the radiation caused by dust forming in the inner regions of the remnant. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen by observers in […]

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Gravitational-Wave Observations Shine New Light on Universe Expansion

November 6, 2014


Neutron Stars Shine New Light on Universe Expansion

A newly published study details how scientists developed a new way to use gravitational waves to measure the expansion rate of the universe. In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, the international research team outline how they have developed highly advanced computer simulations to use special types of neutron stars to learn […]

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CWRU Theoretical Physicists Suggest Dark Matter May Be Massive

November 4, 2014


Theoretical Physicists Suggest Dark Matter May Be Massive

In a new study, theoretical physicists from Case Western Reserve University suggest that dark matter may be massive and that the Standard Model may account for it. The physics community has spent three decades searching for and finding no evidence that dark matter is made of tiny exotic particles. Case Western Reserve University theoretical physicists […]

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Study Reveals Indications That Dark Matter is Being Erased by Dark Energy

October 31, 2014


Study Reveals Indications That Dark Matter is Being Erased

Newly published research reveals that dark matter is being swallowed up by dark energy, offering novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be. Researchers in Portsmouth and Rome have found hints that dark matter, the cosmic scaffolding on which our Universe is built, […]

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Astronomers Discover a Low-Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

October 30, 2014


PH3c A Low Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have discovered a low-mass, low-density planet that has a highly inconsistent orbit time around its sun. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because PH3c has […]

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Astronomers Confirm Existence of “Quiet” Quasars

October 29, 2014


Existence of Quiet Quasars Confirmed

Using the GTC telescope, astronomers were able to confirm that, apart from the highly energetic and rapidly evolving quasars, there is another population of quasars that evolves slowly. Aeons ago, the universe was different: mergers of galaxies were common and gigantic black holes with masses equivalent to billions of times that of the Sun formed […]

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