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New laser technique will allow more powerful—and smaller—particle accelerators  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
By observing electrons that have been accelerated to extremely high energies, scientists are able to unlock clues about the particles that make up our universe. more
Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into solar fuel  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy. more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 2 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
Space Development Agency to seek bids for its first constellation  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
SDA will issue a final solicitation for bids for the mesh network of satellites known as... more
Smaller scale solutions needed for rapid progress towards emissions targets  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Low-carbon technologies that are smaller scale, more affordable, and can be mass deployed are more likely to enable a faster transition to net-zero emissions, according to a new... more
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication  ESA · 3 days
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires,... more
Technique reveals how crystals form on surfaces  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The process of crystallization, in which atoms or molecules line up in orderly arrays like soldiers in formation, is the basis for many of the materials that define modern life, including the silicon in... more
Space missions return to science  ESA · 3 days
After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The human body evolved within the constant force of Earth's gravity. To prevent bone and muscle atrophy during their stays in space, astronauts must exercise every day. For... more
Researchers test the way we understand forces in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A discovery by a team of researchers led by UMass Lowell nuclear physicists could change how atoms are understood by scientists and help explain extreme phenomena in outer... more
Density fluctuations in the solar wind based on type III radio bursts  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Type III bursts are among the strongest radio signals routinely observed by both space-borne and ground-based instruments. They are generated via the plasma emission... more
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1  ESA · 4 days
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1 ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires, an iceberg and a fireball, plus... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as ''intermediate-mass,'' which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
Electron-eating neon causes star to collapse  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international team of researchers has found that neon inside a certain massive star can consume the electrons in the core, a process called electron capture, which causes the star to collapse into a neutron star... more
Optical telescopes obtain long-term monitoring results of flux variability in blazars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Blazars are a special kind of rare active galactic nuclei. They are currently the most likely candidates for high-energy neutrinos. Their relativistic jets may be the... more
A new search for axiom dark matter rules out past numerical predictions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The ADMX collaboration, a group of researchers working at universities across the U.S. and Europe, has recently performed a new search for invisible axion... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
Scientists reveal photochemical rationale of SH(X)/H2S abundance ratios in interstellar medium  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Research group led by Prof. YUAN Kaijun and Prof. YANG Xueming from the Dalian Institue of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed... more
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using NASA's Fermi and Swift spacecraft, astronomers have investigated SGR J1935+2154, the most recurring transient magnetar known to date. The new research sheds more light on the burst... more
High Altitude Water Cherenkov observatory tests speed of light  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
New measurements confirm, to the highest energies yet explored, that the laws of physics hold no matter where you are or how fast you're moving. Observations of record-breaking gamma rays... more
ALMA Uses Cosmic Lens to Capture Disturbed Gas Clouds in Distant Quasar  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
By combining the power of strong gravitational lensing with the capability of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers from Japan... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational... more
NASA selects mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms—known as solar particle storms—into planetary space. Not only... more
Unravelling the mystery of black holes: Scientists release stellar code to the public  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Today, team COMPAS (Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics) has announced the first public beta release of their rapid binary population... more
New method predicts which black holes escape their galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Shoot a rifle, and the recoil might knock you backward. Merge two black holes in a binary system, and the loss of momentum gives a similar recoil—a "kick"—to the merged... more
Physicists weigh in on the origin of heavy elements  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A long-held mystery in the field of nuclear physics is why the universe is composed of the specific materials we see around us. In other words, why is it made... more
Water pressure: Ancient aquatic crocs evolved, enlarged to avoid freezing  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Taking the evolutionary plunge into water and abandoning land for good, as some crocodilian ancestors did nearly 200 million years ago, is often framed as choosing freedom: from... more
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster of six cubesats that will fly in formation above geostationary orbit to... more
Weighing in on the origin of heavy elements  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Nuclear physicists conducted a physics experiment that utilizes novel techniques to study the nature and origin of heavy elements in the universe. more
Solar array problem killed Venezuela’s VeneSat-1, officials confirm  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Venezuela confirmed its first and only government-operated communications satellite, VeneSat-1, suffered a mission-ending failure that its Chinese builder blamed on... more
Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons... more
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the "foggy" objects astronomers were seeing... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In 2021, NASA's next-generation observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will take to space. Once operational, this flagship mission will pick up where other space telescopes—like Hubble, Kepler and... more
Resolving spatial and energetic distributions of trap states in metal halide perovskite solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In a new report published on Science, Zhenyi Ni and a research team in applied physical sciences, mechanical and materials... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  ESA · 6 days
Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre,... more
Free-floating stars in the Milky Way's bulge  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The path of a light beam is bent by the presence of mass, as explained by General Relativity. A massive body can therefore act like a lens—a so called "gravitational lens"—to distort the image... more
Hubble Snaps Stunning Image of NGC 4651  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed image of a spiral galaxy called NGC 4651. NGC 4651 lies approximately 93... more
Electron-eating neon causes star to collapse  nanowerk · 6 days
Neon inside a certain star core can eat so many electrons, it causes the star to collapse into a neutron star and produce a supernova. more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The... more
Space Physicists Find Plasmoid in Magnetosphere of Uranus  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Uranus possesses an intrinsic magnetic field that encircles the ice giant and influences the local space environment. The solar wind... more
Highly efficient and stable double layer solar cell developed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A research team has developed a new type of solar cell that can both withstand environmental hazards and is 26.7% efficient in power conversion. more
New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new spacecraft proposed by scientists at CU Boulder could soon be NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's... more
Scientists use the Milky Way to hunt for dark matter  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Scientists studying a mysterious signal from far-off galaxies didn't find dark matter as they'd hoped. But the inventive new technique they used to detect this strange signal, which... more
Research into perovskite-silicon tandem cells shows new path to take  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in collaboration with their counterparts in the Republic of Korea, have validated the potential of using a combination of... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Quantum phenomenon governs organic solar cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have discovered a quantum phenomenon that influences the formation of free charges in organic solar cells. more
Astronomers use slime mould to map the universe's largest structures  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the Universe. more
Holographic cosmological model and thermodynamics on the horizon of the universe  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A holographic cosmological model with a power-law term has been proposed by a researcher to study thermodynamic properties on the horizon of the Universe. This model... more
Quantum phenomenon governs organic solar cells  nanowerk · 1 week
Vibronic coherence contributes to photocurrent generation in organic semiconductor heterojunction diodes. more
New technique looks for dark matter traces in dark places  nanowerk · 1 week
Study knocks down some theories for the origin of a mysterious light signature that has puzzled physicists for years. more
Looking for dark matter close to home  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Eighty-five percent of the universe is composed of dark matter, but we don't know what, exactly, it is. more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Physicists brawl over new dark matter claim  Science Magazine · 1 week
Observations nix the idea that the elusive substance is made of sterile neutrinos—or do they? more
Efficient, stable silicon tandem cells enabled by anion-engineered wide-bandgap perovskites  Science Magazine · 1 week
Maximizing the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells that can exceed the Shockley-Queisser single-cell limit requires a high performing, stable perovskite top cell with a... more
The dark matter interpretation of the 3.5-keV line is inconsistent with blank-sky observations  Science Magazine · 1 week
Observations of nearby galaxies and galaxy clusters have reported an unexpected x-ray emission line around 3.5 kilo–electron volts (keV). Proposals to explain... more
Researchers look for dark matter close to home  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Eighty-five percent of the universe is composed of dark matter, but we don't know what, exactly, it is. more
Quantum phenomenon governs organic solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at Linköping University have discovered a quantum phenomenon that influences the formation of free charges in organic solar cells. "If we can properly understand what's going on, we can increase the efficiency," says Olle Inganäs,... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Holographic cosmological model and thermodynamics on the horizon of the universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The expansion of the Universe has occupied the minds of astronomers and astrophysicists for decades. Among the cosmological models that have been suggested over the years,... more
New carbon dot-based method for increasing the efficiency of solar cells and LEDs  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international group of scientists, including some from ITMO University, has proposed a method that allows for significantly increasing the efficiency of... more
Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 data, scientists find one more secret about Uranus  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was... more
Shifting dimensions: Exciting excitons in unusual 2D material  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have explored how an excited state of matter -- excitons -- behaves in phosphorene, a two-dimensional material that could be used in LEDs, solar cells, and other optoelectronic devices. The researchers... more
Astronomers Map Out Three Nearby Molecular Clouds  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Nobeyama 45-m Radio Telescope in Japan have carried out mapping observations toward three nearby molecular clouds: Orion A, Aquila Rift,... more
Ultrafast repeated staining and destaining of cell samples for tumor diagnostics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In the treatment of tumors, microenvironment plays an important role. It often contains immune cells that are so changed that they promote tumor growth. In the... more
Ultrafast repeated staining and destaining of cell samples for tumor diagnostics  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In the treatment of tumors, microenvironment plays an important role. It often contains immune cells that are so changed that they promote tumor growth. Scientists have... more
Supernova remnant W49B investigated with XMM-Newton  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Chinese astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft have investigated a luminous supernova remnant (SNR) known as W49B. Results of the new study, presented in a paper published March 16 on arXiv.org, shed more light on the properties... more
Is nonlocality inherent in all identical particles in the universe?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What is interaction, and when does it occur? Intuition suggests that the necessary condition for the interaction of independently created particles is their direct touch or contact through... more
Is this what our solar system's 'force field' looks like?  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists reveal a new model of our heliosphere that?s shaped somewhere between a croissant and a beach ball. more
Distant 'quasar tsunamis' are ripping their own galaxies apart  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The winds and radiation blowing out of quasars — the most energetic objects in the universe — can kill star formation galaxy-wide, new research shows. more
Team develops photosynthetic proteins for expanded solar energy conversion  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has developed a new photosynthetic protein system enabling an enhanced and more sustainable approach to solar-powered technological devices. more
Searching for the first stars and galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists, telescopes, supercomputers, and software engineers have joined forces to search for signals from the early Universe. more
First high-sensitivity dark matter axion hunting results from South Korea  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers at the Center for Axion and Precision Physics Research (CAPP), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea), have reported the first results of their search... more
Chinese astronomers detect gamma-ray emission from two star-forming galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers from Nanjing University in China have detected gamma ray emission from two star-forming galaxies designated M33 and Arp 299. The finding, which is detailed in a paper published March... more
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The hypothesis that the solar system originated from a gigantic cloud of gas and dust was first floated in the second half of the 18th century by German... more
We might be living in a gigantic, intergalactic bubble  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The bubble concept could explain one of the strangest mysteries plaguing astrophysics: Why can't we tell how fast the universe is expanding? more
A new low-cost solar technology for environmental cooling  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers propose a new technology for space cooling. No electricity is needed, but rather salty water possibly produced exploiting solar radiation. more
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Model developed by astrophysicists shows chaotic phase that placed objects in current orbits beginning within first 100 million years after formation of giant planets. more
Time symmetry and the laws of physics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If three or more objects move around each other, history cannot be reversed. That is the conclusion of an international team of researchers based on computer simulations of three black holes orbiting each other.... more
Novel MOF is potential next-gen semiconductor  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are emerging multi-functional materials that are gradually finding their way out of the research labs and into a myriad of real-world applications. For example, MOFs can store dangerous gasses, catalyze chemical reactions, deliver... more
Supermassive black holes shortly after the Big Bang: How to seed them  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
They are billions of times larger than our Sun: how is it possible that, as recently observed, supermassive black holes were already present when... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
NGC 4618: Hubble Spots Spiral Galaxy with Single Arm  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of an unusual spiral galaxy called NGC... more
Advanced 'super-planckian' material exhibits LED-like light when heated  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Could there be a new kind of light in the universe? Since the late 19th century, scientists have understood that, when heated, all materials emit light in a predictable spectrum of wavelengths.... more
Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding... more
Soyuz launches 34 OneWeb satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Arianespace launched 34 small broadband satellites for OneWeb March 21, expanding the startup’s constellation to 74 satellites in low Earth orbit.  SpaceNews.com more
Expanding universe: We may be in a vast bubble  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The few thousand galaxies closest to us move in a vast 'bubble' that is 250 million light years in diameter, where the average density of matter is half as large... more
Solar energy tracker powers down after 17 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
After nearly two decades, the Sun has set for NASA's SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), a mission that continued and advanced the agency's 40-year record of measuring solar irradiance and studying... more
Hubble Space Telescope Spots Quasar Tsunamis  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Quasars are the ultra-bright cores of distant active galaxies. These objects are among the most distant and luminous objects known. Their central engines are... more
Image: Hubble gazes at fluffy-looking galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 4237. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair), NGC 4237 is classified as a flocculent... more
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