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TESS enables breakthrough study of perplexing stellar pulsations

Astronomers have detected elusive pulsation patterns in dozens of young, rapidly rotating stars. The discovery will revolutionize scientists' ability to study details like the ages, sizes and compositions of these stars -- all members of a class named for the prototype, the bright star Delta Scuti.

May 14th, 2020

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Hayabusa2 reveals more secrets from Ryugu

In February and July of 2019, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft briefly touched down on the surface of near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. The readings it took with various instruments at those times have given researchers insight into the physical and chemical properties of the 1-kilometer-wide asteroid.

May 11th, 2020

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Exoplanets: How we'll search for signs of life

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has provided a framework called a 'detectability index' to help prioritize exoplanets to study and provide scientists with a tool to select the best targets for observation and maximize the chances of detecting life.

May 4th, 2020

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Looking for dark matter with the universe's coldest material

Our current understanding of cosmology and nuclear physics suggests that dark matter could be made of axions, hypothetical particles with unusual symmetry properties. Scientists report on how to search for axions using the unique properties of Bose-Einstein condensates.

May 1st, 2020

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