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November 29, 2012
Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2012
Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast belts of comets surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host nothing larger than Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs could have delivered life-giving oceans to the innermost planets. The scientists publish their work in papers in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Last year, Herschel found that the dusty belt surrounding the nearby star Fomalhaut must be ... read more
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Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8
A collage shows nine radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8 that were obtained between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, 2012, with data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network ante ... more

Dust Grains Highlight the Path to Planet Formation
An international team of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japanese universities of Kobe, Hyogo, and Saitama used the Subaru Telescope to capture a clear ... more

NASA Technologists Test 'Game-Changing' Data-Processing Technology
It's a digital world. Or is it? NASA technologist Jonathan Pellish isn't convinced. In fact, he believes a computing technology of yesteryear could potentially revolutionize everything from autonomo ... more
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Low-mass planets make good neighbours for debris discs
Astronomers using ESA's Herschel Space Observatory have detected massive debris discs around 61 Virginis and Gliese 581, two nearby stars that are known to host super-Earth planets. The study ... more


Galaxy-squatting black hole set for the record books
Astronomers on Wednesday said they had found possibly the biggest black hole ever observed, a leviathan with a mass 17 billion times that of the Sun, brooding at the heart of a distant galaxy. ... more
The Year In Space

The Diner at the Center of the Galaxy
Deep in the heart of the spiral Milky Way galaxy, a hot vortex of matter swirls around a black hole more than a million times as massive as the sun. Many galaxies, perhaps all, contain such a "monst ... more

Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'
When a NASA official said last week data from an instrument on the Mars Curiosity rover suggested something "for the history books," many people thought an announcement was imminent of the possible discovery of life on the Red Planet - until the space agency began to seriously backpedal on the story. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Canada orders missile protection system

Japan PM not to attend China's war parade: report

USMC orders targeting system from Elbit Systems America

Moscow-friendly Greece could 'paralyse' NATO

Airbus DS sells Rostock System Technik subsidiary

Kerry on historic mission for Iran nuclear deal

Squid-inspired 'invisibility stickers' could help soldiers evade detection


Solar Minimum; Solar Maximum
The sun goes through a natural solar cycle approximately every 11 years. The cycle is marked by the increase and decrease of sunspots - visible as dark blemishes on the sun's surface, or photosphere ... more

Cassini Finds a Video Gamers' Paradise at Saturn
You could call this "Pac-Man, the Sequel." Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted a second feature shaped like the 1980s video game icon in the Saturn system, this time on the moon Teth ... more

Astronauts bring back new life
It is not every day that astronauts can claim to return to Earth with a new species of life. But when the astronauts on ESA's CAVES underground training course returned to the surface they were carr ... more
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Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth
The mantles of Earth and other rocky planets are rich in magnesium and oxygen. Due to its simplicity, the mineral magnesium oxide is a good model for studying the nature of planetary interiors. New ... more

Spanish Scientists Design a Revolutionary Data Storage Device
University of Granada researchers have developed a revolutionary data storage device in collaboration with the CEA-LETI lab at Grenoble (France), an institution of the Campus of International Excell ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Is blood really thicker than water

Forests for water in eastern Amazonia

International study raises questions about cause of global ice ages

Ascension of marine diatoms linked to continental weathering

Did volcanic cataclysm trigger final demise of the Neanderthals

Researchers develop detailed genetic map of world wheat varieties

African cattle parasite tamed by its less lethal cousins


Putting more cores to work in server farms
Streaming data, social networks, online games and services, databases - the number of interactions we have with the Internet is continually increasing. Every time we click on a link, we trigger an a ... more

Scientists from Bangalore and Mainz develop new methods for cooling of ions
Among the most important techniques developed in atomic physics over the past few years are methods that enable the storage and cooling of atoms and ions at temperatures just above absolute zero. Sc ... more

Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of life
The question of how life began on a molecular level has been a longstanding problem in science. However, recent mathematical research sheds light on a possible mechanism by which life may have gotte ... more
Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft During Flyby

Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'

Astronauts bring back new life

Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of life

Low-mass planets make good neighbours for debris discs

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

Dust Grains Highlight the Path to Planet Formation

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating

Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!


Curious About Life: Interview with Roger Summons
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more

The Surprising Appeal of a Cloudy Eclipse
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 25, 2012 Astrophysicist and legendary eclipse chaser Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders. "On a scale of 1 to 10," he says, "total eclipses are a million." ... more

Failed explosions explain most peculiar supernovae
Supercomputer simulations have revealed that a type of oddly dim, exploding star is probably a class of duds-one that could nonetheless throw new light on the mysterious nature of dark energy. Most ... more

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?
Astronomers find planets in strange places and wonder if they might support life. One such place would be in orbit around a white or brown dwarf. While neither is a star like the sun, both glow and ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
New transitory form of silica observed

New technology converts packing peanuts to battery components

Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound

Twisted light increases efficiency of quantum cryptography systems

Weltec Biopower Builds 500-kW Biogas Plant for Vegetable Producer

Additives to biodegrade plastics don't work

An explanation for the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam system problem


University of Glasgow and Clyde Space set to put brakes on space junk problem


Planck discovers filament of hot gas linking two galaxy clusters


LLNL scientists assist in building detector to search for elusive dark matter material


Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms


Born-again star foreshadows fate of Solar System


NASA Innovator of Year Hunts for Extraterrestrial Amino Acids


MESSENGER Finds Unusual Groups of Ridges and Troughs on Mercury


NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension


Lockheed Martin Expands Range Of Cloud Computing Services for UK Government


Satellite brought closer to Earth to work

Rare image of Super-Jupiter sheds light on planet formation

Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'

Leonid meteor shower comes around

Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective

Keeneland Project Deploys New GPU Supercomputing System for the National Science Foundation

Hubble Traps Galactic Fireflies

SETI Institute Major Donation From Qualcomm Chief Scientist Franklin Antonio

Black Holes and How to Use Them

Rare meteorites created in violent celestial collision

Titan is also a green powerhouse

Instrument Will Observe Spiral Galaxy Near Big Dipper's Handle

A Reborn Planetary Nebula

BOSS Quasars Unveil a New Era in the Expansion History of the Universe

Lowell astronomer, collaborators point the way for exoplanet search

The curious shape of a supernova remnant in a star-forming cloud

DARPA's Advanced Space Surveillance Telescope Could Be Looking Up From Down Under

Combined Power Of Space Telescopes Finds Candidate For Most Distant Object Yet

Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the USAF

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin Submits Space Fence Radar Proposal to USAF to Detect and Track Orbital Objects

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