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Universe’s first life might have been born on carbon planets

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
New research suggests that planet formation in the early universe might have created carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides, and diamond.
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We’re getting serious about mining asteroids

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
Asteroid mining is making the leap from science fiction novels and into corporate boardrooms as new technologies bring the idea within reach.
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Yes, we can take the gravitational wave hunt to space

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:00
The LISA Pathfinder mission paves the way for a future of gravitational wave observatories in space.
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Asteroseismology may help unravel the secrets of the Milky Way

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 22:15

The oldest stars in the Milky Way may give us an insight into the formation of our galaxy

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“Wasteful” galaxies launch heavy elements into surrounding halos and deep space, study finds

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 04:00
Research shows that more oxygen, carbon, and iron atoms exist in the sprawling gaseous halos outside galaxies than exist within the galaxies themselves.
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Hubble spots heavy, ancient, metal-filled stars pulsing away

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 04:00
The “heavy-metal stars” are nearly 10.5 billion years old.
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A new planetarium show shines a light on a dark solar system mystery

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
A new show at the Adler Planetarium tells the story of Planet Nine, by way of the Kuiper Belt.
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Secrets revealed from Pluto’s “twilight zone”

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
Looking back at Pluto with images like this gives New Horizons scientists information about Pluto’s hazes and surface properties that they can’t get from images taken on approach.
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NASA’s Hubble finds universe is expanding faster than expected

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
This surprising finding may be an important clue to understanding those mysterious parts of the universe that make up 95 percent of everything and don’t emit light, such as dark energy, dark matter, and dark radiation.
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New observational distance record promises important tool for studying galaxies

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
This will open a whole new realm of research into how galaxies evolve and interact with their surroundings over cosmic time.
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Jupiter’s clouds hide huge pillars of ammonia gasses

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
A new study finds that Galileo’s atmospheric probe may have stumbled into an anomalous structure just below the uppermost clouds.
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Pluto’s heart: Like a cosmic “lava lamp”

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
In a reservoir that's likely several miles deep in some places, solid nitrogen warmed by Pluto's modest internal heat becomes buoyant and rises up in great blobs before cooling off and sinking again to renew the cycle.
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For some comets, breaking up is not that hard to do

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
A new study indicates the bodies of some periodic comets may regularly split in two, then reunite down the road.
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King Tut's May Have Carried Around a Meteor-Forged Dagger

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
This famous king of Egypt might have had a space dagger in his collection of relics
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Measuring the Milky Way: one massive problem, one new solution

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
The mass of the Milky Way, so far, is 7 x 1011 solar masses.
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This Was How NASA Envisioned a Mars Trip in the 1950s

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
Plans to get to Mars are nothing new. They're as old as NASA itself.
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