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Flash Physics: Ancient solar system was unstable, light pushes and pulls, detecting hidden machinery

Physics World - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 06:17
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Categories: Conventional Science

What dark gunk on Enceladus' surface reveals about the ocean below

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
As the plumes spray out, they are radically altered — and that could be the clue to understanding their origin.
Categories: Astronomy

Detecting gravitational waves just got easier

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
The Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam has increased its computing power more than sixfold with the Minerva supercomputer.
Categories: Astronomy

Fallout from an ancient asteroid collision still rains on Earth

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
Extraterrestrial objects are constantly bombarding Earth; thankfully the vast majority are microscopic. Thanks to the planet’s atmosphere, we live largely unaware of this celestial fusillade, which averages about 100 tons a day and mostly burns up long before hitting the ground. From the few that do make impact, researchers can gather clues about the composition of our solar system, with the goal of understanding how planets and other bodies emerged from an embryonic disk of dust and gas
Categories: Astronomy

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