Galaxy clusters may offer critical clues to dark energy
(Phys.org)—One of the major puzzles in astronomy today is the nature of the mysterious force that astronomers have dubbed Dark Energy. And one tool in understanding this force is encoded in the distribution ...
Cutting Bergmann's Rule down to size
(Phys.org)—Matan Shelomi, a doctoral candidate in entomology at the University of California, Davis, is cutting Bergmann's Rule down to size.
Swirling vortex and mini moons: Spectacular views of the little things around Saturn
With wild storms and a vast ring system, nothing seems small around Saturn. But as NASA's Cassini spacecraft loops high over Saturn's poles, scientists are taking time to explore the little things including ...
Chasing clouds on Venus
(Phys.org)—Clouds regularly punctuate Earth's blue sky, but on Venus the clouds never part, for the planet is wrapped entirely in a 20 km-thick veil of carbon dioxide and sulphuric dioxide haze.
Asteroid's troughs suggest stunted planet
(Phys.org)—Enormous troughs that reach across the asteroid Vesta may actually be stretch marks that hint of a complexity beyond most asteroids. Scientists have been trying to determine the origin of these ...
Birds on the move
(Phys.org)—Over the past 60 years, areas that have a climate suitable for certain Australian bird species have shifted much faster than previously thought, and not exactly in the expected direction.
Explosion of galaxy formation lit up early universe
(Phys.org)—New data from the South Pole Telescope indicates that the birth of the first massive galaxies that lit up the early universe was an explosive event, happening faster and ending sooner than suspected.
Australian jet in Antarctica rescue mission
An Australian medical team and government jet have been dispatched to Antarctica to attempt a landing on an ice runway to rescue a sick scientist from the United States' McMurdo Station base.
University of Minnesota, Google team to offer new 360-degree images of Antarctica
See the inside of early polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's hut, visit a penguin colony and take in the wonders of the Antarctic landscape from the comfort of your own home or office with new images launched online today by ...
Warning system to protect astronauts from solar storms
Massive explosions on the sun unleash radiation that could kill astronauts in space.
The Titanian seasons turn, turn, turn
(Phys.org) -- Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show a concentration of high-altitude haze and a vortex materializing at the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan, signs that the seasons are turning on Saturn's ...
Researchers estimate ice content of crater at Moon's south pole
(Phys.org) -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole. ...
Explorer's study of 'sexually depraved' penguins unearthed
He risked freezing or starving to death on a doomed expedition to the South Pole 100 years ago -- but for George Murray Levick, the real horror lay in the twisted sexual mores of the Adelie penguin.
Dawn mission video shows Vesta's coat of many colors
(Phys.org) -- A new video from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. The animation drapes high-resolution false color images over a 3-D model of the Vesta ...