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New image of Pluto: "Houston, we have geology"

Astronomy Magazine - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 04:00
Among the structures tentatively identified in this new image are what appear to be polygonal features, a complex band of terrain stretching east-northeast across the planet, and a complex region where bright terrains meet the dark terrains of the "whale."
Categories: Astronomy

Crystal phase-transitions keep babies in third-world countries warm

Physics World - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 09:38
Researchers develop non-electric incubating blankets for use in villages
Categories: Conventional Science

Gigantic early black hole could upend evolutionary theory

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 04:00
Because the galaxy the 7-billion-solar-mass black hole was discovered in is fairly typical in size, the study calls into question previous assumptions on the development of galaxies.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomy enthusiasts fear losing access to Mauna Kea permanently

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 04:00
A proposed rule change aimed at thwarting TMT protestors could block public access to some of the most pristine dark skies on Earth.
Categories: Astronomy

Pluto and Charon: New Horizons’ Dynamic Duo

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 04:00
The two worlds orbit the same gravitational point, but their similarities seem to end there.
Categories: Astronomy

Swift reveals a black hole bull’s-eye

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 04:00
The satellite detected the start of a new outburst from V404 Cygni, where a black hole and a Sun-like star orbit each other.
Categories: Astronomy

Pluto comes into focus as New Horizons nears the dwarf planet

Physics World - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:39
Spacecraft will soon be just 12,500 km from Pluto
Categories: Conventional Science

Radio astronomers see black hole come to life

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:00
A new study shows convincing evidence of the “switching on” of the active phase in a black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 660.
Categories: Astronomy

A "heart" from Pluto as flyby begins

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:00
The New Horizons mission has officially begun the flyby sequence of science observations that will culminate with closest approach July 14.
Categories: Astronomy

Huge new survey to shine light on dark matter

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:00
The first KiDS survey results show how the characteristics of the observed galaxies are determined by the invisible vast clumps of dark matter surrounding them.
Categories: Astronomy

X-ray analysis sheds light on fading Modernist paintings

Physics World - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:49
Whitening of yellow pigments linked to degradation of cadmium sulphide
Categories: Conventional Science

Some long-duration gamma-ray bursts are driven by magnetars

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
A new study reveals that a supernova discovered after a gamma-ray burst must have been powered by a highly magnetic neutron star.
Categories: Astronomy

Neptune’s badly behaved magnetic field

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
New computer simulations show that the distant planet’s magnetic field is constantly rotating and changing.
Categories: Astronomy

New Horizons map of Pluto: The whale and the doughnut

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 04:00
While the new maps gives mission scientists an important tool for deciphering the patterns of bright and dark markings on the distant planet's surface, they are holding off on making any interpretations of features for now.
Categories: Astronomy

Reptile skin inspires super-slippery steel surfaces

Physics World - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 08:38
Copying patterns found on snakes and lizards could reduce friction in tiny machines
Categories: Conventional Science

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