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    Scientists Discover ‘Outrageously Luminous’ Galaxies

    Astronomers have observed the most luminous galaxies ever seen in the universe — objects so bright that descriptors such as “ultra” and “hyper-luminous” don’t even come close. According to lead author Kevin Harrington from University of Massachusetts Amherst, they are calling them “outrageously luminous” because there is no scientific term to apply. The team used […]

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    New Model Could Help Determine Age of Stars Precisely

    By looking at the physics behind the speeding up or slowing down of a stars rotation, its x-ray activity, and magnetic field generation, researchers have developed a new conceptual framework for understanding how stars similar to our Sun evolve. The work could “ultimately help to determine the age of stars more precisely than is currently […]

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    Nasa Papers Reveal Details of Pluto’s Moons

    Nasa scientists associated with interplanetary space probe New Horizons have revealed the former “astronomer’s planet” and its “intriguing system of small moons” in a comprehensive set of papers describing results from last summer’s Pluto system flyby. “These five detailed papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former ‘astronomer’s planet’ to be a […]

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    Google Glass Helps Researchers Develop ‘Organs on Chips’

    Using Google Glass, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Massachusetts, US, have collected promising results as part of a technology known as “organs-on-chips”. Google Glass offers researchers a hands-free and flexible monitoring system, and enables them to give voice commands. The team first developed hardware and software to remotely monitor and control devices […]

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    Source of Unprecedented Energy Found at Centre of Milky Way

    A source of cosmic rays radiating energies 100 times greater than those achieved at the largest terrestrial particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has been found in the innermost region of our Milky Way galaxy. The source was revealed after a detailed analysis of the data collected […]

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    Astronomers Spot Early Stages of Planet Formation

    Astronomers studied the new images of a young star taken by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and said it reveals very early stages of planet formation. The scientists used the VLA to see unprecedented detail of the inner portion of a dusty disk surrounding the star, nearly 450 light years from Earth. […]

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    Nasa’s New Horizons Finds Space Around Pluto to Be Nearly Dust-Free

    Space environment around Pluto and its moons is almost empty, containing only about six dust particles per cubic mile, according to data collected by a student-built instrument riding on Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft. The spacecraft found only a handful of dust grains, the building blocks of planets, when it whipped by Pluto at about 49,000 […]

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    Planet With Eccentric Orbit Spotted

    A team of researchers has spotted an extrasolar planet about 117 light-years from Earth that boasts the most eccentric orbit yet seen. In this case, “eccentric” doesn’t refer to a state of mind, but instead describes how elliptical a planet’s orbit is around its star. While the planets in our solar system have nearly circular […]