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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 19.03.2020
New data tests 'theory of everything'
New data tests ’theory of everything’
One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework. String theory is arguably the best-known proposal for a 'theory of everything' that would tie together our understanding of the physical universe. If these particles are eventually detected it would change physics forever Christopher Reynolds Despite having many different versions of string theory circulating throughout the physics community for decades, there have been very few experimental tests.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 11.03.2020
Evolutionary elements arrived on Earth much later than thought, say scientists
An international team of geologists, led by scientists at the University of Cologne and including an academic from Cardiff University, say that a large proportion of the elements carbon and nitrogen, as well as the compound water, were not delivered to Earth until very late in the planet's formation.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 10.03.2020
Astronomers pinpoint rare binary brown dwarf
Astronomers working on ‘first light' results from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system. The discovery was led by an international team of researchers, including scientists at the University of Birmingham, working on the SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) project.

Astronomy / Space Science - 04.03.2020
Meteorite observation network sets out to catch a falling star
Meteorite observation network sets out to catch a falling star
Imperial and Glasgow scientists are turning their eyes to the skies to track meteorites before they land on UK soil. The team are also looking for volunteers to help them recover the space rocks whenever and wherever they fall. We're looking for volunteers to help us catch these falling stars. These meteorites could help us understand our own planet and solar system - and maybe even the wider universe.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 28.02.2020
Why is there any matter in the universe at all? New Sussex study sheds light
Why is there any matter in the universe at all? New Sussex study sheds light
Neutron's ‘electric dipole moment' smaller than ever predicted New international standard for detail and sensitivity has been set Scientists one step closer to understanding the mystery of matter in the Universe Scientists at the University of Sussex have measured a property of the neutron - a fundamental particle in the universe - more precisely than ever before.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 27.02.2020
Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life
Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life
Astronomers have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 25.02.2020
400 Marsquakes detected by UK sensors in one year
400 Marsquakes detected by UK sensors in one year
The NASA InSight lander, which is supported by the UK Space Agency, has recorded 400 likely 'Marsquakes' in the first year of its mission. The seismic vibrations on Mars were detected by a set of silicon sensors developed in the UK for InSight's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). Imperial College London, Oxford University, University of Bristol and STFC RAL Space worked in partnership, with 4 million in funding from the UK Space Agency, to develop three sensors which are sensitive enough to detect motion at sub-atomic scales.

Astronomy / Space Science - Electroengineering - 24.02.2020
Quakes, dust devils and midnight magnetic pulses: findings from a year on Mars
Quakes, dust devils and midnight magnetic pulses: findings from a year on Mars
InSight's Imperial-designed instrument has revealed that Mars trembles more often, but also more mildly, than expected. Detecting hundreds of marsquakes on a planet 140 million miles from Earth, using sensors developed in the UK, is an important achievement. Amanda Solloway UK Science Minister An international team of scientists led by NASA created Mars InSight , the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars , to generate unprecedented data about the planet's inner structure.

Astronomy / Space Science - 04.02.2020
Black hole discovery celebrated in special stamp set
A black hole simulation by UCL scientist Dr Ziri Younsi was revealed today in a special stamp collection and coin cover by Royal Mail to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Dr Younsi is part of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration team who successfully captured the image of a black hole in a world first last year.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 30.01.2020
Clearest and most detailed images yet of the sun revealed
The clearest and most detailed images of the Sun have been captured by the largest telescope in the world. Just released first images and videos from the US National Science Foundation's (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun's surface, with experts saying it will enable a new era of solar science and a leap forward in understanding the Sun and its impacts on our planet.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 30.01.2020
Telescope reveals most detailed images of the Sun
The largest telescope in the world, which was built by a team involving UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory engineers and scientists, has captured the clearest and most detailed images of the Sun. The first images and videos from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun's surface, with experts saying it will enable a new era of solar science and a leap forward in understanding the Sun and its impacts on our planet.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.01.2020
Astronomers use 'cosmic echo-location' to map black hole surroundings
Astronomers use ’cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings
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Astronomy / Space Science - 20.01.2020
XMM-Newton uses light echoes to map dynamic black hole
XMM-Newton uses light echoes to map dynamic black hole
Material falling into a black hole throws X-rays out into space - and now, for the first time, the European Space Agency's (ESA) XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating echoes of this light to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole itself. Although most black holes are too small on the sky for us to resolve their immediate surroundings, we can explore these mysterious objects by watching how matter behaves as it nears, and falls into, them.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 14.01.2020
X-rays and gravitational waves will combine to illuminate massive black hole collisions
A new study by a group of researchers at the University of Birmingham has found that collisions of supermassive black holes may be simultaneously observable in both gravitational waves and X-rays at the beginning of the next decade. The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently announced that its two major space observatories of the 2030s will have their launches timed for simultaneous use.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.01.2020
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus early in its history. An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham adopted the novel approach of applying the forensic characterisation of a single ancient, bright star called ν Indi as a probe of the history of the Milky Way.

Astronomy / Space Science - 09.01.2020
Scientists spot spectacular neutron star collision
Scientists spot spectacular neutron star collision
The spectacular collision of two neutron stars over 500 million light-years away from Earth has been spotted through the detection of gravitational waves. The neutron stars - remnants of dying stars that undergo catastrophic explosions as they collapse at the end of their lives - merged into an unusually large single object that was around 3.4 times the mass of our sun, the team report.

Astronomy / Space Science - 07.01.2020
LIGO-Virgo Network catches another neutron star collision
LIGO-Virgo Network catches another neutron star collision
On April 25, 2019, the gravitational-wave observatory network that includes the National Science Foundation's LIGO and the European Virgo detectors picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars. Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have contributed to a new study confirming that this event, which was witnessed by only one detector in the network, LIGO Livingston, was indeed likely the result of a merger of two neutron stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 06.01.2020
UofG gravitational astrophysicists celebrate neutron star collision observation
The publication of a new observation of gravitational wave data is being celebrated by researchers from the University of Glasgow's Institute for Gravitational Research, who helped support the international collaborations which made the detection possible. On April 25, 2019, the observatory known as LIGO Livingston picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars - only the second time this type of event has ever been observed by gravitational wave astronomy.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 19.12.2019
Ultrashort x-ray technique will probe conditions found at the heart of planets
Ultrashort x-ray technique will probe conditions found at the heart of planets
Combining powerful lasers and bright x-rays, Imperial and STFC researchers have demonstrated a technique that will allow new extreme experiments. The new technique would be able to use a single x-ray flash to capture information about extremely dense and hot matter, such as can be found inside gas giant planets or on the crusts of dead stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - 18.12.2019
Podcast: Baby brains, new Mars quests and preventing pandemics
In this edition: We discover treatments for baby brain injuries, see what's new on Mars for 2020 and find out how to prevent pandemics. Play the complete podcast (above) You can catch the podcast on all your favourite platforms. Just click on any of the icons below. OR listen to individual chapters: News: Doctor burnout and Sun discoveries - We discuss a study showing a surprising number of doctors suffer from emotional exhaustion , and discover new insights into the Sun from a spacecraft that has flown closer to our star than ever before.
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