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'Iceball' planet discovered through microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we ...

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Summer 2019 will be a showdown for Hollywood's biggest franchises

Yesterday, Disney announced that it was shuffling its release schedule to move Star Wars: Episode IX — the last film in the main “sequel trilogy” — from December 2019 up to May 24th, ...

10 hours ago from The Verge

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Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger

Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity.

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The Search is on for New Horizons' Next Target

The eyes of the world turned from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft after its 2015 flyby at Pluto. But on New Year’s Eve next year, the space probe will zoom past another object unlike any astronomers ...

10 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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'Ageless' silicon throughout Milky Way may indicate a well-mixed galaxy

As galaxies age, some of their basic chemical elements can also show signs of aging. This aging process can be seen as certain atoms "put on a little weight," meaning they change into heavier ...

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Flash Physics: Sun’s magnetic reach revised, committee gender quotas analysed, CERN gears up for restart

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Tue 25 Apr 17 from Physics World

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Competing claims over cause of cosmic cold spot

Voids are discounted as the source but some scientists disagree

8 hours ago from Physics World

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Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'

A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art every produced.

Mon 24 Apr 17 from BBC News

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Space telescope captures storm-generated gamma-ray bursts

From Ben Franklin to Dr Frankenstein, lightning has long fascinated and enlightened scientists. Now NASA is studying another fascinating – and surprising – product of thunderstorms: ...

Tue 25 Apr 17 from Gizmag

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Jupiter and the theory of relativity gets the blame for celestial bodies changing course

In the case of solar system bodies passing close to the sun, there are two important effects playing a crucial role in the orbital evolution. One of the effects is from the general relativity ...

12 hours ago from ScienceDaily

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