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Measuring the Milky Way: 1 massive problem, 1 new solution

It is a galactic challenge, to be sure, but Gwendolyn Eadie is getting closer to an accurate answer to a question that has defined her early career in astrophysics: what is the mass of the Milky Way? (2016-06-01)

Theft behind Planet 9 in our solar system

Through a computer-simulated study, astronomers at Lund University in Sweden show that it is highly likely that the so-called Planet 9 is an exoplanet. (2016-06-01)



The brain clock that keeps memories ticking

Just as members of an orchestra need a conductor to stay on tempo, neurons in the brain need well-timed waves of activity to organize memories across time. In the hippocampus--the brain's memory center--temporal ordering of the neural code is important for building a mental map of where you've been, where you are, and where you are going. (2016-05-31)

Astronomers find giant planet around very young star

In contradiction to the long-standing idea that larger planets take longer to form, U.S. astronomers today announced the discovery of a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar gas and dust. (2016-05-27)

A planet 1,200 light-years away is a good prospect for a habitable world

A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports. (2016-05-27)

SwRI scientists discover evidence of ice age at martian north pole

Using radar data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Southwest Research Institute-led team found evidence of an ice age recorded in the polar deposits of Mars. (2016-05-27)

Mars is emerging from an ice age

Radar measurements of Mars' polar ice caps reveal that the mostly dry, dusty planet is emerging from an ice age, following multiple rounds of climate change. (2016-05-27)

Researchers aiming at improved early diagnosis of arthrosis

Arthrosis, a degenerative disease that affects the joints, becomes more common as people become older. The disease is becoming increasingly common among older people in Finland as well. Arthrosis is currently the subject of research in a number of projects funded by the Academy of Finland. (2016-05-27)

Supermassive black holes in 'red geyser' galaxies cause galactic warming

An international team of scientists, including the University of Kentucky's Renbin Yan, have uncovered a new class of galaxies, called "red geysers," with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can't form. (2016-05-26)

Scientists discover how supermassive black holes keep galaxies turned off

An international team of scientists has identified a common phenomenon in galaxies that could explain why huge numbers of them turn into cosmic graveyards. (2016-05-26)

Supermassive black hole wind can stop new stars from forming

Scientists have uncovered a new class of galaxies with supermassive black hole winds that are energetic enough to suppress future star formation. (2016-05-26)

Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons

A new model developed by University of Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto's Charon, formed. (2016-05-26)

Harnessing solar and wind energy in one device could power the 'Internet of Things'

The "Internet of Things" could make cities "smarter" by connecting an extensive network of tiny communications devices to make life more efficient. (2016-05-26)

OU astrophysicists detect most luminous diffuse gamma-ray emission from Arp 220

A University of Oklahoma team has detected for the first time the most luminous gamma-ray emission from a galaxy--the merging galaxy Arp 220 is the nearest ultraluminous infrared galaxy to Earth, and it reveals the hidden extreme energetic processes in galaxies. (2016-05-25)

Hubble finds clues to the birth of supermassive black holes

Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how supermassive black holes formed. Using data from Hubble and two other space telescopes, Italian researchers have found the best evidence yet for the seeds that ultimately grow into these cosmic giants. (2016-05-25)

NASA scientist suggests possible link between primordial black holes and dark matter

Dark matter is a mysterious substance composing most of the material universe, now widely thought to be some form of massive exotic particle. (2016-05-25)

Footprints of baby planets in a gas disk

A new analysis of the ALMA data for a young star HL Tauri provides yet more firm evidence of baby planets around the star. Researchers uncovered two gaps in the gas disk around HL Tauri. (2016-05-25)

Astronomers confirm faintest early-universe galaxy ever seen

An international team of scientists, including two professors and three graduate students from UCLA, has detected and confirmed the faintest early-universe galaxy ever. Using the W. M. Keck Observatory on the summit on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the researchers detected the galaxy as it was 13 billion years ago. (2016-05-24)

The dark side of the fluffiest galaxies

Galaxies, in all their forms from spirals to ellipticals from giants to dwarfs have been widely studied over the past Century. (2016-05-24)

Virginia Tech researchers in the Antarctic discover new facets of space weather

A team of National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind, almost as soon as they finished installing six data-collection stations across East Antarctic Plateau last January. (2016-05-23)

Hubble takes Mars portrait near close approach

Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view taken on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. (2016-05-20)

Close-up of the Red Planet

During May 2016 the Earth and Mars get closer to each other than at any time in the last ten years. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has exploited this special configuration to catch a new image of our red neighbour, showing some of its famous surface features. (2016-05-20)

NASA's Van Allen Probes reveal long-term behavior of Earth's ring current

New findings based on a year's worth of observations from NASA's Van Allen Probes have revealed that the ring current - an electrical current carried by energetic ions that encircles our planet - behaves in a much different way than previously understood. (2016-05-20)

NASA mini-balloon mission maps migratory magnetic boundary

During the Antarctic summer of 2013-2014, a team of researchers released a series of translucent scientific balloons, one by one. (2016-05-20)

Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential

The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars' northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites - hitting the planet millions of years apart - triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. (2016-05-20)


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