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Analytical software promises Big Bang in astrophysics

Analytical software promises Big Bang in astrophysics
Cutting-edge software has been developed to help astrophysicists see distant galaxies as never before. With the next generation of space missions set for launch, the project will enable European scientists to take full advantage of the latest data. Astronomers are really cosmic time travellers; distant galaxies are so far away that their light takes billions of years to reach us. Discovering these stellar systems means being able to look at the universe as it was close to the Big Bang.
2nd February 2017

Material to unearth mysteries of magnetic fields

Material to unearth mysteries of magnetic fields
  Journeying to the center of the Earth, a la Jules Verne, won't be happening anytime soon. A new material made from a liquid metal and magnetic particles, however, could make it much easier for researchers to recreate the powerful forces at the planet's core.
1st February 2017

'Ghost particles' could improve understanding the universe

'Ghost particles' could improve understanding the universe
Trillions of neutrinos, or ghost particles, are passing through us every second. While scientists know this fact, they don't know what role neutrinos play in the universe because they are devilishly hard to measure. New measurements of neutrino oscillations, observed at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, have shed light on outstanding questions regarding fundamental properties of neutrinos.
1st February 2017


Chemistry method enhances search for life on other planets

Chemistry method enhances search for life on other planets
A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets. The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components. It was designed specifically to analyse for amino acids, the structural building blocks of all life on Earth.
27th January 2017

Cosmic lenses support finding on expansion of the Universe

Cosmic lenses support finding on expansion of the Universe
Using galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers headed by Max Planck@TUM tenure track professor Sherry Suyu measured independently how fast the Universe is expanding. The newly measured expansion rate for the local Universe is consistent with earlier findings. These are, however, in intriguing disagreement with measurements of the early Universe. This hints at a fundamental problem at the very heart of our understanding of the cosmos.
27th January 2017

Communication system is next 'giant leap for mankind'

Communication system is next 'giant leap for mankind'
As with most scientific advancements, a stroke of brilliant genius usually revolutionises status quo and opens doors for new discoveries. Something similar happened to Keith Gendreau, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland. NASA was thinking of using X-rays on its proposed Black Hole Imager. 
26th January 2017

GOES-16 offers Earth’s first light in true colour

GOES-16 offers Earth’s first light in true colour
  After spending months in space, quietly orbiting the Earth, the next-generation geosynchronous satellite has broken its silence and sent back its first images. On Jan. 23, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the GOES-16 “first light” true-colour images of Earth in high resolution.
25th January 2017

Can toroidal magnets hunt for dark matter?

Can toroidal magnets hunt for dark matter?
IBS scientists clarify that toroidal magnets can also look for axions, one of the particle candidates for the mysterious dark matter. Scientists at the Center for Axion and Precision Physics Research (CAPP), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) optimised some of the characteristics of the magnet to hunt for one possible component of dark matter called axion.
24th January 2017

Rare meteorites challenge understanding of the solar system

Rare meteorites challenge understanding of the solar system
Researchers have discovered minerals from 43 meteorites that landed on Earth 470 million years ago. More than half of the mineral grains are from meteorites completely unknown or very rare in today’s meteorite flow. These findings mean that we will probably need to revise our current understanding of the history and development of the solar system.
24th January 2017

Vital component helps search for earth-like planets

Vital component helps search for earth-like planets
Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope which will be used to search for planets in the neighbouring star system Alpha Centauri. The Uppsala researchers’ participation is a result of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) signing a deal with Breakthrough Initiatives for adapting the instrument of the VLT.
23rd January 2017


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