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Newly Discovered Dwarf Galaxy Signals Presence of Dark Matter

A newly discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting our Milky Way appears to be radiating gamma rays, according to an analysis by physicists at Carnegie Mellon, Brown and Cambridge universities. The exact source of this high-energy light is uncertain at this point but it just might be a signal of dark matter lurking at the galaxy’s centre. […]

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Astronomer Discovers Planet 3 Times as Large as Jupiter

Chilean astronomer Maritza Soto has discovered a planet three times as large as Jupiter orbiting a red giant star (HD 110014) larger than the Sun and located some 290 million light years from Earth. A doctoral student in Sciences at the University of Chile, Soto told EFE on Wednesday she worked for eight months using […]

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After Finding Water, Nasa’s Mars Rover Scouts New Location

After investigating the “Marias Pass” region where it found a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and hydrogen content, Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover has now moved to an entirely new location on the Red Planet. The hydrogen indicates that the area was once brimming with water. Hydrogen in the ground […]

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Japanese Rocket Successfully Launched With Cargo for ISS

A Japanese rocket blasted off Wednesday carrying emergency supplies in an unmanned cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station. The H-IIB rocket lifted off from the southern island of Tanegashima at 8:50pm (11:50am GMT or 5:20pm IST) after the launch was postponed twice due to weather conditions, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. About […]

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Fly Your Name to Mars Aboard Nasa’s Next Mission

Mars enthusiasts around the world can send their name to the Red Planet aboard Nasa’s InSight Mars lander which is scheduled to be launched next year. As part of its “fly-your-name” initiative, Nasa will adds thousands of names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet. “Our next step in the journey to Mars […]

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Japan Rocket Set to Blast Off for ISS on Wednesday

A Japanese rocket is set to blast off later Wednesday, carrying emergency supplies and an unmanned cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station. The H-IIB rocket is set to lift off from the southern island of Tanegashima at 8:50pm (11:50am GMT or 5:20pm IST) after the launch was postponed twice due to weather conditions, […]

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Samples From ISS Astronauts Help Develop Real-Time Bone Test

After analysing blood samples from Nasa astronauts, a team of US geochemists is set to develop a new bone test that will offer the possibility of near real-time monitoring of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and multiple myeloma (a form of bone cancer). The researchers from Arizona State University and Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic measured calcium […]

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Mystery of Saturn’s F Ring Cracked, Claims Study

An enigmatic ring of icy particles circling Saturn, herded into a narrow ribbon by two tiny moons, was probably born of a cosmic collision, according to a study published Monday. The so-called F ring, some 140,000 kilometres (87,000 miles) beyond the sixth planet from the Sun, orbits at the border between Saturn’s other rings and […]

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Music Created Using Star Oscillations

An astronomer in Turkey has composed a piece of music based on the chords recorded from the oscillations of a star. Burak Ulas from the Izmir Turk College Planetarium in Turkey used star oscillations as a source for a musical composition. Astronomers have long associated celestial bodies with music, the twinkling of some stars offers […]

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Robots Being Trialled to Help Improve Classroom Learning in Australia

Children in two South Australian schools will soon have new classroom companions – robots. For the first time in Australia, research is being conducted into how robots can be effectively implemented into primary and secondary school curricula to improve classroom learning. The three year research project, led by Swinburne University of Technology, will see two […]