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Data discrepancies may affect understanding of the universe

One of the unsolved mysteries in modern science is why the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. As astrophysicists look for answers in the mountains of data gathered from astronomical observations, they are finding that inconsistencies in that data might ultimately lead to the truth.

Jun 6th, 2018

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Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

Astronomers have inventoried a sizable share of the universe's stars, galaxies, comets, and black holes. But are planets with sustainable civilizations also something the universe contains? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers?

Jun 5th, 2018

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Black holes from an exacomputer

Even after the direct measurement of their gravitational waves, there are still mysteries surrounding black holes. What happens when two black holes merge, or when stars collide with a black hole? This has now been simulated by researchers using a novel numerical method.

May 28th, 2018

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Lightening up dark galaxies

The identification of at least six candidates for dark galaxies could help filling an important gap in our understanding of galaxy evolution.

May 23rd, 2018

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A laser from a space ant

An international team of astronomers have discovered an unusual laser emission that suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at the heart of the spectacular Ant Nebula.

May 16th, 2018

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Hubble detects helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b. This is the first time this element has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. The discovery demonstrates the ability to use infrared spectra to study exoplanet extended atmospheres.

May 2nd, 2018

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