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A ‘cataclysmic’ celestial couple gone wrong – a star eats its mate

A ‘cataclysmic’ celestial couple gone wrong – a star eats its mate

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Unlike the lonely sun, about half the stars in our Milky Way galaxy are in a long-term committed relationship with another star, orbiting each another in a celestial marriage called a binary system. Researchers this week described one of these marriages gone wrong – a twosome that borders on the …

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Monstrous “Mega-Earthquake” Triggered by Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs

Monstrous “Mega-Earthquake” Triggered by Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs

New evidence suggests that the Chicxulub asteroid impact triggered an earthquake so monstrous that it shook the planet for weeks to months after the collision. A 6-mile (10-kilometer) asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago, triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs. According to new evidence, the Chicxulub impact also triggered an earthquake that was so …

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Scientists Claim to Have Discovered the “Secret Ingredient for Building Life”

Scientists Claim to Have Discovered the “Secret Ingredient for Building Life”

A team of researchers from Purdue University claim to have discovered the “chemistry behind the origin of life” on Earth in simple droplets of water, and they’re using strikingly strong language to celebrate the findings. Graham Cooks, chemistry professor at Purdue and lead author of a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the …

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“Something Strange Is Going On” – Physicists Answer a Decades-Old Question

“Something Strange Is Going On” – Physicists Answer a Decades-Old Question

Physicists have answered a longstanding question concerning interacting quantum particles in a disordered system. A Different Type of Chaos Physicists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Maryland, and the University of Washington have solved a long-standing physics puzzle: how do interparticle interactions impact dynamical localization? “It’s a really old question inherited …

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A new method to enable efficient interactions between photons

Two photons propagating in a waveguide interacting with a single quantum emitter. The photon-photon interaction, which results in correlations. Credit: Le Jeannic et al. Photons, particles that represent a quantum of light, have shown great potential for the development of new quantum technologies. More specifically, physicists have been exploring the possibility of creating photonic qubits …

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Haunting Photo Captures Million-Mile-Long Plume Shooting Out of The Sun

An astrophotographer has captured a hauntingly beautiful image of a massive plume of plasma shooting out of the Sun. The fiery filament, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), extended into space to a distance of more than 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from the solar surface, according to the photographer. The image was …

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Why the Death of India’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Is a Big Deal

On Sept. 24, 2014, sounds of celebration echoed across Bangalore as the Indian Space Research Organization had just made history. A year earlier, the nation’s space agency blasted a little spacecraft toward Mars, hoping to punch the boxy probe into the red planet’s orbit and hover it alongside NASA’s state-of-the-art Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and ESA’s …

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Juno mission spies feature looking like a musical note on Europa’s icy surface | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — A NASA spacecraft recently flew by Jupiter’s moon Europa, and one of its cameras spied fascinating features on the icy crust of the ocean world. The Juno spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter …

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Webb, Hubble Team Up To Trace Interstellar Dust – “We Got More Than We Bargained For”

By combining data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, researchers were able to trace light that was emitted by the large white elliptical galaxy at left through the spiral galaxy at right. As a result, they were able to identify the effects of interstellar dust in the spiral galaxy. Webb’s …

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