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ALMA spots possible formation site of icy giant planet
Astronomers found signs of a growing planet around TW Hydra, a nearby young star, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). (2016-10-13)
Tatooine worlds orbiting 2 suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars
Planets that revolve around two suns may surprisingly survive the violent late stages of the stars' lives, according to new research out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and York University. (2016-10-12)
Chaos in cosmos: Stars with three planet-forming discs of gas
A star with a ring of planets orbiting around it - that is the picture we know from our own solar system and from many of the thousands of exoplanets observed in recent years. (2016-10-11)
Proxima Centauri might be more sunlike than we thought
In August astronomers announced that the nearby star Proxima Centauri hosts an Earth-sized planet (called Proxima b) in its habitable zone. (2016-10-11)
Hubble detects giant 'cannonballs' shooting from star
Great balls of fire! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star. (2016-10-06)
Using oxygen as a tracer of galactic evolution
A new study led by University of California, Riverside astronomers casts light on how young, hot stars ionize oxygen in the early universe and the effects on the evolution of galaxies through time. (2016-10-06)
Planet formation: The death of a planet nursery?
The dusty disk surrounding the star TW Hydrae exhibits circular features that may signal the formation of protoplanets. (2016-10-05)
Discovery of an extragalactic hot molecular core
Astronomers have discovered a 'hot molecular core,' a cocoon of molecules surrounding a newborn massive star, for the first time outside our Galaxy. (2016-10-04)
Our galaxy's most-mysterious star is even stranger than astronomers thought
A star known by the unassuming name of KIC 8462852 (also called Tabby's star) has been raising eyebrows both in and outside of the scientific community for the past year. (2016-10-03)
Study yields new knowledge about materials for ultrasound and other applications
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their research partners have used neutron scattering to discover the key to piezoelectric excellence in the newer materials, which are called relaxor-based ferroelectrics. (2016-10-03)
Avoiding 'traffic jam' creates impossibly bright 'lighthouse'
A supercomputer recreated a blinking impossibly bright 'monster pulsar.' The central energy source of enigmatic pulsating Ultra Luminous X-ray sources (ULX) could be a neutron star according to numerical simulations performed by a research group led by Tomohisa Kawashima at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. (2016-09-08)
New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes
Computer simulations of a spherical collection of stars known as 'NGC 6101' reveal that it contains hundreds of black holes, until now thought impossible. (2016-09-07)
Neutron crystallography aids in drug design
Knowledge of H-bonding networks, water molecule orientations and protonation states, along with details of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions, can prove vital towards a better understanding of many biological processes, such as enzyme mechanisms and can help guide structure-based drug design. (2016-09-07)
Brown dwarfs hiding in plain sight in our solar neighborhood
Cool brown dwarfs are a hot topic in astronomy right now. (2016-09-06)
Barcodes to identify gene regulators
The same DNA is present in every cell of an organism, but only some genes are expressed in a given cell. (2016-09-06)
Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together
Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way's halo, Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago. (2016-09-06)
A first for direct-drive fusion
Experiments using the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester have created the conditions capable of producing a fusion yield that's five times higher than the current record laser-fusion energy yield, as long as the relative conditions are reproduced and scaled up at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. (2016-09-06)
New light on the complex nature of 'hot Jupiter' atmospheres
A team of international researchers used state-of-the-art modelling techniques to extensively study the atmosphere of a 'hot Jupiter' found 150 light-years from Earth. (2016-09-02)
The supernova that wasn't: A tale of 3 cosmic eruptions
Long-term observations with the Hubble Space Telescope revealed that Eta Carinae, a very massive star system that has puzzled astronomers since it erupted in a supernova-like event in the mid 19th century, has a past that's much more violent than they thought. (2016-09-02)
Life and death: Hopkins team finds hospital readmissions sometimes save lives
A group of Johns Hopkins physicians and researchers today published an article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine suggesting that data on mortality and hospital readmission used by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid suggest a potentially problematic relationship. (2016-09-01)
Discovery one-ups Tatooine, finds twin stars hosting three giant exoplanets
A team of Carnegie scientists has discovered three giant planets in a binary star system composed of stellar 'twins' that are also effectively siblings of our Sun. (2016-08-31)
NASA team probes peculiar age-defying star
For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young. (2016-08-29)
Cell Press transforms article methods section to improve transparency and accessibility
Amid discussions around scientific reproducibility, the leading biomedical journal Cell will introduce a redesigned methods section to help authors clearly communicate how experiments are conducted. (2016-08-25)
A better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff
A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars may help scientists winnow the search for Earth 2.0. (2016-08-24)
Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star
A team of astronomers has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. (2016-08-24)
Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way
A young star over 30 times more massive than the sun could help us understand how the most extreme stars in the universe are born. (2016-08-21)
Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life
The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. (2016-08-18)
Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals
A group of Texas Tech University researchers led by Professors Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin report this week in Applied Physics Letters that they have developed an alternative material -- hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors -- for neutron detection. (2016-08-16)
Energy Department to invest $16 million in computer design of materials
The US Department of Energy announced today that it will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. (2016-08-16)
Brown dwarfs reveal exoplanets' secrets
Brown dwarfs are smaller than stars, but more massive than giant planets. (2016-08-15)
Hubble uncovers a galaxy pair coming in from the wilderness
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered two tiny dwarf galaxies that have wandered from a vast cosmic wilderness into a nearby 'big city' packed with galaxies. (2016-08-11)
Stellar lab in Sagittarius
The small smattering of bright blue stars in the upper left of this 615 megapixel ESO image is the perfect cosmic laboratory in which to study the life and death of stars. (2016-08-10)
RIT undergraduates build star-tracking instrument for NASA research rockets
A team of Rochester Institute of Technology undergraduates are building a star tracker that will fly on a NASA technology demonstration mission in December. (2016-08-10)
Boron carrier for targeted tumor therapy
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a boron carrier for use in targeted radiation treatment for cancerous tumors. (2016-08-09)
Lithium-ion batteries: Capacity might be increased by 6 times
The capacity of lithium-ion batteries might be increased by six times by using anodes made of silicon instead of graphite. (2016-08-08)
New research explores why people 'pass the buck'
People are more likely to del­e­gate decisions -- or 'pass the buck' -- when faced with choices that affect others than when those deci­sions affect only them­selves, according to new research from Mary Steffel, assis­tant pro­fessor of mar­keting in the D'Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness at Northeastern University. (2016-08-03)
Researchers at Sandia, Northeastern develop method to study critical HIV protein
Mike Kent, a researcher in Sandia National Laboratories' Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, is studying a protein called Nef involved in HIV progression to AIDS with the ultimate goal of blocking it. (2016-08-03)
Mapping the exotic matter inside neutron stars
Scientists performed the first accurate determination of the thermodynamic properties of dense quark matter under violent conditions that occur during neutron star mergers, and suggest a step towards distinguishing between neutron and quark matter cores in neutron stars. (2016-08-02)
Is Earthly life premature from a cosmic perspective?
The universe is 13.8 billion years old, while our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. (2016-08-01)
Faintest hisses from space reveal famous star's past life
Using a telescope in remote outback Australia, astronomers have peered into the past of a nearby star millions of years before its famous explosion. (2016-08-01)
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