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Cluster of stars found forming at edge of Milky Way

Cluster of stars found forming at edge of Milky Way

A team of Brazilian astronomers were surprised when they investigated a seemingly empty spot in the Milky Way and found a stellar nursery containing 2 clusters of stars.

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South Pole Telescope to join black hole-studying array

The South Pole Telescope is now ready for use in the search for black holes and will be joining its buddy, The Event Horizon Telescope.

Model shows different kind of life on Titan

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.

ESA soliciting CubeSats for deep-space asteroid mission

The first CubeSats (or tiny probes) designed to travel to deep space are going to launch in 2020, and the ESA is seeking innovative ideas for the probes.

Curiosity confirms methane in Mars atmosphere possibility of

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.

Largest black hole ever discovered mass of 12 billion suns

The largest and most luminous black hole ever seen has been discovered, with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun.

MUSE captures best-ever 3D image of deep universe

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has one-upped the Hubble Space Telescope, producing the best-ever three-dimensional view of the deep universe while revealing previously invisible objects, ESO officials announced this morning.

Uh what are those bright lights on Ceres

A bright spot previously detected on the dwarf planet Ceres appears to have a somewhat dimmer companion, and NASA remain unable to explain exactly what these unusual lights are.

ESA satellites to assist with alpine rescues

The European Space Agency (ESA) is joining forces with TeleConsult Austria to develop an Internet-based system that combines satellites and other forms of technology to assist in Alpine rescue efforts.

Unusual sungrazer comet passes near sun survives

An unusual comet was spotted by the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) as it travelled near the sun late last week, and unlike most other comets that make such a voyage, this one actually lived to tell the tale.

NASA Amazonian rain forest highly dependent on Saharan dust

The Amazon rain forest and the Sahara desert are both very distant and very different from each other. However, the South American rain forest just might be highly dependent on dust it gets from the Sahara that is swept across the Atlantic by global winds.

Google Lunar XPrize rivals joining forces to reach moon

Two rival teams competing for a share of $30 million in the Google Lunar XPrize competition are calling a temporary truce and joining forces to share a rocket ride to the moon next year.

How astronauts exercise on the ISS

Astronauts exercise regularly while in space to maintain muscle, bone, and cardiovascular health and fitness and to remain fit and strong enough to perform physically demanding tasks such as extravehicular activity. Scientists have frequently measured the effectiveness of that exercise during short spaceflights. Now, researchers have assessed exercise on longer spaceflights with the help of astronauts on the space station, measuring their VO2 peak before, during and after missions of four to five months.

Dark matter-rich Coma Cluster may house failed galaxies

The Coma Cluster, a massive grouping of galaxies located 300 million light-years from Earth, is home to a group of 47 galaxies that are rich in dark matter and may be so-called ‘failed’ galaxies, researchers from Yale University report in a new study.

Best image of gas around star Beta Pictoris

Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take the most detailed edge on picture to date of a large disk of gas and dust encircling the 20 million-year-old star Beta Pictoris.

Could NASAs Europa mission search for alien life

NASA's voyage to Europa might be our last chance to find alien life on the Jovial moon.

Scientists discover new shape of heliosphere

The heliosphere actually looks like a giant cooked shrimp.

ISS adding more spaceship parking

No more valet for spaceships! The ISS is being renovated for the first time ever as NASA seeks to accommodate additional spacecraft with more parking spots.

Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs

Dark matter, the hypothetical matter that is cannot be observed using telescopes but is believed to be responsible for huge gravitational effects in the universe, could be indirectly responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs, according to one New York University professor.

MAVEN spacecraft completes first Martian deep dip campaign

NASA’S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere.

Supermassive black holes feed on dark matter

Every massive galaxy has a black hole at its center, and the heftier the galaxy, the bigger its black hole. But why are the two related? After all, the black hole is millions of times smaller and less massive than its home galaxy.


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Word of the Day
dwale
  • The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
  • A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
  • To mutter deliriously.
The word 'dwale' comes from an Old English word meaning 'error, doubt, delusion.'
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We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that 'we choose death.'

- Barbara Ward (1914 - 1981), British author, educator.
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