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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time ... read more

Rotation Speed May Be Bad News for Red Planet Pioneers

Jan. 25, 2016 — New research has revealed the importance of a circadian body clock that matches the rotational speed of the ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — How are asteroids and planets formed from stony particles? This question is being explored in an experiment where researchers have developed beads made of a special type of glass. They form the ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Researchers have found a new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of a star. For distant stars with planets orbiting them, this information is key in determining whether any of those ... read more

'Forbidden' Substances on Super-Earths

Dec. 25, 2015 — Using mathematical models, scientists have 'looked' into the interior of super-Earths and discovered that they may contain compounds that are forbidden by the classical rules of chemistry ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — The Moon was never a fully homogenized body like Earth, analysis of Moon rocks made by the Chinese rover, Yutu, suggests. The basalts the rover examined are a new type, chemically different from ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — The discovery of hundreds of giant comets in the outer planetary system over the last two decades means that these objects pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids, a team of astronomers ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Mars's gullies may be formed by dry ice processes rather than flowing liquid water, as previously thought. Scientists show that, during late winter and spring, underneath the seasonal CO2 ice ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — A supercomputer model revealed that the rotation of plasma creates electrical currents in the near-Earth space, ultimately triggering auroral breakups. This overthrows existing theories about how ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — Rocketeers have launched the most sensitive instrument they’ve ever used to explore outer space, seeking clues to how galaxies grow with the birth of new stars, and how they stop ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays. December's full moon, the last of the year, is called ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — A team of scientists has discovered a highly unusual planetary system comprised of a sun-like star, a dwarf star, and an enormous planet sandwiched in ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Australian astronomers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system so far, orbiting a star just 14 light years away. The planet, more than four times the ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — New research has found that in Earth's beginning, meteorites striking the planet to provide light may have carried within them an extraterrestrial mineral that, as it corroded in water on Earth, ... read more

Plunging Into the Ionosphere: Satellite's Last Days Improve Orbital Decay Predictions

Dec. 15, 2015 — The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite burned up in Earth's atmosphere during a planned reentry on Nov. 28, 2015 leaving behind a treasure trove of data about ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Clays and other minerals formed when rocks are altered by water have been found in multiple locations on Mars. It's been assumed that these minerals probably formed in the earliest Martian ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — When our galaxy was born, around 13 billion years ago, a plethora of clusters containing millions of stars emerged. But over time, they have been disappearing. However, hidden behind younger stars ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — From 13 to 15 December, weather permitting, skywatchers across the world will be looking up as the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak, in potentially one of the best night sky events of the ... read more

Origin of Heavy Elements in the Universe Uncovered

Dec. 8, 2015 — A team of scientists suggests a solution to the Galactic radioactive plutonium puzzle. All the Plutonium used on Earth is artificially produced in nuclear reactors. Still, it turns out that it is ... read more

Dec. 6, 2015 — The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is on its way to space, having successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana (Dec. 3 local time/Dec. 2 PST). On board is the state-of-the-art Disturbance Reduction ... read more

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