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Astronomy Dec 12, 2016

Low-mass companion found inside debris disc of a nearby star

(—Astronomers have uncovered a new low-mass companion residing inside a massive debris disc surrounding a nearby star designated HD 206893. The discovery could provide new important clues on how low-mass stellar ...

Astronomy Nov 09, 2016

Sculpting solar systems: SPHERE instrument reveals protoplanetary discs being shaped by newborn planets

Sharp new observations have revealed striking features in planet-forming discs around young stars. The SPHERE instrument, mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope, has made it possible to observe the complex dynamics of young ...

Engineering Nov 25, 2014

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting ...

Nanophysics Jul 15, 2014

Nanophotonics experts create powerful molecular sensor

( —Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify ...

Astronomy Jan 08, 2018

Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, an international team of researchers has studied the disc surrounding the star MWC 758. The new observations reveal further insights into the complex morphology of ...

Astronomy Feb 11, 2015

Research pair suggests dark matter could create halos of light around galaxies

(—A pair of researchers affiliated with Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris has suggested that dark matter may impact light in a way not thought of before. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review ...

Space Exploration Aug 11, 2015

What is the Oort Cloud?

For thousands of years, astronomers have watched comets travel close to Earth and light up the night sky. In time, these observations led to a number of paradoxes. For instance, where were these comets all coming from? And ...

Optics & Photonics Oct 31, 2011

Using math and light to detect misshapen red blood cells

Misshapen red blood cells (RBCs) are a sign of serious illnesses, such as malaria and sickle cell anemia. Until recently, the only way to assess whether a person's RBCs were the correct shape was to look at them individually ...

Space Exploration Jul 16, 2014

Comet ISON's dramatic final hours

( —A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the Sun and disintegrated.

Space Exploration Aug 18, 2015

What is A dwarf planet?

The term dwarf planet has been tossed around a lot in recent years. As part of a three-way categorization of bodies orbiting the sun, the term was adopted in 2006 due to the discovery of objects beyond the orbit of Neptune ...

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