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Chance microlensing events probe galactic cores

Some galaxies pump out vast amounts of energy from a very small volume of space, typically not much bigger than our own solar system. The cores of these galaxies, so called Active Galactic Nuclei or AGNs, are often hundreds ...

dateJul 01, 2016 in Astronomy
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Heavy barium nuclei prefer a pear shape

Certain heavy barium nuclei have long been predicted to exhibit pear-like shapes. However, until recently, experimental confirmation had been impossible to achieve as these nuclei typically only live for a few seconds. The ...

dateJun 07, 2016 in General Physics
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Precision spectroscopy of X-ray polaritons

When light interacts with matter, it may be deflected or absorbed, resulting in the excitation of atoms and molecules; but the interaction can also produce composite states of light and matter which are neither one thing ...

dateMay 03, 2016 in Optics & Photonics
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Old magnets attracted to new discoveries

A powerful magnet from an MRI machine at the University of Queensland's Centre for Advanced Imaging will begin a new life in Switzerland as part of an experiment investigating the foundations of the universe.

dateFeb 18, 2016 in General Physics
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Researchers quantify unidentified gamma-ray sources

In 2011, Francesco Massaro, a researcher at the University of Turin (Italy), and Raffaele D'Abrusco, a post-doc in the astrophysics group at the University Federico II of Naples (Italy), using all-sky data produced by the ...

dateFeb 02, 2016 in Astronomy
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