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Astronomy / Space - Physics - 01.06.2017
Gravitational waves provide clues to how black holes are born
Cardiff University researchers help international team observe giant pair of spinning black holes over three billion light years away Gravitational waves emerging from a giant pair of spinning black holes over three billion light years from Earth have been spotted by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration.

Astronomy / Space - 31.05.2017
Giant ringed planet likely cause of mysterious eclipses
A giant gas planet - up to 50x the mass of Jupiter, encircled by a ring of dust - is likely hurtling around a star over 1000 light years away from Earth, according to international team of astronomers, led by University of Warwick Light from young star - PDS 110 in the Orion constellation - is regularly blocked by large object, thought to be an orbiting planet Next eclipse predicted to take place in September this year, and amateur astronomers a

Astronomy / Space - 22.05.2017
New details of TRAPPIST-1 system's outmost planet confirm earlier predictions
New details of TRAPPIST-1 system’s outmost planet confirm earlier predictions
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. TRAPPIST-1h represents a perfect illustration of the power of the scientific method, of its ability to make predictions that can later be verified.

Astronomy / Space - 22.05.2017
New details of TRAPPIST-1 system's outermost planet confirm earlier predictions
New details of TRAPPIST-1 system’s outermost planet confirm earlier predictions
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. TRAPPIST-1h represents a perfect illustration of the power of the scientific method, of its ability to make predictions that can later be verified.

Astronomy / Space - 22.05.2017
Birmingham scholars take on unrealistic optimism, a love diary in Cairo and regulating dementia care at Hay
Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have made progress in understanding a key mystery of gravitational-wave astrophysics: how two black holes can come together and merge. During its first four months of taking data, Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) detected gravitational waves from two mergers of pairs of black holes, GW150914 and GW151226, along with the statistically less significant black hole merger candidate LVT151012.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 22.05.2017
'Saddle-shaped' universe could undermine general relativity
‘Saddle-shaped’ universe could undermine general relativity
Researchers have shown how singularities - which are normally only found at the centre of black holes and hidden from view - could exist in highly curved three-dimensional space. It's a bit like having spacetime in a box. Toby Crisford The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have used computer simulations to predict the existence of a so-called naked singularity, which interferes with Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Astronomy / Space - Chemistry - 18.05.2017
Icy ring around young planetary system has similar chemical fingerprint to our solar system
Icy ring around young planetary system has similar chemical fingerprint to our solar system
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has made the most detailed image of the ring of dusty debris surrounding a young star and found that the ice content of colliding comets within it is similar to comets in our own solar system. The chemical kinship may indicate a similarity in comet formation conditions between the outer reaches of this planetary system and our own.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 05.05.2017
Growth of East Antarctic Ice Sheet was less than previously suggested
Growth of East Antarctic Ice Sheet was less than previously suggested
Scientists have known for over a decade that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been losing mass and contributing to sea level rise. Its eastern neighbour is, however, ten times larger and has the potential to raise global sea level by some 50 metres. Despite its huge size and importance, conflicting results have been published on the recent behaviour of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 28.04.2017
Measuring ripples in the cosmic web
Measuring ripples in the cosmic web
Astronomers have made the first measurements of small-scale fluctuations in the cosmic web 2 billion years after the Big Bang. These measurements were conducted using a novel technique which relies on the light of quasars crossing the cosmic web along adjacent lines of sight. One of the biggest challenges was developing the mathematical and statistical tools to quantify the tiny differences we measure in this new kind of data Alberto Rorai The most barren regions of the Universe are the far-flung corners of intergalactic space.

Physics - Astronomy / Space - 27.04.2017
Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger
Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger
Solar eruptions, including enormous coronal mass ejections (pictured), could be triggered by a single process. Credit: NASA/SDO Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. Researchers at Durham University and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, used 3D computer simulations to show a theoretical link between large and small scale eruptions that were previously thought to be driven by different processes.

Astronomy / Space - 21.04.2017
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
A simulated galaxy is pictured, showing the main ingredients that make up a galaxy: the stars (blue), the gas from which the stars are born (red), and the dark matter halo that surrounds the galaxy (light grey) Further evidence of the existence of dark matter - the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together - has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.

Astronomy / Space - 22.03.2017
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbours from birthing planets
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbours from birthing planets
Stars don't have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests. Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 22.03.2017
Universe's ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies
Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies
Universe's ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies (22 March 2017) Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. UV radiation is invisible but shows up as visible red light when it interacts with gas.

Astronomy / Space - 08.03.2017
Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
A huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe's formation has been detected by a UCL-led team of astronomers, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars. The galaxy is the most distant object ever observed by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and was seen when the Universe was only four percent of its present age, at about 600 million years old, when the first stars and galaxies were forming.

Astronomy / Space - 08.03.2017
Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
An astronomer from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is part of a team that have discovered new insights into the birth and death of the very first stars in the Universe. The team have detected an unexpectedly huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the Universe was only four per cent of its present age.

Astronomy / Space - 01.03.2017
Rapid changes point to origin of ultra-fast black hole winds
Rapid changes point to origin of ultra-fast black hole winds
Astronomers have made the most detailed observation yet of an ultra-fast wind emanating from a Black Hole at a quarter of the speed of light. Using the European Space Agency (ESA)?s XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR telescopes, the scientists observed the phenomenon in an active galaxy known as IRAS 13224-3809.

Astronomy / Space - 27.02.2017
First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system
First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system
Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun, 'Tatooine-like' system has been found for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. Published today in Nature Astronomy and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the European Research Council, the study reports on the remains of shattered asteroids orbiting a double sun consisting of a white dwarf and a brown dwarf roughly 1000 light-years away in a system called SDSS 1557.

Astronomy / Space - Earth Sciences - 23.02.2017
Space dust deploy bubble parachutes on their fiery descent, scientists discover
Space dust deploy bubble parachutes on their fiery descent, scientists discover
Bubbles acting like parachutes are deployed by some cosmic dust particles on their entry into Earth's atmosphere, preventing them from burning up. Think of microscopic rice bubbles made of molten rock and you get the picture about what this cosmic dust looks like. Dr Matt Genge Department of Earth Science and Engineering This is the conclusion of a new study carried out by a researcher from Imperial College London.

Astronomy / Space - 14.02.2017
Black Hole powered jets fuel star formation
Black Hole powered jets fuel star formation
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy where it resides. This gives us new insights into how a black hole can regulate future star birth Helen Russell Powerful radio jets from the black hole - which normally suppress star formation - are stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy's extended halo of hot gas.

Astronomy / Space - Electroengineering - 07.02.2017
Mysterious white dwarf pulsar discovered
University of Warwick researchers identify a white dwarf pulsar - a star type which has eluded astronomers for half a century Star lashes its neighbour with intense radiation beam every two minutes Research published in Nature Astronomy An exotic binary star system 380 light-years away has been identified as an elusive white dwarf pulsar - the first of its kind ever to be discovered in the universe - thanks to research by the University of Warwick.