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Tags results for 'universe'

Multiverse Controversy Heats Up over Gravitational Waves

Posted in Science on 1st Apr, 2014 01:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The BICEP2 experiment’s potential discovery of spacetime ripples may provide support for the concept of many universes, but critics are unconvinced:

Dark matter hunt:

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The quest to find the most mysterious particles in the Universe is entering a critical phase:

Dim matter filaments herald birth of massive new galaxy

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
96 percent of the mass of the universe is dark matter, and just one percent is stars and galaxies.

Hubble captures most comprehensive picture of the Universe

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving universe.

Milky Way may have 100 million life-giving planets

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
“It seems highly unlikely that we are alone.”

Cosmic inflation: Confidence lowered for Big Bang signal

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists who claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang say they are now less confident of their result.

Research shows oceans are vital for the possibility of alien life

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2014 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly increasing.

Is The Universe Is A Giant Bubble? Scientists To Test Theory

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are working to prove the multiverse hypothesis, a long-debated and controversial theory that the Universe is a giant bubble.

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster unexplained by known physics

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The Perseus Cluster is a collection of galaxies and one of the most massive known objects in the Universe.

The black hole at the birth of the Universe

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2014 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it?

Black Holes? I’ll Take a Medium, Please

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists may have identified an intermediate-sized black hole for the very first time.

Hints of elusive early stars found in our galaxy

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

Holographic universe experiment begins

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2014 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The Holometer experiment will test whether our universe is coded into 2D packets many trillion times smaller than an atom.

The Plan to Make the Moon an Enormous Detector of Cosmic Rays

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Where do these ultrahigh energy cosmic rays come from? Astronomers have a plan to find out, using the moon and a massive new radio telescope array.

Earth's new address:

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Analysis of galaxies shows local supercluster to be 100 times larger than previously thought.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane and oxygen molecules together are a reliable sign of biological activity because methane doesn't last long in an atmosphere containing oxygen-bearing molecules.

What Is the Universe? Mind Bending Answers From Physics

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Science says the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble; and there are ways to check.

When dark matter collides

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are closer to seeing a vast, invisible universe.

Cosmic inflation: BICEP 'underestimated' dust problem

Posted in Science on 22nd Sep, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back.

Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2014 10:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes can exist at the same time.

Are we alone in the universe?

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2014 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA invests $50 million in 7 astrobiology research groups to answer the all-important question.

How to Measure Distance in Space

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Looking up to the stars, it can sometimes feel like everything sits on a single, two-dimensional sheet held up above us. How do we know it doesn't?

Late Bloomer Galaxies Help Us Understand Star Formation

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study details why some galaxies appear to produce stars at a much slower rate compared to others.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune.

How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The problem of the arrow of time has been boggling minds forever...

Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Background light suggests many stars 'outside galaxies'

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study of the universe's background light has suggested that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.

Why didn't the universe collapse after the Big Bang?

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Gravity may soon get the credit for saving the whole universe.

Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Stellar explosions called gamma ray bursts emit beams of radiation that could render 90% of galaxies barren of complex life.

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2014 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe.

Simulation creates a universe with galaxies like the real deal

Posted in Software on 31st Dec, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have created a simulation of the universe that includes realistic galaxies enabling better research into how the cosmos evolved over the past 14 billion years.

Billions of Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 02:05 AM
by PlanetTech
A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.

Mysterious cosmic burst of radio waves detected

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The burst could have hurled out as much energy in a few milliseconds as the Sun does in an entire day.

Aragoscope is space telescope system that could achieve 1000 times higher resolution than Hubble

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 08:08 PM
by AlexMuller
A new space telescope concept could allow scientists to image space objects like black hole event horizons and plasma swaps between stars

Could we travel to other parts of our galaxy via a giant wormhole?

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2015 03:53 PM
by AlexMuller
There could be a space-time tunnel (wormhole) in our galaxy that would allow us to travel to a distant location.

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 01:34 AM
by AlexMuller
At 11.2 billion years old, it proves that such planets have formed throughout the history of the Universe.

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the announcement no one wanted to hear: The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished.

Planck telescope puts new datestamp on first stars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The first stars in the Universe lit up later than was previously thought.

Looking deeply into the universe in 3D

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever 3D view of the deep universe.

Galactic 'rain' could be the key to new star formation

Posted in Science on 7th Mar, 2015 07:41 PM
by AlexMuller
When conditions are right, these cooling gas clouds help make stars.

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence extends to near-infrared optical signals

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:53 AM
by AlexMuller
New instrument will scan the sky for coded pulses of infrared light.

Dark matter even darker than once thought

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The results show that dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.

Star's birth glimpsed 'in real time'

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have witnessed a key stage in the birth of a very heavy star, using two radio telescope views of the process taken 18 years apart.

Water: There's so much of it in our solar system and beyond, says NASA

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Hunting for habitable worlds would mean looking for where there is water. However, the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years."

Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Hints that prebiotic organic chemistry is universal.

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2015 07:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark matter makes up 27% of the known Universe. For the first time, it may have been caught interacting with other dark matter in a cluster 1.4 billion light-years away.

The search for more Earth-like planets ramps up

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A new collaboration aims to bring separate telescopes together into a family, united by the single goal of seeking habitable worlds.

Powerful new radio telescope array monitors the entire sky 24/7 in real time

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A new telescope array can image the entire sky, helping astronomers to search for objects that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode.

Advanced Ligo gravitational wave hunt is green lit

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the great physics experiments of our age looks ready to begin its quest: A pair of widely separated laboratories will be hunting for gravitational waves.

All systems go for construction of world's largest optical telescope

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jun, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
When fully operational, the Giant Magellan Telescope will look further into space and farther back in time than any telescope ever made.

Astronomers spot first-generation stars, made from the big bang

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Made of essentially only hydrogen and helium, these population III stars are predicted to be enormous in size and to live fast and die young.

Even 11+ Billion-Year-Old Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A clear indication that such planets have formed in the Milky Way long before the Earth.

Big Rip will end the universe, scientists claim

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The Big Rip is that eventually even the constituents of matter would start separating from each other. All the atoms would be ripped apart.

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Planets like this, known as super-Earths, are ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

New study tracks the death of our Universe

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2015 09:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study has measured 200,000 galaxies in an effort to chart the rate at which our Universe is outputting energy, and effectively dying.

Ghostly Particles from Outer Space Detected in Antarctica

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep in the Antarctic ice, an observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and beyond the Milky Way.

There are probably 1 to 10 billion earthlike planets in the Milky Way

Posted in Science on 31st Aug, 2015 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers combine constraints on galaxy formation with planet formation models, yielding the Earth-like and giant planet formation histories of the Milky Way and the Universe.

Lisa Pathfinder Experiment: Gravity quest set to go into orbit

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Lisa Pathfinder is a fundamental physics experiment that will test the technology needed to detect gravitational waves.

UK team plans 'unsent letter' to aliens

Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2015 02:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A network of UK researchers has decided to compose a message to aliens, but they are divided over whether such a message should be sent into space.

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe’s missing mass

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2015 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new theory that may explain why dark matter has evaded direct detection in Earth-based experiments has been developed.

Earth-like planets around small stars likely have protective magnetic fields, aiding chance for life

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields.

The Kepler space telescope has detected something very weird near the edge of our galaxy

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 06:19 AM
by AlexMuller
The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure.

Most Earth-like worlds have yet to be born, says new NASA study

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 08:42 PM
by AlexMuller
There should already be 1 billion Earth-sized worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. That estimate skyrockets when you include the other 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

Study suggests an even distribution of elements in the universe

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 01:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The chemical composition of the Universe is well mixed, and that the mechanisms that determined the composition of our galaxy are in effect throughout the universe.

Simulation models universe from near birth until today

Posted in Software on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:14 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, has modeled the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years after the Big Bang to the present day.

'Most distant' Solar System object spied

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2015 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Observations with Japan's Subaru telescope reveal an object to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun, about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto.

Astronomers Spot Neutrinos Released 1 Second after Big Bang

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 09:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The cosmic neutrino background could provide more details about the universe as it once was.

Astronomers Want to Build A Forty Foot Space Telescope to Find the Next Earth

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2016 11:27 AM
by AlexMuller
To achieve this, we’ll need a spacecraft more advanced than anything humans have built, a telescope with 10x the seeing power of Hubble.

Water ice found on the surface of comet 67P

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, scientists have spotted large patches of water ice on the surface of a comet, thanks to instruments aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter.

Case made for the existence of a 'ninth planet'

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The planet would have 10 times the mass of Earth. Astronomers have an idea where it ought to be in the sky, and we might expect a campaign to try to track it down.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Detected For The First Time

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2016 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Gravitational waves are created when masses accelerate. The gravitational wave signal detected matches the exact signal expected from two merging black holes.

Great tilt gave Mars a new face

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars hasn't always looked like it does today. Some 3 to 3.5 billion years ago, the planet underwent a huge tilt.

Astronomers identify trick to root out false-positives in the search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Scenarios in which the detection of oxygen in the atmosphere of exoplanets would not represent the presence of extraterrestrial life.

China is working on an incredible space telescope

Posted in Hardware on 12th Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The space telescope would have a 2+ meter diameter lens with a field of view 300 times that of the Hubble, while maintaining the same level of image resolution.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didn’t Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

Yuri Milner is spending $100 million to prove out laser pushed nanosails that would reach 5% of lightspeed

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Milner wants a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation, and he's recruited Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking.

Supernova iron found on the moon

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2016 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A supernova 2 million years ago sprayed the solar system with stellar material.

Did the Sun Consume a Primordial Super-Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2016 07:56 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that at least one super-Earth; a planet that is larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune, could have formed close to the sun.

The Universe is expanding faster than physics can explain

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2016 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has been achieved by physicists, and there’s a problem:

Hubble Telescope clocks a faster rate of cosmic expansion

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2016 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The Universe may be expanding up to 9% faster than previously thought.

Research shows the universe is expanding uniformly

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2016 04:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The universe is expanding uniformly according to research led by UCL which reports that space isn't stretching in a preferred direction or spinning.

The Observable Universe has 2 trillion galaxies which is 10x more than previous estimates

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2016 02:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The remaining 90% will be only seen once bigger and better telescopes are developed.

Scientists Just Launched a Breakthrough Initiative to Find Intelligent Alien Life

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2016 10:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The FAST observatory will seek out extraterrestrial life with the world's largest radio telescopes.

China's supercomputer simulated the Universe with 10 trillion digital particles

Posted in Software on 31st Jul, 2017 04:36 PM
by Alex Muller
The Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is the world's most powerful and has a processing power of 93 petaflops.

Are we alone? if we are typical, then probably yes

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2017 06:07 AM
by Alex Muller
If Earth is typical, then it isn't possible for any other technological civilizations to exist at the same time as us.

Oldest fossils ever found suggest life in the universe is common

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2017 06:41 AM
by Alex Muller
Unexpectedly complex microbes found in a nearly 3.5-billion-year-old rock imply that life can begin and evolve more quickly than previously thought.

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