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Andromeda Galaxy Image Processed By The HSC Data Analysis Software
2013-08-06 11:44:39

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe Today, researchers at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) released the first image of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) processed with the data analysis software developed for the Subaru Telescope's Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC). The HSC project's 'first light' was announced last week (A New View on the Origin of Dark Matter and Dark Energy - Image of M31 Heralds the Dawn of HSC). Researchers at...

Galaxy Could Be Teeming With 'Nomad Planets'
2012-02-24 09:17:30

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) suggest in a new study that the heavens could be teeming with “nomad planets,” wandering through space instead of orbiting around host stars. In fact, say the researchers, there could be 100,000 times more of these planets in the Milky Way alone than there are stars. And if observations confirm this estimate, it could affect the current theories of planet formation and change our understanding of...

Hubble Zooms In On Magnified Galaxy
2012-02-03 04:56:53

Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope got a uniquely close-up look at the brightest "magnified" galaxy yet discovered. This observation provides a unique opportunity to study the physical properties of a galaxy vigorously forming stars when the universe was only one-third its present age. A so-called gravitational lens is produced when space is warped by a massive foreground object, whether it is the sun, a black hole or an entire...

2011-11-18 03:05:43

Publication in Cell describes how the brain handles spatial resolution Everybody knows how to zoom in and out on an online map, to get the level of resolution you need to get you where you want to go. Now researchers have discovered a key mechanism that can act like a zoom button in the brain, by controlling the resolution of the brain's internal maps. In this week's edition of Cell, Lisa Giocomo and colleagues at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU describe how they...

2011-01-06 15:10:00

The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the winter sky, is shocking scientists with a propensity for fireworks"”gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object. The discovery, reported today by scientists working with two orbiting telescopes, is leading researchers to rethink their ideas of how cosmic particles are accelerated. "We were dumbfounded," said Roger Blandford, who directs the Kavli Institute...

2010-04-01 09:23:48

In nanoscience, researchers are truly limited by the technology of their field, needing increasingly more advanced tools for studying, analyzing and manipulating objects and systems at the scale of individual molecules and atoms. Directors of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Paul McEuen and  David A. Muller, talk about their mission to push the technology of observation, measurement and control to ever-smaller dimensions. To expand the boundaries of nanoscience, the...

2010-03-01 10:45:00

Using entire galaxies as lenses to look at other galaxies, researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding, on par with other techniques. The measurement determines a value for the Hubble constant, which indicates the size of the universe, and confirms the age of the universe as 13.75 billion years old, within 170 million years. The results also confirm the strength of dark energy, responsible for accelerating the expansion of...

2010-02-24 14:20:00

Scientists have opportunity to watch a planetary "death march" An international group of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star "“ a finding that helps explain the unexpectedly large size of the planet, WASP-12b. It's a discovery that not only explains what's happening to WASP-12b; it also means scientists have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to observe how a planet enters this final stage of its life....

2009-08-10 10:25:00

The first black holes in the universe had dramatic effects on their surroundings despite the fact that they were small and grew very slowly, according to recent supercomputer simulations carried out by astrophysicists Marcelo Alvarez and Tom Abel of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, jointly located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, and John Wise, formerly of KIPAC and now of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center....

2009-07-24 08:09:58

Researchers at TU Delft have succeeded in measuring the influence of a single electron on a vibrating carbon nanotube. This research can be important for work such as the development of ultra-small measuring instruments.  The scientists have published their results on Thursday 23 July in (the online version of) the scientific journal Science.The scientists of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at TU Delft based their project on a suspended vibrating carbon nanotube, comparable to an...

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