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October 24, 2014
Two families of comets found around nearby star
Paris (SPX) Oct 24, 2014
Beta Pictoris is a young star located about 63 light-years from the Sun. It is only about 20 million years old and is surrounded by a huge disc of material - a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. Flavien Kiefer (IAP/CNRS/UPMC), lead author of the new study sets the scene: "Beta Pictoris is a very exciting target! The detailed observations of its exocomets give us clues to help understand what processes occ ... read more
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Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed
While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features ... more

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph
An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray ... more

New lunar mission to test Chang'e-5 technology
China will launch a new lunar mission this week to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe with the ability to return to Earth. The experimental spacecraft launche ... more
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Next Chinese mission to moon will return to Earth
This week China will launch a new lunar orbiter, which, in contrast with previous space probes, will return to Earth after orbiting the Moon, China's official Xinhua news agency reports. Ye Pe ... more


NASA-led study sees Titan glowing at dusk and dawn
New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that d ... more
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Suomi team ward off recent space debris threat
While space debris was the uncontrolled adversary in the award-winning space thriller film "Gravity," space debris, also known as "space junk," is an ongoing real-life concern for teams managing sat ... more

NASA's Fermi Satellite Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing ... more
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Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria


POLARBEAR detects B-modes in the cosmic microwave background
Cosmologists have made the most sensitive and precise measurements yet of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. The report, published in the Astrophysical Journal, marks an early succ ... more

Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a ... more

POLARBEAR seeks cosmic answers in microwave polarization
An international team of physicists has measured a subtle characteristic in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation that will allow them to map the large-scale structure of the ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


Big Black Holes Can Block New Stars
Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. The research provides crucial new eviden ... more

Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. ... more
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Cause of aging remains elusive

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil

Brisbane Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

New Insights on Carbonic Acid in Water

Some scientists share better than others

Global consumption driving tropical deforestation


1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight
What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and publi ... more

Partial solar eclipse to cast a shadow over the sun Thursday
Due to a partial solar eclipse, most of the United States, Mexico and Canada will see the sun look like a fingernail as it sets on Thursday evening. ... more

In a first, astronomers map comets around another star
Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert said Wednesday they had mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light years from Earth. ... more

'Twisted rope' clue to dangerous solar storms
A "twisted rope" of magnetically-charged energy precedes solar storms that have the potential to damage satellites and electricity grids, French scientists said on Wednesday. ... more

Hubble uses gravity lense to find extremely distant galaxy
Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy - one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be mo ... more
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Sunset Solar Eclipse
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and ... crescent-shaped. ... more

Storms to obscure peaking meteor shower in the Northeast
Astronomers say this week's annual Orionid meteor shower, which is scheduled to peak overnight Tuesday, will be one of the best in years. But for many Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Pacific Northwest, it will all be for nothing, as storms are expected to scatter clouds over much of the United States. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake


Rare 'baby rattle' molecules reveal new quantum properties of H2O and H2


Cooling with molecules


Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy through Cosmic Magnifying Glass


Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near


MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects


Cosmic jets of young stars formed by magnetic fields


Curious signal hints at dark matter


Probing the past


Discovery of the Benesov meteorites 20 years after the bolide event


Construction secrets of a galactic metropolis

First Evidence of a Hydrogen-deficient Supernova Progenitor

New light on the 'split peak' of alcohols

Microbes in deep-sea rocks eat methane, lots of it

Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday

Milky Way Ransacks Nearby Dwarf Galaxies

Inside the Milky Way

Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath

Messenger Images Ice Near Mercury's North Pole

Tiny "Nanoflares" Might Heat the Sun's Corona

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun's Atmosphere

Getting To Know Super-Earths

ESA confirms the primary landing site for Rosetta

Astronomers Spot Faraway Uranus-Like Planet

Rosetta Selflessly Beams Back Comet Selfie

Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe

Dead star shines on

Getting sharp images from dull detectors

Europe gives green light for comet landing site

'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Help Understanding The Universe

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