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Fleet of spacecraft spot long-sought-after process in the Earth’s magnetic field

A NASA mission has discovered an important process explaining the fate of energy contained in the turbulent magnetic fields surrounding the Earth. The phenomenon, discovered by NASA's four-spacecraft Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, is small but provides crucial insight into turbulent plasmas. The Earth's magnetic field protects us from the solar wind, which is a stream of plasma coming from the Sun. Plasmas - streams of…

Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

IMAGE: The spiral shape of fig 1c of the Nature article appears inside an old watch symbolising the fact that these data has allowed us to date back the perturbation that... view more  Credit: Crèdit : Edmon de Haro/iStock "We have observed shapes with different morphologies, such as a spiral similar to a snail's shell. The existence of these substructures has been observed for the first…

Trio of infant planets discovered around newborn star

Two independent teams of astronomers have uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around an infant star known as HD 163296. Using a new planet-finding strategy, the astronomers identified three discrete disturbances in a young star's gas-filled disk: the strongest evidence yet that newly formed planets are in orbit there. Over the past several years, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has…

NASA sees post-Tropical Cyclone Lane come to an end

IMAGE: NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Post-Tropical Cyclone Lane on Aug. 28 at 7:54 p.m. EDT (2354 UTC). The image showed the storm devoid of clouds except in the northeastern... view more  Credit: NASA/NOAA/NRL The once hurricane that dropped record-setting rainfall on the Hawaiian Islands has come to an end in the Central Pacific Ocean and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of…

Hubble uncovers the farthest star ever seen

IMAGE: Icarus, whose official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1, is the farthest individual star ever seen. It is only visible because it is being magnified by the gravity of... view more  Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Kelly (University of Minnesota) More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally, it would be much…

The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star

IMAGE: This is an infrared image of a neutron star (source on right in box) with an extended infrared emission obtained from observations with the Hubble Space Telescope. The blue circle... view more  Credit: Bettina Posselt, Penn State An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that the pulsar has features never before seen. The observation, by…

Are you rocky or are you gassy?

Pasadena, Calif. -- A star about 100 light years away in the Pisces constellation, GJ 9827, hosts what may be one of the most massive and dense super-Earth planets detected to date according to new research led by Carnegie's Johanna Teske. This new information provides evidence to help astronomers better understand the process by which such planets form. The GJ 9827 star actually hosts a…

Interstellar molecules inspire new transformations

Back in the 1930s, astronomers detected one of the first molecules in interstellar space - carbynes. The simplest carbyne, formed by carbon and hydrogen only, is nowadays considered one of the most basic ingredients for life. Despite the impact these molecules could have in synthesis, they had eluded chemists for years. But now, researchers at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) discovered how…

Business Secretary announces £184 million investment in doctoral training

Business Secretary Greg Clark has today (Thursday 1 February) announced a major investment in science and engineering research totaling £184 million to be allocated over two years. Forty one UK universities will share in the funding that will support doctoral training over a four year period. The Business Secretary made the announcement during a visit to YASA Motors in Oxford where he opened a production…

SwRI receives NASA contract to test propellant delivery system

SAN ANTONIO -- May 1, 2018 -- NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to test space technology that will enable efficient and reliable liquid propellant delivery for future space missions. The technology is a tapered liquid acquisition device (LAD) developed by SwRI and NASA's Glenn Research Center. The tapered LAD is designed to deliver cryogenic liquid propellants to a rocket's engine from fuel tanks. Fuel…
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