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Dark energy camera to probe universe?s biggest mysteries

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On Sept. 12, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera - the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created - captured and recorded it for the first time.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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Space-age food served up with seeds of success

An eggplant the size of a basketball, and a cucumber half a meter long seem, at first glance, out of this world. They are, literally. Chinese scientists have created more than 120 varieties of plants by sending seeds into space over the past 25 years.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2012

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Sweet building blocks of life found around young star

Life is made up of a series of complex organic molecules, including sugars. A team of astronomers led by researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, have now observed a simple sugar molecule in the gas surrounding a young star and this discovery proves that the building blocks of life were already present during planet formation.

Posted: Aug 29th, 2012

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Space-warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves

Gravitational waves, much like the recently discovered Higgs boson, are notoriously difficult to observe. Scientists first detected these ripples in the fabric of space-time indirectly, using radio signals from a pulsar-neutron star binary system. The find, which required exquisitely accurate timing of the radio signals, garnered its discoverers a Nobel Prize. Now a team of astronomers has detected the same effect at optical wavelengths, in light from a pair of eclipsing white dwarf stars.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2012

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The Milky Way now has a twin (or two)

Research presented today at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Beijing has found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local Universe.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Two student rocket payloads set for launch on Aug. 23

A sounding rocket launching from NASA?s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Aug. 23 will be carrying two University of Colorado Boulder student-built payloads and a pair of other payloads developed by students from Virginia Tech, Baylor University and the University of Puerto Rico.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2012

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Researchers gear up for NASA radiation belt space mission

The University of Colorado Boulder will play a key role in a NASA mission launching this week to study how space weather affects Earth?s two giant radiation belts known to be hazardous to satellites, astronauts and electronics systems on Earth.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2012

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Magnetic turbulence trumps collisions to heat solar wind

New research led by University of Warwick physicist Dr Kareem Osman has provided significant insight into how the solar wind heats up when it should not. The solar wind rushes outwards from the raging inferno that is our Sun, but from then on the wind should only get cooler as it expands beyond our solar system since there are no particle collisions to dissipate energy.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2012

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