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The first building blocks of the universe

The first galaxies evolved only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. But why do they have such a great variety of shapes and structures? How did the universe evolve as a whole? Two German-Chinese ...

dateMay 14, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hidden nurseries in the Milky Way

(Phys.org) —APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, is a telescope of 12 m diameter at an exceptional site on Earth: the Chajnantor plateau is located 5100 m above sea level in the Atacama desert in Chile. ...

dateMay 13, 2014 in Astronomy
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Atoms and molecules on the same wavelength

(Phys.org) —It may be surprising, but in physics the terrain of atoms and the territory of organic molecules are worlds apart. Therefore, in order to have a molecule communicate optically with atoms, the ...

dateMay 13, 2014 in Quantum Physics
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Predators predict longevity of birds

(Phys.org) —Ageing inevitably occurs both in humans and in other animals. However, life-span varies widely across species. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen have now found ...

dateApr 30, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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