Astronomers discover the first ‘ultrahot Neptune’: one of nature’s improbable planets

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has discovered a new class of planet, an ‘ultrahot Neptune’,

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Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy exoplanets

Hints of life discovered on Venus

A UK-led team of astronomers has discovered a rare molecule – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus, pointing to the possibility of extra-terrestrial ‘aerial’

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Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy solar-system planets

AI shows how hydrogen becomes a metal inside giant planets

Researchers have used a combination of AI and quantum mechanics to reveal how hydrogen gradually turns into a metal in giant planets.

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Sept. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  physics  astrophysics  astronomy  artificial-intelligence  planets  ai

‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The rediscovery of a lost planet could pave the way for the detection of a world within the habitable ‘Goldilocks zone’ in a distant solar system.

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July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy exoplanets

Professor Andrew Fabian awarded Kavli Prize

Professor Andrew Fabian from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has been awarded the 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, one of the world's most prestigious science prizes. 

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May 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy x-ray

New data tests 'theory of everything'

One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework. String theory is arguably the best-known proposal for a 'theory of everything' that would tie together our understanding of the physical universe.

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March 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space astronomy string-theory galaxy dark-matter

Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life

Astronomers have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.

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Feb. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space astronomy exoplanets

Women in STEM: Dr Francesca Chadha-Day

Dr Fran Day is a theoretical physicist, a research fellow at Peterhouse, and a science comedian. Here, she tells us about her lifelong love of physics, her work on dark matter and particles called axions, and the high that comes with making a roomful of people laugh. 

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Feb. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  physics  women-in-stem  astronomy  dark-matter

Women in STEM: Shagita Gounden

Shagita Gounden is a systems engineer working on the world’s largest radio telescope, an Executive MBA candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, and a member of St Edmund’s College. Here, she tells us about being part of a massive global science project, the benefits of working with an international team, and how it makes her hopeful as a South African.

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Jan. 30, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  engineering  women-in-stem  space  astronomy

Astronomers use ‘cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings

Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now astronomers have used the echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole itself.

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Jan. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space astronomy black-hole

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