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Could a New Proposed Particle Help Detect Dark Matter?


(via phys.washington.edu) Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect ‘dark matter’, the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe’s mass.

Star Being Eaten By Black Hole Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight


Maybe it is the most juvenile part of our fascination with science, but sometimes it seems that our most interesting observations of the universe around us are also the most destructive.

Martian Meteorite, NWA 7034, May Give Insight Into Mars’ Crust


Black Beauty & Mars (Credit: Natural History Museum, London) NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 2/1/15 — NGC 4639


Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA (Processing: Judy Schmidt) NGC 4639, pictured above, is a galaxy unlike any other.

Research Reveals, Social Media Can Be Used To Uncover Your Mental Health


Image from Rishi Bandopadhay on Flickr New research reveals how social network data can be used to predict users mental and physical health, adding to a growing number of researchers using social media to make startlingly accurate predictions from the most basic information.

Black Holes: Lies My Teacher Told Me


A rendering of what P13 would look like close up. Credit: Image created by Tom Russell (ICRAR) using software created by Rob Hynes (Louisiana State University).

Gravitational Waves Remain Elusive, Study Finds


Artist rendering of a gravitational wave (Credit NASA) Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA’s Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/31/15 — NGC 602a


Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech In a stunning glance at a region found about 200,000 light-years away from Earth (in the little-known constellation of Tucana), Hubble happens across an active star forming region within the Small Magellanic Cloud: a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

What Came Before The Big Bang? (Video)


(via Science Photo Lab) 15 billion years ago, the universe, as we know it, didn’t exist. There were no stars, no galaxies, no atoms, no time, no life, no nothing.

Why Is Andromeda Coming Towards Us?


Rendering of how the collision might look from an Earth-like planet (Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay, R. Van Der Marel (STSci), T.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/30/15 — NGC 7714


Image Credit: ESA, NASA: Acknowledgement: A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science) In Hubble’s latest piece of work, we meet a spiral galaxy found about 100 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pisces.

Neodymium Magnets Destroying Items in Slow Motion

Neodymium magnets are the strongest type of magnets that are available commercially.  Unsurprisingly, this means that they can be rather dangerous.

Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Source of Yellowballs


Citizen scientists working with the Milky Way Project noticed and tagged the “yellowballs.” seen here (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Some four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the tell-tale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else. “Any ideas what these bright yellow fuzzy objects are?

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/29/15 — NGC 891


Image Credit: BlackBird II Observatory Meet NGC 891: a picturesque galaxy found about 30 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation.

Could Aliens Be Catching Up on Old Television Shows? (Video)


How far have our radio signals traveled? (Credit: Abstruse Goose) Based on what we know about the vastness of space, and how prevalent habitable planets must be, it would seem as if it’s mathematically implausible to assume we are completely alone in the universe.

How Much Is Your Body Worth? (infograph)


Unfortunately, most of us are worth more dead than alive. At least, you probably are if you are a recent college grad.

What’s The Brightest Thing In the Known Universe? (video)

The universe is populated with a number of amazingly massive stars, many of which dwarf our own sun. One of the most well known is VY Canis Majoris, which is one of the most sizable star in the known universe (and was the largest known star for quite some time).

Unboiling an Egg: First Step To Quick Cancer Diagnosis


Warning: this egg not actually unboiled (Photo by Steve Zylius, UC Irvine) Unless you have had your head under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably seen the headlines in any major newspaper or science website: Scientists from Flinders University in Australia and University of California, Irvine lead by Professor Gregory Weiss have invented a way to unboil eggs.

Astro-Archaeological Discovery Dates Back to The Dawn of Our Galaxy


Artist rendering of the Kepler-444 system (Credit: Tiago Campante/Peter Devine) An international group of researchers primarily based at the University of Birmingham have now announced the discovery of a planetary system with a whopping total of 5 Earth-sized planets. The parent star, called Kepler-444, is similar to our own Sun in size and composition, but that’s where the similarities end.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/28/15 — Cometary Globule CG4


Image Credit: ESO While yes, the universe has a penchant for producing wonderful things — majestic heart-shaped filaments, incomprehensibly vast nebular flowers and fantastically-colored galaxies resembling pinwheels — it isn’t all rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy.


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