Black hole trio holds promise for gravity wave hunt
The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the 'ripples in spacetime' ...
Astronomers harness the galaxy's biggest telescope to make most precise measurement of spinning star
(Phys.org) —An international team of astronomers has made a measurement of a distant neutron star that is one million times more precise than the previous world's best.
Linear accelerator mimics incredibly energetic particles hitting atmosphere
(Phys.org) —In a SLAC test facility, scientists have set the stage for an experiment that mimics what happens when incredibly energetic particles hit our atmosphere. The players include the lab's historic ...
Near error-free wireless detection made possible
(Phys.org) —A new long-range wireless tag detection system, with potential applications in health care, environmental protection and goods tracking, can pinpoint items with near 100 per cent accuracy over ...
Thin, active invisibility cloak demonstrated for first time
(Phys.org) —Invisibility cloaking is no longer the stuff of science fiction: two researchers in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have demonstrated an effective invisibility ...
Gravitational waves help understand black hole weight gain
Supermassive black holes: every large galaxy's got one. But here's a real conundrum: how did they grow so big?
Voyager 1 spacecraft reaches interstellar space, study confirms
University of Iowa space physicist Don Gurnett says there is solid evidence that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to reach interstellar space, more than 11 billion miles distant ...
New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensors
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method ...
Cosmic radio bursts point to cataclysmic origins
Mysterious bursts of radio waves originating from billions of light years away have left the scientists who detected them speculating about their origins.
Ferroelectric-graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing
Researchers at MIT have proposed a new system that combines ferroelectric materials—the kind often used for data storage—with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic ...
Russian researchers find more evidence to support notion that lightning is caused by cosmic rays
Massive galaxy had intense burst of star formation when universe was only 6 percent of current age
(Phys.org) —Smaller begets bigger. Such is often the case for galaxies, at least: the first galaxies were small, then eventually merged together to form the behemoths we see in the present universe.
Microquasar found in neighbor galaxy: First of its type beyond our Milky Way
For the first time, astronomers have found a microquasar—a black hole devouring material from a companion star—in a galaxy beyond our own Milky Way. The object, pumping out X-rays and bright bursts of ...
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' youngest still-forming planetary system yet found
Astronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.