Our Unneighborly Neighborhood: New Technique to Reveal Solar System’s Secrets

  The observable universe is a ginormous realm, whose 42.3 billion light year radius is riddled with galaxy filaments and voids. Suspended in one of the trillions of galaxies is an infinitesimal speck, a speck consisting of what humans may refer to as our neighborhood: the #solar system. Juxtaposed to the cosmic scale, the solar […]

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Deathblow Dealt to Dark Matter Disks | Quanta Magazine

New data tracking the movements of millions of Milky Way stars have effectively ruled out the presence of a “dark disk” that could have offered important clues

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Dark matter: The mystery substance physics still can’t identify that makes up the majority of our universe

Cosmologists are heading back to their chalkboards as the experiments designed to figure out what this unknown 84 percent of our universe actually is come up empty.

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Variable Stars Have Strange Nonchaotic Attractors | Quanta Magazine

A chance astronomical discovery illuminates the thin divide between chaos and order.

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Scientists Unveil New Inventory of Universe’s Dark Contents | Quanta Magazine

The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology.

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Scientists Unveil New Inventory of Universe’s Dark Contents | Quanta Magazine

The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology.

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Two quantum properties teleported together for first time – physicsworld.com

Spin and orbital angular momentum transferred between photons

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What Lit Up The Universe? Astronomers May Be On The Brink Of An Answer

Most scientists can see, hear, smell, touch or even taste their research. But astronomers can only study light – photons traveling billions of light-years across the cosmos before getting scooped up by an array of radio dishes or a single parabolic mirror orbiting the Earth.

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How Will Humans Get to Alpha Centauri?

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star in Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light-years from Earth. With surface temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit, this particular planet would be inhospitable, but the fact that it exists at all raises hopes of finding another, more human-friendly planet within the same star system.

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Peering into giant planets from in and out of this world

Scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets.

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New suspect identified in supernova explosion

New results have revealed a rare example of a type Ia supernova in which a dead star “fed” off an aging star like a cosmic zombie, triggering a blast.

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Was That Just a Gamma Ray Burst in Andromeda?! (Updated: No, but still cool.)

The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just saw something bright in the Andromeda Galaxy. It was either a Gamma-Ray Burst or an Ultraluminous X-Ray Object, but either way it will be the closest event we've ever observed. …unless it's just a known X-ray object, a programming bug, and a thunderstorm..

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Analogue Hawking radiation spotted in the lab – physicsworld.com

Has Stephen Hawking’s prediction been realized, three decades on?