Astronomers find 'homeless' planet wandering through space
(Phys.org)—A planet that is not orbiting a star, effectively making it homeless, has been discovered by a team of University of Montreal (UdeM) researchers working with European colleagues and data provided ...
NASA's cure for a common phobia
NASA has found a cure for a common phobia—the fear of asking "stupid" questions. It's not a pill. No therapy is required. The cure is a rubber chicken.
Distant super-luminous supernovae found
(Phys.org)—Two 'super-luminous' supernovae - stellar explosions 10 to 100 times brighter than other supernova types - have been detected in the distant Universe.
Milky Way's black hole getting ready for snack
(Phys.org)—Get ready for a fascinating eating experience in the center of our galaxy.
Progress continues for women faculty, but gradually
(Phys.org)—When professor and astrophysicist Priya Natarajan read the recent Yale study on gender bias in academic research among scientists, she was surprised—but not completely. ...
The science behind northern lights
(Phys.org)—Northern night skies have recently been alive with light. Those shimmering curtains get their start about 93 million miles away, on the sun.
Challengers to Clovis-age impact theory missed key protocols, study finds
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from seven U.S. institutions says a disregard of three critical protocols, including sorting samples by size, explains why a group challenging the theory of a North American meteor-impact ...
Tiny, super cold atoms and the Earth's remaining oil sources
Ground-breaking space exploration technology is being used to develop an innovative new sensor for the subsea industry. Dr Charles Wang, an astrophysicist at the University of Aberdeen who is leading the ...
Fewer exploding stars potential predictor of global warming
(Phys.org)—One of the universe's greatest unexplained mysteries – why stars explode – could be explained by a particle similar to the Higgs boson. The theory developed by University of Aberdeen astrophysicist, ...
Friday's Blue Moon and lunar size-shifting explained
(Phys.org)—A lunar event that occurs once in a blue moon will happen this Friday night, August 31.
Researchers find absorption features in spectrum of ordinary pulsar
Gamma rays from galactic center could be evidence of dark matter
(Phys.org) -- Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research ...
The first public data release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the largest of ...
Two Solar System puzzles solved
Comets and asteroids preserve the building blocks of our Solar System and should help explain its origin. But there are unsolved puzzles. For example, how did icy comets obtain particles that formed at high ...