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Cosmic GDP crashes 97% as star formation slumps

(—While parts of the world experience economic hardship, a team of Portuguese, UK, Japanese, Italian and Dutch astronomers has found an even bigger slump happening on a cosmic scale.  In the largest ever study ...

dateNov 06, 2012 in Astronomy
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Cosmology looks beyond the standard model

What are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy that seem to account for so much of our Universe? Why is the Universe expanding? For the past 30 years, most cosmologists have looked to the 'standard model' to answer ...

dateJul 08, 2015 in Astronomy
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How black holes change gear

( -- Black holes are extremely powerful and efficient engines that not only swallow up matter, but also return a lot of energy to the Universe in exchange for the mass they eat. When black holes attract mass they ...

dateJun 07, 2012 in Astronomy
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The survivors of a 13 billion year old massacre

( -- Our Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by some 200 compact groups of stars, containing up to a million stars each. At 13 billion years of age, these globular clusters are almost as old as the universe itself ...

dateFeb 14, 2012 in Astronomy
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Watery, rocky planets may be common in the Milky Way

( -- An international team of astronomers have discovered compelling evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy. Leicester University scientist and lead researcher Dr Jay Farihi surveyed white dwarfs, ...

dateApr 13, 2010 in Astronomy
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