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Cyclocarbon: New Form of Carbon Synthesized  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford and IBM Research-Zürich has, for the first time, synthesized and characterized a ring of 18... more
Astronomers Spot Massive Star-Forming Galaxies in Early Universe  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using data from multiple space- and ground-based telescopes, an international team of astronomers has discovered 39 massive star-forming galaxies at... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers. more
Organic dye in zinc oxide interlayer stabilizes and boosts the performance of organic solar cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Organic solar cells are made of cheap and abundant materials, but their efficiency and stability still lag behind... more
Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have... more
Organic dye in zinc oxide interlayer stabilizes and boosts the performance of organic solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Organic solar cells are made of cheap and abundant materials, but their efficiency and stability still lag behind... more
Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations... more
A glimpse into the future: Accelerated computing for accelerated particles  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Every proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider is different, but only a few are special. The special collisions generate particles in unusual patterns—possible manifestations of new, rule-breaking... more
Data-mining for dark matter  MIT · 2 days
Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe. more
Virgin Galactic declares Spaceport America ready for SpaceShipTwo  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
As Virgin Galactic prepares to finish the test program for its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle, the company says the New Mexico... more
Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago  REUTERS · 3 days
Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic... more
Stabilizing heterostructures of soft perovskite semiconductors  Science Magazine · 3 days
Here we report a solution-processing strategy to stabilize the perovskite-based heterostructure. Strong Pb–Cl and Pb–O bonds formed between a [CH(NH2)2]x[CH3NH3]1–xPb1+yI3 film with a Pb-rich surface and a chlorinated graphene oxide layer. The constructed heterostructure can selectively... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
Total annihilation for supermassive stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and focus on a new breed of supernova that can utterly annihilate its parent star—leaving no remnant behind. The signature event,... more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
Stellar evolution in real time detected in the old star T Ursae Minoris  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of astronomers succeeded in detecting signs of aging in the red supergiant star T UMi. The star in the... more
Virgin Galactic unveiling mission control for space tourism  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
Automated observing network inaugurated at SOAR telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Supernovae, neutron star mergers, black holes at the center of galaxies, erupting young stars—these are all examples of objects in the night sky that change their brightness over time. In the coming years, astronomers... more
Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
An innovative way to pattern metals could make the next generation of solar panels more sustainable and cheaper. more
Assessing the strengths of solar thermal desalination  nanowerk · 4 days
Researchers propose an elegant theoretical framework to help others in the field better understand how various technological innovations can enhance solar thermal desalination (STD) performance. The framework is summed up in a straightforward equation... more
Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An innovative way to pattern metals has been discovered by scientists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of... more
Shedding light on black holes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
"Black holes" is one of the most highly searched terms about our universe. There's a fascination with the idea of a region of space having a gravitational pull so strong, nothing can escape its deadly grasp, not even... more
Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics  nanowerk · 4 days
Researchers have developed a way to make patterned films of silver and copper (the two most conductive metals) using cheap... more
NASA selects proposals to further study the fundamental nature of space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA has selected two proposals for concept studies that could help us better understand the fundamental nature of space and how it changes in response to... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  nanowerk · 4 days
Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help uncover hidden biospheres. Their radiation could trigger a protective glow from life on... more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Scientists discover key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Scientists have discovered how diatoms—a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy for photosynthesis. more
Fluorescent glow may reveal hidden life in the cosmos  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have uncovered a new way of searching for life in the cosmos. Harsh ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns, once thought to destroy surface life on planets, might help... more
Glitch in Vela Pulsar Provides Unique Opportunity to Study Neutron Star’s Interior  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars observed to have pulses of radiation at very regular intervals that typically range from milliseconds to seconds. If... more
Key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Scientists have discovered how diatoms -- a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen -- harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The discovery could help lead to... more
Mapping the energetic landscape of solar cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualize the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. It was developed by a physicist. This novel visualization technique enables scientists... more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  nanowerk · 5 days
In a new study, researchers report on the most detailed simulation ever of a large patch of the intergalactic medium (IGM). For the first time, they were able to see how cold,... more
Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Researchers recently identified cosmic iron traces in snow that fell in Antarctica. Preserved in the snow was dust containing a rare isotope that originated in a supernova. more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
To understand the most ordinary matter in the universe—and the extraordinary things that happen to it—a Yale-led team of astronomers took a deep dive into the cosmic fog. more
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic pancakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
In a new study, researchers report on the most detailed simulation ever of a large patch of the intergalactic medium (IGM). For the first time, they were able to see how cold,... more
Spitzer Spots Perfect Edge-On Galaxy: NGC 5866  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA has released a stunning infrared image taken by the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope of a lenticular galaxy called NGC 5866. NGC... more
Cloaked Black Hole Found Hidden Behind Gas Cloud in Early Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A cloaked black hole found lurking behind a cloud of gas dates to the early cosmic years of the universe. more
Solar physics with the Square Kilometre Array  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Although solar physics is one of the most mature branches of astrophysics, the sun confronts researchers with a large number of outstanding fundamental problems. These problems include the determination of the structure and dynamics... more
NASA's Spitzer spies a perfectly sideways galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it's actually an entire galaxy viewed on its side. more
One year, two trips around sun for NASA's Parker Solar Probe  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Since NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the sun—while the daring solar explorer is well into... more
Mapping the energetic landscape of solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualize the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. It was developed by a research team led by Prof. Dr. Yana... more
Meteorite strikes made life on Earth possible  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Meteorites from the far reaches of the solar system delivered large amounts of water, carbon and volatile substances to the Earth. Only then could the Earth host life. Dr. María Isabel Varas-Reus, Dr. Stephan... more
New millisecond pulsar discovered  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have reported a serendipitous discovery of a new millisecond pulsar as part of an observational campaign using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. The newly detected pulsar has a spin period of about 2.77 ms and received... more
Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called a “glitch,”... more
Glitch in neutron star reveals its hidden secrets  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Neutron stars are not only the most dense objects in the Universe, but they rotate very fast and regularly. Until they don't. more
A new timeline of Earth's cataclysmic past  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Welcome to the early solar system. Just after the planets formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, our cosmic neighborhood was a chaotic place. Waves of comets, asteroids and even proto-planets streamed toward the... more
Mapping the energetic landscape of solar cells  nanowerk · 6 days
A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualise the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. more
Glitch in neutron star reveals its hidden secrets  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Neutron stars are not only the most dense objects in the Universe, but they rotate very fast and regularly. Until they don't. more
Tug of war around gravity  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In the summer of 2009, theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde had a brainwave that developed into a radical new idea about gravity and the universe as an ocean of information. Ten years later, the last word about this has... more
Dark matter search yields technique for locating heavy metal seams  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A method for locating seams of gold and other heavy metals is the unlikely spin-off of Swinburne's involvement in a huge experiment to detect dark matter down a... more
Hubble Captures Beautiful Planetary Nebula Image  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a stunning image of NGC 2022, a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an... more
Modeling a core collapse supernova  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Stars greater than eight solar-masses end their lives spectacularly—as supernovae. These single-star supernovae are called core collapse supernovae because when their dense cores (at this stage composed primarily of iron) are no longer able to withstand the inward... more
Fundamental changes ahead as ground systems prepare for constellations, 5G  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
The ground systems business has changed dramatically in recent years thanks to a massive increase in... more
Virtual 'universe machine' sheds light on galaxy evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a... more
Virtual 'universe machine' sheds light on galaxy evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
By creating millions of virtual universes and comparing them to observations of actual galaxies, researchers have made discoveries that present a powerful new approach for studying galaxy formation. more
ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s ‘Sphere of Influence’  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole's "sphere of... more
New perovskite material shows early promise as an alternative to silicon  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
CsPbI3 is an inorganic perovskite, a group of materials gaining popularity in the solar world due to their high efficiency and low cost. This configuration is... more
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. more
Holography and criticality in matchgate tensor networks  Science Magazine · 1 week
The AdS/CFT correspondence conjectures a holographic duality between gravity in a bulk space and a critical quantum field theory on its boundary. Tensor networks have come to provide toy models to understand these bulk-boundary... more
Turbulence meets a shock  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This may come as a shock, if you're moving fast enough. The shock being shock waves. A balloon's 'pop' is shock waves generated by exploded bits of the balloon moving faster than the speed of sound. Supersonic planes generate a... more
VST Captures a Celestial Gull in Flight  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Colorful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance to a gull in... more
Famous 'X-Shaped' Galaxy Isn't Actually X-Shaped  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
There's a galaxy not too far from our own that astronomers were very sure was shaped like an X, at least from the perspective of radio telescopes. But a new, clearer radio telescope image shows that... more
Nanowire arrays could improve solar cells  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers have turned to ordered metal nanowire meshes that provide high transmissivity (due to the small diameters of the nanowires), high electrical connectivity (due to the many contact points in the mesh) and use more common... more
Nanowire arrays could improve solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Transparent electrodes are a critical component of solar cells and electronic displays. To collect electricity in a solar cell or inject electricity for a display, you need a conductive contact, like a metal, but you also... more
Revealing Quasars’ True Colors  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic objects. Quasars were first observed 60 years ago, but their origins still... more
Ultrathin solar cells reach a record of nearly 20% efficiency  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers have succeeded to trap sunlight efficiently in a solar cell thanks to an ultrathin absorbing layer made of 205 nm-thick GaAs on a nanostructured back mirror. With... more
Repeating Outflows of Hot Wind Found Close to Black Hole  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
An international team of astrophysicists from Southampton, Oxford and South Africa have detected a very hot,... more
Astronomers Discover Vast Ancient Galaxies, Which Could Shed Light on Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive... more
Virgin Orbit offers vision of responsive smallsat constellation launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
As Virgin Orbit prepares to attempt its first orbital launch later this year, the company is offering a... more
Black carbon lofts wildfire smoke high into the stratosphere to form a persistent plume  Science Magazine · 1 week
In 2017, western Canadian wildfires injected smoke into the stratosphere that was detectable by satellites for more than 8 months.... more
Thermodynamically stabilized {beta}-CsPbI3-based perovskite solar cells with efficiencies >18%  Science Magazine · 1 week
Although β-CsPbI3 has a bandgap favorable for application in tandem solar cells, depositing and stabilizing β-CsPbI3 experimentally has remained a challenge. We obtained highly crystalline β-CsPbI3 films with an extended... more
Analysis of wildfire smoke will help calibrate climate models  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano's worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months.... more
Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of astronomers, including Penn State scientists, has announced the likely discovery of a highly obscured black hole existing only 850 million years after the Big Bang, using NASA's... more
ALMA Determines Mass of Supermassive Black Hole in NGC 3258  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed the dynamical sphere of influence of... more
U.S. military is eager to take advantage of smallsats at scale if price is right  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite constellations if the technology proves it can... more
A key piece to understanding how quantum gravity affects low-energy physics  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have, for the first time, identified the sufficient and necessary conditions that the low-energy limit of quantum gravity theories must satisfy to preserve the main... more
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