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New research seeks to optimize space travel efficiency

Wed, 18 Apr 18 00:13:40 -0700

Sending a human into space and doing it efficiently presents a galaxy of challenges. Koki Ho, University of Illinois assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate students, Hao Chen and Bindu Jagannatha, explored ways to integrate the logistics of space travel by looking at a campaign of lunar missions, spacecraft design, and conducting research, published today in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, to create a framework to optimize fuel and other resources.

350,000 stars' DNA interrogated in search for sun's lost siblings

Tue, 17 Apr 18 00:10:00 -0700

An international team of astronomers has revealed the 'DNA' of more than 350,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the sun, now scattered across the sky. This is the first major announcement of an ambitious survey as part of a quest to uncover the formulation and evolution of galaxies -- after the Australian-led Galactic Archaeology survey, called GALAH, commenced three years ago.

Proving what can't be seen

Mon, 16 Apr 18 00:12:50 -0700

New research published in The Astrophysical Journal examines an interesting light source that was captured by four different telescopes each pointing in a different direction in the sky.


Mon, 16 Apr 18 00:06:10 -0700

UCSB physicists team up with Caltech astronomers to commission the most advanced camera in the world.

Hubble catches a colossal cluster

Fri, 13 Apr 18 00:10:50 -0700

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a massive galaxy cluster glowing brightly in the darkness.

An amazingly wide variety of disks

Thu, 12 Apr 18 00:08:10 -0700

With an instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile scientists of ETH Zurich observed planet-forming disks around young stars similar to the sun 4,5 billion years ago. Surprisingly, the disks are very different. The data will help to shed more light on the formation processes of planets.

UNH researchers find combination for small data storage and tinier computers

Thu, 12 Apr 18 00:12:00 -0700

It may sound like a futuristic device out of a spy novel, a computer the size of a pinhead, but according to new research from the University of New Hampshire, it might be a reality sooner than once thought. Researchers have discovered that using an easily made combination of materials might be the way to offer a more stable environment for smaller and safer data storage, ultimately leading to miniature computers.

Circumbinary castaways: Short-period binary systems can eject orbiting worlds

Thu, 12 Apr 18 00:10:40 -0700

Planets orbiting 'short-period' binary stars, or stars locked in close orbital embrace, can be ejected off into space as a consequence of their host stars' evolution, according to new research from the University of Washington.

SPHERE reveals fascinating zoo of discs around young stars

Wed, 11 Apr 18 00:16:10 -0700

New images from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope are revealing the dusty discs surrounding nearby young stars in greater detail than previously achieved. They show a bizarre variety of shapes, sizes and structures, including the likely effects of planets still in the process of forming.

New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt

Wed, 11 Apr 18 00:08:50 -0700

A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, has opened the door to using metals other than cobalt in lithium-based batteries, and have built cathodes with 50 percent more lithium-storage capacity than conventional materials.

Outback radio telescope listens in on interstellar visitor

Tue, 10 Apr 18 00:16:10 -0700

A telescope in outback Australia has been used to listen to a mysterious cigar-shaped object that entered our Solar System late last year. When 'Oumuamua was first discovered, astronomers thought it was a comet or an asteroid from within the Solar System. But after studying its orbit and discovering its long, cylindrical shape, they realised 'Oumuamua was neither and had come from interstellar space.

New cellular insights in bone development

Fri, 06 Apr 18 00:07:10 -0700

Most of us don't think about our teeth and bones until one aches or breaks. A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis looked deep within collagen fibers to see how the body forms new bone and teeth, seeking insights into faster bone healing and new biomaterials.

Dead star circled by light

Thu, 05 Apr 18 00:11:10 -0700

New images from ESO's Very Large Telescope and other telescopes reveal a rich landscape of stars and glowing clouds of gas in one of our closest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The pictures have allowed astronomers to identify an elusive stellar corpse left behind by a 2,000-year-old supernova explosion. The MUSE instrument was used to establish where this object is hiding, and Chandra X-ray Observatory data confirmed its identity as an isolated neutron star.

Dark matter might not be interactive after all

Thu, 05 Apr 18 00:02:50 -0700

Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all. Dr. Andrew Robertson of Durham University will today present the new results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool.

Giant solar tornadoes put researchers in a spin

Thu, 05 Apr 18 00:02:40 -0700

Despite their appearance solar tornadoes are not rotating after all, according to a European team of scientists. A new analysis of these gigantic structures, each one several times the size of the Earth, indicates that they may have been misnamed because scientists have so far only been able to observe them using 2-dimensional images.

New findings from NYU Abu Dhabi and JPL about how 'giant' planets impact neighbors' habitability

Wed, 04 Apr 18 00:02:30 -0700

In a new study published today in The Astrophysical Journal, researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, share new findings about how the presence of 'giant' planets (between 10 and 1000 times as large as the Earth) affects potentially habitable neighbors that would be discovered with the next generation of ground-based and space-borne telescopes.

Hubble makes the first precise distance measurement to an ancient globular star cluster

Wed, 04 Apr 18 00:07:10 -0700

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe, a collection of stars born shortly after the big bang.

Paucity of phosphorus hints at precarious path for extraterrestrial life

Wed, 04 Apr 18 00:14:50 -0700

Work by Cardiff University astronomers suggests there may be a cosmic lack of a chemical element essential to life. Dr Jane Greaves and Dr. Phil Cigan will present their results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool.

A telescope larger than the Earth makes a sharp image of the formation of black hole jets

Tue, 03 Apr 18 00:01:50 -0700

An international team of researchers has imaged newly forming jets of plasma from a massive black hole with unprecedented accuracy. Radio images made with a combination of telescopes in space and on the ground resolve the jet structure merely a couple of hundred black hole radii or 12 light days from its launching site.

Anticipating the dangers of space
Astronauts and future space tourists face risks from radiation, which can cause illness and injure organs. Researchers from Texas A