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The fingerprints of molecules in space

Using terahertz spectroscopy, physicists directly measured two spectral lines for one particular molecule for the first time. The discovered frequencies are characteristic of the amide ion, a negatively charged nitrogen molecule.

Jun 28th, 2018

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Grease in space

Astronomers used a laboratory to manufacture material with the same properties as interstellar dust and used their results to estimate the amount of 'space grease' found in the Milky Way.

Jun 27th, 2018

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Will we know life in space when we see it?

A series of NASA papers lay out strategies to search for signs of life beyond our solar system. They assume that the detection of atmospheric signatures of a few potentially habitable planets may possibly come before 2030.

Jun 26th, 2018

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