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Burning lithium inside a star

The violent histories of hot Jupiters

... way that these planets orbit their parent stars. In our own solar system, the planets orbit the Sun in very similar ... in the surface of the plate. In addition, the Sun's own rotation axis is closely aligned with the orbits of the ... discs -- clouds of gas and dust that collapse under their own gravity, flattening into a swirling disk. The central ...

Electric eel shocking an arm

Electric eel ten times the power of a taser

... can be tested directly, and the resistance of the eel's own body could be measured by getting the animal to strike at ... one critical part of the circuit open - the victim's own tissue. For this measurement, Catania contributed his own arm. Using a specially-built apparatus that enabled him ...

 Artist's concept of what a future telescope might see in looking at the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. Clumpy gas swirls around the black hole in an accretion disk, feeding the central beast. The black area at center is the black hole...

Stopping star formation in its tracks

... behind how galaxies form and develop, including our own cosmic neighbourhood, the Milky Way. Dr. Marc Sarzi, who ... forming stars a long time ago, and other galaxies like our own that have continuously formed stars throughout its ... where stars have been forming continuously, like our own Sun, 5 billion years ago." The cosmic gales from black ...

Jupiter's aurora works in unearthly ways

... stare even further, inquiring if other planets have their own auroras and, if so, are they the same as Earth’s. One ... Mauk divulges that “the rotation of Jupiter within its own large magnetic field acts an electrical generator” and ... that Jupiter’s auroras actually look very similar to our own Northern lights, just bigger. So if future humans ever ...

Einstein helps astronomers to weigh a star

... Stein 2051B weighs about two-thirds as much as our own Sun. This observation is enormously important, because ... These are stellar cinders that form when stars like our own Sun, which account for two thirds of the stars in the ... out the evolution and histories of galaxies like our own. Previous measurements of Stein 2051B had suggested that ...

Cox's Stack, a chimney from the former Camperdown works jute mill. The chimney takes its name from jute baron James Cox who later became Lord Provost of the city

The Anthropocene

... refer back to the current geological epoch, but also for own understanding of our place in Earth's history. DIANA:So ... if geologists exist in the future, and look back at our own time period, they will say that the 'Anthropocene' ... refer back to the current geological epoch, but also for own understanding of our place in Earth’s history. The ...

Are Parallel Universes Just Science Fiction?

... with a life slightly but eerily dissimilar to your own? What if there is an Earth 2.0? While this topic is the ... then do we really have free will, or is our path in our own timeline just predetermined? While for now it is unlikely ... with a life slightly but eerily dissimilar to your own? What if there is an Earth 2.0? While this topic is the ...

The planetary system harboring Kepler-138 b, the first exoplanet smaller than Earth with both its mass and size measured.

Smallest exoplanet mass measured

... The findings will help us to understand more about how our own Solar system was formed. Writing in Nature this week, ... distant or about 10 million times farther away than our own Sun, orbits the red dwarf star Kepler-138. It was ...

Merope star

Lithium shows scientists where to find far-off planets

... spectrum of light given off by a star, whilst others - our own Sun included - contain less than 1% of this amount. To ... into account, a surprising trend emerged. Stars like our own Sun, with planets, lacked lithium, whilst their more ...

A black hole concept drawing by NASA.

Star shredded by Black Hole

... visible from the northern hemisphere. Just like our own Milky Way galaxy, Draco has a massive black hole, ... equivalent to about the orbit of Pluto from the Sun in our own system, the outer hydrogen coat of the star was stripped ...

Microscopic magnets designed and tested in a joint NIST/NIH project, might one day be injected into the body to add color and “smart tag” capability to magnetic resonance imaging for medical diagnosis and research.

Superior scans: technicolour comes to MRI

... with the scanner's magnetic field, but also produce their own magnetic field running in the opposite direction.  As a ... at certain frequencies.  The particles then produce their own radio waves, which the scanner can pick up and build into ...

Artistic impression of gas accretion on a high redshift galaxy.

Galaxy 700 million years after Big Bang

... producing new stars at a rate 150 times greater than our own galaxy. This study is important because data from ... of the Universe and answer questions such as how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, came to be. The most distant ...

Going Nuclear

... of Physics has asked three writers - including our own Dr Kat - to look into the issues surrounding nuclear ...

Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of a house near Boston Massachusetts

Renewable energy in 2014

... it's actually cheaper to put up solar panels and make your own electricity than it is to buy electricity off the ...

 Image of a 2 cm heated steel sphere cooling in boiling water. In the left image the sphere is in the film boiling or Leidenfrost regime wrapped in a vapor layer. In the right image the sphere temperature has fallen and the cooling is switched to...

Metal at 400 degrees underwater

... explosive boiling, the superhydrobic balls - in Petankar's own words - "did nothing".  In fact, fast-frame video ...

Nanotube speakers

... though a coil near a magnet. The current creates its own magnetic field and so is pushed or pulled by the magnet. ...

Artist’s impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e, showing a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and after possible volcanic activity on the day side.

Volcanic Super-Earth

... are intensively studied to help give us clues about our own origins and early formation. The planet in question, 55 ...

Porcupine photographed by Mary Harrsch.

Porcupine Quills Inspire Better Needles

... on similar animals such as the African porcupine or our own hedgehog, North American Porcupine quills have a series ...

Radioactivity

Going Nuclear

... of Physics has asked three writers - including our own Dr Kat - to look into the issues surrounding nuclear ...

fMRI, part of the Brain Imaging Center

Improving the power of MRI

... way the charges 'spin', causing the charges to emit their own, brief radio signals which are, in turn, detected and ...

Attractive new magnetic material

... is applied, then the material becomes magnetic in its own right. By making fine measurements of an entity called ...

Chinstrap and headphones

Turn chewing and chatting into energy...

... friendly options. Generating energy from our own body movements appears to be an interesting and renewable ...

Design in Nature

Nature and Engineering cut heating bills

... patterns seen in tree canopies, lightning strikes and our own circulatory systems are thought to have evolved in ...

Artist's impression of four gas giant in orbit around CI Tau

Enormous planets orbit infant star

... inward of the orbit of Mercury, if it had been in our own system.” The planets were spotted using a phenomenon ...

How do cats lap? Cutta Cutta is about to take a drink. Micaela Pilotto, Roman Stocker and Pedro Reis

Lap Cats Lap Fast

... video footage of domestic cats including Stocker's own pet, Cutta Cutta, along with a range of big cats in local ...