What’s the temperature of dark matter?

Physicists have put a limit on the warmth—and therefore the mass—of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up about a quarter of our universe.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology dark-matter gravitational-lens physics space temperature

Stardust in meteorite is oldest solid stuff ever found on Earth

New research determines that stardust from the Murchison meteorite is the oldest solid material ever found on Earth.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Galactic collision helped shape the Milky Way 11.5B years ago

"This is the first time we have been able to determine when such a merger happened."

Jim Shelton-Yale | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology galaxies milky-way space stars

Stars need a buddy to make gamma-ray bursts

To create gamma ray bursts, the universe's brightest explosions, stars need to be part of a binary system, researchers say.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology gamma-rays space stars tides

NASA mission finds its first exoplanet that may be habitable

Thanks to NASA's TESS spacecraft, scientists have discovered two amazing new worlds: A potentially habitable exoplanet and one with two suns.

U. Chicago | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
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Team pinpoints the galactic origins of closest fast radio burst

Researchers have nailed down the origin of a fast radio burst from space, but their discovery also adds to the mystery of FRBs.

Justin Dupuis-McGill | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology galaxies radio-waves space

Our solar system may have captured ‘alien’ comets

"...there could be anywhere from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of these alien comets orbiting the sun."

U. Zurich | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology comets gravity planets space sun

Exoplanets with magma oceans ‘eat’ their own skies

Why there are so few exoplanets larger than Neptune has puzzled scientists, but new research offers a possible answer.

Louise Lerner-Chicago | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology exoplanets hydrogen magma space

Do you see the ‘candy cane’ in the Milky Way?

A new composite image of the Milky Way appears to contain a cosmic candy cane.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology holidays images milky-way space stars

Laser-linked satellites could deliver ‘internet from space’

A new design could pave the way for using thousands of satellites connected with lasers to deliver "internet from space" to remote regions.

ETH Zurich | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology internet satellites space

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