Science

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Tue, 2017-11-21 08:03
Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*…

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:02
*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debate

A new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 Cancri e has an Earthlike atmosphere.…

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

Mon, 2017-11-20 08:34
'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

NASA has developed chainmail tires with a memory and thinks they'll do the trick for future rovers.…

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

Sat, 2017-11-18 14:12
NSF approves plan to keep Puerto Rico facility operational after hurricane trashed it

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a plan to keep the famous Arecibo Observatory running after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.…

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Thu, 2017-11-16 08:02
Boffins look on the bright side of detecting basically nothing

Physicists have ruled out the existence of axions once considered possible dark matter candidates.…

Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour ALIENS – and it's headed right for us

Wed, 2017-11-15 14:32
In 71,000 years, it'll be closer than disappointing dustball Proxima Centauri b

A new study to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics has detected what could be our closest exoplanet that is not only rocky, but also orbits a star with a low amount of solar activity that could help an atmosphere survive – Ross 128 b.…

576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

Wed, 2017-11-15 05:29
Astroboffins prepare for cosmic data deluge starting in February 2018

A sky survey destined to add yet another firehose of data to astronomy saw first light in early November.…

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:54
When supermassive black holes collide, we'll feel it

The most violent gravitational waves in the universe from supermassive black hole prangs will be detected to within ten years, according to research published on Monday.…

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

Mon, 2017-11-13 01:36
'Dream Chaser' is signed up for ISS re-supply six missions

Sierra Nevada Corporation's “Dream Chaser” automated spaceplane has successfully flown and landed.…

Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

Fri, 2017-11-10 16:05
By a multinational... But, er, RULE BRITANNIA!

The UK Space Agency has made a deal with Thales Alenia Space to assemble and test a carbon-measuring satellite, the government announced yesterday.…

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

Thu, 2017-11-09 02:29
If nothing goes wrong with biggest rocket ever, which is only a little over budget

Vid  NASA has reconfirmed it hopes to stage the first flight of its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft in December 2019, but also conceded such a big build could run late.…

Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

Wed, 2017-11-08 23:35
Boffins baffled by slow burn supernova that glows and dims

Astrophysicists have discovered one of the weirdest stars yet in the universe: one that refuses to die, exploding as a supernova multiple times over fifty years.…

Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

Wed, 2017-11-08 06:03
145 million year fossil reveals our rat-like relatives

Researchers have discovered fossils of our oldest mammalian ancestors yet found – along the coastline of Dorset in southeast England.…

Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

Tue, 2017-11-07 13:29
It also makes for great fertiliser

A speculative new study suggests that nucleic acids, proteins and cell membranes – precursors to life Earth – first grew from a single kickstarting molecule named diamidophosphate.…

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

Tue, 2017-11-07 07:03
Earth-based 'scope clocks one of this simulation's first wonders

A large international team of astronomers has detected one of the oldest galaxies in the universe we've seen to date – born within a billion years after the Big Bang.…

Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

Mon, 2017-11-06 14:32
Climate apocalypse, you say? Meh, at least we have truffles

The Périgord black truffle has survived UK weather and grown in Wales.…

Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

Mon, 2017-11-06 09:01
Proxima Centauri... more like Pulvereus Centauri, amirite?*

New research suggests that a dust belt may be circling the closest star to the Sun, a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri.…

Gisa geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

Thu, 2017-11-02 20:22
Pharaoh-nominal science breakthrough

Scientists have uncovered a hidden void in the largest pyramid in Giza, Egypt, using muons – a particle usually found in cosmic rays, according to new research published today.…

Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

Thu, 2017-11-02 07:00
Not as fast as your first time, though, let's be honest

Physicists have whittled down the world’s shortest laser pulse to just 43 attoseconds (4.3 x 10-17 seconds), fast enough to observe electrons moving during chemical reactions in slow motion for the first time.…

NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

Wed, 2017-11-01 06:02
Probe to carry cams named SHERLOC and WATSON, plus chute-cam and selfie-snappers

NASA's revealed its Curiosity 2020 mission will pack 23 cameras.…