Stellar explosion on outer reaches of Universe provides clues about black hole formation
On 24 October 2012 observatories across the world were alerted about a huge stellar explosion, the GRB121024A. However, only the European Southern Observatory using its Very Large Telescope located in Chile ...
Extent of Moon's giant volcanic eruption is revealed
Scientists have produced a new map of the Moon's most unusual volcano showing that its explosive eruption spread debris over an area much greater than previously thought.
VLT image: The mouth of the beast
Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope. Although it appears to be big and bright in this picture, ...
Image: Hubble views the whirling disk of NGC 4526
This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space ...
Most metal-poor star hints at universe's first supernovae
A team of researchers, led by Miho N. Ishigaki, at the Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo, pointed out that the elemental abundance of the most iron-poor star can be explained by elements ejected from supernova ...
Animals first flex their muscles
An unusual new fossil discovery of one of the earliest animals on earth may also provide the oldest evidence of muscle tissue – the bundles of cells that make movement in animals possible.
Image: The twisted shockwaves of an exploded star
Discovered on 5 September 1784 by astronomer William Herschel, the Veil Nebula was once a star. Now it is a twisted mass of shock waves that appears six times larger than the full Moon in the sky.
Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79
(Phys.org) —Massive stars end their lives with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter. What remains of the star is a small and extremely dense remnant: a neutron ...
Darwin's dilemma resolved: Biologists measure evolution's Big Bang
A new study led by Adelaide researchers has estimated, for the first time, the rates of evolution during the "Cambrian explosion" when most modern animal groups appeared between 540 and 520 million years ...
Pulse of a dead star powers intense gamma rays
(Phys.org) —Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars.
Project turns to sensors in sewers to catch bomb-makers
Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosions
Giving new meaning to the term "sonic boom," University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions.
Researchers use scientific guns to induce shock waves into explosive materials to study their performance, properties
As the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent ages, one essential factor in making sure that the weapons will continue to perform as designed is understanding the fundamental properties of the high explosives that are part ...
Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?
The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend, which is believed to have killed at least 31 people, was a reminder of Japan's vulnerability to its many active volcanoes.