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Space News Archive - April 14, 2010

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A team of British scientists at Lancaster University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh have developed a new model that shows the widespread impact inclement space weather could have on the UK.

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This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.

NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va, has selected five companies to provide the agency with support for analytical and experimental research and technology development, primarily for aerospace vehicles.

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A lightning researcher at the University of Bath has discovered that during thunderstorms, giant natural particle accelerators can form 40 km above the surface of the Earth.

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Radio astronomers at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a strange new object in a nearby galaxy.

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Astronomers investigating why the cosmic background radiation is much brighter at radio wavelengths than expected have identified a potential culprit: fast spinning black holes early in the galaxy formation process.

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Dust may be a nuisance around the house but it plays a vital role in the formation of the key ingredient for life on Earth – water – according to researchers at Heriot-Watt University.

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Using four of the world’s largest telescopes, scientists have obtained the most detailed information yet from the regions around two young stars tens of light years away, finding compact discs of rocky and dusty material at distances comparable to that from the Earth to the Sun.

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Astronomers from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur in France have used the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to discover discs of dust around ageing stars.

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Scientists from the University of Leicester have used observations from NASA’s STEREO and ACE satellites to come up with more accurate predictions of when blasts of solar wind will reach Earth, Venus and Mars.

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