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Ultra-cool Brown Dwarf Helps Reveal Giant Planets
2012-05-11 02:57:58

An international team of astronomers led by David Pinfield of the University of Hertfordshire has found a brown dwarf that is more than 99% hydrogen and helium. Described as ultra-cool, it has a temperature of just 400 degrees Celsius and its discovery could be a key step forward in helping astronomers distinguish between brown dwarfs and giant planets. The researchers publish their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Brown dwarfs are star-like objects...

2010-08-09 09:10:00

The first prototype robots capable of developing emotions as they interact with their human caregivers and expressing a whole range of emotions have been finalized by researchers. Led by Dr. Lola Cañamero at the University of Hertfordshire, and in collaboration with a consortium of universities and robotic companies across Europe, these robots differ from others in the way that they form attachments, interact and express emotion through bodily expression. Developed as...

2010-01-29 13:15:00

British researchers said on Friday that the so-called "club drug" ecstasy is more likely than other stimulant - like speed or crystal meth - to kill young, healthy people who are not known as regular drug users, Reuters reported. In fact, those who died after taking ecstasy were mainly younger and healthier than those who died after taking amphetamines, according to a study of stimulant-deaths in Britain between 1997 and 2007. "The results of the study appeared to show young people are...

2010-01-29 11:00:00

An international team, led by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered what may be the coolest sub-stellar body ever found outside our own solar system. Using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii, a discovery has been made of an object which is technically known as a brown dwarf. The team's findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. What has excited astronomers are its very peculiar...

2009-09-25 09:16:02

Teenagers' attitudes to diet and weight are shaped by their social class, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Policymakers have long insisted on the importance of understanding young people's health and eating habits but this is the first study to show how everyday practices and perceptions of different social classes contribute to variation in the diet, weight and health of teenagers. "It is evident that children are molded according to their...

2009-08-25 15:30:23

A University of Hertfordshire academic has compiled the ideal David Bowie song, which according to psychological theory should lead to success in the charts and improved health for the singer.Dr Nick Troop, Principal Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University, a musician and an avid David Bowie fan, analyzed the singer's 26 albums and 266 songs for links between language used and success in the charts and then wrote what he considered to be the ideal song, which he has just released on...

2009-07-23 08:12:11

The University of Hertfordshire's Formula Student team raced the world's first completely electric Formula Student car and won in this month's Institution of Mechanical Engineers Formula Student competition. The car, which raced at Silverstone from 16-19 July and won the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technology Award for Lowest Carbon Production Car, is the world's first electric Formula Student racing car to compete in and win the competition. "We are the first team to enter a pure electric...

2009-06-01 10:40:00

Experts are investigating "remote viewing," the psychic ability to identify distant locations, in the first scientific experiment to be conducted through the social messaging service. Members of the public will be asked to "tweet" their impressions of randomly chosen spots in the U.K. that were visited by one of the researchers. Afterwards they will vote for which of the five photographs on a website shows where the visitor was standing. These steps will be repeated with visually different...

2009-04-22 09:20:00

A survey by the Chandra X-ray observatory has revealed in detail, for the first time, the effects of a shock wave blasted through a galaxy by powerful jets of plasma emanating from a supermassive black hole at the galactic core. The observations of Centaurus A, the nearest galaxy that contains these jets, have enabled astronomers to revise dramatically their picture of how jets affect the galaxies in which they live. The results will be presented on Wednesday 22nd April at the European Week...

2009-04-20 07:51:25

An international team, led by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, have discovered one of the coolest sub-stellar bodies ever found outside our own solar system, orbiting the red dwarf star Wolf 940, some 40 light years from Earth. Dr Ben Burningham of the University of Hertfordshire will present this discovery on Monday 20th April at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science conference. "Although it has a temperature of 300 degrees Celsius, which is almost hot...

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