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Surveying Solar Storms by Ancient Assyrian Astronomers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 hours
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope... more
Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 hours
The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of... more
Porous polymer coatings dynamically control light and heat  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 hours
Engineers have developed dynamic porous polymer coatings that enable inexpensive and scalable ways to control light and heat in buildings. They took advantage of the optical switchability of PPCs in the solar... more
Chandra Sheds New Light on Tycho’s Supernova Remnant  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 hours
X-ray images of Tycho’s supernova remnant (Tycho’s SNR) show a pattern of bright clumps and fainter holes. By comparing new... more
A star is born: Using lasers to study how star stuff is made  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
On a typical day at the world's biggest laser you can find scientists casually making star-like conditions using 192 high-powered lasers. Stars... more
World record acceleration: Zero to 7.8 billion electron volts in 8 inches  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
To understand the fundamental nature of our universe, scientists would like to build particle colliders that accelerate electrons and their antimatter counterparts (positrons) to... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Grab a mixing bowl from your kitchen, throw in a handful of aluminum balls, apply some high voltage, and watch an elegant... more
Making connections: Bringing astrophysical processes down to Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process gives rise to auroras, solar flares... more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to international governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to national governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
Solar orbiter ready to depart Europe  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at the end of this month, ahead of launch in February 2020. more
What was the first color in the universe?  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
The universe bathes in a sea of light, from the blue-white flickering of young stars to the deep red glow of hydrogen clouds. Beyond the colors seen by human eyes, there are... more
The DUNE experiment could lead to new discoveries about solar neutrinos  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is an international research collaboration aimed at exploring topics related to neutrinos and proton decay, which should start collecting data... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  nanowerk · 11 hours
Scientists study how charged particles arrange themselves into crystalline patterns and apply what they learn to explore the interiors of white dwarf... more
A star is born: Using lasers to study how star stuff is made  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
On a typical day at the world's biggest laser, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, California, you can find scientists casually... more
New supercomputer simulations explore magnetic reconnection and make a surprising discovery  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Grab a mixing bowl from your kitchen, throw in a handful of aluminum balls, apply some high voltage, and watch an elegant... more
World record acceleration: Zero to 7.8 billion electron volts in 8 inches  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
To understand the fundamental nature of our universe, scientists would like to build particle colliders that accelerate electrons and their antimatter counterparts (positrons) to... more
Hubble Observes Dwarf Spiral: IC 4653  SCI-NEWS.COM · 14 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a beautiful picture of the dwarf spiral galaxy IC 4653. IC 4653 is located approximately 80 million... more
Record-number of over 200,000 galaxies confirm: Galaxy mergers ignite star bursts  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
When two galaxies merge, there are brief periods of stellar baby booms. A group of astronomers led by Lingyu Wang (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)... more
HERON Survey Fishes Out Detail in Ghostly Galaxy Outskirts  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Astronomers have completed the largest survey to date of the faint outskirts of nearby galaxies, successfully testing a... more
Report calls for changes in planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
An independent report is calling on NASA to update decades’ old planetary protection policies to reflect changing knowledge of solar... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity... more
Super Spirals Spin Faster Than Expected, Astronomers Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Super spirals are the most massive star-forming disk galaxies in the Universe. They are much larger, brighter, and more massive... more
Why modified carbon nanotubes can help the reproducibility problem  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Scientists have conducted an in-depth study on how carbon nanotubes with oxygen-containing groups can be used to greatly enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells. The newly discovered self-recrystallization ability... more
Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable... more
Origin and chemical makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's dunes  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers exposed acetylene ice -- a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions -- at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic... more
Image: Hubble snags starry galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 4380 looks like a special effect straight out of a science fiction or fantasy film, swirling like a gaping portal to another dimension. more
Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe  ESA · 3 days
ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at... more
ALMA Finds Gas Waterfalls in Planet-Forming Disk around HD 163296  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
At three locations in the protoplanetary disk around HD 163296, a young star located approximately 400... more
The Milky Way Stole Its Cosmic Neighbors from Another Galaxy  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Our home galaxy stole several dwarf galaxies that used to belong to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a galaxy near the Milky Way. more
Facing the Sun  ESA · 4 days
Get to know our Solar Orbiter mission and how it will answer some of the biggest open questions about our star more
Big improvements in thin-film solar cell efficiency now possible  nanowerk · 4 days
Researchers have developed a theoretical method to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells by up to 33 percent. Flexible thin-film solar cells are needed to supply electrical power to... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique. more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
The clumpy and lumpy death of a star  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In 1572, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was among those who noticed a new bright object in the constellation Cassiopeia. Adding fuel to the intellectual fire that Copernicus started, Tycho showed this "new star"... more
Oxygen fugacities of extrasolar rocks: Evidence for an Earth-like geochemistry of exoplanets  Science Magazine · 4 days
Oxygen fugacity is a measure of rock oxidation that influences planetary structure and evolution. Most rocky bodies in the Solar System formed at oxygen... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique.... more
Virgin Galactic Unveils New Line of Under Armour 'Spacewear' for Space Tourists  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Virgin Galactic and partner Under Armour unveiled a new line of "spacewear" spacesuits for future passengers on SpaceShipTwo. more
Near-Earth asteroids spectroscopic survey at the Isaac Newton telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The study of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is driven by both scientific and practical reasons. Because of their proximity to our planet, they can provide key information regarding the delivery of... more
Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
'Weather' in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle. Scientists have now used sophisticated simulations to show how powerful... more
Dark matter tugs the most massive spiral galaxies to breakneck speeds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
When it comes to galaxies, how fast is fast? The Milky Way, an average spiral galaxy, spins at a speed of 130 miles per second (210... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In line with the increasing global concerns about the state of our planet, perfecting the technology for alternative energy generation has become a hot... more
Hubble observes first confirmed interstellar comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Hubble has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor -- comet 2I/Borisov -- whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second such... more
Reducing open-circuit voltage loss in organic solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers at Institute for Molecular Science in Japan report that organic solar cells (OSCs) with high mobility and highly crystalline donor (D) and acceptor (A) materials were able to reduce an open-circuit... more
SUPERB survey detects new slowly-spinning radio pulsar  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers have detected a new slowly rotating radio pulsar as part of the SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts (SUPERB). The newly found object, designated PSR J2251−3711, turns out to be one of... more
The 15 Weirdest Galaxies in Our Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
There are galaxies shaped like jellyfish, galaxies that consume other galaxies, and galaxies that seem to lack the dark matter that pervades the rest of the universe. Here are the strangest galaxies in the... more
Virgin Galactic unveils commercial space suits  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The date for the world's first commercial space flight is not even confirmed yet, but future passengers' Star Trek-like outfits are ready and waiting. more
Dankberg teases ViaSat-4 specs, still mulling MEO constellation  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Viasat says that co-building its ViaSat-3 satellites with Boeing has given the company experience it can leverage to multiply the... more
Tracing interstellar dust back to the solar system's formation  nanowerk · 5 days
Interplanetary particles from Earth's upper atmosphere contain dust from the initial formation of the solar system. The exotic grains may represent the building blocks of planets from 4.6 billion years... more
Low-temperature synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Titans surface ices and on airless bodies  Science Magazine · 5 days
Titan’s equatorial dunes represent the most monumental surface structures in our Solar System, but the chemical composition of their dark... more
SpaceX seeking many more satellites for space-based internet grid  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
SpaceX wants spectrum access for nearly four times as many satellites as originally planned for its high-speed internet constellation, the company and a UN agency confirmed Wednesday. more
Surveying solar storms by ancient Assyrian astronomers  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researcher finds evidence of ancient solar magnetic storms based on cuneiform astrological records and carbon-14 dating. This work may help with our understanding of intense solar activity that can threaten modern electronics. more
Researchers probe features of star clusters surrounding supermassive black holes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
At the center of the galaxy, millions of stars whirl in orbits around a supermassive black hole. This circuit can take anywhere from a few hours for stars... more
Scientists closer to understanding nature of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
With the help of a multitude of original developments, scientists hope to research the processes of birth and propagation of very-high-energy gamma rays, and in the future, to find mysterious... more
New high-mass X-ray binary detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, an international team of astronomers has discovered a new, very young high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The newly found... more
Solar storm surveys by ancient Assyrian astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Scientists at the University of Tsukuba study ancient cuneiform records for evidence of unusual solar activity 2,700 years ago, and identify three possible magnetic storms by matching the dates with tree-ring radioisotope data more
How the Nobel Prize-Winning Exoplanet Was Found  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
The 1995 discovery showed that the sun isn't the only star to host a family of planets — something we had long figured but never demonstrated — and also that the universe is really,... more
Spire to expand fleet and offer AirSafe API for global aircraft tracking  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Spire Global plans to nearly double its satellite constellation and offer AirSafe API, a global aircraft tracking product that combines data from sensors in... more
New understanding of the evolution of cosmic electromagnetic fields  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Electromagnetism was discovered 200 years ago, but the origin of the very large electromagnetic fields in the universe is still a mystery. more
Spire to expand fleet and offer global aircraft tracking  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Spire Global plans to nearly double its satellite constellation and offer AirSafe API, a global aircraft tracking product... more
Going against the flow around a supermassive black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
At the center of a galaxy called NGC 1068, a supermassive black hole hides within a thick doughnut-shaped cloud of dust and gas. When astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter... more
Planet to offer higher resolution, more spectral bands  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Planet is preparing to offer 50-centimeter-resolution imagery from its SkySat constellation and updating Dove satellites to gather imagery in eight... more
Heron survey fishes out detail in ghostly galaxy outskirts  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Astronomers have completed the largest survey to date of the faint outskirts of nearby galaxies, successfully testing a low-cost system for exploring these local stellar systems. The team find that... more
Going against the flow around a supermassive black hole  nanowerk · 6 days
Astronomers made an unexpected discovery that could explain why supermassive black holes grew so rapidly in the early Universe. more
Going against the flow around a supermassive black hole  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
At the center of a galaxy called NGC 1068, a supermassive black hole hides within a thick doughnut-shaped cloud of dust and gas. When astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter... more
Heron survey fishes out detail in ghostly galaxy outskirts  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Astronomers have completed the largest survey to date of the faint outskirts of nearby galaxies, successfully testing a low-cost system for exploring these local stellar systems. R. Michael Rich of... more
Image: Foreground asteroid passing the Crab Nebula  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When astronomers use the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study the deep sky, asteroids from our solar system can leave their marks on the captured pictures of far-away galaxies or nebulae. But rather than... more
Giving ATLAS a boost  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The outer realms of the periodic table, where stable, long-lived isotopes give way to radioactive ions, offer nuclear scientists a unique glimpse into the structure of nuclei and a better understanding of how the different elements in our universe came... more
Stretched photons recover lost interference  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The smallest pieces of nature—individual particles like electrons, for instance—are pretty much interchangeable. An electron is an electron is an electron, regardless of whether it's stuck in a lab on Earth, bound to an atom in some chalky... more
2nd Interstellar Comet Looks Pretty Normal, Astronomers Say  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
Observations of the interstellar Comet Borisov have been flooding in for six weeks, and the more astronomers duplicate one another's work, the more confident they are in their analysis of the object. more
Black holes stunt growth of dwarf galaxies  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers find large-scale winds associated with active black holes in small galaxies suppress star formation. more
Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens  nanowerk · 1 week
New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation. more
Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have used a massive cluster of galaxies as an X-ray magnifying glass to peer back in time, to nearly 9.4 billion years ago. In the process, they spotted a... more
Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have used a massive cluster of galaxies as an X-ray magnifying glass to peer back in time, to nearly 9.4 billion years ago. In the... more
2I/Borisov: Interstellar comet with a familiar look  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new comet discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is an outcast from another star system, yet its properties are surprisingly familiar, a new study led by Jagiellonian University researchers shows. The team's findings... more
Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens  MIT · 1 week
New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation. more
Hubble snaps spiral's profile  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope sees galaxies of all shapes, sizes, luminosities and orientations in the cosmos. Sometimes, the telescope gazes at a galaxy oriented sideways—as shown here. The spiral galaxy featured in this Hubble image is called NGC 3717,... more
Striking find  ESA · 1 week
Space Science Image of the Week: Citizen scientist spots asteroid in Hubble image of Crab Nebula more
The nature of obscured active galactic nuclei  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Most galaxies host a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their nucleus, one whose mass exceeds a million solar-masses. When material actively accretes onto the SMBH, associated processes can produce an active galactic nucleus (AGN)... more
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