Pitch black: Cosmic clumps cast the darkest shadows
(Phys.org) —Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. Infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of these blackest-of-black ...
Researchers find young galaxies not behaving as expected
(Phys.org) —New Herschel Space Observatory findings have given scientists a remarkable insight into the internal dynamics of two young galaxies. Surprisingly, they have shown that just a few billion years ...
Unique pair of supermassive black holes in an ordinary galaxy discovered
(Phys.org) —A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by an international research team including Stefanie Komossa from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy ...
Novel study uncovers the way coughs and sneezes stay airborne for long distances
The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you're about to expel.
Hardy star survives supernova blast
(Phys.org) —When a massive star runs out fuel, it collapses and explodes as a supernova. Although these explosions are extremely powerful, it is possible for a companion star to endure the blast. A team ...
Superconductivity in orbit: Scientists find new path to loss-free electricity
(Phys.org) —Armed with just the right atomic arrangements, superconductors allow electricity to flow without loss and radically enhance energy generation, delivery, and storage. Scientists tweak these superconductor ...
We the Internet: Bitcoin developers seed idea for Bitcloud
Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes
Bulging in land that occurs before a volcano erupts points to how much ash will be spewed into the sky, providing a useful early warning for aviation, geologists in Iceland said on Sunday.
Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds.
Suspected dust ring in Venus's orbit confirmed
Tiny laser gives big boost to high speed data transmission
(Phys.org) —High-speed communication just got a turbo boost, thanks to a new laser technology developed at the University of Illinois that transmits error-free data over fiber optic networks at a blazing ...
Group looking to fund cloud water harvesting project
First evidence for water ice clouds found outside solar system
A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets—Jupiter, ...
Orion rocks: Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation
Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict.