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Colorful science sheds light on solar heating

Heliophysics nuggets are a collection of early science results, new research techniques, and instrument updates that further our attempt to understand the sun and the dynamic space weather system that surrounds Earth.

Posted: Jul 20th, 2012

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A wrinkle in space-time

Mathematicians at UC Davis have come up with a new way to crinkle up the fabric of space-time -- at least in theory.

Posted: Jul 19th, 2012

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An extraterrestrial collision of international importance

An 18-member international team of researchers has found exciting new evidence that supports the theory of an extraterrestrial impact that occurred nearly 13 000 years ago. Their evidence lies in material found in a thin layer of sedimentary rock in Pennsylvania and South Carolina in the United States and in Syria.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2012

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Hubble unmasks ghost galaxies

Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the smallest and faintest galaxies in our cosmic neighbourhood. These galaxies are fossils of the early Universe: they have barely changed for 13 billion years.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2012

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Spaceflight may extend the lifespan of microscopic worm

The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm - Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) - could help it to live longer. The discovery was made by an international group of scientists studying the loss of bone and muscle mass experienced by astronauts after extended flights in space.

Posted: Jul 5th, 2012

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A black hole's dinner (w/video)

A giant gas cloud is on collision course with the black hole in the centre of our galaxy in 2013. This is a unique opportunity to observe how a super massive black hole sucks in material, in real time.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2012

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