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ALMA Reveals Double Star with Wildly Misaligned Planet-Forming Discs

July 31, 2014

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Using ALMA, astronomers have discovered wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture […]

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Messenger Spacecraft Reveals Mercury’s Bizarre Magnetic Field

July 30, 2014

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Scientists used data from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft to reveal how Mercury’s core is different from Earth’s, explaining why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field. Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury’s interior differs from Earth’s in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic […]

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Newly Released Herschel Image of Spiral Galaxy M33

July 28, 2014

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This newly released image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows the Triangulum Galaxy, which is home to some forty billion stars and is located three million light-years away. The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion […]

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A New Approach in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

July 23, 2014

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Scientists are taking a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, studying exoplanet atmospheres for signs of pollution. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist […]

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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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