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Another Hubble repair mission could be on the way

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00
Preliminary reports suggest the Trump administration may team up with Sierra Nevada to bring new life to an old telescope.
Categories: Astronomy

Photons are a drag on the Sun

Physics World - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:21
Stolen angular momentum slows the outer photosphere
Categories: Conventional Science

Flash Physics: MRI pioneer dies, star polluted by ingredients for life, flat lens avoids chromatic aberration

Physics World - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:10
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

Why you might not see that comet in the sky

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:00

A near-full Moon will likely obscure Comet 45P naked eye viewing. But it’s not impossible.

Categories: Astronomy

Decaying atoms feel a tiny frictional force, say physicists

Physics World - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 09:11
Calculations show how internal transition affects motion
Categories: Conventional Science

Flash Physics: Circuits survive on Venus, electronics powered by stomach acid, Israel tops global R&D spend

Physics World - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 06:19
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

Elusive blue lightning filmed dancing above a thunderstorm

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:00
In Earth’s upper atmosphere, blue jets, red sprites, pixies, halos, trolls and elves streak toward space, rarely caught in the act by human eyes. This mixed-bag of quasi-mythological terms are all names for transient luminous events, or, quite simply, forms of lightning that dance atop thunderstorm clouds. Airplane pilots have reported seeing them, but their elusive nature makes them hard to study. But ESA astronaut Andreas Morgensen, while aboard the International Space Station in Septemb
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers spot a giant Halley’s Comet-like object as it disappears into the atmosphere of a white dwarf

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:00
Other solar systems may have belts of icy objects, just like our own Kuiper Belt
Categories: Astronomy

Entanglement boosts data transmission

Physics World - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:28
Quantum mechanics wrings out extra capacity from optical fibres
Categories: Conventional Science

Flash Physics: Starlight closes Bell loophole, elusive white dwarf pulsar, St Andrews champions gender equality

Physics World - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 06:51
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

See Earth’s shadow on the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:00

February 10’s penumbral lunar eclipse is better than no eclipse at all.

Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers find a new class of black holes

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:00

Welcome to the astronomical world, intermediate-mass black holes.

Categories: Astronomy

‘Atomtronic’ battery made from Bose-Einstein condensate

Physics World - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:27
Device running on atoms, not electrons, could power atom-based circuits
Categories: Conventional Science

Flash Physics: How single atoms conduct heat, prosthetic senses arm motion, 3D printer mimics plant porosity

Physics World - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 06:24
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

Hubble captures an ailing star’s death knell

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 05:00
The red giant star is in the midst of dispersing into a planetary nebula.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers discover a white dwarf that acts like a pulsar

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 05:00
This star refused to simply go out — instead, the white dwarf it left behind continues to blast its companion with a beam of radiation as a pulsar.
Categories: Astronomy

Water evaporation generates electrical energy

Physics World - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 09:17
Nanostructured material could drive essential equipment in warm climates
Categories: Conventional Science

Flash Physics: Astronomers help conservationists, quarks defy theory, movies of rotating molecules

Physics World - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 06:58
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

A supermassive black hole spent more than a decade consuming a star

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:00
Hungry, hungry black hole
Categories: Astronomy

A fireball blazed over the midwest last night

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:00
The incoming meteor came in with a bang and faded just as quickly.
Categories: Astronomy

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