Millions of virtual universes hint at how galaxies form

Creating millions of virtual universes and comparing them to observations of actual galaxies is a powerful new approach to studying galaxy formation.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers galaxies space stars

Is dark matter older than the Big Bang?

Exactly what dark matter is and how it came to be is still a mystery, but new calculations could add to our understanding of its origins.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology big-bang dark-matter physics space

Clouds ‘cloak’ black hole from the early universe

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of a cloaked black hole in the early universe, existing just 850 million years after the Big Bang.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology black-holes galaxies quasar space

Einstein’s ideas hold up in black hole test

New research puts Einstein's theories of relativity to the test in a unique laboratory—the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology black-holes milky-way physics space

Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

Lab-scale experiment could help scientists understand interstellar and galactic-scale smashups.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research space astronomy-and-planetary-science physics plasma-science-and-fusion-center staff school-of-science department-of-energy-doe astrophysics

Dead planet cores ‘broadcast’ long after their sun burns out

Scientists plan to "tune into" the radio signals to hunt for exoplanets around white dwarf stars.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Aug. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology exoplanets planets space

Pulsating star changes brightness every 5 minutes

Studying the light from pulsating stars can help scientists understand more about their insides and their life cycle.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology light space stars

What do quakes on Mars feel like?

Data from NASA's Insight mission let researchers experience what a "marsquake" might feel like, and compare to quakes on Earth and the moon.

ETH Zurich | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology earthquakes mars moons planets space

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 29, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: tess astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars

Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology mathematics school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

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