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Image: Boulders on a Martian landslide

The striking feature in this image, acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on March 19, 2014, is a boulder-covered landslide along a canyon wall. Landslides ...

dateDec 29, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Birth of high mass stars and the origin of life

Takeshi Sakai, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, discusses recent work. "I am using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) facilities in Chile to study the formation of ...

dateDec 29, 2015 in Astronomy
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Magnetic fields in powerful radio jets

Super-massive black holes at the centers of galaxies can spawn tremendous bipolar jets when matter in the vicinity forms a hot, accreting disk around the black hole. The rapidly moving charged particles in the jets radiate ...

dateDec 28, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: Christmas Pluto

Pluto gets into the holiday spirit, decked out in red and green. This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of Ralph/LEISA instrument scans obtained at approximately 9:40 AM on July 14, from ...

dateDec 28, 2015 in Space Exploration
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'Forbidden' substances on super-Earths

Using mathematical models, scientists have simulated the interiors of super-Earths and discovered that they may contain compounds that are forbidden by the classical rules of chemistry—these substances may increase the ...

dateDec 28, 2015 in Astronomy
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