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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 […]

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    Grandpa Astronaut to Break Scott Kelly’s Space Record

    A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, Nasa said. Jeff Williams, 58, is the first American to make three long-duration flights to orbit, and will break a US record set by astronaut Scott Kelly […]

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    Magnetic Chips Can Boost Computer Energy Efficiency

    In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics. The findings mean that dramatic reductions in power consumption are possible as much as one-millionth the amount of […]